Try OPS1E on iOS, a fast and powerful way to manage your vSphere 4.x, 5.x, and 6.x environments

Yes, this is a relatively expensive app, but there is a free version to try. What if you could have a UI that is way faster than vSphere Web Client, that allows you do things like clone or migrate VMs, check in on CPU utilization, and even do vMotion, with simple tap-tap-tap ease of use. Yes, it's…

Mar 3 2015

My month in a German hotel with one outlet, many adapters, and a D-Link DIR-506L travel WiFi router

Back in early September 2014, I found myself scrambling to prepare for a month long work trip to Germany. A good situation to be in, but I also wanted to be darn sure I could get my work done on weekday evenings, and my play done on weekends. Given I'm from the US and hadn't been to Europe in…

Nov 18 2014

Insecure about using public WiFi? Connect to your home's OpenVPN appliance, for free.

Last year, I was pondering new ways to remotely surf the web securely, privately, from my home's IP address, even when far away from my home. The concern wasn't so much about my internet provider, Cox Communications, from knowing what I'm doing. It was more about securing in-the-clear…

Jul 5 2014

CalAlarm for iPhone and iPad, finally an app that repeats an alert until I respond

For years, I've been seeking a reliable way to be alerted to calendar events on my iPhone. One of the drawback with iOS has been the default calendar's behavior, where an event may bet set to trigger an alert or two before or at the start time of some personal or professional appointment that…

Apr 29 2014

Fix the issue where you upgrade to Windows 8.1 then your Photo Stream stops updating

Have you done the free Windows 8.0 to Windows 8.1 upgrade, then noticed your iCloud Control Panel has stopped updating your Photo Stream? Even on the latest Apple iCloud Control Panel 3.1, the issue doesn't just go away. Somebody named "Alex leong" noticed this problem, and asked the…

Dec 23 2013

How to prevent microwave cooking from slowing down your entire home's WiFi, using 802.11n 5GHz WiFi

Tonight, I was listening to This Week In Computer Hardware 195, where 5 minutes in, hosts Patrick Norton and Ryan Shrout have an interesting discussion about the wireless interference issue with USB 3.0, especially when external USB 3.0 drives are in use. It's all described with scientific…

Oct 15 2013

Safer way to charge Apple Lightning devices quickly, even at a longer distance from your wall outlet

I was recently looking for the fastest charger made by Apple, for a family member's recent Apple products, including an iPhone 5. But I soon realized the wall outlet is inconveniently far from the desired recharging location, the bedside stand. Googling around for a bit, getting a 3rd party longer…

Jun 7 2013

Using FaceTime to help somebody set up a new iPhone or iPad remotely

It's that time of year, where loved ones in far away lands get new iOS goodies. Seeing new user's happy faces as they get new tech in their hands is a joy. But alas, there is no easy way to remotely control a new iOS device, not without jailbreaking anyway. Well, it's quite possible to guide…

Dec 19 2012

How to get those large iTunes iOS device backups off your C drive

If you have: a) a smallish C: drive (say, an SSD) b) iTunes installed for iOS device backups c) a need for always-with-you backup/restore via USB (on a laptop, for example) then this article is for you! Admittedly might be best to put iTunes on some always-on PC, perhaps in a VM, to sync via WiFi.…

Nov 7 2012

How to enable WiFi Personal Hotspot or USB Tethering on an iPhone, easily sharing your Internet with nearby devices

These instructions will get you through the simple connection sharing process, with an accompanying video to also demonstrate how straight-forward and fast this is to set up. Jump to steps 1,2,3 below to read the step-by-step guide with screenshots, or jump to the walk through video at the end…

Oct 28 2012

FingerPrint 2.1 runs nicely on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, great way to allow iOS printing on your home or corporate network

Jul. 12 2013 Update: Unfortunately, buy-it-once FingerPrint is no longer sold, replaced by Presto, which I haven't tested, but is reviewed by The Wall Street Journal here. This article kept for archival purposes only. I routinely use FingerPrint in my home, and in other family member's homes, such…

Sep 22 2012

3rd generation iPad displaces aging laptop for family member who mostly just surfs and emails, how'd it go?

Yes, the faithful, rugged 5-year-old Lenovo ThinkPad T61 and its 15.4" 1280x800 pixel screen has now been displaced by a shiny new 2048x1536 9.7" touch display and Apple Wireless keyboard combo, new Apple TV remote close by. Yes, it was worth the wait, and we're glad the laptop held…

Mar 31 2012

FingerPrint: easily print from your iPhone or iPad to network printers and USB photo printers, even if they're not AirPrint compatible, new Windows version now installs as a service

Jul. 12 2013 Update: Unfortunately, buy-it-once FingerPrint is no longer sold, replaced by Presto, which I haven't tested, but is reviewed by The Wall Street Journal here. This article kept for archival purposes only. Sep. 18 2012 Update: Confirmed to work fine with Windows Server 2012 Release…

Feb 3 2012

Resolving false "Incorrect Password" messages after MobileMe to iCloud migration: fixes for iPhone, Outlook, and Windows Live Mail

Since moving 6 iPhones from MobileMe to iCloud back on October 12th, my extended family has had some sporadic nuisance errors that seem to come up randomly.  Not finding anything useful as I Googled around for fixes to these issues, figured I'd post what worked for me, in case it can help others.…

Oct 24 2011

FingerPrint: easily print from your iPhone or iPad to network printers and USB photo printers, even if they're not AirPrint compatible, new Windows version now installs as a service

Update: Friday, July 12, 2013. Unfortunately, buy-it-once FingerPrint is no longer sold, replaced by Presto, which I haven't tested, but is reviewed by The Wall Street Journal here. This article kept for archival purposes only. Update: Sunday, September 23, 2012. New version 2.1 released, read…

Oct 15 2011

iOS 5.0 now available

Oct 13 2011 Update: _A majority of the issues I noticed would likely not have occurred had I just waited a day or two, to avoid the inevitable time-out sort of issues expected for such massive deployments.  Also note that I've located this excellent troubleshooting article on cnet._ Oct 13 2011…

Oct 12 2011