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Feb 27, 2007 - 2 minute read - Comments

Testing blogging - Jumpstart oddity on Solaris 9

We had fun recently at a local company when setting up a Solaris 9 Jumpstart server. When installing a new client, it kept asking if we wanted to disable Power Management. Problem is, it was asking this question AT THE BEGINNING of the installation, and not at the end as usual. Everything was configured properly, we had the finish script to disable this question, but it still kept popping up.

Feb 23, 2007 - 1 minute read - Comments

issue/bug/feature tracking

We’re looking at bug tracking software at work, so I am trying out bugzilla trac Both are bug trackers (or issue trackers or feature trackers) which serve up content from databases to browsers. Here are some notes: Bugzilla integrates with apache, MySql (or postgresql if you prefer), cvs, lxr can browse source code repository (cvs by default, using lxr or linux cross reference) trac integrates with apache (or it can run its own standalone server tracd, or it can run from inetd), sqlite3, svn incorporates a wiki can browse source code repository (svn by default) I’m trying to make a separate trac instance for each project, so I can run the server process as a separate user and have all the related files owned by that user.

Feb 17, 2007 - 2 minute read - Comments

Consumer broadband routers at risk

Lots of people use them, most don’t protect them. I just saw a story on a new (well recent) attack vector on those ubiquitous routers that we all use to connect to the internet. The full story is located on ZDnet and basically shows that some carefully crafted javascript and an improperly configured router can result in all kinds of nastiness. The full implications are pretty staggering. Basically if the admin page is left at the manufacturers defaults, the router can be configured to use an attackers DNS server, effectively forcing you to go where they want you to.

Feb 16, 2007 - 7 minute read - Comments

Testing out the basics of the FCKeditor for the site

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Feb 15, 2007 - 2 minute read - Comments

Blogging for the sheer joy of it.

Well, I don’t think joy is the correct word, but you get the meaning. Since anyone can self-publish, maybe they should. Storage is cheap, anything posted on the internet appears to remain around forever, and there are internet archeology sites that keep information long past it’s expiry date. Maybe that’s what we need, an expiration date for content. After that it goes into the Public Domain bit bucket. Oh, wait a sec, we already have that, it’s called a copyright and some fool keeps changing the best before date.

Feb 12, 2007 - 1 minute read - Comments

Calendar appears to be a little in the future

Oddly enough, looking at the calendar to the right as I write this, it shows that today is the 13th of February. I appear to have a time travelling calendar, as the system time shows correctly and the time settings for the site match the system time. It’s a mystery for another day though, as I have no desire to pour over the calendar module to see if it is set to GMT by default.

Feb 11, 2007 - 1 minute read - Comments

Meeting Info

Where: Once again, we have a new home. The Pythian Group has graciously allowed us to use their facility. The Pythian Group Ste. 10000 (10th floor) 116 Albert Street (At the corner of Albert & Metcalfe –in the same building as the Grand and Toy) Ottawa, Ontario Canada Details From the Queensway, take the Metcalfe exit and proceed north. When you hit Albert, you are effectively there. You can try for street level parking or use the World Exchange Plaza garage.

Feb 8, 2007 - 1 minute read - Comments

Next Meeting

First Public Post! It looks like we will be having a meeting next Thursday, February 15, 2007, at 19:00, location to be determined. We no longer have access to the boardroom, so I am working on an alternative. The fallback location will be Tim Horton’s on Carling Avenue, next to the Lone Star.