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posted Mar 28, 2018, 12:20 PM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 8:00 AM ]

Open the Group Policy Object (GPO)

Navigate to Computer Configuration, Policies, Administrative Templates, Network, Network Connections, Windows Firewall, Domain Profile.
Double-click Windows Firewall: Allow inbound Remote Desktop exceptions.
Set this to Enabled and add the addresses that can connect. This could be * for all IP addresses, specific subnets, or localsubnet for only the local subnet.
(Something like will also work)
Click OK.

Navigate to Computer Configuration, Policies, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Remote Desktop Services, Remote Desktop Session Host, Connections.
Double-click Allow users to connect remotely using Remote Desktop Services, set it to Enabled, then click OK.
Close the Group Policy object and make sure it's linked to the required locations.

Start Menu and Cortana - Restoring Health

posted Mar 27, 2018, 7:43 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 7:59 AM ]

What's bugging me right now? Version 1709, it's messing up Windows Search.  Even clicking Cortana, and typing Notepad nets zero responses.  Fixing it is a PITA.

First Method:
Make sure you have the latest 1709: 
Install  windows10.0-kb4089848-x64_db7c5aad31c520c6983a937c3d53170e84372b11
Then use the System file checker utility in Windows to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files. Run system file checker (SFC) and see if it helps. Please follow these steps:
a. Open command prompt (CMD) (run as administrator).
b. Type the following command press Enter.       sfc /scannow

Second Method:
Run DISM tool using these steps:
a. Open the command prompt (CMD) (run as administrator).
b. Type the following command in command prompt and press Enter.   DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
After the scan is complete, type the following and press Enter.            DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

Third Method: (last resort)
If that doesn't work, regedit, delete the user profile list entry, then remove profile from c:\users.  Restart. Log that user back in, and Active Directory will rebuild the profile.  Your user will not be happy because they will have to sign in to everything that was cached previously;  
But THIS will work, and both Windows start and Cortana search will function again as it should.

Pi Day 2018 - Pie Recipe as posted on Google

posted Mar 14, 2018, 8:11 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 7:40 AM ]

Happy Pi Day!

Celebrated each year on March 14th (3.14), Pi Day is dedicated to the mathematical constant, Pi. First recognized 30 years ago in 1988 by physicist Larry Shaw, Pi Day observers often celebrate with a slice of their favorite pie in honor of the number’s delicious sounding name.

Notated by the Greek letter “𝛑”, pi represents the ratio between a circle’s circumference (perimeter) to its diameter (distance from side to side passing through the center), and is a fundamental element of many mathematical fields, most significantly Geometry. Though modern mathematicians have calculated more than one TRILLION decimal places beyond the standard “3.14,” pi is an irrational number that continues on to infinity! It’s an important ingredient in the formula for the area of a circle, A=𝛑r².

Today’s delectable Doodle - baked & built by award-winning pastry chef and creator of the Cronut® Dominique Ansel - pays homage to this well-rounded mathematical constant by representing the pi formula (circumference divided by diameter) using — what else — pie!

Go behind-the-scenes of today’s Doodle below!

Feel free to whip up your own Pi Day pie with Dominique’s personal recipe below!

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

by Dominique Ansel

(Makes 1 pie)

Pie Dough


4 cups flour

2 tbsp sugar

½ tbsp salt

3 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cubed

2/3 cup cold water


  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine flour, sugar, and salt on medium-low speed (about 30 seconds).

  2. Increase speed to medium and stream in cold water, followed by cold butter cubes. Continue mixing on medium speed (about 2 minutes). Stop mixing just before the butter is fully incorporated (the dough will look streaky and the pieces of butter should be about the size of peas).

  3. Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and divide in two balls.  Flatten each into a disk, wrap in plastic and chill for at least 1 hour.


Apple Pie Filling


8 apples, peeled, cored, sliced (I like to use Honeycrisp apples)

1/3 stick unsalted butter

¼ cup cornstarch

¾ cup sugar

1/3 dark brown sugar

¼ cup bourbon

1 cup apple cider

pinch of nutmeg

1½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp sea salt



  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together cornstarch, sugar, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Add apple slices and toss until apples are evenly coated.

