Road-warrior productivity boosters for laptops blessed with USB-C but no Ethernet

Working in hotels with your laptop can be a pain, sometimes literally. I mean really working, and producing content. Here's just some of the issues commonly noticed when traveling for work like I do: no secondary display, man do I miss having one way-too-high desktop to type comfortably on…

May 15 2017

VMware vSphere Taskbar Shortcuts Unleashed - profile switcher isolated and uncluttered Chrome Browser UIs act like native Windows apps!

It's no secret that VMware is moving away from the Windows/C#-based vSphere Client and the Adobe Flash-based vSphere Web Client over to an HTML5/JavaScript combo that is far faster, and much more universal. These web UIs arrived in the form of the VMware Host Client (source) that's baked right in…

Mar 27 2017

In VMware vSphere 6.5, missing functions in speedy HTML5 Web UI leaves us saddled with vSphere Web Client (Flash), C# Client still connects to hosts, but not to vSphere

Did you notice what the VMware vSphere 6.5 Release Notes mention, at this spot? Those are the (finalized?) client UI names! Yep, get ready for this: Components of VMware vSphere 6.5, including vCenter Server, ESXi, the vSphere Web Client, the vSphere Client, and the vSphere Host Client do not…

Nov 16 2016

How to automatically run an elevated program shortcut at Windows startup, without login or UAC prompts

Backstory Why did I want to do this? Well, I was setting up to record this one-long-shot 4K test video, where I wanted my Window Server 2016 test system to automatically go right into maximum CPU and RAM abuse mode, without requiring a keyboard or monitor. A little strange, I know, and certainly a…

Nov 10 2016

TinkerTry Highlights 001

TinkerTry Highlights New tech evolves quickly, TinkerTry's agility reflects that reality My ongoing home tinkering tends to bring new insights to previously published topics. As I explained here, when the technical updates below articles are significant, I'm pulling together a curated list of those…

Oct 19 2016

Camtasia 9 video editor finally arrives with a new UI, 4K support, and 64 bits on PC or Mac. Worth the wait?

Backstory Last year, I wrote: I do hope TechSmith goes forward with plans to develop a truly 64 bit version of Studio Finally, it's here, Camtasia video editing, in 64 bits! OKEMOS, Mich. – October 12, 2016 - TechSmith Releases New Version of Camtasia: A Powerful Platform for Making…

Oct 14 2016

Download Windows 10 Anniversary Update Disk Image (ISO File) for your clean install PCs and VMs

With the initial release of Windows 10 a year ago, first, there's was the Media Creation Tool that can either upgrade the Windows 7/8.1 system you're working on to Windows 10, or download Windows.ISO for installation on another PC. With yesterday's release of Windows 10 Summer Update, the official…

Aug 3 2016

How to clear or edit VMware vSphere Client's connection history cluttered with old server names and IPs

I recently figured out an easy way to clear out that sometimes long VMware vSphere Client history, as I was cleaning up my home lab and starting fresh. I believe you'll find this simple technique quite handy as well, especially if you're a busy and meticulous VMware sysadmin wishing your list…

Aug 2 2016

Attend VTUG Summer Slam 2016, your chance to choose a FREE TinkerTry'd Supermicro SuperServer Bundle 2!

You may have recently read about VTUG Co-Leader Chris Williams, in my recent post about falling DDR4 prices that are helping make Supermicro Xeon D-1541 SuperServers more obtainable for virtualization enthusiasts who are always thirsty for more RAM. Well, just so happens he's taking delivery of his…

Jul 19 2016

How to easily shutdown or restart Windows over Remote Desktop Connection

Problem The Shut down and Restart options are removed from the Start Menu when you’re connected using Remote Desktop (aka Terminal Services), as pictured above. These intentional omissions protect you from yourself, since there's a risk when doing such power operations remotely. If something goes…

Apr 4 2016

Use Chrome for VMware-related taskbar shortcuts, unclutter your browser-based UIs so they look like native apps!

This article has been replaced with a newer, much simpler technique I've developed: VMware vSphere taskbar shortcuts: uncluttered Chrome UIs act like native Windows apps! Mar 27 2017 Table of Contents - add vSphere admin shortcuts to your taskbar Use these links to jump to each section's…

Apr 2 2016

TinkerTry live 45 minute Supermicro SuperServer demo Mar. 31 2016 at 3:15pm EDT, part of xenappblog's all day virtual expo, free!

