Shami's Blog

Sysadmin, Because Even Developers Need Heroes

The Express Line

2008-06-06 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

An hour ago I needed some sticky notes for a project I’m working on. Since it was past 9PM the nearby stationary shops were closed, so I had to go to one of the mega stores in Amman. When I reached the cashier lines I was holding a pack of sticky notes, a roll of tape and a pen. Looking at the lines I saw one that had a sign above it that read “Express Line, 10 items or less”.


FreeBSD, Postfix, Dovecot, and Active Directory

2008-05-25 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

A while back one of my clients had an unpatched qmail server configured with local system users, it was set up in a collocation long before I took over. After having to listen to a lot of complaints about slow internet connectivity I found out that 40-50MB attachments were very common. Another thing I didn’t like about this set-up is the fact I had to maintain 2 password databases; An Active Directory for local user login and a shadow file for mail. So a local set-up with Active Directory as a back end was needed.


Space Invaders

2008-05-24 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

If you’ve lived in the 80s you are gonna find this seriously hilarious. I literally rolled on the floor laughing. Enjoy :)


Open Source Day At JUST

2008-05-09 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

Yesterday I went to my old school; The Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) to attend the first Open Source Day. Hopefully it won’t be the last.

The event was great, I met lots of great people. The students look so eager to learn. I wish them all the best. Good luck guys, can’t wait to attend the event next year inshalla.

Surround Sound Under Ubuntu Hardy Heron

2008-04-27 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

Been using Ubuntu Hardy Heron for about a month now, and I have to say it rocks, the best Desktop Linux so far.


Booting Windows and Linux using the NT loader

2008-04-20 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

I recently decided to install Windows on my home PC since I wanted to play some games, it’s been about 3 years since I started using Linux exclusively but thought a change would be nice. Since I didn’t find good guides I decided to write my own :)


Disabling RSS Feeds In Drupal 5.x

2008-04-09 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

You might want to create a site that doesn’t have RSS. I did this for my employer to create the admission exam system. Having the RSS icons show up just annoyed me, here is how to do it:


The Machines Are Rising, And They Are Coming From Egypt

2008-04-08 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

Be careful everybody, the machines are rising, SkyNet is trying run unnoticed, but someone found it in Egypt :)

Some Gnome Key Binding Tips

2008-04-08 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

A few days ago I decided to bite the bullet and upgrade from Ubuntu 7.04 to 8.04. I’ve been using IceWM for a while and thought I should give Gnome a try. I’m used to Win+Something shortcuts so I wanted to implement those under Gnome. Here is a list of shortcuts that should cover the concepts:


A Tiresome Upgrade To 2.5

2008-04-07 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

I spent the past 2 days working on getting 2.5 up and running. I lost some of my entries but at least it is now back up.

Enjoy the new upgrade