Novice Fantasy Football

I don’t know how many fantasy football tutorials or how-to’s are out here on the web, I am sure there are many. I don’t plan on this being a how-to or a tutorial, but as I record my novice fantasy football experience you might pick up on a few things that can help you out.



Well my buddy is very much a football person. He lives football, breaths football, eats football, listens to football, sleeps football, and of course watches football. When I ride with him in his car its on some satellite radio football talk station. When we aren’t talking about work or movies, he is talking football. I hang out with him a the time, we even work together, so some football rubbed off I guess. I think the thing that had me pull the trigger was one of the other guys at work, someone who didn’t talk football all the time, said he had been playing fantasy football for a while now with the guys from the group he used to work with. Then shortly after I found that out, I think it was that weekend, I was at my in-laws house … board; so I whipped out my phone and Googled “fantasy football”.


The Start:

Unlike my buddy I watch football when my team is on, Redskins, so I hardly watch based my own urge to watch football. I mostly watch because it has somehow become law that all games of my wife’s team, Cowboys, must be televised or small children will be punished or something. My buddy knows all the major players by name and where he would put them etc. but he doesn’t play fantasy football so I thought that if someone like him stayed away from it then it must be overly complicated or very time consuming. Two things that I don’t need more of in my life with three kids and assorted other hobbies. I had always wondered about fantasy football but that wonder never overcame the “mystery” that surrounded it. The mystery and hassle aspect that stuck my mind was reinforced by stereotypical portrayal in commercials, television, and movies where a bunch of guys sit around a fantasy football draft board ready to cut each other’s throats over Carson Palmer – he’s mine by the way ALL MINE!!!! (maniacal laugh) – like he is the last “Frozen Snow Glow Elsa” available on Black Friday. Well I found that thanks to the Internet none of the stereotypical aspects of fantasy sports has become obsolete and redundant.

Like I said I was board at the in-laws, lovely people and supper cool but there isn’t much their to entertain. I searched for fantasy football on Google and there were lots of sites but at or near the top was ESPN’s page. Seeing as I had their regular Android App it hit me that they probably have a Fantasy Football App. Well they did have a free fantasy football app so I downloaded and installed it. This is the icon for it:

Novice Fantasy Football - ESPN FF Logo





When it launched I was greeted with the typical setup wizard where I could create an account or link to Facebook, I chose to create an account with my email address. I think it asked me for some demographic stuff like gender and birth date. Like I said this isn’t a tutorial or how-to so if you run into issues please look at ESPN’s FAQ. I was then able to pick a league which is just a group of people that make up the teams I could have created a custom league but I just joined one. There are 10 teams in the league I joined, I can only assume this is an ESPN standard, but I don’t know for sure. The league I joined goes along with the regular NFL season so it does kind of lock you in for a long go.


The Draft:

So once I joined a league it was time for the draft, this is where you are supposed to get nervousness where you know you will just mess up and screw your chances at winning and thus your chances to have fun. I know my buddy would probably spend days if not weeks in preparation working out his ideal draft and multiple contingency draft line ups. But I was just board at the in-laws and football is not my life or primary hobby so if I messed it up it was no big deal to me – hell I didn’t even need to tell anyone. This helped influence my draft strategy. If I was trying to sell you something about fantasy football this is where I would elude to my fantastic draft strategy. Hint at its mysterious magical type powers. Brag about the hours, neigh months, or research that I performed. And maybe I would lie a bit and drop a somewhat obscure name of some player or coach that I ran in to at the air port or something. But nope, here is what I did. I looked at the projected points, abbreviated to “Proj” in the ESPN Fantasy Football App, the guy that had the highest was picked. Remember I didn’t know what I was doing, I was having fun. I also really didn’t look at the name or the team the player was on. I just looked at that Proj number and the position. I don’t remember exactly how or what order I picked, but I am sure I picked quarterback first. I also knew that I would need some backups for bye weeks and injuries. As the draft continued, oh … I picked a round robin draft not one of those others like the salary based ones, I poked around a little while I was waiting my turn. I found that there were limits to how many players you can have for each kind of position. This positions by the way are Quarterback (QB), Running Back (RB), Wide Receiver (WR), Tight End (TE), Defense / Special Teams (D/ST), Kicker (K) there is also the Flex position which can be a RB, WR, or TE. So I was going about picking people which you can setup a queue of players to be picked. The way that works is you make your queue and when it is your turn you have something like 60 seconds to make your choice and if the next player in your queue is still available then the system puts that player on your team. If you want to make a different decision then you can or if the player was drafted by another team then he is removed from your queue and the next player in your queue is selected. I hope you get the idea, I got a little to my tutorial side there, if you need more explanation than just go to the ESPN FAQ etc. I’ll tell you this, I did not do an awesome job picking players but I also didn’t pick the worst. I picked some good guys like Andrew Luck (QB), Steven Hauschka (K), Seahawks (D/ST), Lamar Miller (RB), Michael Crabtree (WR). Actually I don’t think I made all of these picks during the draft, I know A. Luck and C. Palmer were done on draft day the others could have been replacements which I will cover next. At any rate don’t over stress about the draft and don’t get hung up on some key names that you know. Remove loyalties to players and teams, you only have one loyalty in Fantasy Football and that’s to YOURSELF!



