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Sample Poll Data

From the archives, sample poll and feedback data question

Which of these beverages do you often drink before an Exam?

Imagine for a moment your body and brain as a vehicle. A basic car needs gasoline and air to get it moving when called upon by the motor.

What are you fueling your brain with in  preparation for a big Exam? Select your choice below. Please share this poll with friends and colleagues. 

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Guide to the Spiceworks community

From the archives of James Lynch September 2, 2010

The year was 2006.  A company named Spiceworks held up its creation to the public. This was an answer to many IT administrators’ dreams.  The company designed and created a free network-monitoring tool.  Did I mention this tool is free? 
This company not only created a valuable software package for small to medium size businesses, moreover, they instituted an online community structure for support. 
Even though the ever-increasing capabilities of this network management software could be expounded upon, the scope of this article provides information about the Spiceworks online community.
The majority of the users in the “Spiceworks Community” share a common background of knowledge and application in the information technology field.  These bright administrators range from novice to experts.  Why is such an online community helpful?  Contrary to popular beliefs, your local IT person does not know everything. (Coffee cups have just dropped around the world.)
Here is where the beauty of this online community comes in.  The beginners can learn from the seasoned users of the network monitoring software. If you add the years of experience for the IT professionals in the Spiceworks Community, the years would number into the millions. How can this be?  Here is the answer. The noteworthy achievement of having 1 million professionals to use the software was accomplished in the second quarter of the year 2010.   Large quantities of these users have over a decade of experience; hence, you can do the math.
The Spiceworks Community is not limited to giving advice just for its product. This online community is subdivided into groups the user can join.   These groups help you to narrow down subjects that are of high concern to you and your job.  You are able to subscribe, create discussions, and receive e-mail notifications when someone posts in the groups. 
Notice just a few of the interesting subjects mentioned in the forums:
Do you have questions about Windows 7?  Then the “Windows 7” group would be the one for you.
Do you need research and ratings on hardware, software, or other information technology services?  Then you will want to search through the “Ratings and Reviews” section of the community.
Hey, as an IT guru, do you just want to share how you have solved the complexities of the universe?  The “Water Cooler” group would be the one for you.  This group’s topics alone continue to grow exponentially.  Good thing the universe is infinite!
This online community has implemented other avenues for the IT professionals to meet in one or two ways.
First, there are the “SpiceWorld” events they have each year.  All in this online community are encouraged to attend.  An article could be written alone about this event.  The workshops, breakout sessions, and vision of the company are shared in a spirit of comradely. Such a setting is conducive to learning.
Secondly, there are localized area groups called “SpiceCorps.” They discuss general issues related to information technology in a relaxed atmosphere.  Do not be surprised if “Water Cooler” subjects are also discussed at these meetings.
This online community has evolved in such a way that it is not viewed as a byproduct of the Spiceworks network management software, but an intricate part of a valuable service.
In closing, the Spiceworks online community is designed to help anyone to become knowledgeable and efficient in their jobs. 


The Twitter Mute Button

From the 2015 archives The Twitter Mute Button What does it really Say

On May 12, 2014, Product Manager Paul Rosania posted “Another Way to edit your Twitter experience: with mute”
I have a few thoughts on the announcement shown below.
Paul Rosania stated
“Today we’re beginning to introduce a new account feature called mute to people who use our iPhone and Android apps and Mute gives you even more control over the content you see on Twitter by letting you remove a user’s content from key parts of your Twitter experience.”
I, James, state
By using the words introduce, feature, more control, and Twitter experience it gives the impression it is certainly needed. In the next paragraph I come to the conclusion of why it was introduced, and IMHO it is more than what is stated in the paragraph. Read on.
Paul Rosania stated further 
In the same way you can turn on device notifications so you never miss a Tweet from your favorite users, you can now mute users you’d like to hear from less. Muting a user on Twitter means their Tweets and Retweets will no longer be visible in your home timeline, and you will no longer receive push or SMS notifications from that user. The muted user will still be able to favorite, reply to and retweet your Tweets; you just won’t see any of that activity in your timeline. The muted user will not know that you’ve muted him/her, and of course you can unmute at any time.
James stats further
What Paul stated in a nutshell, all be it an upbeat manner, is you can keep the muted person following you in addition to seeing your Twitter messages while you ignore their messages.