Register now at xenappblog.com/expo. This event is over, but I have video of 30 minutes of the presentation/demonstration available already! Supermicro SuperServer demo Mar. 31 2016 at 3:15pm EDT, part of xennappblog's all day virtual expo, free! Those of you who were in attendance will be getting…

Mar 30 2016

Xeon D-1587/1581/1577/1571 16 Core CPU full specs found at Intel ARK, 12 Core 1567 looks the most interesting

It began with my article two days ago: Intel Xeon D-1500 full specs for new 8/12/16 core models now available at Supermicro, good fit for home labs? where I had this little pre-formed search link for you, All Intel® Xeon® Processor D-15xx models but the results didn't show any of the new 12…

Feb 19 2016

Intel Xeon D-1500 full specs for new 8/12/16 core models now available at Supermicro, good fit for home labs?

Hats off to Patrick Kennedy, for not only having the very latest gear straight from Intel, and for getting such comprehensive benchmarks out so quickly, with many more such tests to come. As always, great information over at his STH (ServeTheHome): Intel Xeon D 12 and 16 core parts launched –…

Feb 17 2016

Ultimate guide to mousing your way across multiple Windows 10 desktops with ease for an instant productivity boost

Train your Logitech mouse to do new tricks! Logitech SetPoint can allow mouse button controls instead of awkward multi-key shortcuts, for instantly navigating among multiple desktops See how to use this almost hidden but very useful Windows 10 productivity feature at Microsoft at: Multiple desktops…

Jan 16 2016

Video Speed Controller Chrome Extension is like adding TiVo and podcast app playback controls to any HTML5 video, including repeat, skip, and speed

Download/Install from Chrome - Mac or PC bit.ly/video-speed How many others downloaded from the author's shortened URL before you Ilya Grigorik "pushed out" his latest update on Nov 7 2015, with 47,000 active users, so far. bit.ly/video-speed+ You may have noticed that YouTube is…

Nov 10 2015

New TinkerTry'd Supermicro SuperServer Bundle 2 and Bundle 3 - lower cost of entry for your VERY upgradable virtualization home lab, now shipping from US and EU!

Bundle 3 shipping details squared away now, article updated, this is a Fri. Nov. 20th re-announcement! May 24 2017 Update - Bundle 3 orders are no longer being taken. Problems arose with shipping logistics that Wiredzone was unable to overcome. Currently, the best course of action is to go through…

Oct 30 2015

Order a TinkerTry'd Supermicro SuperServer Bundle - powerful and efficient home virtualization lab solutions

Many folks have kindly asked me how they can show their support for TinkerTry when making various Wirezone purchases, choose either: 1. Just use any of the links at TinkerTry when buying. 2. Cut-and-paste ?urlsource=tinkertry onto the end of any Wiredzone URL. Only then may TinkerTry earn a small…

Oct 30 2015

Use all your monitors for Remote Desktop to Windows 7 PCs or VMs by sidegrading from Professional to Ultimate, getting past Pro's one-monitor restriction

This is admittedly a very niche article, of high value to a select few folks that have this very specific need. That burning desire to get past Windows 7 Professional's dirty little secret. Did you know that Pro has a very annoying and seemingly arbitrary restriction? You can Remote Desktop to Pro,…

Oct 21 2015

Microsoft's first laptop ever - Surface Book speeds, feeds, and emotions

Many of this past week's Surface Book first-look articles focus on the experience, the look, the feel. So did the presenter. Yes, all very important attributes for successful demonstrations, as we all ponder what this Surface Book product launch means for the rest of the laptop world. This was the…

Oct 10 2015

Camtasia Studio for screen recording and Snagit for screenshots - some tips, and a way to get 20% off through Sep 24

Over these past 4 years, many TinkerTry visitors have asked: What video editing software do you use? These inquiries came in through Disqus comments, YouTube comments, and occasionally over email. So it's about time I create a post to help proactively answer that question, once and for all. Enter…

Sep 22 2015

Superguide: Supermicro SuperServer 5028D-TN4T - THE Ultimate Home Virtualization Lab

TinkerTry's tagline: TinkerTry IT @ home Efficient virtualization, storage, backup, and more... I tend to go pretty deep in my articles for nearly 5 years now, ever since I created my original self-built Core i7 beast aptly named vZilla in 2011. It worked well, but using a consumer motherboard…

Sep 20 2015

VMware Workstation 12 and Player 12 released with full Windows 10 support

VMware has a track record of releasing a compatibile version of VMware Workstation soon after every major release of Windows. This year was no exception, just one month after Windows 10 became widely available. It's the last time too, with all future Windows releases delivered as incremental…

Aug 26 2015

Easily keep Windows 10 from sharing those big Windows Updates with PCs that aren't in your home

Looping video of the exact steps seen below. I like Windows 10, and I installed it on 7 machines this past month alone. I think it's a good idea that Windows Updates are now shared among PCs on your home network, by default. Why should each PC download the same huge files when other PC…

Aug 24 2015