Random Tech Thoughts

Random Tech Thoughts

In my daily life of web designer, IT manager, database developer, Excel specialist, application programmer, server administrator, person with a modern phone, and internet user I come across some puzzling situations. Here you can hear me work through them. Become a podcaster and get one month free! Sign up for a Spreaker pro plan with this link to save: https://www.spreaker.com/plans?coupon_code=thetalkinggeek I love Humble Bundle (especially the book deals), check them out: https://www.humblebundle.com/?partner=thetalkinggeek And if for some reason you want more of me, my blog is https://thetalkinggeek.com

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January 20, 2021 2 min
Had a bit of a scare with a server that was displaying an error durring startup:

There are offline or missing virtual drives with preserved cache.
Please check the cables and ensure that all drives are present
Press any key to enter the configuration utility.

I was able to salvage everything though. Here are a couple, possibly helpful, links:
https://www.dell.com/support/manuals/en-us/poweredge-r740/server_tsg/offline-or-missing-virtual...
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How to install some new rack non equipment that didn't need rails, so instead of using nuts and bolts, I tried out these new "Rack Studs"... And it went pretty well!

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October 14, 2020 3 min
Some older applications, like this one particular FoxPro application I'm dealing with, have trouble finding mapped drives on newer computers / operating systems (such as Windows 10). So, we just need to edit the registry a little bit!

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https://www.humblebundle.com/books/learn-to-code-the-fun-way-no-starch-press-books?partner=thetalkinggeek

Think like a programmer: an introduction to creative problem solving
Perl one-liners: 130 programs that get things done
The book of f#: break free with managed to functional programming
Learn Java the easy way: a hands-on introduction to programming
Code craft: The practice of writing excellent code
Learn you a Haskell for great ...
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If people having trouble remoting in and then you go to their local desktop and it's just a black screen, you might have a display driver issue.
Open up the local group policy editor > local computer policy > computer configuration > administrative templates > Windows components > remote desktop services > remote desktop session host > remote session environment > and disable the "use WDDM graphics di...
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Sometimes updating device drivers is a mistake.

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October 5, 2020 11 min
I have to install a second Nextcloud server on my main web server. The "web installer" makes it pretty easy.

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October 2, 2020 2 min
Springer has put out a ton of awesome textbooks, and they made over 500 of them available for free download, including a couple dozen tech ebooks!

An Introduction to Machine Learning, 2nd ed. 2017 by Miroslav Kubat

Automata and Computability, 1997 by Dexter C. Kozen

Computational Geometry, 3rd ed. 2008 by Mark de Berg, Otfried Cheong, Marc van Kreveld, Mark Overmars

Computer Vision, 2011 by Richard Szeliski

Concise Guide to Databases, 2...
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This might also work on Windows 10, I haven't tried it.
1. Open an elevated command prompt.
2. slmgr.vbs /upk
3. slmgr.vbs /cpky
4. slmgr.vbs /ipk PRODUCT KEY

OPTIONAL (do it if you have a problem, maybe do it even if you don't)
5. slmgr.vbs /ATO

Reboot

Enjoy!
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That's a terrible title, my apologies, I didn't want to make it too long and convoluted.
Basically, if you're trying to mount an attached volume that is not your primary volume to your Ubuntu server running on AWS you can't use SDF or even XVDF as your mount point, you need to use nvme1n1p1.
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June 13, 2020 2 min
I got a new, used server.
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Now that we're dealing with blocks if you want to put a background color on an image you have to go to your advanced, additional CSS classes section and reference a class that you have to create either in your theme files or in your special "additional CSS" area under the customizer.
I needed the background of an image to be black (and the caption text to be white) so I did:
.imgblack {
color: white;
background-co...
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Speaker: Luther Birdzell, founder and CEO, OAG analytics

Machine learning is here, artificial intelligence is a big part of our lives already. But the oil and gas industry is "generally" slow to adopt new technology. There are those of us though pushing to make these technologies part of our everyday processes.
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Production monitoring & optimization
David milam, BBM, Amazon web services
Krista Novstrup, principal analytics engineer, SEEQ corporation

Hydrocarbon and logistics management
Per Christian Hauge, director of oil and gas, Tieto

Afternoon break - pretzels, popcorn, dried fruits

Pipeline optimization and asset integrity
Marc Falzone, vice president/principal, oil and gas sector, GHD digital
Ryan apps, director, digital experience, GHD di...
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There are three really cool startups that got to showcase their technology at this event, and participants were allowed to then discuss their products and business ventures with them.
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Bill Roth, the vice president of information technology at hillcorp energy company, gave a fantastic presentation about how they are leveraging Amazon cloud technologies to augment and automize their IT infrastructure and team.
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Ion geophysical: PR-FAQ transformation journey
Chris usher, President and CEO, ion geophysical

Morning break, third floor, wisteria ballroom

Open subsurface data universe
Kumar Lakshmipathi, principal Solutions architect, Amazon web services
Philip Jong, chairman of the open sub surface data universe forum, open group

Seismic data management
Allan Châtenay, president, explore

Limitless reservoir simulation
Jim Erdle, VP, CMG
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November 4, 2019 1 min
Don Bulmer kicked off the event and introduced Arno Can Den Haak who provides lots of great insights on technology adoption within the industry.
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Amazon Web Services hosts a lot of events, and today in Houston, is one specific to the Oil and Gas industry.

I am here on behalf of P&P Oil & Gas Solutions, https://ppogs.com.
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https://www.humblebundle.com/books/linux-unix-oreilly-books?partner=thetalkinggeek

$1 Tier:
Classic Shell scripting, first edition
Linux device drivers, 3rd edition
Introducing regular expressions, first edition
Grep pocket reference, first edition
Learning GNU emacs, third edition
Unix power tools, 3rd edition

$8 Tier:
Learning the bash shell, 3rd edition
Learning the vi and vim editors, 7th edition
Linux in a nutshell, sixth edition
Sed ...
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