Microsoft releases August 2014 update for Lync 2013 Client (KB2881070)


Just a Lync Guy



This update resolves the following issues:

  • 2985514 Lync 2013 signs out and then signs in every 30 minutes
  • 2985513 Lync 2013 crashes when you manipulate a pivot table field during an Excel worksheet presentation
  • 2985512 Error “Event ID from source Lync cannot be found” instead of event logs from Lync 2013 appears in Event Viewer
  • 2981755 Cannot join a meeting by using Lync 2013 when the ACP MCU services are running on multiple front-end servers
  • 2981754 Cannot send CER data when a user cannot join meetings in Lync 2013
  • 2981753 Lync 2013 meeting issues after you install Lync Meeting Add-in for Office 2013
  • 2981752 Cannot select audio device during a VoIP call in Lync 2013 when a user is enabled for RCC
  • 2981751 Lync 2013 does not display telephone…

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Lync Server 2013 2FE + 2BE High Availablity Issue


new uc - niu's uc


  • Why 2 FEs?

Microsoft has clearly said that 2 FE topology is supported, but not recommended. Then why I still chose to deploy such a topology? In a word, the decision-maker made this choice. More considerations, a 3rd FE costs another Lync Server license and more resource, yet Microsoft hasn’t clearly mentioned that it could cause the following unexpected issue.

  • System Topology


Lync Server 2013
Enterprise Edition Pool, FE * 2
BE mirroring, BE01 as Principal, BE02 as Mirroring
Virtual machines on 2 physical hosts

  • HA considerations

Service can continue if any single server downs (FE or BE)
Service can continue if any single physical host downs (#1 or #2)


When testing HA, the following issue occurs:
(Single-server-failure test passed in any case, and physical-host #2-failure test passed as well)
If one FE and the Principal BE fail, even if you fail over BE to Mirroring BE…

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The simplest and lightest shuffling music player for Linux


First, install MPG123, a super simple command-line media player:

aptitude install mpg123

Then fire the following (or save it as a script):

find /path/to/your/mp3/files/ -name '*.mp3' | mpg123 -Z -@ -

Find will pull a list of mp3 files in the specified folder, randomize them, and push them in to mpg123. Control-C will skip tracks and Control-Z will kill.

Props to Daniel Howard for first posting this here

Mapping network folders to Windows Libraries


Say you’ve got a network share with all your music on it. Adding it to a Windows 8 library so you can access it from Windows Music seems like it’ll be simple, right? Well, not quite.

Mapping the network drive and attempting to add it gives you this error: Image

This network location can’t be included because it is not indexed. Well, that’s helpful. Continue reading

HP Touchpad: Muffle System Logging IPKG Error


After the recent 3.0.4 update to HP’s Touchpad, the Muffle System Logging patch was being broken, and was unable to be updated or removed. I found it irritating because I had to manually update all the other patches one by one instead of using the ‘update all’ button.

Here’s how I fixed it:

1. Fire up Preware, and press the drop down option in the top left hand corner of the screen marked Preware.
2. Select Saved Package List. This is a list of all the packages you have installed on your Touchpad.
3. Press the update button to synchronise this list. A notification will appear in the top right to say that the list has been updated successfully.
4. Press the back button to get back to the main screen of Preware. Tap in the search area at the top and search for Emergency.
5. In the returned list of packages, tap “Emergency Patch Recovery” and select Install. This patch will remove all custom Preware patches and updates, then ask you to reboot your Touchpad.
6. When your Touchpad starts up again, all your patches will be goneski. Not to worry, though – you don’t have to reinstall everything manually since you updated your patch list earlier.
7. Fire up Preware and select Saved Package List again.
8. Press Install All. Preware will reinstall all your patches and ask you to restart Luna.

You should now be able to install the new version of Muffle System Logging.

This is why it’s worth learning about advertising


A lot of people are asking what Apple’s target market is, and how they’re going to sell this iPad. These people are all stupid. Apple has told us exactly how they’re going to sell it.


Our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price.

Bam! That’s their selling point! Somebody gets paid lots of money to write that sentence, and they earn it all, because that sentence will sell several billion of these things.

Geeks are getting pissed off because this isn’t a real computer/doesn’t run OS X/doesn’t have XYZ/is a glorified iPod touch. This is because geeks know nothing about advertising, which is another way of saying they don’t know how people work. Admen get paid to understand the entire planet and to synthesize it all into a sentence. So when you look at Apple’s advertising, you know that this isn’t just empty speech. Apple has figured out what the entire world wants and it is magic and revolution. That’s how they’re selling it. They figure the only people who won’t want an iPad are people who don’t like magic.

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All moved in (again)


A little while ago I decided to move my blog from my home linux server to a Rackspace cloud server so that my frequent meddling with my home server wouldn’t keep bringing my site down.

But today I decided that the easy-peasiest way for me to host this site would be to go full circle and move it back to with a custom domain.

For anyone who’s considering moving a self-hosted wordpress blog back to, the process is pretty simple.

Create a new blog on, then use the import/export functionality to dump all the stories out of your old blog and import them into the new one. It’ll even bring across the pictures you uploaded and store them in your new storage space.

Then once you’ve got it looking right, click “Upgrades” and select to map your domain. You’ll need to have access to the DNS settings of your domain so you can point the nameservers to, but it’s a relatively simple process and there’s a stack of howtos available.

Now all I have to do is figure out what to do with my Wiki.

Snow Leopard on Non-Apple Hardware


Building a hackintosh, an Apple computer which uses off-the-shelf hardware, can be a pretty daunting task. In the past I’ve struggled with confusing walk-throughs, been frustrated with shitty custom builds of OSX and generally thrown in the towel after about 4 hours of abject failure.

But all that changed when I found this article.

All you’ll need is something reasonably modern – in my case it was the following hardware:

  • Gigabyte X48-DS4 Motherboard
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 3.2GHz
  • 4Gb of DDR2-800 RAM
  • Samsung F1 Spinpoint 1Tb

I also didn’t have a large enough USB memory stick, so instead I used an 80Gb 2.5″ hard disk and an IDE to USB adaptor. If your motherboard is able to boot from a USB key, it should be able to boot from one of these too.

Following the guide is relatively easy, but there is one step which was missed (at least in my case), and that’s the installation of Chameleon on your hard disk once you’ve finished the install. Unless you want to keep your USB key permanently plugged in to your system, I’d suggest you go through the boot installer steps again once you’ve finished and use the ID of your main hard disk.