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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

VMotion to different CPU types!

Found this out there and boy howdy it works!!! Now we can VMotion to ANY of our production VMWare hosts. We used to not be able to transfer between blade servers and non-blade servers. And the brand new HP DL580 G3 wouldn't allow us to VMotion from the G2 boxes. hehehehe. It is like Christmas!

The default VirtualCenter settings restrict migrations with VMotion to source and destination CPUs that VMware can guarantee are always compatible with the virtual machines being migrated.
The following knowledge base articles contain additional details specific to Intel and AMD processors:


Intel VMotion Compatibility (knowledge base article 1991)
AMD VMotion Compatibility (knowledge base article 1992)
VirtualCenter identifies processors with the SSE3 instructions and those without the SSE3 instructions as incompatible for migration with VMotion because the SSE3 instructions are application-level instructions that access the CPU directly and bypass the virtualization layer.

Additional details regarding the SSE3 instructions can be found at:


SSE3 Overview
SSE3 Technical Details


Adjusting VMotion Compatibility Settings to Ignore SSE3 Restrictions

The following instructions are provided for non-production use. The configuration changes described below cause the VirtualCenter management server to ignore the VMotion compatibility constraints which are specific to the SSE3 instructions.

If user-level applications running in a virtual machine that use the SSE3 instructions were to be migrated with VMotion from CPUs that do support the SSE3 instructions, to CPUs that do not support the SSE3 instruction, they would likely fault on an undefined instruction code. VMware does not provide general support for this modification because the resulting faults on the destination host could cause applications and guest operating systems to fail.

To relax the VMotion compatibility constraints and allow migration with VMotion between incompatible servers:


Locate the VirtualCenter configuration file called config.ini (usually located at C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter).
If the config.ini file does not exist, create a text file and save it with that name.
Add the following line to the file:
migrate.ignore.extfeature.bits = 0x65BD
Restart the VirtualCenter management server.
To undo the configuration change and restore to the default VMotion compatibility constraints:


Locate the VirtualCenter configuration file called config.ini (usually located at C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter).
Remove the migrate.ignore.extfeature.bits = 0x65BD line from the file.
Restart the VirtualCenter management server.
Note: Knowledge base articles 1991, 1992, and 1993 replace article 1377.

Friday, December 16, 2005

It works!

I have been playing around with video blogging and I think this one is probably the best so far. At least the picture quality is good.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

MS ActiveSync 4.1

ActiveSync 4.1 is out!

If you use a Windows Mobile 5 device you can now update from the buggy 4.o that came with the device. I guess that is why they never officialy released 4.0... Enjoy!

Friday, November 18, 2005

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Originally uploaded by Phil Morrison.


Josh and Jacob being goofy.

katie





katie

Originally uploaded by Phil Morrison.


Aparently Katie has gotten over her aversion to cameras...

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Monty Python Killer Rabbit Plush

The most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on – in plush!
He has a mean streak a mile wide!
I soooo want one of these for Christmas!
Killer Rabbit

[ThinkGeek]

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Robotic Guitar Tuner

Hey, this is neat.  I have a PPC app for tuning the guitar but this is even better… 

guitar_tuner_robot.jpgI swear, my Journey cover band was having a hell of a time trying to get started and I finally found out why. I could never get my guitar tuned right to handle those sick Journey riffs, so it would end up being way off or we would spend our entire jam session trying to tune the guitars correctly. Much to my delight String Master has released their Robotic Guitar Tuner. Yeah, these things have been around for a while, but this one is special, mostly special by being cheap, $50 cheap. Attach the robot to a peg, give the string a pluck and in no time you will be getting boo'd out of bars nationwide.

The String Master Robotic Guitar Tuner [OhGizmo!]

 [Gizmodo]

RFID Gets Chippy

 Sounds kind of interesting…  I wonder if they could put the persons name on the RFID with a display somewhere that shows what each person had.  On the fly updates during the game would be a hurdle, but it would still be kind of neat.   Would definitely help for when you’re about to go All-IN!

< ![if !vml]>chip< ![endif]>If you think you can outsmart a casino, don’t bet on it. An agreement has been struck between Gaming Partners International Corp. and Galaxy Resorts to supply over 600,000 RFID gaming chips to casinos that will be opening in Macau, China next year. (Didn’t know they allowed gambling in China!) This is an example of an emerging trend whereby casinos are using RFID to stop gamblers from cashing in counterfeit gaming chips and to stop cheaters at various table games.


[The Wireless Weblog]

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Kyocera KR1 EV-DO router reviewed

I would love to have one of these in my van!!! 

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Remember that stay-at-home-dad who’s been obsessively converting a PEZ dispenser into an MP3 player from his basement? Well, he’s finally taking orders for his product. For $99US, you get a 512MB flash-based MP3 and WMA player which doubles as a USB2.0 mass storage device. The single AAA battery provides up to 20 hours of tasty licks on the included earbud headphones — hell, it even comes preloaded with “Indie tracks” (any chance that’ll include the Jackie-O MF reissues?). All this in an old-school PEZ “Pal Boy” dispenser; go get your kitsch on and support an underdog, we’re sure Cupertino won’t mind.

