Category: Tips and Tricks

Thin Provisioned Logical Volumes

One virtual machine for some unknown reason is utilizing thin provisioned logical volumes.  This one virtual machine is the only one in a series of virtual machines.  In any case, I didn't understand what it meant to have a system running thin provisioned logical volumes until it crashed and I couldn't revive it.  Fortunately, there was a snapshot that the...Read More »

NFL Pick ‘Em for 2019 Season

NFL PHP Pick 'Em is a free php web app that allows you to host a weekly NFL pick 'em football pool on your website.  This fantastic tool replaced the use of spreadsheets.  There was a time that this tool was not supported.  However, I just checked out the www.phpickem.org website it is is updated for 2019. I wish I...Read More »

CheapSSL is NOT so cheap anymore!

I don't remember the specific dates or versions of the applications, but what I can state is that somewhere in recent years, Internet browsers and search engines, specifically Google, Google Chrome, and Firefox started to enforce the use of SSL certificates on websites. Websites will have higher page rankings with an SSL against those who do not. Chrome and Firefox...Read More »

Winamp is back!

Winamp is a media player that has been around since 1997. I know that in this world of modernization and simplified user interfaces some may not be too excited about the news of Winamp as a triumphant return, but it was one of the earliest applications that I had grown to love.  Winamp had and has the user interface that...Read More »

VMWare Workstation 11 and Windows 10 Blackscreen [Resolved]

There is a case where a user has Windows 10 running on VMware Workstation 11.  While this is recognized as an unsupported setup by VMware, Microsoft Windows 10 has been fully operational and running until the latest mandatory update.  The latest update from a really early version of Windows 10 (1511), presented the black-screen and made Windows inaccessible.  A roll-back...Read More »

Check Microsoft Windows Uptime

If you ever wanted to know how long Windows has been running without a system reboot, there are many ways to determine that.  However, hare are a couple of commands that I found useful. One will require a note to remember as it is a little long winded, the other, a little easier to remember. wmic OS GET CSName, LastBootUpTime...Read More »

Determine which processes are using swap in Linux

Some servers may have several applications, each running in their own allocated piece of RAM and SWAP.  It seems easy enough to use `top` to determine memory usage, but it wasn't so obvious (to me) as to how to determine swap usage.  A nifty little command called smem to the rescue. So what is smem?  It is a "Report memory...Read More »

Capture Lock Screen in Windows

If you ever wanted to capture a screenshot of the logon screen on a physical machine, you may have used whatever means necessary to do so. Which for me, was through the use of a digital camera. The digital camera may have captured the spirit of the screenshot, but always seems to lack in quality. Wouldn't it be great to...Read More »