robpickering
Leader, Mentor, Challenger, Educator, Network Engineer, System Administrator, Developer, Hacker, Writer, Diver, and Technology Explorer.
Getting a drone for Christmas?  Don't wreck it, learn to fly it.
howto
So, you may get a shiny new quadcopter for Christmas and you’re itching to fly it outside?  Don’t.  You’ll wreck it. Seriously. Much like Ralphie in “A Christmas Story” who
My Next Adventure!
howto
On May 9th, I started a new career. This wasn’t something I had planned.  I’ve been the VP/CIO of Information Services for my former company for a decade.  Before that
Prevent your ServiceNow Developer Instance from being reclaimed
cloudcomputing
I’m a big ServiceNow fan.  I became a bigger fan when they opened up a new Developer Program that included access to a free, personal ServiceNow Instance.  Just go to that link,
SmushBox - Update on status and its future
hardware
Current Status of SmushBox and Smush Mobile My original review of the SmushBox is over here. As I’m writing this I’ve currently just gotten my SmushBox back online after 6 months
iBank for iPhone - Stuck in the Middle
Reviews
Retail Info Where to buy:  iOS App Store Retail Price:  $9.99 Would I Pay Retail?  Not right now, I purchased with the 50% off sale at launch. Initial Impressions I should have
Correcting Invalid sys_class_name Entries in your CMDB
cloudcomputing
The Problem A few days ago, we started having strange behavior in our Configuration Management Database (CMDB).  When looking at certain classes of Configuration Items (CI) we would see the User Interface (UI)
Enabling a USB to Serial Port Adapter under OS X 10.9 Mavericks
apple
Appears that with the coming of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, we are once again faced with various peripherals that cease to function correctly. I often do work that requires a serial port.
PadPivot iPad Gaming Mount
hardware
The PadPivot is a “Lap and Desk Stand” for the iPad and other tablet-sized devices.  I had purchased an original iPad the previous year and had kept looking for a nice desk stand
C-Loop Camera Strap Mount
hardware
The C-Loop was my introduction to the Kickstarter service.  If you don’t know, Kickstarter is a way for potential inventors / service providers to crowdfund their ideas.  It provides a great jumping off
Enable Email Notification on Impersonation Event
certification
Today marks another milestone in my professional career.  I’m going to begin writing blog posts about a great new Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) tool called ServiceNow.  We recently contracted with ServiceNow
iBank 5 - The Leader in Macintosh Personal Finance
finance
Over the last 6 years, IGG Software has continued to lengthen their lead in the Macintosh Personal Finance space, becoming the dominant player assisting you with all aspects of your Financial Life (ironically,
12 min read
SmushBox - Smart SMS Texting for Everyone
hardware
On March 27th, I was listening to the Security Now podcast (Security Now #397 – “Listener Feedback #164”), when Steve Gibson mentioned a Kickstarter project called the SmushBox.  He described it as “Mark [Thompson]
Cryptolocker - An Executive Infection
Security
On Monday morning, I got a call from one of our Executives telling me that his home computer was displaying a strange message and asking for some assistance.  I asked what was displaying
Using Hazel, Python, Lingon, and ARP to Determine if a Device is on your Network
hazel
A friend of mine (he has a blog over here) gave me an idea for a program. He wanted to know when his kids got home (and when they left).  His idea was

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