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How to Fix the Blurry, Fuzzy, Ugly Text in Windows 10

Posted on July 7, 2016

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After upgrading my Lenovo ThinkPad to Windows 10, I was so pumped. The upgrade went smoothly, all my apps worked, but then I noticed something: some apps had blurry, fuzzy text. Ugly, blurry, fuzzy text on Windows 10: This might not bother some people, but to me it felt like trying to read a wet […]


PowerShell and Donald Trump

Posted on June 14, 2016

Still not convinced that you should learn Windows PowerShell? Russia used some awesome PowerShell tricks to hack the Democratic National Committee and get Donald Trump’s opposition research file. While you shouldn’t (and hopefully won’t) use PowerShell for international espionage, there are some really awesome things you can do with it, like building out an entire […]


New book! Learn Cisco Network Administration in a Month of Lunches

Posted on March 15, 2016

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The pre-release of my new book, Learn Cisco Network Administration in a Month of Lunches, is available from Manning Publications’ early access program. The book is a tutorial designed for beginners who want to learn how to administer Cisco switches and routers. Set aside a portion of your lunch hour every day for a month, […]


Pass the First Time: Study Tips for the CCNP Routing and Switching Certification

Posted on June 22, 2015

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If you’re studying for or considering the CCNP R&S certification, here are a few things to keep in mind: The CCNP exam tests CCNA-level skills and knowledge, too This is a good thing, because it helps weed out those who “brain dump” the exams. If you got lucky with OSPF on your CCNP exam, you’re […]


Creating a File Share with PowerShell and Windows Server Core

Posted on June 2, 2015

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Sometimes you just need to create a file share. With Windows Server Core, you don’t have all the old GUI tools that we’re all used to. So you have to make do with PowerShell and the old fake DOS prompt. Fortunately, with a little help, it’s pretty easy. First, create the folder you want to […]