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Group Text is free

I downloaded a Groupme app today so I can send a group message (group texting) to my kids. Whenever I send them a message, they will instantly receive it and give me updates. I am their Central Command, to get update from everyone and keep them in touch. I'm only using the Group Messaging, though they have added features such as Conference Call, Location, and Photo Sharing.

How to use it?
Download the app from Apple website.Start a Group, it will send a confirmation message to verify your phone number.In Setup "How do you want to receive messages?" I selected SMS because I have unlimited text messaging from my mobile service provider AT&T. For Sprint smart phone users, the PUSH should be ok, because it push messages are free and use your data connection. As of writing this post, Sprint data is unlimited.I keep ON for Save Groups to Contacts, and Off for Sync Contacts. I may change this option if needed in the future.Put check on "I agree to the Terms of Service an…

Troubleshooting account lockout.

It's been a couple of days searching for answers on how to resolve "frequent account lockout in Active Directory (AD)". If you missed the my previous posts, here's the links:
1st post - http://www.whaddya.com/2011/09/frequent-account-lockout-in-active.html
2nd post - http://www.whaddya.com/2011/09/windows-needs-your-credentials.html

Today I will try this post on how to Troubleshoot Account Lockout courtesy by Microsoft Technet.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc773155%28WS.10).aspx

I started my Active Directory Users and Computer, right click on my AD domain (for ex. whaddya.com), then Properties. Click the Group Policy tab, select the Default Domain Policy, click Properties.

In Group Policy Object Editor, collapse Windows Settings, Security Settings, Account Policies, then click on Account Lockout, and change Account Lockout threshold from 3 to 50. You need to come back here and change it to 3 after your troubleshooting.

Save the policy.

In AD server comman…

Windows needs your credentials

Getting issue with one of my Windows Pro 7 user prompting to enter the network credentials. Here's the message.


"Please lock this computer, then unlock it using your most recent password or smart card."


When I lock this computer, enter the new password. The user account is immediately lockout. 
I also tried to logoff, and login back same issue - lockout. I need to unlock the account from the Active Directory, but the account will be lock out again later.


This post is the continuation of "Frequent Account Lockout in Active Directory", still no luck resolving this issue.

Troubleshooting:
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I found this post in Microsoft Technet (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd560670%28WS.10%29.aspx)

"Run gpedit.msc
Expand “Local Computer Policy” > “Computer Configuration” > “Windows Settings” > “Security Settings” > “Local Policies” > “Security Options” > “Network security: Configure encryption types allowed for Kerberos”
Double click “Network secur…

U.S. poverty rate rises to 15.1 percent, number of uninsured Americans hits record high

Disturbing news I read today regarding the poverty rate of US is 15.1 percent. Our economy is that bad? Are we heading to a double dip recessions? I hope not.

Here's a short web news from WashingtonPost.com

"The Census Bureau reports the number of Americans in poverty jumped to 15.1 percent in 2010, a 27-year high. About 46.2 million people, or nearly 1 in 6, were in poverty. That’s up from 43.6 million, or 14.3 percent, in 2009. It was the highest level since 1983.

The number of people lacking health insurance increased to 49.9 million, a new high after revisions were made to 2009 figures. Losses were due mostly to working-age Americans who lost employer-provided insurance in the weak economy." (2011, WashingtonPost.com)

Fingerprint image equipments.

Looking for a portable fingerprint scanner? It took a while for me to find this link so I have to share the URL link to you as well. This is the FBI's approved listing of fingerprint image equipment.https://www.fbibiospecs.org/IAFIS/default.aspx

The minimum requirements are Live-Scan (Tenprint) System which accepts rolled scans that collects all tenprint   elements.
I hope it save you time searching the Internet for Fingerprint image equipment.

Kontera for Publishers

I decided not to use Kontera for Publishers due to a low results in revenue despite sending them 50K- 100K traffic every quarter. I think it's time to move on, and look for other opportunity.

As of now, this blog is using Adsense, Amazon affiliates, and small direct advertisers. If you have any suggestions for alternative revenue, please let me know.

Thank you.

Bidding at eBay

It's been years since the last time I used eBay Auction. I saw one item today, and I'm very interested to bid so I rush in to log-in. I forgot, I configured my account using two-factor authentication to provide a much better security. I've spent an hour looking for my security card key that I bought from Paypal years ago. This will give me 6 digits (new every 60 seconds) as part of authenticating my log-in credentials.

I got in, now bidding time. Hopefully I'll get the item.

I checked first how many interested party would like to have this item, more than 50 bids already at $2312. So I place my bid for $2500, immediately I'm out bid by another bidder.

I know the proxy bidding works, where they bid with the maximum reserve budget. For example, Mary is the last bidder for $100, John out bid Mary after placing $110 bid (assuming $10 is the increment). You will see John (using his auction alias name). And John place his proxy bid to $1000 maximum budget.

Another bidder…

European stocks drop on debt concerns

While we are enjoying our weekend, and Monday Labor holiday. The European stocks tumbled, and tomorrow will create a domino effect in the US stocks.

"European stocks tumbled Monday, with the Stoxx Europe 600 Index posting its biggest two-day drop since March 2009 on investor speculation that support for bailing out Europe’s indebted nations may fade.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index lost 4 percent to 223.86 at the 4:30 p.m. close in London, following Friday's 2.4 percent plunge off of a worse-than-forecast U.S. jobs report. The U.K.’s FTSE 100 Index dropped 3.6 percent and France’s CAC 40 Index lost 4.7 percent." (2011, WashingtonPost.com)

Frequent Account Lockout in Active Directory

I have a user in Windows Pro 7, and Windows Server 2003 environment that is frequently account locked out. I tried many different scenarios to resolve this account lockout issue, from resetting his password, changing a new password, remove and re-join the domain, rebooting the workstation and active directory servers.

I tried to use the command prompt utility to run "rundll32.exe keymgrdll, KRShowKeyMgr" (case sensitive) to delete the account in Windows 7 password cache, and still no luck.

Still searching for answer ... Let me know if you encounter a similar issue in Windows Pro 7 and Windows Server 2003.

Continue reading updated post here:
http://www.whaddya.com/2011/09/windows-needs-your-credentials.html