AOL, revisited

Just a thought, was reading this article about how facebook is killing comedy, and came across this paragraph:

Facebook has created a centrally designed internet. It’s a lamer, shittier looking internet. It’s just not as cool as an internet that is a big, chaotic space filled with tons of independently operating websites who are able to make a living because they make something cool that people want to see.

Wow, this sounds just like AOL. Spoon fed internet.

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Upgrades are always unpredictable…

Upgraded a server recently, found out a day later that my outbound mail was being rejected… from the local server. Looked at all of the configuration files and found that none of them have changed. What the heck is going on?

After some digging and minor hair-pulling I found that the software was now obeying a directive that was in the documentation from years ago. So, basically, the software is now behaving as designed, but it broke the system that was working (for years) with an “incorrect” configuration.

I wonder how many other sysadmins come across the same issue.

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Why CS/CE people hate Microsoft Office 365

NOTE: this article was written mid 2016.

A few years ago, I got a new job, and they used Google (docs, gmail, everything)… and it was wonderful. Sure, being someone who has always used OSS mail tools, office suite, etc, it was an odd feeling at first. Akin to using a new tool or riding a Vespa when you are used to “everything else”, you felt slightly out of place, but it quickly fades into the background as you learn where the controls are, and why the designers put them there. It just makes sense. Microsoft Office 365, on the other hand, is designed to slow you down, to give you no productivity, in short, it makes no damn sense Continue reading

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CUPS on Linux Mint 18, apparmor

I am pretty certain this is not a common thing, and I will investigate more as to why I need apparmor, but while working on a Linux Mint 18 box today, it would not print. In fact CUPS kept crashing. Continue reading

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Auditing IT departments

This post is spawned from a need to write down at least a minimal set of procedures that get preformed over and over through my IT adventure. It typically starts on day one: I’m the new guy, and the IT department is in shambles, or no one outside of the old sysadmins head (who was mysteriously fired) has a clue as to how the whole thing is really put together. Where do we go from here?

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Linux Mouse trails, crappy laptops

Did your boss or company force one of those really crappy Dell Latitude laptops on you (like an E5570)? Did you install Linux in a fit of rage as you had to get rid of proprietary crap? Did you notice that the mouse leaves trails and munges the screen when moving objects and windows (or just moving around)? Well, there is an easy workaround… Continue reading

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Custom Linux Mint bootable image (USB/CD)

There have been a number of posts on how to create your own Linux Mint bootable image. There was a need to create one recently, and I noted a number of things that were addressed by others, but not in one document. This post is an attempt to create one document that will outline how to create a custom Linux Mint image, using Linux mint 18.1 as of this writing, and write this to a bootable USB flash drive.

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Minor update on nospam

Just a minor update on the previous nospam entry. This update will guide you through the process of releasing a quarantined message. It is not often one has to release a quarantined message, but it is pretty quick and painless.

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Linux Mint, login background images

Yes, I run Linux Mint on two of my “home” machines. Also gentoo, slack, debian (and derivatives) and centos. Speaking to Vincent Batts, who is self proclaimed to be “OS agnostic”, makes me ponder trying to be even more OS agnostic myself, as long as that OS is either unix or something better. With Linux Mint, it took some time to discover where the login background images were called from and how to change them. Read on for a simple, yet non-elegant solution.  Continue reading

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We have all been there, right?

Just looked up from my desk and realized that a lot of my team members have ergonomic issues (the screen is too low when you put the monitor/laptop on the desk, the desk itself is too low, etc). I chuckled a bit as my eyes wandered and my brain realized that one persons desk is sitting on cones, one persons monitors have piles of books under them, one persons laptop is sitting on an old Sun 711 six drive storage box. I looked down only to realize that my laptop is sitting on two empty book boxes.

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