Diamond Select Knight Rider 1:15 Scale KITT review

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About a year ago I saw an announcement for the upcoming Diamond Select 1/15th scale KITT from Knight Rider. Being a big fan of the 80’s show, I’ve been eagerly awaiting its release ever since. Diamond Select has been giving early looks at the progress and with a few minor exceptions this looked like a pretty fun collectible to add to the toy room.

Last week I stumbled upon one at the local Toys R Us completely by chance and for the most part I’m pretty satisfied with the final product.

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How To: WordPress with IIS7

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How to install WordPress in conjunction with Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS).

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Download and run the WPI installer. In the search box look for WordPress. Select and install WordPress. It will also alert you to any dependencies you need to install as well as offer to install them automatically.

Save the password details as they are random generated.

Log into the WordPress site on the local host and configure the basic options.

Once complete open the IIS console and add a new web site. Set the bindings and page redirects if necessary.

How To: pfSense on VMWare ESXi5 host

This one is really easy for me to write out because I found a great how to guide at pfSense.org.

Here you go: PfSense 2 on VMware ESXi 5

The how to will walk you through the install and setup of a virtual firewall using pfSense and VMWare ESXi5. This will allow for layer 3  routing and firewall capabilities in a vSphere host. Typically a vSphere host is limited to Layer 2 networking.

pfSense is a free, open source software firewall based on a customized FreeBSD distribution. It has many features that you can check out on their respective websites. pfSense installs with minimal resource needs onto a disk or flash media, in the VM example to follow it takes less than 8GB of space and 512Mb of RAM.

I walked through the steps setting up the VMWare host in a previous post, and how to configure a virtual machine in another post. I will assume you already have a host running and a basic understanding of network addressing. If you can configure your home router you should be capable of getting this up and running in no time at all.

How To: VMWare ESXi5 Basic setup

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I’m going to show the quick and easy installation of VMWare’s hypervisor, in this case ESXi5. ESXi5 is the foundation to building a cloud platform. This is a bare metal hypervisor which means it installs directly onto the host machines hardware. You may need to check compatibility but in most instances it will install on any machine so long as the minimum requirements are met. You can find specific answers and helpful links on the VMWare site and elsewhere fully explaining its features. The current FAQ is located here.

Lets get started.

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How To: XBMC for PC (v11 “Eden”)

How to install XBMC for Windows 7 PC

*Setup in v12 Frodo is nearly identical. Skin settings have relocated to appearance, but is otherwise similar enough to not make a new guide.

Alright, now that XBMC v11 “Eden” is out here is the new tutorial:

Download the correct version of XBMC here: xbmc.org
For help and a full documentation see: wiki.xbmc.org

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Ramble: MattyCollector Hoverboard Criticism

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So I stumbled on a discussion about the upcoming MattyCollector Back to the Future Hoverboard toy/prop replica. The short of it is there are a number of complaints regarding the misrepresented accuracy of the final product in relation to the actual “Hero” movie prop. These guys take hoverboard fanaticism to the next level and I really respect that. Some of the stuff is over the top but the attention to detail is staggering. The fans feel misled, rants, ravings, and personal attacks are flying… cats and dogs getting married… People have too much time on their hands and I had an entertaining read as a result.

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I have thoughts on this, even though I have no interest in purchasing one of the official replicas or even a replica replica. Continue reading Ramble: MattyCollector Hoverboard Criticism

Baldinos Jersey Subs

Baldinos is a quality sub shop based out of Georgia. The location I frequent is located off Buford Highway about 1/2 mile outside the perimeter. Today I tried their trademarked cheese steak with everything. It was good, not the best I’ve ever had, but better than most.

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The “cheesesteak with everything” includes cheese, mushrooms, peppers, onions, lettuce, tomato, and oil & vinegar. I’m not typically a fan of the cold sub add-ons but on this sandwich its a must. The bread is baked in-house and is fantastic. If there is a franchise near you I suggest trying it out. The cold subs are some of the best around.

Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs
5697 Buford Hwy.
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 455-8570

See website for additional locations
http://baldinos.us

The experiment continues…