Friday, August 7, 2015

Syncing Outlook to Google Calendar

Like a lot of business professionals, I use Outlook powered by Exchange in the office for calendaring / email.  I also use an Android phone, and extensively use Google Calendar to coordinate with my Wife.

In previous jobs, I would totally by into Exchange, and have my work email on my personal phone, and merge everything.

With the start of my new job, I didn't need to be "that" connected.  However, I needed to see my work calendar often to schedule personal items.

I'm using the following software to do this now.

It's configured as a One-way sync, Outlook to Google Calendar.

It works very well, with the obvious caveat that it requires my laptop to be running for items to update on my phone.

It doesn't sync email, but that's ok, because I don't want it.

It has the un-intended side effect of allowing my phone to have access to my work calendar, without running the MDM (Mobile Device Manager) software that the company requires to access email, which also has been bricking coworkers phone's left and right.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Changing IP address via Batch File

I frequently have to change the IP address on my laptop to access various network devices that I'm configuring.

It wasn't so bad in Windows XP, but in Windows 7 it takes far to many clicks for something I'm doing around 10 times a day.

So I decided to make a Script I could just click to allow me to set the IP

Friday, September 19, 2014

Site Update

I changed out the theme I've been using.  Figured it was time for a new coat of paint.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DIY Christmas Tree Watering System

My family loves having a live Christmas Tree every year.  What does a live tree need to stay alive?  Water!

The Base I have for the Christmas Tree has a pretty good well in it, but with a live tree, it needs to be filled at least twice a day, and four or five times a day the first few days.

For years, I've been using a dipstick / funnel combo to check the water level, and refill it without having to bend over and crawl under the tree. It works really well, especially when I've got presents under the tree.

I've always wanted to purchase one of the external reservoirs, but I've never seen one that I've liked.
This year we're leaving for the weekend a few weeks before Christmas, so I needed one to try to keep the tree alive.

Read on to see how I made one.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


I spent a while looking how to configure an HP to interoperate with a Cisco switch using VRRP.

While doing this, I found that HP likes to use the physical address of the Primary router as the virtual IP address.   This wasn't something I was entirely comfortable with, so I wanted to find how to NOT do that.

I found this guy's webpage

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Using Netsh to export and import DHCP reservations

Recently I had to move 80 or so virtual servers from one subnet to another.  The server's all have their IP's assigned via DHCP, and they keep them via DHCP reservations.  I also need to make the IP's reserved in the new scope.

This should be easy peasey.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Theoretical Speed vs Practical Throughput

A long time ago, I found this article, which had a great graph with the speeds depicted on it.

I lost the graph in an office move, and took a long time to re-find it.

Here is the graph I was looking for: