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The things sysadmins have to deal with…

Just one of those days… this was a production server at work. It was doing actual real live production work in August 2018, until I stumbled across it and rebuilt it into a modern VM with a modern OS. Love … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … 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.

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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