Sun 16 October 2011

Filed under OS

Tags CompassionNeeded Geek Lamer Moments

I wanted to install OSX Lion on my new hard disk. I moved my old drive to an external enclosure, and booted with Command+R to load the recovery console. I formatted the disk and then went to "Install".

After about thirty minutes, the time still said "5 hours, 16 minutes" remaining. I loaded up my firewall and found no traffic at all.

I messed around, rebooted to Lion on the old drive, and tried a fresh download of the Lion Install in App Store. (Hold Option, then click on "installed" when looking at the OS X Lion Page).

The download did run, but it was pitifully slow. Over two hours it averaged about 200K/s. I have a modest 15M/2M FiOS connection and I expected much better.

After tooling about, I located my providers stock DNS's. I have been using Google DNS - because it's super fast. I found the DNS w/ the lowest latency, and then I changed DNSMasq to pass all request for "*.apple.com" to the Frontier DNS.

My effect was immediate. I flushed my local dns cache, then paused and restarted the download.

Immediate Results

Immediately after changing DNS.

Five minutes later

Five minutes after changing DNS.

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Thu 19 May 2011

Filed under Sec.

Tags IPsec Lamer Moments Security

Practical Troubleshooting

I love pfSense. So far it's superior to every Linux-based routing appliance. No product is perfect, but the 2.0 release is very promising. I have been troubleshooting tunnels which inexplicably do not work. I have been recieving the following error during phase1 connection:

racoon: ERROR: couldn ...

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Tue 28 September 2010

Filed under Politics

Tags Lamer Moments

WTF Am I Saying

We're obsessed with the Presidency and we've let the core of our Republic, the Legislative Branch, go to the dogs. They squabble and bicker like children, they lack critical thinking skills and they're winning because they have a haircut, a nice suit, and ...

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Wed 22 September 2010

Filed under Email

Tags Geek Lamer Moments

Zimbra Management

Read This Fine Article - it tells you how, almost. I didn't find it that great. It tells you what to do but lends no guidance as to how to fix brokenness.

Changing the name

Ultimately, I got a message which many people have seen:

Unable to contact ...

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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 26 January 2010

Filed under Backup

Tags Lamer Moments

Editors Note

This is unfinished, but I am leaving it as "Published", because it's being used for reference. Sorry for omissions and misspellings.

UPDATE

This is superceded by recent changes, or more brilliant technical people. You do not have to unpack the .jar files - a step which I personally ...

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Mon 16 November 2009

Filed under Politics

Tags Lamer Moments Retarded

I thought that the first season of "Legend of the Seeker" was bad. But, the second season is worse. The writers don't know anything about the characters, and they haven't really read the books. Terry Goodkind put some effort and thought into constructing a realistic world. The show ...

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Tue 10 March 2009

Filed under Blogs

Tags CompassionNeeded Lamer Moments

I use Typo, and I have since the early 4.0 days. Each upgrade brings a slew of new messes to the table. I recently discovered that apparently there are only two people behind Typo development, and with it being a Ruby/Rail project that does offer some explanation as ...

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Tue 10 March 2009

Filed under OS

Tags Lamer Moments Obvious Retarded

It's Daylight Savings Time - Again. Time for a new round of FAIL from Microsoft.

Windows Mobile

A clients' Verizon Windows Mobile phone has changed all the appointments for the foreseeable future to an hour later than originally scheduled.

Entourage

Microsoft Entourage 2004, on my older PowerBook G4 is rendering ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tue 28 November 2006

Filed under Politics

Tags Lamer Moments

I've had a lamer moment. To all the people who noticed, I am deeply sorry that I nuked your comments =(. It was after a spammer got crazy with the feedback. I promise to never do it again.

Sincerely,

Joshua Schmidlkofer

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Tue 14 November 2006

Filed under Politics

Tags Lamer Moments

I have been working on an article, which was accidentally published for about 8 hours, which is a bitter recount of my views on OpenLDAP.

