Share The Orange – Alzheimer’s Research

Like many of you around the world, I have seen the life of a loved one devastated by dementia. This person was my grandmother. As a kid, I too thought this was a part of someone getting believing that dementia is a part of aging and there is nothing that can be done.

That’s why I am asking you to help Alzheimer’s Research UK change this.

All you need to do is share the orange.

You see, it all starts and ends with the brain.

Everything we are, everything we were, everything we ever will be is held inside these precious cells. Your childhood, your friendships, your first love, your truest love, your most special day, your family, your hopes and dreams for them and when they have families of their own. All of your experiences, moment and precious memory’s you share together.

So if the brain is at risk, everything we are is at risk.

Dementia is caused by disease, most commonly altimeters. It physically destroys cells, breaking connections that shape our abilities, our relationships, ourselves.

In fact, the destruction of Alzheimer’s can leave a brain weighing 140 grams less than a healthy one. That is about the weight on an orange.

But this shows us that altimeters is a physical disease we can fight. Research has already made great breakthrough’s in other diseases like cancers and aids and with your support Alzheimer’s Research UK will breakthrough ageists dementia.

So please share this film, share the orange.


Find out more –

YouTube Links – Please watch and share


VMware, Windows 10 Customization Specification Not Completing

Here are details of my setup – in fact, I started over from scratch to document my steps.
This seems to be a new problem occurring with Windows 10, version 1709


Install of new VMware guest for the purpose of being a template

  1. Create new VM, named it windows_10_enterprise_version_1703
  2. Remove floppy drive
  3. Uncheck networking (for install)
  4. Mount ISO and enable, click OK to save settings

Install of OS on the guest virtual machine

  1. Boot newly created VM (windows_10_enterprise_version_1703)
  2. Step through the installation until completion
  3. Complete language settings to arrive at Windows desktop
  4. Enable the ‘Administrator’ account as its disabled by default
  5. Log out of installation user (the account I named ‘install’)
  6. Log into the ‘Administrator’ account
  7. Enter control panel, user and delete the ‘install’ user account.
  8. Install VMWare tools, Reboot once
  9. Shutdown


Prepare VM to be a template

  1. Edit the VM settings
  2. Connect networking
  3. Disconnect CD Drive
  4. Click OK
  5. Convert VM to a Template


Customization Specification Setup

  1. Create new specification, (I named mine Windows Desktop – DHCP)
  2. Applied registration information
  3. Computer Name – Use the virtual machine name
  4. Windows License – Left this blank (unchecked include server licensing information)
  5. Administrator Password – Set password, choose the option to automatically login as Administrator
  6. Time Zone – Set my desired time zone
  7. Run Once – Left this blank (blank for now, later intend on applying KMS details)
  8. Network – Use standard network setting (DHCP)
  9. Workgroup or Domain – For now just Workgroup and left workgroup name as ‘WORKGROUP’
  10. Operating System Options – Generate New Security ID (SID)
  11. Ready to complete – Clicked OK

Deploying template

  1. Right-click on the template – New VM from the template
  2. Gave a simple name – TEST01
  3. Selected Datacenter, Selected Cluster
  4. Selected Storage
  5. Selected Options (Customize VM) and (Power on the virtual machine after creation)
  6. Selected ‘Windows Desktop – DHCP’ from customized guest OS options
  7. Clicked Next, then Finish and wait …


Where things get stuck

  1. After the first boot, the guest gets an IP address from the network
  2. Customization starts in the background and system reboots
  3. When the system resumes I arrive at the following screen
  4. The system customization never completes, and I find my VM’s stuck at the “Let’s start with region …” screen

And, I’ll update this as soon as I find a solution, but for now…  I’m stuck

Log Shared via Pastebin:


Update: March 18, 2018

I’ve had others also test this using the latest ISO for Windows 10 – en_windows_10_enterprise_version_1703_updated_march_2017_x86_dvd, they too now encounter this same issue.  So the problem seems to be with the build of Windows 10 that was released.

I am going to download another build from MSDN and see if there is a change.