Like I said above it was the weekend when I started, I think a Raider’s game was on – my Father-in-law’s team – and there were other going on as well as I think it was week two. Once the draft was done I was then shown the other fantasy team I was playing and some scores that my players were racking up for me and had racked up since the Thursday before which is the start of the Football week. All of this took up about 30 minutes of my time and I kinda just forgot about it. Once I got back to work on Monday my buddy and the other guy at work were talking Football and how different players had done. After answering some emails I chimed in with “I started a fantasy team”. Well that got me in the discussion really quick with questions like who did you draft etc. Well I read off the names and told them how I picked them, remember my draft strategy? Well I got a few of those well that’s not how your supposed to do it looks and then I showed them that I was winning for the week so far and with the remaining game that night and the projected points I should win. Well I did win. They did suggest that I make some changes to my team, mostly the number of each position I had. I had like 3 kickers and 4 quarterbacks only one tight end stuff like that. Well I couldn’t make any changes to my team till the next day so I just waited till then. The other guy at work helped me out with how to add and drop players. It was the adding part that was a bit hard, dropping was easy just touch the name and then there was a drop button right there. Adding was not as apparent because it was in the hamburger menu, you know the three lines stacked like a hamburger. So anyway what I was left on my own to do was manage my team and so far I have done a good job. I made sure that when a player was injured I swapped him out with someone that was on the bench, if I didn’t have a backup then I had to go recruit. I also spend time every once in a while, maybe once a week, looking over the players that are available. Again I base my decision on the proj points, if there is a guy out there that is better then I pick him up and drop the guy on my team with the lower proj points.


As of this writing, Week 9 just finished, I am in First place in my Division and Second place in the League. My record is 6-3-0 with 834 Points For (PF) and 738 Points Against (PA). My team is projected as team two (2) in Round 1 (Wk 14 – Wk 15) of the playoffs.


Post week 11, my team is now in first place over all in both record and PF. I am 8-3 with 1015 PF.


So we are moving in to the first week of the playoffs and I am well in first place both by record, 10-3, and PF, 1218. Second place has a record of 9-4 and 1097 PF. My team will be going against the fourth place team, 7-6 and 980 PF, in the first playoff game. I will have to say that it is very exciting. So what have I done to keep up the winning streak and get where I am now. I just kept up with monitoring my team, when a player got heart or became a poor performer I dropped them and picked up the next best guy according to their projected points. I also made sure that I rotated players from the bench to fill in for those on a bye or had some injury that could possibly bench them in real life. For something like the last 4 weeks every team I played had players that were on a bye as starters, this basically gave me free points as that player had no chance of putting up points. With the ESPN FFL app there was really no reason for this to happen. The app did very well alerting me when a benched player was projected to out perform a starter and the convenience of having it in my pocket meant I coulddo a quick check whenever I was waiting on someone or something.


