posted by steve | Category: Linux & Open Source

For quite some time, I’ve had my own personal homepage containing commonly used links, server status, subject lines of e-mails, and RSS news feeds.  Nothing exciting there.  The RSS feeds are retrieved by a program that runs every N minutes through cron and places the entries into a MySQL table.  Again, nothing exciting.  However, recently the Perl program that I’ve been using to retrieve the RSS has been consuming a bigger percentage of the available [...Read more...]

posted by steve | Category: Useful Items That I Forget

When writing books I typically find myself needing to use Windows servers in various forms.  However, I don’t need the password to expire.  I always forget how to disable that, erm, feature.  So here it is.  Nothing groundbreaking here, just me writing it down so I can find it later. For local password expiration: gpedit.msc Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Account Policies -> Password Policy | Maximum Password Age For domain [...Read more...]

posted by steve | Category: Random Rants

I use the braingia.org domain as my own personal domain (as you can see by visiting this site).  I also use it for e-mail.  When providing an e-mail address through an online form, I typically create an e-mail alias for that site.  Doing so enables me to track if that site sells my e-mail address or, as happened the last couple weeks, starts sending out a ton of advertising.  Just today I deleted two e-mail [...Read more...]

posted by steve | Category: Random Rants

After getting through some unexpected activation issues last night I spent some time with iOS 7 today and this evening.  First impression:  If this is the UI that Jony Ive designed then he should be fired and be sent to a deserted monochrome island.  There is simply not enough contrast for, well, anything in the UI. The tiles blend together and the new fonts don’t do anything to help the situation. Everything seems to blend [...Read more...]

posted by steve | Category: Useful Items That I Forget

I do a fair amount of writing involving Microsoft products.  As such I’m constantly re-installing Windows into virtual machines.  One of the items that catches me off guard is Windows activation with multi-activation keys (MAK) from Technet.  Here’s my friendly reminder on what needs to be done in order to activate when Windows indicates there’s an activation problem: slmgr.vbs /ipk <WINDOWS KEY HERE> Windows activation will work after that command completes successfully.

posted by steve | Category: Current Projects

The firewall built on Raspbian with a Raspberry Pi has been running for a couple weeks, rather flawlessly I might add.  I’ve ordered additional Pi’s (Pis?) from Adafruit.  I’ve had great luck with Adafruit; shipping is quite fast (same day!) and their tutorials are good too. The overall layout of the firewall includes a Plugable USB-Ethernet USB2-E100 adapter, a Cisco/Linksys USB200M, and the native ethernet port on the Raspberry Pi.  Rather than tax the native USB [...Read more...]

posted by steve | Category: Uncategorized

I recently ordered a Raspberry Pi kit from Adafruit with the goal of making a motion detector.  However, after receiving it, I started to think about other uses for the board.  Specifically, I’d like to get asterisk with an external ATA to PSTN working (that’s a story for another day) and also get a firewall running on it.  Granted, this will end up being multiple Pis but for now it’s all more proof of concept. [...Read more...]

posted by steve | Category: Linux & Open Source

Upgraded to Debian Wheezy last night.  Followed the official upgrade instructions.  Things went generally well and I’m amazed by how well major upgrades go with Debian.  Wheezy is the second major release for this particular server and it had an uptime of 476 days before today’s upgrade. A couple problems were noted, specifically with the upgrade of the mysql server and dovecot.  Both seem to have breaking changes.  For MySQL, the breaking change is that [...Read more...]

Reading the Preface

Jan
2013
17

posted by steve | Category: Random Rants

Before I started writing, I never spent much time reading a book’s Preface or other front matter, I just skipped right into the book and went from there.  After writing my share of books for a variety of skill levels, I find the Preface and other such introductory material to be of great importance.  The Preface can be used to tell the reader what skill level they need in order to read the book and [...Read more...]

SkyDrive on Mac

Jul
2012
29

posted by steve | Category: Uncategorized

Installed Microsoft SkyDrive on OS X but stopped from starting automatically on boot. Then I lost it. Couldn’t find it. Turns out that the Skydrive.app stayed in the Downloads folder after install rather than going to the Applications folder. Moving it to Applications solved the riddle.