[Thanks, Kernel32]
[Engadget]

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

New headset





New headset

Originally uploaded by Phil Morrison.


I know it says Treo but it works just fine on the PPC-6700. I can even voice-dial now over it. Much better than the Jabra I used to use.

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

MS to Ship Malware Protection Utility

This looks kind of interesting.  I wonder if it will merge with the existing Anti-SpyWare product they are offering?

Microsoft introduced on Thursday a new program that will help to combat viruses, malware and spyware in the corporate environment, as well as provide stronger protection for current and emerging threats. Called Microsoft Client Protection, the new service could be seen as new competition for McAfee and Symantec.

[BetaNews.Com]

Monday, October 3, 2005

Mobile Phone-casting

I couldn’t sign up for an account even though they say it will work on all WM5 phones.  But I did send a message to the support email asking for more info.  This sounds kind of neat… 

mobile-webcasting.jpg
Missed this item from DEMOfall a few weeks ago: Canadian company ComVu is offering free webcasting services for mobile phones running Windows Mobile 5. The software includes some sweet features such as tags support, geo-positioning data to allow viewers to locate transmission point on map, automatic video-blog functionality, and instant group notification via SMS, IM or email. The company is banking on video as the logical evolution of the phonecam newsgathering trend.

"CNN is already promoting its citizen reported media; it's only a matter of time before all newspapers and broadcasters will seamlessly tap into the 'on the spot' video feeds streamed live from camera phone users-this is exactly the capability ComVu enables."

PocketCaster is in beta right now. Anyone taken the PocketCaster for a test-run? Please report back.

Pocket casting [Red Ferret]
ComVu [Product Page]
 [Gizmodo]

Company Launches 6th Sense Social Networking for Windows Mobile and Symbian smartphones

<rant>

 I saw this post on Geekzone and took a read.  Now, I understand why this is different from the fictional game of “BlueToothing” that started out as a joke but turned into something real…. But, having said that.  Why on EARTH would I not just go over to the person at the bar (besides the fact that I am married and wouldn’t do that…).  Until they build this in as something that is default on your phone, and it’s not an Uber-Geek phone but a more mid/low end phone, the only folks you are going to find are nerdy guys pretending to be hot chicks….  Or teeny-boppers with rich folks…  Oh, well, there is my rant.

</rant>

6th Sense is a mobile personal networking service for users to find people in the local proximity that they might want to meet.

 [Geekzone: IT, mobility, wireless and handheld news]

Friday, September 30, 2005

Rubadubdub





Rubadubdub

Originally uploaded by Phil Morrison.


Three netcom guys in a tub... Oh, can you see, they are all wearing pink?

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

My Haggiswurst's 23/5 meme

Saw this on Nodded

Search your blog archive.
Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
Tag five people to do the same.

And this is the fifth sentence from MY 23rd post:
"This is bizzare!!"
If you are close enough to read this consider yourself tagged.

Apple to Fix Nano Screens, Not Scratches

Um, so I have a scratch in my nano so I should take a hammer to it or sit on it before I ask for a new one? 

In a statement issued late Tuesday, Apple acknowledged that a manufacturing error led to a small percentage of iPod Nanos with weak screens, which could potentially crack in a tight pocket. Apple says it will replace any Nanos with broken displays, but not those with scratches.


[BetaNews.Com]

Monday, September 26, 2005

iPod Nano's LCD Scratches More Than a DJ

 Man, if I forked out the dough for one of these and the screen broke I would be bent!  Hehe, I made a phunny.

ipodx_family_050907.jpgiPod Nano is coppin' a bad rep already with it's users. Why? Well apparently your LCD is fucked if you even put it in your pocket. Now some of these breaking LCD screens make sense. For instance, you don't put an iPod Nano in your jeans pocket or whatever and sit down. We all know the thing is going to bend and snap a little. The screens are breaking so fast, supply cant keep up with demand and LCD price-gouging has occured (we won't name sites)! If you have a Nano, we highly suggest picking up a solid case to protect it....or a thong if you want. UPDATE - Or maybe an invisible shield?

iPod nano screen complaints abound [iLounge]
 [Gizmodo]

Thursday, September 22, 2005

The Palm Treo 700w - First Look At The Windows Mobile Treo

 Hey this is kinda cool.  But I think I will keep my PPC-6700.  It has a 1.3 megapixel camera and a hideaway keyboard. J

Engadget has their hands on a Palm Treo 700w, the name and model for the Windows Mobile Treo some of us have been salivating over for the last few months.
"A few confirmed specs: Windows Mobile 5.0, one megapixel camera, EV-DO, Bluetooth, 64MB of memory, still trying to conclusively determine the resolution of the display, but it looks to our eyes like it's 240 x 240 pixels, not 320 x 320. But we're not 100% on that, ok?"
There are a lot...


[Pocket PC Thoughts]

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Goo-Fi?

Well, I saw this and decided to check it out.  Seems I was still able to get to http://wifi.google.com/download.html and download the file.  Not sure what good it will do since I am not in SF. J 

The story begins,

LONDON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Online search leader Google (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) is preparing to launch its own wireless Internet service, Google WiFi, according to several pages found on the company's Web site on Tuesday.

