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  1. F5 10350 front

    A picture of the front of an F5 10350 appliance
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    Here is a picture of the back of a F5 10350 appliance
  3. Shopkeep

    Adult tickets if you click the Adult Tickets option more than once (IF the item has modifiers) you'll see a ticket per line instead of increasing quantities Modifiers for the Adult Tickets for things like Discounts / Coupons
  4. Shopkeep

    Really my favorite point of sale system yet. Now its not perfect but its pretty darn close. So let's discuss some pros and some cons of the Shopkeep system. PROS Very configurable Let's you use coupons/discounts Supports multiple locations easily Great reporting Supports External Credit CONS Expensive per terminal at $69/month + once time setup fee per show or store Easy setup by logging into the back end system and adding items (looks like this) Just organize your buttons via tabs and buttons Department / Category setup
  5. Runner and Change Introduction

    Introduce yourselves to the area manager and vendors, check to make sure no money in boxes/tills 100: Area Manager (Venus) 200: Area Manager (Jodie) 300: Area Manager (Melinda) 400: Area Manager (Randy) 500: Area Manager (Mike) 600,700,800: Area Manager (Kylie) 2 people per area, Runner or Change Runner - Every hour (11am, approximately 12pm, 1pm, etc...) Go to each vendor collect money out of wooden/green ammo box, and check the till for overflow and put into numbered bags. Example 404 booth goes in 404 bag. Double check your bags when placing money in them. They should only have 3 20's in till. Rest should be in wooden/green ammo box. ***WOODEN/AMMO BOXES AND OVERFLOW OF TILLS GO IN # BAGS*** 6:00pm - Drop tills down to $100.00. Take all rolled coin 7:00pm - Empty all tills and wooden/ammo boxes into closing bag (Leave locks unlocked) and bring up credit card machines. Change - Any time Change is dollar for dollar. If you take $40 out of the till/wooden/green ammo box then you replace it with $40 in singles or fives, etc... Change can be made with another booth as long as it’s dollar for dollar. Breaks/bathroom/food/car - give your bag to your partner - do not take with you. Bags not left unattended at any time!! Do not leave your area. One person stays in area at all times. ****CHANGE GOES IN CHANGE BAG ONLY**** ****CHANGE PERSON STAYS IN AREA AT ALL TIMES (you may switch)**** ****ALWAYS RESPOND/ACKNOWLEDGE CHANGE REQUESTS(on my way, be right there, etc.)**** 6:30pm - We will call CHANGE RUNNERS ONLY to the office to turn in the change bag No PDA - maybe offensive - hand holding okay. No drinking alcohol. There is no smoking behind the food areas, you need to go out front where the patrons are. ********YOUR SHIRT, BADGES & WALKIES NEED TO BE VISIBLE AT ALL TIMES******** **********DO NOT MAKE CHANGE WITH OUTSIDE VENDERS********** Runner-Change Instructions 2017.docx MORE Renaissance Festival Money Running and Change Duties Welcome to the Renaissance Festival Festival opens at 10am and closes at 7pm. You are required to be at the Count Room Office no later than 9:15am. You have to be at your assigned area no later than 9:55am. You are done for the night no later than 7:30pm. There will be 2 people assigned to an area 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600-700 you will be paired up. You will each be issued a Festival T-shirt and radio that will always be assigned to a channel that will be provided, these are to be used for Festival business only, and need to be on and turned up. You will also be given a bag with empty bags or a bag of change depending on what job you will be performing. There is no smoking permitted in the food or drink areas, if you are a smoker please do so out on the road sections located behind the food areas. There is to be no consumption of alcoholic beverages while working for the Renaissance Festival. If you chose to have a beer and are of the legal age to do so you may after your last drop has been made to the count room after 7pm. If you are working with a spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, or someone you really like. Please refrain from any Public Displays of Affection that may be deemed offensive. The holding of hands and the occasional kiss will be acceptable. At no time while carrying money around is it acceptable to go out in the front of the booths, to the bathroom, your car, or any place else that takes you and the money out of sight. If you need to do any of these things give your bag to your partner to hold for you. If you should have any questions during your shift at the Festival please ask your Festival Liaison. Role of the Money Runner You will be assigned an area that will have roughly 8-15 booths they include Food, Pop, Beer and Wine. In each assigned bag you will find empty envelopes that are marked accordingly and hopefully in order. Once an hour starting at 11am you will go down to your assigned area and begin a pickup. There are green ammo boxes/wooden boxes attached to the wall directly behind the cashier. The boxes are also given a number that matches the bags inside your bag. Unlock the ammo box/wooden box and neatly take the cash and other items within the box and place them into the assigned bag. Then relock the ammo box/wooden box. Once the money is in the bag close it tightly so that you know that you have already collected from the booth. Repeat the process at every booth, until you have them all filled. Once completed take your bag of bags to the count room and place them on the podium in the cash room office. There are empty bags inside the podium, find your set and return to your area and repeat the process. Around 5pm when you are making this pickup we will begin to take the cash out of the cash drawers as well as the ammo boxes/wooden boxes, leaving them roughly $100 in the cash drawer except for the Beer drawers. At 6pm we will do the same thing but leave them around $50, we will leave $100 in the beer cash drawers. The last pick up is done at 7pm when the cannon goes “BOOM” at this time you can go and empty the cash drawers and ammo boxes/wooden boxes. Once all of them are emptied and the bags have been dropped off at the count room, your shirts, badges and radios turned in you will be free to go. Thank you for your help. Role of the Change Runner You too will be assigned an area, you will also be given a bag with $1000 dollars in one’s, five’s and quarters. (Or more depending on the day) You will hang out in your assigned area; you will hear someone call out the backdoor or over the radio for change to a specific booth. Once you are at the booth they will tell you what they are short on. It should be either one’s, five’s, or quarter’s. It is a dollar for dollar exchange; go into the ammo box/wooden box and remove the same amount that you gave them. If they don’t have enough in the ammo box/wooden box take it from the cash drawer. Your change bag should always be the same amount as when you started. When you are running short which should be around $100 you need to go on the radio and say “I need a fresh bag” and give your assigned area. One of the Festival staff will meet you behind your area and exchange bags with you. If you should have any questions please feel free to contact your Festival Liaison. Renaissance Money Running and Change Duties.doc
  6. What a POS

