how to RDP restart… with a mac keyboard

So I remote into various windows machines often… when I needed to remotely restart one after an install or driver setting I would simply do the ctrl+alt+end click trick… only problem now is my mac does not have an end button and I could not figure out the equivalent… but I did find this new trick which is just as easy… and actually a little easier in my opinion


1. Open a command terminal – Start menu run and type cmd or just type cmd in the  search program and files if you have windows Vista and later.

2. Type shutdown -r in the command line… hit enter and wait 30 seconds… you’ll get a message saying your about to log off and if you don’t click anything it will restart the machine.

note: make sure the -r is at the end of the shutdown -r command… without the -r your machine will simply shutdown… screwing you out of remote access until you or someone can get to the remote machine and physically power it back on.




Mac Screen Capture image format

Ever wanted to change the default image capture of a mac to something else… like jpg… you can with this quick terminal command.

open a terminal window and type these two lines

defaults write type whatever format you want
killall SystemUIServer

replace whatever format you want with jpg, tiff, pdf, png, bmp, pict, etc…

Once you do that and enter the last command your next screen shots should be that format you choose. As an interesting side note, older versions of Mac OS X seem to have changed their out of box default image screen capture format over the years… for example.

Mac OSx 10.2 (jaguar) was .jpg

Mac OSx 10.3 (Panther) was .pdf

and Mac OSx 10.4 and later (tiger, lion, mountain lion) use .png

Happy Screen capturing

Easy way to Remote Desktop to mac OS

Simple story. I’m new to mac’s… I like them so far… I have an iMac as my office workstation, and I sometimes take the office Macbook Pro home to work. I wanted a quick way to connect to my office computer without having to install a bunch of 3rd party software, similar to how windows has RDP (which you can download on your mac to connect to windows machine if you didn’t know already)


1. First go to “System Preferences” -> “Sharing” on the mac you want to connect to… make sure screen sharing is selected. Also note your computer name at the top of the sharing window, you’ll need it for step 2. (If you get a message saying its controlled by “Remote Management” when you click on screen sharing… look down a few check boxes to “Remote Management” and add your remote user if its different that the user you log into the machine with. 

That is all the configuration you have to do on the machine you want to remote into… similar to windows… you just have to tell the OS its ok to allow remote connections, once selected it stays selected so you won’t have to do this step again next time you want to connect to this machine remotely.


2. Now when your at your remote location, open finder on the computer in front of you and hit “Command + k” (this opens connect to server prompt if your not familiar with it, but instead of connecting to a file share we are going to launch desktop sharing right from here.)

here we type the following


Then select connect… it should launch screen sharing app with your remote machine in the background.


3. Now if your outside your network the easiest way without having to fool around with your firewall a is to connect to your network via a VPN. If you don’t know how to connect to your network remotely with a VPN connection, you can google it and find out… once connected you can use your computers local name the same as above.


if your VPN connection connects to windows servers on a domain ( like mine does), then after I connect to my VPN connection to my server I have to add the full domain name after the local computer name like this



So thats it pretty simple I know, and I’m sure if your familiar with mac’s you already new this, but I was not and I had a little trouble trying to find an “easy” way to RDP to my desktop… so I thought I would share this. As I mentioned below, I am new to the Mac environment, so let me know if there are easier / alternate ways or if I messed something up in the comments below.





How to add Additional 32bit Drivers on 64bit print server

I’ve had this problem with our print server in my office for a while and just figured out the solution…. and I’m sharing it here. Essentially when I share a printer on a network, I can not install additional 32bit (x86) drivers on my 64bit (x64) printer server. Every time I try to load the additional 32bit drivers on the printer… it error’s out. The solution I found out is you have to load the additional drivers on the server from a 32bit client… I’ll semi-spoon feed you if you still don’t understand, as admittedly i did not til’ I figured it out on my own… I’ll assume if you got to this page your semi-familure with sharing printers on a server and connecting them to clients.


