Thu 25 April 2013

Filed under Politics

Tags Cool

Are you having fun?

I watched a Feynman video where he highlighted "The Importance of Playing". He spoke of running into some problems with calculations and eventually he found himself sitting a cafeteria hardly feeling like himself. During his meal, someone threw some sort of frisbee or a lid or something, which piqued his curiosity, and he immediately began trying to work out the math and physics of what was taking place. After a while, he realized that he was having a tremendous amount of fun, and shortly thereafter it altered the course of his work - in a good way.

For as long as I can recall, I have been repeating; "If it's not fun, then why are you doing it?". Play vs. Depression is a lot like the article that I was about to attempt. They didn't do what I would have done, but they captured a Richard Feynman bit. They didn't highlight the quote I was looking for, but maybe we'll just leave this here and call it good.

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Wed 24 April 2013

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Tags Cool

who am I and what do I do?

I am Joshua Schmidlkofer. I have predominately lived in the North-Western United States. I have made myself at home in Oregon, Idaho and California. I have traveled to many of the Central and Western US States, as well as international travel to ...

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Sat 20 April 2013

Filed under Howto

Tags Cool

failed disks

Not every admin is equally intelligent, interested, disciplined or motivated. Those attributes represent the balancing act of professional service in any capacity. However, when both motivation and interest are lacking, it's probably a sign you hate your job. Cleaning up after messes made by disinterest and apathy ...

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Sat 06 April 2013

Filed under Blogs

Tags Cool Geek

Up To

Where do I begin with this migration? I have been disgusted with Typo for a while. It has required more and more resources and tweaking. It is never as simple as I wish it was, from the operations side. My friend Cliff keeps developing his own stuff, but ...

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Sat 06 April 2013

Filed under Backup

Tags Cool Geek

Up To

This is very swift. Just a quick note to point out my Veeam/Eonnas work over at Ashbyte. I wrote a small piece on my solution.

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Thu 06 October 2011

Filed under Misc

Tags Cool Geek

Just a quick blub on my Ashbyte.com page about the setup. Nothing special.

Samba Media Mounts

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Sat 01 October 2011

Filed under Email

Tags Cool Geek Security

Relaying with Postfix, SASL, Authentication and TLS

Create All The Files!

/etc/postfix/sasl/saslpass

mail.myserver.com relayuser:my password with spaces


/etc/postfix/tls_policy

[mail.myserver.com]:587 encrypt protocols=TLSv1 ciphers=high
[mail.myserver.com]:msa encrypt protocols=TLSv1 ciphers=high
[mail.myserver.com]:submission encrypt protocols ...

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Tue 21 September 2010

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Tags Cool Security

Extreme Networks

We setup a small SAN, using 1Gb networking. We have deployed a NetApp, Extreme Summit x450a and VMware 4.[01] ESXi. Along the way we had some problems, specifically w/ Jumbo Frames.

Our requirements were fairly specific:

  • VMware and Netapp compatible Port Groups (LACP, Trunking, Etherchannel, etc) must ...
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Wed 04 August 2010

Filed under Email

Tags Cool Geek Lamer Moments

My Problems

Since all of you, like me, use Gmail - Having abandoned dignity and surrendered and amazing amount of personal information to the matrix - you will likely need to search. Sometimes the searches are harder than others. For instance, eventually you want to search for mail from "chuck.dare@nasa ...

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Tue 08 September 2009

Filed under OS

Tags Cool Geek

Lesser Apps

Applications are like work habits or practices or anything else in life. The ones you have seem like the best when you find them. I have discovered - over and over - that my own desire for excellence is easily pleased but never satisfied. The darker side of this ambition ...

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Wed 02 September 2009

Filed under OS

Tags Cool Geek

I have to say something

The most annoying feature to geek-users of Safari is the practice of uncompressing downloaded .gz files. I find the whole auto-unzip generally useful. It's a problem whenever I do things like downloading the latest pfSense. I need the original compressed tarball. It has a ...

