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Bing wallpaper on a Mac 2.0

In my previous post, I shared my script to download Bing wallpapers for use on a Mac: Bing wallpaper on a Mac Something seems to have gone wrong with the iStartedSomething feed on 2016-12-24 [the feed seems to have been fixed on 2016-12-27], so I decided to use a different source and since I’ve been […]

Bing wallpaper on a Mac

While this version of the script should still work, I’ve uploaded a new version of the script based on Python, using a different image source here: Bing wallpaper on a Mac 2.0 I use Bing Desktop on my Windows machine at the office exclusively for the wallpaper images. At home I have a Mac and […]

Migrating Windows 7 to a machine with a different storage controller

I recently had to migrate a Windows 7 installation from a Precision T3500 to the newer T3600. Normally this would not be a problem, however at the time of the migration I did not realize the storage controller on the T3600 was different than its predecessor and Windows doesn’t have a built-in driver for it. […]

The host command

One routinely needs to look up the name or IP of a machine or other device on the network. A popular way of finding out an IP address from a hostname is with the ping command, however, this only works if you need the IP address, not if you need the host name. There are […]

Optimal Gmail experience on the iPhone

Google recently announced that they are discontinuing EAS for new non Apps accounts (ie, Gmail). Google’s reasons? Who knows, it’s likely a combination of sticking it to the man or simply wanting to pursue open standards where applicable. Affected platforms and workarounds (that I know about) Android owners: not affected, Google sync works on Android devices out of the […]

Customizing Windows 7’s logon screen and user picture with Group Policy

  How can we get our logo on here? Is what my boss’s boss asked me right after I installed Windows 7 on his machine. Being one of the first 5 people in the office with a Windows 7 workstation and a pioneer in my rollout, I quickly told him: of course! … then I […]

Saved Windows Credentials on Windows 7 Home Premium

The problem I have a few Windows 7 Home Premium machines at home which I network together. I don’t use HomeGroups yet, and may not in the near future but I do keep some resources on the network that each machine has to access. Windows 7 Home Premium (and lower) does not remember credentials for […]

Remember to check the MAC address

Today I encountered a weird issue with a new machine I was setting up. The NIC on the machine worked to PXE boot and install Windows XP off the WDS server at work, however once I installed the drivers for the NIC on Windows XP and obtained an IP address from DHCP I couldn’t reach […]

Know about WinRM (Remote Management) and WinRS (Remote Shell)

  I just recently migrated my data to another machine (to use as a file server) since it has a Sans Digital NAS attached to it. Normally working with files across the network (I now map a shared drive to the share on the server) is perfectly acceptable – however, there are some operations better […]

Indexing additional mailboxes in Outlook 2007

I recently came across an issue where an administrative assistant needed to search her boss’s huge mailbox while it was attached in Online mode to her Outlook profile. Normally, Outlook search will work for certain folders (like Calendar and Contacts) because it caches those folders from attached mailboxes so that they can be indexed; however […]