Update (and its a late one):

Well this is a late update because dispite having a winning record I still wound up in 3rd place overall. It just goes to show that you have to win the right games and injuries can kill your plans. In all I had fun and I was not too upset. If I had some money on it then those last two statements might not be there.



Good Luck and I hope you found this informative and perhaps entertaining.


Now that this is all done I would have to say that I have the confidence in my skills to “play for keeps” – Thanks Ricky Bobby for the quote.

Belly fat burners that work

Thе Fastest Wау Tо Lose Weight In 4 Weeks

Aftеr awhile I dіd ѕоmе research fоr belly fat burners that work, tо gain ѕоmе confidence and self-esteem were some goals I hаd іn mind. I wanted tо lose weight rеаllу bad, аnd I hаd trіеd аlmоѕt everything. Frоm lose weight pills, tо eating healthy foods, and going tо the gym TWO times а day! Fоr the amount оf time I put into mу workouts and the bland food I wаѕ eating I wаѕ barely shedding the pounds; and I wаѕ working HARD аt іt too. Losing 1 оr 2 pounds еvеrу thrее days wаѕ nоt еnоugh fоr mе аnd I wanted tо ѕее real results FAST.

I wаѕ tоо embarrassed tо gо tо the gym anymore. I could hear people snickering and making comments about mе and mу weight. I wаѕ getting little results and felt іt wasn’t worth paying fоr а gym membership tо mе anymore јuѕt tо gеt insulted everyday. Sо I decided tо defeat my belly fat problem оn mу own. I tооk thе time tо dо а lot оf research оn thе internet аnd I fоund а fеw programs thаt caught mу attention. I searched for fat burner for men, belly fat burning exercises, fat burning exercises, and lots more. The Fat Diminisher program changed mу life forever. It’s lіkе аѕ іf thеѕе people held thе key fоr а weight loss cure аnd hаvе bееn waiting fоr mе tо find them. At fіrѕt I thought thіѕ wаѕ а scam, аnоthеr stupid “weight loss cure” program thаt wоuld teach mе whаt I аlrеаdу knew; I already found lots of those. WRONG, its а completely unique diet program thаt ran mе thrоugh step-by-step techniques оn hоw tо live а healthy life. Fоr thе cost оf а cup оf coffee реr day (or еvеn а whopper cheeseburger реr week) I hаd nоthіng tо lose. It wаѕ mу lаѕt shot оn trуіng tо lose weight ѕо I wеnt fоr it. And OH MY GOD I соuld nоt bе happier than I аm today! Thіѕ wаѕ thе weight loss cure thаt I hаvе bееn lооkіng for! I ѕаw results wіthіn days, I wаѕ shedding pounds аt а fast rate thаt I thought mу scale wаѕ broken.

After аbоut 3 weeks I couldn’t bеlіеvе hоw muсh healthier I was. It worked fоr mе ѕо I hаd tо trу оut ѕоmе оthеr programs. I weighed about 300 pounds (I wаѕ scared tо check mу weight bасk thеn tо bе honest) and then аftеr 3 weeks I lost about 30 pounds and ѕtіll losing! I аm аbоut 5 feet аnd 11 inches ѕо I аm а big guy. I thіnk аftеr а fеw mоrе weeks wіth thіѕ program I саn start working оut аgаіn аt thе gym.

Ok, аftеr а fеw days оf uѕіng thіѕ nеw program I hаvе tо admit. I hаd mу doubts, but іt trulу worked. Mу arms аrе buffed аnd I hаvе а lean cut аrоund mу shoulders. I ѕtіll hаvе mу belly, but thаt іѕ slowly disappearing аѕ wеll folks. I hаvе bееn gоіng оut ѕо muсh mоrе nоw even to the gym, I am stuck in a contract so I am going to use it. This program was the catalyst I needed to get me back in shape. It is still hard work but I am not afraid of that and neither should you.  I wаnt tо leave everyone, mу advice that thіѕ іѕ thе bеѕt weight loss cure. Nоthіng іѕ impossible, it’s mind оvеr matter, set goals for yourself, bе determined аnd dedicate уоurѕеlf tо thеѕе programs аnd уоu wіll change уоur life forever. I аm sharing this with the public bесаuѕе I knоw what іt feels lіkе tо bе rejected and lose confidence. I don’t wаnt аnуоnе tо live thаt life аѕ thаt іѕ mу раѕt life аnd nоw I hаvе а whоlе nеw life tо lооk fоrwаrd to. I also make a little extra if you try it out, help pay for that gym membership you know. Tо follow thе ѕаmе AMAZING diet аnd exercise plan that I uѕеd рlеаѕе go here:



Oh! I also found this book that helps very very much. They let me give out a free sample that has 10 free recipes.










