Archive for March, 2005


klik is a OSX-like packaging system. I was just thinking about how something like this would be very cool.

Update: Klik and Ubuntu Howto.

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The Commonly Confused Words Test


You scored 86% Beginner, 93% Intermediate, 93% Advanced, and 66% Expert!

You have an extremely good understanding of beginner, intermediate, and
advanced level commonly confused English words, getting at least 75% of
each of these three levels’ questions correct. This is an exceptional score. Remember, these are commonly confused English words, which means most people don’t use them properly. You got an extremely respectable score.

Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!

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My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

You scored higher than 14% on Beginner
You scored higher than 27% on Intermediate
You scored higher than 41% on Advanced
You scored higher than 27% on Expert

Link: The Commonly Confused Words Test written by shortredhead78 on Ok Cupid

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Samba Password Expires

I’ve had this problem with an old install of samba, after upgrading a while back it keep expiring the password for users. I could find anything in the docs or howtos for Samba. Today I managed to figure the right google search and discovered this single page: [Samba] Password expires.

This was fixed in eitehr beta3 or rc1. You need to stop smbd, remove the account_policy.tdb, and restart smbd. The new default is to set the must change password field to something like NT_TIME_MAX (0x7fff ffff IIRC).

Update (08/04/05): Also you can tweak account policy numbers with pdbedit. [ See passdb. ]

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Darik’s Boot and Nuke

I’ve got a pile of old drives I’ve been meaning to wipe and sell. Darik’s Boot and Nuke is the business for this job. It talks directly to the disks, so even if you have a drive that the BIOS can’t see, it probably still can run wipe.

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Build Your Own PBX

I’ve got the kit to do this a couple weeks back, but haven’t had the time. Hopefully next week.

In the mean time here are some things to read up on for the project: Slashdot | Build Your Own PBX, Building Your Own PBX with Asterisk and
Kerry’s Bits of Wisdom

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The View

Auckland has some houses with very nice views. This one for instances at 4/259 Jervois Road.

4/259 Jervois Road

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Up and Running

Replaced my old colo machine with a newer IBM X335 SCSI RAID1 based system this afternoon. Usually story, things never go according to plan.

I’ve replaced my User-Mode-Linux based system with XEN. Seems to work well. There are a few performance issues. I think though this is mainly network related. All the disk direct benchmarks I’ve done so far seem to indicate similar performance for the host and guest domains. Of course, since the Host is itself a guest of of the hypervisor it doesn’t running completely at native speeds. Unfortunately I didn’t spend the time doing some disk benchmarks for non-XEN kernels. However the “buffered disk reads” figures I posted previously should be the almost twice as much for a SCSI U160 system.

No matter, at least its better than the glum and glue I was using previous. I’m use the XEN guys will get around to improving this performance in due course. Anyway the performance in the guests is better than a UML based system, and I never really had much luck with the Linux vserver project.

If my back wasn’t giving my some issues at the moment, I’d probably make a short list of issues I had while upgrading and reinstalling the guest OSs. Then getting the applications (include wordpress) back up an running. For instances, took me a while to realise that was commented out in php.ini by default. I was fiddling around with mysql GRANT tables, and all manor of other stuff. WordPress needs a better error message for this situation, more like the phpmyadmin. While on the subject of MYSQL Grant tables, this page is a the main reference on the various different levels (column, table, database, global) of privileges.
Anyway a list of these later.

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I’ve been trying out Xen for my new colo machine. It has a few rough edges, but it seems much nicer to use than UML. I’m planning to run an internal NFS service as one of the guest domUs, something I would never considered with UML. However, since a domU can get direct access to lvm block devices its pretty much as quick as running from the ‘host’ dom0.

Note, the host instance dom0 itself is a ‘guest’ running on top of the hypervisor.

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Home and End in OSX

Here is a good tip for one of the things I find annoying in OSX:

Create a file ~/Library/KeyBindings/DefaultKeyBinding.dict with this content:

/* Home/End keys like Windows */
"\UF729" = "moveToBeginningOfLine:"; /* home */
"\UF72B" = "moveToEndOfLine:"; /* end */
"$\UF729" = "moveToBeginningOfLineAndModifySelection:"; /* shift home */
"$\UF72B" = "moveToEndOfLineAndModifySelection:"; /* shift end */


"^\UF729" = "moveToBeginningOfDocument:"; /* control + home */
"^\UF72B" = "moveToEndOfDocument:"; /* control + end */

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