Friday, October 31, 2008

Get rid of Passphrase | Apache Server Startup

If you have enable SSL on your Apache Server, you will notice that whenever your start Apache Server with "apachectl startssl" or "httpd startssl" it will ask you for your passphrase, the reason for this is that the RSA private key inside your server.key file is stored in encrypted format, the passphrase is needed to decrypt this file, so it can be read, however this is a pain specially when the server rebooted by itself and Apache didn't start on its own because you are required to enter a passphrase for it to start, this howto will show you how to remove the passphrase dialog, however to take note that removing the passphrase removes a layer of security from you server, now lets go and remove it :)
Step 1 - Remove the encryption from the RSA private key

$ cp server.key
$ openssl rsa -in -out server.key

Step 2 - Make sure the server.key file is only readable by root:

$ chmod 400 server.key

Now server.key contains an unencrypted copy of the key. If you point your server at this file, it will not prompt you for a passphrase, yay no more waking up in the middle of the night because no one knows the passphrase to teh Apache Server.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mail server Failover howto

Sometimes we need a mail server failover, because if you don't when your mail server went down you won't be receiving any mail and we all know how important email is this days, one way of doing mail server failover is through Domain Name Server (DNS).

By defining your MX record likeshown below, If the preferred mail server which is went down, mail will be sent to the secondary server, it is also advisable to host the secondary mail server in another location you will also need to configure the second mail server as a relay with a long retry time so that it will accept mail and try to relay it to the main mail server depending on how long you set your retry time.

To define MX records with different priorities.

; zone file fragment
IN MX 10
IN MX 20
mail IN A

Do rememebr to test your Mail Server Failover setup from time to time.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Windows Vista Games | Explorer

Been using Windows Vista for a while now, its not a great operating system as I think XP is is better than Vista, however it works for me most of the time on my laptop, I mainly use it for playing games but I am disappointed from time to time as I can't run some games I use to play on my XP system, anyway while browsing through my Windows Vista I discovered Windows Vista Game Explorer.

The Windows Game Explorer is a new feature on Windows that let you manage your installed games on your computer, it provides the user control panel view of the installed Windows Vista games, Icons view for each game provide easy access to the games and offer detailed information about each, such as a game's publisher and developer, which version of the game you own, when you last played, box cover art, and the release date, genre, and rating for each game. You can use this information to sort and organize your games in meaningful ways, When you first start up Windows Vista only the default games show up with big icons which makes identification easier. if your asking why use the Windows Vista Games Explorer to manage the games installed on your Windows Vista computer, you will want to use to use it because it is easier to manage and keep all those icons on one place, specially if you have lots of games installed, do take not howveer that not all games are suppoprted I would guess its safe to say that unpopular agems are not supported, however you can still add them to Windows Vista Games Explorer by moving the directoy manually to the explorer folder.

Note: You can find Windows Vista Games Explorer listed on the Start menu.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Codeweavers Crossover | One Day | Free software

As of today October 28, Codeweaver is giving away all their software no strings attached for free for one day only to anyone who wants it, this is part of the Lame Duck Challenge Free Offer, as promised by Codeweavers CEO.

We are giving away all of our software for free on Tuesday, October 28th, 2008. This is a fully working, fully supported copy of either CrossOver Mac Professional, or CrossOver Linux Professional. No hooks, tricks, timebombs, or gimmicks: it's the real deal.

You can get your serial here

The main website is currently down, but you can still get your serials and download the software for activation later, it has been down for 15 minutes before I post this Im busy getting my serial. :)


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Bush 15W08 LCD TV Review

Bush holds the credit of designing the smallest LCD television with all the incredible features. Their new Bush 15W08 LCD TV is embedded with the best HDTV features allowing the users to enjoy the pictures in high definition quality. The device is incorporated with an in-built DVD player, where the users can get the video source through the television. Screen size of the television is 15.4 inches widescreen enabling the viewers to clearly watch the images in its actual size.

Some of the noteworthy features of Bush 15W08 are its light weight, easy handling, portability and the HDTV features are the few to mention. The main features of this model are the HD ready, VGA input for the computer and Scart socket. These are the features that are currently available in this LCD TV. Few other inputs available in this LCD TV are S-Video input, composite inputs, analogue audio input and digital coaxial input. These features help the viewers to enjoy the best picture quality without any negotiation.