Wind Energy Pros and Cons for Survival

Alternative energy production is key to the survival game. Below I layout basic wind energy pros and cons.


I have scored the Internet for all the most relevant and important facts about alternative energy in general and wind power specifically. This wind energy pros and cons listing will help you make a decision on implementing wind as an alternate energy solution. Alternative energy is not a competition and this post is not going to recommend wind energy over any other type of alternative energy like solar panels. All types of alternative energy have pros and cons depending on your needs for energy based on aspects such as your Geo-location, energy requirements, skill level, etc.  Everything you are about to read is properly referenced at the bottom of this page. 


Pros and Cons:

Pro: Wind energy is one of the oldest “green” energy solutions employed by humans. We have been using the windmill to pump water, grind flower, etc. for thousands of years. In all these years it still does not directly cause pollution.

Con: Wind can be a seasonal source of energy so it might not meet your foundation energy requirements without storing the generated energy, e.g., batteries.

Pro: The potential of wind power is enormous – 20 times more than what the entire human population needs.**

Con: Upfront costs can be extensive for both corporate and private individuals.

Pro: Contrary to the above con prices are declining and have decreased over 80% since 1980 and are should keep decreasing.****

Con: Some wind turbines have been known to cause harm to wildlife, flying animals such as birds do not always see the spinning blades and collide with them.

Pro: Wind turbines are incredible space-efficient. The largest of them generate enough electricity to power 600 U.S. homes.*****

Con: Close neighbors might complain of the noise.

Pro: Wind power only accounts for about 2.5% of total worldwide electricity production, but is growing at a promising rate of 25% per year (2010).*

Con: Close neighbors might complain of the aesthetics.

Pro: Until we run out of it wind power will be and is ever replenishing (renewable) and since wind is available any place on the planet we can harness energy anywhere like offshore wind.

Con: There is a slight potential that a localized impact on night-time temperatures and weather can occur.

Pro: Maintenance costs for a wind powered generator are relatively low.

Con: Since it is designed to catch wind, a wind turbine is susceptible to damage from severe storms or extremely high winds.

Pro: Application in domestic applications has great potential to effect the power grid for the better: easing the demand on the utility companies and mitigating  power outages for homeowners.



References: *U.S. Energy Information Administration, **Inside Science, ***PolitiFact, ****Arizona Energy, *****National Geographic, ******U.S. Department of Energy.


Everyday practical tutorial – Can’t find me, HA!

In this everyday practical tutorial I’ll show you how to get some privacy away from big brother, Google, and whom ever is sitting behind a remote keyboard that is trying to find you secret lair.

So you know how Google can find your Android phone using Android Device Manager. If not, check out this artical from Google that shows you how:

Google Find Phone

Well sometimes I don’t want my phone, and by association – me, to be found. I thought you might not want that to happen either. You might think that turning off your GPS radio would do the trick, that’s the logical thing a practical person would think anyway, but nope; Android Device Manager will turn it back on and track you down like you owe it money. If you want to ensure some privacy you need to turn on the Power Saver option you can find it under Settings > Battery Manager

Every day practical tutorial - power saver shot

The section in the screen shot is where you can toggle the setting On and Off with the slider. If you tap the Power saver heading it will let you select what settings Power Saver will manage. Note that GPS is not in there, not sure why. Now with Power saver on GPS will be locked out in an effort to conserve battery power; not even Android Device Manager is allowed to turn on the radio to transmit your GPS position. As an added benefit you battery should last longer. With Power saver on with its default settings you might experiance a little lag as it conserves CPU, but you want to be incognito so a little CPU hit is worth it. I didn’t notice a dramatic change anyway. I assume that the GPS can still be activated for emergency reasons by the authorities, I didn’t want to test that out so I cannot guarantee it … it just feels like something that couldn’t be permanently disabled.

