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System Administration

Customize WinPE With Wallpaper and Custom Startup Script

WinPE is a useful tool for booting a computer and laying down a new operating system.  In this post, I’ll show you how to make WinPE a little more useful by automatically running a custom script at startup.

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Random

Celebrate 50 Years Of Star Trek With These Nerdy Computer Tricks

I’m a huge fan of Star Trek.  So much so that many of my blog posts are about doing nerdy Star Trek-related things with your computer.  Here are a few of my favorites.

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Tips and Tricks

Merge PDFs Natively With A Right-Click In OS X

UPDATE: If you installed this script today (2016-08-15), you may need to update it.  I added a line in the script that should prevent duplicate pages from being appended. There are plenty of apps that help you merge PDFs into a single file, but if you want something faster with a “native” feel, you can set up […]

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Raspberry Pi

Ad-free Olympics Using Pi-hole

Sick of ads when trying to enjoy the Olympics?  Not me.  I have been blocking them since day one! Pi-hole ad blocker works differently than others because it is a DNS-based ad blocker.  This means ads are blocked before they are downloaded so you can even block ads in apps (like the NBC olympic streaming […]

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Automation

Batch Download All Of GarageBand’s Loops, Jingles, And Sound Effects

GarageBand has a lot of cool loops and sound effects.  If you are a systems administrator, you might be tasked with deploying these sounds and loops so you don’t need to download it onto each computer when GarageBand opens up.  Or maybe you just want to have these effects for your own personal movies or […]

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Random

FAA GPS Outages Are Actually A Conspiracy To Make An App Store Logo On The Ground

The featured image of this article is an aerial view of the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (Wikipedia) with and overlay of the logo of the app store to prove this crazy theory.

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Automation

I Made My Own Script To Fill Out Tedious PDF Forms For Me

I often need to fill out a PDF form for requesting medical records.  I have typically done this using Preview since I can use it to digitally sign the form.  But requesting new records after every appointment started becoming tedious–even when doing it digitally.  I also did not want to wait for years and then […]

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Tips and Tricks

Use Wired Ethernet On Your iPad or iPhone

iPads and iPhones do not have an Ethernet port, but there are cases where you might want to use a hardwired connection.  You can actually run your iOS device over Ethernet with some adapters.  This is useful for quickly downloading large iOS updates or if your wireless is slow or you want to take advantage […]

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System Administration

Windows 10 Is Bourne Again With A Linux Shell

Yup, Windows 10 is getting a bash shell!  I have always loathed doing anything in Windows because it was difficult to script/automate anything.    And Window’s Command Prompt was a sorry excuse for a shell: no copying/pasting, you can only re-size it vertically, no command history, no grep!  The list of complaints goes on…

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System Administration

How To Image A Computer With Windows 10 Using dism

If you want to image a lot of computers with a clean Windows 10 image, Microsoft  has lots of built-in tools to help do this, but it’s easy to get lost and overwhelmed with their documentation.  To alleviate that headache, I will explain step-by-step how to: create and use an Unattended.xml file that will: skip […]