Where does RDF (Resource Description Framework) Data Come From?

I was undertaking a project that I shouldn’t have. I was curious about analyzing some data regarding food nutrition. It wasn’t so much the nutrition facts I needed, it was the odd interest I had wondering what the hell ‘RDF’ format was. I assumed just some weird, usual tabular boring data, confined and strict. I read about it. Not quite what I was thinking. There was quite a bit of...

March 7, 2013 | No Comments

Maple 16 Installation Hangs on TTF font files

I’ve heard very little of this issue yet I feel like it affects me every time I run Maple 16 installations. During an install, all will go fine until the installation reaches .TFF extension files. At this point, the installation will seemingly halt, or proceed very slowly. Something I noticed was that the more I used the desktop during the install, the faster the installation would go. It would appear...

Why GroupWise Time Input Appointment Button may be Missing

I recently had a client who could no longer enter in a time with the yellow clock button which helps set a time with a handy slider. I had tried a complete reinstall after running GroupWise Clean It 3.5 with no result as well. It turns out that a recently installed screen reader is to blame. Zoomtext was installed causing this issue. After digging to see if I could find...

Extracting MSI from IBM SPSS Statistics 20 EXE

I was recently presented with SPSS installation files bundled as part of an EXE. Naturally I generally fire up the very useful tool ‘Universal Extractor‘ which deals with splitting EXE files open. However, the SPSS EXE is not the typical installer shield program it appears to have been. Furthermore, the advice (for the exact issue I am having here) provided by IBM doesn’t cut it either. They suggest using the...

Insuring a Performance/Modified/Lifted or Lowered Vehicle in Canada, Ontario

Why should Ontarians worry about modifications to their car? When signing up for car insurance, the insurer must have a basic understanding of what they are insuring. When you shake hands over a policy and don’t disclose any substantial mods, the insurance company may not pay out and may void the policy. Why is that? Performance mods, among others, are often seen as increased risk for the insurer. You may...

January 5, 2013 | 9 Comments

USMT: A Quick Run-through Guide

Preface For this guide keep in mind that Microsoft has plenty of USMT articles to help out. They are well documented, however may be a slower read especially for most experienced administrators. The goal of this guide is to focus on the basics as quickly as possible to get one started that has had no USMT experience but no stranger to dealing with administrative tasks. There are many benefits to...

Active vs Passive DisplayPort Adapter: Whats the Difference? Why does Eyefinity care?!

Recently the idea of having my third monitor back, inspired from my days with a dual output AGP working alongside a PCI video card, had me piqued. I am currently running a Radeon HD 5770, which like most current cards, come with multiple outputs of varying kinds. In my case I have 2x DVI, 1x HDMI and 1x DisplayPort for a total of four outputs. None of my monitors support...

December 20, 2012 | 3 Comments

Desktop fails to boot after ZCM Install on UEFI Systems /w GPT Drives

Not too long ago I’ve seen Zenworks Configuration Management installed for two identical desktops with a OEM Windows 7 operating system and UEFI /w GPT. Everything appeared fine, until a reboot. At a reboot Windows 7 would fail to boot, would try to load the recovery tools, but fail again and again. I had no time to figure out the root cause. The HDD was wiped, Windows 7 reinstalled, then...

December 19, 2012 | No Comments

Visual Studio Setup for Programming with GroupWise API (.NET C# VB etc)

This is a quick guide, not a tutorial on where to get started with programming in GroupWise. There are plenty of GroupWise examples on the internet but I *could not find* just a quick Visual Studio setup guide to be able to work with GroupWise. First Off.. GroupWise API References are the first thing that have to be done as in most applications. I was searching online for an API...