The page was http://wifi.google.com/faq.html, but it's gone now. Try and you'll be redirected to the index page. From the FAQ, while it was still visible: "The program can currently be downloaded at certain Google WiFi locations in the San Francisco Bay Area." (Please tell me it's not Windows-only. [Later... Yep, it is. But that's Secure Access... not clear where that ends and other Wi-Fi services begin.])

Other poop here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here (with excerpts, such as One of our engineers recognized that secure WiFi was virtually non-existent at most locations. As a result, he used his 20% project time to begin an initiative to offer users more secure WiFi access. Google Secure Access is the result of this endeavor.), here (with a screen shot!), here (more screen shots), here and (of course) here.

Tag: goofi. (No offense intended. It's just too good a pun to resist.)


[The Doc Searls Weblog]

Friday, September 16, 2005

Sprint Releases PPC-6700 To Business Customers

Woohoo!!!  Now I wonder if we can get the ROM from this to work in a PPC-6600…. 

Sprint has begun to release the PPC-6700 to business customers. Currently it is not available for consumers and even some smaller businesses are reporting difficulty in obtaining units. The device is replacing the PPC-6600 in Sprint's lineup and is priced at $629.99 before rebate.

However one curious note about the device is its final form. The device from pictures on Sprint's web site is completely unbranded, with no references to Sprint or UTStarcom on it. This may represent an ongoing conflict with UTStarcom and Sprint over the new ESRP program, which will handle future Sprint replacements. Under new ESRP guidelines, customers which do not have the $6 ESRP plan will be required to ship the phone back to the manufacturer. However, Sprint and UTStarcom have an agreement (made under Audiovox, long before UTStarcom purchased Audiovox) that Sprint will handle all warranty replacements for Sprint products, and that all UTStarcom products will solely bear the Sprint name.

To date, we have seen PPC-6700 shells that bear every combination of Sprint logo and UTStarcom logo, however, the conclusion of one lacking both logos leads us to believe that UTStarcom and Sprint have not yet finalized branding and warranty agreements for ESRP. This is especially concerning considering this is a post-merger device, not shielded until the end of the year. We strongly advise anyone who purchases this device add ESRP to their plan until we can confirm who is warrantying these devices currently.


PPC-6700 Business Product Page
[PCS Intel]

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Future Looks Bright for Hybrids

About time.  I just wish I could afford to buy one…  I despise having to pay 70 bucks to fill up the stupid beater car I drive around… 

b015-highlanderhybrid-0905n.jpgLeave it to the Japanese to finally promise a 100% hybrid lineup in the near future. By 2006, Toyota is aiming to produce 400,000 gasoline-electric cars, including the beloved Prius, Camry sedans, Highlander SUVs and Coaster buses. It seems the whole, oil-equals-high-prices-at-the-pump thing is finally starting to make some sense, so I look forward to seeing reactions from other car companies. Oh, and Toyota has also talked about creating new technology to cut production costs for the hybrid vehicles and "halve the $5000 price premium."

Toyota sees 100% hybrid vehicle lineup [Detroit News]

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

umptyphratz

ok. TechnoD tried it so I figure I would too. "umptyphratz" isn't showing up on Google Blogsearch so I figured I would see how long it takes to show up.

Philip Morrison, 89, Builder of First Atom Bomb, Dies

Yes, I google my name.... Sad to hear about the "other" Philip Morrison.
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Sprint Supplies Latest Excuse for Puns on the Word "Sirius"

I’ve been quiet this month but I just couldn’t resist this one.  Personally I am a XM Radio fan but hey, this is way cool.  I just hope you can listen to the radio and not miss your calls.

BTW: If you ARE a XM Radio subscriber, did you know you can listen online for free?  http://listen.xmradio.com try it! 

siriussprint.jpgCan't go without Howard Stern in the morning? Help is on its way. Sprint inked a deal with Sirius, allowing 21 channels of the company's music to be downloaded from any of its multimedia handsets—all for only $6.95 a month. Good going Sprint. As if the satellite radio presence orbiting CEDIA this week wasn't indication enough, this is just the beginning of the satellite radio/hardware romance. Soon you'll find sat radio service embedded in all kinds of gadgets—toasters, toilets, kids plush toys. And what if you're already paying for Sirius service, let's say, in your car? Are you willing to pay twice? Three times? Get the prices down and the number of stations up and I'll fill my next root canal with a sat receiver.

Sirius/Sprint Debuts [Orbitcast]
Sprint Offers Sirius Music To Customers [TWICE]
[Gizmodo]

Thursday, September 1, 2005

Philips Shows Rollable Display

This completely rocks!!!  Reminds me of the little devices they use in Earth Final Conflict. 

PolymerVision-readius-in-ha.jpgWe're getting close to electronic paper here, people. Get your panties in a bunch. Come on. We're waiting. OK. Good.

