Archive for October 2008

Monitoring services on a IIS machine (
I have a client running SBS2003 I think I might try this on…
From their website (I bolded the stuff I thought was important)

PanelDaemon is a free web based Microsoft Windows Service Applications manager. PanelDaemon is written in ASP.NET and C#. It is designed to run under IIS. It can be used in conjunction with FireDaemon. It is released under the terms of the GPL. If you don’t want to deploy IIS, you might want to take a look at FireDaemon Trinity.

Manage any Windows service via your web browser or mobile phone
Ability to view/start/stop any Windows service (including FireDaemon ones)


Posted October 30, 2008 by mmdmurphy in freeware, sbs2003, tips, windows

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Virtual Machines – Virtual box   Leave a comment

Just a note to myself to check this out sometime ->


I am suprised at myself. I have actually been running this for a while now, mostly under my ubuntu 8.1 install, and I think it’s GREAT. I’ve used VMWare in the past, and it’s not really VMWare’s fault, but with Windows XP as the host and all kinds of stuff already loaded, well, I don’t think I had the horsepower to really do it right. Ubuntu seems faster, I don’t have all kinds of stuff running, and virtual box itself seems faster also. What prompted me to update this post? mentioned it… I haven’t upgraded to 2.1.4, but I will soon. I also found (as they did) a bit of humor in having more than 128 virtual machines on one solaris box. (I’m glad to have ONE running!)

* Virtualbox 2.1.4 out – mostly a bugfix release, but
one bugfix caught my eye “# Solaris hosts: fixed inability to start more
than 128 VMs ” (alan)”

Posted October 27, 2008 by mmdmurphy in freeware, tips

Ubuntu install using Wubi, VisionTek Xtasy 9200SE   Leave a comment

Installed ubuntu ( by way of wubi ( tonight. Yea, new ubuntu coming out soon, but this was a window of oppurtunity for me to install it. Besides, they seem to always have an easy upgrade path.(

The only issue I had was with the video. I did the install with a “safe video” setting. I have a VisionTek Xtasy 9200SE connected to a Dell E 770s monitor (yea, I know, but it’s not my main machine). On the internet, I found a reference that said to run this command (I will track it down and post a real reference shortly)

  • sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg


The upgrade to 8.10 seems to be going well, followed their instructions (following thier note about replacinge a LTS version). Took 1/2 hour to download the updates over a cable mode, and they have been installing for 1 hour so far. It said it wanted to overwrite my CUPS file… I said OK, but I sure hope my printer works when it’s done.

Well, my printer works fine. Total time to install the upgrade to 8.10 was 2 hours. The only complaint I have is that I would walk away for a while, and when I came back, it would be sitting a prompt about overwriting a file… Good thing this wasn’t a production machine and/or I wasn’t thousands of miles away. I wish it would ask all this stuff up front. Oh, well.

Posted October 25, 2008 by mmdmurphy in freeware, Linux, tips

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Windows Vista and ReadyBoost

I’ve been hearing about ReadyBoost for quite a while now, and I have a USB thumb drive that I’m not really using (It’s 2 gig, and I now have a newer bigger one!). So I thought I would take the plunge last night. (Dell w/ 2.8 gig processor and 1 gig ram {and, no, I can’t expand beyond 1 gig})

Simple to set up, but that isn’t really the point. I didn’t make any measurements, this is just emperical. Internet Explorer and Firefox didn’t seem any faster (as expected!). Office 2007 might have been faster, but couldn’t really say. I then launched Team Fortress, and it made a BIG difference.

What about a USB drive sticking out all the time just waiting to get broken off? The Dell I have has 2 USB ports in the front under a cover, and this USB drive fits perfectly under the cover = no problem!

Posted October 23, 2008 by mmdmurphy in tips, windows

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Posting from cell phone to twitter to here – it works   Leave a comment

Here is what I am using:

Basically, it seems to log into your twitter account every 15 minutes, and pull down anything you have posted to there.

VERY simple to set up. Once you have it up and running, you just send a text message to twitter, and in a few minutes it shows up on your wordpress blog. For me, it was more of a “can I do it?”, not entirely sure how much I will be using it… But it is a nice option to have.

Posted October 21, 2008 by mmdmurphy in blogging, freeware, tips, wordpress

Try again   Leave a comment

Try again

Posted October 21, 2008 by mmdmurphy in Uncategorized

Blogging to twitter and my wor…   Leave a comment

Blogging to twitter and my wordpress from cell phone hope it works!

Posted October 21, 2008 by mmdmurphy in blogging