Aug 182012

So this week I had a client having massive problems connecting to SMB shares on their Mac Mini Server running Lion Server 10.7.4 using their Windows 7 workstation. This has happened several times to various clients running multiple versions of Windows and Mac OS X. This happens when attempting to connect to SMB shares on the OS X device from the Windows device. The error displayed on Windows is generally “The specified network password is not correct”. Of course you’ve checked the passwords, permissions, and verified that all other settings appear to be correct.

I was able to get the Windows workstation to connect to the Mac SMB share by altering the following settings on the Windows side:

If running the Pro versions of Windows 7 or Vista:

1. Click Start ---> Run --> secpol.msc
2. Browse to the following path: Local Policies --> Security Options --> Network Security: LAN Manager Authentication
3. Change NTLM2 responses only to LM and NTLM - use NTLMV2 session security if negotiated

If running the home version of Windows, there is no secpol.msc, so you must edit the registry instead using the following procedure:

1. Start --> Run --> regedit
2. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlLsa
3. Find the Key "LMCompatibilityLevel" and change the 3 to 1
4. Reboot your machine

The reason this is necessary is because of the way Vista, Windows 7, and newer versions of Windows handle NTLMv2 authentication. Other/older implementations of SMB/SAMBA don’t support this method of authentication and will return a password failure.

These instructions may also work when attempting to connect Windows systems to shares hosted by other NAS devices or Linux SMB shares.

The Revolution Will Be LiveStreamed #OccupyWallSt #OWS Live Video Coverage of Occupy Wall Street NYC

 Posted by on 2011-10-05 at 20:55  Economy, Editorial, Events, Mobile, Politics, Stuff & Junk, Video  Comments Off on The Revolution Will Be LiveStreamed #OccupyWallSt #OWS Live Video Coverage of Occupy Wall Street NYC
Oct 052011

Watch live streaming video from globalrevolution at
Jul 132010

I was searching all over for a decent dial-up modem ringtone for my iPhone for the longest time, but just couldn’t find one that I liked. So I decided to make my own. It was a major pain in the ass. Seeing as how I haven’t used a dialup modem since around the year 2000, and I only had one system that still has a dial-up modem. Then I had to find a dialup service to test with. Then record. Then edit. Then convert. But after much doing and a little geeking out, the result is 10 seconds of retro goodness that will make your friends jealous. I settled on this 10 second slice as my favorite in the modem handshake sequence. I think it makes the best ringtone and is the perfect length too.

So go ahead and download my freshly made 56k Dialup Modem Handshake Ringtone for your iPhone. Once you’ve downloaded the ringtone simply double click and it will be imported into iTunes as a ringtone. Enjoy!

UPDATE: as requested in the comments below, here is a 56k Modem Ringtone in .mp3 format for Android users as well. Go nuts.

Video: George Clinton at the B.B. King Blues Club in NYC on April 9, 2010

 Posted by on 2010-05-02 at 21:20  Events, Stuff & Junk, Video  Comments Off on Video: George Clinton at the B.B. King Blues Club in NYC on April 9, 2010
May 022010
Best Early Birthday Gift Ever. @George_Clinton tickets at @BBKingBluesClub ( thanks @hopemarie )

George Clinton #NYC

Last month I was fortunate enough to attend the George Clinton and P-Funk All Stars concert at the B.B. King Blues Club in midtown Manhattan. It was an early birthday gift from my Fiancé, quite possibly the best birthday gift I’ve received in quite some time (if ever). Because of George Clinton’s policy of allowing fan recordings (much like the Grateful Dead’s policies), I was able to shoot some video at the concert. It isn’t the best video as it was shot on my iPhone 3G, but still not horrible. I figured I would share it for all those true funk fans out there. Already looking forward to my next George Clinton concert (this one was my 5th).
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Keurig B60 Special Edition Review

 Posted by on 2009-12-09 at 20:26  Economy, Stuff & Junk, Technology  Comments Off on Keurig B60 Special Edition Review
Dec 092009
Keurig B60 Special Edition

Some of you may not know, but I drink a lot of coffee. And when I say a lot, I mean like around 100 fl oz per day. I’m also a bit of a coffee-snob, meaning that I won’t drink any old swill you get at Dunkin’ Doughnuts (umm yuck!). So even a large (venti) black coffee at Starbucks costs over $2, and a couple coffees per day (even with free refills) adds up fast.

The recession and a new job have forced me to re-work my budget. So I decided to make coffee at work, but I’m the only one in the office who drinks coffee. So if I were to brew a whole pot, it would go to waste, and I’d be spending about $14/week on beans. So I decided to get the Keurig B60 Special Edition Gourmet Single-Cup Home-Brewing System for the office.

I’m not going to use the K-Cups that most people have to buy for the Keurig. Instead, I’m going to grind my own coffee and use the My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter. This will allow me to only use 1-2 lbs of coffee per month at work. This will actually save me somewhere between $50-70 per month on my coffee expenses.

Now for the review of the machine. I’ve been using it for almost a week at this point. Overall I am pleased with the quality of coffee it brews. The trial K-Cups that came with the brewer were pretty bad, not anywhere near up to my standards. However using my own coffee with the reusable filter makes a pretty good cup of java. You need to grind the coffee about as fine as you can (think espresso grind) in order to get good extraction and a dark cup. Be sure to tamp the grounds down lightly into the filter too. The coffee it brews is akin to a French Press, this is because the reusable filter is metal, and not paper. This lets all the flavorful coffee oils flow into your cup. Great for taste, but can do a number on your stomach, so be careful.

As for care and maintenance of the machine, it’s pretty easy. The only major pain is cleaning the reusable filter, but for the money savings, I don’t mind it. All in all I would suggest this machine to anyone who wants fresh coffee often, where brewing an entire pot isn’t economical. So work out the math, and if it makes cents (har har), get one!

How to Disable Annoying Mac OSX Dock Icon Bouncing

 Posted by on 2009-11-30 at 16:55  Stuff & Junk, Technology  Comments Off on How to Disable Annoying Mac OSX Dock Icon Bouncing
Nov 302009

I am not a huge fan of OSX, but I have to support it for users at my job. I’ve had several people recently ask me how to permanently disable the bouncing icons in the dock/taskbar. The solution is simple. Open a Terminal window and type the following commands:

$ defaults write no-bouncing -bool TRUE
$ killall Dock

This will permanently disable the jumping and bouncing icons in the dock bar. To re-enable the bouncing, change the above command’s ‘True’ argument to ‘False’

Have fun with that.