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Reddit’s Place

I just read a really cool story about Place on Reddit.  Check it out here:



VMware Esxi – Mounted ISO won’t boot “Operating System not Found” (Everything is set correctly)

I recently had an issue with a VM on Esxi 5.5 that seemed to have the MBR (master boot record) messed up.  For whatever reason when it was rebooted it kept saying “Operating System Not Found”.  What I wanted to do is to boot the VM with an ISO image of the operating system and get to the command prompt to use DiskPart to make the correct partition active.  None-the-less I shut down the VM went to edit settings and pointed the CDROM to an ISO on the datastore.  In this particular case the datastore was local storage.  I checked the Connect at Power On and Connected boxes at the top of that window and then went to the next tab and set the boot options to force the VM into the Bios on the next boot.  I then booted into the bios and confirmed that the CDROM was at the top of the boot order and not below the hard drive.  Saved and Exited the bios.  At that point I assumed I’d be on my way.

Guess what?  This post wouldn’t be here if that was the case.  What followed was a boatload of reading posts from people that didn’t know how to properly mount an iso and  people explaining how to properly do it.  Every few posts I’d see someone saying, I know how to do all that and it’s all right but it’s still not working.  I could relate to them, because that was my case.  Nothing I did could get this thing to boot to that ISO.  I tried all kinds of stuff.  At the end of the day I didn’t want to rebuild this VM because there was a bunch of stuff on there that I really didn’t want to have to re-setup.  So the hunt was on.  Unfortunately the company I was working with didn’t have tech support from VMware….bummer.  I tried mounting the ISO to a new VM and whala it booted right up.  Tried to compare all the settings on the vm, tried to clone my vm, tried to upgrade my vm, tried cussing at my vm…none of it worked.

Ultimately I was in the bios of the VM for the millionth time and I noticed that the Primary Master didn’t have anything listed on the first page.  For whatever reason I remembered back to when you had to set the IDE to what kind of device was on it.  I figured at this point I’d try anything.  I set it to CDROM.  Saved and Exited.  It booted right into the ISO!!!

I can say I have never had to do this before in all of my experience with VMware.  Who knows if it’s some sort of bug, or just crappy luck.  Either way I hope this helps someone else from not having to go through what I did.

If you need to know how to do the DiskPart here is what I did:


  1. Boot to the ISO of the OS select recovery then run the Command Prompt

  2. Start DISKPART by running the following command: diskpart

  3. DISKPART will start and you will be at the “DISKPART>” prompt.

  4. List the drives by running the following command: list disk

  5. The installed drives will be listed, starting with Disk 0. In most cases, Disk 0 is the booting drive and also the drive containing the booting partition. You need to select the drive that contains the partition which needs to be set active. In this example, that is Disk 0.  I removed any other drives from my VM before this just so I didn’t accidentally choose the wrong one. Select the appropriate drive by running the following command: select disk 0

  6. The next step is to select the partition. To see the list of partitions on the drive, run the following command: list partition

  7. Select the partition which needs to be set active. In this example, Partition 1 is the desired partition.  In Windows Server 2008 R2 you want to select the small partition that is around 100mb.  select partition 1

  8. Set the selected partition active by running the following command: active

  9. Finally, exit DISKPART: exit


Ride a Backwards Bike?

This video was just way too cool not to post on my blog.  As many of you know I’m an avid mountain biker so this was a lot of fun for me to watch.



2015 Cannondale Prophet

I decided that after a year of riding the white XL Cannondale Prophet that I built it was time to go back to a Large frame. The xl didn’t really do much for me. At the end of the day I think from my BMX years that I prefer a smaller frame than what may be sized for me. I ended up buying a Large 2005 Cannondale Prophet 1000. The frame was in good shape and the bike came with a seat dropper and a carbon lefty. In my opinion it was a freaking steal. I was surprised the guy let it go for $500. The seat dropper alone is more than half that price.

None-the-less I ended up getting this one powder coated at a place in West Sacramento called “All American Powder Coating” They did a great job and helped search around to find the color I wanted without costing me $500. I ended up paying $310 to get it done.

I decided to go 1×10 and used a 38T chain ring up front. I was hesitant to do this but have successfully done a few rides with it so am over my anxiety about it possibly being too hard to climb with. I did purchase a OneUp conversion kit for the rear cassette so I have a 42T in the rear to make climbing a little easier. Aside from not being completely stoked about having to run the bike in XC mode with the 650b wheels I’m really happy with the bike.

Here is what I have on the bike:

Frame: 2005 Cannondale Prophet 1000 Size Large
Fork: Carbon Lefty Max 140– Menden Upgraded to PBR Lockout
Rear Shock: 7.875″ Eye to Eye w/ 2 inch stroke, Fox Float CTD Boost Valve w/Trail Adjust
Headset: Stock – Cannondale HeadShok Si
Stem: Stock – Cannondale Holy HeadShok
Seatpost: LEV Dropper
Seat: WTB Pure V SLT
Bottom Bracket: RaceFace
Crank: RaceFace Evolve SS 175mm
Chainring: RaceFace 38T
Pedals: Shimano XTR
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT RD-M786 Shadow
Cassette: Shimano XT CS-M771 10 speed 11/36T & OneUP 42T conversion kit
Chain: SRAM 10 speed hollow pin
Brakes & Levers: Shimano XT BR-785 & BL-785
Brake Rotors: Shimano XT Ice Tech SM-RT86 V2 6 Bolt Disc Rotor – 180mm
Handlebars: Chinese Carbon
Shifter: Shimano XT SL-M780 10 Speed Shifter
Grips: Oury Lock on
Bar Ends: Cane Creek Ergon Control 2
Rims: Stan’s ZTR Flow EX 650b” 32 Hole
Hubs: Circus Monkey 32 Hole, 135mm QR
Quick Release: Crank Brothers Split
Tires: Maxxis High Roller II 2.35


Basejumper Fail

I’ve watched this video so many times and it still hurts.  I keep ending up bringing it up in conversation and having to search for it again.  So this time I’m posting it here so I can find it.  This is just insane to watch.



