Jan 28, 2013

Gray X's On Files and Folders in Windows File Shares

This is the first post from me here at Bauer-Power in what seems like ages. I'm sorry about that. Please note that I most certainly have not abandoned the blog here. I've just been really busy with my new political blog Mainwashed. If you have a few moments, go ahead and check it out.

Anyway, so I have this user at work who has been coming over to the IT area for the last few weeks with an issue that I'll admit, I hadn't seen before. We have disabled offline file caching on all workstations as well as on our Windows 2008 file server. Still though, she was still having a strange caching problem that would cause files and folders in one of her file shares to appear with a gray X on them, and she wouldn't be able to open them.

Also, if she saved a file, the update wouldn't actually make it over to the server. It would just store in the cache area on her computer. Strange right?

Here's a screen shot she sent me:

To fix it, what I had to do was to disable the Offline Files Service, and the Offline Files Driver, then format the CSC database. To do that create or modify the following registry entries on the affected machine, then reboot:

; Disable Offline Files Driver - CSC
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\servic es\CSC]
; Disable Offline Files Service - CSCService
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\servic es\CscService]
; Format CSC Database
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\servic es\CSC\Parameters]

That's it! Ever since we did that, this particular user has been right as rain!

Jan 23, 2013

Been Busy With My New Venture: Mainwashed

Politics (Sébastien Tellier album)
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I know that periodically I stop posting about technology stuff and go off on rants about the Government. I'm sure that most of you don't come here for your dose of political rhetoric, so I've decided to take my views to a new blog that I've started called Mainwashed.

Mainwashed is a cross between mainstream media and brainwashed. Clever right? Excuse my while I pat myself on the back and congratulate myself on how awesome I am.

Anyway, I decided to start Mainwashed much for the same reason as Bauer-Power: Before I started Bauer-Power I was telling my colleages, and people on MySpace (Yes, we've been around that long) about cool software that I found and nobody gave a crap. I decided to start Bauer-Power to put what I enjoed talking about "out there" and the people who gave a crap would find it.

The same goes for Mainwashed. I like rasing awareness about the crap our Government does to us, and when I try doing it on Facebook, nobody cares. As long as Honey Boo Boo, or a sports game is on, they can care less how bad our Government bends us over and has their way. I decided to put out my dissenting political views on my new blog, and those that want to wake up will find it.

If you have some time, you should check it out!

Jan 11, 2013

Watch "American Story" Streaming Online Free

Well would you look at that! Someone uploaded a really great made for TV movie called "American Story" about the Battle of Athens in 1946 to the Internet Archive. If you haven't heard of the Battle of Athens, here is a description of it from Wikipedia:
The Battle of Athens (sometimes called the McMinn County War) was a rebellion led by citizens in Athens and Etowah, Tennessee, United States, against the local government in August 1946. The citizens, including some World War II veterans, accused the local officials of political corruption and voter intimidation. The event is sometimes cited by firearms ownership advocates as an example of the value of the Second Amendment in combating tyranny.
Just as it says in the description, the Battle of Athens is an excellent example of why the founding fathers of the Constituion gave us the 2nd Amendment. It is in there to give power to the people in the face of a corrupt, and tyrannical government. It absolutely has NOTHING to do with hunting or sport shooting. Don't think so? Let's ask one of the framers of the constitution, Thomas Jefferson:

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.-Thomas Jefferson

Well, the people of Athens and Etowah Tennessee were opressed by Paul Cantrell and they were sick of it. They tried to unseat him in a legitimate election, but when Cantrell and his goons tried to stop it and rig the election, the people armed themselves and fought back. Check out the movie:

Did you like it? If so, please share this page with everyone you know that supports the 2nd Amendment, and never want to see it taken away!

Jan 10, 2013

Oscilloscopes - A Look Inside [Infographic]

English: US Navy Operations Specialist (OS). A...
 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When I was in the Navy I was an Operations Specialist. Our rate symbol was an Oscilloscope with an arrow through it. Funny, because not once while I was in the Navy did I touch an Oscilloscope... The Electronic Warfare Techs did...

