Archive for July, 2014

An iPad experiment on reducing paper usage.

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

In today’s world; under-staffing seems to be a business norm. This in turn causes a position to absorb other positions and create a need to track several things.

I had an epiphany one day while cleaning my messenger bag. I had a few note books, a few scratch pads, and my iPad. Like most people notebooks and scratch pads were for quick notes and meetings. While the iPad was for browsing, email and of course never for games *coughs*.

My bag always feels like it  increases in weight and I thought “Can’t i get rid of the paper?”

I decided to embark on an experiment to use the iPad as a note book and scratch pad.

The iPad is an iPad air basic edition without the cellular connection.

The issues:

1) A program to act as a notebook and possible scratch pad.

2) A program for a scratch pad in case I can’t find one for both.

3) A stylus which can write fine or medium point.

4) Do I need screen protection?

Preliminary research shows endless opinions on this topic and of course everybody has their own needs.

Mine are simple. I want to be able to write fine or medium point to take quick notes, notes in meetings and notes from research.  Drawing is not a requirement as when it is needed; detail tends to be light.

Next will entry will be the screen protection.


An extended error has occurred

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

New operating systems always bring new error messages. Such was a recent incident for a Windows 2012 server trying to access a share on a Network Appliance Filer:

An extended error has occurred

A quick test of my Windows 8.1 laptop produced the same error.

We have been playing around with SMBv3 on the Netapp filers and this was thought to have been an issue as the new OS is more SMBv3 “friendly.”

The filer people said they configured the filer to use smbv2 but the error continued.

Originally, I wrote about this a year ago with this post but you can review the support article.

I suspected either signed support was not configured or can’t be used so I opted to disable it via Powershell and the command(start it in admin mode):

Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanWorkstation\Parameters" RequireSecureNegotiate -Value 0 -Force

A reboot of the server (just because) and we had access to the share.

For those that want to get some features information on SMBv3 and 2012, you can look at this article.