Polymer Vision, a subsidiary of Philips, reports that they will present a portable consumer device with a "rollable display" at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) in Berlin, Germany, September 2-7. The prototype, called Readius, has a monochrome 5-inch QVGA display with four grey levels that can show maximum two images per second; colour screens with quick move images aren't possible yet.

Looks like more proof-of-concept, but if they've got something moving on that screen, we're entering the diamond age.

Philips presents rollable display prototype [GadgetFlash]
[Gizmodo]

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Cellular Pacemaker: But What's the Coverage Area?

This is neat.  With my Grandfather having an un-cellphoned defibrillator in, it would be neat to have the doctor be able to tell how often it had to work or get alerted if it went off. 

lumos.jpgPacemakers are a thing of the past with the Biotronik Lumos defibrillator implant. Next time your heart stops beating and you aren't near civilization, this implant will take charge and get your rhythm back on track. Connected via the cellular telephone network to your doctor or physician, you'll never feel isolated from immediate care or monitoring by trained professionals. Messages arrive to doctors via SMS or a detailed web-based report so extra help is always around the corner.

Just be sure that the implant is turned off during movies, live performances, meetings and other embarrassing situations.

Lumos DR-T Dual-Chamber ICD with Wireless Home Monitoring [MedGadget]
[Gizmodo]

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

My Precious

Hehehe..

It's my Birthday present from Google...

http://talk.google.com

Look me up, pjmorrgmail.com (almost messed up and put my email address out there for the bots. I am getting old.)
If you need an invite, just let me know.

Vonage Saga

Be ready: This is a long post.

First off, let me start by saying that I love Vonage. They have saved me so much money it’s not even funny. I have been a loyal customer since Sept 2003 and have referred many folks. Be that as it may, I had the opportunity to deal with the tec support of Vonage and let me tell you what… It is a mess.

It all started with a towel. Seems that someone threw a towel into the room with the Cisco ATA device and it happened to land on said device. This caused it to over-heat which of course, caused it to no longer function. I called tech support and I had to deal with a first tier tech support dude. Now, those of you who know me know that I did everything within my power to not call in because I am quite familiar with this technology and gadgets in general. But, swallowing my pride, I walked through all the idiot questions and even had to tell the technician (who had never seen/heard of the Cisco ATA) that this device does not have a web interface. After going to a second tier guy several times the guy came back and said that he would ship me a new Linksys device and a shipping label. This new device was the RT31P.. The device comes in and I hook it up. No worries. I still can’t ship the other device back yet as I don’t have the shipping label. An hour after I put the new device in my cell phone rings. It is someone calling me on my home phone which rolls over to cell when the Vonage device is unavailable. Well, seems the new device is no longer working…. After many calls with another technician we determine that we can not reset this device to factory defaults so he is shipping me ANOTHER RT31P. He proceeds to tell me that I will be charged another 99 bucks to which I say, “No you’re not!” He gets his manager who does concede that this is ridiculous and does a delayed bill. I also remind them that I still have not received my shipping label for the first device… Remember the first device…. Well, the next RT31P comes in and I hook it up. Now I have two devices in boxes waiting for labels to send back and make my first call on my new device…..


No dial tone.

At this point I begin to get impatient. I begin to demand that they send me my labels as I don’t want to start another return while I have 2 defective devices already….

I finally get my labels and I send them all back. When I finally get my 99 bucks back I start the process over for the device I have now, which doesn’t work. It is here that I made a good find that I will share with everyone.

If you have to call Vonage tech support, use the following path in the automated attendant (granted this info may change but it was going through the billing department).
2, 2, 1, 2. The phone only rang twice and I always got someone who was easy to understand. I start telling them that I want to speak to a supervisor and almost have to argue with the person because they want me to talk to a technician. I concede and speak to a dude who says that he can fix things. It seems that there is a new model now, RTP300, that has replaced the other model due to reports of failures in the older model. (Duh)
He said he would send me a new model (delayed billing) and have it tested before it was shipped. And for my trouble, he gave me a free month of service. When I checked the next day I still didn’t see any updates on the order. The person I got when I called in said that the order was locked and never released for shipping. He released it and also said he would give me ANOTHER free month of service for my trouble.

The next morning I find an email waiting in my inbox stating that my credit card has been charged another 99 bucks for the shipment of the new device. On top of that, when I log in to look at my account I see that my two months of free service have been removed as well. Well, as you can imagine I am not happy about this. I call in again, using 2212 and DEMAND to speak to a supervisor.

It took a good 20 minuets for the supervisor (Mr. Perry) to grasp the entire fiasco that I have gone through. He immediately cleared the slate. Mr. Perry canceled the order, refunded my money (which only took 1 day to post back to my credit card) and started all over. Within 15 minuets of hanging up with Mr. Perry, my money was on the way home, my two free months were added back in, and the device said it was on the way.

Yesterday, I get my device, plug it in and it works right away. THANK YOU Mr. Perry!!! You rock!

The morale of this story is that VoIP is awesome, it saves money and Vonage is a great company. They have just grown too fast in my opinion and their first round technicians are way under trained. I am not sure if this is because English is not their natural language (which those that know me, know I understand most foreign accents better than most) or if they just don’t grasp the job that has been handed to them. But the management folks and the third tier technicians (most of which have been with Vonage since the beginning) are spot on awesome!

