Category: technology

"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative."

Updating your fancy Outlook signature in OWA, the hard way

As a Linux user at a large organization and stuck with Exchange as the back end e-mail environment, I unfortunately have to use Outlook quite often to communicate and view meeting invites and so on.  For those who have used Outlook Web Access on Linux, you know that Chrome isn’t officially supported for the full experience, …

Fixing a bluetooth headset with a shred of paper towel

I’ve bought quite a bit from Geek lately, which if you’re not familiar, is basically a direct to consumer way for Chinese manufacturers/wholesalers to sell to US buyers.  Honestly I think things like headphones and cell phone cases and so on are vastly overpriced for most brands, but are still made in China much of …

Check if your e-mail address is on the list of “hacked” Google accounts

http://moldvan.com/check-google.php Recently there has been some worry about Google accounts being hacked and passwords stolen and so on. Even though Google said less than 2% of the list (which I’ve obtained) are active accounts, some people I know had their e-mail address in the list. I downloaded the list of e-mail addresses and put together …

Minor victory at work after months of boredom

It’s been a while since I’ve been happy to do nothing at work.  For a short while, I didn’t mind sitting here with next to nothing to do, while upper management wrangled with their finance people over how we could ever afford to outsource our e-mail environment to Microsoft’s Office365 product. That conversation began November …

Getting the Netgear WNR2000 router and Chromecast to play nice

I recently connected my Google Chromecast upstairs in the bedroom and connected it to the Netgear WNR2000 I have upstairs for extending my wireless.  It took longer than I would like to admit to find an answer (long enough that my wife left the room to watch TV downstairs), but I finally found the settings to …

Everyone loses if we don’t stop the killing of net neutrality

You may notice the warning when loading my website.  I installed a plugin that graphically mimics what will most likely happen to many websites and internet services when the proposals are signed into law by the FCC. Allowing cash-rich companies to pay for faster priority of their web traffic will have a hugely detrimental affect …

Hiring companies: if you want it written in X, ask for it to be written in X

I recently took an online AbillityScreen through TrueAbility for a remote position, and one of the tasks was to program some generic automation scripts to do various file operations and so on. In the description, it stated to complete the task in whatever language you wanted as long as it worked.  I set about doing …

Google (GMail team specifically) randomly decides to enforce strict SSL for external POP3/IMAP accounts

After Google announced it was doing away with personal (or was it trial?) Google Apps accounts, I’m getting the impression they want to get rid of freeloaders (like me). I have a free GMail account, which I’ve setup to retrieve messages using POP3S from my e-mail server at home. This allows me to get better …

Microsoft KB Article: “Your computer randomly plays classical music”

The funniest Microsoft KBs I’ve run across: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/261186 Computer Randomly Plays Classical Music Article ID: 261186 – View products that this article applies to. This article applies to Windows 2000. Support for Windows 2000 ends on July 13, 2010. The Windows 2000 End-of-Support Solution Center (http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=http%3a%2f%2fsupport.microsoft.com%2fwin2000) is a starting point for planning your migration strategy …

Mounting an NFS share on the Seagate BlackArmor NAS 110

I had a hell of a time using the NFS options on the Seagate BlackArmor NAS, mostly because of the lack of documentation from Seagate regarding the options necessary to actually use the damn thing as an NFS share. In my mount options, I kept getting the error: “Connecting to NAS volume: Unable to connect …