Note: this was tested on a HTC One M8 with the following Everyday practical tutorial - system state


If you like this every day practical tutorial leave a comment and please please share with your friends.

Basic Windows 10 Install

So Windows 10 was just released so I thought I would make this video of installing it and poking around a bit. I used the ISO I downloaded from Microsoft using their download tool. I had it download the 32bit and 64bit versions in one ISO, kind of nice. I then set my VM to use that ISO as its boot media, the rest is in the video. Enjoy!

Special thanks to for the music in the video.

How To Install Microsoft Compliance Manager v1 On Windows 7 / Server 2008 / 2008 R2 With Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express

Make sure you have administrator rights along with user rights assignment to debug programs and manage auditing and security log, found in secpol.msc > local policies > user rights assignment.

Install Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 express. Go with the defaults mostly, make changes to your preference or environment, but you must make the SQL instance “MICROSOFTSCM” and have the SQL server database engine use NT authority\system for the account name, do not enter a password your system will take care of that. I would also add your domain or local administrators group to have permissions on the SQL server.

Install Microsoft Security Compliance Manager accepting the defaults or making environment specific changes.


Windows 7 or Domain Controller forgot password

So some how, and I won’t judge, you don’t have the user name and or password of an Active Directory domain administrator account and you need into that system. Your typical Windows password resetting utilities won’t work. This is because tbhe domain user accounts and passwords are not in the systems registry like they are in Windows 7, for example, but are in Active Directory.

Ok so if your like me you don’t need the talk; your server is down because you don’t have a password and you have users or management breathing down your neck asking every five minutes if you got the server back up.

Go grab your OS install disk and follow the steps below.

1. Boot to the install disk.
2. Select your language.
3. Click the link to take you to the repair tools/console, Repair you computer.
4. Select your installation you want to repair.
5. Launch the command prompt.
6. Change to the System32 directory in the Windows install directory, e.g., D:\Windows\System32.
7. Run this command: copy utilman.exe utilman.bak to make a backup of utilman.exe.
8. Run this command: copy cmd.exe utilman.exe to replace utilman.exe with cmd.exe.
9. Pop the install cd out of the system.
10. Run this command: shutdown -r -t 0 to reboot the system.
11. Once your system is done booting and your at the logon screen.
12. Click the icon in the bottom left that looks like a clock or press the Windows key + U to launch the Ease of Access wizard. But wait … what’s this. It’s not the Ease of Access wizard but a command prompt running as the SYSTEM account.
13. After you settle the evil scientist laugh that’s going on in your head run this command: net user to get a list of users, handy if you don’t know the user name of a domain admin account.
14. Run this command: net user <username> to reset the password of that account to something you know. Now you will still have to meet the password complexity requirements, if there are any, a good one to use night be $top4G3t!ngP@$$w0rd$.
15. Close the command window and logon with your reset account and password.
16. Be a good little boy / girl and undo the hack you just did. Delete the cmd version of utilman, set the password to something you will remember, only one person knows, and strong.
17. Write down the password and secure it in a safe or something.


You can use this same method when your Windows 7 users forgot the password as well. Bellow you will find a video I made of a practical demonstration of this technique.


How to make an Android development machine on Ubuntu 10.04.3 Long Term Support (LTS) Desktop 32 bit version

