Presenting at New York City VMUG July 24 2014, “Insecure about using public WiFi? Connect to your home’s OpenVPN appliance, for free.”

I have no idea how many will be in attendance, but I do know that whoever does show up will be getting a live demonstration of my OpenVPN based virtual machine running back at home, with encrypted sessions displayed…

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How to disable debug mode in VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2014 for a serious speed boost

…so I went and installed “VMware Workstation Technology Preview July 2014″ and quickly discovered that the same VM was now rather slow. All VMs were rather slow. Not just resuming, but using them. Stuttering sound, sluggish mouse, slow to switch…

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How to fix Chrome as-you-type spell checking

Let’s say you use WordPress editor, or other online web forms. Even if you don’t use an Editor plugin like Tiny MCE Advanced, you can still have real-time as-you-type spell checking. You may find that the proper setting to enable Chrome’s spell checking is turned off. If you notice that Chrome isn’t putting little squigggly lines below misspelled words as you type…

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How to migrate a remote PC from LogMeIn to TeamViewer Collaborative Remote Control

But this year, LogMeIn really clamped down, wanting $299 USD/year, for me to keep access to any remote systems. Time to revisit other options. Like many, I waited a bit too long to decide what to do, so I’ve now lost access to all my remote systems. This makes cutting over to an alternative a bit more complex…

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Featured on “Home Gadget Geeks” Episode #174 “Haswell Issues with 32GB of RAM, VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5, OpenVPN, Azure Services”

Show #174 of Home Tech Podcast brought to you by the Average Guy Network…virtualization topics like building your own VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5, Haswell Z97 issues with more than 32GB of RAM. Christian…

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Insecure about using public WiFi? Connect to your home’s OpenVPN appliance, for free.

I was pondering new ways to remotely browse, securely…I had a nagging concern about additional risk of home network penetration….What if I could use an isolated VM with its own NIC port…accessing the web from my home’s 2nd IP address, even when my gadgets and I are far from home. Here’s exactly how…

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VMware vSphere Beta Program is now open to the public!

Previously, VMware’s beta programs were mostly limited to folks who work in large enterprises that were members of the VMware Partner Programs, or perhaps vExperts. Everybody else was likely out of luck. Until now. On June 30 2014, VMware announced “Now Open: VMware vSphere Beta Program.”

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Speed up Lotus Notes 8.5.3 or IBM Notes 9 Social Edition under Windows 7/8/8.1 or Linux

I tested this tweak with both Notes 8.5.3 and Notes 9. Interesting to note that Notes 8.5.3, which predates Windows 8 by years, won’t even run on Windows 8 until you make this simple alteration. Close Notes, edit jvm.properties, changing vmarg.Xmx=-Xmx256m to vmarg.Xmx=-Xmx768m…

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Logitech M705 and M560 mice offer smooth scrolling and excellent wireless performance

With all this GPU power we have these days, you’d think we’d all have smooth scrolling, where you can actually read the text as it glides up the page. Turns out we all can, with the right mouse and the right software. Sure wish I upgraded to a better mouse wheel years ago! Read onward for the long mouse tale…

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A bunch of stuff broke this month, learned a lot fixing it all

KVM over IP fixed, LSI RAID, VMFS corruption averted, unplanned smartphone replacement, cablemodem replacement, and phone line replacement. What a month! Follow along and learn from my mistakes, and successes. Got my Lantronix KVM-over-IP device working, at last. Finally a way to…

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The end of efforts to bring back VMTN?

Well, this saga has quite a long timeline, with the original post stretching back to Nov 04, 2011 in this VMware Community post by Mike Laverick, well known for his deep technical content at mikelaverick.com. The home lab crowd has been lamenting the 60 day time bomb approach for years. My opinion? Well, let’s just close with this reality…

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How to fix “Backup is not set up for this computer” error in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

If you launch Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Backup Launchpad, and to your surprise it shows “Backup is not set up for this computer” it turns out the fix is simple. No need to uninstall/reboot/reinstall. Instead, simply perform the following steps…

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Easy install Amazon CloudFront CDN with WordPress Plugin W3 Total Cache

It’s for intermediate skill level site admins and content creators who want to find out exactly how to go about trying CloudFront CDN on your WordPress install, using some fairly straight forward variations of the CDN settings in the super popular WordPress Plugin W3 Total Cache.

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Superguide: Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

All things R2 Essentials, all in one place. If you’re looking to avoid domain joins, I’ve written up the exact client connector installation steps. My Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials system is handling daily backups of 12 PCs in my extended family for many months already, and running quite well as a VM under…

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Haswell Z97 limited to 32GB memory max, an unfortunate reality for virtualization enthusiasts

If you’ve tried to put together an affordable and powerful home virtualization server for yourself that is also efficient enough to be left running 24×7, you’ll quickly notice that you can’t easily find CPU and motherboard combinations that support anything greater than 32GB.

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Donate twice as much blood, half as often, with a smaller needle

I’ve now found the new double red cell donation machines to work better for me, and my still hectic schedule. It’s not really whole blood I’m donating, because I get my plasma, platelets, and a little saline back…Given my IT worker lifestyle, I’d say others need a few of my blood cells far more than I do…

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