Mon 01 December 2008

Filed under OS

Tags Geek Lamer Moments

MacOSX Strives to be more rigthteous than the next bloke:

Dec  1 20:38:22 xXxMac SyncServer[2205]: SyncServer: Truth vacuumed.
Next vacuum date 2008-12-15 20:38:21 -0800

Wah-Hoo

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Mon 01 December 2008

Filed under OS

Tags Lamer Moments Retarded

Oh. Wow. Michael Widenius said some trite things about the new 5.1 release. How can they be trite? Because the version numer changes, but the problems with MySQL Remain.

Holy crap. Look at the list of problems with MySQL. I have two customers left who use it. Sometimes I ...

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Wed 10 September 2008

Filed under Politics

The Internets are full of rumors tonight. Every day the bloggers pick up and respond to useless point of interest about each campaign. The two most ridiculous I have seen thus far are here:

Obama

"you can put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig"

I don't ...

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Wed 30 July 2008

Filed under Howto

Tags Cool Geek

OpenVZ can have various heinous problems with udev. Most often, you cannot enter the VZ from the admin, and you cannot connnect via SSH.

beast / # vzenter 51enter into VE 51 failed
Unable to open pty: No such file or directory

In Fedora you can make a simple change to /etc ...

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Mon 02 June 2008

Filed under Politics

Tags Obvious Retarded

You have to give Microsoft credit. They were 66% correct. That's about 150% better than normal. Seriously. Todays fun is imported from the land of broken-wmi-crap.

the bug

After the super-exciting side affect of an asshat package manager, a Microsoft standard-issue-busted-software problem has cropped up:

Event Type: Error
Event ...
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Sat 31 May 2008

Filed under Email

Tags Lamer Moments Obvious Secret Messages

I hate Microsoft. I truly do. These assholes are simply unbelievable. I cannot articulate the fury and frustration which I feel at this moment. Seriously. The insanity of whatever policy drives them is beyond the measure of intelligent people.

I cannot write a scathingly witty post about overcoming them. I ...

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Fri 30 May 2008

Filed under Howto

Tags Cool Python

I love flac files, and I always rip my CDs in EAC - straight to FLAC. The problem is that a couple months ago I was transfering some of my older music to my MacBook and I discovered something awful. The horror known as iTunes doesn't grok Flac. I failed ...

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Wed 21 May 2008

Filed under Misc

Tags Obvious

There are a ton of articles, esp from Microsoft, regarding moving SQL Server data and log files. After our storage expansion we wanted to move the data and logs for several databases, all of which participated in replication by one means or another.

I didn't find any articles specifically ...

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Mon 19 May 2008

Filed under Politics

Tags Geek

Most people think that bash.org is just a collection of useless quotes. IRC is a seething underbelly of stupidity and intellectual mayhem. However, it appears that that the vacant stares actually assist in the discovery of blinding insights.

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Thu 01 May 2008

Filed under Politics

Tags Geek Lamer Moments Obvious Retarded Secret Messages

Why is it that normal people don't run more successful projects? See this ticket regarding Paludis. Paludis is a C++ replacement for Portage. Portage is a squirrels nest and even though the ebuild system is pretty nice, portage itself is pretty lame.

Disclosure

In the interest of fairness, I ...

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Thu 20 March 2008

Filed under Misc

Tags Cool Lamer Moments PostgreSQL

We win again. I wanted to run Scalix for a client, inside of a VE/CT/whatever, and I tried using Fedora Core 7 to do so. I was unable to make the installer work and didn't see much in the way of help from Scalix. Here is a ...

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Wed 12 March 2008

Filed under Politics

Tags Obvious Secret Messages

Of all the responses to Zed's seminal work about Ghettos, I think that Obie has the only one worth reading. Reader Beware: Obie's article is well intentioned, but misguided. He provided a valuable axis of opinion for me.

I thought Zed's orginial post was difficult to read ...

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Tue 11 March 2008

Filed under Blogs

Tags Lamer Moments Retarded Secret Messages

Typo is a Rails app. Rails is a Ghetto. While I'm not sure what it has to do with torturing the Jewish people, I think that Zed might be a Jew. I digress.

Rails is clearly caught in a ghetto. It's strange and suffers from strange documentation. One ...