Sushi-making Gadget

Oooooh, cool.  I don’t know if I would trust myself to make it.  But TechnoD makes his own sometimes… 

sushi-2Prod.jpgThere are very few things in life that I love more than sushi. That magical combination of vinegary rice, raw fish, and wasabi, just sends my taste-buds singing. So imagine my delight when I found out about this crazy contraption, Sushi@Home, which makes devices to help you make sushi at home. The round device makes Nigiri, whereas the long oblong device makes Maki. The devices are fairly mechanical in nature; the Nigiri device just shapes the rice ball for you, and the Maki device allows for easy setup and rolling (it does mean you'll get a square-ish Maki instead of a round one though). I don't think making your own sushi is all that difficult in the first place if you have a bamboo mat and you know what you're doing, but if you NEED proper measurements the Sushi@Home products might be for you. Both the Nigiri maker and the Maki roller go for $90 each, but if you get them together, they'll go for $150.

Product Page [Sushi@Home via Red Ferret]
[Gizmodo]

Friday, August 19, 2005

Monday, August 15, 2005

2005 Darwin Awards

Number 10 caused my side to hurt.

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/darwin05.asp

HOW TO: Use Schtasks.exe to Schedule Tasks in Windows Server 2003

Re found this while looking into a problem with remote AT job scheduling on Win2k3. Seems they changed the command a bit:

HOW TO: Use Schtasks.exe to Schedule Tasks in Windows Server 2003
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SUMMARY
Overview of the Schtasks.exe Tool
Syntax and Parameters
How to Create a Scheduled Task
How to Change a Scheduled Task
How to Run a Scheduled Task
How to End a Scheduled Task
How to Delete a Scheduled Task
How to Perform a Query of Scheduled Tasks
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SUMMARY
In Windows Server 2003, you can use Scheduled Tasks in Control Panel to create, delete, configure, or display scheduled tasks. You can also use Schtasks.exe to schedule tasks manually.


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Overview of the Schtasks.exe Tool
Schtasks schedules commands and programs to run periodically or at a specific time. Schtasks adds and removes tasks from the schedule, starts and stops tasks on demand, and displays and changes scheduled tasks.


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Syntax and Parameters
The following is a list of the syntax and parameters that you can use with Schtasks.exe: • Schtasks /Create
Creates a new scheduled task. • Syntax:
schtasks /create/tn TaskName /tr TaskRun /sc schedule [/mo modifier] [/d day] [/m month[,month...] [/i IdleTime] [/st StartTime] [/sd StartDate] [/ed EndDate] [/du duration] [/s computer [/u [domain\]user /p password]] [/ru {[Domain\]User | "System"} [/rp Password]] /?
• Parameters: • /tn TaskName Specifies a name for the task.
• /tr TaskRun Specifies the program or command that the task runs. Type the fully qualified path and file name of an executable file, script file, or batch file. If you omit the path, Schtasks.exe assumes that the file is in the Systemroot\System32 folder.
• /sc schedule Specifies the schedule type. Valid values are MINUTE, HOURLY, DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY, ONCE, ONSTART, ONLOGON, ONIDLE.
• /mo modifier Specifies how frequently the task runs in its schedule type. This parameter is required for a MONTHLY schedule. This parameter is valid, but optional, for a MINUTE, HOURLY, DAILY, or WEEKLY schedule. The default value is 1.
• /d day Specifies a day of the week or a day of a month. Valid only with a WEEKLY or MONTHLY schedule.
• /m month[,month...] Specifies a month of the year. Valid values are JAN - DEC and * (every month). The /m parameter is valid only with a MONTHLY schedule. It is required when the LASTDAY modifier is used. Otherwise, it is optional and the default value is * (every month).
• /i IdleTime Specifies how many minutes the computer is idle before the task starts. Type a whole number from 1 to 999. This parameter is valid only with an ONIDLE schedule, and then it is required.
• /st StartTime Specifies the time of day that the task starts in HH:MM:SS 24-hour format. The default value is the current local time when the command completes. The /st parameter is valid with MINUTE, HOURLY, DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY, and ONCE schedules. It is required with a ONCE schedule.
• /sd StartDate Specifies the date that the task starts in MM/DD/YYYY format. The default value is the current date. The /sd parameter is valid with all schedules, and is required for a ONCE schedule.
• /ed EndDate Specifies the last date that the task is scheduled to run. This parameter is optional. It is not valid in a ONCE, ONSTART, ONLOGON, or ONIDLE schedule. By default, schedules have no ending date.
• /du Duration Specifies a maximum length of time for a minute or hourly schedule in the HHHH:MM 24-hour format. After the specified time elapses, Schtasks does not start the task again until the start time happens again. By default, task schedules have no maximum duration. This parameter is optional and valid only with a MINUTE or HOURLY schedule.
• /s Computer Specifies the name or IP address of a remote computer, with or without backslash characters. The default is the local computer.
• /u [domain\]user Runs the command with the permissions of the specified user account. By default, the command runs with the permissions of the user who is logged on to the computer that is running Schtasks.
• /p password Specifies the password of the user account that you specified in the /u parameter. This parameter is required when the /u parameter is used.
• /ru {[Domain\]User | "System"} Runs the tasks with the permission of the specified user account. By default, the task runs with the permissions of the user who is logged on to the computer that is running Schtasks.
• /rp Password Specifies the password of the user account that is specified in the /ru parameter. If you omit this parameter when you specify a user account, Schtasks.exe prompts you for the password and obscures the text you type. Tasks that run with permissions of the NT Authority\System account do not require a password and Schtasks.exe does not prompt for one.
• /? Displays help at the command prompt.