“Why not just unfollow them,” I quipped to myself? Then the following thoughts came to me.
● Twitter is now an IPO \ stock market commodity. It’s a numbers game more than ever.
● Maybe we can help stop people from unfollowing one another. One Twitter app user can have thousands of people they follow, this in return has a reciprocation effect, but in reality the user is only viewing a few hundred of its followers’ Twitter messages in his or her time feed line.
● Some may say, “I don’t want to be rude or hurt the person’s feelings for unfollowing them.
To each his\her own, however, here is something to think about.
How do you feel when someone wastes your time?
Are you a person who would appreciate having a person be straight with you?
For the teenage readers here, a word to the wise; social media is a tool of communication, however, muting a person with no intention to ever unmute them is in some mature circles rude or inconsiderate. This is what I think will happen in the short and long run with this mute feature. People will set it and forget it.
FYI – The Twitter Private and Public Lists feature is one way to focus on a core group of people. Periodically as you happen to view your Twitter timeline you can add and take away from the list
I wonder if someone will create an app that will inform you possibly of being muted and by who?
As for me, I desire for people to feel free to unfollow me knowing I will move on to the next person of interest. Because the several hundred I am following now know that if I greet them in peace, then it is only proper etiquette, professional and otherwise human relations to respond. This includes sporadically seeing my tweets in their time line. It is one thing to miss Twitter time line messages because no one can read them all in large numbers; it is another to not even give my Twitter message an opportunity to at least reach your eye’s attention.
So if ignored, thank you for at least making it obvious so I can now unfollow if I have no further interest either. This way I will not waste your valuable time and you will not waste mine. The mute button will provide a false hope in some people that a person they are interested in may catch a profound thought from them. Yet, in reality, they muted you 1 second after they followed you. As some young people can express with flare: “Yea, it’s all about the numbers baby!”
Inasmuch, if you like or don’t mind having a high number of follow\followers who some of them will not respond to a greeting and probably muting you in the same vein, then the instructions are provided below.
Instructions on how to use the Twitter Mute feature
To mute a user from a Tweet on your iOS or Android device or on Twitter for web, tap more and then mute @username. To mute someone from his/her profile page, tap the gear icon on the page and choose mute @username.


Advice and Opinion It feels good when a person

From the 2012 notebook archives

Advice and Opinion

It feels good when a person knows and trusts you enough that your advice is valuable.  How do you determine whether you can trust someone or not? Is it from the feedback of his/her friends or do you take the time to know the potential friend yourself?
Underestimating someone can cause a person to miss out on something good. Inasmuch, placing a person’s reliability too high a level that they cannot live up to also bring disappointments.
Here is a familiar saying: “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” This means no matter what the color of skin may be, height and width of the body, or facial features; we have to see who the individual is inside.

Would you say I am far-out on my thinking in this area?



Best Practices Configure the Server Core

From the July 2015 archives Best Practices – Configure the Server and Remove the GUI

This is a best practice for Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Domain Services

The Best Practice – Remove the graphical user interface (GUI) from the Windows Server 2012 R2 by running it in the server core mode.

Why use it – A smaller OS footprint that will increase your server’s security lockdown and better utilization of resources. Server administrators will appreciate this additional information from Microsoft.
“Why Is Server Core Useful?”

How to install it – As mentioned at the onset, you may like to initially set up your server through the GUI. I recommend anyone unfamiliar with an operating system should use the GUI if one is provided. It gives you a faster visual understanding of everything that is going on with your configuration.

After you have installed the features and roles in addition to activating your server, administrators can carry out these enumerated steps to switch on server core mode.

1) Manage -> Remove Roles and Features
2) Press next -> Select a server from the server pool -> Press next
3) Press next on the Remove server roles screen
4) On Remove feature screen expand the User Interfaces and Infrastructure -> remove the check mark from “Server Graphical Shell” -> Press next
5) Place check mark in the “Restart the destination server automatically if required” box
6) Press remove

The wizard will do its work. Make sure the server restarts; if it does not restart, you must manually restart it.

There you have it.

Some like to remove the “Graphical Management Tools and Infrastructure” feature for an even smaller footprint. The Graphical Management Tool still brings up the Server Manager when you log in. I personally would keep it on at least one domain controller for local and remote management of other servers. However, you may want to remove all GUI features from all servers and just manage the server systems from a Windows 8.1 machine with Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) installed.

