Home Theatre System: The Design

I recently stumbled upon a new hobby that has been quite an adventure for me. One that requires both technical skills, as well as, creativity to solve problems. You see I have a fascination with system integration, and enjoy finding ways to make systems where you can not tell there is any integration at all. I hope to make a series of articles describing my adventure that will hopefully create a path that someone could use to help them along the path. The Requirements The first step I had to take was to jot down the requirements. The first thing …

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How to Sync IE 9 Using Skydrive

This is a topic that puzzled me. You see this used to be done automatically using Windows Live Mesh, but becuase of many reasons Microsoft discontinued it. Now with the new Skydrive there is no clear way of doing it. To make matters a little more confusing when I attempted to search, everything I saw suggested this was no longer impossible. After pondering about how I would do this I came up with a solution. You see, as long as you have Skydrive on your computer thats all you need to pull this off. The best part is its very …

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Microsoft Office Heads Into the Cloud

 A New Beginning For tech junkies like myself, it was delightful to see a new product out for a preview. With the industry trend to move to the cloud this is an obvious push for Microsoft especially in the consumer market. Where businesses are aggressive in implementing private clouds the average consumers have embraced the public clouds. Now Office 365 has been around for awhile now in the corporate world where it has in some regards struggled to kick off. It has always been a solid niche filler for small the medium sized companies. Now they have expanded into the consumer market …

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Aligning IT to the Business

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Lately, I have been thinking alot about the current IT climate and how IT aligns itself with the business. It seems that every day you see new blog posts and advertising from companies such as Cisco, Gartner, SAP, Trend Micro, industry experts, and many more advocating new industry trends that will make huge leaps in the way you tackle challenges. The message they impart is that if your company does not do it then you are silly. It just seems like the industry is turning into one full of lemmings ready to jump into the fire in the pursuit of buzz words. One of the biggest …

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Free Microsoft e-books!!!

Here is a collection of free Microsoft e-books.Eric Ligman of MSDN has been nice enough to post them in one easy to see place. It is quite fantastic when this happens. So here you go and try to learn somthing new!!!! Who knows this might be the perfect time to get those skills to make the next game changer. Links Large collection of Free Microsoft eBooks for you, including: SharePoint, Visual Studio, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Office 365, Office 2010, SQL Server 2012, Azure, and more. Another large collection of Free Microsoft eBooks and Resource Kits for you, including: SharePoint …

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Dreams of a Humble IT Guy

I was sitting down one day reflecting after a long day of work. I had a conversation with a co-worker that day about visions of past technology leaders, and how many of their predictions were wrong. One quote that stood out was one by a member of Microsoft where he said that technology would become so easy and user friendly that information technology professionals would no longer be needed. Thats a funny statement because if anything it has gone entirely in the opposite direction. Applications kept becoming more complicated, and more people were then needed to support it. Recently, it has been …

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Forcing Javascript to Wait For AJAX

A common problem I ran into as I learned AJAX was that the javascript wouldn’t wait for the AJAX to return the content I asked for. That is because of the “A” in AJAX. AJAX is asynchronous. This means that it will send the request out and will get a response back in an indeterminate amount of time. The frustrating part is that the javascript will not wait for the response from AJAX. This in turn produced very inconsistent results depending on what ran faster. To resolve this one must find out if the AJAX is done executing before continuing …

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Creating Pinned Websites

Creating a High Resolution Favicon Favicons have come a long way since the inception of them , but times have changed. Before they were a 16 X16 ugly little icon that appeared next to the URL in the browser to give your website that little bit of extra flair and autheticity. Modern browsers now let you cram an entire 64 X64 icon in that same space. Thats 4096 pixels as opposed to the previous 256 in the exact same space, or 16 times the detail. Also look at all the great places that logo will be used. It is used …

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