Shane Bartholomeusz

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How to: Repair Hard Disk Health

Some Background …

All modern spinning hard disks and SSD drives contain S.M.A.R.T technology which enables the monitoring of various hard drive parameters, as a means of checking drive health and predicting failure.

Ordinarily, this information isn’t visible to most end users through the OS, you can however access the S.M.A.R.T metrics of your drive using a tool such as SmartMonTools.

SmartMonTools can be used to monitor hard drive health and also to run various built-in hard drive self-test operations…

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CLOC – Count Lines of Code


I recently had the requirement to count the number of lines of code for each application that we maintain.

Obviously I didn't want to do this manually … it would have been way to time consuming … so I began searching for solutions.

While looking around I came across a fantastic command line tool called CLOC (Count Lines of Code) on github. This utility does exactly what it says on the tin – it parses your code file to counts the lines of code.

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ITIL Foundation Exam Study Guide

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ITIL is a well-known and established framework that provides a set of best practices for managing IT services. The ITIL Foundations exam is the entry level exam which aims to provide a general overview of key concepts and terminology of the ITIL framework.

Having just passed the ITIL Foundations Exam I wanted to share my thoughts and tips in this ITIL Foundation exam study guide to help you pass the exam.

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“We cannot discover your Chromecast on the network”


While recently setting up a Google Chromecast (2nd generation) I was unable to successfully complete the setup process.

My Chromecast could not be detected on the network by my devices even though it had successfully connected to my wireless network and I could cast to it through the Youtube Android app.

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Topshelf – Windows Services Done Right

What is Topshelf?

Many of you probably have experienced the pain of debugging Windows Service applications. A nice alternative is Topshelf Windows Services.

Topshelf allows developers to write Windows Services which can operate as regular Console applications. This is a great open source product that deserves more recognition in the community and that's why I decided to write a quick post about it. It makes the overall development experience a much, much better one!

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Loopback Network Adapters

Why use one?There's no place like

In my case I was installing an Oracle database within a self-contained virtual machine environment. I didn't necessarily want to expose it to my local network, though needed to bind it to the local server IP address.

I created a local loopback network adapter on the local machine.  This adapter provided an IP address for the local server even though it wasn't connected to the local network (much like the address).


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Microsoft 70-486 Exam Study Guide

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Hooray, I passed the Microsoft 70-486 exam!

To help others out there I thought I'd share my thoughts and experiences in this blog post.

To be honest … this is probably the most challenging Microsoft exam I've sat so far. I spent a lot of time preparing for the exam (probably because I had limited real-world experience at the time).

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Billion 7300N Modem / Router – Wireless Problem


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Wireless Access Point Not Working

Recently the wireless access point on my Billion 7300N modem / router failed.

Having checked and verified that the wireless settings in the router config were correct. I turned to Google….

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How to Promote Yourself

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A little while ago I started listening to the  .Net Rocks Podcast. For those of you .Net devs not already familiar with it, go check it out now!

Anyway, I was listening to episode 980 with John Sonmez on how to manage your career. John is the founder of

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Microsoft Exam 70-480 Study Guide

Having recently passed the Microsoft 70-480 (Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3) exam I wanted to share my experience and provide some tips to those that are soon planning to sit this exam.

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The 70-480 exam forms part of the MCSD: App Builder certification. The achieve the certification you must pass the following exams.

  • 70-357 – Developing Mobile Apps
  • 70-486 – Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications
  • 70-487 – Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services

The content covered in the 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 exam is as follows. Before attempting to complete the exam you should ensure you have knowledge in these key areas.

Implement and Manipulate Document Structures and Objects (20-25%)
> Create the document structure by using HTML
> Write code that interacts with UI controls
> Apply styling to HTML elements programmatically
> Implement HTML5 APIs
> Establish the scope of objects and variables
> Create and implement objects and methods

Implement Program Flow (25-30%)
> Implement program flow
> Raise and handle an event
> Implement exception handling
> Implement asynchronous programming
> Create a web worker process

Access and Secure Data (25-30%)
> Validate user input by using HTML5 elements
> Validate user input by using JavaScript
> Consume data
> Serialize, deserialize, and transmit data

Use CSS3 in Applications (25-30%)
> Style HTML text properties
> Style HTML box properties
> Create a flexible content layout
> Create an animated and adaptive UI
> Find elements by using CSS selectors and JQuery
> Structure a CSS file by using CSS selectors

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