Windows Update Problem Server 2012

When trying to install updates on a server I’ve been unable to click on the links to see the Optional or Important pending updates- they just didn’t work. It is if they are just formatted as links but don’t actually do or go anywhere.

In the past when going to the start screen and typing “update” to open the update utility I’ve seen an option for “Install Optional Updates.”
As a troubleshooting step I started from that point, got the same (seemingly) update window but now was able to click the links, select the updates, and install them.


Tech Career Training

If you’re into fixing computers as a hobby or your the go to member of your family for all the tech issues that arise- and you want to turn it into a career- here are the certifications that would have saved me several years of on the job training. Continue reading

Dave’s Streamliner Dolphine

It’s a little old 1997 Geo Metro that’s been retrofitted into an streamlined electric car with impressive performance. It can haul two adults a distance of 321 kilometres (200 miles) at a speed of up to 115 kph (72 mph) on a single charge of its battery bank. All for the lowly conversion cost of a mere $3,000 USD. Ecomodder reckons it gets equivalent to a jaw-dropping 214 miles per gallon (MPGe).
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Aptera Gallery

No telling if this project will ever get off the ground or not. Continue reading

I Want My Computer to Be As Smart As My Phone

With the advent of small devices like the iPhone, iPad, and all the android phones and tablets there came a need to read small text and solve for other problems that never existed conventional computers. What I need now if for some of that new “smartness” to

There have been several times now where I’ve double-clicked on a body of text wanting my browser to zoom to that section so I could reed it better. On my phone in most any application but especially in the browsers the functionality exists to tap a portion of a website or text and- for vizibility’s sake- the app will zoom to that text so that it I don’t have to put on my glasses to read or hunt for a super small link to click. Since getting used to this feature its now habit for me to try and transfer the utility to my laptop or desktop computer.

Also, there’s the shortcut of tapping the title bar to return to the top of any page. How many times, on your computer, have you scrolled down though several days of Facebook or Google+ posts and want to return to the top of the page? The only option to do it quickly is to reload the page rather than using the scroll wheel to scroll scroll scroll scroll all the way back up.

What about you? What do you miss from your phone when you sit down at your desktop/laptop?

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.