Archive for July, 2008

Make Sure to Vote and Help the Government Budget!

Posted in Politics, Rants, Taz with tags , , , , , on July 30, 2008 by tazspaz

How To Save The Government $5 Million

A president’s pension currently is $191,300 per year.
Assuming the next president lives to age 80. Sen McCain would receive ZERO pension as he would reach 80 at the end of two terms as president. Sen Obama would be retired for 26 years after two terms and would receive $4,973,800 in pension.
Therefore it would certainly make economic sense to elect McCain in November.
How’s that for non-partisan thinking???

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Windows Mobile AntiVirus

Posted in Taz, Technical with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2008 by tazspaz

Seriously folks, there is no need at current time for you to rush out and buy Windows Mobile AntiVirus software.

I agree with the post (found here), you can go out and buy it if you’d like to; “I won’t call you a sucker — to your face.”

Here are some basic concepts as to “why” I feel you don’t really need it (performing these functions on your smart-phone that is, smarties!):
1.  Do you go to websites you don’t know?
2.  Do you download things to your phone you don’t know where they come from?
3.  Do you sync files from your desktop?
4.  Do you receive your email from a corporate email system?

So if you don’t download things to your phone or go to strange websites, yes men/boys that includes strange girlie pics, then your phone is already doing fine.  Your desktop, I’m sure (right?), has antivirus already installed on it so the files you sync to you phone are already checked.  Your corporate email is scanned before it gets to your inbox (and thus before it gets to your phone), and if not you need a new IT group!

However, if you find you are still skitish or desire the protection (at a cost to system performance of your phone btw) you might want to look at these products:
Symantec’s Norton Smartphone Security
McAfee’s Virusscan Mobile
Trend Micro’s Mobile Security
Airscanner’s Mobile Antivirus

Those are just a few.  I’m sure there are many more out there as well as some freeware options.  Feel free to comment this post with any you might know.

UNC’s, Exe’s, and IE Enhanced Security Config.

Posted in Taz, Technical with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2008 by tazspaz

Oh my GOSH!

Wow, this was annoying. I knew I’d heard it before so it only took a few moments of my time however; it was a couple hours before my guys asked for help and it does show just how ingrained IE is in the Microsoft’s OS.

Error: SelectObject to CompatibleDC failed: The operation completed successfully. (0)

So what we were attempting to do was run an application installation from a UNC path. We could browse the path no problem. When we attempted to launch the application’s executable we would see the above error.

What was the culprit you ask? It was the “Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration” Windows component of Windows Server 2003 R2®. Once that was removed; Viola! It worked fine.

My guys think I walk on air, I don’t tell them I once sat and banged my head on the keyboard too. Then again I’m sure there is scaring there on the forhead. 😉

Save Your Starbucks! Starbucks Closing Near You?!?

Posted in Rants, Taz with tags , , , on July 21, 2008 by tazspaz

Well we all heard the news (or I assume you already know) that Starbucks is planning to close 600 stores.  Recently Starbucks has announced the store closings it is planning to complete.  See the Wall Street Journal story here.

If you’d like to see the map and find out if your local Starbucks is slated to be boarded up look here.

Fortunately for me none of the frequented locations I go to in the major cities I visit were on that map.  Sadly, a couple of the smaller areas I travel to often were on that map.  All I ask is that the one I’m going to visit here for DR testing by the end of the year is open when I get there.  Please save the boards and nails until after the DR testing.  Otherwise we may have some issues with my team! 😮

Remove ePO

Posted in Rants, Taz, Technical with tags , , , on July 20, 2008 by tazspaz

Okay a pet peeve of mine; a friend asks you to look at their PC/laptop.  No problem if I have the time I’ll help you out.

