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Life stuff: Things I’ve learned about dealing with sweat

I’ve acquired some hilarious pairs of oxymoronic genetic traits. My most favourite is probably that I’m built for sports, but sweat like crazy. Like, ridiculous amounts. To the point that my “sweat wicking” t-shirts wet out and end up slowing me down. Thanks, genes?
Anyway, this sweaty-ness is a pain outside of sports too – especially … Read more »

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Building a simple Citrix microapp that shows blog posts from a WordPress RSS feed

Scope

This post will cover how to setup a simple microapp that anyone with access to the Citrix microapps service can build, using public URLs, with no authentication requirements. We’ll be using the RSS integration to talk to a WordPress RSS feed and build a microapp from that.
Here’s roughly how it’ll look in Workspace, when it’s … Read more »

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How to force a Wi-Fi USB adapter on a Synology DiskStation to use 5GHz ac from 2.4GHz

Useful if your SSIDs are identical for 5GHz and 2.4GHz. Having your SSIDs setup like this seems to confuse Synology DSM, and for me it would always connect to the 2.4GHz network.

I had this particular issue where my TP-Link T4U ac wifi adapter for my Synology kept dropping down to using the 2.4GHz network, which … Read more »

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Install Citrix Cloud Connector on Server Core 2016

Scope
This post will provide some quick notes on installing the Citrix Cloud Connector on Server Core 2016.
Conceptual overview

We’re going to take our domain-joined Server Core installation and install the Citrix Cloud Connector on to it.
You can’t simply run the installer from the Server Core UI, because Server Core doesn’t have all the bits required for … Read more »

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Base image automation – download the latest installers for common apps with PowerShell

Overview
Long overdue, and inspired by @xenappblog and @CIT_Bronson, I’m finally documenting this.
In the Citrix RTST environment, we are frequently updating our base images with the latest common apps. To help with this, I cobbled together some scripts that will grab the latest version of apps like Chrome Enterprise, Firefox, VLC, Visual Studio Code, NotePad++, and … Read more »

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It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

Something came up today that made me think about the importance of framing, and how it can be used to influence/persuade to meet your desired outcomes.

It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

It’s very easy to forget this – I do it all the time – but delivery is important. It can mean … Read more »

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Creating a Site to Site Routed VPN using DD-WRT and OpenVPN

Scenario
I needed to setup a site-to-site VPN between my home and my parent’s home, so that we can back up our stuff offsite – mostly documents and precious digital photos.
Requirements

I wanted it to be a proper routed VPN network, not a bridged one. By that I mean an OpenVPN tun setup, not an OpenVPN tap … Read more »

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Ways to make your team better by making them feel safe

I’ll get right to the point: Teams work better when they feel safe. And this one-page PDF from the Re:work team at Google gives clear and actionable things you can do and think about that will help to make your team feel safe. It doesn’t matter if you’re a manager or a team-member; check them … Read more »

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The Secret Citrix SysAdmins – My first Citrix blog post

Hoorah – a year in, and I’ve finally gotten around to writing something about what we do in the RTST team at Citrix.
If you’re curious about what we do, you can read it over on the official Citrix Blogs site:┬áThe Secret Citrix SysAdmins

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Some loose thoughts after 9 months at Citrix

Firstly, where did those 9 months go? Wow.
Back in July 2016, I joined Citrix. Long overdue, I wanted to collect some loose thoughts, so here goes:
Being more Senior is still weird, but good
It is still an odd sensation going from being one of the most junior staff members of a team, to one of the … Read more »

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  • It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

    Something came up today that made me think about the importance of framing, and how it can be used to influence/persuade to meet your desired outcomes.

    It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

    It’s very easy to forget this – I do it all the time – but delivery is important. It can mean … Read more »

  • Creating a Site to Site Routed VPN using DD-WRT and OpenVPN

    Scenario
    I needed to setup a site-to-site VPN between my home and my parent’s home, so that we can back up our stuff offsite – mostly documents and precious digital photos.
    Requirements

    I wanted it to be a proper routed VPN network, not a bridged one. By that I mean an OpenVPN tun setup, not an OpenVPN tap … Read more »

  • Ways to make your team better by making them feel safe

    I’ll get right to the point: Teams work better when they feel safe. And this one-page PDF from the Re:work team at Google gives clear and actionable things you can do and think about that will help to make your team feel safe. It doesn’t matter if you’re a manager or a team-member; check them … Read more »

  • The Secret Citrix SysAdmins – My first Citrix blog post

    Hoorah – a year in, and I’ve finally gotten around to writing something about what we do in the RTST team at Citrix.
    If you’re curious about what we do, you can read it over on the official Citrix Blogs site:┬áThe Secret Citrix SysAdmins

  • Some loose thoughts after 9 months at Citrix

    Firstly, where did those 9 months go? Wow.
    Back in July 2016, I joined Citrix. Long overdue, I wanted to collect some loose thoughts, so here goes:
    Being more Senior is still weird, but good
    It is still an odd sensation going from being one of the most junior staff members of a team, to one of the … Read more »