I Don’t Like Spam
Posted in Reviews
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:56 pm)

Well today has been a most excellent day at the office—it seems like every problem that came my way I just swatted down and went on to the next one.

This morning we received an evaluation unit of the Barracuda Spam Firewall, and man it's cool. It acts like a pass-through gateway for all your email, you send it to the Barracuda, then it forwards your mail to your regular server for you. At least, it forwards the email you want to your mail server. Setup was a breeze, I was configured and up and running in 10 minutes. There was a problem getting updates, but my local dealer called Barracuda, gave me a direct number, and I had the problem solved in 5 minutes from the time I was called.

I'm excited about throwing the switch now. It's been real difficult trying to follow spam trends, tweak SpamAssassin rules, etc to keep up with it. Now I (hopefully) won't have to worry about it any more.

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Sweet Deals
Posted in Tech
Forenoon watch, 7 bells (11:43 am)

If you need a new LCD monitor, Dell has some great deals right now. My account reps are selling them at 25% off, I just ordered two 20" LCDs for $366 and two 19" LCDs for $231.

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More Brilliant Innovations from Microsoft
Forenoon watch, 7 bells (11:35 am)

Somebody had the stellar idea to shove all undeliverable mail into a directory called badmail when sending through IIS (Inetput/mailroot/badmail on my server).

This folder filled up my entire hard drive. With hundreds of thousands of 1kb to about 3kb files. With an average OS using a 64k or 128k block size, that eats up more space that you would believe. Several gigabytes of space, to be exact. The irony is what's taking up the most of that room—empty space.

There are no settings to control how big to let it grow, nor is there a reasonable way to be warned about it, or even empty it. I first made the mistake of opening the folder—it hung my filesharing system. I opened a DOS prompt and began erasing files there, but stopped it after about 15 minutes of not knowing what the status was. I then opened the badmail folder, and only had roughly 53,000 files left. I can only imagine how many hundreds of thousands I had in there to begin with. Morons.

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The Lake House
Posted in Reviews
Forenoon watch, 1 bell (8:33 am)

Last night (after the company appreciation cruise on Lake Coeur d'Alene for being #1 in the market in May) we went and saw The Lake House. My wife loved it. It's a total chick-flick, but you'll probably get bonus points for taking your sweetheart to see it. The movie was pretty good, but it's hard to get past seeing Keanu Reeves as he was in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

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Stupid Digital River
Posted in Tech
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:44 pm)

Digital River sucks. I purchased licenses (online) for Symantec Corporate AntiVirus 10.1 and downloaded the ISO image from their site. Thankfully I opted to receive a hard copy (that took 4 weeks to show up because it was backordered). Anyway, I burned the ISO image to a CD and it was totally FUBAR. All the filenames were in capital letters, and all the spaces were converted to underscores. They didn't create the ISO with the right extensions.

Unfortunately I didn't find this out until after I attempted to upgrade our existing AntiVirus server. It went tango uniform. So I mounted the ISO image on my shiny new Linux box, copied all the content to a temporary directory, then created a new ISO image and burned that to CD—it works perfectly. I can never remember which extensions do what, but I typically use rock ridge and joliet (I think Joliet gives you the nice filenames). I always create ISOs with both of those and things have always worked well for me. I can only assume some newbie at Digital River tried to do the same thing and messed it all up. They may have fixed the download image by now, but I'm not going to buy new licenses and download them just to see...

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Movie Search
Posted in Tech
First dog watch, 3 bells (5:51 pm)

Go see what I did with IMDbPY.

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A Tough Decision
Posted in Creepiness
Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:35 am)

Would I rather die a horrible leprous death, or touch the tail and be healed??

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Library Bug Fixed
Posted in Tech
Afternoon watch, 8 bells (4:04 pm)

I fixed the annoying bug I had in my modified version of the Now Reading plugin—the menus show up correctly now in the full library as well as the individual book page.

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Well Enough Is Never Left Alone
Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:02 am)

You'd think the Gas Powered Blender would have been enough, right?

Not according to these guys who made a v8 blender—and no, I don't mean the juice.

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Ironman Cd’A
Posted in General
First watch, 5 bells (10:43 pm)

I just returned from downtown, things are still hopping down there. Lots of people are cheering the toughest of the tough—the people that push through the late evening to finish the race before midnight. Lorien and her parents are volunteering at a station down on 10th and Sherman until midnight.

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New Scratching Post
Posted in Hobbies
First watch, 5 bells (10:48 pm)

I made a new scratching post for Mr. Pookies today. His old one was unravelling. It was just two pieces of 2x4 screwed together and wrapped in sisal rope. The rope never stayed on either end very well, and I was constantly fixing it. While I was at Petco the other day I saw a scratching post that a cat could get underneath and really attack, and thought I'd make one like that. So I did, using scrap wood in the garage I cut up a 16" wide shelf and a short piece of 2x4 and made a base, wrapped it in carpet, then screwed two 2x4s to it, one short and the other long. Then I screwed a 2x4 across the top of them (I cut them at 15 degrees so the bar slopes down between the two posts. Mr. Pookies played with it for 10 minutes before I could even get it finished. He loves it. I also whipped the ends of the sisal rope this time so they won't unravel.

I also watched Once Upon A Time In China, with Jet Li. It's been many years since I watched it. I can't even remembery how many. Seeing it again makes me think of how, cinematography-wise, that era was way behind, but action-wise, they're still way ahead of us. And Yuan Biao was great in that movie.

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Server Upgrade
Posted in Tech
First dog watch, 3 bells (5:40 pm)

I just took everything down for a few minutes to upgrade my server. We're now running smooth. Plus I have lots of new USB ports. We've moved to a 3Ghz PentiumD with 2Gb RAM. That should speed up my compile times. I probably have a few things not working, and I'll get them fixed up as soon as I notice them.

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Making BIND Better
Posted in Tech
Forenoon watch, 6 bells (11:19 am)

rackAID has a great, short page on getting rid of the annoying lame server resolving <www.somedomain.com> error from your messages log, as well as hiding the version of BIND you are running.

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For The Guy That Has Everything
Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:53 am)

Well, except for a Gas Powered Blender.

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MUD Socials
Posted in MUD Development
First watch, 4 bells (10:24 pm)

I added a ton of socials tonight. It was a sort of break from writing code, and it was a lot of fun. I must have written at least 70 or 80 of them. I realized I would need some more pronouns, more than just the reflexive ones anyway. I added support for the subjective, objective, and possessive pronouns. I found that aside from the reflexive, the next most used pronoun was the possessive (his, hers, its). Next stop, rooms.

To see a full list of socials, read the full post.
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