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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.



Happy New Year everyone!

Friday, January 1st, 2016

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Cygwin sshd multiple user access.

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Some of our development groups like to use SSH.  Especially, if they have a Linux background and were tossed into the windows world.

The basic configuration does work.  However, it’s for the main user running the sshd.

The documentation will tell you to have the user run ssh-config-user.  However, it’s not enough as you will be tormented by messages of /bin/bash not allowed and the connection dropping right after password entry.

Certain authority rights have to be established for the main account to allow other users to access the box.  Try the following:

  • editrights -l -u <local or domain/user>
  • editrights -a SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege -u <local or domain/user>
  • editrights -a SeCreateTokenPrivilege -u <local or domain/user>
  • editrights -a SeTcbPrivilege -u <local or domain/user>
  • editrights -a SeServiceLogonRight -u <local or domain/user>
  • editrights -l -u <local or domain/user>

Restart you cygwin service and you should be able to ssh from any box.

RIP Spock!

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Not exactly a post in line with the usual contents of this blog.  However, Leonard Nimoy died today. He was said to be a good man and many people have feelings of knowing him. For many he sparked imagination with the desires for the unknown; the desire to join Star Fleet and explore the unknown.

Towards the end he tweeted something profound:

“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”

Thank you for the memories Mr. Nimoy.

The world seems sadder….

Windows 7/8 and hiberfil.sys

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Windows 8 increased the boot speed by making use of the hibernate function to store the kernel session rather then completely shutdown.

For laptops and even desktops; this is a nice feature.  However, for a testing server or virtual machine; this is a waste of disk space especially if you have a large amount of RAM (in one situation, a windows 7 and 8 setup had two sixty gig files for hiberfil.sys).

This consumption also confused the users as they would see their free space as small and yet looking at their folders didn’t show these files.   Programs like windirstat will point this out.

The simplest way to disable this feature is to use the powercfg command.  Start an administrative level cmd shell.

Enter:  powercfg /h off

The hiberfil.sys file will disappear right after.

Startup time will increase but for these users; space was more important.

How to extend a Windows Server trial period.

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Every so often I will get the “emergency” request for a Windows Server machine and either it will take too long to purchase a license or it’s only a trial to check something.  Of course, the server is established and all is forgotten.

One hundred and eighty days later; an issue is raised over the server being offline.  A quick check and of course the license has expired so the machine will start regularly shutting itself down.

The test of course is not over so do we extend it or get a license? The license idea is rejected to we can only extend the trial period.

Microsoft understands these issues and gave a simple way to extend a trial:

  1. Start a command prompt as administrator
  2. enter : slmgr.vbs /rearm
  3. The system will need a reboot for the extension to begin.

A new period of 180 days will be displayed and you can do this 2 more times.