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Robert's Sysadmin Blog Unraveling the datacenter one fibre at a time November 2004 Entries
EPIC 2014 - The future of the internet
EPIC 2014Well, I have heard this one via one or two podcasts, so I thought I would link it here aswell, as its damn good.Imagine the decade ahead. What is the future of social software like blogs, podcasts. What is the future of digital media like music, movies, tv.. and what about News, reporting, commenting, linking.… Right now software and web services are bringing these things together, we are rapidly customizing the content we recieve, more and more distilled, more and more tailored to ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 30, 2004 9:25 PM

Laptop update
Well my laptop harddisk has really given up now. The problems have been worsening over the past week, and now it will start ‘tapping’ sometimes, after its been on for a while. Also, it wont boot normally anymore, I have to press ESC during post, and manually select the hdd in the boot menu, and whenever I do that, it tells me that SMART has detected the hdd must be replaced.I have been clearing all non-essential data off the laptop, and defragmented it. I tried running a checkdisk with ......

Posted On Monday, November 29, 2004 11:16 AM

60.000 UK Government PC's unusable after XP migration of the desktop computers in the UK's Department for Work and Pensions were paralysed for four days on Monday, when a failed upgrade took them offline. The outage, covering 75-80 per cent of the DWP's 80,000 PCs, is one of the largest in the UK Government's not entirely impressive IT history.The news coming out on this seems to suggest that they where attempting to upgrade a bunch of test machines, and accidentaly pushed their test image ......

Posted On Monday, November 29, 2004 10:01 AM

Doppler : Podcasting redefined

Doppler : Podcasting redefined

The new version of Doppler has been released.  I had recently switched back to ipodder (1.1.4), lets see if the improvements in Doppler can turn me back to it.


Posted On Friday, November 26, 2004 10:23 AM

Fingerprint hardware from Microsoft
I have always liked Microsofts current Keyboard and mouse line, great design. Integrating fingerprint recognition technology makes it even cooler! you're like most people, you have more than a dozen passwords and user names to remember. Whether you're checking your e-mail for new messages, catching up on the news, posting to a Web discussion group, or playing games on the Web, you have to sign in all the time.Have you ......

Posted On Thursday, November 25, 2004 4:18 PM

Group Policy Infrastructure White Paper
Group Policy Infrastructure White PaperThis was just released. It neatly wraps up a bunch of seperate Group Policy documents and sources into a single whitepaper. Very good reference.Intended for system administrators, architects, and others who need to create and manage Group Policy settings, this paper explains Group Policy infrastructure and shows how the new Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) fits into this infrastructure. The paper includes detailed information about Group Policy processing ......

Posted On Thursday, November 25, 2004 3:17 PM

.net based portal sollutions

Dan Wahlin’s blogpost on using WSS also mentiones two other .net portal solutions that I had not heard of before.


RainBow Portal

I should find time to have a look at these…


Posted On Thursday, November 25, 2004 10:47 AM

SharePoint MSDN RSS Feed
SharePoint Portal Server developers' home on MSDN – RSS FeedThis is a highly usefull rss feed if you are into Sharepoint products, thanx to Arpan Shah, (I am guessing of the MS Sharepoint team), for that.SharePoint Portal Server developers' home on MSDN – Main Site ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 24, 2004 8:27 PM

Wireless networking on larger scales
Its starting to happen. The Dutch magazine Computable is reporting that the “Stichting Wireless Leiden”, a dutch wireless advocacy group, is joining forces with other regional wireless groups to offer wifi access thoughout the province of Zuid Holland. This would include an area covering cities like The Hauge, Delft, Leiden and perhaps also Rotterdam.This is damn cool. I am convinced that the Netherlands is small enough to cover completely in wifi networks, and I forsee a furture marketshare ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 24, 2004 5:29 PM

Darwin created God in his image
Dan Gillmor – A recent Gallup poll on support of Darwinism amung Americans. My opinion is sure to upset some people, but what are blogs for if not to express mine. I find it strange how a country that used to be so culturally progressive, seems to have gotten "stuck" in this Christian conservatism. While rest of the (western) world seems to be slowly waking up from the religious daydream, it seems almost like the American heartland is reverting back to a 50's mindset. Now I have nothing against ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 23, 2004 12:30 PM

Death to PST files... KVS Enterprise Vault for Exchange
Someone just introduced me to a product called Enterprise Vault 5.0, by KVS (soon to be part of Veritas)Enterprise Vault is a series of enterprise storage products, and may be the awnser to getting rid of user’s pst file hassels.KVS virtualizes your exchange mailbox and sticks half of it in a database, rulesets allow mail to be automaticly transferred to this storage, transparant to the end user.Some reviews:http://www.enterpri... ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 23, 2004 11:52 AM

