Syncing your Outlook with Gmail Contacts and Calendars

One of my biggest issues in living in a mainly Microsoft Garden (Windows Phone, Windows 10 Laptop, Windows 8 Desktop) is that syncing contacts between my phone and other devices has always been an issue. A long long time ago I started keeping my Contacts in Google Contacts as this almost universally had support across IOS, Android and Windows Phone should I swap and change devices over the coming years.
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Slack Notifier

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We use Slack for messaging here at LocalSearch and love it very much. We also use PRTG for system monitoring and notifications – why not integrate them both together so I can receive PRTG notifications in a channel in Slack?

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While Slack has a large gallery of integrations PRTG unfortunately wasn’t on the list. So I have written a quick windows app to allow notifications from PRTG via its ‘Execute Application’ notifier. While I specifically built it for PRTG it’s a command line app which could potentially use to publish any type of message to Slack.
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Using HipChat for PRTG Notifications

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As a Network Engineer for a large company I cannot recommend Paessler’s PRTG for systems monitoring enough. WIth over 100 different types of sensors built into PRTG it’s the definite goto tool for me to monitor devices and services within our organisation. Great Application.

If you do any type of system administration you cannot be without a monitoring tool – and I think personally this is one of the best ones out there and has infinite options to allow you to customise it for your business..
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TorrentGrabber – Get your tv show torrents automatically

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TorrentGrabber – check for your new TV show episodes and get them loaded to your Torrent Application automatically.. and get notified when they arrive!

I love all the free & legal content you can get from around the globe. I especially like when broadcasters and other sources put their content up for free so we can legally download it. What I don’t like is being bombarded with ads and other junk when I visit legal torrent site so I wrote TorrentGrabber to go off and automatically download the shows I like.
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Mobile Mapping – A URL String Exploration

I have been implementing some native mobile mapping in our new product Workify which employs a mobile UI for travelling Staff which enables them to map and get directions to a specific job that’s been assigned to them.

After many hours of exploring the best way to do this which would make Windows Phone, Android and Apple IOS open their native mapping app from within our mobile HTML5 UI I found a fantastic article from John Allan where he’s done a lot of the leg work already in exactly what is need for each Operating System:
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Belkin Wemo Control Plugin for InControl HA

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InControl is my favourite Home Automation Software – if you are getting into anything Home Automated or ZWave related I do urge you to give their software a try.

Out of the box it supports Scenes (grouping multiple devices together) and scheduling (check out my article on cron scheduling though too if you already use InControl Scheduling) and has a bunch of features to make Home Automation easy.
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InControlCMD – Command Line Control of InControl HA ZWave Devices

InControl HA from Moonlitz Software is my preferred Home Automation Software.

It supports a multitude of ZWave devices and, of late, has an extensible plugin system so you can incorporate other non-zwave devices into the fold and control them via InControl’s iPad, iPhone, Android & Windows Phone UI’s.

InControlCMD is a Command Line executable I wrote which allows you to turn devices on and off from the Command Line. This is especially handy if you want to script actions external to InControl but also incorporate controlling devices within InControl.
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DCOM 10009 errors on a Domain Controller

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Sometimes when you demote a domain controller in your domain and the domotion partially fails your other domain controllers can start to generate an enormous amount of DCOM 10009 errors because in their domain metadata they still expect to be able to contact this demoted/non-existent domain controller.

The specific error message is:

“DCOM was unable to communicate with the computer {computername} using any of the configured protocols”
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