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Sun 09 March 2008

Filed under Politics

Tags Lamer Moments Obvious

I was literally looking for a "change-log" type document describing the differences between Java 1.4, 1.5 and 1.6. This was what I found.

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Wed 05 March 2008

Filed under Email

Tags Lamer Moments Obvious

I am having more and more problems with OpenDNS. I have dropped it's

usage at my house, and I am dropping it all my business locations.

Your "website is down thing" is not only a huge pain in the ass, but

it's generally wrong.

1 in 10 are ...

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Mon 03 March 2008

Filed under OS

Tags Cool Python

We were messing w/ Postfix and Cyrus IMAPD today. Our prime goal was making a sensical approach to authenticating against a PostgreSQL-based directory. LDAP (OpenLDAP and FDS) based tools sucks for most people. Using native-box-auth is actually quite messy. The mail data cannot be easily associated with the users. You ...

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Fri 22 February 2008

Filed under Backup

Tags Cool Geek

In order to get Ahsay working behind and SSL proxy which passes traffic to port 80, you have to modify your conf/server.xml and set a few settings on ol' Nginx.

Add to your server.xml, non-SSL connector declaration

scheme="https" secure="false" proxyPort="443" redirectPort="443"

nginx config ...

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Fri 11 January 2008

Filed under Politics

Tags Lamer Moments Obvious

The only people on the planet interested (consciously) in worshiping and serving lower forms of life are PETA wackos. However, the folks at Verizon want you to know something: When you call them, you are on equal footing with machines. Call with any problem: New service, old service, complaint, billing ...

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Wed 09 January 2008

Filed under Howto

Tags Python

Turbogears lacks init scripts, and if you use it long enough you will long for them. The Ashbyte crew hacked up something quick and dirty. They aren't much, but they'll save time for Gentoo users.

The main difficulty is the child processes that TG spawns when running with ...

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Fri 04 January 2008

Filed under Sec.

Tags Cool Security

If you have to work in networks with any Windows products, coupled with MSDE or SQL Express you will eventually run into memory consumption problems. Apparently no GUI interface deals with it. I have seen numerous complaints on the Internet for sqlservr.exe consuming loads of memory. Some psychos recommend ...

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Wed 19 December 2007

Filed under Sec.

Tags Cool Python

Everyone needs a decent IP port forwarder, once in a while. Here are three great ones:

  • Thread-based, this is my most frequently used.

  • Async-Core - recently used when the threaded model wouldn't forward an ssh session (???)

  • Pinhole - another threaded implementation.

The Async-core version is clearly the hottest. It runs as ...

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Wed 31 October 2007

Filed under OS

Tags Cool Obvious

I setup VMWare Server on Gentoo the other day. It was pretty much easy. After install, cleanup all the .vmware folders in various home directories. Assign users with priv's to the 'vmware' group.

User Setup

gpasswd -a vmadmin vmware

Run the vmware-config.pl - Note the network numbers.

Network Setup ...

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Tue 30 October 2007

Filed under Politics

Tags Lamer Moments Retarded Secret Messages Security

Listening is a diminishing skill in todays world. People are bombarded by ads and messages with such intensity that we develop our own ability to not hear. Dr Strangeloves 'CRM-114' discriminator is a picture of people in the modern world. The nasty side effects come mostly in interpersonal ways. We ...

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Tue 30 October 2007

Filed under Politics

Tags Cool Geek

Cliff Wells asks a question that plagues most of us - sooner or later. What does it mean to be Enterprise Ready?

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Wed 17 October 2007

Filed under Politics

Tags Lamer Moments

Microsoft, it seems, is a little lost. We have the brand-new much-advertised PowerShell - covered previously by me. At least, the first bad (e.g. name) part of it has. But why, oh the humanity, WHY doesn't the window have an easy cut'n'paste feature?

The tired and weak ...

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Wed 17 October 2007

Filed under Politics

Tags Lamer Moments

Microsoft is rife with people who pick terrible names. Let's look at some hits:

Note: There are lots of articles like this, but my is mine and it's special, damnit.

  • Power Shell

    (or as I call it: the straw that broke the camel's back). Now everyone knows ...

