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For the uninitiated, the duck race is an annual event where supporters of The Center adopt rubber ducks that will race along the Peoria Riverfront on August 24th.  If you’re one of the lucky ones, you may even win a pretty cool prize (see this link).  This year the goal is to have 30,000 ducks […]

When I first setup my standard desktop image, I struggled with weather or not to include Java by default.  Ultimately, I included Java with my standard image, but with the continual battery of security flaws and mid-week patch deployments I’ve decided to take a more aggressive approach to limiting threats.  With the latest exploit announced […]

I was busy today setting up a scheduled tasks to reboot all computers before deploying a security patch for Java, see http://www.zdnet.com/oracle-patches-multiple-java-zero-day-holes-increases-default-security-7000009736/.  Luckily I decided to verify my scheduled task was setup properly on a client computer before assuming all will go to plan.  Turns out scheduled tasks through group policy preferences is rather unreliable […]

PC vs Mac

Posted: 29th November 2012 by Seth Killey in Saving Money, Windows 8

I’m admittedly a bit anti-Apple, but I still find this shocking.  I think if I really preferred OSX, I’d opt for the Hackintosh route because their hardware pricing is nuts.  The PC on the left is the system I recently purchased and the closest Mac comparison on the right.  This is the 13″ MacBook Pro […]

Mark this one down as one of the strangest things I’ve encountered in awhile.  The longer you are in any field, the less likely you are to see something that stumps you, but today was the exception. First, the setup: Group policy in place to have My Documents redirect to a network storage folder \\servername\root\username […]

libtiff3.dll missing when using Separate+ plug-in for Gimp 2.8

Posted: 6th August 2012 by Seth Killey in Apps

This is more of a note to myself, but if others benefit all the better… We use Gimp for staff members who need to create CMYK images, but don’t necessarily need full blown Photoshop.  There is a nifty little plug-in called Separate+ which allows you to accomplish this feat.  When porting over from Gimp 2.6 […]

=================================== This is an update from this post =================================== I’m in the process of upgrading all client computers from Java version 6.31 to Java 7.4.  Like all major version upgrades of Java if you simply install the new version the old version will remain installed.  Therefore, I’ve included instructions that allows you to remove the […]

Monitoring a specific web page with Nagios

Posted: 14th May 2012 by Seth Killey in Apps, Linux

Recently I was in need of using the check_http plugin in Nagios to monitor a web app that wasn’t the root web page in IIS.  I’ve used check_http before but never knew how to check sub pages until recently so I figured I’d jot down some notes because it wasn’t overly intuitive to me. First […]

Usefull apps for an IT pro: Part II

Posted: 26th April 2011 by Seth Killey in Apps

Here’s some other apps I frequently use: PsTools – Not sure how I forgot this one.  Perhaps the most frequently used tool for desktop support.  Specifically PsExec (remotely execute any command), PsList (list all running programs…for remote task manager type screen use PsList -s \\computername), and PsLoggedon ProcessExplorer – Another Sysinternals gem…you know what just […]

Usefull apps for an IT pro

Posted: 18th April 2011 by Seth Killey in Apps

This kinda piggybacks off an article on good, lightweight apps found here http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/small_powerful_30_useful_apps_under_2mb.  Of these apps, I’ll second the following: SpaceSniffer – Use this to track down a folder of file that is draining free space on your hard drive.  On Windows 7, I also use Windows Search with the parameter size:gigantic to quickly track […]