Sinefits (Benefits for Sinners)

Nothing against church goers but hitting the pub on a Sunday afternoon is killer.


Magnets for Bathroom Organization

We have a recessed bathroom cabinet in which I’m entitled to a single shelf.  I needed a way to make the most of my limited space.  My solution was to use magnets.

I mounted the magnets with a hot glue gun because I’ve found the glue to be easily removable should I change my mind later.  Tweezers and nail clippers go directly on the magnets.  I also mounted my shaving razor’s cradle with the glue.

The biggest victory was in using a binder clip to hold my toothpaste.  The binder clip provides a metallic surface for the magnets to attach.  The other benefit of a binder clip comes as the toothpaste is used, you can fold the tube (squeezing remaining paste towards the exit) and hold it in place with the clip.

Micro improvements make life that much easier.

Silica Gel Packets in Bathroom

I collected a bunch of silica gel packets and poured the beads into a clear container.  It has a decorative look that fits well in our bathroom.  Bonus side effect is it cuts down on moisture in the room.  I also think it makes the steam and mirror fog evaporate faster after showering.

I have no idea if the silica gel has a lifespan, so it may eventually lose effectiveness.  Hopefully, the gel beads absorb moisture, then slowly releases it as they dry back to original state.  I know you can put the packets in the oven and dry them but that’s not an option when the beds are not contained.

You can order bulk packs fairly cheap on Amazon if you don’t want the hassle of saving until you have enough.


EDC Key Jingle Solution

I carry keys on a carabiner hooked to my belt loop.  It’s handy because my job often has me carrying equipment in and out of doors.  I’ve found when carrying items, it’s much easier to access my keys from the belt loop versus inside my pockets.  The problem is, it results in a heavy “jingle” factor.

To combat this, I super-glued small magnets from Amazon to each side of my keys.  The keys no longer jingle, and take up less space than alternatives like rubber key covers.

Skype for Business – Windows 10 – Enable “Appear Offline”

There are a lot of old search results for enabling “Appear Offline” in Lync or Skype for Business 2016.  However, the registry key was missing in my install of Windows 10, so I had to create it to gain access to the feature.

The key should be located here:


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Policies > Microsoft > Office > 16.0 > Lync

If you don’t see those keys, create them as listed here.  Then create a DWORD 32bit and name it EnableAppearOffline.  Once created, edit the DWORD and change the value to 1.

Restart Skype for Business and you should now see the “Appear Offline” status option.

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Auto Mount ISO at boot for any user

We have a legacy app that plays videos off a CD.  The app will not launch if the disc is not available.  I created an ISO file from the disc but needed a way to auto mount the disc during logon so any user who signed into the PC could use the application.

I finally came up with an easy solution and am documenting here.  Feel free to use and customize to fit your needs.  You need admin rights to complete these steps.  Also, I have only tested this on Windows 8.1.

Step 1: Create a new folder, mine is C:\ISO\

Step 2: In C:\ISO\, create a new text file called AutoMountISO.txt, then edit the file and paste the following command (change the path and ISO name to match your setup):

Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath “C:\ISO\Test-ISO.iso”

Step 3: Rename AutoMountISO.txt to AutoMountISO.ps1, this will make it a PowerShell script.

Step 4: Run gpedit.msc to edit the computer’s Local Group Policy

Step 5: In Group Policy Editor, navigate to:

Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Scripts (Startup/Shutdown)

Step 6: Open the “Startup” key, browse to the “PowerShell Scripts” tab and add the script

In the “For this GPO, run scripts in the following order:” drop-down box, choose “Run Windows PowerShell scripts first”

Step 7: Click Apply, then OK, and restart the computer.

That’s it!  For some reason, this didn’t work the first time I rebooted the computer.  However, the next time I logged in the ISO mounted as expected and has continued to work ever since.  Even if the ISO is ejected, it will mount again at the next logon.


UPDATE:  I’ve found I need to run the script manually once (right-click and choose “Run in Powershell”) as a user with Administrator rights.  This will prompt to enable the correct Powershell execution policy.  Once that has been done, it should mount the ISO correctly after each reboot.

The only proper way to live a life…

…is with dual mini chimneys

First Post

Well, this is it, the first post.  I hope have as much fun reading it as I had writing it!