RDP with RemoteFX

Since I’ve decided to “make” a computer for my kids,

I’ve decided on that I’ll let them RDP into a “server”
buy them each a junk laptop run a bat for the rdpclient on startup and let them do their stuff via RDP.

sounds simple.

first wall.
RDP doesn’t use the GPU… AT ALL.
to get around that I’ve set the RemoteFX value in gpedit.

  1. gpedit.msc
  2. Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Windows Components \ Remote Desktop Services \ Remote Desktop Session Host
  3. Configure compresssion for RemoteFX data ENABLE
  4. Optimized to use less network bandwidth 


so that made it work? I think?

something changed… so cleartype looks to be disabled, enable that….

now on to the fun stuff… hardening the server…

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font-awesome with Divi blurbs

use font-awesome with Blurbs in Divi / ET

1 copy the following into the Custom CSS of ePanel

.et_pb_blurb.xx-my-icon .et-pb-icon:after  {
content: “\f09b”;
font-family: FontAwesome;
position: absolute;
display: block;
background: white;
margin: 0 auto;
top: -7px;

pretty obvious I hope but replace”xx-my-icon” with a variable class ID

and replace content: “\f09b”; with the proper Unicode and replace “&#x” with “\f”

Add the ClassID to the Custom ClassID field in blurb editor.



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EWF and cloning

I ran into a few problems when trying to clone a system with EWF.

after A LOT of google-ing I found the following solution;

bcdedit /set {default} device partition=c:


bcdedit /set {default} osdevice partition=c:


bcdedit /set {bootmgr}


device partition=c:

rundll32 ewfcfg.dll,EwfSysprepSpecialize


after running the commands above it all works again.

oddly cloning to an image then restoring did not work, although direct HD to HD cloning works fine. I guess I’m keeping a HDD handy JUST for this Sad smile

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Upgrading Network to Gigabit

So I’m finally upgrading Office A’s network to Gigabit. Now there’s a way to check the speed of the actual gigabit upgrade. “IPERF”

first need to install IPERF into the “server” for QNAP the Optware IPKG needs to be installed. so install that.



ipkg install iperf

server side :

iperf –s


client side:

iperf –c <SE.R.V.ER>


and you have your throughput… tweaking the network to go faster is another story.

If you’re up to fiddling with settings, try using jumbo frames at 9K. Worked really well in one of my offices I manage, but EVERY machine had Jumbo Frames on @ 9K MTU. I don’t know how it would conflict with say, a network device ( think printer ) still running a 10/100 or a gigabit card with Jumbo frames off.

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Delete EFI Partition

So again with the OSX, Hackintosh thing. I wanted to use a HDD, that I used in a hackintosh, for a Windows Vista build. 

Unfortunately Disk Manager in Windows 7 cannot delete the EFI System Partition.

Fortunately Windows 7 has a tool called “Diskpart”. To use this you’ll need a cmd in “administrator mode”, to do that, hit start, type CMD then CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER. you should see the command prompt below :


now do the following:


now list the disks;

list disk

select the disk by typing;

select disk 7

( replace 7 with actual disk # )


I am not liable for any data loss, or brain damage.

you ready? ok, type the following;


aaaand.. you’re done…


if you see smoke, don’t come to me. otherwise you should now be able to re-use the drive in windows.

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View HFS+ Partition on Windows

I’ve been playing with OSX on PC Hardware aka “Hackintosh” for quite a while now, and one thing I’ve come across quite a few times is trying to get the data off a HFS partition via windows.

so enter HFSExplorer


This is a simple and FREE app to get you going, but only provides READ access. (Which is all I want anyway)

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DropBox and Google Adwords

DropBox and Google Adwords

Does it really work? Does it still work?
Yes, as of this writing, it is working.. not as fast as I’d hope it would, but it is…
I’m getting updates on referral statuses every now and then.
Things to take note
  • use free adwords credits floating around.
  • you cannot use the word “Dropbox” so I just used Drop Box
  • add as many key words as possible
Good luck!
* the picture is from a cardboard box i found from Japan. looks just like the dropbox logo. it said to recycle cardboard. haha
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Managing my pictures

This is notes for myself. so I can come back to in case I forget.

a) make 2 folders on NAS, sorted & unsorted

– sorted folder is the folder with all the photos sorted by YYYY/YYYY_MM_DD (Capture date)

b) move all photos on to unsorted folder

c) use the automator script you created ( EXIF.Capture.Date.To.Folder ) to auto sort by above format

d) once in the “sorted” format move to sorted folder

* automator script does not show progress, and sorts within the same folder


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