As a user if you are looking for a television with portable features then Bush 15W08 LCD TV would be the right choice. This model is rated as the best in terms of the resolution, response time and the black levels. Digital audio output is the special feature included in the model allows connecting the television with the home theatre system. Excellent transparency and amazing colours can be enjoyed with this HDTV channels. For game lovers play station 3 can be accessed online easily just by connecting the television to your personal computer.

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Yakumo Mega Image 84 Digital Camera

Yakumo is the most popular company in producing the latest Mega Image digital camera. They have now introduced a new Yakumo Mega Image 84 Digital Camera in their store. The features that are added in the device are highly incredible and the most highlighting feature in the model is 8 x optical zoom and 4 x digital zoom. This camera looks bulky to handle with the operating tools embedded externally in this model. The pictures are given a real effect with the help of a 4 mega pixel camera.

Yakumo Mega Image 84 has display of 1.6 inches TFT screen along with the resolution of 334 x 240 pixels which is included with a date and time. The weight of this digital camera is determined as 0.5 kg with the dimensions of 7cm height, 11.1cm width and 10.5cm depth. Talking about the main features, a CCD optical sensor type is used in this model with the sensor resolution of 3,871,488 pixels having 1/2.5 inches. Shooting modes included the device are frame movie mode with different types of shooting modes.

More than 4 to 5 special effects are included in this model along with a shutter speed of 1/2000 sec. Various types of exposure metering available are spot, matrix and centre-weighted. Automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority and programme are the few exposure modes available in this model. Yakumo Mega Image 84 Digital Camera also includes custom and automatic white balance along with cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent presets.

Videos are captured and stored in ASF video formats and still images in JPEG file format. The video is captured in MPEG-4 - 320 x 240 - 30 fps quality with an integrated flash memory. Multimedia Card and SD Memory Card are the supported flash memory available in this digital camera. Additional features supported with the digital camera are USB 2.0 compatibility, DPOF support, audio recording, AE and AF lock, digital image rotation and the histogram display.

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Windows Vista | Services

Recently I have been trying to boost the performance of my Windows Vista loaded laptop, so I have been disabling Vista's services, so far I have disables the service listed below without having any problems, I have also notice significant boost on my Windows Vista performance after disabling them, remember to reboot your system.

To Disable services on Windows Vista go to: Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services > then right click on the service you don't want, select properties then either disable them or set to manual.

* Infrared Monitor Service
* KTMRM for Distributed Transaction Coordinator
* Peer Name Resolution Protocol
* Pen Service
* PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator Service
* Remote Access Connection Manager
* Remote Registry
* Secondary Logon
* SL UI Notification Service
* SSDP Discover Service
* Tablet PC Input Service
* TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
* UPnP Device Host
* Virtual Disk
* WebClient
* Windows Management Instrumentation
* Windows Media Center Extender Service
* WinHTTP WebProxy AutoDiscovery Service


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Monday, October 27, 2008

Hyundai Q321 LCD TV Review

Hyundai in the UK market, created a revolution with its products. The products launched by them have an elegant design and incredible features incorporated with the modern technology with regular updates. One of their recent launches is Hyundai Q321 LCD TV. This is an exclusively featured new LCD television implemented with the latest technology. It is designed with 32 inch high definition TFT active matrix widescreen with the screen resolution of 1366*768 pixels.

The contrast ratio of the television is 1000:1 giving a comfortable 140 degree viewing angle. The brightness of Hyundai Q321 is 450cd/m2 displaying 17 million colours. It consists of two detachable stereo speakers to give digital sound effects. The technology used for the stereo sound is SRS TruSurround XT, DTS Surround sound effects and Coaxial Dolby Digital stereo. The FiT Engine is used to enhance the quality of the picture and the integrated HDTV has ATSC tuner to receive the signals better.

It has the best multimedia adaptability along with the connections supported like VGA input, DVI-HDCP, S-video input, composite video input, audio line-in, subwoofer output, digital audio output and the speakers output. The total weight of the device is 15.3kg. Hyundai Q321 LCD TV comes with picture-in-picture option and progressive scan options to give out better picture quality. Some of the other features that have to be taken for consideration are the comb filter, picture adjustment modes, multi-channel preview, colour temperature control, audio control, equaliser and video noise reduction feature.

There are plenty of additional features available in the device and a few to mention are the parental channel lock system, secondary audio programs, favourite channel memory, electronic program guide, teletext and infra red remote control. The backlight life of this LCD TV is 50,000 hours. Its black colour exterior gives the device a stunning look, which is a must in every household.

