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I'm an equal opportunity OS user - I use and am familiar with Windows, OS X (and MacOS), and Linux.

I haven't really used any version of MacOS since Mojave, because I still use 32-bit Mac applications. I use numerous Windows products, although I haven't yet subjected myself to the abomination that is Windows 11. I run servers on both arch and server2019, and I still have a very old server running server2008r2 .

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      • MacOS 10.14 (Mojave)plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMacOS 10.14 (Mojave)

        This is the last version of MacOS I use on compatible Macs.

        Articles in this section macos index
      • Mounting CIFS/SMB Shares in CyanogenMod 7.0.3 on the ViewSonic gTabletplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMounting CIFS/SMB Shares in CyanogenMod 7.0.3 on the ViewSonic gTablet

        I have been waiting a long time for a mature, stable build of CyanogenMod for the ViewSonic gTablet, and I have to say that I am quite pleased with the effort that the CyanogenMod team has put into the version 7.0.3 build. In fact, the only complaint I have is about the lack of built-in CIFS support on the gtab build. This is a guide on how to mount CIFS/SMB shares on your gTablet running CM7.
    • ChromeOSplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigChromeOS


      I have one Chromebook, and it's now ancient and unable to run anything close to the latest version of the OS. The last time I used it, I installed Windows 10 on it.

      A Month With ChromeOS


      It’s true. I love technology. There’s something about a new gadget or computer that gets me all giddy inside, so I was actually pretty excited when my significant other told me he bought me an
          • Digital Camerasplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigDigital Cameras

            Photo Import Wizard

            The Problem

            Since Windows XP, a simple wizard for importing photos has been integrated with the OS. This was called the *Microsoft Scanner and Camera Wizard* in Windows XP. The interface was streamlined in Windows Vista, and that import wizard has been integrated into Windows through at least Windows 10. It's a really useful tool, as it makes it efficient and easy to import photos from a digital camera and name them
        • Enabling Remote Desktop...Remotelyplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigEnabling Remote Desktop...Remotely

          I’ve been working on rebuilding my home Active Directory environment, as well as splitting our personal data from multimedia to separate file servers. After getting everything up and running in Windows Server 2016, I moved both servers into our server room (just a corner of the basement, but it sounds fancier).
        • Fixing Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager when it saves a bad server nameplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigFixing Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager when it saves a bad server name

          I’m a big scary IT contractor now, working for a relatively small Texas-based company on a contract for the USDA. It’s pretty awesome, and I’ve learned all kinds of things since I started here. One of the cooler tools made available to us is Microsoft System Center, which allows for a single application to manage a huge variety of tasks, including pushing updates to users, working with virtual servers, and inst…
      • Windows 7plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigWindows 7

        Windows 7 is officially unsupported by Microsoft. Use at your own risk.

        That said, Microsoft Security Essentials still works, as well as PC Matic, which i haven't used, but has a lot of positive reviews.


        Even though Microsoft no longer supports the OneDrive client for Windows 7, you can still connect to your OneDrive quite easily via
      • Maximizing Windows: Restoring “Run As…” in Windows Vistaplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMaximizing Windows: Restoring “Run As…” in Windows Vista

        At work, we use Microsoft SQL Server 2005. The client software requires Windows authentication to connect to a database. However, the credentials are pulled from your logged in Windows account. If you’re not on Purdue’s domain, you can’t connect. While putting my workstation on the domain wasn’t an issue, I prefer using my local user account on my index
      • Windows Management Instrumentationplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigWindows Management Instrumentation

        The Future of WMI

        Windows Management Instrumentation, also known as WMI, is a systems management abstraction layer that has been part of Windows since NT (SP4). You can read more about it over here. You might notice in Microsoft's KB article that windows index
        • Server 2008: Enabling network discovery for a home networkplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigServer 2008: Enabling network discovery for a home network

          I run a Windows Server 2008 R2 box at home, primarily for hosting small multiplayer online games and various websites. While Server 2008 is built on the same foundation as Windows 7, there are quite a few differences.