For your information- Server core can run the services below
File Services; Print Services; Streaming Media Services
Web Server (IIS); Remote Access Server; Remote Desktop Services
Windows Deployment Services; Windows Software Update Services


HTML Programming Instructional Video by Eli

From the year 2015 archives posts HTML Programming Instructional Video by Eli

Recently, with students out for summer break, I’ve been looking for teaching tools that will help teenagers who are seriously interested in developing their skills in the Information Technology world.HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) is the default and still taught programming language for internet webpages. Before moving on to other languages, it really helps in the long run to get the basics down first. You will accumulate knowledge in your brain that will be laid as a foundation for you to build on top of like a house of Information Technology knowledge. Oh, you may forget this or that, but you will not forget the basics for a long time.
It will take a long time to Forget These Things
Like I mentioned in the first heading, you should not forget the basic. Here is a brief list of the basics:
● How to identify the document
● How to add a comment and why
● How to turn tags on and off
● What is a Titled tag
● What is the Body tag
● What is the paragraph tag
Introduction to HTML Programming
Here to also help you, is a class taught by Eli the computer guy, syllabus if you will, that will help you to understand what I have noted above and more.
It is very helpful for many people to read a book on a subject and have an instructor at the same time for questions and encouragement. An additional reason why Eli the Computer Guy’s “Introduction to HTML Programming” video will benefit you is because he takes into consideration the questions you would most likely ask and teaches them as he goes along. He also teaches in a repetition for emphasis style.  The 1 hour and 38 minutes video link is below.

Poetry Lived

Poetry Say your love is true

From the poetry archives December 2012

Your love is like the redness of roses.The strength of it never decomposes.Your love is like the bluest ocean.It keeps both of us sailing and in motion.Your love is like the vibrant grass covered with morning dew.How refreshing it is to say your love and my love is true.


Google Plethora of Services

From the July 2015 archives of James Lynch’s writings

Google has provided so many services over the years that only employees can name them all. Then again, may only the President of Google could name them all… Never mind, no one could name all of Google’s services provided throughout the years without looking them up!
For the readers of Geek Brain Dump, a list of Google’s present and active services are provided below. Due to the company’s hyper speed development mode, this list is no means exhaustive.
Have you used these common Google services?
Google’s  Web Search Engine
Google Docs
Google Chrome (Web Browser)
Google Hangouts, +Plus, and  YouTube
Site and Blog Administrators
Google Analytics –Measures your website’s visitors and their interaction with website\blog. 
Google Webmaster Tools- See how many times your website’s articles are showing up in search words. What keywords people are typing into the web browser’s search engine prompts your posts to receive impressions. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised at how many impressions Google’s search algorithm is providing for good quality articles even when your website is ranked 1 or 2! 
Additional statements from Google on Webmaster Tools
● Did some queries result in more traffic to your site than others?
● Are your product prices, company contact info, or events highlighted in rich search results?
● Which sites are linking to your website?
● Is your mobile site performing well for visitors searching on mobile?
  In the future, we will dive more into Google and the state of the art technology it takes to run the juggernaut!
Until next time, can you name the Google services you have added to your Internet toolbox?
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Bloglovin Benefits and Geek Brain

From the July 2015 archives of James Lynch’s writing Bloglovin Benefits and Geek Brain

Bloglovin’ is a tool I use to keep up with all my favorite blog posts. For a site like Geek Brain Dump, with its daily stream of new articles from the writers here, it makes sure I receive highlighted notifications via the Bloglovin website and the phone app of newly posted articles.
It places the RSS Feeds preview of each new headlined blog article and places it in an organize squared\rectangle layout. See sample and take a look at the like and red heart and share choices for your favorite articles. Your likes and shares matter!
Have you noticed the interesting articles being shared here at Geek Brain Dump? They range from all things technical in the reviews, articles, and how-to. If you do not want to miss one article, Bloglovin’ will even send you a digest at the end of the day.
This is how I keep up with the latest on this website.
Account Setup
In order to set up your account, just go to and click on the sign up button.
After you quickly setup your account through Facebook or e-mail profile, look to the “Search blogs” feature and type in Geek Brain Dump. The website will show up before you even finish typing it.
Select and press the follow button. It will add Geek Brain Dump to your feed.
Hope this makes managing your feeds easy.