Install the printer on your server…

Go to the printer properties by right clicking it in your devices…

Click the “sharing” tab, and at the bottom you will see the button “Additional Drivers”

—This is where you usually have problems… after clicking the x86 box and browsing to the 32bit drivers, it usually gives an error. If it doesn’t… then why are you still reading… if it does as continue

The solution is to now go to a 32 bit client and browse to your print server and double click to install the the printer… it will say it does not have the correct driver, and in which case should prompt you to install it manually. You should follow the prompts and manually install the driver, but just for this one machine… once its installed on the 32bit machine… from the 32 bit machine

Go to the printer and devices

Find the network printer shared by your print server you just installed…

Go to the printer properties by right clicking it in your devices…

Click the “sharing” tab, and at the bottom you will see the button “Additional Drivers”

— Now from the 32 bit client you should be able to push the 32bit drivers to the printer on the server. Now the next 32 bit client you want to install the printer on, you should be able to just double click the on the server’s shared printer and the 32bit drivers will automatically install like it does on the other 64bit machines.



So I’ve gotton some emails and comments asking for step by step… i thought it was above, but after reading it I realize it is a bit confusing. I don’t have time to re-write the post above, but here are more or less the same step re-written that may help, or atleast be a little clearer.

Basically you can’t install 32 bit driver from the 64bit print server, but you can install it on the 64, map it to the 32, then from the 32 add (“push”) the 32 bit driver back to the server for future 32bit installs.

1. So what you have to do is install the printer mapped thru your 64bit print server on the 32 bit machine.
2. It will prompt something about not having correct drivers and you will have to manually locate and install them this once on the 32 bit.
3. Once the mapped printer is installed on the 32bit, goto printers -> printer properties -> Sharing Tab (at top) -> Addtional Drivers button (lower right of menu)
4. The Additional Drivers button will give you popup window… check off the x86 option and click OK.
5. After you click OK it will push the 32bit driver from the machine you just installed it on to the 64 bit server.
6. Now any future installs of this printer on 32 bit machines will go faster because the 32bit drivers were pushed to the 64bit server and it won’t prompt for a manual install of the 32bit drivers.

iPhone Lockscreen Camera Button Not Working


After upgrading to IOS 5.1 on my iPhone I noticed to what I thought was the new camera button on the Lockscreen not working anymore. However I found out today that it’s not that it doesn’t work anymore… They just changed how it works. For those out there that used the feature before… You could easily access the camera without unlocking the phone by double clicking the home button and the camera button would appear next to the slider… Well now you see the camera button on any click… But when you click on it all that happens is the screen bounces… Well its not broken… Technically… But you will feel stupid because this what the changed… Just swipe the camera button you see up… That simple… Yet not intuitive enough for most people I know to figure it out without googling it… Oh well… Now you know like me

Why will Siri not remember my relatives?

My brother got the iPhone 4s a few weeks before me… when he utilizes the voice recognition software built into it, called Siri, all he has to do is say… “text my brother what are you up too”… and Siri creates a  text message to Tim (me) saying “what are you up too”… it remembers his relation ships so it knows who his brother, wife, mother, etc. are… However when I got my iPhone 4s I would say “text my brother hello”… because my phone is new, Siri would ask something along the lines

“who is your brother?”

I would reply “Matt”, and Siri in return would say

“would you like me to remember this?”… and of course I said

“sure” and Siri would reply in her most devious voice



The problem I was having though, was that she was not remembering Matt was my brother… even though I told her to remember it countless times. I finally figured out the reason and though I would post it here for others incase they are having the same problems and decide to google it.


My situation was that my email runs off of Microsoft Exchange (which for those that do not know many many corperations use for their email  servers… which also links up to my own calendar and own set of contacts stored on my exchange server that links with my iPhone. The problem is that default exchange contacts only has association fields of manager and assistant…. and you can not to my knowledge easily create custom association fields like “wife” or “Brother” in my case. So once I figured that out the solution was easy… I simply went to my contacts on my phone… browsed to exchange contacts… and deleted the contact for my self…. then i created a new contact for my self, but instead of doing it with all my other contacts on my exchange server… the one for myself resides souly on my iphone… not related to my exchange server. Now that I have a new contact of myself on my phone I can use any of the association or related fields pre=programed…or even create new ones…


The easiest way to do this after you create the new contact on your phone, rather than through your exchange server is to just call up Siri and say… So and So is my Mom… or whoever and whatever relationship you want Siri to remember. Cmmment below if anyone has any questions.


mirror volumes

Ever wonder what a volume mirror or drive mirror was?… or better yet wonder how do I backup my hard drive automatically?