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Sony Ericsson T303 Silver Mobile Phone

Sony Ericsson camera mobile phones stand unique in its integrated features with a user-friendly design. They have launched their new mobile model in the market giving out the most high-end technology for the users to enjoy better connectivity options in this Sony Ericsson T303 Silver Mobile Phone. The outlook of the device gives an expensive look of the mobile and also it is believed as an economy model. This model is considered as the most remarkably featured mobile phone.

The Quad band GSM mobile phone can easily support all kinds of network services and it can be categorised as a GPRS device. WAP 2.0 and XHTML browser is used in order to compensate the connectivity factors through the 3G device. Wireless data transfer between short distances is used in this Sony Ericsson T303 Silver mobile. In order to take care of the wired connectivity the USB ports are used. T303 is organised with the related applications like tasks, list, calculator, stopwatch, notepad, calendar and alarm clock.

This stylish and a large screen model is designed with a built-in camera with 1.3 mega pixel sensor and the viewfinder. It also carries an in-phone imaging features. The EasyShare application is a special feature which enables the users to send the images immediately after it is captured. Different types of audio and video files are played with the help of an integrated multimedia player. In terms of entertainment, the JAVA application is incorporated in the model for playing games.

Other facilities that are available in this mobile phone are internet style pages, ring tones, vibrate alert, handsfree speakerphone, WAP2 or higher browser and more. The total dimensions of the mobile are 4.7cm height, 1.5cm width and 8.3 cm depth. Network that is supported by the device is O2 and overall the slider model of the design contains painstakingly designed buttons and keys.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

X Forwarding with Putty | Windows

Here is a quick howto guide on doing X forwarding using Xming and Putty on your Windows.

What is X forwarding

X Fowarding is the ability to securely forward X Window System applications over your encrypted SSH connection, so that you can run an application on the SSH server machine and have the windows/GUI up on your local machine.

Why use X forwarding

Let's assume that you have an X application on a remote machine that you need to run like Oracle installation, and you want the windows to open up in your local machine like your laptop. One way to run this remote application is to use X11-Forwarding.

What you need.

Putty - PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator Download here

Xming - Xming is the leading free unlimited X Window Server for Microsoft Windows (XP/2003/Vista) - Download here

Step 1 - Install both Putty and Xming
Step 2 - make sure that Xming is started then run Putty
Step 3 - Input hostname on the hostname field, and Name of the session then click saved.
Step 4 - Go to connection - > SSH - > X11 on the Putty Side bar menu
Step 5 - Check "Enable X11 Forwarding", put "localhost:0" as the display location
Step 6 - Then go back to your stored session then save it again.

You should be able to execute an X Windows apps on the rmeote machine and the windows will display on your local machine now.

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Fujitsu-Siemens Pocket Loox N100 Satellite Navigation System

Fujitsu-Siemens has its own place in the IT field. It manufactures quality products in the market. Pocket Loox N100 Satellite Navigation System is manufactured by Fujitsu-Siemens with all technical features. This Satellite Navigation system is best companion to us to find map route of unknown places. Navigation system provides us with shortest map routes to reach the destination place quickly. This system is a best guide while travelling through long distance.

This Fujitsu-Siemens Pocket Loox N100 Navigation system has a monitor with TFT type display screen. The screen has resolution of 320 x 240 pixels to give the clarity images. Diagonal size of the navigation device is 2.8 inches. It has stylish and neat look. This device has a MP3 player to hear good audio music while travelling long distance. We can load file formats like WMA and AAC.

This Navigation system supports Microsoft windows CE 5.0 core version data that allows you store required data. The Navigator has 64 MB of memory capacity. The memory capacity can be increased by MiniSD type memory slots. MiniSD card is removable type card with 1 GB of memory capacity.

This advanced GPS system receives the signals without any distortions. Signals received in the GPS system helps to find shortest path to reach the destination places. An USB port is used to connect personal computer system. The software installed in this Navigation system is Mobile Navigator 6 which gives guidance information to unknown places. It has a battery and it is made of Lithium ion battery and it can withstand battery power for long time. The dimension of this mobile device is 8.9 cm height, 6.2 cm width, 1.6 cm depth. It is a compact device which is easy to hold in the packet and it weighs only 100 grams.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Travian | Free Online Game

Travian Free online game browserTravian is a free browser based game, Travian starts the player as leader of a small village with two people. The Travian village has one building, which is the main building, and around the village lie 18 fields each providing one of the resources: iron, crop, clay and lumber, Travian Troops can be produced once a player has built a barracks and a rally point. More types of troops are available after the player has built an academy and researched the troop type. These troops can either be used to attack villages, often in order to steal or raid resources, or to defend against an attacker. Once the player has fulfilled certain criteria, they can found other villages or conquer those of an enemy with a tribal leader.

