Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Get some of Vista Eye Candy ... on XP

RCS - Revision Control System. Everyone should use this.

Do you edit /etc files or .inis or .confs? If you're like me, you have tons of .old or .mmddyy or .1, .2, etc. files cluttering up your directory.

If you're further like me, you have trouble sometimes to determine which one of the filename.ext~ or filename.old or filename.old.2 that you'd need to go back to if you screw something up.

RCS helps this lots.


Monday, March 26, 2007

Perpetual Kid?

I’m not sure what to think about this, but I think it’s something to think about when I’m not thinking about anything else.
Perpetual Kid - Unique Gifts to Entertain Your Inner Child

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Exchange 2003 Outlook Mobile Access 1801 error

OK, There is absolutely almost no answer on the web for the MSExchangeOMA 1801 error. That’s because stock users of Exchange and IIS won’t have the issue that I had.

The very short answer: WebDav defaults to checking for stuff via IIS http on port 80.

If your IIS has another HTTP (not SSL/HTTPS) port as all it’s listening on, OMA/Outlook Mobile Access will not work. Make sure port 80 is listened to by IIS.

Why I had Internet Information Server on another port:

It was a legacy issue. I had OWA/Outlook Web Access through a firewall on a non-standard port. OWA does NOT like firewall port not matching IIS port. So HTTP port on IIS was chosen to match the firewall port for IIS for NON-SSL traffic. Later, I didn’t need non-SSL traffic for OWA and didn’t bother to change the IIS port. When OMA came up with

Unable to connect to your mailbox on server Servername. Please try again later. If the problem persists contact your administrator.

It was because it was attempting to contact internally via WebDAV on WebDAV’s default connection: http://Servername:80/Exchange/mailbox

the :80 (hidden, but the default port for web) was not accessible because my default http port on IIS wasn’t listening on port 80. This caused the same error from outside my firewall all the way to trying the OMA connection at localhost on my exchange server.

Thanks to

for knocking me in the head about things I didn’t realize I hadn’t done.

Care to share? for free?

Zolved.com has a free sharing app... Well, if you’re going to share for computer help, this is one way to do it at no charge. Windows only, and "alpha" right now, but I’m posting it here because of its potential usefulness.

mmm. Gotta get me one of these.


No big fan of McDonald’s, I, but wow. This + bacon would be awesome. Unfortunately, it appears to only be available in Japan. http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/sales/new/teritama/index.html

Can you hear your arteries clogging? Well, if you can’t make it to Japan, you can try the Royal Red Robin Burger, described thusly:

This is the aristocrat of all burgers because we crown it with a fresh fried egg. In addition, topped with three strips of hickory-maple smoked bacon, American cheese, crisp lettuce, tomatoes and mayo.

Too bad I’m focusing on a Fish-n-Foul diet. Sushi rocks.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Is that process running?

Did you know you can query a process directly by pid and without grep?

I didn't.

ps -p `cat pidfile` -o args=

Returns something like

perl assp.pl

Is it running? Yes. Is it running the same thing as it's supposed to run? Yes.
An explanation:
ps show processes
-p show process of a specific id
`cat pidfile` the ` "backticks" mean to execute what's in between them and use it in the command line as text. cat means the same thing as type in Windows: output the contents of the file. pidfile is the filename that holds the pid/process ID of the application that's running.
-o show only what I want to show
args= show the full execution line of the process. The = is to give a column name to the "args" column. If you specify no column name, it doesn't list one.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A thought. A tag line.

If you understood what I said, you wouldn’t be offended.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Did I mention that I hate Digg?

Did I mention that I hate digg.com? I’m just saying. Among the myriad of problems that digg.com has is the comment section. Actually, pretty much any comments section of any site is usually worthless unless you moderate it, and who wants that hassle?

ONCE in a blue moon, you’ll get a gem, but it’s like finding gems in red dirt. It’s possible that it’s beneficial, but you’re not going to be liking the method that gets the results. Some stains just don’t come out easily.

Why do I say stumbleupon is better than digg? Because it’s the same without the hype. Stumbleupon is the best of digg because I won’t ever EVER be tempted to read what anyone else thinks of the link, unless I have a real desire to do so, and I won’t have to be subjected to an endless array of the self righteous posturing of people who have nothing better to do than to posit themselves as know-it-alls who slam people who have legitimate gripes on things such as Nintendo, Windows, Apple, and even *gasp* Linux.

Digg is 3 lines of content, a history of breaking sites, and 3 pages of pontificating. The fiefdom already exists, and no, you are not a part of it.



Self Promotion

I, too, want people to think well of me, read my text, and feel the love that can only be garnered from the anonymous perusals of those on the Internet.

Long live the anonymity that comes with being Internet passersby. You can’t possibly be here because I have something sexy to show. You can’t possibly be here because you heard I had great _____ to give out. You’re here because you’re bored. Or you know who I am. Maybe you don’t know, and you’ve just encountered my blog randomly -- Good for you!

What, then, shall I say about that? Nothing more than this is yet another attempt at me to occupy my namespace at one additional site. Good for me.

Well, while you’re here, you should consider at least checking out my stumbleupon blog or my web page on how to get PC Anywhere to work with dynamic IP addresses, or how to get Free antivirus definitions for Symantec Antivirus.

Ahhh, yeah.

You hit paydirt, baby. Keep digging. Well, actually, don’t. Start stumbling.

Ciao for now,


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