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Microsoft Tech.Ed 2012 and iPhone / iPad Calendar sync

Published on September 9, 2012 in IT

unfortunately the built in ICS subscription feed doesn't seem to work with iCAL (Apple Calendar) nor iOS devices (iPAD and iPhone).

:(

bummer!

There are a few workarounds:

You can manually click on each scheduled event and it will download a .VCS which you can import into the calendar.

or

Here is another Workaround:

You need to have a google calendar and setup sync with your Calendar and iOS devices.

You need to add the ICS feed to you google calendar.

after that, you should see your personal tech.ed schedule in your google calendar under "Other Calendars".

Next, (this is the key to getting the calendars on your iOS devices)

you must enable the new calendar feed to sync with your device.

goto: https://www.google.com/calendar/iphoneselect

and tick the new calendar "TechEd Australia 2012 Calendar (Read Only)"

Congrats!, you should now have some sync goodness on your iOS devices!

 
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Tech.Ed 2012

Published on September 9, 2012 in IT

I’m heading to Microsoft
tech.ed 2012 on the gold coast!
This will be my first tech.ed ever.
Its 4 days of jam packed Microsoft goodness (if there is such a thing …lol)
But I’m really looking forward to all the new Microsoft server 2012 training and hyper-v virtualization as well as system centre.

 
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Apple iOS 6 Beta – testing

Published on June 17, 2012 in IT

I am testing out the first developer preview of Apple iOS 6.

iOS6 brings many new and exciting features which can be read about here - http://www.apple.com/ios/ios6/

Some of the highlights i'm looking forward to are:

  • maps with turn by turn navigation (might be USA only?)
  • Facebook integration + calendar events !
  • improved siri
  • Passbook – not sure who in AUS will be using this yet but looks cool
  • Better Mail features

So far in my limited testing I have found a number of bugs:

  • Maps –  at first glance this seems very rough in australia, with maps telling me to take incorrect routes.
  • The apple store seems to sometimes show blank pages when clicking on some categories or searching for things
  • The clock seems to drop off some timezone clocks on the screen

But overall i look forward to the newer releases and seeing version 6 being released.

 
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Moving from VMWare ESXi to Microsoft Hyper-v

Published on February 12, 2012 in IT

I've almost finished moving all my servers from ESXi to Hyper-V. It has been very easy to do this using a free tool – 5nine V2V easy converter

In the future I will be using Microsoft System Centre Essentials 2010 to perform P2V and V2V conversions.  I have used MSSCE2010 to perform a few (P/V)2V conversions already, however as I had to move the SQL server (which is a virtual guest that has the MSSCE2010 database) – …yes i know that not best practise to do and it just bit me in the ankle…

So i had to find another way to move the SQL server.

 
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Windows 7 – Howto resolve users being prompted to install printer drivers

Published on November 14, 2011 in IT

In an Active directory environment, under windows 7 – users get prompted for the driver when installing a new printer (even if the printer or driver has been installed before)

and since users don't have admin rights then they are unable to install the printer driver.

You can fix this by creating a GPO

Configure Group Policy settings for "Point and Print" on BOTH computer and user settings (Vista previously only had user settings). The Location of the settings can be found here in GPOs:

  • Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Printers\Point and Print Restrictions
  • User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Printers\Point and Print Restrictions

 

Source: From this Microsoft Technet Forum Post

 
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HP Microserver removing the mini sas cable

Published on November 11, 2011 in IT

this connecter is super tight!

easy way to get it out is to put a screw driver or paper clip and slightly bend the metal shield.

once done the cable is very easy to remove.

 
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OSX Lion Permissions Issues – User sessions don’t save, Preview.app and Textedit.app crash

Published on October 17, 2011 in IT, OSX

some permissions on my OSX Lion accounts were having the following issues after updating to 10.7.2

It could have been caused by something else (like me screwing around with the ACL permissions on folders etc), but this was the major change at the time.

Issues included:

  • windows would not save when closing. e.g. safari would revert to home screen and didn't save open tabs.
  • restarting would load an old user session of open windows
  • Preview and TextEdit app would crash when attempting to load them

 

Download the application BatChmod
http://batchmodmac.en.softonic.com/mac

 

 

Select your user directory and set the permissions accordingly:

     Owner

          Username

          R-W-X

     Grooup

          Staff

          R

     Everyone

          R

     Options

          Change ownership and privileges

          Unlock

          Clear ACLs (10.5+)

     Apply to enclosed folders and files

 


 
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Best Exercise for Toning up?

Published on September 5, 2011 in Health

 

The best type of exercise is anything that you can do consistently!

 

 
There is no one exercise, diet, pill or silver bullet to get fit and healthy.  Its a conscious decision to become that person.
….that will be $1000 thanks!
:P
hehe
 
but seriously… if you can only walk, then fine just do it.
I remember when watching the biggest loser one season, and one of the older guy's was not allowed to do anything except walk and i think a bit of swimming and he was losing as much as the other contestants.
but its all about consistency, eating right and having a goal + a bit of determination!
You need to change your mindset to being a fit and healthy person!
 
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MacBook Air 2011 vs MacBook Pro 2009 – Benchmarks

Published on August 15, 2011 in OSX

Here is the head to head shoot out between old and new…

  13" Macbook Pro (2009) 13" Macbook Air (2011)
To Boot screen 32 seconds 15 seconds
Guest Autologin 45 seconds 15 seconds
VMware – Win7 Bootup 40 seconds 30 Seconds
     

 

Using an SSD hard drive really makes things a lot quicker.

The Boot time and load time is significantly quicker,

Apps just load up in no time.  You seriously become inpatient when using any other computer with a standard HDD.

Also, the portability of this things is just awesome, its so light that you can hardly notice it in your bag, its just like carrying around a book.

Do I miss the DVD drive? – no, i have the external USB drive and I haven't even used it once.

 

only thing i can fault is that it has a max of 4GB RAM. Its definitely acceptable, but 8GB would have been sweet though.

 
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Getting through the crap

This quote is great…

“I recognize that in every business, there’s a lot of administrative crap that comes along that you have to do so you can get to the creative work – most flowers are rooted in manure.” -Wayne Rogers

The last part is what stands out, when you think about it plants thrive in crap, literally!

So pile that shit on and thrive!
Sometimes we need some crap thrown on top of us so that we can grow stronger and let our roots grow deeper.

 
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