Showing posts from September, 2013

Using Dead Man's Snitch with Windows Servers

About two weeks ago I came across a site called Dead Man's Snitchthat makes it really easy to track your servers in the event that they go offline.
When your servers don't report back at a specified time, DMS will send you an email and you can also track your snitches in their smart phone app.

You get one free snitch to start and for $19/mo you can go Pro and get unlimited snitches.

To get this running all you need to do is send a simple Curl command from Unix/Linux in order to "Ping" the DMS servers with a heartbeat.  The command looks something like this: 

Where xxxxxx is a random code to identify your server. 
That's it, really simple.

Now if you want to use Dead man's Snitch with Windows it becomes a little more complicated.

First you will need to install the 64 bit version of cygwin from and make sure you search the installer for all references to curl and add them to the install.

Now you can create a Scheduled T…

Installing Sound Drivers for Windows 8.1 on a HP Pavilion P7-1258

I just upgraded my HP Pavilion P7-1258 Desktop PC to Windows 8.1 and after that I didn't have any sound. 
When I tried to install the IDT High Definition Audio Drivers for Windows 8 from the HP website , I got an error about having the wrong operating system because it's checking for Window 8.0 and not 8.1.

The trick to getting around this is to let SP59424.exe expand into the Temp folder (and then leave the installer running so that the temp files don't get deleted) and then run the actual install from there.

So go to %temp% and look for the newest folder in there.
Then inside that folder you will find a src folder and inside that should be a setup file, run this and you will be golden.

Here is information about the driver I'm using:

Download from HP: SP59424.exe

Title: IDT High Definition Audio Driver

Version: 6.10.6418.0
Category: Driver - Audio

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)

Automating Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Powershell Connections - Office 365

I have been working on a PowerShell script to automated the Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Powershell Connection and login. 

I started by exporting my password to a file so that powershell could load that from my script.

(get-credential).password|convertFrom-SecureString|set-content c:\cred.txt

Then I created this powershell script to make the connection.  At the bottom I added some powershell to tell us when the last DirSync was run too.  This is set to utc by default, so I also convert that to Local Time.

$pass = get-content C:\cred.txt | convertto-securestring $cred = new-object -typename System.Management.Automation.PSCredential -argumentlist "",$pass $Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri -Credential $cred -Authentication:Basic -AllowRedirection Import-PSSession $Session | Out-String Connect-MsolService -Credential $cred | Out-Str…

Tetra4D can kiss my ass

I have been using Adobe 3D technology since it first arrived with Adobe Acrobat 3D V.8.  It has become the defacto standard for 3D CAD Model viewing since Adobe Acrobat is on just about every desktop.
We also view all the Boeing parts we make on the Boeing Portal using the Adobe Acrobat 3D PDFs that Boeing provides on REDARS.

The subject of my post today is not so much how well the software works, because it does a great job, but more about how poor the customer service is at Tetra4D. 

When you buy a seat of Tetra4D 3D PDF Converter, you get an activation code.  If you uninstall the software or move it to another PC you will need to open a ticket to get the activation reset.

It's been a week and I still don't have my activation reset.
When I opened a ticket asking for an activation reset, this is what I got. (31 hours later)

If you are upgrading from 3.5 to 3.6 your licenses will transfer right over for you. You can upgrade to 3.6 at

That's it.  If it wa…