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Sorry, I don't do chat. I'm not sure why that was integrated with a Q&A site.
If you have a question for me, post a question to the site like everyone else.

My primary area of expertise is the Win32 API. I work primarily in C++, C#, and VB.NET (although less in .NET these days). I also know VB 6, the MFC framework, and a little about C. I'm addicted to solving problems and happiest when I'm completely engaged in a challenge.

I absolutely despise non-native UI. There is no reason to skin controls just to make them look different. Conformity with your platform and user's selected theme is far more important and will pay many dividends. Please respect the user's choices. Yes, major software firms are guilty of doing this, too. That doesn't mean you should imitate their decision to override the user.

Fair warning: Brevity is not necessarily my strong suit...


May
3
comment Windows Server 2008 on a Virtual Machine
If you do not have space on your hard disk, you won't be able to create a virtual machine, either.
Feb
11
comment How to block access to Control Panel > Internet Options > Connections > LAN settings?
If you can't set up group policy, you can't edit the registry. That limitation doesn't make any sense.
Dec
18
comment Suspicious password login in sshd log
OMG you totally hackz0red his password!
May
16
comment Which user should a backup service run as?
Is the "Backup Operators" group no longer around? Sounds like a good fit.
Apr
1
comment How to create a windows user from the command line, using a password from a file
Server Fault would actually be a better home for this question; it'll be automatically migrated there once one more vote is cast. But, might I add that you're supposed to create new users with temporary passwords, and require the user to change them the first time they log on. It shouldn't be a security risk that those temporary passwords are visible in plain-text.
Feb
26
comment Networking - slow and intermittent speeds on broadband
There's no such thing as a "hub/switch". A switch is definitely a better choice.
Feb
26
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Feb
16
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Feb
3
comment SSH server on windows
You could. But you shouldn't.
Dec
29
awarded  Teacher
Dec
29
awarded  Commentator
Dec
29
comment Is it possible to use a blade server without the chassis?
@Noah: Yes, most server drives are hot-swappable, but even if not, they're replaceable. That particular IBM has an IDE drive, so it will work with standard, off-the-shelf desktop hard drives. I have an HP ProLiant DL 380 with a 3.06 GHz Xeon (Irwindale with 2 MB of L2 cache), somewhere between 1-2 GB of RAM (PC3200-ECC registered), 6 Ultra 320 SCSI hot-swappable hard drive bays (bays are currently empty), redundant PSUs and the works. I'm using one as my workstation, but I don't need a second. Although further thought prompts me to wonder if this may be too much server muscle for your needs.
Dec
29
comment Is it possible to use a blade server without the chassis?
@Noah: The problem is, I don't think there's an easy answer. No, you can't make them function as "one". But you can run software that will distribute computational loads across the different machines. This is called "cluster" computing, and is done often in large enterprise datacenters and for scientific research in universities. Without knowing exactly what your use case is, it's very difficult to answer that question. I don't really feel qualified to give you any advice on how to go about setting up that kind of system.
Dec
29
comment Is it possible to use a blade server without the chassis?
@Noah: For your first question, you really should ask a new question on ServerFault. It's a little more complicated issue, and you'll get the opinions of more people who are experts in that field. And as far as what I'm selling, I'm out of the office for the holidays, so I don't even know that I'd be able to get it moved out before the new year. I'm not firm on a price, but if you need it now or ASAP, it probably won't work for you. I just haven't gotten around to listing it for sale myself, and seeing someone so motivated to buy reminded me.
Dec
29
comment Is it possible to use a blade server without the chassis?
@Noah: Yes, that looks like what you need. It's designed to be placed into a rack with other servers, but it doesn't have to be. Although if you're really in the market for a nice server, I have one I'm selling... ;-) The specs are a little better than that one, so it would cost a little more. Might I ask, why are you jumping out and buying a server so quickly if you're not any more familiar with them?
Dec
29
comment Is it possible to use a blade server without the chassis?
@Noah: Actually, 1U refers to the size. Since you were looking at blade servers, I assumed small/thin was important to you. The regular kind of servers are called rack servers (or rack-mounted) because they're designed to slide into a server rack. That's similar to a blade center, but each unit can function stand-alone without any dependencies on the rack. If you're set on an IBM, check out the System x or eServer series.
Dec
29
comment Is it possible to use a blade server without the chassis?
@Noah: You'll probably have to show me a link... Buying off of eBay can be tricky if you don't know exactly what you're looking for, and some sellers are (whether intentionally or not) deceptive with their auction listings. In general, I don't recommend that you buy a blade server if you're inexperienced with server hardware. Get a regular 1U unit.
Dec
29
answered Is it possible to use a blade server without the chassis?
Dec
27
comment Text based administration through SSH
Pretty sure he's not actually looking for MC, but something like it that works for configuring his server. You know, something like the "Configure Your Server" wizard that comes with Windows Server. ;-)
Dec
27
comment Text based administration through SSH
So, you installed Linux on your server but don't know how to use the command line? Maybe try Windows instead?