Anyway, someone sent me this infographic that shows you the inner workings of an Oscilloscope and I thought I would share it with you. Check it out!

Oscilloscopes - A Look Inside [Infographic]

Jan 8, 2013

Super Easy Tool To Contact Your Representatives in Washington D.C.

I often times get political. Those who follow me on Twitter or Facebook are sick of it I'm sure. I mean, when something that the Government does that I feel they shouldn't, it really chaps my hide. I mean, good men and women died to give us this remarkable, and unique form of Government that protects the people, and gives us our liberty. Any type of restriction on that gets me pretty pissed off. I don't care if it is a restriction on my 1st Amendment rights (SOPA), my 4th Amendment Rights (CISPA), my 5th Amendment Rights (NDAA) or most recently, my 2nd Amendment rights (Take your pick).

Anyway, there is only so much one can do as an individual. One of those is complaining on Facebook and Twitter, but that is only good if you use that to mobilize others to do the next thing. That is to contact your representatives and tell them how you want them to represent you. After all, we live in a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy. That means that instead of everyone getting a voice, we elect representatives to give us a voice. It's up to you to tell them how you want to be represented.

The easiest way I have found to do that is by using a really cool website called PopVox. It allows you to contact all of your Federal representatives on individual bills that you care about. From their page:

Constituent communications are flooding and overwhelming Congressional offices. POPVOX verifies, aggregates, and simplifies communication with Congress on an open and trusted (and nonpartisan) common ground. Advocacy organizations, trade associations, unions and other groups send their members to POPVOX to take action on bills pending before Congress. Congressional staff and lawmakers log into POPVOX to measure the pulse of their district. POPVOX provides a curating interface for anyone — including Congressional staff, the public and the media — to access and understand the voice of the people.

No matter how you feel on the various bills being passed, PopVox provides a great way to contact your representatives to tell them how you feel about it. Also, it provides a great way for you to get a pulse on how the rest of America feels about something. For instance, here is a map of how people feel about Dianne Feinstein's proposed renewal of her "Assault-Weapons Ban" that expired in 2004:

As you can see 93% of Americans oppose this bill. Perhaps because more people enjoy their 2nd Amendment rights than the media would have you believe. Or maybe because the 2nd Amendment is the only Amendment using the words, "...shall not be infringed" and the rest of Americans understands that. I don't know.

Anyway, no matter what your view is on whatever the issue, PopVox is the perfect tool for you to sound off!

Jan 2, 2013

Are The Feds Preparing For Civil War?

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a very safe New Years Eve! I've been taking a break from the blog for the last few weeks because of holidays and such, but some stuff has happened recently that made me want to take a moment and use the blog as a political soap box (again).

This time isn't about the US Government trying to put a strangle hold on our first amendment rights by trying to seize control over the Internet. This is more about certain US Senators (I'm looking at you Dianne Feinstein) that are now also trying to put a strangle hold on our second amendment rights as well. For those not familiar with the U.S. Constitution, our founding fathers gave us the following as our second amendment:
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
It doesn't say anywhere in there that were are guaranteed the right to hunt or do sport-shooting. Our right to bear arms (arms = guns) is to protect us from tyranny. To protect us from an overstepping government. Well Senator Feinstein wants to take that all away. For those of you that say she doesn't, watch this:

That being said, and with the outrageous "fiscal cliff bill" being passed, many Americans are fed up with the Feds. I think the Feds know it too, that's why the DHS has been busily buying up over 1 billion rounds of ammunition.

So are we heading to another Civil War? I think a bold gun grab like the one Dianne Feinstein is proposing might just be the catalyst. I'm not the only one that thinks it's possible. Check out this infographic:

Are the Feds Preparing for Civil War?
Image source: www.criminal-justice-major.net

So what do you think? Is America heading for another civil war? Let us know your take on all of this in the comments.

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