send and receive text messages from your computer

text messages from your computer

If you want to send or receive text messages from your computer to a cell phone it’s easy to do.
Here is a quick and easy reference guide to show you how.
Mobile phone service provider

Boost Mobile
US Cellular
Virgin Mobile

So let’s pretend you want to send someone that has AT&T cell phone service a text message from your email account from a computer. This is exactly what you would type in the “to” field from your email account

111 123 1234 is obviously a made up fake phone number to give you a visual of how to do this.



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How Intel is Unifying the Internet of Things

The Internet has made our lives more convenient in many ways and it’s hard to imagine living in a disconnected world. And while it’s never been easier to take advantage of this technology, there’s no true unified system that offers the security and connectivity we need.

Until now.

Thanks to Intel’s new Internet of Things (IoT) Platform, we’ll soon be able to connect our entire life in ways we never imagined.

Simplicity, Connectivity, and Innovation

For the uninitiated, the IoT can seem a little confusing. But what it boils down to is the way we connect our everyday devices to each other. The IoT is what powers home automation, transportation systems, medical devices, and countless other machines we take for granted. Simply put: the IoT is the Internet.

But there’s a problem.

Because there are so many different types of devices that connect to the Internet, it’s impossible to sync all this hardware and software in a simple and secure way. And this is where Intel steps in with their IoT Platform that does just that.

CLICK HERE to view Intel’s IOT diagram

Intel IoT Platform Highlights

  • Unifies gateway, connectivity, and security components to simply deploy the IoT
  • Provides a repeatable foundation for devices to deliver trusted data to the cloud
  • Integrates hardware and software products based on the platform
  • Partnered with Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, Capgemini, Dell, HCL, NTT DATA, SAP, Tata Consultancy, and Wipro to develop and deploy IoT solutions.
  • Because Intel’s IoT Platform isn’t limited to their own products, we can expect a robust ecosystem that will only get better over time. And as more companies partner with Intel to help deliver solutions that help address our needs, we’ll eventually be always connected. This may sound a little scary to those of you who are fearful of cyber-attacks, but it’s not as forbidding as you may think.
  • It actually makes us safer.
  • Imagine having everything you own connected to the Internet, your smartwatch, smartphone, thermometer, computer, and car working in perfect harmony with each other without you having to do anything besides turning them on. If that sounds complicated it’s because it is – it’s also unsecure.
  • All of these devices are likely running on different platforms and while it’s possible to get them to sync together, it can lead to serious problems like hacking and loss of data. And with over 30 billion devices expected to have wireless connectivity by the year 2020, there is a serious need for a unified platform such as Intel’s.

·         Always On, Always Safe

“With this platform we are continuing to expand our IoT product family beyond silicon with enhancements to our pre-integrated solutions that make [the] IoT more accessible to solution providers. [The] IoT is a rapidly growing market but faces scalability hurdles. By simplifying the development process and making it easier to deploy new solutions that address market needs, we can help accelerate innovation.”

– Doug Davis, VP and GM of Intel’s IoT Group



Intel isn’t the first company that has attempted to create a unified IoT platform. Qualcomm, Oracle, and other major brands also have similar ideas. But what sets Intel apart is the partnerships they’ve formed with major industry players as well as forays into new technologies.

Take for example, Google Glass. Intel will be powering the controversial smartglasses going forward and also believes wearables are the future of how we access information. Their IoT Platform will not only make it safer to connect Glass with our other devices, it will also make it as seamless as possible. And because Intel already powers many of our devices already, they could potentially shape the way we use the Internet in the future.

By integrating hardware and software for the Internet, Intel’s security features will be embedded into many different types of products. McAffee is already on board to provide enhanced security for Intel IoT gateways and Intel Security will provide Enhanced Privacy Identity (EPID) technology for other properties.

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What is a zipped folder?

Today a young lady asked me what a zipped file is and for those that may not know here is my explanation – I believe you are referring to a zipped folder. It compresses or compacts multiple files into one so you can send those files more conveniently over the internet. Example, Instead of sending 10 photos as 10 attachments you could zip them in a folder and now you are only sending 1 file instead of 10 individual files or attachments. The recipient unzips the folder and has access to those 10 photos or documents inside.

zipped folder

Microsoft’s definition of a zipped folder is.