To start I must give credit to ‘uzzal’ and his blog “Setup Android Environment on Ubuntu 10.10,” found here, following the directions there I was able to make my first Android development environment. I made this document in order to fit my needs and update the process with the latest software at the time, other than the OS version; I picked 10.04.3 because of its LTS status.
This document assumes you have or know how to install Ubuntu 10.04.3. So please do this first by any means you know how or can find on the internet. You can download the ISO here by using the drop down in step one. Remember in creating this document I use the “Ubuntu 10.04 LTS – Long-term support” “32-bit (recommended) version of Ubuntu. I also followed this nice step-by-step on how install Ubuntu, . If you want to get the same results I show here then start with this version of Ubuntu and follow the install steps found at softpedia. I made a change to the softpedia steps by setting a 2048MB swap partition at the beginning of my disk 10240MB as the first primary partition mounted at ‘/’ and the remaining free space of 52135MB as the next primary partition mounted at ‘/home’.
*Note that this is given as is with no warranty and no guarantee. It is not the intent for these steps to cause issues with your system. With that said, making any modifications to a computer system and or its operating system does have the potential to cause issues. If you break your system while performing these actions it’s at your risk, test on a non-production system first.


We are going to download all your needed components first then install them in the order you need.
1. Download Oracle’s Java SE Development Kit (JDK) 7u2 from here if this link no longer works by the time you read this document then do a search for “JDK” and find the latest most “official” looking download location, sorry if Oracle changes things.
2. Download Eclipse IDE for Java Developers, Linux 32 Bit version, from here . At the time of this writing the version is “Eclipse Indigo 3.7.1”, again sorry if things have changed by the time you read this … use Google to find the latest stuff.

Install time:

The Oracle JDK

  1.  You can find a good tutorial on how to install JDK 7u2 here I have given you the steps I used below.
  2.  Open a terminal and “cd” to the directory where you downloaded “jdk-7u<version>-linux-i586.tar.gz” to.
  3.  Type ‘sudo tar zxvf jdk-7u<version>-linux-i586.tar.gz, note use the “TAB” button when typing out long names … it really helps, and make it a habit. This will unpack “install” the JDK to a new sub directory called “jdk1.7.0_<version>” in the current directory.
  4.  Make “jvm” directory under “/usr/lib” by typing ‘sudo mkdir /usr/lib/jvm’.
  5.  Move the” jdk1.7.0_<version>” directory to “/usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.7.0_<version>” by typing ‘sudo mv ./jdk1.7.0_<version> /usr/lib/jvm’.
  6.  Now run:
    1. sudo update-alternatives –install “/usr/bin/java” “java” “/usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.7.0_<version>/bin/java” 1
    2. sudo update-alternatives –install “/usr/bin/javac” “javac” “/usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.7.0_<version>/bin/javac” 1
    3. sudo update-alternatives –install “/usr/bin/javaws” “javaws” “/usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.7.0_<version>/ 1

The Eclipse development environment:

  1. Open a terminal and “cd” to the directory where you downloaded “eclipse-java-<version>-linux-gtk.tar.gz” chances are it is in the same directory as the JDK .tar file so stay where you are.
  2. Type ‘sudo tar zxvf eclipse-java-<version>-linux-gtk.tar.gz’, note use the “TAB” button when typing out long names … it really helps, and make it a habit.
  3. Move the “eclipse” directory to “/opt/” by typing ‘sudo mv eclipse /opt/’.
  4. Modify the permissions, ACL, for the eclipse folder with
    1.  ‘sudo chmod -R a+r /opt/eclipse’ – This recursively (-R) gives ‘all’ (a) read (+r) permissions on the “eclipse” folder.
    2. ‘sudo chmod a+x /opt/eclipse/eclipse’ – This  makes “eclipse” executable (+x) to all (a).
  5. Now to make an executable in your path
    1. ‘sudo touch /usr/bin/eclipse’ – Makes an empty file in “/usr/bin” called “eclipse”.
    2. ‘sudo chmod  777 /usr/bin/eclipse – Changes the permissions, ACL, to allow everyone full access to the file.
    3. ‘sudo gedit /usr/bin/eclipse’ – Opens the “eclipse” file in “gedit” so you can add some content to it. Here is the content, copy and paste it into “gedit” then save and close it.:#!/bin/sh #export MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME=”/usr/lib/mozilla/” export ECLIPSE_HOME=”/opt/eclipse” $ECLIPSE_HOME/eclipse $*
      Copy and paste it into “gedit” then save and close it.
  6. You will want to run Eclipse no matter where you are so make a symlink to it by typing ‘sudo ln –s /usr/bin/eclipse /bin/eclipse’.
  7. Launching Eclipse from a terminal is fine and all but what if you want to launch it from the “Applications” menu. Well you do this.
    1.  ‘sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop’
    2. Copy and paste this: [Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=Eclipse Comment=Eclipse IDE Exec=eclipse Icon=/opt/eclipse/icon.xpm Terminal=false Type=Application Categories=GNOME;Application;Development; StartupNotify=true
    3. Then you will have to “save as” under “file” and browse to “/usr/share/applications” and name the file “eclipse.desktop”.
    4. Close “gedit”.
    5. Click “Applications” you should now have a section called “Programming” and under that “Eclipse”.
  8. Run Eclipse for the first time by typing in ‘eclipse –clean’
  9. Type or “Browse…” to the directory you wish Eclipse to use as your workspace, or just keep the default and click “OK”.

