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DIY Christmas Tree Watering System

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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.

HP PROCURVE VRRP WITH DIFFERENT PHYSICAL AND VIRTUAL IP ADDRESS

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
http://crackedtech.blogspot.com/2012/11/hp-procurve-vrrp-with-different.html

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.

Theoretical Speed vs Practical Throughput

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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:

Dilbert on Firewalls

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On of the tasks I routinely do at work involves firewalls.  Create configurations for them, Administer them, design deployment strategies for them.

Scott Adams posted this, this week.


It neatly summarizes the sentiment the guy deploying the firewall has.

Creating a Self Signed Certificate for NPS for testing

Recently I had need to create a test RADIUS server, using NPS (Network Policy Server).  In order to create PEAP policies, you need a certificate issued to the NPS server.

The correct way to put a certificate on the server is to Issue a real certificate to the NPS server from a real register such as Verisign, or Entrust.

You can also issue a certificate from your own CA authority.

Neither of these options are quick or easy.

What if you just need a certificate to see if something works.

Here's how to do that.

First download from Microsoft the IIS 6.0 Resource kit tools. Included in this tool kit is SelfSSL.  A tool created by Microsoft to issue and install a self-signed SSL certificate.

Launch SelfSSL from Start >Programs > IIS Resources > SelfSSL > SelfSSL (Note: You must run SelfSSL elevated as an Administrator)


Type in the following command to generate a new certificate of key length 1024 with a validity period of 10 years (3652 days):
selfssl.exe /N:CN=fqdn.of.radius.…

Embed a Slideshow from Picasa Web / Google Plus

One of the great features of Picasa Web was that you could embed a Flash slideshow of your albums. Google would even give you the code to do it.  There was a button that said Embed and it would give you the code. Just cut and paste and you were done.

With the migration to Google Plus Photos, this disappeared.

Here's a work around.

Use the following link to get back to the original PicasaWeb site.

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/myphotos?noredirect=1

Hopefully the embed button makes a re-appearance, or Google leaves the old page up forever.

*******UPDATE*******
One of the commenters below posted this website.

http://www.slidemypics.com/

It seems to work pretty good!

Bailey!

So I switched blog engines, and I never bothered transferring a bunch of posts that were outdated, or were just links to my Picasa photo site.  Which is just Google Plus now.

I always show people my dog (A beautiful Newfoundland named Bailey) so I figured I would experiment with the new blog.

Revisiting Multi User Picasa on a single computer

Awhile ago, I wrote an article about having multiple users on a single computer using Picasa. I wrote it in 2008, after I had setup a new computer at my house. In all it worked fairly well, we never had any issues with it.

It's been 5 years, and we've bought a new computer again.  I figured, it's been five years, Picasa MUST have some native functionality for this now?

Nope. Nada. Zilch.

I could do the same symlink thing, but while searching Google's forums for Picasa trying to see if they've added native support, I found a guy that had wrote a nice utility that does the symlinks.

First, a little background on why I would want to do this.

My wife and I both have our own accounts on the computer.  We like it because we can personalize the computer however we want, and not bother the other.

Except this sucks when you have iTunes and Picasa, and you want to share them.  For iTunes, if you want to automatically have songs the other users downloads added to your library…

First Post!

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In August 1999, I bought my own domain name, mpking.com.  This domain name. Over the years I've used a variety of blogging software.

Initially I did all the website design myself, hand crafting the HTML myself. I even had one of those *Designed by Notepad* buttons.
I still have one of the custom drop cap letters I made.
Yea, it's really hard to see, because it's White text.  My first website, like most all bad websites of the early 2000, was black theme.  I ran the website off my computer in my room.

I quickly tired of this, and moved onto a Blog software platform.  You used an actual program program, (I don't remember it's name) and you would type up your entry, then upload it to the website.  That tired quickly, as the software was at home, and most entries, then as now, revolved around work.

Then I discovered FreeGuppy.  It was online CMS platform, and it was nearly perfect, for almost five years.I even developed some plugin's for the product. At some point …