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VirtualBox + Windows Server 2016 + Network Adapter Issues

I’m writing this because I found ~10 articles on Google with a similar question and I didn’t feel like signing up for 10 accounts just to help someone out. The issue: My Windows Server 2016 guest machine suddenly couldn’t recognize the network connection. I logged in and also saw that it was running some patches – so obviously the network connection worked while downloading the patches. I assume that part […]

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E-Banking in China – Last Hope

It’s relatively well known that E-Banking in China is a bit like stepping back into the early 2000’s. Almost all of the websites look like they’re from that time, and they expect you to be running IE6 on Windows XP. Well, now you’re stuck. You’re between the monolithic China Banking industry and the progressing-too-fast-for-their-own-good Tech Industry. The bank only gives you an EXE installer with a DLL plugin, and pretty […]

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Windows 7 Slow Boot – Dell E6420

Short version for those who are frustrated with a similar problem: Windows 7 handles faulty CD/DVD drives very poorly. It can cause the Live USB, Safe Mode, Recovery Tools, and Normal Boot mode to take HOURS to complete.   My company recently auctioned old IT assets. I picked one up for a friend and installed Ubuntu so it could be a nice backup or guest computer for them – just […]

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NUC and Ubuntu aren’t getting along

When things that should just work, don’t Reasons why Linux cannot be taken seriously as an end-user operating system I can think of at least 10 other things I would like to title this article, considering the amount of time I have had to spend on this issue. For the past 2 years I’ve been using my Intel NUC + Xubuntu + VirtualBox as my own private server / media […]

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“Protein” Product Review

People often ask me “what do you eat” or, “how did you lose weight?” As I’ve said before, this comes with a change in what you’re doing, which starts by changing how you think. So… let me give you a glimpse into my mind of what I think when I look at food. I’m really not trying to pick on this product, it’s the same analysis for any product. I […]

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The Pros and Cons of being a wildcard

Pro You get to be King! You get to do everything and be a highly valued resource in your company You’re never bored No one knows exactly  “what you do” You get to learn many new skills Con You have to be a 2 “I do everything” doesn’t look good on a resume when you want to go to a new company You’re always busy No one knows exactly  “what […]

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Make That Change

The Rules Let’s have a real talk here. Don’t get caught up on the specific numbers, or on the easy excuses. History I am 6’1 (186 cm) and 28 years old. At my peak weight I weighed 265 pounds (120 kg). I had very poor eating habits, and was also very sedentary. I sat in front of a computer for work, and also for my hobbies at home. The only […]

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Being happy while being unsatisfied

One of the great things about travel is that it not only lets you see new things, it also gives you plenty of time to reflect. Long flights, bus rides, and the occasional 4×4 trip through the desert give a lot of time for self-reflection. On this most recent trip (which I promise to write about), I had a realization about my passion for continuous improvement. I’m not sure if […]

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