First Minnesota snowfall!

This post is definitely not PC related … the first Minnesota snowfall! This was taken with my iphone4, nothing special, just wanted to snap a shot…HDR on. [zenphoto src=”IMG_0540.JPG” album=”vivi/” width=”500″ /] [zenphoto src=”IMG_0541.JPG” album=”vivi/” width=”500″ /]

Test your typing skills!

I found this site : typingtest.com, it’s a fun way of testing how quickly you can read, and type what you read. It’s not really a true test, because you do not typically type what you are reading, more of what you type is what you are thinking. This is the score I got : ...

Server Leases At www.madgenius.com

We have a few Dell PE-860’s for lease! These are racked/server hardware, not cheapo desktops components. We have rackspace in Continuum in Chicago, and our servers can be deployed in about 1-2 hours. Test IP : 74.119.217.9 We are leasing these servers for $200 a month, they come with free cPanel, remote reboot, 5TB bandwidth ...

Costa Rica Driving Map

If you’ve ever wanted to drive through Costa Rica, I stumbled upon this great looking website that gives you GREAT drive times/mappings in Costa Rica : http://www.yourtravelmap.com/ Once you enter the site, click on the fuzzy looking map right in the center of the website. This is what the image you need to click on ...

Cloud VPS Hosting at madgenius.com … soon

We, at madgenius.com, are in the midst of testing out a cloud solution for our VPS services … I will definitely keep posted on the specifics, once we’re live. Features : – Automatic Failover if hardware issues should arise – Windows/Linux deployments in under 60 seconds – All new web based control panel – Run ...

Western Digital Elements 2TB/1TB USB 2.0 speed test 2

I had someone ask me to benchmark my WD 2TB elements drive. It might be useful to someone else, this is running on USB 2.0. [zenphoto src=”1TBexternal.jpg” album=”blog/etc/” width=”500″ /]

ICH9R Fake Raid Failed when Reinstalling OS DISC?

Hello, if you’ve read anything on my blog, you’ll note that I had a 6 x 1 TB HDD SATA raid going through my ICH9R ABIT IP35 motherboard. I recently decided to reformat the ‘server’, and was told by a few that I should be able to reformat the OS drive (separate from the array), ...

Riverbed ROCKS!

At my day job, I was tasked with choosing what direction we were to go with on WAN acceleration. The choice was either adding a second T1 line, Cisco WAAS, and Riverbed. For many, many reasons we chose Riverbed over WAAS, or simply adding a second T1. We’ve seen almost a 5x speed increase, now ...

Verizon Access Manager/US Cellular ERROR 720 – Cannot connect to server/remote server 4

I used to see this error constantly with some of our users who used Verizon Access Manager, and ANY type of Air Card; PC5750, PC5740, PC5220, tethering with Blackberries, etc. Using the VZAM software, or US Cellular sometimes you will not get an error, sometimes you will. The best way to test what error you ...

How to disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration for server 2003/2008 1

I get a lot of people asking me how to disable IE’s Enhanced Security Configuration, so this is how to do it for server 2003, and 2008. Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration places your server and Microsoft Internet Explorer in a configuration that decreases the exposure of your server to potential attacks that can occur ...