Folders that are compressed using the Compressed (zipped) Folders feature use less drive space and can be transferred to other computers more quickly. You can work with a compressed folder and the files or programs it contains just as you would an uncompressed folder.

Once you have created a compressed folder (identified by the zipper on the folder icon), you can compress files, programs, or other folders by dragging them to it. You can open files directly from compressed folders, or you can extract files before opening them.

You can run some programs directly from zipped compressed folders, without decompressing them. However, to run programs that are dependent on other files, you must first extract them.

Compressed folders can be moved to any drive or folder on your computer. You can also share zipped compressed folders with other users, even if they use a different file compression program.

You can protect zipped compressed folders with a password. This protects your data if you save it in a shared network folder, attach it to an e-mail message, or move it between work and home on floppy disks.

Windows also offers another way to compress folders if your drive is formatted as NTFS: NTFS file compression. However, NTFS file compression is significantly different from compressing files with Compressed (zipped) Folders.

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How to build a DVR – Digital Video Recorder

I am building a custom DVD digital video recorder security camera system from scratch and am going to explain how to do it.

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First you will need a basic desktop computer to start with. You can buy a pre-built computer such as a DELL or an HP or whatever brand you like want or you can build a computer yourself from scratch like I did. I chose to use 2 separate hard drives for my particular custom DVR build. Hard drive #1 being a 120 gig SSD hard drive and hard drive #2 being a large terabyte hard drive for storing the video feed. You can also record audio if you chose however this particular DVR isn’t going to be configured for recording any audio, only video.

After you have a computer all ready to go, next you will need to install a DVR card. I chose to use a Geovision DVR card but there are other manufacturers of high quality DVR cards that you can research yourself. I choose Geovision because I’ve always have had good experiences with their products.

Make sure the DVR card you choose is compatible with the computer you bought or built. The best way to do this is to contact the DVR card manufacturer and ask them if the card you want will work with your computer.

After you have the DVR card and the DVR software installed you will need to read the DVR card documentation and find out which ports you need to configure to listen on your computer. If you want to access your DVR remotely using remote desktop or through a web browser you will need to open and forward those same ports through your network router. This is most commonly referred to as port forwarding. “Don’t forget to assign your DVR computer to a local internal IP address”. You don’t want to use DHCP for obvious reasons when port forwarding is involved.

Next you will need to connect your cameras and power on the camera power supply. Most CCTV cameras come with their own power supply that you can plug into any electrical outlet. If you want to power multiple cameras you may want to consider using a multi output CCTV camera power supply which would supply power to multiple cameras.

After you have everything physically wired up you will need to power on the DVR computer and experiment with the DVR software. Now is a great time to start reading through the DVR card owner’s manual so you can figure out how to configure it to suite your needs. You may even wind up emailing the DVR card manufactures technical support to ask for help.

I purchased my DVR card from a company called CCTV Camera Pros. They have always answered any technical questions I have had and are very knowledge with the products that they sell. Wherever you decide to purchase your DVR card from make sure you call or email them to make sure they are easy to get a hold of should you need help configuring your DVR card before you purchase your DVR card.

After you have your DVR setup and working you there are some serious things to think about. Most DVR card software requires you to manually log into the DVR computer. The problem is what if you lose power? Of course I highly recommend you have your DVR plugged into a heavy duty UPS – battery backup up. Anyways let’s pretend your DVR lost power. You will want it to power back on all by itself when electricity is restored. This can usually be configured in the computers BIOS. I do suggest you make sure whatever computer you build or buy has this feature built into the motherboards BIOS.

I didn’t like the fact that I had to manually log into the operating system using a user name and password just so the DVR software would start. Another way was to set the computer to have no local password but this isn’t every good security practice. You certainly don’t want anybody being able to walk up to your DVR and have access to the computer whether it be employees or anybody else.

Ideally you want the DVR software to start and run as a service as soon as the operating system boots up “without requiring you to log into” the operating system. The best way I have found to overcome this obstacle is use a special tool called “Always Up” by Core Technology Consulting LLC” They mention the following Able to automatically start your application when your computer boots, to run when no user is logged in and to run despite logon/logoffs — all to guarantee uptime without manual user intervention AND Converts both GUI and non-GUI applications to run as Services.

