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Sysadmin, Because Even Developers Need Heroes

All McGyver Ever Needs


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


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


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

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System Administrators Must Never Think, They Must Troubleshoot


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.

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Thunderbird, Linux, And New Email Notification


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.

At home, I only open Thunderbird when I want to check for new email, but at work, I like to leave it open all the time in case I get any emails from my coworkers.

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Caught Sleeping at the Sharepoint Seminar


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!

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My Wireless Experience


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.

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Rotating Tomcat Logs


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.

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Sonicwall Global VPN Client


Last week while I was going over a checklist on a client’s system when our Leased Line service was disconnected.

No worries, that happens some times. I wait for the connection to go back up so I can finish my work, but I could not connect to the client’s network after that happened. So I think to myself, maybe the firewall still had the connection opened, so I go about and restart the firewall -which is a Sonicwall tz170 btw.

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An Internal Memory Card Reader/Writer and Gentoo Linux; The Dangerous Combination


Hello everybody, it’s me again. Before I begin, I just want to say that this one’s dedicated to my friend and brother Kilo, you’ll love it :D.

After spending some time with my new w810i -which I love so far, I decided to get a card reader/writer to transfer files to/from the phone. Even though the USB cable that came with the phone worked like a charm, but I don’t want to use it since it charges the battery as soon as the phone is plugged, and I like to charge batteries only when they die.

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