The aim of Travian is to increase population and to control as many villages as possible. After a certain amount of time, further buildings and concepts are introduced, namely the introduction of the wonders of the world. The game ends when a player has finished constructing the Wonder of the World to level 100.

Each player earns points for raiding, attacking, and defending. These points make up an appropriate ranking system. The alliance points are made up by calculating the total number of population in the alliance.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Sony KE37XS910 Plasma TV Review

Sony promises their customers only the products in best quality equipped with the most recent technologies. To their thousands of products a new model plasma television has been launched named as Sony KE37XS910 Plasma TV. The model has an elegant look featured with incredible options making it a centre of attraction. Images that are delivered in this model are sharp, promising a clear picture of the device. This model plasma television is designed with the screen size of 37 inch flat panel wide screen having an aspect ratio of 16:9.

The display resolution of the picture is determined as 1024 x 1024 pixels and promises greatly improved broadcasting capabilities. 720p (HDTV), 480p (EDTV) and 480i (SDTV) are the few broadcasting formats used to display. 1080i (HDTV), 720p (HDTV), 480p (EDTV) and 480i (SDTV) are the broadcasting formats that supports the unit. To enjoy the best audio output through Sony KE37XS910 Plasma TV, the unit features with 2 in-built speakers supported with virtual surround audio type and SAP or MTS stereo effects.

Few other additional features of this system are parental control, picture-in-picture option, comb filter, sleep timer, energy star complaint, OSD languages, headphone jack, built-in NTSC tuner, channel labels and closed caption. Sony KE37XS910 Plasma TV supports various connectors named as component and composite, S-video, DVI, Audio and RF input. Highly comprehensive features are considered as the most incredible features available in this model.

To list out a few, they are contrast screen with double AR coating, block noise smoother technology, enhanced memory stick, multi-image driver circuitry, memory card slot, block noise smoother technology, cine motion reverse of 3:2 pull down processing. Apart from all this a multi-brand remote control is available with the device. The outlook of the device is the most highlighting feature in the device.

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Twinhead Stylebook 12D Notebook Review

People need everything to them very stylish updated with the present trends and the manufacturers of all products have started to implement them. The notebooks which have been launched recently are also integrated with new styles and look. This Twinhead Stylebook 12D Notebook stands ahead of all other existing notebook models with the features used in this. The white colour of the notebook is a highlighted aspect available on the device.

This device can be graded as a portable notebook with its 1.75kg weight, assured with a comfortable usage. Dimensions of the device are noted as 30.8cm height, 225 cm width and 275 cm length. It is highly accessible with the help of Pentium M processor, where the bus speed is given as 533MHz. 1.73GHz is the processor speed of this stylebook notebook. Hard disk memory of the device is determined as 60DB where a DVD/CD-RW combo is used for the optical storage purpose. The users can enjoy using all these features with the help of Windows XP Home Edition Operating system.

Standard memory of 512MB is used in the device helping the users to store data of all types and it also supports the maximum memory of 2048 MB.10/100 Ethernet is the memory port available in Twinhead Stylebook 12D with a wireless network consisting of 802.11 b wireless networking. Talking about the display and audio features of this model, the device has a screen size of 12.1 inches with VGA 640 x 480 pixels giving out perfect image. The sound card and built-in AC-97-compatible audio chip facilitates to deliver PCI stereo sound. Lithium battery is supported by this model offering a standard life-time of 3.5 hours. The noteworthy features of this model are its enhancing look, easy access, clear display and a really high memory space. This is the apt choice for working people because of compact size and lightweight.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Backup | Linux | Unix | Flar howto

Recently I have been doing some of my backup on home server using the flarcreate commands, their easy to use and they are image copy of the OS, so its easy to recover from it, the only thing that is you can’t do with it is selective restore of files like what you can do with UFSdump, but for me this is convenient enough for my home server, which I use it on.

What is Flar ?

The flar command is used to administer flash archives. A flash archive is an easily transportable version of a refer-ence configuration of the Solaris operating environment, plus optional other software. Such an archive is used for the rapid installation of Solaris on large numbers of machines. You can create a flash archive using the command "flarcreate"

Example of flar command on creating a Flash Archive

flarcreate -n [name I put hostname here] –x [exclude folder or files] [name of the archive.flar]

That’s it, you can burn the flar archive directly to a DVD and boot from it, of course it would depend if your image can fit on one DVD, another option is too boot it on a shared NFS drive.