After you install and configure “Always up” to start your DVR software as a service you are ready for what I call the DVR test. Turn the DVR on and see if it starts recording video feed all by itself with you doing anything beyond powering the DVR computer on. After it is powered on and running go ahead and verify you can access the DVR remotely via remote desktop, VNC or through a web browser.

Internally experiment connecting from another computer using the DVR’s internal static IP address and also go ahead and experiment connecting using your external WAN IP. Hopefully you have a STATIC WAN IP otherwise you will be on DHCP from your internet service provider and this means your WAN IP address will not stay the same.

Finally here comes the big test.

Unplug the DVR to mimic a power outage then wait a minute and plug it back in. It should turn on all by itself. If not then you need to re check your motherboards BIOS settings. The idea is building and configuring a DVR that turns itself on all by itself after a loss of power and automatically begins recording video feed without any human mimic a power outage then wait a minute and plug it back in. It should turn on all by itself. If not then you need to re check your motherboards BIOS settings.

The idea is building and configuring a DVR that turns itself on all by itself after a loss of power and automatically begins recording video feed without any human intervention. Final thoughts are if any of this is beyond your skill lever then I suggest finding somebody that is educated and skilled with computer networking to help you get everything configured and working to the above mentioned specifications. The end result is a rock solid DVR that you can count on to be easy to use and most importantly reliable and “always on”.

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UPS power protection replacement battery

Protecting expensive computer equipment and delicate electronics are important especially when protecting data. I see it often that small and large businesses alike neglect and ignore that they have obsolete or non functioning UPS’s battery backups plugged in their walls with their expensive computer equipment covered in dust under messy desks or in closets.

UPS’s don’t last forever and should be tested on a regular basis along with any computer and network maintenance.
A small business in Lake Mary Florida called me to figure out why one of their computers no longer turns on. Upon arrival I noticed the computer was covered in dust and was obviously not properly maintained. The first thing I did was check the UPS that the computer was plugged into and immediately determined the UPS was not working at all. The computer in fact was not broke as the customer suspected. I took the UPS apart and discovered it was over 5 years old and the batteries inside were physical swollen, cracked open and leaking battery acid which was so old is was dried up and crusty.

The UPS was old and needed to be replaced so I drove to the local batteries plus store in Sanford Florida and was shocked when I saw the store was boarded up from a fire. Here is an article on the local news about the Batteries Plus Fire in Sanford Florida.

This is a shame as this local store was a great place to go for batteries and light bulbs especially the odd ball hard to find ones. The employees have always been friendly and helpful.  I hope they recover quickly and open their doors soon. My next option was to drive to the Orlando Battery Plus store where I purchased a new UPS battery backup  for my customer. I recommend only using UPS’s that have 2 batteries for a desktop computer because the cheaper 1 battery UPS battery backup units are not that great but are ok if you are on a real tight budget. It’s really better to spend a little extra money to buy the bigger and better UPS to protect a computer. After setting up the new UPS I showed the customer how to test the UPS and explained this should be done every month and that the internal batteries should be replaced every 2 years.

Below are some photos I took for this information technology blog and while you are at it go ahead and test your own UPS and go ahead either replace the batteries in it or buy a new UPS if it is old and neglected and don’t forget to test your new UPS every month. These things are designed to protect your computers and if they are neglected and broke down you really should expect them to work and protect anything.

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How To Make Your Website Mobile Friendly

Do you know how many customers are coming to your website each day/week using their mobile, discover how to make your site mobile friendly to give them the best experience.

You most likely already know from experience that many people nowadays use their smart phones and tablets to surf the internet and shop online. If your old school website does not display well on a mobile devise you are going to lose website visitors because if your website can not be viewed on a mobile phone the visitor is going to close your website and look elsewhere instead on looking at your website.

mobile websites

Many small to medium sized businesses seem to not understand the real benefits of running a mobile version of their website to keep up with today’s mobile technology where many internet users visit websites with their smart phones or other mobile devises. The fact is that typically 10% (1 in 10) of customers are coming through to your site using mobile internet technology – and that is conservative; for many businesses is much higher some of our clients are seeing up to 46% (restaurant). If that mobile experience isn’t good you could be losing potential customers which means you are losing MONEY!

