Friday, February 27, 2009

I'm LinkedIn, are you?

Note: This is an old post from Blog Kenst from Friday, March 16, 2007:

Lately I've been on this kick about updating my information on LinkedIn. (For those of you who don't know what LinkedIn is, go here: http://www.linkedin.com). I've also been trying to get everyone I know - both professionally and non-professionally - to get on the site. It's kind of the next social networking site, but instead of benig for teens and pedophiles like Myspace, it's for professionals. You are basically creating a profile for yourself that contains everything you wish your resume had. Past and job experience, volunteer activites, awards, hobbies, summaries of
yourself, etc.

So I'm LinkedIn, are you?
http://www.linkedin.com/in/ckenst

Media Center

Note: This is an old post from Blog Kenst from Friday, March 16, 2007:

So my new (to me) Media Center finally arrived yesterday. I purchased a Gateway Media Venter 901X on eBay about 1 1/2 weeks ago as my companies newest project. With computers and TV becoming more callaborative and pushing themselves into the center of everyone's living room, I figured it was a good move to know how to build and trouble shoot them. Plus it sounds pretty cool. Therefore I purchased a system that I knew something about, knowing I could reconfigure it and at a low enough price point that it made sense.

I received the system, drivers, windows media center edition 2004, gyration wireless mouse and keyboard (they work 30+ ft from the recevier) and a few extra hook ups. The cool thing about media centers is they fit directly into your stereo system profile because they look like any ordinary stereo system. (This Gateway system is no different it looks like a system receiver, only it has several covered USB ports and a DVD burner!)

My grand plans for this unit consist of the following:

* (2) 300+ GB Hard Drives setup on RAID 1 for mirroring (can't loose that information!)
* 1 GB of Memory (at least)
* Windows Vista Ultimate
* Using the Media Center capabilites in Vista / plugging in our cable and using the system to record TV Shows (In addition to the DVR we have!)
* Storing / Sharing: Music, DVDs, and other Media in a single dedicated location
* Storing DVDs in a digital format for Burn-on-the-Fly movie watching (still deciding how this would work)
* Putting the system on the current domain for added security
* Using the system all over the house with the wireless keyboard and mouse

This system wouldn't replace my XBOX 360 (for gaming) nor the HD-DVD player that I have, it would be a dedicated system for music and movies. For reliability sake alone it becomes worth protecting all that information, knowing that nothing else would go on that system and I would be able to restrict the programs being installed there!

Once that is setup and I have TV streaming to the Media Center and DVR box, what do I do with my slingbox? - - - So many issues to deal with!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Firesizer Plugin / Add-on for FireFox 3.0

I've been testing a new Web Application in Firefox 3.0 and I needed to make my window size 1024x768. While the most accurate way to do this is to change your screen resolution, I also downloaded Firesizer .90 and Window Resizer 1.0 for Firefox 3.0.

Both of them are off a little bit in terms of the real size of the window, but Firesizer is off quite a bit more. I ended up resetting my screen resolution to verify their accuracy when someone pointed out the two programs offered different realities.

All I have to say is Firesizer is the worst of the two. Window Resizer 1.0, although not as user friendly (no icon at the bottom of the window) but it appears to be more accurate.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

SharePoint Installation Done

Last night I downloaded the directions for installing SharePoint Services on Windows Home Sever and the installation was a snap. You just want to make sure to download the instructions PDF to the Home Server system since many of the links for the software are direct file downloads.

Now I'm up and running with SharePoint and all the tools it has to offer. Later this weekend (perhaps tonight) I will try installing the blog software, Graffti CMS, from the below listed We Got Served article.

I also want to try installing the PlayOn Media Server on my Windows Home Server. The We Got Served article on how to install it is here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Installing SharePoint on my Windows Home Server

I'm really excited about the possibility of setting up Microsoft SharePoint Services 3.0 on my Windows Home Server. I setup a version of Microsoft SharePoint Server on a previous server and did so semi-successfully. I got SharePoint up and running and could access all the pages, however I couldn't get it to work correctly outside my network and I didn't quite have all my security settings correct.

I found the following link that contains a document on how to install SharePoint on a WHS and it contains a step by step pdf that looks excellent. This is one option for my personal (internal) blog and it also gives me a much better place to store documents.

I use SharePoint at work and love it's easy setup and ability to organize documents and I've always wanted to version for home. Now I've just got to follow through and do it!