You drop off said PC/laptop and it has McAfee ePO installed on it.  First off, red flag my readers!  This is not a personal piece of equipment.  It is a business item.  Can you get around user names/passwords and get local administrator rights?  Of course.  That is a topic I will not cover.  You either know how or you do not.  Your IT staff knows how; if they don’t, well I’m a consultant and would be happy to help.  Provided the right contracts are in place. 🙂

Anyhow moving along.  How to remove the ePO agent from your desktop you ask?  Simple!

Find the frminst and change to the directory it resides in.  In this case I had to go to:
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework>

From here you run:  frminst /remove=agent

Now continue with your work.  The ePO agent won’t be a bother any longer.  Sorry, pet peeve and had to rant a moment!

Oh, once again, use this information at your own risk!  If you are not the IT guru/manager for your company you can seriously mess up your system.

MMORPG’s

Posted in Rants, Taz with tags , , , , , , , on July 20, 2008 by tazspaz

I have been asked by several people what online games I like.  Honestly I have several I like to play from time to time when I have the kids.  Recently I ran across one with my son that, so far, is intriguing.  It is an MMORPG called Anarchy Online. 

 

I also found a good resource for those of you looking for a “new” experience to you.  I say “new” because it may be a new game or just a new game for you.  Check it out here.

Dell R200, Can It Run Windows XP?

Posted in Taz, Technical with tags , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2008 by tazspaz

A Dell R200; can it run Windows XP?

Seems that question has been asked many times. Dell clearly states in their ‘Tech Specs’ that the only supported OS types are server related. There is not a client type OS on that list.

However, if you search the internet for R200 and Windows XP you will find many a person trying to get this to work. I did not find anyone that was successful when first I looked. I found much speculation, anger, and hate about the topic. No resolution to actually making Windows XP work on a Dell R200.

Now, let me tell you, it is possible.

However, let me warn you, it is not a supported configuration by Dell. This means something goes wrong hardware wise, sure they’ll replace the hardware, they will not reload or support the OS build and the replacement hardware may not work.

Now keeping the above in mind, and that all information I give you is not warranted, implied or otherwise, and that if you follow these steps you are doing so of your own accord. Whatever happens happens, and I am not responsible for your actions or issues that may arise from following my steps outlined below. Again, remember, Dell says this doesn’t work and is not a supported configuration.

Well here goes!

  1. Put the Starter CD that came with your server in.
  2. Once it has come to the selection screen choose your language.
  3. Choose OS installation.
  4. A list of OS options appears. Select Windows 2003 R2 standard.
  5. Accept defaults for the installation (do not fill out product key when given the ‘option’ to do so).
  6. Once the Dell prep. CD has reach 74% it will “spit” out the CD and ask for the OS CD.
  7. Insert the Windows XP CD
  8. The CD will be rejected 2-3 times before it is accepted.
  9. After the installation files are copied the system will “spit” out the CD again and reboot.
  10. Follow along with the prompts when Windows starts its installation process after the restart process is complete.

You now have a working installation of the Operating System.

HOWEVER, you need some driver updates. ESPECIALLY the NIC drivers or the system is just a standalone box that can’t really do anything for you. This is probably not why you bought it though.

The nice thing here is that you have the drivers on the starter CD! DO NOT use the application on the CD to install the drivers. Instead use ‘Device Manager’ and browse to the location on the CD for the drivers.

Once you have that completed and the server has internet access everything else will be picked up when you do a Windows Update procedure. You will more than likely have to do the Windows Update procedure 2, 3, or 4 times before all the updates are completed.

Once you have done this you will have a working Dell R200 running Windows XP!

Remember, Dell states that this is NOT a supported configuration and you are doing this at your own risk. Personally I don’t know why one would want a server class machine (no matter how low ‘rent’ it is) to run a client side OS. Then again, I was asked by a client to make it work. I did, of course I had them sign a waiver. :p

As usual, if you have questions ask away here so we can share with everyone. Plus I get enough spam in my inbox. 😉

NOTE 11/10/2008:  Please ensure to read the responses below.  You will find changes in how drivers and installation behave.  Thanks to those who have posted their results, work-arounds, and updated successes!