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It's Hard to Say Goodbye

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Today is my final day as Director of Network Services for Convergent Technology Partners here in Flint Michigan.  Monday I start my new job as a senior engineer for a financial institution. I’ve worked for Convergent in all it’s formats (formerly TCE and US Commcorp) for the past 11 years.  While I have serviced small, […]

Brief Hiatus

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The back room tech is on a brief hiatus, heading to northern Michigan.  Be back in a few days, enjoy your week.

Quick and easy HP JetDirect firmware updates

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Today I had a client experiencing some iPrint weirdness with a particular HP printer.  After exhausting all Novell/Netware/iPrint support suggestions, I updated the HP LaserJet 2420 printer’s firmware via the HP JetDirect Download Manager.  After the upgrade completed and restarting the printer, all the iPrint problems had resolved themselves! What I’ve always liked about this program […]

Howto: Script to change permissions on a Windows XP User's local profile so they can't add or delete desktop items

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Normally we lock down our desktop images so that local users cannot modify the Windows XP desktops.  We have some new staff members involved in the image creation process this year, and not all of our usual modifications made it onto all the images before they were deployed.  Because of this, and because we really […]

Bypassing corporate/educational content filters

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Digital Inspiration has a detailed post describing how maneuver around content filters by using calc.exe to change the url into an IP address, then into a decimal number.  I’m happy to report that both our Websense and Sonicwall content filters blocked this attempt. Unfortunately, they did not pass the Mowser test, which uses the free […]

status update

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I’m back from vacation, expect postings to resume. Hope everyone had a nice holiday.

Welcome

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Welcome to the back room tech blog. I’m a professional network engineer, and I wanted a space where I could aggregate the various technical tools I encounter during my work. I’ll also highlight various tidbits of information that IT professionals may find useful. In my job I encounter many brilliant technical people who just can’t […]