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Been extremely busy…

October 1, 2007

I’ve been slammed people, I deeply apologize for the lack of updates or entries lately. I’ve been studying for my 290 exam, been traveling, and been overall super busy. I plan on posting on a few interesting things in the next couple days.

Stay tuned… good stuff to come!


I am now able to watch my Buffalo Bills online

September 9, 2007

… thanks to P2P streaming and a nice little application called SopCast.

I no longer have to drive to the bar and watch my Bills! I can watch from my office! How cool! And all for FREE.

Right now I’m watching the Yankees (god, I don’t know why). Click for bigger image.



Remove Dell wallpaper in RDP Sessions

June 6, 2007

Haven’t we all wanted to do this? At least I know I have. Thanks to Tim Barret over at No Geek Left Behind, there is a real quick fix for this. I’ll repost the entire post:

This annoyance has been around for a very long time, and it?s been covered in numerous places throughout the web.   But since it still exists and since I came across it twice today, I thought I?d post the fix here.

The annoyance in question is the factory wallpaper from Dell (or any other manufacturer) that fills the screen when you try to logon to RDP.  It is slow, annoying, and it looks like this?

I pick on Dell not because we?re primarily an HP shop, but because that stupid Dell wallpaper weighs in at 1,877 KB.  That?s more than entire floppy disk of data – just for a splash screen!

Here?s how to get rid of the factory wallpaper or splash screen background.  But first, the obligatory REGEDIT disclaimer:

Disclaimer:  Use Registry Editor at your own risk. If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. This information is provided on an ?as is? basis and all risk is with you. Improper use of Regedit can also make you sterile.  NoGeekLeftBehind makes no warranties, express, implied or statutory, as to any matter whatsoever, and does not guarantee that problems that you cause by using Registry Editor incorrectly can be resolved.

With that out of the way, there are two options available:

a) Kill that splash screen wallpaper completely. 

b) You can replace the factory image with another wallpaper.

If you?re leaning towards ?option b?, I?ve included two images you can right-click and Save-As that are tiny (only 102 bytes each):

 – white_1010.bmp
 – black_1010.bmp

On with the instructions?

RDP Splash Screen Wallpaper Removal Instructions:

1) Click Start / Run / type REGEDIT and click OK

2) Navigate EXACTLY to the Key Value 
 – Control Panel
 – Desktop

3) Locate the String Value:  ?Wallpaper?. 

Note: If you?re using a Dell, that string value data is probably ?\windows\system32\DELLWALL.BMP?

Screenshot of the String Value above (click to enlarge)

4) Now, either:
  a) right-click and delete the Wallpaper string value completely, or 
  b) change the value to a different wallpaper

   WARNING – Be sure you DO NOT delete the ?Desktop? Registry Key on the left, only nuke the ?Wallpaper? String Value on the right

5) Close REGEDIT

If you performed everything correctly, the next time you RDP into the server that wallpaper should be gone (or changed if you followed Step 4b).  Your Remote Desktop Protocol experience should be much improved now.


Update: I purchased a laptop bag

May 22, 2007

I ordered this today from Amazon:

With some help from friends, I found this to be the best bag for what I need. I have a 1 year old Acer Aspire 3000 which should fit nicely in this bag. Plus it has extra compartments for files/folders, music player, power adapter, etc etc.


Back from Vegas

May 14, 2007

Back from Vegas. Won no money. Had fun though. Can you believe I’ve been to Vegas 4 times since September ’06? It has lost it’s luster.


My office is in shambles.

May 6, 2007

I cannot blog. I can hardly sit at my PC. I’m moving in less than 2 weeks and our moving truck will be here in 2 days. I guess I won’t be on here very much for the next 2 weeks.


Might not be blogging much for the next few weeks

April 28, 2007

Of course many of you know I’m currently in ‘packing stage’ for our move to Leominster, MA from Phoenix, AZ. My wife and I both have accepted some awesome jobs and we’re in midst of packing. My office that I am writing from right now is full of boxes and totes. It’s a war zone. Plus work has been pretty busy lately, so I haven’t had much time to blog. It will be back to normal in late May / early June though!