Bugfix fot .text - metaWeblog.getRecentPosts (Invalid Cast Specified)
Hi Jeff, There appears to be a bugfix out for .text .95 that fixes the way .text handles the metaWeblog.getRecentPosts property. This bug was preventing certain blogging tools from properly reposting blog posts, in my case, Blogjet: Apart from the link above, more info and download can be found here: http://www.sagetechnology.c... you can ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 23, 2004 12:12 AM

Kevin Sites Blog - What really happened at the Falluja mosque

Kevin Sites Blog

I dont think I have seen a more powerfull statement of the way blogs are rapidly changing media.

Posted On Monday, November 22, 2004 11:11 PM

How to be an asshole to other passengers
Oke.. here is a breakdown of what my daily morning and commute looks like.6am, alarm goes, get up. Walk into living room (usually naked), turn on laptop. Get the shower going (takes a minute to warm up), laptop has awoken from hibernation (I rarely log on or off), start ipodder (or doppler, depending on stability of current build), shower, get dressed, gel, teeth, check status of podcasts.. quit ipodder if taking too long (you cant cancel individual feed downloads.. for fucks sake).. take XDA out ......

Posted On Monday, November 22, 2004 9:35 PM

New version of BlogJet out!
Dmitry has released the Blogjet 1.2 beta! Very cool! 1.2 includes, amungst other things, image resizing, file attachments, extended entries, excerpts and keywords, a brand new code editor with syntax highlighting and better code completion, easier account switching, XML-based drafts, typographic characters and autoreplacement of smilies, full XHTML support, I have said it before, blogging is made super easy with this tool, I wouldnt post half as much without it! Great to the firefox plugin now included ......

Posted On Monday, November 22, 2004 3:09 PM

ITT: Fresh Windows installation -ATI Catalist cli.exe, Client Side Caching issues (Solved)
Now Half Life 2 has come out, it was time to prepare the game computer. I hadn't touched it for weeks, as I do most of my stuff on the laptop now. The installation on it was over a year old and full of all kinds of junk that I dont need on there anymore. So I decided to stick a new installation on there. Because I use folder redirection and a bunch of other tricks to keep all essential data on the server, I had no problems simply formatting C and reinstalling Windows XP + SP2 from the CD. After all ......

Posted On Friday, November 19, 2004 8:14 AM

HTC Blue Angel Hmm.. I really would like this ;) Rumor is T-Mobile will be making it available in Netherlands within the next month! MSMobiles has started podcast! Cool!! Ran across them via, and really liked what I heard. Get the feed here: ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 17, 2004 11:06 AM

Oh.. and thanx Dave!
I almost forgot, Thanx Dave for mentioning my blog in your podcast! Cool!

Posted On Wednesday, November 17, 2004 10:26 AM

Passwords are dead.. tell me something I don't already know!
Dave over at alerted me, via his podcast, to a keynote adress (link to by Bill Gates, in which he says: "The move towards smart cards is the way forward," said Gates in his keynote at IT Forum, in Copenhagen this morning. "The idea is to have a smart card that connects up in the best way - a .Net based smart card."Well Duh. I mean Duh on Smartcards in general, and the idea that passwords are dead, (I'll have to dig in a little deeper to get what the difference is between ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 17, 2004 10:14 AM

Sarbanes-Oxley kicks in - I wish the EU had this... I like this legislature...Sarbanes-Oxley is forcing coorperations all across the US to get their acts together when it comes to auditing and securing data and transactions. A large part of this comes down to IT departments of course, as much of Sarbanes must be achieved on a technology level.Its forcing companies to get large parts of their IT in order, probaby more than ever before. I get the strong feeling that ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 16, 2004 9:32 AM - IT Security Podcast

Oke.. this is pretty excellent.

Dave Johnson has set up a weekly podcast featuring security news, interesting to the Neophyte, all the way up to the IT professional.

Give it a try here:



Posted On Monday, November 15, 2004 9:18 PM

Podcast quality going up
Podcast quality is going up. Now this comment comes forth from just general perseption, listening to podcasts. People seem to be setteling into formats now, getting routines going, getting their hands on better equipment like mixers and better mic's, and just getting more skilled at presenting shows, talking, editing, etc. But another reason I felt the need to post this was because this morming I listened to our In the Trenches recording of Saterday, and I manged to listen to the first half of the ......