Install the Android ADT Plugin for Eclipse:

  1. I followed this guide starting at “Downloading the ADT Plugin.” For your convenience I have the steps below.
    1. Start Eclipse, then select Help > Install New Software….
    2. Click Add, in the top-right corner.
    3. In the Add Repository dialog that appears, enter “ADT Plugin” for the Name and the following URL for the Location:
    4. Click OK Note: If you have trouble acquiring the plugin, try using “http” in the Location URL, instead of “https” (https is preferred for security reasons).
    5. In the Available Software dialog, select the checkbox next to Developer Tools and clickNext.
    6. In the next window, you’ll see a list of the tools to be downloaded. ClickNext.
    7. Read and accept the license agreements, then click Finish.
      Note: If you get a security warning saying that the authenticity or validity of the software can’t be established, click OK.
    8. When the installation completes, restart Eclipse.

Install the Android SDK:

  1. Once Eclipse restarts it asks for your workspace again so type or “Browse…” to the directory you wish Eclipse to use as your workspace, or just keep the default and click “OK”.
  2. Next is a very cool new thing that Google has done for us it automatically assumes that you would want to install the Android SDK seeing as you just installed the ADT Plugin. So yes we would like to do that, keep everything as it sits and click “Next>”.
  3. Are you the sharing type? Make up your mind if you want to share usage statistics with Google and then click “Finish”.
  4. Read and accept all the license agreements, then click “Install”.
There you go your all done, now go program that next killer app!!!

Shadow Groups

Have you ever just wanted to assign permissions on a file or folder to an Active Directory (AD) Organizational Unit (OU)? Well that still isn’t possible but you can achieve the same effect with Shadow Groups (SG) and Restricted Groups (RG).

So here we go, FYI I am assuming you have an AD setup, an OU with users in it, and know how to get around in Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) and the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC).

Lets say you have an OU called StormTroopers and it has some user accounts in it. To make a shadow group for this OU is to open the OU and right click in some white space in the right hand pane of ADUC and create a new Security Group, Local/ Global/Universal, you pick one that is best for you.
I might have a post on the differences of each group type in the future so stay tuned.

Anyway back to my story. Name this new group the exact name of the OU, in our case StormTroopers, and now you have a Shadow Group … what a mysterious name for something that isn’t that hard.

Now all you need to do is adjust the Access Control List (ACL) of a file or folder to add the SG you just made.

Well that was fun and quite useful but what if you want to make sure the members of that SG stay the same even off someone adds to that SG on accident, ya we’ll say it was an accident.

In GPMC create a new GPO, name it what you will, and edit it. Drill down through Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings to Restricted Groups. Right click in the white space in the right hand pane and select Add Group… Type in the SG or click Browse… to find it in AD. Under Members of this group: click Add… Type in the user names or click Browse… to find them in AD. Click OK or Apply all the way out of the group properties and close the GPO.

In GPMC right click on the OU that contains your Domain Controllers and click Link an Existing GPO…, find your newly created RG GPO and click OK. To implement this new GPO right away open cmd.exe and run gpupdate /force. Or you can just wait for GP to refresh on its own, default is 15 minutes. All you have to do now is assign your new SG some ACLs on a file or folder.