    So for a year or two I have been looking for a Point of Sale system that accomodates all my needs which isn't alot but most POS's are focused on the restaurant business or retail and thats pretty much it. We end up having to try and make one or the other work for events. I'll start off with the requirements then work give a review of each POS I've tried so far. Requirements Let's first start with my least liked POS but it didn't start that way... Mobi POS At the beginning this was a great little POS with some custom options but its really focused around a restaurant which I'm not but made it work. A few years back they introduced the cloud version which I loved the idea of.. build everything in the cloud and push your changes down to your Terminals. MOBI is not good at this at all. Originally (and they still have) a peer network where you have one iPad acting as the server and another iPad can be a terminal but that extra terminal is very limited on what it can do. Pricing was okay but still pricey for what you get. I found for the same price you can get into a nicer POS but MOBI was very easy to get up and going quickly if you have on one register. They do offer a 14 day risk free trial at the time of this writing so give them a look, maybe they'll work for what you need. Unfortunately MOBI isn't strong enough with features to do what we need a POS to do so they are now no longer a part of our infrastructure. AirPOS This POS felt like a step up from MOBI but more so in the cloud aspect. Getting multiple terminals up is easy as well as configuring your products but it felt still like the feature set was lacking. For example there is no discount or coupon area to add pre-populated information or an ability to run reports on discounts. When you log in via an assigned PIN there was a huge lag between each press of the number to where you would continue to enter the wrong number because the lag is so bad. Pricing I never got into but they are currently very generous with there trial period of 30days which I was blown away with. Thank You! Support wasn't horrible but needs improvement but that could be because airpos is headquartered in Northern Ireland. I'm sure the time difference has something to do with it. Again, like MOBI if you have a simple setup then airpos may be fine for your needs but when you run into complicated environments like ours then it just won't do. talech My next attempt was talech which was found off a google search for a Point of Sale system that would work on an iPad. I have much frustration with talech for mainly they have promise but I should of known I was in trouble right from the start. Salesman did a nice demo of the system and showed what I could do. My staff and I brought up questions to the salesman which was answered no problem, talech can do that. SOLD! Paid for the product but it took a days to get the login information and to process the purchase. Once I received the information I learned that you don't get all the features as demonstrated without purchasing the upgraded premium package. Also an odd thing but you cant apply discount coupon to one item. It says you can but if you have 5 of the same product and you only want to discount 2 of them you can't, the system applies the discount to all 5 of the same item. Weird. Also trying to edit items on the backend in the browser the system would just spin. Also I can not run the reports on discount/coupons used. It took awhile but I learned that talech, yet more feature reach than the other two, wasn't going to be our Point of Sale system. iConnect With the 7 day free trial of iConnect POS I thought I may of found a winner. It is very feature rich and pretty easy to use. In fact it had the most features of any POS I tested. Also impressed with the support for iOS, Android and Web based. So it sounds great right? Nope, just a dress on a pig. You will get different features based on what operating system you use so since you have three possible ways to connect to iConnect you also get three different environments. For example the Android and Web interface supports drop down discounts but the iPad does not. The iPad will support USB Printer where the Android Tablets do not... just to name a few differences. Something I definitely did not like is if you apply a discount to an item it spreads the discount all over every items (like a percentage off). It looks ugly and not sure who would want that. Finally a feature that I feel is a serious bug. If you process a refund