Time flies

Just over eight years ago I left Novell, I have been at Microsoft for eight years – that means longer than my time at Novell. It is a different world from then.

ASUS RT-AC66U firmware

I recently switched from the stock ASUS firmware for the home wireless infrastructure to the ASUSWRT-MERLIN builds. Stable and fast – and I like it. http://asuswrt.lostrealm.ca/

Testing new Azure Dv2 Virtual Machines

I just upgraded a SLES 11 SP4 VM running in Azure from an A2 to a D2v2 – it’s resized and settling. Now sitting on newer hardware with 7GB RAM and dual proc. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/virtual-machines/#Linux Resize and restart was super fast.

Excel and fiscal dates

I keep having to remember the fiscal year formulae for Excel – fiscal year starts July 1, ends June 30. Here’s my note so I can remember: Fiscal year:  =IF(MONTH([cell])>6,YEAR([cell])+1,YEAR([cell])) Fiscal month: ==IF(MONTH([cell])>6,MONTH([cell])-6,MONTH([cell])+6)

Adobe Acrobat Pro 9.0.0 updates

Old but still functional – here’s my placeholder for updating from Acrobat Pro 9.0.0 to 9.5.5. http://www.serveradventures.com/the-adventures/installing-adobe-acrobat-9-v955-pro-fully-updated-deploying-with-gpo-or-mdt-2012

Open Live Writer

I was really happy to see Live Writer transition from a Microsoft product to the Open Source World. Live Writer is my go-to blog composing app. Still works beautifully after all these years. You can download Open Live Writer at http://openlivewriter.org/

SLES 11 SP4 – mysql, php and sockets

Something changed in SLES 11 SP4 (or one of the very recent updates). The default mysql.sock moved to /var/run/mysql/mysql.sock rather than the previous location in /var/lib For some reason this meant that the defaults for PHP5 were looking for the wrong location for the socket. A quick cleanup of /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini to include mysql.default_socket = /var/run/mysql/mysql.sock […]

Updating to SLES 11 SP4

SLES 11 SP4 has been out for a few months now. Finally found the maintenance window to do the updates. Great post here on how to do the magic with zypper.

Whiteboards lead to architecture lead to whitepapers

Over the past 15 years I’ve become very aware that different people take in information in very different ways. I am a visual learner as an example – so seeing diagrams, manipulating shapes on a touch screen, linking conceptual boxes together – that’s my thing. Others prefer to read and digest, others like to listen, […]

Elasticity in the cloud

It’s nice to be able to turn the dial to 11 when you need something doing quickly. Just rebuilt the thumbnails on the photo albums – it’s a CPU intensive job. Turn Azure up to 11 – more RAM, more procs – and it’s done in no time.