Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Klok Sale: Only $5.99 using coupon code

Merry Xmas - We can't give you more time for Xmas, but we can give you $10 off Klok. http://goo.gl/9sqzv Use coupon code: hohoho

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Klok Mobile for Android is now available

We are pleased to announce that the first beta version of Klok Mobile for Android is now available for download from the Klok website at http://www.getklok.com/KlokMobileAndroid.html.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Klok2 for Android Coming Very Soon

We have been working on a new Android version of Klok2. I have been testing it on my HTC EVO 4G. So far its working very well. There are a few more bugs that we need to work out but we are hoping to have those resolved very soon.

If anyone would like to help us test please send an email to support@getklok.com with the type of cell phone you have. We are trying to get a good sampling of various models.

For more information on Klok Personal Time Tracking please visit our site at www.getklok.com

How to Extend any Windows2008 Disk Partition

I had the need today to extend a Windows 2008 Server disk partition to add the rest of the unused hard drive space to the C: drive. A collegue of mine sent this to me but I though it would help to repost it.

These steps will extend a Windows 2008 disk partition.

First, go to the Windows disk management console and make sure that it sees the additional storage. If not, right-click on Disk Management and choose “rescan disks”

From command line:
list volume
select volume # (volume# for the drive you want to change)
The above command did not need a reboot and took affect immediately.

As usual this may not be the only way to solve the issue but "It Fixed It for Me"

For more of my "It Fixed it for me" articles please click here.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Try Klok 2 Full Version Features Before You Buy

We are happy to announce that you can now try all the features of Klok 2 before you buy with our new 1 month trial version. If you like it and want to buy it you can initiate your purchase right in the Klok interface. If you decide you don't want the full version, you can still download the free version from http://getklok.com

Thursday, August 26, 2010

New How-To videos posted for Klok

We are in the process of creating some How-to videos on how to use Klok.
Please have a look at the videos we have already published.

Please post a comment if you would like to see something specific about Klok.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

HTC EVO app - Lookout Antivirus Security mini review

I will be posting some mini app reviews from my new Sprint EVO using blogger-droid, so we will see how this turns out.

Todays app review will be on Lookout Antivirus Security. (Available from the app market) It's a free security app that also backs up your data as well as locates the phone if lost or stolen. Your free account allows you to use the web based interface to perform most fuctions. I have read that some users have complained about battery drain but I have not noticed any unusual battery drain whatsoever.

I have installed this app on both my phone and wives Android phone.

I would recommend this app for anyone with an Android phone.

Please post any comments.
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Friday, August 13, 2010

Android and HTC Evo = Great Combo

Just picked up a new HTC EVO from Sprint and I must say....I wish I did it months ago.
I have several articles on my blog about the Samsung Omnia and Windows mobile but from the short time I have been using the EVO I have been very impressed and will be creating some more articles about good apps and other tricks that I have discovered or found.

I am very glad I did not jump on the Iphone band wagon.

Stay tuned for more Android stuff.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Klok 2.1 Released

Klokwork Team Connector is coming soon. Please see www.getklok.com for more details.

The Klokwork Team Connector allows you to setup your project lists and share them among your entire team. Each team member can submit timesheet data to a centralized location for further reporting. Using this connector, you can integrate Klok with your existing time tracking system.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Symantec Netbackup Helpful Command - robtest

In working with Symantec Netbackup I have put together a few command line tools that I use frequently to move tapes around the tape library.
The first one is "robtest". This program is usually located in the c:\program files\netbackup\volmgr\bin folder and allows you to check various functionality of an attached tape library.

Here are some examples that you would type at the command line:

s d

The above command should list the status of the tape drives with items such as tape number loaded in the drive.

s s

The above command should show you the status of the tape library slots. Beware that if you have a large tape library the results may show on more than one screen.

m s1 d1

The above command should move a tape loaded in Slot 1 to Drive 1. For each of the numbers you can adjust for the slot and drive number accordingly.

unload d1

The above command should unload a tape in Drive1 and prepare it for movement back to a slot or removal.

m d1 s1

The above command should move the unloaded tape from Drive 1 and put it back in Slot 1

I will try to add others as soon as I have time to put a few words together about each.

Please feel free to post your own.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Some Helpful Command Line Tools

Here are a few command line checks that a colleague of mine sent to me. I believe he put them together from several other places so I figured I would put them all in one place for easy reference. These apparently work on Windows 7, Vista and XP but I have not tested each one on each OS. So please let me know if you find one that doesn't work.