Posted On Monday, November 15, 2004 11:16 AM

Chicks doing podcasts - Excellent!
Oke.. I know they are out there, woman who know how to handle themselves around technology. Perhaps its due to my not knowing any.. but the thought if a geek-gal is rather exiting to me! This must mean I am a true geek, following natural mating instincts! Oke.. so I know one, but she is more into graphics, websites and all that.. and not so much into Windows, servers, etc. So it find it very cool to run into two podcast by gals who both seem to be very into the 'new' stuff. First one I found and ......

Posted On Sunday, November 14, 2004 3:00 AM

Skype chatting with Kevin, Eric and David
Oke.. this was seriously cool!On a few Saterdays, Kevin and I have chatted, as he's used some of that stuff in his podcast, but I was just really happy in and off itself to have a chat like this.Today however, we had a 4-way discussion group with Myself, Kevin Devin, and David Newberger and Eric Maynard, where we discussed some topics that we all have to deal with, in this case, primarily we discussed user support tools, call tracking, and the personal aspect of dealing with users and supporting ......

Posted On Saturday, November 13, 2004 5:10 PM

Bloggercon III session - Newbies : Excellent listen, my comments and my own thoughts on blogging tools and trackback
http://www.itconversations.... to the newbies session of Bloggercon III, hosted by Rebecca Mackinnon, hosted by IT ConversationsI have only gotten halfway through it, due to being interupted by arriving at work.. *grumble* . but I found the first half of this session extremely intersting and thought-provoking.I have some comments on it so far. First off, it seemed to be that there was not much clarity about the difference between hosted blogging services, such as, for ......

Posted On Friday, November 12, 2004 12:46 PM

Some of these are disturbingly accurate...
From Timbuktu to Tijuana, you know all about worldculture and politics. You've seen it all, andwhat you haven't seen, you watched on one ofthe "smart people channels." Yourfriends tell you that you should run forgovernor. What people love: You've always got a great storyto tell. What people hate: You make them feel like ignorantplebians. Sometimes you slip and CALL themplebians. What Kind of Elitist Are You?brought to you by Quizilla And thanx for wasting my time, Adam ;) ......

Posted On Thursday, November 11, 2004 2:43 PM

Victual PC for Mac ..
LOL.. funny issue at work.This company is in the middle of a migration to Windows XP / 2003. We get a mail from a Mac user, of which there are quite a few in the company.He wants us to install MS Office on his Virtual Windows XP Professional, so that he is also "Migrated".. Apart from the whole licensing counundrum he places us in, assuming he hasn't purched the dozen odd licences needed for an average pc in our enterprise, we are wondering weather we should actually make an effort and try and make ......

Posted On Thursday, November 11, 2004 1:32 PM

Dreaming of a 3G Christmas ? I dont know a whole lot about most wireless technologies, but 3G seems to have cost the telecomunications industry more money than they can ever earn back, at least from what I hear.The auction of 3G licenses and radio spectrum in Europe played a significant part in the tech bubble of the late 1990s. Convinced that 3G adoption would be rapid and the profits from data massive, European telecommunications companies ploughed a total of €109 ......

Posted On Thursday, November 11, 2004 12:02 PM

The girl in green on the HP site

I just think she is super cute.

Posted On Thursday, November 11, 2004 9:57 AM

Blogjet Plugins
I use Blogjet to update my blog, I find it a very pleasant tool to use have have registered it.I am, however, somewhat frustrated with the lack of updates of late. But then again, its author Dmitry has been ill for a while.Installed Firefox 1.0 yesterday, and installed the plugin to "Blogjet this".. very handy (You need version 0.4 for use with Firefox 1.0). I was also pleasantly suprised to see a "Blogjet This" plugin for RSS Bandit. Perfect!However.. Blogjet still suffers from the blogger.GetRecentPosts ......

Posted On Thursday, November 11, 2004 9:02 AM

Morning musings
Been getting up at 5am the last two days, to make up for having to leave early due to a completely pointless roadshow that my employer held on Thuesday evening. (Pointless cause I hearn nothing I hadn't heard before).Getting up earlier seems to have some advantages. First off, public transport is pretty quiet that early, so that is nice. It also seems that the route between my work and Utrecht Central, my crossover station, seems to be covered by a double-decker train earlier in the morning, and ......