  • With more potential customers coming to your website on mobile devises its in your best interest to give them a mobile friendly experience.
  • Mobile customers want information and they want it fast. Easy to ready content with a CTA – Call To Action content and making it easy to find you and communicate with you are ideal for providing your website visitors and potential customers an easy to use and positive experience.
  • Time matters – having a fast mobile site = lower bounce rates on mobile = more potential customers = more MONEY for your business.

It is also worth testing how friendly your website looks on a mobile or tablet; here are a few tools:

  • MobiReady – is a handy tool to test your website for mobile functionality.

Here are some options on how to make your site mobile friendly. Choosing the right method will depend on your existing website site and what you are trying to achieve.

How To Make Your Site Mobile if your website is wordpress based.

Use A Responsive Theme
A responsive WordPress theme helps by changing the layout to fit mobiles. Most new themes from leading suppliers like WooThemes and Genesis have a great range of responsive themes. This is probably needs to be tied in with producing a new website unless your website is already wordpress based.


WPtouch Pro is a simple WordPress plugin that transforms your WordPress site into a mobile friendly version. Some of the main features of WPTouch Professional  include: easy customization options, themes and an easy to use admin panel. Pricing for a single WordPress site around sixty bucks and is worth every penny.

mobile website software

WPTap provide a range of mobile themes that you can buy and easily setup for mobile. Themes are priced at $49 or lower. The WPTap plugin converts your site to a mobile version or redirects to WpTap theme.


WP Mobile Detector

The plugin detects if a person is using a mobile device and then loads a mobile compatible theme for that device. One of the key features of this plugin is the number of devices it can support, more than 5000 types of mobile devices.


MobilePress has some custom themes to choose from as well as some other settings. MobilePress is limited in its ability to customize it unless you start getting into coding and custom CSS, but at a top level it is simple to use.

WordPress Mobile Pack

This plugin is has two key features: device adaptation & mobile recognition. It detects the mobile device and the browser and then adjusts your post into suitable pages for the mobile visitor.

Duda Mobile WordPress Plugin
Dudamobile provide a great and easy to use plugin that converts your WordPress website into a mobile-friendly site. It syncs with your WordPress site and also provides mobile SEO functions.

Now there are many other solutions that you may want to experiment with on your own.

Lets now assume your website is older then dirt and has been neglected. At this point its in your best interest to consult with a professional webmaster to have your website evaluated. A qualified webmaster will make recommendations as to whether you should keep your old website or if it should be modified to be mobile friendly. It is impossible to tell you how much this will cost because every website is different and unique. Most likely the webmaster will recommend you get up to date with a modern web platform however depending on many circumstances he or she may offer to custom build you a mobile website to operate with your already existing website.

If in doubt contact an experienced Orlando webmaster for professional advise and guidance so you don’t waste time or money guessing.





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Computer Keyboard Shortcuts

100+ Computer Keyboard Shortcuts

keyboard shortcuts

This computer keyboard shortcut list will come in handy for both end users and network administrators alike. This is worth printing and keeping near your keyboard.

 Let’s be realistic here. Nobody is going to memorize all of these keyboard shortcuts.

What I suggest doing is printing this list then read each shortcut and highlight the ones that make your job a little easier.

Keyboard Shortcuts (Microsoft Windows)
1. CTRL+C (Copy)
2. CTRL+X (Cut)
… 3. CTRL+V (Paste)
4. CTRL+Z (Undo)
5. DELETE (Delete)
6. SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin)
7. CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)
8. CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item (Create a shortcut to the selected item)
9. F2 key (Rename the selected item)
10. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word)
11. CTRL+LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word)
12. CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph)
13. CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph)
14. CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text)
SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document)
15. CTRL+A (Select all)
16. F3 key (Search for a file or a folder)
17. ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the selected item)
18. ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program)
19. ALT+ENTER (Display the properties of the selected object)
20. ALT+SPACEBAR (Open the shortcut menu for the active window)
21. CTRL+F4 (Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents opensimultaneously)
22. ALT+TAB (Switch between the open items)
23. ALT+ESC (Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened)
24. F6 key (Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop)
25. F4 key (Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
26. SHIFT+F10 (Display the shortcut menu for the selected item)
27. ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the System menu for the active window)
28. CTRL+ESC (Display the Start menu)
29. ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name (Display the corresponding menu) Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu (Perform the corresponding command)
30. F10 key (Activate the menu bar in the active program)
31. RIGHT ARROW (Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu)
32. LEFT ARROW (Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu)
33. F5 key (Update the active window)
34. BACKSPACE (View the folder onelevel up in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
35. ESC (Cancel the current task)
36. SHIFT when you insert a CD-ROMinto the CD-ROM drive (Prevent the CD-ROM from automatically playing)

