Superguide: Home virtualization lab backup software, some special deals for VMware VCPs and vExperts

It’s a smart move, when an enterprise backup company markets their wares to the home lab enthusiast. Why? Well, we’re often IT professionals, and there’s no better way to get to know sofware than by trying software…

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If Chrome Browser acts like you’re in another country, try clearing just the right cookie

…pretend I was in the US, it was too late. The cookie that the web server planted stuck. So sticky that when I returned to the US, all attempts to get to travelocity.com were still redirected. How do I politely tell the site that I’m back in the US now?

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My month in a German hotel with one outlet, many adapters, and a D-Link DIR-506L travel WiFi router

Back in early September, I found myself scrambling to prepare for a month long trip to Germany. A good situation to be in, but I also wanted to be darn sure I could get my work done on weekday evenings, and…

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INSTEON Hub II appears first in November 2014 Smarthome catalog

Got a catalog from Smarthome in the mail today. I know, right? It’s actual paper. Right there on the cover is the “New and Improved” INSTEON Hub II. Peculiar though, as it would appear they jumped the gun by sending this catalog out. This appears to be…

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German engineering proudly on display in Oktober, at Munich International Airport

Interesting to note how the uniquely shaped modern LED headlamps have become a branding of sorts, as I quickly learned what was about to pass by me. Quick and frequent glances in the rear view mirrors were essential survival skills, especially when…

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How to easily help your favorite site by automatically using their Amazon affiliate ID

Yes, you can visit your favorite site before you shop on Amazon. The only problem is that you have to remember to do that, to visit their affiliate URL or bookmark, each time. What if it was an automatic thing that you could set-and-forget, in under a minute?

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How to speed up your home’s WiFi speeds by testing the best 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi channels

The idea is to obtain more consistent, better speeds by methodically testing a new or existing router. As far as the 2.4 GHz band, only channels 1, 6, and 11 are good choices, and you probably shouldn’t mess with the…

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If you’re using a 802.11ac WiFi device, you may want to avoid 80MHz channel width

This was a strange networking challenge I recently faced, and and not one I found documented anywhere. Perhaps this article will give some folks in similar circumstances something to try, if they experience similar WiFi flakiness. In my case, what I mean by…

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Motorola Arris SB6183 16 Channel DOCIS 3.0 Cable Modem, future-proof through 686 Mbps?

My informal tests will soon reveal if it can dethrone the popular SB6141 that’s in my home, as the standard that I’d recommend for friends and family. If you’re interested in how things turn out, please come back…

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Easily see how many days it’s been since Windows was powered up or rebooted

When troubleshooting memory leak issues that typically crop up when some apps (and services) are left running for days, it can be handy to know exactly how much time has gone by since you last powered up your system, or rebooted Windows…

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials says backup failed due to insufficient storage available, the fix may be chkdsk

This is a bit of a strange one, but here’s the circumstance I ran into today, when trying to troubleshoot why a particular backup was failing. The warnings may have been a little strangely worded…

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Virtualization Lab for sale with 10GB VSAN, ships from a tiny island near Madagascar

I think there’s something pretty interesting about a virtualization guy who has a 10GB Infiniband home lab, way out in the Pacific, on an island about 47 long x 34 miles wide. I’m sharing this article now because…

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Sturdy ProClip USA dashboard mount for iPhone 6 Plus allows one handed dock-and-go

For 5 years now, I’ve had a sturdy yet temporary mounting plate on my 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid’s dashboard. No permanent alterations, no holes to drill. Works great. As phone models change, I just…

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Did you know you can get to the ESXi local console UI from an SSH session?

I didn’t either. It’s kind of awesome, and very handy, since you’re already quite used to using the DCUI (Direct Console User Interface) from when you first installed then configured your ESXi hypervisor. It’s…

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Experiences paying for stuff with cash or credit in Europe, and with Apple Pay back in the USA

I learned a lot about money lately, the hard way. Here’s 4 money tips that’ll help you make payments, the easy way. I feel like 2014 has been a big year for payments systems. Change is in the wind, no it in my pocket…

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VMware Oct 2014 patch allows ESXi 5.5 server’s USB 3.0 devices to work in VMs at full speed

Yesterday, quite to my surprise, I learned that VMware had snuck a little xHCI love into the latest patch bundle, back on Oct 16 2014…it was fun to have a little home lab gift yesterday, and I didn’t waste any time…

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Superguide: iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus Migration Tips

Doing a bunch of things with a bunch of people’s phones, you tend to learn some stuff too. Here’s the minor gotchas that almost got me, these past couple of days of deploying these lovely 5.5″ screen devices, all upgraded from iPhone 5 phones.

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Extend VMware Workstation Technology Preview July 2014 license until VMware Workstation 11 is GA

…without VMware Workstation, I was unable to create new snapshots in VMware Player, and I had some issues with triple monitors that Workstation didn’t exhibit. So I wanted back in. Over in the VMware…

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