Shami's Blog

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Why Windows Is Less Secure Than Linux

2007-02-08 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

A good Windows administrator can put together a more secure setup than a bad Linux administrator. This is an article I stumbled upon today, it shows, from a programmer’s point of view, why Windows is harder to secure than Linux. (Sadly the link no longer works)

Registered Linux User #440575

2007-01-28 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

I finally got myself to register as a Linux users. I guess I got a nice number, I wish my phone numbers were as good :D

All McGyver Ever Needs

2007-01-25 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

Now this reminds me of the times I used to watch this. When was that?? I guess it was the 1980s.

Enjoy :D

Microsoft PR Paying To "Correct" Wikipedia

2007-01-23 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

Over on the O’Reilly Network, there’s an interesting piece about how Microsoft tried to hire people to contribute to Wikipedia. Not wanting to do the edits directly, they were looking for an intermediary to make edits and corrections favorable to them.

Shame on you Microsoft

A Song For The System Administrator

2007-01-17 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

Yesterday after I added my previous post I remembered this little thing, I know it’s old but it’s still funny.


System Administrators Must Never Think, They Must Troubleshoot

2007-01-10 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

A few weeks ago we switched one of our clients to use a hosted anti-SPAM/anti-virus solution. Everything was fine before that, but ever since we did so I started getting delays in the initial welcome message the mail server gave. I thought (And that’s where I went wrong) that it might have been caused by the provider, sending the messages in bursts.


Thunderbird, Linux, And New Email Notification

2007-01-07 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

Now that I think of it, I’ve been using Mozilla Thunderbird for more than 3 years now, it is one of the best email clients I have ever seen, and with the available extensions, it can do almost anything.


Caught Sleeping at the Sharepoint Seminar

2006-12-25 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

So last week I was attending the Microsoft Windows Vista and Office launch event, one of the speakers, Bandar Sharafi is a dear friend of mine. During his session, which was the last, I was very tired, and I lost track of what he was saying. This is what happened, taken from Bander’s blog: We had a lot of fun during that session, Mohammad Shami a very close friend who was attending the session decided to take a nap!


My Wireless Experience

2006-12-17 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

I guess you’ve been wondering why I haven’t posted anything for a while now. Well, I’ve been a little busy lately, one of the things I was working on is installing a wireless network at home. That project took too much time to complete because of some issues I had. And I’d like to share my story.At first, I went and bought a D-Link DSL-G624T. Good wireless range, nice external finish, built in DSL modem, it sure does remove a lot of the hassle of building a network. But after experimenting with it for 2 days, I was unable to forward SSH to my PC, the router is Linux based, and the firewall kept sending the SSH connections to itself, instead of forwarding them to the internal LAN.


Rotating Tomcat Logs

2006-11-06 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

Something that had puzzled me for a while, when I first stared working for Integrant Inc. I noticed that the catalina.out file generated by tomcat was growing so big it sometimes reached 3 or even 4GB.