Update: March 19, 2018

I was able to get this working by way of reinstalling Windows 10 using the following ISO build: en_windows_10_multi-edition_vl_version_1709_updated_sept_2017_x64_dvd

Was even able to apply Windows updates and redeploy without error.


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), General Definitions

Personal Data: Broadly defined as any data element(s) that can directly or indirectly identify an individual. Examples include: name, e-mail address, government identifiers (such as a passport or Social Security Number/Social Insurance Number), credit card information, and biometric data (such as fingerprints). It can also include any records associated with or linked to such personal information, such as medical diagnoses, purchase histories, browser cookies, etc. Please note: we are also concerned with data that falls into a more “sensitive” subcategory which requires a higher standard of protection and legal justification to process. These sensitive data elements, which are defined in some laws, include: religious beliefs, political opinions, race, ethnicity, union membership, sexual life, any health-related information including biometric or genetic data, information about criminal/civil offenses, financial information (such as credit card numbers), geo-location information, and any other data which would present a potential risk to security or personal safety if that information was misused.

Third Party: Third party, in relation to Personal Data, means any person other than the individual described by the data (the “Data Subject”), or the Company. For purposes of this survey, Third Parties will usually include vendors, service providers, or any other entity involved in gathering, processing, or storing the data in question, affiliates, and any entity not under your Company’s legal structure. When in doubt, please provide the name of any other entity involved and we can confirm with the legal department the precise status of the business/organizational relationship.

Anonymization/Pseudonymization: Process by which Personal Data is irreversibly altered in such a way that it cannot longer be identified directly or indirectly, or assigned an identifier that is disconnected from the data subject’s identity (such as a random code number)

Biometric Data: A category of Personal Data resulting from specific technical processing relating to the physical, physiological or behavioral characteristics of a natural person, which allow or confirm the unique identification of that natural person, such as facial images or fingerprint data

Health Data: A category of Personal Data related to the physical or mental health of a natural person, including the provision of health care services, which reveal information about his or her health status

Genetic Data: A category of Personal Data relating to the inherited or acquired genetic characteristics of a natural person which give unique information about the physiology or the health of that natural person and which result, in particular, from an analysis of a biological sample from the natural person in question, e.g., DNA reports

Processing: For purposes of this survey, “processing” of data includes any operation or set of operations which is performed on any Personal Data, whether or not by automated means; this can include collection, recording, organization, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction

Profiling: Any form of automated processing in which Personal Data may be used to evaluate certain personal attributes or behavioral aspects relating to a natural person, in particular to analyze or predict aspects concerning that natural person’s performance at work, economic situation (including creditworthiness), health or lifestyle choices, personal preferences, interests, assessments of personal character or reliability, behavior, location or movements

There is no Internet connection, and what my son taught me

This weekend we had a few internet connection issues at home.  As the in-house IT guy, I had a natural obligation to fix the issue right away. After all, my wife, son and his two sisters needed their connections restored.

I worked to diagnose the issue and later resolve it.

It was about 30 minutes after the network was restored I noticed that my son was on his laptop and chrome was on a page that looked like what one would expect if the network connection was lost.  This wasn’t the case.  In fact, this was intentional, he had discovered a game of sorts in the chrome browser.  This game involves a T-Rex that is running across the screen where you the player jump over objects, later ducking under objects also.

To activate the game:  Just press the space-bar or the up arrow key and the game begins. I like to give a big thanks to my son for teaching me something very interesting and fun.


So what was it that my son taught me?

It wasn’t the game specifically but more so how a non-ideal situation can allow for the possibility to be innovative and make the best of what you have and to always have a little fun.

Thanks, AJ, Love Dad


Help me raise life-saving donations w/ American Heart Association

Hello Friends, there is 24 hours on the clock and my son has surpassed his original goal with help from others.

I am asking those of you who haven’t had a chance to donate to pitch in on this noteworthy cause.
Because together we can make a difference.

AJ has done an excellent job in spreading awareness and I am proud of his diligence and drive to continue past his goal.
Here is a little YouTube video we recorded earlier this month:

We’ve come a long way from when we started and with your support, I believe we can go further.

Donation Link:




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