Powerline Network Adapter Kit vs. DD-WRT Linksys Wireless Bridge

October 23rd, 2013 Comments off

pwr500The Powerline Network Adapter uses the existing home electircal wiring as a wired network cable. A wireless bridge is used to connect two LAN segments via a wireless link. The Powerline network Adapter is sold as a kit and offered by several companies. However, for this test, the Actiontec Powerline Network Adpater Kit (SKU # PWR511K01) is used to compare against a Linksys wireless N router that has had a DD-WRT firmware applied for added features, specifically the wireless bridge....
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atibtmon.exe Runtime Error! [Resolved]

October 9th, 2013 Comments off

A Toshiba laptop running Microsoft Windows 7 with an AMD processor had been working without issue. After updating several drivers, a Runtime Error! message box presented itself upon each reboot, regardless of the power source. More specifically, a Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library error box for the program C:\Windows\system32\atibtmon.exe. It turns out that the error is a result of a setting from within the AMD VISION Engine Control Center....
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HP DL380 G3 support for USB 2.0 exists!

July 30th, 2013 Comments off

A Hewlett Packard HP DL380 G3 server running Windows 2003 needed support for USB 2.0 to transfer files from the server to an external hard drive as a backup. There didn't seem to be any definitive answer or resolution to this after several hours of Internet searches. After coming across a USB 2.0 adapter card at a reasonable price, it turns out there is a definitive answer....
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Windows 7 can't access Share in a Windows 2003 workgroup [Resolved]

July 25th, 2013 Comments off

A fresh, vanilla installation of a Microsoft Windows 2003 SP1 server without updates was introduced to a test environment. It was added to a workgroup. Client workstations are Microsoft Windows 7. A few shares were created on the server, however, from the workstations, the users were faced with a network error pop-up message. The solution is a simple fix....
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Microsoft Windows 7 winsxs directory is huge, how to clean up.

July 12th, 2013 Comments off

I have been running a Microsoft Windows 7 desktop since 2009, in that time and many Microsoft updates later, the C:\windows\winsxs directory has grown to a significant size in proportion to the rest of the hard drive. There is a way to clean this up....
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How to disable the These files might be harmful to your computer warning message

July 11th, 2013 Comments off

On a Windows 7 computer, a Windows Security pop-up warning that These files might be harmful to your computer message appears each time a file is copied from that Windows 7 workstation to a network resource. There is a work-a-round for this that has worked for me, so I thought I would pass it along....
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Upgrade CentOS 5.6 to CentOS 5.9

June 25th, 2013 Comments off

linux-penguinWhile in the process of updating a development virtual machine of CentOS 5.6, it became clear that the updates would not update CentOS 5.6 to it's final release of CentOS 5.9. The traditional yum update approach produced the status of No Packages marked for Update. However, a couple of additional commands produced the desired result of CentOS 5.9....
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mAh mWh Calculator

June 14th, 2013 Comments off

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A little while ago, I wrote an article Convert mAh to mWh and mWh to mAh for Notebook Laptop Batteries that provided the calculations needed to convert from mAh to mWh and vice versa. The intent was to simplify the navigation in researching the purchase of a replacement battery. As many battery manufacturers present different pieces of information which makes it difficult to compare exact specification and find that perfect replacement battery. In this article, I present to you a calculator....
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