  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add apples into melted hot butter. Pour in apple cider and bourbon. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender (about 30 minutes).

  3. Remove from heat, let cool to room temperature.


Salted Caramel Sauce


2 cup sugar

2 2/3 cups heavy cream

4 tbsp light corn syrup

½ cup dark brown sugar

2 tsp fleur de sel


  1. In medium pot, bring all ingredients to a boil, gently stirring occasionally. Once the mixture has reached 230°F (it will get noticeably thicker), remove from the heat and pour into a non-plastic container (i.e. a pyrex or metal mixing bowl). Let cool to room temperature.   

  2. Once at room temperature, whisk well and then chill in the fridge until needed (TIP: the caramel sauce can be made up to 2 weeks ahead; you can also drizzle it over ice cream or add into your coffee!).

  3. 1 hour before you’re ready to assemble the pie, remove the sauce from the fridge and bring to room temperature.


To Assemble & Bake

Pie dough (chilled)

Apple pie filling (cooled)

Salted caramel sauce (cooled)

1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  2. On a floured surface, roll out 1 call of dough into a 12-inch round, then transfer to a 9-inch pie dish, pressing gently down and up the sides. Pour cooled apples into the pie shell. Drizzle some of your salted caramel sauce across the apples.

  3. Roll out the other ball of dough. Cut strips that are 1” wide and 12” long.  Arrange half of your dough strips across pie. Form a lattice by arranging the other half of the strips diagonally across the first strips. Seal the edges by pressing around the rim of the pie with a fork. Trim around the edges as needed.

  4. Brush the surface of the pie with egg wash. Bake for 35-40 minutes until crust is deep golden brown. Let cool on a rack for 30 minutes, then drizzle more of the salted caramel sauce on top and serve.


VMWare Workstation install / Debian based Linux

posted Mar 6, 2018, 7:08 AM by Andrew Chadick

1.  sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

2.  sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`

3.  cd ~/Downloads

4.  chmod +x VMware-Workstation-Full*.bundle

5.  sudo ./VMware-Workstation-Full*.bundle

Follow the graphical prompts from there.

Note: I prefer to set up the Workstation, get it going, then in Preferences, set it to continue running after closing Workstation.  Close Workstation, then use Remmina Remote Desktop Client, and term serv in to the desktop.  I find that it is much more responsive.

Chrome eating too many resources?

posted Feb 15, 2018, 2:55 PM by Andrew Chadick

I have had a situation over the last few months, where Chrome is opening too many process, eating too much memory, and causing the host system to become unstable.  Through experimentation, I found that if you disable the setting "Memory Ablation Experiment" from within Chrome://Flags the system becomes a lot more stable.  Your mileage may vary, but for me, this is working.


Authors and Books - Favorite Audio Books

posted Feb 3, 2018, 10:15 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 7:38 AM ]

This is a range of styles and types of books, from ones geared for little ones, to very adult.  
(All are of a supernatural bent and are not in any particular order)

Patricia Briggs - Mercedes Thompson
Chloe Neill - Chicagoland Vampires
Dannika Dark - Mageri
Kalayna Price - Alex Craft
Carrie Vaughn - Kitty Norville
Allyson James - Stormwalker
Ilona Andrews - Kate Daniels
Laurell K Hamilton - Anita Blake
Rachel Caine - The Morganville Vampires
Lynsay Sands - Argeneau
Jeaniene Frost - Night Huntress
Christopher Farnsworth - Nathaniel Cade
Jim Butcher - Dresden Files
Eoin Colfer - Artemis Fowl
JD Tyler - Alpha Pack
Tamora Pierce - Song of the Lioness
Jonathan Stroud - Bartimaeus
JK Rowling - Harry Potter
Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game
Stephanie Meyer - Twilight
Robin Hobb - Farseer Trilogy
Terry Goodkind - Sword of Truth
Ally Carter - Gallagher Girls
Cassandra Clare - Draco Trilogy
Neal Stephenson - Snow Crash
Brom - Krampus The Yule Lord
Helen Harper - Slouch Witch

Can't access SMB file shares after Windows 10 Updates

posted Feb 1, 2018, 2:24 PM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Feb 1, 2018, 2:31 PM ]

Open Regedit as Administrator

Then Modify the registry on the workstation:
Create DWORD (32 bit) "SMB2" = with value 0

Create DWORD (32 bit) "EnableOpLocks" = with value 0

Reboot, you can then after logging back in, access  \\fileserver\share    the  smb://  shares.

