Senior IT Support Manager at UNT CAS and has been a professional in IT for over 20 years. He love his family, likes his motorcycle, and figures IT out!

Google Sites – 403 Error

Just added another customer to Google Apps and for some reason their Google Sites page displayed a Forbidden message.  I initially thought it was simply some issue with DNS resolution.  A couple days later when it persisted, I opted to do a little more digging (since DNS issues should self resolve after 24 hours ~max).  I noticed that when I browsed to their Sites admin page (, there was a Forbidden message there as well (meaning it was never DNS related). The Fix Since I had just set-up Google Sites and only created a single site, without any configuration … I opted to uninstall Google Sites and re-install it.  The hope was that this would reset whatever settings got out of whack on the system.   The Result It worked! The Downside I lost my one created, but un-configured site.  This was not detrimental to me, but may be to you if you’ve been using Google Sites for several years and have a lot of content created. The How Login: with your Google Apps admin account. Click the Settings tab. Click Sites from the Services list. Click Uninstall Sites under the Uninstall service section of the General tab. Follow the onscreen prompts … Note:  Please don’t ask me how to get rid of the 403 error without uninstalling Google sites!  At this point, I don’t know and have not had the desire/need to find out.

Win7 Handy RunAs Shortcut

Maybe I’m just late in the game on this one, but I thought I would share this incredibly useful Win7 shortcut when running things as a different user. This really only applies when you’re on a Win7 computer bound to a domain, but read on and enjoy … When running something as a different user in Win7, you are prompted, as shown: Well, normally if I wanted to run something as my local Admin account, I would have to specify my Computer Name, as shown: (Notice, this causes the Domain to automatically change.) This is fine and dandy, but I was messing around last night and was a little annoyed cause I couldn’t remember my Computer Name off the top of my head. I actually was just goofing around and discovered that Win7 understands dot (.) syntax, as shown: Maybe all the VB scripting that I’ve been doing lately played a part in this discovery. Either way, it’s going to save me a lot of time in the future! I hope you all find it equally as useful! For those who think that just typing Administrator will do the trick… Not when the Domain is specified (because you’re logged into a domain user) like in the previous images. If you do that, it’ll go for DomainAdministrator, possibly resulting in the following response: Note: I did check in XP SP3 and it does NOT work. I have not tried Vista. Also, Computer Names and Domains in the screenshots have been changed to protect the innocent.Demonstrated on: Win7 Enterprise 64 bit

iPhone Mail “Send As” Settings

I have an iPhone and love it, except for the fact that it’s very user friendly. What do I mean? I’m more of a technical user with computers. The fact that the iPhone is so easy to use, makes it hard to do slightly more technical stuff. Some trivial email things that frustrate me: No Custom Email Signatures per Account  Solved! No integrated Exchange Task Sync  Solved! Inability to Send As another email account, on the fly.  Solved! Well, I’ve finally found the solution for the last option. I’ve been digging around the internet for a while and read some things that led me to the right solution. I was able to get my IMAP configured to send as any of the many email accounts that I dump into that account. This is fantastic because (among other things) I’m a student at UNT. When I reply to my Student related emails, I do not necessarily want my Teachers to have my personal email address. Now, I can reply from my iPhone with confidence. Hope this helps you all out as much as it has helped me out! Cheers! Configuring Send As for iPhone IMAP accounts Note: This DOES include GMail, since that’s actually the service I’m IMAP’ing to. From your iPhone: Configure your IMAP AccountNote: There’s plenty of help online with this, so I’ll focus on the task at hand. The rest of this instruction set assumes that your IMAP account is configured. These instructions are NOT guaranteed or even likely to work in any account (i.e.: POP, Gmail IMAP), except an IMAP account. The settings are slightly different in each. The funny thing is, even GMail suggests that you use regular IMAP setting when you are configuring your iPhone or iPod Touch to connect to a GMail account. Go to: Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars Select your IMAP account to edit your IMAP settings, as shown: Type a Comma (,) in the IMAP Account Information > Description field Select the Comma that you just Typed, as shown: Select Cut, to remove the Comma (,) from the Description field and store the Comma (,) in your clip board. Place the cursor at the end of the IMAP Account Information > Address field, as shown: Select Paste, to place the Comma (,) from your clipboard into the field, as shown: Type in your Send As email address after the comma (no space is required), as shown: Press the Home Button Open Mail Compose a Message Tap the Cc/Bcc, From: line Select the From: line and you will see both emails that you opted to Send As, as shown: Note: I currently have three email addresses set up. I have not tested to see how large the field can get Demonstrated on iPhone OS 3.1.2 (7D11).Currently have this working on iPhone OS 3.1.3 (7E18).Still working on iPhone OS 4.2.1 (8C148a).Still working on iPhone OS 5.1.1 (9B206).Still working on iPhone OS 6.0 (10A403). AKA: “How to Set Up Multiple From Addresses with an iPhone Mail Account”

E-mail Aliases

For a while, I’ve been creating an email alias for every site that I have to create an account for.

WirelessSNK Clicker

The WirelessSNK Clicker is my solution to a deployment issue. I needed to automate the configuration of a wireless network.