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I noticed that once in a while I will reboot and my “windows frame” will be missing on windows.. you know, the part that has the close, minimize, maximize buttons! :)

NOTE ABOUT THE BELOW COMMAND– there are 2 dashes before the word “replace” my font may make it look like one REALLY long dash
I tried to Alt+F2 but that wouldn’t bring up a “run” line so I just opened a terminal window and did “metacity –replace” and all is well (while I leave that terminal session open :)

Since I’m a newb I’m ok with that for the day while I get billable stuff done!

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Get a copy of schtasks.exe from a windows XP system and change the following address to “EB” from “75”

Windows XP: 0x0000CB2A

Windows XP SP1: 0x0000CC50

Windows XP SP2: 0x0000E3F8

Windows XP SP3: 0x0000E391

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Good interview…

This is the first itteration of a script to run wget on Windows.. I haven’t variable-ized anything yet….

This script utilizes WGET for Windows found Here

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Because I haven’t found a way to show source code here without my video playing I have just included this blog entry as an attached text document.. I will sort it out as  I go :)


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As a general rule (boardering on “always”) an integrated Enterprise system/solution benefits every layer of the organization.
From stocking, distributing and tracking supplies, to protecting from external network threats, to the quantifying and validating of a departmental budget.

Unfortunately it takes a lot of forethought, planning, extreme OCD, and some luck to get everything to line up.
In my experience it is difficult for company decision makers to find the time, money, and energy (3 ways of saying the same thing) to focus on “systems coordination” and that is really what today’s business machinery boils down to… data coordination and organization into a well synchronized dance that reveals the patterns inside of the company processes.

For example take all of the following informatics that I deal with on a day to day basis
Service Orders (repair tickets for IT or maintenance)
Calendar events
Company memo’s
Your coworker’s schedules
Scheduled maintenance
Bandwidth available
Current server problems
The status of backups
Virus threats
Departmental budgets
Chain of command (who has permission to authorize a specific request/purchase)

If I get an email from a manager asking me to “look into something” I have to schedule/plan that process making sure that I have as much information about all of the above categories as possible. What if I am asked to change permissions for a user to access a folder and I don’t realize that the user has changed departments/positions and that they are no longer authorized to make that request?

What if I plan an upgrade of a system on a Saturday at 2am not realizing that the bandwidth at that location isn’t large enough to accommodate the system load needed with the time frame allotted. What if that also overlaps with a business critical need for that server to be up or conflicts with an automated weekly reboot of the system that is going to break my install because I forgot about it?

What if I am scheduling a meeting based on an email from my boss but I don’t have access to the free/busy schedule for all the key members that must be there?

How wonderful would it be if all of those “systems” were some how integrated into A SYSTEM that allowed for easy manipulation, organizing, and reporting as if it was all homogenous!?

An enterprise solution, when properly implemented, is a dream come true… it is a unification of knowledge bases (databases if you will) that allows for structured planning instead of structured chaos.

ON THE OTHER HAND: a poorly implemented enterprise solution is worse than everyone using pen and paper and just having weekly meetings.

In my mind the point of an enterprise solution is to do the following:
- Remove the human factor from Data maniplutation and organization and just allow people to use their minds and skills for the creative processes in business
- Provide decision makers and doers with the data they need in a consolidated and comprehensible format that is easily drilled down into
- Allows for quick modification of business rules by a non-technical staff (meaning updating the logic that defines what is to be included in “consolidated views” and what can/can’t be drilled down into
- Prevents security leaks (with all that wealth of information comes increased risk… good example “Google”)

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Safely test your antivirus

Read the following link:

Bottom line, there is a safe way to test your antivirus without the fear of downloading a real virus.  If you haven’t done this (at a minimum) then you can’t really be sure of much.

This is a shell script for Linux that you could easily run on your windows box with WGET ported over.

It saves the calendars with the date and the calendar’s name concatenated together.

SUGGESTION (if you highlight everything below and paste it into your favorite notepad editor, the line breaks will become obvious, or just download the attached text file)calendarbackupscript

{everything below this line is the script, do not include this line}


#create a variable containing the date in the format YearMonthDay.HourMinute, example 20100329.1553

dt=`date +%Y%m%d.%H%M`

#next line gets the calendar and saves it with the concatenated name

wget -O /home/scot/backups/calendars/CalendarA.Calendar.$dt.ics

#the line above this one is one line that probably wrapped on your screen

#the next line emails you letting you know the script completed

echo “Your Calendar has backed up” | mail -s “Cal backups”

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