Well Windows 7 has some cool features to setting up whats called a volume mirror really, really easily… which is what you want to do if your looking to automatically back up a hard drive… Doing this is also called Raid 1…

Essentially all you will need is another hard drive the same size or bigger than the one you want to back up…

1. Open up your computer case and install the additional hard drive as the instruction that came with it tell you.
2. Right click on the “my computer” icon either on the desktop or in the start menu… then click “manage” in the menu that pops up
3. Now go click on the “disk management” icon in the left hand menu and you should see all your disks available… including the new one you installed (probably black or olive in color) and the existing disk you want to backup (probably blue in color).
4. The Disks have to be “dynamic”… which you can do by right clicking on the disk# button and selecting “convert to dynamic disk”… follow the prompts until its converted.
5. Now you can click on the older existing drive with all your data on it (the one you want backed up that says D: or whatever letter) and select “add mirror” option from the right click menu.
6. Some menus will pop up and you should eventually see a menu and will probably see the new disk # you just installed as an option, which is what you want to select… it will then go about creating a mirror with that disk you selected.

and that is it… now all the data on that drive will be “mirrored” to the new drive… so if your main drive fails… you will not loose any data due to drive failure because you have the mirrored drive.

Some general notes:

  • Doing this will actually speed up your performance as well… because now when you tell your computer to access or execute a file on these drives it will have two hard drive needles (access points) to find it on your drives, rather than one access point to the file.
  • Both drives will show up as 1 drive letter in windows explorer/my computer. etc…
  • If the “add mirror” option is greyed or ggrayed or out, make sure the newer disk2 is larger in size… I had (2) 1 tb drives that i could not get this to work becuase one drive had 0.2 megs more than the new drive i wanted to back up too… if this is the case than just right clickthe original drive #1 and select “shrink volume”…follow the prompts  and make it a little smaller than the new drive that will be the backup… once its done the “add mirror” option should no longer be greyed out.
  • After you do this (depending on how big your drives are) the drive colors will be red as they are syncronizing… basically meaning windows  is automatically coping all your data to the new drive your backing up too… you should still be able to access all your files while it does this in the background.

Let me know if anyone has any questions or comments in the comments below.

The Portfolio… do I even need a papper version

I have not updated my professional portfolio in 5 or more years, and upon deciding it is perhaps time to do so I found myself asking the question… “Do I even need a portfolio on paper”

In an age of conference room computer access, and tablets… I say no, and here’s why.

The first reason that comes to mind is the size… as the feature picture shows… they can get quite large if you intend to bring originals… to the point of absurdness… Working with the construction industry for some larger projects its not unheard of for sheet sizes to get up to 48″X36″ for working documents… not to mention some artwork or master plan ideas (at least by me)… that are drawn at a similar large scale…

So we have been long in the age of digital scanners, and hence that is what most people did with large format drawings that need to become more mobile… the problem with scanning and re-printing at a reduced size is that sometimes the details that made the original lager version of the work so “grandiose” are lost in the reduction.

So you could bring in the originals in a large portfolio case as shown above, but think of how that looks to the people you are presenting it too. I don’t care what the laws say you can or can not hire an employee for, when you go to an interview you are selling your self as well as your capabilities and ideas.

Think of what the potential portfolio viewers are thinking when they see you for the first time and instead of seeing the confident, suave yet energetic future employee… they see you walking into their walls and struggling like you just came in from the marina with the sail of a portfolio you have…

Now think if they see you walking in with composure and not wrestling anything, but carrying a sleek piece of technology that says this person is already adept at the future… having the best of both worlds, your work is small enough to handle, yet with technology can be zoomed in and out of various detail with ease.

That’s how I see my future presentations of my work, and that’s why I’ve decided to not modify my paper portfolios of decades past, but instead investigate the presentation of my work digitally, both from the web and from a more portable tablet.

So I bought a couple of new domains and I plan to start developing one… so far its been a pain, not because of the digital translation, but because I am not a computer engineer by trade, and I’ve had some difficulties with my Linux server hosting multiple websites… but I think I worked out most of the bugs and plan to start actually building the site now the foundation of its interface is somewhat worked out.

As the site gets closer to launch I’ll release the domain names here on, which will remain my blog, with the new site simply holding my professional portfolio only.

how to get harmony remote out of safe mode

The Harmony remotes from Logitech are some of the best universal remotes available… when they work that is… I had some trouble with mine and I figured I would share how i got it working… scroll to the bottom of this post to get the answer without hearing my associated story and reason for having a harmony remote.