Dialog Box – Keyboard Shortcuts
1. CTRL+TAB (Move forward through the tabs)
2. CTRL+SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the tabs)
3. TAB (Move forward through the options)
4. SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the options)
5. ALT+Underlined letter (Perform the corresponding command or select the corresponding option)
6. ENTER (Perform the command for the active option or button)
7. SPACEBAR (Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box)
8. Arrow keys (Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons)
9. F1 key (Display Help)
10. F4 key (Display the items in the active list)
11. BACKSPACE (Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box)

Microsoft Natural Keyboard Shortcuts
1. Windows Logo (Display or hide the Start menu)
2. Windows Logo+BREAK (Display the System Properties dialog box)
3. Windows Logo+D (Display the desktop)
4. Windows Logo+M (Minimize all of the windows)
5. Windows Logo+SHIFT+M (Restore the minimized windows)
6. Windows Logo+E (Open My Computer)
7. Windows Logo+F (Search for a file or a folder)
8. CTRL+Windows Logo+F (Search for computers)
9. Windows Logo+F1 (Display Windows Help)
10. Windows Logo+ L (Lock the keyboard)
11. Windows Logo+R (Open the Run dialog box)
12. Windows Logo+U (Open Utility Manager)
13. Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts
14. Right SHIFT for eight seconds (Switch FilterKeys either on or off)
15. Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (Switch High Contrast either on or off)
16. Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK (Switch the MouseKeys either on or off)
17. SHIFT five times (Switch the StickyKeys either on or off)
18. NUM LOCK for five seconds (Switch the ToggleKeys either on or off)
19. Windows Logo +U (Open Utility Manager)
20. Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
21. END (Display the bottom of the active window)
22. HOME (Display the top of the active window)
23. NUM LOCK+Asterisk sign (*) (Display all of the subfolders that are under the selected folder)
24. NUM LOCK+Plus sign (+) (Display the contents of the selected folder)
25. NUM LOCK+Minus sign (-) (Collapse the selected folder)
26. LEFT ARROW (Collapse the current selection if it is expanded, or select the parent folder)
27. RIGHT ARROW (Display the current selection if it is collapsed, or select the first subfolder)

Shortcut Keys for Character Map
After you double-click a character on the grid of characters, you can move through the grid by using the keyboard shortcuts:
1. RIGHT ARROW (Move to the right or to the beginning of the next line)
2. LEFT ARROW (Move to the left or to the end of the previous line)
3. UP ARROW (Move up one row)
4. DOWN ARROW (Move down one row)
5. PAGE UP (Move up one screen at a time)
6. PAGE DOWN (Move down one screen at a time)
7. HOME (Move to the beginning of the line)
8. END (Move to the end of the line)
9. CTRL+HOME (Move to the first character)
10. CTRL+END (Move to the last character)
11. SPACEBAR (Switch between Enlarged and Normal mode when a character is selected)

Microsoft Management Console (MMC)
Main Window Keyboard Shortcuts
1. CTRL+O (Open a saved console)
2. CTRL+N (Open a new console)
3. CTRL+S (Save the open console)
4. CTRL+M (Add or remove a console item)
5. CTRL+W (Open a new window)
6. F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)
7. ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the MMC window menu)
8. ALT+F4 (Close the console)
9. ALT+A (Display the Action menu)
10. ALT+V (Display the View menu)
11. ALT+F (Display the File menu)
12. ALT+O (Display the Favorites menu)

MMC Console Window Keyboard Shortcuts
1. CTRL+P (Print the current page or active pane)
2. ALT+Minus sign (-) (Display the window menu for the active console window)
3. SHIFT+F10 (Display the Action shortcut menu for the selected item)
4. F1 key (Open the Help topic, if any, for the selected item)
5. F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)
6. CTRL+F10 (Maximize the active console window)
7. CTRL+F5 (Restore the active console window)
8. ALT+ENTER (Display the Properties dialog box, if any, for theselected item)
9. F2 key (Rename the selected item)
10. CTRL+F4 (Close the active console window. When a console has only one console window, this shortcut closes the console)

