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[28 Aug 2017 | Comments Off on man page humour | 128 views]

Found this little nugget in the “find” man page recently:
A ‘%’ character followed by any other character is discarded, but the other character is printed (don’t rely on this, as further format characters may be introduced). A ‘%’ at the end of the format argument causes undefined behaviour since there is no following character. In some locales, it may hide your door keys, while in others it may remove the final page from the novel you are reading.
Reminds me of a T-shirt I have:

$> man woman
$> Segmentation fault (core dumped)

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[21 Aug 2016 | Comments Off on HeidiSQL and MySQL: Can’t connect to MySQL server on ‘127.0.0.1’ (10061) | 1,349 views]
HeidiSQL and MySQL: Can’t connect to MySQL server on ‘127.0.0.1’ (10061)

I installed XAMPP and HeidiSQL (the latter running under Wine) on my local Xubuntu 14.04 (LTS) system sometime in the last year or two. I’d used both before when I used to use Windows, and have had no problem using HeidiSQL to connect to external MySQL servers. However, I have had no success connecting to my local installation of MySQL. Not having time to deal with the issue (what seemingly inexplicable computer issue is ever resolved in a matter of minutes?!) I just left it and used phpMyAdmin that comes …

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[16 Nov 2015 | Comments Off on Android issues | 706 views]
Android issues

As I’ve alluded to before, my disappointment with the Android operating system created by Google is mighty. However, it reached a new low last week.
Suddenly I kept being presented with “Unfortunately, Google+ has stopped” errors that prevented me from doing anything until I tapped either “Report” or “OK”. I tapped “OK” the first few times, but then I thought, “Well, maybe I should be a good user and report this problem.” At first my reports were polite, but after being presented with this error every few seconds, sometimes one on …

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[4 Jul 2015 | Comments Off on Submission to GNSO Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Working Group | 803 views]

My submission today to the ICANN forum addressing the GNSO Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Working Group Initial Report:
While I can’t understand why some businesses hide their contact information — it seems counter-intuitive — I emphatically support the legitimate use of WHOIS privacy and proxy services.
To state my bias up front, I am the registrant of 120 domains for business and personal use. None of my 44 business domains are protected by a privacy or proxy service. Of the remaining 76 domains, 8 (11%) use a privacy or proxy …

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[26 Nov 2014 | Comments Off on Deleting files under Linux/Unix | 489 views]

Today I came across a comment on a blog post related to deleting files on a Unix/Linux system that was a clear case of bullshit. I tried to post a comment to that effect on the blog in question, but the comment feature was broken. So, since I had already gone to the trouble of writing my response, and since I don’t post nearly as much to my own blog as I would like, I’ll just post it here instead.
To PoorMe, who claimed to have “just lost all of [his/her] …

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[8 Apr 2014 | Comments Off on Goodbye Windows! Goodbye Google! | 641 views]

The day is finally here! It’s 8 April 2014, and support for Windows XP has ended. Years ago — I really don’t remember how many — I swore that XP would be the last version of Windows that I’d run. Not because XP was any worse than versions of Windows before it; on the contrary, having finally reached a level of acceptable stability with Windows 2000, XP continued that and I was generally happy, although that happiness (contentedness, rather) has been badly tinged in the last couple of years by …

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[28 Mar 2014 | Comments Off on Samsung and Android: Out-of-box failure | 920 views]

I learnt a new term recently while doing research related to configuring my Samsung/Android tablet: Out-of-box failure. The current definition (as of this writing) on Wikipedia that applies in this case is as follows: “Out of box failure … is a negative experience a user has when installing and/or performing initial configuration on a piece of hardware ….”
In a nutshell, I am mightily disappointed in my Samsung/Android tablet.
While I have damn nearly two decades of experience being the go-to guy for computer problems among some of my friends (not to …

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[18 May 2013 | Comments Off on Port 25 open on Shaw connection | 472 views]

While doing some mail server testing, I happened to notice that port 25 outbound on my run-of-the-mill, consumer grade, non-static Shaw connection is open. I wonder if this is a mistake, or if they’ve abandoned the practice.

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[28 May 2012 | Comments Off on Block outbound email to a specific domain with qmail | 520 views]

With Sendmail, I can block all email from (a sending domain to the server in question) and to a (foreign) domain using the /etc/mail/access file. However, apparently, it’s not so simple with qmail. Further complicating my need to prevent all users on one of my systems (which uses qmail) from sending email to certain domains is the fact that the system also uses Plesk, so I didn’t really want to start messing around with patching qmail and risk breaking something to do with Plesk.
After a fair bit of research I …

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[3 May 2012 | Comments Off on Oh, the irony | 517 views]

So there I was, surfing the Web looking for information related to ambulances in British Columbia, when I came across the BC Ambulance Service’s page on treatment guidelines. Being the curious type, I downloaded a PDF copy of said treatment guidelines to have a quick look.
But instead of a document about treatment guidelines, this is all that the 2.2 MB file displayed to me in my current PDF reader of choice:
Now, given the size of the file and the fact that the size matches what is stated on the BCAS …