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Fri 12 October 2007

Filed under Sec.

Tags Geek Lamer Moments

There are a number of articles on removing Symantec AntiVirus silently. There is a link to thread on avoiding MSI uninstall reboots. There are good suggestions and some bad. Mostly it's simple. Cleaning up SAV w/o a prompt, password, or user-required action is a little non-trivial.

Someone else ...

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Wed 10 October 2007

Filed under Howto

Tags Geek Lamer Moments

... or how to share folders from Windows 2003 with Macs via AFP/MacFile/File Services for Machintosh

I don't know what I missed, but this is the one type of sharing that requires using Computer Management.

Right-Click My Computer, Click Manage. Click on Shared Folders. From there you can ...

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Wed 10 October 2007

Filed under Blogs

Typo has seemed a little off lately. Last night I finally broke and upgraded. Typo 4.0.x => 4.1.1

Backup

pg_dump -U typouser -D typodb > 2007-10-09.typo.dump
createdb -U pgsuper -U typoeuser -D typodbnew
Welcome to psql 8.1.5, the PostgreSQL interactive terminal.

Type:  \copyright for ...

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Tue 09 October 2007

Filed under Misc

Tags Cool Geek

I have a Novatel EX720 Merlin EV-DO RevA PC-Express wireless card. It is actually a USB device that attaches via the PC slot. I use it with my MacBook Pro. When I purchased it, activation was unavailable from OS X. However, I was able to activate using Parallels. I booted ...

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Fri 07 September 2007

Filed under Misc

Tags Cool Geek

There is a far and wide search for media players under linux is difficult. Cliff found Exaile, something that people have been raving about since January. Give it a try. It's Cliff's flavor of the week.

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Tue 28 August 2007

Filed under Sec.

Tags Cool Geek

I found a neat recipe for forwarding TCP ports under python. It's so short and succinct that I had to post about it. Also, I may never find it again.

ASPN Recipe

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Sat 24 February 2007

Filed under Sec.

Since the days waned on IMR, I have begun recreating my open source lore. Most of my coolest articles are gone, but here is where I have begun to rebuild.

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Sun 11 February 2007

Filed under Howto

Tags Cool Geek

I wrote a little blurb on my experience converting from Tapes to MP3s.Cassette Tapes to MP3 and CD

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Thu 08 February 2007

Filed under Howto

Tags Cool

I have been building OpenVZ kernels on Gentoo for a while now. Recently while attempting to build Openvz-sources-028.015 most of the VE options disappeared. I looked online but did not find anything. As usual, the OpenVZ folks recommend downloading the pre-packaged config.

Stymied by the online forums, (after about ...

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Sat 27 January 2007

Filed under Politics

Tags Lamer Moments

Truly malicious people are not all that common. In the real world Hanlon's Razor holds very true indeed. In some of my more recent business dealings, I have come away demonized and to some degree, demonizing. However, in light of that most excellent piece of thought I have realized ...

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Thu 18 January 2007

Filed under Politics

Tags Lamer Moments Retarded

Show up to work on Wednesday, say December 7th, for instance. Notice that everything in the office is gone. What do you think next?

  • a. Gee, I think that we were robbed. (Wait, the two expensive client-computers are still here).
    1. Gee, I think that the powers that be are firing ...
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Wed 06 December 2006

Filed under OS

Tags Cool PostgreSQL

Cliff's Latest Post references some cool news about PostgreSQL. Namely this:

IT KICKS MYSQLs A** IN PERFORMANCE TERMS AS WELL. (as everything else - e.g. features, consistency, startup-options, configurability, etc.)

No doubt someone is going to argue that this has to do with use pattern/configuration/(insert excuse here ...

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Fri 01 December 2006

Filed under Blogs

Tags Cool PostgreSQL

I don't use Ruby much. I use PostgreSQL quite a bit. My blog pisses me off - lots of slow load times, lots of serious lag. Today, I did a "control-R" refresh in Firefox. Eleven (11) Seconds to load the page! It was awful.

Here is what I did....

  • VACUUM ...
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Fri 01 December 2006

Filed under Howto

Tags Cool Python

Pacopablo posted a quick example of doing mass-environment changes to Trac sites on Asylumware. Today I used it, and I updated it.

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