Cliff Strike 11/24/2013 from Subterminallyill on Vimeo.


Impressive Way to Live


Cool Shit for Websites

A Facebook friend posted this link to this site:  I was scrolling through some of the posts on there and I ran into this page which was pretty cool to me. I like that it’s such an easy way to pick a color and see how the browser is going to render it as well.  The problem with swatches on some hex sites is that it may look good in a little 1×1 square but it overwhelming or gaudy when you are using it as a background color or something.  So go check this site out:  If you click the screen it will lock that color on part of the screen so you can create a pallet to work with as well.  Super impressive.


How to be a Mountain Biker

For the most part this is pretty damn funny. I thought a little bit of it was a little hipster like the whole coffee/craft beer thing. But I’ll take it for what it is:


Senior Discounts

I ran into this list today. I thought it may be helpful knowledge for some of the others our there in the cyberworld.

Applebee’s: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby’s: 10% off ( 55 +)
Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off (60+)
Bennigan’s: discount varies by location (60+)
Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee ( 55+)
Chili’s: 10% off ( 55+)
CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members ( 55 +)
Dunkin’ Donuts: 10% off or free coffee ( 55+)
Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker’s: 10% off any senior platter ( 55+)
Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: 10% off ( 55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off ( 55+)
KFC: free small drink with any meal ( 55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off ( 50+)
Long John Silver’s: various discounts at locations ( 55+)
McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday ( 55+)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Shoney’s: 10% off
Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday ( 50+)
Subway: 10% off (60+)
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)
Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off ( 55+)
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off ( 50+)
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
Wendy’s: 10% off ( 55 +)
Whataburger: 10% off (62+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+) This is for me … if I ever see one again.

Banana Republic: 30% off ( 50 +)
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month ( 50 +)
Belk’s: 15% off first Tuesday of every month ( 55 +)
Big Lots: 30% off
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days ( 55 +)
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (50+)
Clarks : 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn: 20% off ( 55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kmart: 40% off (Wednesdays only) ( 50+)
Kohl’s: 15% off (60+)Modell’s Sporting Goods: 30% off
Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday ( 55+)
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off ( 55+)
Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month ( 55 +)

Albertson’s: 10% off first Wednesday of each month ( 55 +)
American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday ( 50 +)
Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)
Food Lion: 60% off every Monday (60+)
Fry’s Supermarket: free Fry’s VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday ( 55 +)
Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)
Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)
Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday ( 50 +)
Publix: 15% off every Wednesday ( 55 +)
Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
Uncle Guiseppe’s Marketplace: 15% off (62+)

Alaska Airlines: 50% off (65+)
American Airlines: various discounts for 50% off non-peak periods (Tuesdays – Thursdays) (62+)and up (call before booking for discount)
Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations
Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Amtrak: 15% off (62+)
Greyhound: 15% off (62+)
Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50+

Car Rental:
Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members
Budget Rental Cars: 40% off; up to 50% off for AARP members ( 50+)
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off ( 50+) Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members
National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members

Overnight Accommodations:
Holiday Inn: 20-40% off depending on location (62+)
Best Western: 40% off (55+)
Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Waldorf Astoria – NYC $5,000 off nightly rate for Presidential Suite (55 +)
Clarion Motels: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Econo Lodge: 40% off (60+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: 40% off when booked 72 hours in advance
Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)
Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler’s Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)
Marriott Hotels: 25% off (62+)
Motel 6: Stay Free Sunday nights (60+)
Myrtle Beach Resort: 30% off ( 55 +)
Quality Inn: 40%-50% off (60+)
Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 40% off (60+)

AMC Theaters: up to 30% off ( 55 +)
Bally Total Fitness: $100 off memberships (62+)
Busch Gardens Tampa, FL: $13 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)
Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off
Massage Envy – NYC 20% off all “Happy Endings” (62 +)
U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
Regal Cinemas: 50% off Ripley’s Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket ( 55 +)
SeaWorld, Orlando , FL : $3 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)

AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $19.99/month (65+)
Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service ( 50 +)
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+).

Great Clips: $8 off hair cuts (60+)
Supercuts: $8 off haircuts (60+)


Inserting/Embedding YouTube into PowerPoint – Won’t Play

I just ran into a real PITA trying to find this answer on google so I figured I’d repost what I found.  Basically when you try to go to insert>video>from a website in PowerPoint 2010 you will get and error if you are using the new code that youtube gives you if you right click the video and select copy embed code.  For example by doing that you will get something like this:

<iframe src="" height="360" width="640" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></iframe>

However you need to go to the Share link and Embed, then select “Use old embed code” like the image below:


youtube embed













Sooooo after doing this you used to be able to paste that code into the popup box for embedding in PowerPoint as described here:

However the code has changed on YouTube and it doesn’t work so easily anymore.  Basically you need to change 2 things in the code that you have copied.


<object width="560" height="315" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase=",0,40,0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="//;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><embed width="560" height="315" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="//;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" allowFullScreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" /></object>


If you look there are two parts that say Version 3. I changed them to 2. Also the link to the video which is in there twice starts with // what needs to be there is Http:// So for example your code will look like this:


<object width="560" height="315" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase=",0,40,0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value=";hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><embed width="560" height="315" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src=";hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" allowFullScreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" /></object>