Update Nagging: Getting out of Hand

Friday November 04, 2011 by cl0secall

These days it seems I have less and less time to use my machine, let alone maintain things. At the same time I've noticed that software has become increasingly whiny and nagging when "new versions" become available. WordPress, Firefox, SumatraPDF, FileZilla, Notepad++ are just a few that come to mind …

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Brave New Worlds

Friday October 28, 2011 by cl0secall

I've been doing a lot of exciting things lately -- too many to go into great detail right now.

  • FreeSwitch / FusionPBX as a replacement for Elastix. This is allowing me to roll all of the services provided by the Elastix box into another already built system.
  • URL Shortener. Still in progress …
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MicroStorage

Sunday June 19, 2011 by cl0secall

I've made some progress on my MicroStorage project. Some day I'll have to document it in a page here. I managed to get the storage server and my XP workstation log in using Kerberos credentials and be able to talk to each other. The downside is that Windows 7 is …

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Brink

Sunday June 19, 2011 by cl0secall

Been playing Brink a good amount since the release date. Don't really have too much to say about it other than I like it. I wish they had linux server files for it so I could run it on my box here. In the meantime I'm examining the option of …

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Handyman Bill

Sunday April 10, 2011 by cl0secall

I came up with this crazy idea related to politics. I need to start writing stuff down about it, so I'm starting by putting something out here. The inspiration came from my vague understanding of a couple of aspects of the complex structure of politics in the US, specifically:

  1. Individuals …
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Fixing a Firebird

Friday April 01, 2011 by cl0secall

My sister owns a 1990 Pontiac Firebird with the 3.1L v6 motor. It had been sitting for a few months because rather suddenly it couldn't hold an idle. It would crank and fire immediately but run really rough, and stall both if you let it run or if you …

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Systems Work

Friday April 01, 2011 by cl0secall

I've been working to consolidate and replace older, lower powered systems that I use with newer and better hardware. As part of this I acquired some Dell PowerEdge 2850's. I recently built out one of them with FreeBSD 8.2 in an attempt to stage a replacement for my HP …

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Android and Bluetooth

Sunday February 27, 2011 by cl0secall

The more I learn about the Android OS, the more disappointed I become. I don't really have a good grasp of what kind of resources are spent on developing the Android OS nor do I feel that I have a good grasp of the goals or direction of the project …

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Solaris 11 Gnome Login Borkage: And how to fix!

Sunday February 27, 2011 by cl0secall

I recently installed Solaris 11 Express at work. This past Friday, I was suddenly unable to log in to the desktop after a crash/reboot. I did a lot of digging but eventually I found the right clue in \~/.xsession-errors:

.bashrc: no such file or directory

Turns out a change …

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Elastix Upgrade Nightmare

Sunday January 09, 2011 by cl0secall

I thought it would be relatively trivial to do an upgrade from Elastix 1.5.2-2 to 1.6.2-27. Initially it seemed this way. I ran:

# yum update yum
# yum update

When this completed, I logged back in to the system and saw that it was up to 1 …

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