New Features and Pages!

In preparation for a few new series of posts, last night I made a some changes to the site and added a few pages. After trying to make a few new themes work, I decided to keep it simple for now and stay with the current theme. Check out the new pages below, or at the top of the page. On a mobile device? Hit the “Menu” button!

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Ditch the HDMI Cable and Stream Your Movies with Plex this Weekend

FirstPlexServer_00_CoverLike most folks, I like streaming movies and TV shows from Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and a few other places instead of subscribing to cable TV. When I want to watch something in the living room, I use an older Roku set-top box to access most of the content I want to watch. Sometimes, however, I want to watch video files from other sources, usually in formats not natively supported by my Roku. In these cases, my usual streaming services don’t have the content available, leaving me two choices: watching on one of my computers, or plugging an HDMI cable in to my laptop and watching from my TV that way. For occasional viewing, that’s an alright option, but why not find something better? After all, I’d love to be able to use my laptop for something more than just streaming a video.

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Installing Ubuntu 16.04 On A Hyper-V VM (The Long Way)

Install_Ubuntu_Server_00As is common in when learning or trying new things, sometimes you end up doing things the long way. In this case, I most definitely did. Being a little new to Ubuntu 16.04, I decided midway through the install of the server version that I wanted to use the desktop version. Rather than stop, download a slightly larger .iso file and install over the existing version of Ubuntu, I forged on, taking far longer than I needed to. Below, I’ll include links to both the server and desktop (GUI) versions of Ubuntu 16.04.

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Creating Your First Hyper-V VM

Now that Hyper-V has been set up, we can create a VM or two and start taking advantage of the benefits of virtualization. This first VM will be created using the .iso file for Ubuntu Server 16.04.1, but you can use just about anything you’d like, especially Windows OSs. Keep in mind that VMs, like any other OS installation, will require that you license your products, own keys, install updates, etc. I’ll be using Ubuntu to start, but later I plan on expanding to some other OSs. Let’s get started!

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Enabling and Configuring Hyper-V Manager on Windows 10

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I’ve used a few different virtualization platforms, including VirtualBox, Windows Virtual PC, and Parallels for Mac. The first use of VM that I can remember is using VirtualBox on Windows XP to log in to multiple Runescape accounts at once. There were probably smarter ways to do what I needed to do, but it was still a fun experience.

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Who Am I, and What Am I Doing With This Website?

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Who am I?

I suppose this is my “Hello World!” post. As suggested by the website’s name, my name is JD Moore. I’m a full-time graduate student pursuing my MBA with a CIS concentration at Texas State University’s McCoy College of Business Administration, and I work at ITAC, Texas State’s help desk, as a member of our Tier III support team. In 2014, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication with a Public Relations emphasis, and a little before that, I decided I didn’t want to leave IT, hence the graduate degree. I’ve worked as a copy editor, answered phone calls as a tier I and tier II tech support rep, got in way over my head working at a MSP and marketing firm, sold popcorn at a movie theater, and bussed tables. In just about every professional position I’ve had, I’ve been able to learn something new every day. I try to say yes to almost every project and role that comes my way, and I love the challenges that comes with it.

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