Archive for March, 2007

Episode 2

Podcast March 30th, 2007

Recorded: March 28, 2007
Your Hosts: Keith Albright and Rich Niemeier
Show Length: 1:26:20

My apologies for all the sniffles I added to this recording. Rich and I recorded just after my 3 day battle with a cold, so you can still hear it in my voice. We’re starting to build out a structure for the show and we hope you’ll enjoy it. In this episode, we cover a couple news stories of interest, the core topics, then end with a web site pick from each of us. Due to popular demand, we’ve dropped the swimsuit portion of the show and we are in discussions to replace it with a talent or evening gown competition. We’ll keep you posted. Until then, we hope you enjoy.
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Wiki, Wiki, Weeeeeeeeee!

Feedback, Podcast, Wiki March 23rd, 2007

It’s been a couple of weeks since we published a new episode, so I thought I should give an update.  We should be recording a new episode next week (around 3/28/07) and I hope to have it out by that Friday.  Rich is in his ‘extremely busy time’ of the year with work and travel, so it’s been difficult to find the time to record.  It should settle down to just his normal ‘busy time’ and we’ll try to get on a regular schedule.

Until then; The Wiki pages for the A Couple Of Admins Podcast are up and running.  If you have an idea for a topic that you would like Rich and I to cover, please post it on the ListenerIdeas page at the following link:

A Couple Of Admins Podcast Wiki

Also, please send comments (good and bad) to: RichAndKeith[at]

We’d like to make this podcast as interactive as possible (without actually coming into your living room and recording the show), so please let us know what you’d like to hear about.

Thanks for being patient and for any feedback you can provide.

We’re Back!

Hosting, Rants, Vendors March 19th, 2007


Actual Error


Just to give a quick update to the four people that visit the site………

In order to get up and running quickly, I used the blog package offered by our hosting company.  It’s a nice package (WordPress), however, they ran into a ‘glitch’ on friday night and the site came down.  I called Saturday and they said they were working on it and that it was a known problem.  Having been in similar situations myself and this not being anything mission critical, I didn’t press the issue.  It finally came back up Monday morning (right about the time I WAS going to call and press the issue). 

I guess I should have invested the time up front and loaded my own software rather than rely on the hosting company.  That will have to be my next project.

My apologies for the outage (if anyone noticed beside Rich and myself).  Hopefully fixing the ‘glitch’ will not cause Milton to stop receiveing his paycheck either.


256MB Thumb Drive for $5

Geek Stuff March 13th, 2007


Kingston Traveller Mini Fun


OK, so this may only be for those of you in the Mid-Atlantic region(PA,NJ,DE,MD,VA), but I thought it was a good deal to pass along. 

While browsing the FiveBelow store (Similar to the Dollar Store concept – only $5 max) on my lunch break, I came across Kingston brand 256MB USB thumb drives for $5.

They also had Kingston 256MB SD cards for $5 as well.  I picked up a couple and found that aside from the odd design on the thumb drive and the need to delete the two crappy demo games that came on them, they work well.  In the age of 2GB drives, these aren’t the greatest. But, at $5 each, it’s a cheap and easy way to keep some extra storage in your bag.  Rich is going to get an early Christmas present this year.

I already have two other drives for my PortableApps and a Linux DSL VM, but as more portable apps become available I’ll have some drives to load them on.  I’d also like to create a TrueCrypt traveller disk ( so I don’t have to pull out my USB hard drive to store sensitive info.

Happy shopping. 

NOTE: You can use the store locator on the company website ( to find out if there is one near you.  Oh, and they are a good place for iPod accessories (skins, car/home chargers, travel speakers, etc.) all $5 or less.

A Nice Surprise

Desktops, Vendors March 13th, 2007

First, let me tell you that this comment is out of character for me (just ask my wife).  I tend to be very cynical and do not toss out compliments like this very readily.  I recently purchased a quantity of desktop computers at work and I have to give Gateway credit on their initial software load.  I had been expecting to find a ton of preload junk on the systems that I would have to uninstall or force me to start from scratch to build an image.  Given my experience with other vendors, I expected I would need to de-crapify the system before it’s usable or to prevent dealing with a dozen ‘courtesy’ subscriptions expiring and consuming resources to remind you to hand over your credit card.  However, I only found three items that needed removal; a browser error re-director, Google toolbar and Symantec AntiVirus.  (Only to load our own licensed copy and prevent problems with the free subscription expiring).  Yes, some de-crapifying had to be done, but nowhere near what I expected.

I guess I was so surprised at my good fortune given the way the PC industry is these days.  I don’t know if any other vendors are planning to follow suit, but I certainly hope so.

Networking 101

Networking March 8th, 2007

A couple of years ago I hosted a training session for our field IT personnel that had varying degrees of experience in networking.  I set aside a day and put together a presentation I called ‘Networking 101’.  I wanted to get them thinking of the overall corporate wide-area-network instead of just their local piece of the puzzle.  I received a lot of positive feedback within the company on the presentation, so I wondered if anyone else might find it useful.  It’s basically a mini Network+ course that followed the OSI model and added some Windows based network stuff.  Some of it may be out-dated for you (yes, we still had coax segments in our older facilties), so you can use what you find relevant.

Take a look and hopefully you’ll find it useful.

Networking 101 Presentation (PowerPoint)

Networking 101 Presentation (PDF)

Episode 1

Podcast March 8th, 2007

We are rolling now.  Here is the official Episode 1 of A Couple Of Admins Podcasting.  Rich and I recorded this a bit impromptu and I didn’t have the sound settings tweaked on my new setup yet, so I apologize if the quality is not that great.  I’ll work on grasping the finer points of mixing as we go to cut down on post-production editing.

The topics for this episode are:

  • Introductions to your hosts Keith and Rich
  • Building a WiFi cantenna
  • Cygwin
  • Application development
  • Wikipedia
  • A discussion on work/life balance for traveling admins

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Thanks and we hope you enjoy.

A Couple Of Admins Podcasting: Episode 1


First Post – First Podcast

Podcast March 4th, 2007

Hello all.  Since I setup the hosting, I get the dubious honor of creating the first post.  I’m including the first official recording Rich and I put together as a seed for the site and hopefully folks will find it interesting.  This is an over-sized admin-to-admin segment we produced for the In The Trenches podcast where we discuss the ideal tools every traveling admin should have.  We hope you enjoy.

Admin-to-Admin Segment: Traveling Admins Toolkit