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Windows 8 Enterprise Wireless and “Limited” Connectivity

Windows 8 Enterprise Wireless and “Limited” Connectivity

Since I started running Windows 8 on my new ThinkPad, the wireless at my company has given this poor little laptop fits. I never have problems at home, or at coffee shops, or anywhere else… just at work. However, that’s also the only place I access an Enterprise wireless connection using EAP, so there’s the differentiator. To fix this problem, I’m forced to reset TCP/IP using netsh. I do it about once a month, and...

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How to Use NetScaler VPX as a Citrix Secure Gateway Replacement

How to Use NetScaler VPX as a Citrix Secure Gateway Replacement

With the release of XenDesktop 7, I’m happily redesigning my home lab environment and implementing all of Citrix’s shiny new offerings. Not only will this sharpen my skills, I’m thinking, but I just registered to take the XenDesktop 7 beta exams… I need to play with this stuff right now! In the process, I learned that Citrix is trying hard to phase out as much old technology as possible. Here are a few things...

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How To Install Vim On XenServer

How To Install Vim On XenServer

I’ve been using Linux for nearly a decade and a half. Back in my early college days when I first started experimenting with UNIX systems, I was forced (kicking and screaming! against my will!) to use an unintuitive little text editor called vi (it’s pronounced “vee eye,” you heretic!). Subsequently, in order to make up for some of vi‘s shortcomings, the Vim editor was born. Funny thing about Vim… once...

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Windows 8, USB 3.0 Controller Drivers, and USB Docking Station Hell

Windows 8, USB 3.0 Controller Drivers, and USB Docking Station Hell

Overall, I’m a fan of Windows 8. It’s a stable operating system, and it’s a worthy successor to Windows 7… if you stay in the desktop environment, largely forgoing the new “Metro” or “Modern” interface and its applications. But there’s one area where Microsoft appears to have fallen short, and that’s with their Microsoft-specific implementation of the various hardware...

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Building a 2008 R2 Core Domain Controller VM on Citrix XenServer

Building a 2008 R2 Core Domain Controller VM on Citrix XenServer

I purchased a throwaway HP ProLiant DL320 G5 server recently from Comprenew, and I started configuring a simple lab environment in order to do some testing with Citrix XenServer and XenDesktop. Because this machine only has 6GB of RAM, and because I wanted a fully-functional Active Directory environment, I decided to build a domain controller using Windows Server 2008 R2 Core to avoid the overhead of the traditional Windows GUI...

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Origin of the Letter “R”

Origin of the Letter “R”

I’m a little befuddled. I get notifications from Dictionary.com’s “the hot word” blog regularly, and I usually enjoy reading some of the insights there. This past week, however, the blog seems to be a bit inaccurate, and I’m a bit confused. They wrote an entry about why the letters “P” and “R” don’t originally come from the same letter, as you might expect because they’re...

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Laptops and Multiple Monitors

Laptops and Multiple Monitors

After posting a photo of my laptop with its 5 screens, I got a lot of questions from people asking how I did it. Most laptops only have one display port, whether it’s a VGA output on older machines or a DVI/HDMI port on newer devices, and although my laptop has both VGA and HDMI, the engineers put the ports so close together that I can only use one or the other at any given time. Not exactly conducive to a multiple-monitor...

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Under (re)Construction

Under (re)Construction

After finally completing the MBA program at GVSU, I’m returning to some of the interests I put hold while attending college full time. This web site is one of them. You’ve probably already noticed the massive visual overhaul, and things might be a little glitchy for a while during this transition period. I’m ironing things out, and I’m hoping to have everything looking polished by the end of the week. Of course,...

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Killing WordPress comments?

Killing WordPress comments?

I’ve only been using WordPress for a couple of weeks, but it’s crazy that there isn’t a way to kill the built-in commenting system without editing the PHP directly within your theme. I found where I can kill the ability for people to comment, but the blog still insisted on displaying the “Comments are closed” section beneath my posts. I tried using CSS to hide it, and that didn’t work, either. If...

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Welcome Back

Welcome Back

For whatever reason, I decided it was time to come back. Previously, just for fun, in an earlier life, I had a little self-hosted blog going.  I didn’t spend a lot of time on it, I didn’t spend a lot of time writing on it, and it certainly wasn’t that interesting, except maybe to me.  I was using Blogger as my publishing platform, back when it had the ability to push changes to a self-hosted site over FTP.  At some point,...

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