AutoIt – Flash Player

At some point in the last year, the folks over at were asked by Adobe to stop serving Flash Player via their free service.  If you paid, you could include Flash Player in the bundle.  However, pricing for 3,500 Windows computers gets steep really quickly, in the eyes of many purse-string holders.  So here’s a bit of code that should help you get Flash out there, directly from Adobe, without a technician needing to be present. Remember to either comment out the Admin check section, or replace the credentials accordingly, so users can run it without a problem.

Selec All Code:
#include <Inet.au3>
#include <String.au3>
#include <Array.au3>
;Ensure running as Administrator account
If IsAdmin() = 0 Then
	RunAs("<administrator>", @ComputerName, "<password>", 1, @AutoItExe)
;Pull the web page source for parsing
$tempFile = FileOpen(@TempDir & "\FPTemp.txt", 2)
FileWrite($tempFile, _InetGetSource(""))
;Read the file, and use a regex to find our current version
$version = StringRegExp(FileRead(@TempDir & "\FPTemp.txt"), "([0-9\.]{10} \(Win and Mac\))", 3)
$version = _ArrayToString($version, "", 0, 0)
ConsoleWrite($version & @CRLF)
;Cut it up to get our actual version info
$netFullVer = StringLeft($version, 10)
ConsoleWrite("Full Version:  " & $netFullVer & @CRLF)
$netBigVer = StringLeft($netFullVer, 2)
ConsoleWrite("Major Version: " & $netBigVer & @CRLF)
$netTinyVer = StringRight($netFullVer, 3)
ConsoleWrite("Patch Version: " & $netTinyVer & @CRLF)
;Check our local version, and cut it up as well
$regFullVer = RegRead("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Macromedia\FlashPlayer", "CurrentVersion")
If @error then
	ConsoleWriteError("Error reading key: " & @error & @CRLF)
$regFullVer = StringReplace($regFullVer, ",", ".")
$regBigVer = StringLeft($regFullVer, 2)
$regTinyVer = StringRight($regFullVer, 3)
ConsoleWrite("Local Full Version:  " & $regFullVer & @CRLF)
ConsoleWrite("Local Major Version: " & $regBigVer & @CRLF)
ConsoleWrite("Local Patch Version: " & $regTinyVer & @CRLF)
;Compare the major version, if the same, check minor, install as needed
If $netBigVer > $regBigVer Then
ElseIf $netBigVer >= $regBigVer And $netTinyVer > $regTinyVer Then
Func GetFlash()
	InetGet("" & $netBigVer & "_active_x.msi", @TempDir & "\install_flash_player_" & $netBigVer & "_active_x.msi", 1)
	RunWait("msiexec.exe /qb- /i " & @TempDir & "\install_flash_player_" & $netBigVer & "_active_x.msi", @TempDir)
	InetGet("" & $netBigVer & "_plugin.msi", @TempDir & "\install_flash_player_" & $netBigVer & "_plugin.msi", 1)
	RunWait("msiexec.exe /qb- /i " & @TempDir & "\install_flash_player_" & $netBigVer & "_plugin.msi", @TempDir)



†: You must have a redistribution agreement with Adobe to use the MSI package.

Goodbye, GCC

Ladies and gentlemen

For the last thirteen years, GCC has been my home. I started here in 2002, as a student, and graduated in 2005. I walked off the stage, and was hired as a board approved employee a few months later. I met my wife at the campus, and created the most wonderful friendships anyone could hope for. Glendale is a place I will miss, between my coworkers and the students I’ve helped through the years.

I’ve climbed what few rungs there are for a PSA in IT, and have found myself wanting, and for the last three years, waiting. There is so much more I want to do, however the organization (not just GCC, but the whole of Maricopa) needs to gather together to move forward. The potential is there, as is the talent, and the willingness to be a team. There are barriers that hinder that movement, but with the right driving force, those hindrances can be overcome.

I am officially resigning my position with Maricopa Community Colleges, my team, and my GCC family, effective January 27, 2015.