Remote Desktop Connection Navigation
1. CTRL+ALT+END (Open the Microsoft Windows NT Security dialog box)
2. ALT+PAGE UP (Switch between programs from left to right)
3. ALT+PAGE DOWN (Switch between programs from right to left)
4. ALT+INSERT (Cycle through the programs in most recently used order)
5. ALT+HOME (Display the Start menu)
6. CTRL+ALT+BREAK (Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen)
7. ALT+DELETE (Display the Windows menu)
8. CTRL+ALT+Minus sign (-) (Place a snapshot of the active window in the client on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)
9. CTRL+ALT+Plus sign (+) (Place asnapshot of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboardand provide the same functionality aspressing ALT+PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)

Microsoft Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
1. CTRL+B (Open the Organize Favorites dialog box)
2. CTRL+E (Open the Search bar)
3. CTRL+F (Start the Find utility)
4. CTRL+H (Open the History bar)
5. CTRL+I (Open the Favorites bar)
6. CTRL+L (Open the Open dialog box)
7. CTRL+N (Start another instance of the browser with the same Web address)
8. CTRL+O (Open the Open dialog box,the same as CTRL+L)
9. CTRL+P (Open the Print dialog box)
10. CTRL+R (Update the current Web page)
11. CTRL+W (Close the current window)

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No extents were found for the plex

No extents were found for the plex

Yesterday a friend asked me to help him troubleshoot a problem he was having when he was attempting to setup RAID 1 also known as mirroring.  He wanted to mirror the Operating System hard drive to a second hard drive and told me he cant get the System Reserved partition mirrored.

I asked him to show me exactly how he was attempting to perform this task and as I suspected he mirrored the (Boot, Page, Crash Dump) partition which is most commonly known as the C: drive first.

Next he would attempt to mirror the (system Reserved Partition) which by default is 100 MB in physical size.

I remember when I tried this several years ago myself  I encountered the same problem and with some experimenting I figured out how to do it and below are the steps.

First if you already created a mirror in windows vista or windows 7 go ahead and break it.

Now back to square one here are the steps to mirroring windows vista or windows 7.

Step 1
Assuming you already know how to mirror drives. (Software Mirroring or Software RAID 1)
IF YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO MIRROR DRIVES it is in your best interest to ask somebody that knows how to mirror drives to walk you through the process or better yet do it with you so you learn without screwing up.

Step 2
Mirror the (System Reserved) partition first.

After this completes, reboot the computer then mirror the C: drive then after the Resynching completes reboot again.

Now both partitions will be mirrored.

Final thought on this.
What does the error No extents were found for the plex mean?
I still don’t know.



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3-D printers have officially gone mainstream

3 D printer

3D printers have officially gone mainstream. You can now purchase one at Staples for around $1,300 bucks.

says it is the first major U.S. retailer to sell a 3-D printer. It began selling The Cube, made by 3D Systems on Friday, and the printer will hit “many” of the retailer’s brick-and-mortar stores by June.

While 3-D printers have long been used in industrial manufacturing, a recent “maker” movement is slowly popularizing in-home versions of the devices.

The Cube, like other 3-D printers, is a machine that creates physical, three-dimensional objects. The printer uses a digital design file as a blueprint, then builds the item layer by layer with plastic. Users can print anything they can design, including action figures, iPhone docks and coffee cup holders.

The Cube can print items up to five-and-a-half inches tall, wide and long in 16 different colors, and it comes packaged with 25 free design templates. Shares of Cube maker 3D Systems rose 4% after the announcement but ended the day up 1%. Staples stock closed nearly 3% higher.

George Young, a partner at 3D Systems shareholder Villere & Co., says the Staples announcement validates 3D Systems’ mission, “because they’ve been saying their technology can cover all ends of the spectrum — from manufacturing lines to consumers’ homes. And a retailer like Staples is obviously cognizant about what their customers want.”

3D Systems says it is devoted to the “democratization” of 3-D printers, making the complex and expensive technology available to the masses. But the company faces a lot of upstart competition.

