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Job Hunt Tip: Watch for depression

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

It’s easy to get discouraged especially with Covid killing opportunities. Personally; I am up to five jobs being closed due to Covid.

Get outside! Finish the “honeydo” list (if you have one). Learn something new.

I am currently working towards Azure certification, Python, Linux certification and re-acquainting myself with Powershell and leaning gethub.

Do re-read areas you know. It’s easy to forget things when you are not using them. I have even had instances were I would get a textbook question and I could see the console screen in my head and I could not remember the options.

Also, pick something new! Variety helps keep the mind fresh. It’s easy to get lazy on reading and training especially when you are job hunting.

I am cooking more. Going to do each recipe in one of Jet Tila’s books. He is a cool guy. Even answered a question I sent him!

I am also taking up Nordic Runes. Did the binge on the Vikings series and became a interested. We shall see how that goes. Wonder if their is a rune layout 😀

Do stay engaged and watch for depression sneaking in. Keep at it and eventually something will appear.

iWatch 6.2 “An error occurred…”

Friday, March 27th, 2020

I wanted to upgrade my iWatch to 6.2. It did the download and the verify and yet when it came time to install; it would error off with the nondescript “An error occurred while…..”

I checked the space and the network connections and everything was fine. While checking the settings on the watch; I happened on the System Update and decided to click “install” It did a quick verify and the installation began. Of course it needed to have power. Strange…..

Get-EventLog does not display retention dates

Monday, December 16th, 2019

A simple issue of trying to print the retention days for the logfiles.

The problem is the date does not print with the standard output column name.

You have to use the property MinimumRetentionDays

Lesson of the day? Always use the GM option.

Disney+ fails to protect accounts

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

It seems Disney failed to protect peoples accounts.

When it rains…….

Disney Plus failed on it’s opening.

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

I have a thing about streaming services. I really don’t like everybody having their own. People like shows from different producers and now we have to have “Yet Another Streaming Service (YASS)” to see a show which we find interesting.

Such was the case for Disney. Marvel and Star Wars. I was not happy but was willing to give it a try.

For a company with the amount of income; they really gave a bad opening for the new service.

We kept seeing timeout resets and screen pauses while audio continued. Disney reps stated they underestimated! Really; with what you have you underestimated? There is no reason they can’t overestimate on the venue.

I stream through my Sony Playstation. I read many other complaints and issues. Disney response was it’s the Playstation. How is this possible if Netflix and Amazon do not have these issues?

After a couple days, two updates and the assumption of resources added; it’s gotten a little better. The pause resets aren’t as frequent.

Oh! One thing? The Mandalorian seems like it will be good.

iWatch upgrade to 6.1

Friday, November 1st, 2019

I have a series 2 iWatch and learned 6.1 was out. Apple reported it would run on series 2.

When I tried to upgrade; it kept timing out and reporting there was no wireless network.

Usual diagnostics didn’t work. I power cycled the iPhone and iWatch. It worked for a little bit and then the same problem.

The upgrade process requires the iWatch to be on a charger. This is only for the actual install phase. I decided to leave the iPhone and iWatch with the wireless router over night.

The next day I found the download had completed and of course it would not install since it was not on the charger.

After the iWatch was on the charger; the install ran for about an hour.

iWatch now has 6.1.

Airpods and a moment of weakness

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

As previously mentioned in another post; a layoff can make for change. I decided I needed to become more of a mobile worker. Thus, a new iPad, iPhone and figured why not for the airpods.

Normally, I avoid first releases and I no longer chase everything Apple. The second generation airpods seemed interesting.

I like the wireless charge ability and thought it was interesting the case can serve as a backup battery. They are easy to wear though I can see them falling out for serious activities. Sound wise they are good and noise cancellation was just about right. Lessons surrounding noises and still allow for someone to get your attention.

I like they were easy to install and have the ability to pause youtube on removal and change the sound over when you insert one.

The bad thing? Remember the joke ad where the dancing shadow figures would loose one and then repeatedly buy a new one? I lost one in under a month!!!!

For a simple cost of 75$ (shipping and tax), you can purchase a replacement. I wonder how much money Apple has made with this ability.

If you happen to loose one, don’t use the genius bar. You have to schedule an appointment, spend time while they verify you own it and then maybe they have replacements. I got annoyed by the fact I was looking at appointments; walked over to check a wall calendar for my kids activities; walked back and the appointments were full for the day.

I called the help line, waited about 45 minutes and after about 20 minutes; a new one was ordered.

Oh well at least I have both again…..

An editor for iPad Pro.

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

I recently upgraded to an iPad Pro and decided to make it a tool for most things. One area needed was an “ok” editor.

I tried out “pages” and found it to be rather annoying. It would not recognize other file formats and it would recognize formatting.

I am using Textilus Pro right now and it’s been an improvement.

Time and date for server 2019

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

New server and it needed 2019. Time came for setting the time. I enabled the automattic time sync and zone sync. I was surprised to see the zone change. However, the time did not change.

As before I simply went to date and time settings and found I could not set the the clock time? Add to the confusion? The Date and Time commands would only bring up the same window which lacked the ability to change the clock.

There is a link for this with the server manager. Click the Time Zone and you will see the old Date and Time window.

Named Pipes Provider, error: 40 – Could not open a connection to SQL Server

Friday, August 11th, 2017

This is a small entry mainly for my part.  For the life of me, I keep forgetting this with SQL Express.

We are using it for small Citrix sites and get the big long error when I try to establish my Xendesktop Controller.

In this matter, pipe and TCP/IP have to be enabled!

The steps:

  • SQL Configuration Manager
  • SQL Server Network Configuration.
  • Change Named Pipes to Enabled
  • Change TCP/IP to Enabled.
  • Start SQL Server Management Studio
  • Right-Click the Server entry
  • Select restart
  • Wait

After that the SQL portion of the Xendesktop setup works.

*sighs*