Thank you all for the memories,
R. Bryan Adamson

WordPress, Android, and Cyanogen

Writing from a smartphone device can be a tedious and difficult task for anyone.  Text messaging has developed a language all its own, and most teenage users of said medium are fast at “whr r u” rather than “Where are you?”, which is more complete, but still needs more gramatical fulfilment.
Thankfully, for those of us who use blogs (re: my wife and I), WordPress has a utility for mobile devices, which allows us to manage, write, and approve comments.  In the past, it was geared for writers, where the vast majority of individual, entrepenure wordsmiths make their living (or just rant about things they like).
In a combination of application updates to both mobile devices and Internet servers, the WordPress writing community can now view the site statistics, and access the Dashboard.  While to the reader, this may not seem like much; to the folks who really dive into how the system functions, and monitor their SEO, that’s big news.
As some people know, my phone has been on the fritz, and today was my last straw. I have finaqlly updated to Cyanogen Mod 7.1.0. Previous attempts made my battery drain faster than ever. I believe I know why: A truck-load of applications, running services. This time, I did not restore every single app I had, but cherry-picked ones that I use on a fairly frequent basis.
Wordpress, being one of the chosen, seems to have been updated since I last used its main interface. The first set of images offers a very well designed control panel, but my the main reason for this post, is the New Post screen; specifically, the actual entry area.
As opposed to typing out paragraphs, or short messages in a box only millimeters tall, the newer edition of WordPress on the Android platform takes over the vast majority of the screen. With the new design, crafting entries, while retaining the ability to review previous passages on the road, has enabled writers to keep their grammar in check. The only part I could make a gripe about, is if there were no keypad on my phone, the on-screen keyboard would take too much realestate, and completely negate my positive review.
In the end, if you have a smartphone that has a full, physical keyboard, and a WordPress installation, I highly suggest the official WordPress application.

Surprise Ring of Fire Craft Beer Fest

Surprise, Arizona, just had a event called the Ring of Fire, which coupled with a tennis tournament.  The Ring of Fire event was a craft beer and food festival, where several micro breweries offered up their different brews.  Here are the ones I tried, with pictures to accompany.

1: Kona Brewing, Pipeline Porter. Hawiian kona brew, nice and dark, goes down smooth. Definitely a kona coffee flavor on the finish.





2: Red Hood, ESB. A reddish hued beer, citrus notes, high in the front, takes time to dissipate





3: Sierra Nevada, Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale. Not as dark as a porter, darker than a red, a bit nutty.





4: Odell Brewing, 90 Shilling Ale. Good red color, slight citrus notes, but a clean finish.





5: Gordon Biersch, FestBeir. IPA, marked as a lager, it comes out light. Far too many things going on to pin down a particular flavor.





6: Widmer Brothers, Drop Top Amber Ale. Very smooth, wife says it almost has an apple scent.





7: Gordon Biersch, Märzen. A red lager, citrus note, crisp, and clean.





8: Kona Brewing, Longboard. IPA, smooth, but a bit too light in my taste. A bit bland, same as many other IPA brews. Committed alcohol abuse.





9: Odell Brewing, IPA. Great scent, good start, powerful finish. A little like a tea.

New Pants

With the recent Firefox 5 update, the theme/pants I was using on the site had a slight bug to it, so I’m trying out new themes/pants.

If you see things change up, don’t worry, I’m not being hacked, I’m just breaking things on my own.

AFK: When, Where, and Why – Top 10

There comes a time, in each of our lives, when we must step away from the keyboard.  From brief moments, phone calls, neighbors’ kid at the door, to newborns crying; life just happens that way.

But when is it proper to do so?  There’s a balance we have to maintain as well.  In the middle of your big fight with Arthas, is it really proper for the main healer to say they need a bio break?

This is the AFK Top 10: Continue reading

GoDaddy and Domain Renewals

If you, or someone you know, uses GoDaddy for their domain name, please make double-sure that your domain is set to auto-renew. I just had to re-instate mine, as it expired yesterday, and I got NO notification that my domain renewal was cut off.

Oh, and I will be attempting to join in on the PostADay2011. I may be 5 days behind, but I found out about it last night….about the same time actually.

BlizzCon Post #5

So we’re mostly seeing patch 4.1.0 content, but it all looks good.  Enhanced maps, some more info on the raid lock system, and some dungeon info.

BlizzCon Post #4

So the newest news is the Diablo 3 Demon Hunter class.  It looks like a knockoff of the D2 Amazon, but darker looking.

That seems to be it for now.  Dungeons and raids panel next.