Author Archives: gfisk

Koken is back – Image Gallery Software


When my favorite photo gallery software Gallery closed up shop after 14 years I was faced with the decision to migrate to a photo community like 500px, photo hosting sites like Zenfolio, Photobucket or SmugMug, or a major corporate hosted solution like Yahoo’s Flickr. There’s an endless amount of free and paid hosting services these days and new […]

Upgrade Ubuntu Droplet – Digital Ocean

Ubuntu VPS

My photo site has been running on a Digital Ocean droplet for about a year and I wanted to upgrade from Ubuntu 14.04 to 15.04. I found the basic steps in a Digital Ocean forum post and it couldn’t have been much easier. My VPS is pretty basic LAMP setup with one website running Koken photo gallery […]

Windows 10 Upgrade – Groove Music with Homegroup

Windows 10

Issue – After upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 Groove Music fails to list any music despite being correctly pointed at the default Music location where my 10,529 songs and 1,401 artists reside. I removed and re-added the default locations with no change: C:\Users\*username*\Music, C:\Users\*username*\OneDrive\Music C:\Users\Public\Music I let Grove Music sit overnight thinking maybe it’s […]

Basement tapes


I don’t pretend I know how to play, but I do have fun. We hang, we drink, we play. Songs are live improv, lyrics are developed on the fly, jamming is long, sometimes magic happens, sometimes not. The Flying EP – All flight videos are for The Airpborne TPS Reporting Tour recorded on a Nokia 1020 matched to […]

How To Setup A LAMP Website on VPS Server


My photo website’s excellent software Gallery had gone end of life and was no longer supported. I used the opportunity to explore new software, Koken, and move from shared hosting to my first VPS – Virtual Private Server. I’ve hosted development websites on Windows and Linux, and setup many many websites using shared hosting from Site5 and other […]

iPhone – Disable eMail Sound and Vibration Notifications

iPhone Email Notifications - New Mail

Are you suffering from notification overload? It can be a bit confusing as to where to change or disable notifications on iOS devices. “Notifications” would be the logical place to manage notifications and it does work, sometimes. Sounds is where we’ll be looking today, where you then disable… notification sounds. Mail fail – Disabling Mail […]

Cortana – Disable Weather Alerts


Cortana is awesome until you know, there’s weather. And then you’re getting weather alerts from Cortana and your weather app (Blue Skies for me). Here’s how to disable the alerts. Disable Weather Alerts in Cortana – Windows Phone 8.1 Open Cortana Tap the three bars at the top right (the “hamburger” menu) Interests Weather near me Uncheck […]

Disk Clone – Windows Activation Error 0xC004C008

Windows Activation - Confirmation ID

I recently cloned Windows 8 with apps and data from a 500gb 5400RPM Hybrid disk to a 500gb SSD using “Paragon Migrate OS to SSD 4.0“. The process went smoothly – install Paragon’s software and connect the new SSD with a USB to SATA cable. Launch the software, pick the target disk and the cloning processes begins. Mine […]

Windows Phone – AutoPlay

Windows Phone

When you first connect a Windows Phone an Explorer window will open to the phones folders and files. You’ll also be prompted to install Phone App for Desktop. After installing Phone App for Desktop management of options moves from AutoPlay to the Phone App and you’ll likely default to copying images to a folder named […]

OneDrive – Stop Auto Importing Photos


After an update on 12/22/2014 OneDrive started magically importing photos and videos from my iPhone (my Windows Phone is managed by Phone App for Desktop). Microsoft refers to the process as “Auto Save”. This is the second OneDrive update in a row where the change has silently occurred (or I missed it twice!). Issue:OneDrive “Auto Saves” any new pictures or […]

Adrian Belew – Guitar Virtuoso

Adrian Belew - The Bears, Bloomington, In. 1987 - Copyright - Graham Fisk

Adrian Belew was playing in bar & cover bands going seemingly nowhere and hitting thirty. Then Frank Zappa’s limo driver was asked for a live music destination in Nashville. They were covering the stones when Frank tuned in, stayed and made Adrian an offer.  Playing for Zappa opened doors and provided music industry schooling. From there […]