Perhaps the buzziest 3-D printer company is Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Makerbot, which unveiled its $2,800 Replicator 2x” at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

Following Makerbot’s success, crowdfunding site Kickstarter quickly became full of similarly named rivals: Printrbot, TangiBot, Ultra-Bot, RigidBot, Gigabot, and Bukobot.

While many 3-D printer owners may be using the devices to prototype inventions or simply have fun making plastic toys, other industries are tapping into the printers’ potential. Chefs are using the printers to create intricately designed food. Doctors are even experimenting with advanced versions of the machines to make artificial organs and prosthetic limbs.

In some cases, 3-D designs have been controversial. Makerbot found itself under pressure to crack down on downloadable designs for printable gun parts late last year, after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. MakerBot’s design file repository, called Thingiverse, had long prohibited “the creation of weapons”  but they were loosely enforced before the crackdown in December.




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What it’s like to play with a Super Computer?

I flew to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee last week to “meet” Jaguar, the world’s third-fastest supercomputer. OK, it wasn’t quite as simple as that. I had to get special government clearance, go through a security checkpoint that was a full five miles away from the supercomputer, and then get briefed on how to behave around Jaguar Look but do not touch! were the simple rules I had to abide by.

Fully briefed and slightly intimidated, I was lead into a room roughly the size of a football field that houses the supercomputer, which itself is the size of a basketball court. For those who don’t follow sports: it’s really big.

It’s also incredibly loud. Like, jet-engine loud. Even with ear-protection, my head was buzzing a little when I left the room.

The noise comes from the cooling fans that are located below the floor and atop the computer, which are required to literally keep the computer from melting. If you’ve ever noticed your laptop getting a little hot when it’s sitting on your lap, multiply that by about 180,000 and you’ll get an idea of why all that cooling is necessary.

The fans blow air up from the ground that has been chilled down to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, using 4,800 lbs. of R134 coolant — the same stuff that cools your refrigerator and car air conditioner. When the air comes out the top of Jaguar, it’s 120 degrees.

Also in the room are are Kraken, the 11th fastest supercomputer, and Gaea, the 52nd fastest, according to the biannual Top 500 supercomputer list, which was announced Monday. All three are used by different groups: Jaguar is a Department of Energy supercomputer, Kraken is used by the University of Tennessee, and Gaea is the supercomputer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Their presence add to the room’s noise and also creates a need for more storage space. That’s why half the room is taken up by the 20,000 1-terabyte hard drives that store all the data that the massive computers churn out.

It’s a lot of equipment, and there are the appropriate number of blinking LED lights emanating from all of the various components.

Meanwhile, computer engineers from Cray, the supercomputers’ manufacturer, are running around wearing blue lab coats performing maintenance. Just like on your home PC, stuff is breaking or failing all the time on Jaguar, so on-site engineers are constantly checking up on the eight rows of 284 cabinets that make up the computer.

They’re also working on a giant upgrade. Right now, Jaguar runs at 2 petaflops, which translates to 2 quadrillion (that’s 2 million billion) calculations per second. That’s fast, but the world’s fastest supercomputer blows Jaguar away: Japan’s K Computer runs at more than 10 petaflops.

Clearly, Jaguar is falling behind and needs more oomph. So the DOE decided to replace Jaguar’s processors and turn it into a 20 petaflop machine — twice as fast as K Computer. When the upgrade is finished in late 2012, the supercomputer will be appropriately renamed Titan, as it will likely be the world’s fastest.

I was particularly fascinated by how Jaguar handles input and output. The computer runs a stripped down version of Linux, the open-source operating system that powers most Web servers. Data and commands are entered into computer terminals similar to a PC interface, with keyboards and flat-screen monitors.

Output is where it gets really interesting. After data is spat out into spreadsheets, on-site imaging specialists transform that into stunning high-definition visualizations that can be viewed in a room one flight up from Jaguar. The viewing room has 27 high-definition projectors working in tandem to create wide-screen HD images of whatever the scientists cooked up using the supercomputer.

So messing around with a supercomputer is kind of like playing with your PC, except everything is many orders of magnitude bigger, faster, louder, brighter, and much, much more expensive.

Don’t worry, I didn’t touch anything.

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