IMNHSO OpenLDAP has been a tool fraught with complexity, needless overhead, and inhuman design problems. Replication is terrible to setup. The whole SSL thing is ...

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Tue 14 November 2006

Filed under Email

Tags Lamer Moments Retarded Security

Task: Upgrade Symantec Antivirus for Microsoft Exchange.
Diffculty: Symantec Continues to Suck.

Despite a clear desire to escape from these things it can be difficult. Todays installment brought a new error: "Please Insert Disk 1". Despite all my best attempts, I could not divine what disk '1' was/is.

After ...

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Wed 30 August 2006

Filed under Howto

Tags Lamer Moments

My good buddy Cliff has been solving various problems with WebServices. We have been working for the last few years on sorting out Apache, Cherokee and Lighttpd. Cliffs vicious tongue has recently been laid to the trunk of Lighttpd. At the recommendation of the venerable Bob Ippolito, we are leaving ...

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Wed 26 July 2006

Filed under Sec.

Tags Lamer Moments Security

My own private war is with my habits. So often when testing web services, I will setup a name in /etc/hosts allowing a quick and dirty approach to debugging, test, or whatever.

I use kerberos and this is a problem, considering that I added this:

198.145.247.218 ...

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Mon 17 July 2006

Filed under Email

Tags Lamer Moments Python Retarded

Microsoft Exchange, the pithy "message server of the masses". Running atop the 'venerable' Windows 2003 Small Business Server. It calmly neglects everything except it's beloved Outlook. Which in turn neglects everything except it's cancerous host: Windows.

Microsoft Assist (paid) phone support, separated by distance, culture, and of course ...

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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 14 February 2006

Filed under OS

Tags Lamer Moments Python

I have used Python to do many things. However, I was debugging some code for a friend and we had the strangest side effect. We were using PyCURL to read a file from a webserver, and save it to disk as part of a wxPython app that he is writing ...

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Fri 23 December 2005

Filed under Sec.

Tags IPsec Lamer Moments

I think that IPsec tunnels are cool. COOL. Managing them SUCKS. I have been through the ringer this week. Three Ciscos, one Linux box, four Watchguards, two Netopias, a dash of Netgear switches, a 3com switch, several T-1s and two ISP. If you can say that ten times real fast ...

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Thu 22 December 2005

Filed under Politics

Tags Lamer Moments Retarded

The Ruby on Rails community seems like street preachers these days.

Talk to real-world programmers who run businesses and you are likely to come across strong sentiments about 'over-engineering'. These feeling will run deep and often are driven by a personal whimsy. It does not reduce their validity, it merely ...

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Thu 15 December 2005

Filed under Sec.

Tags IPsec Lamer Moments

TCPMSS - AKA Maximum Segment Size - an extremely important TCP value in it's own right. It determines how large the data block in any tcp packet is. When your dealing with IPsec VPNs, this value, and not as much the MTU decides your success or failure.

When dealing with Encrypted ...

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Thu 15 December 2005

Filed under OS

Tags Lamer Moments

It all starts with an innocent user.... "Hey, I can't see the Internet". "Oh, wow, I can't see email." "Oh, actually I can't work on files." (I can't help but notice the progression here: Oh, the Internet is down, I guess I'll send some email ...

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Thu 15 December 2005

Filed under Blogs

Tags Cool Lamer Moments

I am still suffering from exciting problems with Typo.


  • Timezone: Add the TZ var to the lighty config.

    "bin-environment" => (
               "RAILS_ENV" => "production" ,
               "TZ"        => "America/Los_Angeles"
     )
    

    We will see if that works.

  • libgcc_s.so.1 - This is still plaguing me. Less so now, but it's kinda of mystifying. I am trying ...

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Thu 15 December 2005

Filed under OS

Tags Lamer Moments

I have been monkeying with RoR and I have been getting this error every so often:

libgcc_s.so.1 must be installed for pthread_cancel to work

I haven't done much investigation, but I suspect it's because I built ruby with threads support. I recompiled and am waiting to ...

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