Time to move on

You likely don’t know this, and probably don’t care ūüėČ , but this blog is currently hosted on WordPress.com. ¬†I’ve been very pleased with their hosting service (no monthly fee for one blog, but it is supported by WordPress ads), and have been delighted to participate in discussions over my Kiosk mode blog posts from 2013. So happy to know that has been helpful to people over the years!

The time has come for me to move my site from WordPress.com to a new host. I’ll be using Amazon Lightsail and likely still using WordPress – but an install I can customize and have full control over. I plan to use Google Analytics instead of WordPress stats, as the data received is much more usable and actionable.

The reason I post this is that I want to be sure my followers are able to continue receiving content, as I plan to post more content in 2017. I will be moving subscribers over using WordPress/Jetpack, as noted here, so the experience should be seamless for you. Please check back in the coming weeks to be sure you are still following!

Thanks for being a follower of this blog!


The Great Escape (from Yahoo!)

If you don’t care about reading my thoughts and just want to move your stuff from Yahoo! to Gmail click here.

Author’s note:¬†this post was originally intended for family/friends, so my security/privacy preferences have been (somewhat) tamed for the audience.


This is a step-by-step guide to switch from Yahoo to Gmail. If you’re looking for how to transfer your email or contacts from Yahoo to Gmail, you’ve come to the right place!

First, some background on why I think this is so necessary.¬†Hopefully you have heard by now about Yahoo!’s¬†massive data breach – an estimated 500 MILLION accounts! ¬†This included significant pieces of data:

“The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers,”¬†Yahoo said in a statement.

So, what now?   Well, first, this Dilbert strip is probably indicative of Yahoo! in 2014.  Continue reading

8 months at OpenDNS

Hard to believe it’s been so long since my last post here. ¬†Life with a little one goes by so fast! ¬†I never realized how quickly time goes, and I also never believed anyone that told me time flies when you have kids ūüôā

So, the past 8 months have been quite the journey. ¬†When I was hired, I was hired to fulfill two roles – Technical Account Manager and Sales Engineer. ¬†After looking at a lot of data around where my time was being spent in my first few months, it was clear that it was time to split the role in two. I’ve moved¬†into the¬†Sales Engineer role for our MSP Sales team at OpenDNS. ¬†This has proven to be¬†a great¬†fit for my personality and skill set, and it’s been so exciting and rewarding to be able to support¬†our sales team with¬†technical expertise and helping our MSP Partners¬†deploy and use¬†our products to protect their customer networks.

On a recent¬†post on this blog, I talked about my career search and how I spent a lot of time looking for the role that would be the best fit and I can definitely say that I’m in that role now. ¬†That’s not to say, however, that I’m not looking for ways to improve and grow – because I do that daily. ¬†But I can definitely say that the work I do daily is rewarding, challenging and exciting. If you’re in a career search, i strongly encourage evaluating something like the PRO-D evaluation to help find career paths that work within your personality and competencies.

I remember during my high school and college days always saying how I could never see myself being a programmer because I didn’t “want to be in a cube all day” and never talk to people. ¬†It’s funny how stereotypes get destroyed when you work with different people. ¬†I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with our developers and am actually working with some programming of my own (Python, mostly) and taking a Computer Science Intro course from Harvard on EdX. ¬†Depending on how things go, there might be some additional classes in my future for Computer Science, as I’m really loving the topic and I really love being able to write¬†scripts to make large tasks¬†easier to accomplish.

My transition from an MSP service desk to being on the vendor side has been great, and I’m so glad that I’ve made the switch to working for such an awesome company as OpenDNS. I wrote a quick post about my transition over on our blog, and you can find it here.

What’s in a name?

As you read in my last post, I’ve certainly moved out of nonprofit sector. In light of that, the naming convention of this blog is certainly not consistent with my role.  When I began this blog, the purpose was to provide opinions and (hopefully) useful technology information for those working in the nonprofit sector.  I definitely have a desire to see nonprofits succeed with technology and to use it to improve their work experience and their productivity.  Continue reading

Life changes


Over the past few months, there have been a lot of changes in our family.First, we celebrated the birth of our first child in April. There’s quite a long story behind our journey to parenthood, but we are happy and blessed to have our son with us.

Secondly, over the past 6-8 months, I’ve felt a stirring to begin a change in career. Just like everyone who’s ever changed jobs, there were certainly multiple factors to my desire for the next step. The first key for me was realizing that I was on autopilot. Some of you have spent time on this site discussing RDS implementations and issues, and once our implementation was done, due to budget constraints, we were unable to pursue any new projects. This left me in a position of being on autopilot because no new projects or tasks were being done. This, to me, is difficult to maintain over an extended period of time, and drove me to begin the process of searching for my next challenge.

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Kiosk Mode for Windows + SSO for RDP (part 2)

Last time we looked at Kiosk Mode for WES 7. This can also be used for Windows 7 Professional installs, and I plan to test with XP in the future. That could help provide low-cost kiosks for almost any scenario (libraries, church public use PCs, etc).

Today, however, I wanted to go through my struggles with SSO with RDS. My initial thought was that I didn’t want any prompt on the user screen, I wanted the ‘typical’ Windows Server 2008 R2 login screen as shown below. Continue reading

Kiosk Mode for Windows + SSO for RDP (part 1)

This will be a multi-part series on implementing thin clients (or thick clients) with a kiosk mode connecting to an Remote Desktop Services (RDS) farm with Single Sign On (SSO).  I hope to help consolidate 12+ hours of research, testing and configuration changes over the past few weeks, with most of that being this week as we began finalizing our implementation plan for 45 new thin clients.  I hope this is helpful to someone who may be thinking about a similar project, or maybe implement items learned here for something completely different.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time trying to find the solution to this problem for our thin client implementation, and only after several weeks of trial and error was I able to piece together multiple bits of knowledge to accomplish my goal.

Deploying 45 new thin clients to two of our facilities. Continue reading