Host a Blog on Windows Home Server

I keep debating my desire to rid myself of my personal blog, Blog Kenst. I don't want it on the net anymore and I don't really add much to it, but I do like reflecting on the things that come and go in my life. It was easy to start deleting the crap posts and moving the technology posts here but the personal reflection posts are too... something...

Anyways, I figure if I move it off blogger to an easily publishable site that won't be picked up by Google I could keep it. I came across an article on We Got Served (the Windows Home Server blog) that shows you how to setup a blog on a Windows Home Server. I like this idea and assuming it works, it could fit my desire.

Here is the We Got Served article. I'll let you know how it goes!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Media Center for Mac OS X

I just saw this on Lifehacker and I think the Plex Media Center for OS X would be a cool application to download and install on my Mac Mini.

Here is the website.

The lifehacker article is here.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Diving Computer


This is a previous post from June of 2008:


I decided a few months ago that since the government was sending me money to spend, that I should spend it wisely. I decided I would try to find a new dive computer for the exact amount of the check. It was a toss up between getting a new dive computer (about $400) and a few new tanks, or try and find a used "holy grail" type computers.

Of course I opted to find one of the better "holy grail" computer, which I did - a Suunto Vytec. Check it out here:
http://www.suunto.com/suunto/main/product_short.jsp?CONTENT%3C%3Ecnt_id=10134198673939611&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=9852723697223379

The Vytec is a wrist computer, that wireless transmits my pressure from my tanks. It will sync with my computer so I can keep my dives logged digitally. I've only done a few dives and so far I'm loving it.

Maintenance Schedule / Service Log for 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe

This is interesting information. Below is the Scheduled Maintenance log for my 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe:

  1. 45,000 Miles
    1. Replace passenger compartment air filter.
    2. Check rear/front axle fluid level and add fluid as needed. Check constant velocity joints and axle seals for leaking.
    3. Rotate Tires
  2. 50,000 Miles
    1. Change automatic transmission fluid and filter.
    2. Change transfer case fluid.
  3. 52,500 Miles
    1. Check rear/front axle fluid level and add fluid as needed. Check constant velocity joints and axle seals for leaking.
    2. Rotate Tires.
  4. 60,000 Miles
    1. Replace passenger compartment air filter.
    2. Check rear/front axle fluid level and add fluid as needed. Check constant velocity joints and axle seals for leaking.
    3. Rotate Tires
    4. Inspect engine accessory drive belt.
    5. Replace fuel filter
    6. Inspect Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system as described in the service manual.
    7. Inspect Evaporative Control System. Check all fuel and vapor lines and hoses for proper hook-up, routing and condition. Check that the purge valve works properly, if equipped.
  5. 67,500 Miles
    1. Check rear/front axle fluid level and add fluid as needed. Check constant velocity joints and axle seals for leaking.
    2. Rotate Tires.
  6. 75,000 Miles
    1. Replace passenger compartment air filter.
    2. Check rear/front axle fluid level and add fluid as needed. Check constant velocity joints and axle seals for leaking.
    3. Rotate Tires.
  7. 82,500 Miles
    1. Replace passenger compartment air filter.
    2. Rotate Tires.
  8. 90,000 Miles
    1. Replace passenger compartment air filter.
    2. Check rear/front axle fluid level and add fluid as needed. Check constant velocity joints and axle seals for leaking.
    3. Replace fuel filter.
    4. Rotate Tires.
  9. 97,500 Miles
    1. Check rear/front axle fluid level and add fluid as needed. Check constant velocity joints and axle seals for leaking.
    2. Rotate Tires.
  10. 100,000 Miles
    1. Inspect spark plug wires.
    2. Replace spark plugs.
    3. Change automatic transmission fluid and filter.
    4. Change transfer case fluid.
    5. Inspect Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) valve.
  11. 150,000 Miles
    1. Drain, flush and refill cooling system (or every 60 months since last service, whichever comes first). Inspect hoses. Clean radiator, condenser, pressure cap and neck. Pressure test the cooling system and pressure cap.

Friday, February 13, 2009

TCP Acknowledgement (ACK) in Windows XP and 2003

Link to a Microsoft Support article on a "New registry entry for controlling the TCP Acknowledgment (ACK) behavior in Windows XP and in Windows Server 2003"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328890

Cool WordPress Themes

This is why I need to move this blog onto my Mac Mini and start using WordPress:

http://www.revolutiontwo.com/themes

I found the link to this site while visiting the website Evie Mali. I really like Evie Mali's site layout and the site holds a special meaning to me. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009