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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.

Removing the Jenkins slave service

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

I had a simple task to uninstall the Jenkins slave service from a series of machines.

There was the small problem of it not being in the programs control panel nor was there an obvious uninstaller.

A quick review of the online documentation showed all you needed to do was enter the following command:

jenkins-slave.exe uninstall

To be through I rebooted the system and later deleted the folder where it was installed.


The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck. The bugcheck was: 0x0000007e (0xffffffffc000001d

Friday, February 14th, 2014

I have a couple servers which crash reboot from time to time.

Looking over the event log, the bug check reported:

The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck. The bugcheck was: 0x0000007e (0xffffffffc000001d

Researching the Net, really didn’t point to an obvious reason.  Suggestions offered:

  • Run:  sfc /scannow

 Didn’t find any errors.

  • Run a disk check.

 Didn’t find any errors.

I decided to update the BIOS and the controller firmware.

So far the systems haven’t crashed.