T-Mobile G1 Google Android Mobile Phone

Updated features and latest techniques are the two main factors the mobile users are focussing on. T-Mobile, a popular company in the market has launched a new model T-Mobile G1 Google Android Mobile Phone with incredible features for the users to have a great time using this mobile phone. This model comes in a unique design which can be categorised as a slide model. The key are incorporated under the monitor, which prevents the gadget from auto-dialling.

The total weight of this T-Mobile G1 Google Android Mobile Phone is determined as 5.6 ounces supporting with 3G device (UMTS) enabling the users to make fast downloads of the data. The display screen of this particular model is HVGA display screen along with (480 x 320) pixels. It gives way to store more data in the device with a memory speed of 8GB on-board support. Mina advantage with the memory of this mobile phone is an expansion slot is available.

This model supported with android applications and a range of android like Wallet Android, Flare, Kei, Monolith Android, Loco, Tune Wiki, Snap, Locale, Android Location, Geo Life and Android Scan. This model is used as a GPS receiver for the easy navigation of the route. It holds credit with the attractive looks, where the slider is used in the device to use the keypad.

T-Mobile mobile phones offer a good talk time of 5 hours along with a satisfied time of 130 hours. The size is determined as 4.6 x 2.16 x 0.63 inches which makes the device handier to carry around the place. Coverage area of this 3G device is 2.5 mile circle. It has a built-in camera of 3.1 mega pixels resolution is used to take pictures better in best quality. The display of the mobile can be used as a PC monitor because of its large screen.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Usefull Unix | Linux commands

Below is a list of command with switches that I commonly use, but I still sometimes forget I hope you find this usefull as I do, I know some of them is pretty common but its good reference for me.

Gzip - removes the files after gzipping
gzip -9

Check top 8 process using PRSTAT
prstat -s cpu -a -n 8

Vi - Search and Replace /g is for global

tcpdump -xx -vv -n host -i and

Remount without Unmounting
mount -o remount /mounteddirectory

Disk Usage
du -sm //-s - summarize
du -cam --max-depth=1 //-c - give a total -a - include files (not just directories) -m - display in megabytes

Print Environment VAriable
printenv | less
env | less

Print Shell Variables
set | less

Find command - finding files more than 5mb on a directory
/usr/bin/find -size +50000000c -exec ls -lt {} \;

Find command - Find file and send error message to /dev/null
find -name 2>/dev/null

To check the duplex:
ndd /dev/hme link_mode

Where a return value of 0 = half duplex, and 1 = full duplex
To force to full duplex:
ndd -sec /dev/hme adv_100fdx_cap
ndd -set /dev/hme adv_autoneg_cap 0

To force to half duplex:
ndd -sec /dev/hme adv_100hdx_cap
ndd -set /dev/hme adv_autoneg_cap 0

Thats it.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Samsung U800 | Samsung Reviews

Samsung has produced some great-looking and affordable quality mobile phones through out the years, Samsung was one of the first company to deliver the first music phone and its also one of the first to introduced internet enabled phone, Samsung also is known for their quality phones and the Samsung U800 is probably one of the best they have ever made. The Samsung U800 has a mettalic finish which gives it a classy look, the phones feel solid and doesn't feel like cheap plastic like some of the mobile phones out in the market. Samsung also used a very good keypad on the Samsung U800 similar to the ones used in Motorola Razr's handsets except the ones on Samsung U800 is ver reposive, the keys are large which is very convenient for texting, specially when you have large fingers.

Feature wise the Samsung U800 has all the things you need on a basic phones today plus a little bit more, the Samsung U800 is a Tri- Band phone it supports GPRS and HSPDA, its has dual cameras one in front for video calling and on at the back the main camera a 3 mega pixel resolution camera, the image quality of the 3MP cameras is very good, The processing, sharpening and colour detail produces good results and the camera interface is easy to use and quick for finding settings so you don’t miss anything, however video recording fared less, at a frame rate of 15 fps doesn't really impress. Playback of the recorded video showed footage that was jumpy and bitty, the Samsung U800 also has a built in FM rreceiver, Samsung U800 also supports MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+,e-ACC playback and it has a 1000mb internal memory and expandable using a Micro SD, the Samsung U800 has Bluetooth v2.0 conncectivity, the Samsung U800 handles all the common types of messages, SMS, EMS, MMS and emails, and you can store 500 SMS, 30 push messages, 200 broadcast messages and 30 configuration messages on the available 1GB memory., it also has an bult in speaker phone.

