Reviewing products on Amazon

Recently, I’ve started a new hobby; providing product reviews on amazon.co.uk. If you review products regularly, and make sure your reviews are comprehensive (not “does the job”, or “this is rubbish”), sellers let you have products free, or at a discount, in exchange for a fair and honest review. The reviewing hobby becomes very addictive, seeing what products sellers will provide for review, and also how high you can get your reviewer ranking with Amazon (at the time of writing this post, I am just outside the magic top 10,000 reviewers at 10,844).
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How to import a .pfx SAN certificate to the BAS keystore

One of my many roles is that I’m responsible for and manage a number of BlackBerry Enterprise Servers (BES) for both our company and our customers.  From 40 user BES Express up to 10,000 user licensed resilient enterprise systems.  Some of them I’ve implemented, some I’ve inherited.  I know some messaging system administrators don’t really get along with the BlackBerry Administration Service (BAS) that’s been available since version 5, but I quite like it – especially for publishing apps which is *so* much easier! Continue reading “How to import a .pfx SAN certificate to the BAS keystore”

Enhance your Active Directory PowerShell

I really like the PowerShell for Active Directory, that you find in Windows Server 2008 and above.  I cut my teeth on PowerShell with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, and love the ability to script almost everything – even if the script is just a bunch of repeated commands against a list in Excel, that’s copied and pasted. Continue reading “Enhance your Active Directory PowerShell”

RDP to Windows Server 2012 from Windows XP

I came across an annoying little issue today.  Whether it be down to the default settings of Windows Server 2012, or one of the hardening settings of our corporate build, I don’t know, but it’s annoying either way.

My corporate provided laptop operating system is mandated at Windows XP.  I regularly (90+% of every day) use it to remote control servers, and this is normally through RDP (I prefer RDP over vSphere client for Virtual Machines too). Continue reading “RDP to Windows Server 2012 from Windows XP”

Creating ringtones for iPhones

I think my worst fears are being brought to reality, and this is becoming a technical blog.  I guess if your worst fears in the world are about blog entries, your life’s pretty sweet, so I’ll stop complaining now…   🙂

Mrs Zoo Keeper and I have had a variety of mobile phones over the years, from big brick Nokias back in the 1990s through iPhones, Android phones and yet more iPhones.  Whilst our current preferred mobile is the Apple device (iPhone 4S for both of us), we do have our little niggles with it, and one of my personal bugbears is the difficulty in getting custom ringtones on there. Continue reading “Creating ringtones for iPhones”