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Andysworld! Advent Calendar - Dec 13 - x10 Computer Controlled Outside Christmas Tree Lights using VMware ESXi 5.0, a Windows 2008 Virtual Server and Web Services

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

We’ve now also, added the Christmas Tree lights outside, in the Magnolia Tree.

I also got a little bored, and decided rather than using a traditional plug-in 240v 24 hour timer, I would add them to the X10 Computer Controlled System, so I can turn them off via a VMware Virtual Server, running Windows 2008 Web Services!

Lindsey asked “Why? - I replied, because I can do stuff like that!

So in thoery I could grant access to this Website, on the Internet to turn them off remotely, or let other people turn them on or off!

x10website

The website is basic, but it functions, just need some graphics and CSS!

Update: I’d already written this blog, and submitted for publishing, before catching an Episode of “The Big Bang Theory” - The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarisation (s1e9) - at this very start of the episode, Howard Wolowitz also demonstrates a light and stereo being power-on via x10, and enabling public access to do the same thing, which Penny also states “Why?” - you can get a really cheap wireless remote from Radio Shack!

Okay, so I’m a nerd! But we all knew that!

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Rank No.100 @ExpertsExchange

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

about this time last year, I was Ranked around 115,000th!

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The new @ExpertsExchange is coming in 2012. Check it out and get a free shirt. #EEv10

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011


Large Experts Exchange VIP Badge

The new ExpertsExchange is coming in 2012. Check it out and get a free shirt.

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Still Numero Uno at Experts Exchange

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Still on top at Exchange Experts on 2 October 2011

Still on top at Exchange Experts on 2 October 2011

Still On top in October 2011 after approx 4 months, this Year! Can leakim971 catch up!

Experts Exchange (EE) is a membership-based online “ask an expert” site for computer and IT related questions that was founded in 1996. Experts Exchange (EE) enables people with technology problems to quickly and easily solve their problems by collaborating with experts from around the world. Experts Exchange (EE) is the #1 resource on the web for solving IT related problems, pop over and take a test drive, and meet the Experts.

Checkout How it Works.

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The 1st Certified Virtualisation Genius at Experts Exchange

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

On Tuesday, 27 September 2011, I became the 1st Certified Virtualisation Genius at Experts Exchange. Here is a copy of my certificate.

Experts Exchange (EE) is a membership-based online “ask an expert” site for computer and IT related questions that was founded in 1996. Experts Exchange (EE) enables people with technology problems to quickly and easily solve their problems by collaborating with experts from around the world. Experts Exchange (EE) is the #1 resource on the web for solving IT related problems, pop over and take a test drive, and meet the Experts.

Checkout How it Works.

Genius Badges before Virtualisation Badge

Genius Badges before Virtualisation Badge

Genius Badges after Virtualisation Badge

Genius Badges after Virtualisation Badge

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Thank you if you donated in September 2011 your Donation has been forwarded to WaterAid

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Thank you if you donated in the month of September 2011 your Donation has been forwarded to WaterAid.

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All Donations made to Andysworld! in September 2011 will be given to WaterAid

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

I have decided to give all the donations received for the month of September 2011 to WaterAid.

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Expert of the Quarter Q2 at Experts Exchange

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Two achievements in the same month of July 2011.

1st July 2011 - vExpert 2011

I’ve not had much time to reflect on this, because I received an email out of the blue just before travelling down to Devon and Cornwall on the Friday 1st July 2011!

10 July 2011 - Q2 2011 Expert of the Quarter at Experts Exchange

So, I need a hatrick now.

?? July 2011 - ????

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Sorting my inbox! More spam from Travelodge and York Auction Centre breaches of security?

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

I’ve been sorting through my Outlook Inbox, that’s not been tidy-ed (South Wales Welsh word!) in 6 months, so I had about 9,000 emails in my Inbox, so it needed some maintenance, and sorting!

Here’s My Inbox afterwards

Outlook Tidy Inbox

Outlook Tidy Inbox

I’ve left the York Auction Centre emails on view as evidence, because they are another victims of hacker, and had their mailing list stolen, and now I am on another SPAM mailing list, so that’s three, Marks and Spencers, York Auction Centre and now Travelodge.

York Auction Centre, again think it’s okay to send me an “Important Message from York Auction Centre”, telling me everthing is okay, don’t worry, we’ve only been hacked, and they’ve got your email address! So ignore any emails from us, because they’ve not come from us!

Another telephone call to the ICO for another two claim forms !

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Why is my data allowance disappearing?

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Data Allowance Pie Chart

Data Allowance Pie Chart

Detailed Usage Report

Detailed Usage Report

I’ve been rather puzzled as to where my data allowance has been disappearing, in the office, in the past two days, according to the new reports from Eclipse Internet, 2GB has disappeared in p2p. Now I’ve been moved to a 50GB monthly limit during peak hours, I trying to understand more, what data is being used.

The interesting thing, is I don’t run any P2P, or so I thought, after looking at the firewalls and  traffic passing through the router, I managed to establish a NAS, has been running a Bit Torrents service for an eternity. It’s been turned off now!

I’ll check in a few days, if any more data allowance is being eaten up!

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