Remote Desktop – Black Screen

Remote Desktop Black Screen

The Issue – Using Remote Desktop the remote screen turns black right after login. The issue appears to be caused by Screen Caching and accessing a system with different display resolution or RDP window sizes. The Solution(s) While logged in at the black screen press CTRL + ALT + END  (or CTRL + ALT + FN + […]

How to take a Screenshot – Lenovo X1 Carbon Adaptive Keyboard

Lenovo X1 Carbon On-Screen Keyboard

Adaptive keyboard sounds cool right?  It does make for a very clean, uncluttered and easy to use keyboard. But it also makes accessing some functions harder, more time consuming and without knowing the special hidden keys (see Lenovo video below) you’d be forgiven for thinking some functions were completely dropped. Print Screen is a common keyboard function that appears […]

Create Database Model From Existing Database – MySQL


In case I’m not the only one who had trouble figuring out how to create a Database Model from an existing Database using MySQL WorkBench. Database – MySQL Database Tool – MySQL WorkBench v 6.1 Documentation – Database Modeling using MySQL Workbench Steps to create a Model of an existing MySQL Database Launch MySQL Workbench […]

New Orleans – Frenchmen Street – Bourbon Street

Windows Phone

Pics from two quick two night trips to New Orleans. I’d never visited, now twice in month for the NCTM and IRA conferences at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. One over a weekend that had me missing my daughters return from School and Mothers day. Bourbon Street was an experience as you’d expect. The mood, music, open containers, […]

Windows Phone – Stop Facebook Birthday Reminders

Windows Phone

Social Media integration on Windows Phone is excellent but can have some downsides. One issue I’ve experienced and heard others note is due to Facebook integration. During installation of the Facebook app you’re asked to connect FB with your phone. This integrates Facebook with your People hub, calendar, photos, allows for FaceBook photos on the lock screen etc. This […]

Ghost Drop Down Menus – stuck on screen

Microsoft Windows

Ghost drop down menu’s that stay on your screen until you reset your resolution, logout or reboot. At first you think – no problem, I’ll just ignore that. Then like a dripping tap on a quiet evening you find you’ve suddenly lost all focus to this little sliver on your screen and you cannot move forward […]

Windows 8.1 Update 1

Windows 8.1 - Update 1

The mighty keyboard and mouse have roared and Microsoft has listened. Windows 8.1 Update 1 is out and has some (some!) nice changes for content creators and other non touch screen users. Most notable is that instead of forking the OS into mobile/touch & desktop/mouse + keyboard versions they’re detecting the hardware and adapting the […]

CS-Cart – Page Speed and Optimization


Some simple steps to reduce CS-Cart page load times. Prep Steps Optimization references Best Practices for Speeding Up Your Web Site – Yahoo Optimize caching – Google Increasing Application Performance with HTTP Cache Headers – heroku Speed Up Sites with htaccess Caching – Ask Apache Image optimization tools PNGGauntlet (Win) or  ImageOptim (Mac) Test your website with a […]

SPF records for Office 356

Exchange Hosted Email DNS Settings

Some excellent resources if you’re hosting your own domain with Office 365. When doing so you’ll need to create a TXT SPF record for email. The SPF Generator Framework Wizard below was very helpful generating an SPF record that accounted for my webhost generated email (web forms) and email on 365 servers – v=spf1 ip4:xx.xx.xx.xx […]

The most beautiful Derny Race you may ever see

Scattante CFR SE

The Legendary Lightness – World Full Of You (Official Videoclip) Music by The Legendary Lightness Directed and edited by Adrian Winkler Photographed by Simon Huber and Mario Winkler Color Grading by Christian Müller Production: PiXiU Films, Laurin Merz Supported by Migros-Kulturprozent

Worlds First Digital Camera


From PetaPixel – “If you’re a digital photography buff, here’s some required trivia knowledge: what you see above is a photograph of the first digital camera ever built. It was created in December 1975 by an engineer at Eastman Kodak named Steve Sasson…” Read more here:  

Hosted email – Microsoft Exchange

Exchange Hosted Email DNS Settings

Do you own your own domain and have a personal or small business website hosted along with email? If so you know the importance of email in day to day business and personal communications. Web hosts… not so much. I’ve actually had a couple tell me I should use Gmail if I want reliability.  I […]