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• Schtasks /Change
Changes one or more of the following properties of a task: • The program that the task runs (/tr ).
• The user account under which the task runs (/ru ).
• The password for the user account (/rp ).
• Syntax:schtasks /change /tn TaskName [/s computer [/u [domain\]user /p password]] [/tr TaskRun] [/ru [Domain\]User | "System"] [/rp Password]
• Parameters: • /tn TaskName Identifies the task to be changed. Type the task name.
• /s Computer Specifies the name or IP address of a remote computer with or without backslash characters. The default is the local computer.
• /u [domain\]user Runs the command with the permissions of the specified user account. By default, the command runs with the permissions of the user who is logged on to the computer that is running Schtasks.
• /p password Specifies the password of the user account that you specified in the /u parameter. This parameter is required when the /u parameter is used.
• /tr TaskRun Changes the program that the task runs. Type the fully qualified path and file name of an executable file, script file, or batch file. If you omit the path, Schtasks.exe assumes that the file is in the Systemroot\System32 folder. The specified program replaces the original program that is run by the task.
• /ru [Domain\]User | "System" Changes the user account for the task.
• /rp Password Changes the account password for the task. Type the new password.
• /? Displays help at the command prompt.


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• Schtasks /Run
Starts a scheduled task immediately. The run operation ignores the schedule, but uses the program file location, user account, and password that are saved in the task to run the task immediately. • Syntax:schtasks /run /tn TaskName [/s computer [/u [domain\]user /p password]] /?
• Parameters: • /tn TaskName Identifies the task. This parameter is required.
• /s Computer Specifies the name or IP address of a remote computer with or without backslash characters. The default is the local computer.
• /u [domain\]user Runs the command with the permissions of the specified user account. By default, the command runs with the permissions of the user who it logged on to the computer that is running Schtasks.
• /p password Specifies the password of the user account that you specified in the /u parameter. This parameter is required when the /u parameter is used.
• /? Displays help at the command prompt.

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• Schtasks /End
Stops a program that was started by a task. • Syntax: schtasks /end /tn TaskName [/s computer [/u [domain\]user /p password]] /?

• Parameters: • /tn TaskName Identifies the task that started the program. This parameter is required.
• /s Computer Specifies the name or IP address of a remote computer with or without backslash characters. The default is the local computer.
• /u [domain\]user Runs the command with the permissions of the specified user account. By default, the command runs with the permissions of the user who is logged on to the computer that is running Schtasks.
• /p password Specifies the password of the user account that is specified in the /u parameter. This parameter is required when the /u parameter is used. /? Displays help.

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• Schtasks /Delete
Deletes a scheduled task. • Syntax:schtasks /delete /tn {TaskName | *} [/f ] [/s computer [/u [domain\]user/p password]] [/? ]

• Parameters: • /tn {TaskName | *} Identifies the task being deleted. This parameter is required. • TaskName Deletes the named task.
• * Deletes all the scheduled tasks on the computer.

• /f Suppresses the confirmation message. The task is deleted without warning.
• /s Computer Specifies the name or IP address of a remote computer with or without backslash characters. The default is the local computer.
• /u [domain\]user Runs the command with the permissions of the specified user account. By default, the command runs with the permissions of the user who is logged on to the computer that is running Schtasks.
• /p password Specifies the password of the user account that you specified in the /u parameter. This parameter is required when the /u parameter is used.
• /? Displays help at the command prompt.


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• Schtasks /Query
Displays all the tasks that are scheduled to run on the computer, including those that are scheduled by other users: • Syntax:schtasks [/query] [/fo {TABLE | LIST | CSV}] [/nh ] [/v] [/s computer [/u [domain\]user/p password]]
• Parameters:[/query] The operation name is optional. Typing schtasks without any parameters performs a query.
• /fo {TABLE | LIST | CSV} Specifies the output format. TABLE is the default. /nh Omits column headings from the table display. This parameter is valid with the TABLE and CSV output formats.
• /v Adds advanced properties of the tasks to the display. Queries using /v should be formatted as LIST or CSV.
• /s Computer Specifies the name or IP address of a remote computer with or without backslash characters. The default is the local computer.
• /u [domain\]user Runs the command with the permissions of the specified user account. By default, the command runs with the permissions of the user who is logged on to the computer that is running Schtasks.
• /p password Specifies the password of the user account that is specified in the /u parameter. This parameter is required when the /u parameter is used.
• /? Displays help at the command prompt.


