Most d20 dice are notably imbalanced

I recently saw the question asked How accurate are the d20 dice used in role playing games? on the skeptics stack exchange website. There's a very persuasive and popular video of Lou Zocchi speaking about his GameScience dice. Essentially the sharper the edges on the die the more fair and…

Fixing Exchange email alerts in Symantec Backup Exec

(Exchange 2010 SP3) Sending email from Symantec Backup Exec 2010 as Administrator is problematic, through both SMTP and MAPI. The Administrator account is locked down to prevent this by default and apparently "re-stamped" with permissions on a certain basis so you really don't want to attempt to lift the restriction…

Automate incremental backups of your family's data with FreeNAS

FreeNAS: network attached storage All harddrives fail. This guide will show you how to create something every home needs: highly efficient automated backups for every computer requiring so little network bandwidth it's practical even over Wireless-G (thanks rsync. All you need is an old PC with at least one harddrive…

Logging packet loss and repairing ADSL

When you live in the boonies and your internet source is ADSL, connection issues can be frustrating. Like other connection related issues you need to trace and isolate the problem. Don't just bypass your router and plug your laptop into the modem. Instead, bypass your in-house telephone wiring and connect…

Facebook group geovisualization

I administer a Facebook group and wanted to visualize the spread of the members on a globe so I looked into using Facebook's Graph API to gather the data. To my surprise I discovered that this is not in the API, there is no available permission for the location of…

Repairing Logon / Welcome Screen / Fast User Switching on Windows XP

I "migrated" this blog post to superuser.com. I was attempting to repair the welcome screen on Windows XP for a client yesterday. Here's a list of the repair steps I attempted: Toggled Welcome Screen / Fast User Switching Checked control userpasswords2 Ran System File Checker: sfc /scannow Checked Fast User…