RichCopy from Microsoft Engineers

While looking for backup solutions for my wife and I– I discovered an interesting choice that Microsoft had made regarding Windows 7. They took out the ability to backup to a network drive. Vista had this ability and I’m pretty sure XP did as well. Now only the professional and Ultimate editions of Win7 have the blessing. But.. I was able to find a Microsoft tool that some engineers built that will let you do just that, and its free.

Its called RichCopy and it seems to be a great little backup program, You can download it from the technet article. The download is called“HoffmanUtilitySpotlight2009_04.exe”

WordPress on Ubuntu

Putting wordpress on your own internal server is a really great way to play/learn/tweak/develop/mess with wordpress without publishing your trials and errors to the internets.

I used Ubuntu Desktop version (instructions) and then installed Apache, MySQL, and PHPmyadmin from the Ubuntu Software Center
Detailed WordPress install instructions.

There are a couple of hurdles you’ll have to clear before you get full functionality though. Following will be a list as I trip, research, and overcome the issues.

Resolving hostname – Problem: Unable to see my internal intranet website or server using the servers name (hostname) in the browser.  Solution:  Install Samba from the Software Center. Poof, fixed! Samba broadcasts the machine name over the network allowing file and print sharing.

Updating / Installing – Problem: Your server will not update or install Themes or plugins Solution: Install and turn on FTP.  I suggest using searching the Software Center for SFTP. Also a good idea if you want to ftp files from another computer on the network.

Permalinks– Problem: You go to the Settings > Permalinks section and choose any of the available permalink structures and completely break the links to your content. Your homepage will be fine but you’ll get a 404 error when you click on posts. Solution: Enable Modrewrite. I used this article at HowToForge

Email – Problem: Your install doesn’t email you new user info and non of your plugins can send you email. Solution: Install Postfix (not Sendmail) through the Software Center. During the install you’ll enter your preference of server type (the first one on the list) and your hostname (the name you assigned to your server) and you’re done. At least I was and email began to flow.

DNS Changer: Fix it Before it Strikes

(First I’m going to explain a few things, you can scroll down to the removal steps if you’d like to skip the educational part that will make you a better person.)

I’ve been cleaning malware (the general term for trojans, viruses, and unwanted programs) for over 14 years now. I’ve seen the “Black Hat” hackers go through all sorts of fads trying to put a new spin on old exploits. There is truly “nothing new under the sun.” Continue reading

Setting DNS in Windows XP

DNS refers to a set of servers out on the internet (Domain Name Servers). Everything on the internet has an identifying number called an IP address (there is no such computer called “” When you type “” into an internet browser that request goes to a Domain Name Server and translates “” into the IP Address for their server and points your request to San Francisco. Continue reading

Simple 12 Character Passwords

I here very often “I have too many passwords to remember.” or “This password is too hard” or “Why do I have to change my Password so often?

Making a simple passwords nearly unbreakable is a cinch.

“One UPPER, One lower, One number, and a Bunch of characters.”

The way it works:

When a “hacker” is trying to break a password they have to “guess” the WHOLE password at once.

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God Bless This Mess

By David Bazan

God, bless the man who stumbles
God, bless the man who falls
God, bless the man who yields to temptation
God, bless the woman who suffers
God, bless the woman who weeps
God, bless the children trying her patience

Trouble getting over it is what you’re in
For so pour yourself another
It’ll take a steady pair of hands
Holy or unholy ghost well now
I can’t tell but either way you cut it
You should get some distance
If you plan to take a stand

God, bless the house divided
God, bless the weeds in the wheat
God, bless the lamp lit under a bushel

I discovered hell to be the poison in the well
So I tried to warn the others of the curse
Then my body turned on me
I dreamt that for eternity
My family would burn then
I awoke with a wicked thirst.

By my baby’s yellow bed
I kissed her forehead
And rubbed her little tummy
Wondering if she’d soon despise the smell
Of the booze on my breath like her mom
Through a darkened mirror
I have seen my own reflection
And it makes me want to be a better man
After another drink

God, bless the man at the crossroads
God, bless the woman who still can’t sleep
God, bless the history that doesn’t repeat

Heaven and Hell: The Theology in My Mind

I was asked my opinions on Heaven and Hell and how I relate to them as a motivating factor for life.  And, since today is my birthday and a day of reflection on such things as the afterlife, I thought it appropriate to post.

Hell, hmm, Hell and Heaven are a big blurry swirl of color, kind of a tie-dyed t-shirt in my mind. A little absence of God wrapped around a little end of “Gladiator” mixed with a white or black void with floating heads ala Futurama, Fire and Brimstone, Sheole, Paradise, Lazurus, Pearly Gates. Hitler, Mother Theresa, 3-piece suit in a Baptist Pulpit, Eternal Choir Practice (my feet hurt), 7 levels of torment and I haven’t even gotten there yet..

What I’m sure of is that both exist. Some form of “with” God and some form of “without” God (sounds like some form of boring). But, taking clues from our present existence of which we see in part… I am hopeful that Heaven will be more than I can fathom. Things like sex and laughter, joy of my kids, inspiration, heart swells, anticipation, end of a good day of work. Sitting at a big table of Italian food with people I love. All the world is as close as family, all the world is as close as a thought and Jesus, the heart of God is permanently wrapped up in my mind and heart.

As far as motivation, I may be- on some level- but my minds eye doesn’t really go out that far. Its like I live for today with the hope of the future not a dread of it. Don’t get me wrong though there are plenty of days when I wish for it now, in fact those are coming more frequently recently but I also have an urgency that there are lots of people in the world that have never felt the mercy or grace of someone who loves them and that somehow that’s my responsibility.

Not much solid theology or doctrine (I don’t know the difference) but that’s how it breaks down in my mind.

Using Less: Gas

I used to tell people I had an office with a 365 degree view. I was a mobile computer tech. We had clients all over the metro OKC area (competes for the town with the most square miles in  America).  I had had a few different cars during that job but I started thinking seriously about gas usage when the price began being consistently above $3 a gallon. That year I asked my bosses for a raise based on gas prices. They agreed and it helped a lot but my monthly gas bill began to out pace my stipend. At the time I was driving a Dodge Dakota 5.9l V8 (thought we’d be pulling a camper more but that didn’t pan out at the time). The best I could do was in the Dakota was 15 mpg. If I drove super conservatively I could get to 16 mpg.

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Hello World – Again

After a less than graceful transition to a new web host I am starting over with a fresh site. The old site was lost to the digital abyss but I’m not really all that sad about it. I visit so rarely that I really forgot what all was there anyway.

This time will be different though (maybe) I will be adding my personal thoughts instead of just technology related issues. Right now the main categories, starting out, will be Jesus, Technology (ranging from product use to troubleshooting), Media (TV, Film and Podcast),  Energy (as in Alternative or Conservation of), and Food. There may be some Fatherhood thrown in to round it out.

My many thanks to my 1 regular reader!