Burger and Fries

posted Jan 30, 2018, 2:19 PM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 7:40 AM ]

Fries -
Best to do outside; Use an outdoor BBQ side burner.  Large 4 quart pan to boil the oil.  (Infared thermostat to measure the temp). Use basket strainer spoon to lower fries in to oil. (approx 2" of oil.)

Use Canola oil for those with allergies, or Duck Fat cut with Peanut Oil for those that aren't allergic.
Bring oil to min of 325 degrees with max of 375 degrees and maintain temp while prepping the fries. 

Use Kenebec potatos.  Slice them into home fries, then soak in cold water.  Move the fries around to rinse the starch off of the potatos.  Then extract them, and pat them dry.  (this is an important step).

Lower fries in to oil with basket strainer/spoon.  Cook until golden brown, remove, and then immediately sprinkle kosher salt on to fries.  Salt will bond to the surface of the fries.  Kosher salt provides an excellent flavor to the fries.

Fry Sauce - homemade Thousand Island (portions posted later)
Best Foods Mayo
Sweet pickle relish
Barley Malt Vinegar
Worcestershire sauce
pinch of kosher salt
lemon rind
Whisk to combine

Cook sliced onions in beer, and cook down.  Then remove onions and put in ketchup, put mix in smoker with apple wood for 1 hour.  Take result, and blend until smooth.

The Burger -
Cast iron skillet
80/20 ground chuck  (or as an option- Ground Turkey with finely diced bacon - Turkey patties should be 1/4" thick)

Make 4 ounce beef patties - put small amount of canola oil and brush on to plate surface, and back of other plate, put meat between plates and press until 1/2 thick.  Remove meat and salt/pepper both sides.  Then brush yellow mustard on both sides.  Fry on cast iron. 
(Fry until that first side is nearly burnt, should be crisp and dark.  Flip and add cheese.

If you want red onion on the burger, slice thin, then soak slices in cold water until ready to plate.  Pat Dry before plating.

Iceberg Lettuce notes:  Take head of lettuce and pound it, with stem side down on table top, 2 quick thumps.  Stem should just pop out.  Take lettuce leaves, outer ones, and press flat.  Cut them just larger than the bun size, in triangles.  2 leaves per burger.

Bun is a brioche bun.  After removing burgers, add small amount of oil and turn off the heat.  Put bun slices face down on pan and move around a little.  Buns will use the oil and the oil will prevent the bun from sticking to surface.  Butter or duck fat can also be used instead of oil.

Top Bun: ketchup only
Bottom bun: (this order) Mayo, pickle slices, red onion slices, iceberg triangles, then burger with cheese.

Malted Choc Shake to go with?
2 cups chocolate ice cream
6 tablespoons milk
4 tablespoons malted milk powder
Blend until fully incorporated.

Fact Checking

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AT&T APN Settings

posted Jan 3, 2018, 2:51 PM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 7:45 AM ]


APN: pta
PROXY: Not set
PORT: Not set
Username: Not set
Password: Not set
Server: Not set
MMS Proxy:
MMS Port: 80
MCC: 310
MNC: 410
Authentication type: none
APN type:default,admin,fota,mms,supl,hipri    (make sure NO spaces after commas)
APN protocol: IPv4/IPv6 
APN roaming protocol: IPv4/IPv6
MVNO type: None

CLICK MENU (...) soft button and SAVE settings

GSM – Global System for Mobile Communications
CDMA – Code Division Multiple Access
EDGE – Enhanced Data GSM Environment
HSPA – High Speed Packet Access
HSUPA – High Speed Uplink Packet Access
HSDPA – High Speed Downlink Packet Access
EHRPD – Evolved High Rate Packet Data
1xRTT – CDMA Data Mode
EVDO – Evolution Data Optimized
UMTS – Universal Mobile Telecommunications System
HSPA+ – Evolved HSPA
LTE – Long Term Evolution

4G – LTE

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