With today’s home enthusiasts array of various media devices hooked up to the TV a house can easily have 10 or more remotes for DVRs, game consoles, netflix enabled devices, cable boxes, BlueRay, etc… The only downside of them is the somewhat over simplified setup and their price, but once you get past that their activities buttons are god sends for grandparents that might be at your house alone watching your kids. If they want to watch TV… they hit the “watch TV” button… if they want to “watch a movie”… they hit the “watch a movie” button… after the initial setup the remote turns off and on the devices that need to be for that activity and changes and master buttons like play, pause, menu, etc… to the master device for that activity… easy as pie… when it works.

Today I was watching something on netflix, and after the show was over I grabbed the remote to see the screen at the top was blank… I just changed the batteries a couple of weeks ago, so I popped open the case removed and reloaded the batteries only to have the screen on the remote say “SAFE MODE”. No matter what buttons i pressed no command was issued to any devices.. not even power. So I hooked the remote to my computer to try and reload the software to it hoping that would fix the issue, but it only got to about 17% before giving me an error saying the software could not be updated.

This is the solution I came up with to get the remote out of “safe mode” and working again.
After some trial and error I came to the conclusions that I basically i needed to remove the batteries from the remote then plug it in to the computer. Then i started the Harmony Remote software, went to the top of the window and clicked on “Downloads”. Ten I clicked on “Firmware” and followed the prompts to update the remote firmware, then I clicked on the other button above that “software” and followed the promts to update the remotes software and all my device settings.Once that was done the remote was back to the way it was before i got the “SAFE MODE” error.

Hope this post helps if anyone is having trouble with their harmony remotes. Let me know in the comments.

2 Years and Still no Cable

Well, Its been two years and I still have no extended cable. I still get the regular big 4 and a bunch of PBS stations via my digital antenna in my attic, but that is it as far as a “live television” feed. I utilize my Media Center computer to record numerous shows  from those, which is great… but when I first cut the chord i was most disappointed with my history, nat geo, and discovery channels. I am a big sucker for the shows on those networks, and they don’t have any local syndicates to pick up with my antenna.  However I am now noticing that many of the shows that i watched before i cut the chord (and more still that I’m getting into) are now available on Netflix Streaming.

What does this mean… well it means it means that I just realized my family has different TV viewing habits than I did when i was a kid… and I like it. Gone are the days that i would turn on the TV and flick the 100 channels (back then compared to the 8000 now)… Instead I find my wife and myself going directly to the recorded TV section to watch what we want to watch, when we want to watch it. That works great for the big 4 network shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox… but it does not give me my fix for Modern Marvels, Nat Geo Documentaries, and other shows of that nature that previously fueled my need for subscribing to extended digital cable when i had cable.  However with netflix on my Xbox when i don’t see anything on my DVR simply go to my Netflix instant que which is loaded with more TV shows… The other bonus is the Xbox also has ESPN3 for live and On demand viewing of sports content that might not be shown on the big 4, but is available through that.

In hindsight the only advantage that I see cable having over how I view TV today is that it is a larger aggregate. What I mean by that is that you can go to 1 place for network TV, expanded cable TV, Non-Premium carried sports, as well as on demand movies. I get all those things now, however there are several places I have to go to get to them, rather than having them available through one interface. What I like about the trade off though is I am only paying for what I want to watch… vs. getting some top tier cable package which costs more because it comes with 700 other channels I do not watch.

I do not get these companies that have a willing costumer base, but do not provide. I know its tied up into red-tape and legal jargin, but seriously… ESPN… if you offered me to pay a low monthly fee for ulimited live and ondemand content you sell to cable providers… I would… as would countless others… yet they do not… same with the forementioned expanded cable channels TLC, Discovery, Nat Geo, etc… they are getting better with giving content to netflix, hulu, and EPSN3 on Xbox… but come on now… the model is working so what i holding you back from getting the rest of your content out there to people who are willing to pay for your content???

…I don’t get it… but in the mean time I’ll keep doing what I’m doing and getting pleasantly surprised as I see new shows, and sports on ESPN3 and Netflix… I’m interested in hearing what the readers of this article have to say about it… are you still on cable, watching netflix tv content… chime in below in the comments… don’t be afraid with the required email to leave a comment… no one see its… including me… its just a precaution to help lower spam and a requirement of my wordpress, which is what my blog runs on