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How to Create a Scheduled Task
To create a scheduled task: 1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
2. At the command prompt, type net start, and then press ENTER to display a list of currently running services. If Task Scheduler is not displayed in the list, type net start "task scheduler", and then press ENTER.
3. At the command prompt, type schtasks /create /tn "Application_Name" /tr c:\apps\Application_Name /sc Value /st HH:MM:SS /ed MM/DD/YYYY, and then press ENTER. Note that you may have to change the parameters for your situation. For example, you might type schtasks /create /tn "My App" /tr c:\apps\myapp.exe /sc daily /st 08:00:00 /ed 12/31/2004 This example schedules the MyApp program to run once a day, every day, at 8:00 A.M. until December 31, 2004. Because it omits the /mo parameter, the default interval of 1 is used to run the command every day.

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How to Change a Scheduled Task
To change a scheduled task: 1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
2. At the command prompt, typenet start, and then press ENTER to display a list of currently running services. If Task Scheduler is not displayed in the list, type net start "task scheduler", and then press ENTER.
3. At the command prompt, typeschtasks /change /tn TaskName [/s computer [/u [domain\]user /p password]] [/tr TaskRun] [/ru [Domain\]User | "System"] [/rp Password] , and then press ENTER. Note that you may have to change the parameters for your situation. For example, to change the program that a task runs, type: schtasks /change /tn "Application_Name" /tr C:\File_Path\Application_Name.exe

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How to Run a Scheduled Task
To manually run a scheduled task outside its schedule: 1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
2. At the command prompt, type net start, and then press ENTER to display a list of currently running services. If Task Scheduler is not displayed in the list, type net start "task scheduler", and then press ENTER.
3. At the command prompt, type schtasks /run /tn TaskName [/s computer [/u [domain\]user /p password]] , and then press ENTER. Note that you may have to change the parameters for your situation. For example, to run a task on the local computer, type schtasks /run /tn "Task_Name" .

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How to End a Scheduled Task
To end a scheduled task: 1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
2. At the command prompt, type net start, and then press ENTER to display a list of currently running services. If Task Scheduler is not displayed in the list, type net start "task scheduler", and then press ENTER.
3. At the command prompt, type schtasks /end /tn TaskName [/s computer [/u [domain\]user /p password]] , and then press ENTER. For example, to end the instances of a program that was started by a scheduled task on a local computer, type schtasks /end /tn "Task_Name".

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How to Delete a Scheduled Task
To delete a scheduled task: 1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
2. At the command prompt, type net start, and then press ENTER to display a list of currently running services. If Task Scheduler is not displayed in the list, type net start "task scheduler", and then press ENTER.
3. At the command prompt, type schtasks /delete /tn {TaskName | *} [/f] [/s computer [/u [domain\]user /p password]], and then press ENTER. For example, to delete all tasks scheduled for the local computer, type schtasks /delete /tn * /f.

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How to Perform a Query of Scheduled Tasks
To perform a query of scheduled tasks: 1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
2. At the command prompt, type net start, and then press ENTER to display a list of currently running services. If Task Scheduler is not displayed in the list, type net start "task scheduler", and then press ENTER.
3. At the command prompt, type schtasks /query , and then press ENTER. Output from this example displays a table of tasks that have been scheduled to run.
For more information about how to use Schtasks.exe, search for Schtasks.exe in Windo
After the specified time elapses, Schtasks does not start the task again until the start time recurs. By default, task schedules have no maximum duration. This parameter is optional and valid only with a MINUTE or HOURLY schedule.
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MORE INFORMATION
For further information on the Schtasks command, go to the following Microsoft Web page:

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/schtasks.asp (http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windowsserv/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/windowsserv/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/schtasks.asp)

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Phil's foot trouble





Phil's foot trouble

Originally uploaded by Phil Morrison.


Sorry for the slow posting. I have been recovering from a torn achillies tendon and a fractured bone spur in my right heel. Seems that I should have just stepped on the cat instead of trying to save its life because the result was that the cat hid in the couch for a day and I have a stupid cast on my foot. After a week I had to go back to the doctor because the bottom of my foot hurt worse than the heel. When they took off the cast this is what they found.


Now I wear a boot that looks like a part of a space suit that I can take off at night so that this doesnt happen any more. It seems that I sweat so much that a cast just isnt feasable in the hot weather up here.

3 more weeks of this and then I start on something else. This has redefined what a 10 on a 1-10 pain scale is and this coming from someone who has broken a more than a few bones...

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

New VMWare boxes dont like old LightPulse HBAs

Upgraded to new build of VMWare ESX and SAN went away... Here was the fix.

Emulex LightPulse Driver Issue:
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edit the file /etc/vmware/vmware-devices.map

find the line
device,0x10df,0xf095,fc,LP952 1Gb Fibre Channel Host Adapter,lpfcdd_2xx.o
device,0x10df,0xf095,fc,LP952 1Gb Fibre Channel Host Adapter,lpfcdd.o
and replace with
device,0x10df,0xf095,fc,LP952 1Gb Fibre Channel Host Adapter,lpfcdd.o
device,0x10df,0xf095,fc,LP952 1Gb Fibre Channel Host Adapter,lpfcdd_2xx.o

Sunday, August 7, 2005

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image_00092.jpg

Originally uploaded by Phil Morrison.