on a sale it doesn't mark it in the system that you refunded an item off that ticket so that customer can go back as many times as they want and get a refund on the same ticket. That was the final straw that broke the iConnect POS back. I can easily see this happening in our environment. I did love the ability to place an order on HOLD and pull it back up. I could see the ladies in the office doing sales during the week enter all these sales in a HOLD pattern and finalize it on the weekend when they customer comes to the gate. ShopKeep Thank goodness for shopkeep. I have tried all these and lost alot of money in the process. The staff is very friendly and helpful. After introduction from Nick which handed me off to a specialist named Tim which showed me what I needed to see. I was up and running in less than an hour. Now no one is perfect and I didn't see the ability to get a free trial of the system to play around. I had to pay $138 for two terminals/month which is the most expensive of all that I tried but it works. iConnect does have more features than shopkeep but Shopkeep just does what I need it to do. Sometimes more isn't always better. Unlike Revel we can shut down the terminals when not in use and I don't get billed the $69 for each terminal a month but if you want access to your reports still and keep all your products entered then you may a small price of $10/month. When your season starts back up you pay the $69/terminal and it downloads what you need. For me its a no brainer and I'm still on my first day with the product but what I learned from using all the other POS systems, this product is really great.
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  9. I'm just like most people and want to find ways to save money. For our family we don't watch that much TV and television now adays seem to be mostly commercials. Got introduced to Netflix many years ago and still have a running membership today. Now that Netflix has there own shows and movies with no commercials is pretty awesome. They also have last season shows all included with no commercials so if you can wait a year, its great watching a show with no commercials. I find commercials distract me from the show enough that when it comes back it refreshes my memory on what I was even watching. There is more than Netflix such as Hulu which I didn't like at all. There is Amazon, which we have access to since we are Amazon Prime Members.It's not very much per year and as much as we order from Amazon that free shipping is nice as well as all the other goodies that come with it. Unfortunately Prime isn't nearly as strong on TV Shows and Movies as Netflix but its still an option. We also use an Apple TV since our house is mostly Apple products. When you have a house full of Apple, the Apple TV is a great addon to your home since Apple works very very well with Apple. If you don't have Apple I have and also like the Amazon Fire Stick. Main reason is it supports an application I like to use called Kodi which Roku doesn't support neither does Apple TV. Alright so summary... Streaming Apps that I use Netflix Kodi DirectTV Now ($35/month) - gives a few channels, not sure its worth it. Hardware I suggest Amazon Firestick Now what you loose mainly is your local channels. I didn't think this would be a big deal since we really don't watch much TV but when you want to watch local news, weather, etc. then it would come in handy. Obviously getting hooked back up with a dish or cable provider just for local channels is silly to me so I found another solution. It's a one time cost of $350 but its a strong antenna that connects outside your home which pulls in around 30-40 local channels. It's the same thing the cable company does. Outside of a cable facility you will see a very large antenna outside to pull in those local channels and then they send to all of you via the coax connected to your home. So once you pay the $350 to have someone install a strong Winnegard HD TV Antenna on your home they connect to your existing Coax and hopefully your TV is new enough to be able to Tune HD TV. I'm now a happy cord cutter with the solution I need. I kept our local cable provider for internet only service. They have only one speed so the lowest cost for internet was fine.($50/month) I purchased an Amazon Firestick for every TV in our home ($35/each one time cost) I pay monthly for Netflix ($10/month) I purchased Winnegard HD TV antenna and had it installed on my home ($350 one time cost)
  10. Infoblox