For details about the motherboard:

C:\> wmic baseboard list full

For CPU information:

C:\> wmic cpu list full

Get Motherboard - Manufacturer and Serial Number:

C:\> gwmi win32_baseboard

CPU information - Description, Manufacturer, and Speed:

C:\> gwmi win32_processor

Check the drive status:

C:\> Get-WmiObject -class MSStorageDriver_FailurePredictStatus -Namespace root\WMI | Select Active, PredictFailure

Check the battery:

C:\> gwmi Win32_Battery | select est*

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Klok2 - Now Available

It has been a long road but I am happy to say that Klok 2 is now available. There is a free version that you can download now which you can upgrade to the full version by purchasing a license key on the Klok website. Visit the Klok website at getklok.com for more information.

Thank you to everyone who help test the product.

Whats next for Klok?

This launch is just the start of some exciting things to come with Klok. We expect to be release some Klok Conntectors for some popular time tracking/project management systems. Stay tuned.

Don't forget you can stay up to date with all the Klok news by becoming a fan on Facebook or following us on Twitter.

Friday, April 16, 2010

BitLocker Helpful Commands for Remote PCs

Here are a couple of BitLocker drive encryption commands that I thought I would mention. I realize that there are many posts about BitLocker so I will add my two cents in case you need some specific examples. Note that Bitlocker is available in Microsoft Vista and Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise Editions.

How to check BitLocker Status on a remote pc

manage-bde -status -cn COMPUTERNAME

How to change a BitLocker TPM pin on a remote pc connected to a Domain:

manage-bde -changepin -cn COMPUTERNAME
How to add a Bitlocker recovery key to Active Directory for a remote PC:

manage-bde -protectors -add C: -cn COMPUTERNAME

Please note that your AD has to have the necessary schema extensions before the above command will work.

I will add a few more later but I hope these will help someone.
Please post a comment if you have some more to add.

Friday, March 19, 2010

It Fixed it for me - NTLDR Missing

I recently had a client bring a Windows XP Pro laptop to me that would not boot.
Upon start up it would immediaty display the following error.

"NTLDR is missing Press Ctrl Alt Del to restart"

My problem seemed to be a missing or damaged boot.ini file.
To fix the problem:

Boot off of the XP CD and start The Recovery Console by Pressing R.

At the command line type

bootcfg /rebuild

It should start to scan your hard drives for any Windows XP installations and then display what it found. Follow the steps to add your Windows XP installation to the boot.ini file.

The first prompt asks Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All).

Type Y in response to this question and press Enter. ( 'A' should also work)

The next prompt asks you to Enter Load Identifier:

Type Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition and press Enter.

The final prompt asks you to Enter OS Load options:

Type /Fastdetect here and press Enter.

Type exit and then press Enter to restart your PC.

If you only had a missing or corrupt boot.ini file Windows XP should now start correctly.

As usual this may not be the only way to solve the issue but "It Fixed It for Me"

For more of my "It Fixed it for me" articles please click here.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Outlook Express Contact List File

I recently had a client that had a hard drive crash. The drive failed most IDE drive tests but I was able to connect the drive to a second pc and retrieve most of the users data.

The question that came up was "How can I save my contact list from Outlook Express?"

The file is located in the "C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book" folder. The file has a .wab file extension and should be named the same as the outlook profile you created.

You can recover that file and import into other email clients.

Hope this helps.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

It Fixed it for me - Re-register .NET framework with IIS

I recently had a Windows 2003 Server that for some reason would not return even a single page through IIS. I was getting the dreaded "Service Not Available" error. Upon investigation I noticed several events in the Windows Event log with ID 1002 and 1009.

After some googling a few dozen searches on the subject I was pointed back at a corrupted installation of the .NET Framework version 2. I attempted to remove just the .NET framework but I could still not get a page to load through IIS. I next removed IIS completely then reinstalled.
After the reinstall I needed to manually re register .NET with IIS.
Here is the command in case someone else might come across this problem.

Open a command prompt and go to “C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\ (change folder to corresponds to your exact version of .NET 2.0)

aspnet_regiis.exe -i

After running the above command I ran


to restart the IIS services. I was them able to get IIS working again.

Hope this helps.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

It Fixed it for me - Forcibly Removing Active Directory from Domain Controller

I recently had a client come to me with an old server that is no longer in service that he wanted to clean up. As there was some data on the server that still needed to exist after the cleanup I could not simply rebuild the server from scratch. However this server was a Windows 2000 Domain Controller from a domain that no longer exists. I needed to remove Active Directory from the server but as the original domain could not be contacted any longer the standard DCPROMO command would fail.

To work around this issue you can run dcpromo with a command line option that will forcibly remove the server from the old domain and remove Active Directory.

First open up a command promt and run the following command:
dcpromo /forceremoval
When it finishes you will need to restart the server. It should now be free from the original domain and Active Directory should no longer be installed.

As usual this may not be the only way to solve the issue but "It Fixed It for Me"

For more of my "It Fixed it for me" articles please click here.