Watching NASCAR on the couch.

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image_00091.jpg

Originally uploaded by Phil Morrison.


Robin and Sandy...

Windows Vista Beta 1

Well, I am now running Windows Vista Beta 1 on both my main laptop and my main desktop. Before I get into the things I like I will tell you about the 1 thing that I have found that I don't like.
I can't seem to get the Cisco VPN client to install. It installed for previous betas but now it just fails. :( But, other than that... On to the good stuff.

Instead of My Documents you just have a "Documents" folder. They changed the path to C:\users\username\Documents. I like this as it was a pain to dig under "Documents and Settings".
The other neat thing is the new PC-to-PC sync. Now that I have my desktop and laptop running Vista I have sync setup on them so that if I make changes on my laptop it will sync to the desktop the next time it sees it. They still have the "Offline" setting for server shares but having the ability to have a copy somewhere else is awesome!
The other change is that there is aparently no more msgina.dll. The logon screen is a full screen of blue. I think this is why the VPN client fails to install.
Another thing is that they brought fast user switching to domain users! I like this
And lastly, the User Account Protection setting. When it is on, any changes you attempt to the system will prompt for a local administrator username/password. Even if you are already in the local administrators group. Also, when this is on you can't write to any location except for your user directory. Verry cool!

Friday, August 5, 2005

Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Monday, August 1, 2005

The Kegbot - It Gives You Beer

This is funny. Free beer from a robot.  Reminds me of the scene in “Fifth Element” when the robot asks, “You want some more?”.

DSC05601.jpgFolks at Defcon got to spend some quality time with the Kegbot, a Linux-based freedom-as-in-free-beer dispenser. The system uses a specialized board and iButton reader to dispense a perfect, frothy pint in every pour. It can even keep track of who drank what and when and the folks at Make Magazine even go their own happy welcome from said Kegbot. Now if only they had a EasyCreepyWomanAttheBarBot, I could maybe die happy.

@ DEFCON - The Kegbot project [Makezine]


[Gizmodo]

the::unwired: WM5's Simultaneous Connection Capabilities

Way cool!  Now we just need a ROM image for our PPC-6600’s. 

"Finally; it took until Windows Mobile 5.0 but now it is there - Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 now supports simultaneous data connections (e.g. W-LAN and GPRS/UMTS) including seamless handover between both connection types. While GPRS is at least (depending on your country) always available, W-LAN isn't but only at home, in the office or at selected HotSpots.
On the other hand, in most cases W-LAN is way faster and in most cases cheaper than...


[Pocket PC Thoughts]

Thursday, July 28, 2005

New Wireless IP Phone Debuts

This looks cool.  I have been having issues with my Vonage setup for 4 weeks now.  My trusty old Cisco ATA fried due to someone who we wont mention (Robin) put a stack of towels on top of it and it over-heated.  The replacement came in and worked for a day.  The replacement of the replacement came in and worked over the weekend…..

 

I am currently waiting for all the RMAs to sort themselves out before trying on device number 4… Sheesh.  But I still like Vonage better than Bell South!!! 

< ![if !vml]>zultys< ![endif]>A new wireless IP phone from Zultys Technologies is designed to be compatible with any IP telephony system using SIP (Session Initiation Protocol). The WIP 2 phone offers two call appearances, voice encryption, paging, 3-way conferencing, instant messaging, and all standard telephony functions. In addition, the phone provides four hours of continuous talk time and 12 hours of standby time.


[The Wireless Weblog]

Japanese Develop 'Female' Android

This reminds me of the CitiBank commercial where the kid talks about having the money to build his “Girl Robot” for prom night. J

 

 


[Slashdot:]

Wireless Jammer

Yikes!  I have a hard enough time getting a signal when on the road.  This could make matters worse! 

wirelessjammer_small.jpgFor a small fee of $445, you too can annoy thousands of people on a daily basis. This little device has the potential to jam wifi and Bluetooth signals. I predict those Amish are behind this, trying to put a halt to the Google takeover of the world. Unfortunately this gadget will start popping up all over the place and, well, sorry Mr. Company Tech guy—have fun troubleshooting when one of these devices is in the area.

Luddite invention will jam Bluetooth, wi-fi, vid cams [The Inquirer]
[Gizmodo]

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Microsoft Pre-Release Software Code Named “Avalon” and “Indigo” Beta1 RC (ISO) (Windows Vista)

 Well, it’s not the real beta but it could be interesting to play with while we wait for “Windows Vista Beta 1”.

Indigo and Avalon are the codenames for two strategic developer technologies that Microsoft plans to ship in 2006 as part of the Windows "Longhorn" operating system. In addition, Microsoft is making these technologies available on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. The Indigo and Avalon Beta1 "RC" enables developers to continue experimenting with early builds of these technologies, get acquainted with the development experience, and provide Microsoft with feedback. More details about these technologies are below.


[ActiveWin.com Headlines]