December 13th, 2018

Okay, now that’s pretty cool

A few years ago, I started the interminable process of prying DFS out of my network because the whole desktop mapping functionality was gone sideways.

Not the usual ‘user doesn’t even know this is there and is confused when they’re offline and can’t use the desktop’ (which is, in and of itself, stupid). Not the usual ‘offline files aren’t working properly or didn’t have time to upload properly.’

No, more like ‘desktop just didn’t load for no apparent reason and there’s no connectivity problem nor is there anything in any log anywhere.’

At the time, a couple users were being annoyed by OneDrive for Business popups all the time. It had come in with the latest version of Office and MS was really pushing cloud hard – not that they’ve since changed that tune.

So, I had a brilliant idea: ditch DFS and make OneDrive stop barking at people by actually using it.

I decided to re-map their desktop and documents folders through OneDrive and the implementation was an instant hit. Everyone loved it. I started telling all my friends to do it, and it was a hit for them as well.

So I was more than just a bit amused when I was setting up GPO for my new network and saw some interesting new policy options. That’s when I opened my own install to find this:

I knew I couldn’t have been the only one to come up with that idea.

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November 15th, 2018

X1 Yoga fan and the MacGyver option

It appears that some of the fan casings for the 2nd-gen X1 Yoga didn’t receive the care and attention they deserved at the manufacturing plant. The little plastic clips that connect it to the copper plating are sometimes the wrong size, or simply don’t clip at all.

This, of course, results in a rousing rendition of the most annoying sound in the world, of which everyone in the office it thoroughly appreciative.

Depot RMA on these things is a 4-6 week process, at which time they will replace exactly one part, possibly from the same batch of junk they put in there in the first place.

Luckily, there’s a 20-minute solution:

Never fear to MacGyver that business.

Provided you know what you’re doing, of course.

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November 3rd, 2018

In truth, I hold little nostalgia

But this is among that I have:

That bottom juice was the sweet nectar of the gods.

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Whois

IT guy, dev, designer, writer.

Got a degree in print journalism from UF but history dealt some bad cards to that industry, so I moved back to an earlier love: the computer.

Was recently at ZMOS Networks, but am now the Senior IT Associate at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.

My name is moderately common, as are a couple screen names, so always look for the logo to make sure you're reading something with official Km approval.

You can get to me directly with kyle(@)kylemitchell.org