Dec 31 2007

An MBA, a 4.0, and a baffled police department.

If you’re new here, you may want to start with my most popular posts. Then, subscribe to my RSS feed to stay updated. Thanks for visiting!I recently finished my MBA with a hard earned 4.0! Not bad for working full-time and going to school at night. Along with the MBA came my Master’s Thesis…
*Cue [...]

Dec 28 2007

How to create a personal helpdesk with and Google Custom Search Tip
As an IT Professional, I often search for solutions to many problems on Google. Later, I may need to answer the same problem. I end up searching on Google again because I have forgotten which page had the answer. Then, I started using (an online bookmarking service) to save the pages that ultimately [...]

Dec 27 2007

How to bypass a network security policy without hacking into Active Directory

Sometimes the ingenuity of users amazes me. I have never seen anything like the following scenario. More on that in a second.
As an IT Professional, I have to enforce certain network policies from time to time. I have had to implement Web filtering (I am not a fan, I assure you), email retention policies, disk [...]

Dec 21 2007

Happy Holidays Everyone!

I just wanted to write a quick post to wish everyone a happy and safe holidays. I will be taking a break from posting until after Christmas. I have three parties to attend which leaves little time for posting.
Besides, I don’t think you want to hear what I have to say after a couple of [...]

Dec 20 2007

How to get a computer’s Active Directory OU using VBScript

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Google Query: get computer’s ou with vbscript
I was working on a project for work today where I had to use a script to [...]

Dec 19 2007

How to use a “while” loop in Ruby by singing a song about beer!

I have been going through the Ruby tutorial at Chris Pine’s Learn to Program site. While, I have been making do with Ruby on Rails, I have never officially learned Ruby yet. I wanted a beginner tutorial to get a feel for the actual Ruby language itself.
At the end of the Chapter on Flow Control, [...]

Dec 18 2007

How to get past the “flashplugin-nonfree is already installed” error on Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (7.10)

Google Query: flashplugin-nonfree is already installed
If you have built a new Ubuntu system recently like I have you may have run across this annoying error. If you go to a site like YouTube, Firefox prompts for you to install the flash plugin. I always choose the adobe plugin (flashplugin-nonfree). When I did this yesterday, [...]

Dec 17 2007

How to set up a virtual host on Apache2 in Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (7.10)

Earlier, I showed you “How to install a lamp stack on Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (7.10).” This will get you started with the default website. However, for day to day development work, I find it easier to work on sites (Wordpress, Ruby, etc.) in my Home directory so I don’t have to sudo every time I [...]

Dec 17 2007

How to wrap text around an adsense block in a Wordpress post

Google Query: how to wrap text around adsense block
Some of the readers of this blog have been asking me how I wrap the text around the adsense block in the beginning of the posts. After some Googling, I found an article to get me started over at The summary is listed below.
With my particular [...]

Dec 16 2007

How to get past the `require’: no such file to load — mkmf (LoadError) when installing the “mysql” gem

Google Query: extconf.rb:1:in `require’: no such file to load — mkmf (LoadError)
After some of my readers tried my tutorial on “How to install ruby on rails in Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (7.10)” they ran into some trouble installing the “mysql” gem. I finally found the answer after some Googling at The summary is below.
“mkmf.rb” is [...]



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