Java Deployment Configuration and Properties

Java deployment has change with version 8, and for us, it changed how we deployed it to all our workstations. We operate 100+ Windows Clients and Servers on a classified closed network. By closed network, I mean it is not connected to the Internet and has point-to-point WAN connectivity to remote sites which first must pass through a TACLANE type-1 encryption device. This creates some problems when it comes to 3-party Java code and signing. Java version 8 is locked down quite a bit more as compared to previous versions….
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There are no more endpoints available …

After setting up a new Windows Server 2012 R2 x64 bit server as a printer server, I ran into a problem: There are no more endpoints available for the endpoint mapper. I couldn’t share any of the printers in the Printer Management interface. The solution (in my case) was quite simple, but not obvious, because the error message mentioned nothing related to printers. Our server is set up on a closed network (classified) that is not connected to the Internet or any other networks. Lots of GPOs are applied, which…
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Do I Need to Heat My Chicken Coop in the Winter?

Winter Chicken Coop Colorado

We live in Colorado, and when we first thought about raising chickens, I was concerned about how to keep them warm in the winter. Colorado winter storms can be brutally cold and windy, with the windchill often dropping well below zero. The last thing I wanted to do was build the chicken coop, raise the chickens, only to have them suffer frostbite, or worse yet die in the middle of winter. After doing a lot of research, I found out chickens are actually quite hardy. As long as they remain…
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Oil Change in BMW 800 GS Motorcycle

Performing an oil change in a BMW 800 GS motorcycle is super easy, so don’t bother paying someone else to do it for you. Especially the BMW dealership who will gladly charge you a couple hundred dollars at their convenience. It only takes about 30 minutes, a tad longer if you haven’t done it before. How frequently you perform an oil change in the 800 GS is a topic of much debate. If you follow the official manual, it says to do so every 10,000 km (or about 6,200 miles)….
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Ideas for Chicken Coop Bedding

Chickens aren’t too particular when it comes to their bedding. In reality, it’s probably you who is more particular than the chickens because you are the one that has to clean up after them. However, there are some health concerns that need to be addressed, because the chickens don’t always know what is best for them. The bedding on the floor of the coop serves a few purposes; provide comfort to the chickens, make it somewhat easier for you to clean up the poop (unless you want to scrape the…
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Are Mass Shootings and Guns Really the Issue?

mass shootings

There was another mass shooting last week at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs in which 3 people were killed, and so here we are again, thrust into the gun control debate by the extreme left-wing progressive media and President Obama himself. They make a huge deal out of the one or two “mass” shootings that happen each year, yet on a daily basis all around the country, roughly 1300 people died from tobacco related products and 30 die as a result of drunk drivers (source: CDC). Why don’t…
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Backyard Chicken Eggs Are More Healthy

Backyard chicken raising has become quite popular over the last few years, and I don’t think there is any one reason, but rather a few good reasons why. The reasons we did it are twofold; fresh healthy eggs and for the fun of it! First of all, eggs are not bad for you. They are very good for you because they are packed with lots of nutritional stuff. A few decades back, a war on eggs was waged because they were perceived as having too much cholesterol. Since then, study…
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