Posted On Thursday, November 11, 2004 8:42 AM

News Skin for me blog.
Jeff was so kind to add the Lux skins to the Geekswithblogs .text .. so I have redone my skin to look like my old blog, with animated gif logo and all :DAlso redid a bunch of the links on the left.It would be nice if .text supported upload of opml files. I think .text is running a bit behind on features compared to other blogging tools ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 9, 2004 10:07 PM

Useless quiz
Which File Extension are You? Thanx for wasting my Time, Igor.. ;) ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 9, 2004 12:49 PM

I have been thinking about replacing my current defective Sharepoint homepage at with a wiki-based enviroment, as it would be extremely easy to maintain.During Bloggercon III, Jeremy set up a Wiki in under 10 minutes to host the data from our IRC session. He used PMWiki, a very simple to use wikiwikiweb, and I was quite impressed by it, so I think I might use it as my own site, at least as a main page ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 9, 2004 11:55 AM

New MYDoom sets up web browsers on infected pc's!
Now this one caught my attention! of relying on an external (compromised) web server, the new version of Mydoom, detected as Mydoom.AG or .AH sets up a webserver on the infected system, pointing others systems back at itself by means of the infected viral email it sends!The fact that the virus creates a Web server and uses that server to infect other systems is a significant departure from previous ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 9, 2004 9:24 AM

Some podcast shoutouts
Now that my audio is back up, I actually can spend more time listening to the podcasts on my way back and forth from work. I figured that I needed to stock up on some more material, as most casts are not daily, so I had a browse though audio.weblogs.comFirst thing that caught my eye was a cast called 'Erwin's Podcast'. Now at first I though this might be Erwin from Dopplerradio, but as it turns out its not.. its by a guy.. called Erwin, who lives only a few minutes from where I work! I knew this ......

Posted On Monday, November 8, 2004 9:02 PM

The way podcasts are meant to be.. well, almost.
Finally got the majority of my audio problems sorted out.Ordered a headset for the Qtec 2020, which is basicly an XDA/MDA II .. I figured this might work on my XDA I on account of the devices being almost identical, so I figured same part.. and I was almost right. See picture below: 2.5mm audio jack is on the right side, the XDAII (top) covers it with a plastic.. uhh..cover.I had to physicly cut and mangle off a piece of metal from the base, in order to make it it fit in the XDA I, but when it did, ......

Posted On Monday, November 8, 2004 8:39 PM

IRC @ Bloggercon
LOLBloggercon.orgBeen hanging around in the Bloggercon IRC channel. Now this was supercool, almost every big name in blogging was either at the conference, or in the IRC.. or both!Scoble displayed the IRC chat on the main screen for a while too. Meanwhile, we in the IRC where listening to the live feed, and a videofeed that most of the time didnt work.Jeremy Wright set up a wiki for the IRC chat.. the logs will be posted there aswell, and also a listing of all participants! :)Everyone is currently ......

Posted On Saturday, November 6, 2004 9:31 PM

Laptop Update
Cool!Because my laptop wasn't new to begin with (they turned out to be display models), I, and two others in our company, set wheels in motion to have this corrected. The shop our company got the laptops from will soon be contacting us directly, and will be swapping out our laptops with newer models! Old laptop:http://h10010.www1.h... new laptop:http://www.demivisio... is about 18 months ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 3, 2004 4:24 PM

Forbidden to download podcasts
I am angry beyond words.Every day, before I leave for home, I download the latest podcasts of the day on the XP machine they have in our department. Because all ou pc's are all on NT4, the USB stick for my laptop only works on the XP machine.I log into it remotely to download podcasts, then I go over with my USB stick to copy them. (I am not allowed to connect my laptop to the network, dispite informing my boss that I run fully updated, with non-admin rights, and an up-to-date virusscanner). Well ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 2, 2004 7:50 PM

Companies Scramble to Deal With Spyware - My 2 cents on how to deal with it. always have a little chuckle when I read this kind of article. For quite some time I tried pointing out to people the weakness of the egg-shell model. The way in which companies place all their trust in a hard outside.. the Firewall, and basicly ignore any security inside their 'egg' .. and they are thus keeping their security eggs in one basket. When it comes to virusses, usually, companies have their act together. Of course the reason for this ......

Posted On Monday, November 1, 2004 11:30 AM

Todd Cochrane mentions me on Geek News Central
Now this was cool. There I was on the train on my way to work, laptop on the little fold-out table (xda..headphone..blabla), and listening to some of the weekends podcasts, Evilgenious and Geek News Central. And Todd goes over into a little bit about sites and sites linking to him.. and he suddenly mentions my blog! .. This blog! I laughed out in the train, causing everyone around me to of course think I was a crazy person. But how cool is that! :D Now would not be suprised anymore to hear Kevin ......

Posted On Monday, November 1, 2004 8:19 AM

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