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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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

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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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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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Tue 28 November 2006

Filed under Howto

Tags Cool PostgreSQL Python Security

I hate Apache. I really do. I refuse to vindicate that hatred. There are great aspects about it, but the things I want to do are hampered by things like the sewer-refuse-styled configuration syntax.

I like Nginx. It is fast, simple, and is amazing. It does proxy, reverse proxy, rewrite ...

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Tue 21 November 2006

Filed under Howto

Tags Cool Security

One problem that I have frequently is remembering how to list NFS exports on a remote server. It's really simple:

`showmount`_

osXlt:~ joshua$ showmount -a gambit
All mount points on gambit:
osXlt:~ joshua$ showmount -a forge
All mount points on forge:
*:/data
*,bubbles.mynetwork.com:/data
*,bubbles.mynetwork ...

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Wed 06 September 2006

Filed under Email

Tags Cool Python

My lovely wife has been using Evolution for some time now. We use Gmail lots anymore, but she still has lists and other traffic bound for Evolution on our Cyrus IMAP server. One continuous problem is the crappy filter problems with Evolution.

Cyrus provides a usable solution for this, Sieve ...

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Fri 01 September 2006

Filed under Email

Tags Cool Security

This is a simple, but cool, recipe for querying Exchange from Postfix. This is used with a Windows 2003 Small Business Server, running (s)Exchange 2003.

We don't often use this, because of the obvious problem of being unable to receive mail when Exchange crashes or must be rebooted ...

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Tue 25 July 2006

Filed under Email

Tags Cool Security

A growing number of small businesses are using Blackberry handhelds. Microsofts services haven't taken off as strong, but in a year or two I suspect Microsofts products will be kings of the market.

For now, we have a wide range of Blackberry services. Most of my clients use the ...

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Mon 17 July 2006

Filed under Email

Tags Cool Lamer Moments

Gmail is cool and everything. GmailFS is one example of the coolness of Google, and Gmail. Google tends to publish AJAX Api's for everything, making things extensible, even if XML Situps suck.

However, a new sucky thing (for me) has developed. I did not realize that the Google Spam ...

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Tue 23 May 2006

Filed under OS

Tags Cool Lamer Moments

Linux is pretty awesome, but sometimes manufacturers and hardware can be a pill. On such instance are LSI Logic MegaRAID controllers. From Dell PERC to HP NetRAID to off the shelf stuff, these can be the bane of your existance.

Today I have the mispleasure of dealing with one that ...

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Tue 28 March 2006

Filed under Email

Tags Cool Security

My esteemed colleague Pacopablo has created a Howto on using Postfix with SMTPAUTH. Now, he can relay via his ISP, bypassing certain mail server restrictions due to having a dynamic IP address.

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Tue 21 March 2006

Filed under Howto

Tags Cool Geek

I never ran the preleases, but I was hot to trot as soon as Gnome 2.14 was released. I was like a kid in a candy store. I have never run forward with such reckless abandon, but if FC5 can do it, Gentoo can do it. Seeing cool articles ...

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Tue 21 March 2006

Filed under Howto

Tags Cool

I may not be much of a shell scripter, or a programmer. However, I wrote a utility that saved me more than 30 minutes of time tonight. The Bastard does mass unmasking and keywords overrides for portage packages. Who needs this? People who wish to run Gnome 2.14 before ...

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Wed 15 March 2006

Filed under Howto

Tags Cool Security

My old laptop is broken. It took many abuses. The flickering backlight on the screen. The little black plastic chunks that fell out now and again. The way the harddrive wouldn't stay powered on the battery. *sigh* Those really were the good old days. The 'good old days' ended ...

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Fri 17 February 2006

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Tags Cool

I have had the lovely experience of running Starcraft on Linux and having it work VERY WELL! I've wished for years that Starcraft was stable on Wine. Sometime in the last 4 years, it became stable and totally usable.

I thought I would try again since Wine is now ...

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