Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What is using all of my disk space?

What is using all of my disk space?

This is a question I get asked often. While the answer can vary greatly depending on what you do with your computer, the following app can show you in detail where the disk space is being used.

(screen shot from Jam-Software website)

TreeSize free (download from ) is an application that can scan a disk or folder and display in order of space used the folders that are taking the most amount of space. It is less that 10MB is size itself so should install even the fullest hard drives.

While I do not recommend blindly deleting any files, this application may help you determine which folders to look at further.

I do not get any compensation from making this mini-review. This post simply intends to help users looking to free disk space.

Hope this helps.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Google Chromecast

I know there are many reviews for this out there already but whats one more :)

I recently picked up a Google Chromecast from Amazon. See the link below.
I believe I paid $35 for it. If you don't know what the Chromecast is, it is a small device that you can plug into an HDMI port on a TV and then "cast" content to it from various pc apps as well as phone  or tablet screens.

Personally I use this device to watch movies from a Plex Media server as well as Youtube play lists.

I have used this on vacation to watch content from my tablet as well.

For the price this can't be beat. Pick on up from the link above.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Useful Linux Command - with output redirection

This one has been around for a while but in case you have not come across (and in case I forget myself) here is another useful Linux command:

ls > textfile.txt

This is a simple way to get a list of files in a certain folder and rather than write them to the screen it writes them to a text file that could be used in another script perhaps.

The above command will create a simple list of the file names in a particular directory.

If would like more details on the files you can use

ls -l > textfile.txt

Added the  "-l" (the lowercase letter L) will produce a "long" list with the file details.

This could be used to create a spreadsheet where you could sort or filter the files for some other purpose.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Use SCONFIG in Windows Server 2012

There is a very simple command to help get a Windows 2012 server initially set up.
It is called the Server Configuration Tool and is started by running the command
From Microsoft's site

"In Windows Server 2012, you can use the Server Configuration tool (Sconfig.cmd) to configure and manage several common aspects of Server Core installations. You must be a member of the Administrators group to use the tool.
Sconfig.cmd is available in the Minimal Server Interface and in Server with a GUI mode."

For those server admins that like the command line this is one worth trying.

Monday, February 18, 2013

How to make an RDP session full screen.

This one always bothers me and I never remember the key combo so I will post it here for myself as well as others.

This key combo will make an RDP session full screen. Once I open an Remote Desktop window and becomes "not full screen" it sometimes may not go back to full screen even though you maximize the window,

To make an RDP session window full screen again use the below key combo.


Hope this helps.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Klok Updated to Version 2.5.5

We just posted v2.5.5. This update includes a new dashboard chart. We have also added tagging that is used for searching for projects. Tag-based dashboard widgets will be coming soon.
Please download the update at

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

How to have Device Manager show non present devices.

Here are a few small commands that a colleague of mine showed me. These commands will start the Windows Device Manager and allow you to see devices that have been removed from the system.

This can come in handy if you P2V (Convert a Physical machine to a Virtual machine). the Virtual hardware will be using rather than the physical hardware that was once in the original system. This can help prevent certain BSODs

To run the commands open up a Command Prompt on the machine and type

set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
start devmgmt.msc

Also in Device Manager click on the View menu item and select "Show Hidden Devices"

Hope this helps...

Friday, February 1, 2013

How to schedule a reboot using the AT Command

The "at" command can be very useful. Below is just one simple use to schedule a reboot of a Windows 2003 server at a certain time and day.

The at command:

at [\\computername] TIME [DATE] "command"

for example

at 3:00 AM Sun shutdown -r 

The above command will restart (-r) the server the command is run on at 3:00 AM on the next Sunday it encounters.

Hope this helps.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What is the URL for a CentOS 6 netinstall?

This one may be just a reminder for myself when I forget but it may help someone else as well.

If you download the CENTOS 6 Linux  netinstall image it will prompt you for a URL to the install files.

Here are the links.

for 32 bit:
for 64 bit:

Hope it helps.

Klok 2 - Updated Asana connector now available

This week we released a completely rewritten version of the Asana connector which resolves the issues people were seeing when they had many tasks. You can install it from the Tools / Preferences / Plugins screen or download it from

Thanks to the folks at Asana for updating their API to make this possible.