Tearing Apart a $250,000 Hard Drive

I found this gem. Appears to be a 1.89GB or 3.78GB Hard Drive from 1991.

This guy tears it apart bit-by-bit and explains each piece. Pretty amazing.  His voice-over says it’s a 10MB, but the model number shows different.

Field Guide to Clients

These can be so true… though it’s what makes our world turn. Infographic from Ciplex.


Technical Debt In An Image


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Allaire Brothers talking about ColdFusion

Dead Ringers

I ran across a post on Facebook that peaked my interest. It lists how many terms came about. I’m going to post it here to reference.

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & Sold to the tannery…….if you had to do this to survive you were “Piss Poor
But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot……they “didn’t have a pot to piss in” & were the lowest of the low. The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

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Windows 10 God Mode

I became brave and updated both my work, personal and family computers to Windows 10. So far I’ve had limited issues:

  1. Had to do an “online repair” of Office 2013 for Word files to open again. This was a Win 7 to Win 10 upgrade.
  2. Can’t find a proper driver that will work for my office’s 1320c Laser printer. I hardly ever print, so this is low priority for me. This was a Win 8.1 to Win 10 upgrade, but I didn’t try the Win 8.1 driver either when it was installed.
  3. Can’t print wirelessly to my home Epson multi-function printer. Something tells me that if I reinstall it, it’ll work fine. This was a Win 8.1 to Win 10 upgrade.

But here’s what I’m really blogging about… “God Mode”.

This tweak is the same as previous versions of Windows and gets you to 260+ functions and tools. You can drag-and-drop any of the commands to your desktop to create shortcuts for the command as well. To enable it:

  1. GodModeIconCreate a new folder on your Windows desktop
  2. Label it: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
  3. It will change its icon and label to “God Mode”

Credit: SuperSite for Windows: Enabling GodMode for Windows 10

Another favorite feature is the “Snipping Tool”. This tool allows you to take custom screen shots and mark them up. It even has a delay feature so you can setup drop down menus before it shoots the screen. Just search for it in your start menu.

#god-mode, #windows-10

Copying Folders and Files From A List in Command Prompt

I had a unique request to copy a list of folders out of a greater collection of folders. Seeking the best way to do this I found this solution thanks to sidesofmarch:

Step 1:

Create a text (ex: migrate.txt) file containing a list of folders to be copied or moved, each folder name on a new line.

Step 2:

Run a for/in loop while inside the Windows Command Prompt. Add the /move attribute to robocopy to move instead of copy. Google “robocopy” for more options. In this example %i is the folder name which copies it to the root of E: drive.

for /f "delims=" %i in (migrate.txt) do robocopy "%i" "E:\%i" /e /z /MT /log+:log.txt

Note: if you put this command in a batch file use %%i instead of %i

Tested 7/29/2015 on Windows 10

Adding ColdFusion 11 ODBC Services

If you didn’t get ColdFusion 11’s (and probably 10’s) ODBC Server and Client services installed but end up needing them you can create a simple ColdFusion script to get it installed.

adminObj = createObject("component","cfide.adminapi.administrator");
adminObj.login("{CF Admin Password}","{CF Admin User}" );

How I Got Started in ColdFusion

July 2nd 2015 marked Adobe ColdFusion’s (then Allaire’s ColdFusion) 20th birthday. Starting back in 1997, I have made a living programming in ColdFusion for about 17 of those years (I took off a year while fixing computers instead).

End of Junior year in high school I decided to look for a job. I’ve worked here and there for my grandfather in the music sales industry and my father in the HVAC industry.

I was intrigued by what was BBS systems and the Internet and made some super simple web pages with what would be now considered super annoying JavaScript. I believe it was my friend Gabe Spargen who turned me on to JavaScript because I couldn’t let his website be “cooler” than mine. This turned into the counseling department to have me set up their department website which consisted of a bunch of links and information for applying to colleges. I remember the cool factor being a select box that would take you to a link upon selection. In the end though it was “too advanced” and was converted to standard links.

Even before all that back in grade school days I’d find my way onto any BBS system that I could and even learned some PC Q-Basic and Apple IIe BASIC.

Taking my tinkering I started looking through the yellow pages for potential employers. At this time I was just looking for something in the computer industry. As happen I dialed the wrong number and reached David Shaul with “Practical Computer Concepts” known as “PCC”. He had me come on in for an interview.

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Cisco AnyConnect “Failed to initialize connection subsystem”

Update 3/11/2015 11:31 CST:

Microsoft has included the fix for AnyConnect and Windows 8.1 in the 3/10/2015 Windows Update. See KB #3040335

Update 2/16/2015 16:11 CST:

Per Cisco: Microsoft has released a fix-it patch providing a workaround for this issue. See KB# 3023607

When you visit the KB page, it appears you have to scroll down to the “Microsoft Fix It” button and install the AppCompat shim which is Microsoft Fix it 51033. This is a bit confusing, so be sure to click that button.

Microsoft is planning to include the fix with the Microsoft March Patch Tuesday release (subject to change)

I run Windows 8.1 and run Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client version 3.1.03103 to access a VPN.

Today, after I hit connect, it stopped working out of the blue with the error:

Failed to initialize connection subsystem

Thanks to ‘I Think – Therefore “IBM I”‘ blog I was able to quickly resolve the issue. I’m assuming this had to do with a recent Windows Update. Here’s the final solution:

  1. Close the Cisco AnyConnect Window and the taskbar mini-icon
  2. Right click vpnui.exe in the “Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client” folder. (I have it in “C:\Program Files (x86)\Cisco\Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client\”
  3. Click on the “Run compatibility troubleshooter” button
  4. Choose “Try recommended settings”.
  5. The wizard suggests Windows 8 compatibility.
  6. Click “Test Program”.  This will open the program.
  7. Close
  8. Some people may need to repeat the above steps for vpnagent.exe. That is the local service that supports the client user interface.

If you use group policies, Kim commented using the following for Windows 7 mode:

Make a GPO that added this key:

SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers
Valuename : C:\Program Files (x86)\Cisco\Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client\vpnui.exe
Valuedata : ~ WIN7RTM
Update 2/11/2015 13:52 CST:

Cisco has notified me that they have escalated this issue to Microsoft for investigation.

This issue was introduced by KB# 3023607: Secure Channel cumulative update changes TLS protocol renegotiation and fallback behavior (https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3023607)

Included with Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-009 – Critical Security Update for Internet Explorer (3034682)

This issue should also affect Windows 7 user with IE 11, but no reports of failure have been seen yet.

Update 2/12/2015 10:22 CST:

Cisco recommends that all customers open their own cases with Microsoft since the ultimate fix will need to come from them. You can feel free to reference Cisco’s case #115021112390273 in order to expedite having your ticket properly triaged by their support team. source

#1324, #14312, #1663, #19254, #2585, #29603, #31988, #31989, #752