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Internet Goodness, Linux Administration, Windows Administration »

[31 Jul 2007 | No Comment | ]

The weekend saw me doing a Motherboard / CPU / HDD upgrade on one of our household’s PC’s – It’s a Windows 2003 server that had an IDE drive in it and the new Mobo was SATA. The day before, the system wouldn’t boot – some cool bad sector business had caused it. So, I didn’t have a working image to restore to the new hard drive and the system has been running for about 2 years anyway, so I figured it’s probably time for a fresh install.
But I forgot …

Linux Administration »

[25 Jul 2007 | No Comment | ]

Too many times I have heard people determine that a host is not up because they can’t ping it. Most of us (myself included) run for ping and traceroute whenever we have an issue with connectivity – but ping and traceroute rely on icmp being permitted on the routers or hosts that you are traversing to reach your final destination and many firewalls blocks these.
This is where we bring in some handy tools:
HTTping is ping for http-requests. It’s pretty much like using ping except the basic switch is:

httping -h hostname.com

On …

Hardware & Gadgetry, Internet Goodness, Philosophy, Python, Transportation »

[25 Jul 2007 | One Comment | ]

Update May 2009: If you made it here trying to find how to write Django apps for Facebook, probably the best resource I have seen to get started is

FreeNX & NoMachine, Internet Goodness, Virtualization (Virtualisation) »

[21 Jul 2007 | 2 Comments | ]

Something that was not obvious to me when using NX client was the ability to get out of fullscreen. I initially thought that they just hadn’t implemented it as yet.. but we are now on version 3 and I thought that the mere oversight should have been fixed by now.
Well, I don’t know if it has always been there but there’s two ways to switch between the remote desktop session and your local session when using NX
You can switch between full-screen and your original desktop by clicking on the …

Internet Goodness, Python »

[21 Jul 2007 | No Comment | ]

I am very much into music (and I don’t own an IPOD!) and not quite your normal, radio delivered stuff either – I have a passion for World Music – here’s a bit of a list of some of my favourites – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Fela Kuti, Orchestra Baobab, Fania All Stars, Tinariwen, Cesaria Evora, Hector Lavoe, Africando, Afro-Cuban All Stars and in the english speaking world I like Miles Davis, Tim Buckley and the Godfather of Soul – James Brown.
I have used plenty of different music …

Hardware & Gadgetry »

[21 Jul 2007 | One Comment | ]

If personal computing revolutionised the 80′s and the Internet revolutionised the 90′s then I would dare say this decade will (almost) be revolutionised by home fabrication & rapid prototyping. I say almost because, I think it will take 4-6 years before it’s potential is fully realised but I think it holds massive potential.
The number 1 hold back factors are “materials” – ie: the types or range of materials that are available for home fabrication is rather limited at the moment. Home fabrication has it’s foundations in Rapid Prototyping, which is …

Internet Goodness, Python, vi, vim and gvim »

[20 Jul 2007 | No Comment | ]

Seems I am a bit slow to the party on Yubnub – I guess I kind of see it like a cross between the unix command line and the vi of search engines – it has modes, commands and even split screens:
For example: ls australia gives you all the yubnub commands that include Australia.
Here’s some of my favourites:
gaus <searchterm> – Google.com.au Australia localised search – pages from Australiagau ebayau <product> – Ebay Australia searchauspc <town> – Australian Postcode search shopbot <product> – Shopbot search (Australia’s equivalent of pricewatch.com)seek <job keywords> …

Philosophy »

[12 Jul 2007 | No Comment | ]

Conversation went like this:
Him: Can I speak with “Insert name here”Me: May I ask who’s callingHim: Stuart(?) from SonofonMe: Can I ask what it’s regarding?Him: Some people from our office came out a few months ago and showed him some of our products (complete lie) and I am just calling to let him know we have some great deals on at the moment.(Staring at www.sonofon.com.au by now)Me: Is it regarding phone or pabx products? Because if it is, we are not interested and we only have 4 phones anywayHim: Is …

Accounting »

[3 Jul 2007 | No Comment | ]

We have just taken over the accounting from someone who was using Quickbooks (US version) and we had no way of reading the files without going out and buying Quickbooks ourselves.
I had a trial version which lasted 30 days, but of course we didn’t perform reconciliations prior to the expiry finishing. Left with little choices, I realised Quickbooks has an online version which could import all our current Quickbooks data.
After using Quickbooks online for >12 hours I can say it’s a brilliant web application – it says it requires ActiveX, …

Internet Goodness, Linux Administration, Python, vi, vim and gvim »

[3 Jul 2007 | No Comment | ]

I remember watching the first screencasts of Ruby on Rails and seeing class structures appear as the author was typing and it was almost like “fill in the blanks” – then I found out it was Textmate, then I found it was a Mac only thing.. that left me out – anyways (Nacho libre spanish accent), who cares I am a systems admin right?
Yes, I still trudged around in my daily grind jealous of the textmate crowd and waiting for something similar… then e-texteditor appeared for Windows and Scribus appeared …