As for the interface it has a standard Samsung mobile phone interface it is easy to navigate and understand. The 2 inch screen has the full colour at 16 million colours at 240 x 320 pixels , the images are sharp and of good quality. The main menu displays a grid base menu system or a standard list whichever you prefer both are easy and simple to use, so if your looking for a simple but feature pack, user friendly, classy, solid looking the Samsung U800 is a good phone, with a very good batery life (5 hours talk time), I would suggest you take a look at Samsung U800 it might just be the phone for you.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Xiaonei | China's Facebook | Xiaonei Social Network

XiaoneiI was browsing and accidentally came to this Chinese social networking site called Xiaonei, I find it funny that the interface of Xiaonei is feel totally the same as if your actually browsing Facebook, it even called itself the "Facebook of China" its just like a perfect clone of Facebook, out of curiousity I did more research about the site and found out as of November of 2007, Xiaonei has become China's largest online community website among universities with more than 8.8 million active users, is also considered to be the most powerful student social network service in Mainland China, in comparison to Facebook, Facebook still had a lead over Xiaonei , as Facebook has 2.245% of global internet users logging on to its sites daily while compared to Xiaonei's 0.084%, I wonder if profiles on Xiaonei's social network are being monitored by the Chinese goverment, sort of to keep an eye on the College kids and make sure their not planning anything. :)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Windows File Encryption | Free Downloads

windows file encryptionWe all know by now that we can encrypt file using Windows, or should I say Windows has a built in encryption capability, however I don't use the built in Windows Eencryption not that I don't trust Microsoft because their going to steal my data, its more like I don't trust Windows can decrypt my data when something goes wrong, anyway in my work I use notepad as much as I use Emacs or Vi, I store a lot of password, procedure and environment on the notepad so I have to find a way to encrypt and decrypt the files I have, I wanted something easy to use, no installation or small install package, something light, fast, easily transferable, not system dependent and of course free, anyway I search the web and I found couple of very good encryption software, which I have been using for years now one is called Steganos Locknote here it basically only does one thing act like a notepad with password and AxCrypt here which can encrypt any file and allows you to decrypt it on any other computer without installing AxCrypt, both are very good at doing what their suppose to do and both are free, aside from encrypting your file you might also want to encrypt your mails, but that another howto :) for now hope this help.

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Quitter | iPod touch | iPhone Free Application

Quitter iphone ipod touch appsQuitter is an iPod Touch, iPhone free application, this application can be downloaded on AppStore for free, ita great apps to have if your trying or quitting smoking as it will help you keep track of your progress, even to the point of something tangible like money, official description below.

Quitter will keep track of how long you've been smoke-free and how much money you have saved since giving up smoking. Simply enter the cost of a pack of cigarettes and how many you smoked a day and watch as this program keeps track of how much money you're saving. Quitting smoking can be one of the most difficult things you will do but a quick glance at the dollar signs on your iPhone, iPod Touch will help you stay on track. so go ahead, be a Quitter.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Veritas Troubleshooting Guide | VX Command

This is an old document I created for myself so that I wouldn't forget which I did anyway hehe.. this is simple troubleshooting guide for Veritas disk using VX commands, this covers Enabling, Disabling, Mounting, Fsck, Umount and Querying disk.

Troubleshooting VXFS -

Type to see if disk are disabled(offline) or enabled(online) use:

# vxdg list

If disk is disable you will need to unmount the disk then deport and import the disk use:

# umount

# vxdg deport

After deporting the disk you will need to re-import the disk use:

# vxdg import

If re-import/import of the disk fail or gives and error you might need to ask Veritas to rescan use:

# vxdvtl enable

Note: After running “vxdvtl enable” and you still encounter error when importing, you might also need to run “devfsadm” to load every driver in the system and attach to all possible device instances.

After successfully importing the disk, you will need to check the status of the re-imported disk usually it would be offline/disabled state use:

# vxprint –thg

After confirming that disk is in disabled state, enable the disk use:

# vxvol –g startall

Then recheck the status of the disk, to make sure the disk is enable and it is online use:

# vxdg list

# vxprint –thg

Then run fsck on the disk

# fsck -F vxfs -o full

Then remount the filesystem, usually you can also check the vfstab/fstab to know what are the disk path and mount points

# mount –a

To show and identify disk use on the host use:

# vxdisk -o alldgs list

Hope you find this usefull.

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