    Infoblox Photos and Videos
  11. Infoblox and AWS

    Is it worth it? Adding Infoblox to AWS IBandAWSdemo.mp4
  12. What cloud for storage

    So I'll preface that I'm primarily a Mac user but that doesn't mean I am automatically onboard with putting all my documents on iCloud Drive. I have used Dropbox first, then Google Drive and iCloud Drive. I have no interest in using Microsoft OneDrive solution since Microsoft has a hard enough time keeping there Azure network up, there Live and Hotmail accounts not hacked, they have just proven time and time again how unreliable Microsoft has been in the cloud environment so far. My documents are important to me so we are going to automatically say no (for now) to OneDrive. Dropbox I liked dropbox and don't really have a whole lot of negative besides its blocked by just about any Enterprise. The plus is its not favored with Apple which has iCloud and not favored with Google Chromebooks which has Google Drive and not favored by Microsoft which has OneDrive. So Dropbox is the universal drive that works on everything and is available on just about any app that has saving to a cloud drive. Google Drive So the negative is it favors using its own Google Docs format. I learned recently that the excel spreadsheet I uploaded got converted when I used a Google Editor on my iPad. I didn't realize it was Google Editing my document that was stored on Google Drive since it didn't display anything. But as you edit your excel document it now becomes a google doc. When I tried to launch that saved file back on my mac using Excel it didn't recognize it since it was now a Google Doc. So I had to go into Google Doc and export as Excel and I had access to it again but now some of my formulas were all jacked. The positive is if you use Gmail (like I do) for your primary email client it obviously integrates with Google Drive very well. So instead of sending the entire large attachment via email (especially since email attachments are limited to size) you can instead choose a link to the file on your google drive and give permissions. It's pretty cool and very helpful but if you don't use Gmail, then probably not a big deal. Another pro is if you utilize Google Photos, Gmail, Google Drive, etc.. it all shares the same storage bucket and its not very pricey for all the data you can get from Google. iCloud Drive Obviously if you have Apple products (or an Apple ID) you automatically get 5GB of iCloud Drive for simple things like store your music, photos, Documents, Desktop, Safari Bookmarks, Saved Passwords, etc.. Which makes it nice when you log into any of your Apple devices with your Apple ID you now have access to those items. So the negative is not everyone supports iCloud Drive as a saved destination like Dropbox, then Google Drive. Also no ability to share files with anyone. The website icloud.com is slow. If you wanted to create or edit files on the website you need to your documents to be in Apple Docs format (pages, keynote, numbers, etc). Conclusion I use both iCloud Drive for syncing all my day to day stuff with all my Apple products. Its great when you get a new phone or laptop because either it got damaged, stolen or lost and you get all your important stuff back like it was never missing. I have Google Drive for big files and anything I want to share with someone else. No one else seems to do that better and integrate so well with your mail.
  13. New Macbook Pro

    Its kinda funny, as I saw in the tracking they were going to deliver my new Macbook Pro today I made sure I worked from home (didn't want to miss the delivery) and I was pacing all morning like a kid the day before Christmas. When I saw the UPS driver begin backing down our long driveway I instantly grew a huge smile and threw my shoes on and ran out into the freezing cold to meet the driver halfway. I scribbled my signature and ran into the house to unbox my new laptop. Now I have to vent some disappointments I noticed right away I miss the fact the apple logo doesn't light up. Come on, that was a huge cool factor that set Apple apart from everyone else. Now its gone.. no longer an option Another cool factor that I liked was the power cord had a light that was either amber while charging or green when fully charged... no longer is there a light. We all have been saved by the magnetic break away power cord. You trip over it and it pulls away from your laptop not taking your laptop to the floor. No longer, now a tight fitting USB-C charges your laptop (thank goodness I paid for apple care)
  14. New Macbook Pro

    I ran into some fan issues on my 2012 Macbook Pro and I'm sure its because its been in some pretty dirty places. Had the fan replaced at Apple for $100 but thought it may be time to upgrade. Also it allowed me to give my wife a very nice laptop that is still working in great order. She loves working with photos and thought she would enjoy using a laptop that doesn't limp along. So this very second my new Macbook Pro (2017) just arrived via UPS so I'm going to save and close this entry so I can open it up and get going.
  15. Wireshark Tutorial

    This is more like notes on how to use Wireshark so probably won't find a very in depth discussion but hopefully enough to get you going. You should have wireshark already installed. Capturing Packets On the menu, click Capture - Options Click the name of an interface under Interface List to start capturing packets on that interface. For example, if you want to capture traffic on the wireless network, click your wireless interface. As soon as you click Start, you’ll see the packets start to appear in real time. Wireshark captures each packet sent to or from your system. If you’re capturing on a wireless interface and have promiscuous mode enabled in your capture options, you’ll also see other the other packets on the network.
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