Archive for August, 2015



   Posted by: John    in Computer and Network

After a couple years of threatening, I have finally done it. I have upgraded the server and blog platform. The old 32 bit Web Server 2008 is done. That server was in place starting in about 2008 and has performed well. It made it 7 years without any major issues. It started off on a crummy old PC, was moved to a old Dl360 G2 server, and finally converted into a VMWare system in 2011.  As much as I dislike Vista, the server component was stable and ran without problems all that time.

Now, I have it running on a 2012R2 platform. In the process, WordPress was updated from version 2.9 to version 4.3. This was not a very easy project. I had issues getting WordPress installed and working on the new server. I finally found a site that had good setup information that resolved issues in IIS.  I had to update WordPress on the old server before I could move it. But, it’s up and running now. 4 CPU cores and 4 GB RAM have seemed to work wonders on it. It is responsive and works beautifully.

Now I don’t have any excuses…I should be putting lots of stuff on here!


Color Changing Fool

   Posted by: John    in Projects

Kristen wanted to have the color of her bedroom changed. It was the same brown color the rest of the house was and, while a nice color, was a bit much in a smaller bedroom. I brought home a variety of color chips and she picked out a couple she liked.

I actually did the work on the weekend of 7/25-26, but held off posting this until after she came home from California. This was supposed to be a surprise.

The goal was to give the room a brighter look and feel. It is a nice room with a vaulted ceiling. It is not a large bedroom, perhaps 11′ x 11′, with the closet of course.  Like so many other projects, I never seem to take before pictures. The after pictures, though are pretty amazing.

Note that I have not cleaned the carpet.

Closet doors and walls

Bedroom door and wall

Windows with new covering

The window originally had a pink covering over it, but pink would not have looked good in the room at all. The white sets off the window nicely and makes the darker blue trim stand out.

I do not have a picture of it, but the ceiling light fixture was originally a brown color, with some pattern on it. This would have looked awful. So, I got a can of dark semi-gloss spray paint and painted the metal parts. It turned out awesome and looks real good.


More Paint

   Posted by: John    in Projects

The paint has been so successful in areas of the house that I decided to keep on going in various areas. So far it has been a lot of fun and really made a difference.

This time I decided to do something in the master bathroom. The area where the sinks are is separate from the shower/toilet area. The counter and sinks are inset into the wall so it forms a sort-of alcove.  It was painted the same dark brown the rest of the house is.  I changed just that area to the lighter color and it made a huge impact in how bright and open the sink area is.

Bathroom sink area

Bathroom sink area

I made the comment to Laura that this lighter color has not become “old” in that every place I have put this color it has enhanced the room dramatically.

As a funny side note, while we were waiting at Home Depot for some different paint to be mixed up, we were looking at colors for the outside of the house.  One of the colors we picked is this same color. We have not decided if it would be a main or a trim color, but we both like it a lot.

Anyway, there are a couple more places I am going to put this color in the house. Not big areas, but the goal is to make the rooms brighter, happier and give some character to the place. So far that goal has been met and surpassed.