Category: Technology

And Now I’m a Droid

Android … to be specific. I decided it was time to upgrade my phone … and switched to an Android based phone.  I got a Motorola ATRIX. I was split between the ATRIX and the HTC Inspire … the Inspire has better battery life and a bigger screen, but the ATRIX has expandable memory and …

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DNS: Sends No Mail

I really wish there was a way to indicate, in DNS, that a domain never sends mail. That way, if a mail server recieves mail claiming to be from that domain, it can be discarded out of hand. I’ve got a bunch of domains that JUST do web serving … they never send mail.  If …

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DKIM Rule – SpamAssassin

I put together a new SpamAssassin rule that will help identify spam from spoofed email addresses. Some email providers always sign email with DKIM or DomainKeys … based on this assumption, if you get a message from one of those domains and it isn’t signed, you can assume its more likely to be spam. This …

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Xen, LVM, and Grub

I ran into an interesting problem with my new server the other day. Due to a hardware problem with an external USB hard drive, I had to reboot the XEN host. I had to do the reboot remotely … so I couldn’t intervene if something went wrong.  Yes, you guessed it, something did go wrong. …

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New Internet Provider

Although it took more a lot longer to actually get around to making the change than I had planned on … I have finally switched Internet providers. Previously I was using Covad for the midrange.com Internet service and AT&T for personal Internet service. The Covad service was 1mb SDSL (1mb down / 1mb up with …

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Sirus XM Radio

On our recent vacation out west, we rented a car that included Sirus XM radio. Maybe we had a bad unit … or maybe the coverage where we were was bad … but what a horrible service. I cannot imagine for the life of me why ANYONE would pay a dime for it.

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CentOS Upgrade

Well, I’m pretty pleased with CentOS so far. I just completed a minor version upgrade (5.5 to 5.6) via yum and it went very smoothly.  This involved 3 virtual guest and one host (the guests run inside the host). I had one small glitch with the RPM database on middle-earth.  Some dependencies were screwed up, …

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Epsilon

By now everyone’s probably heard about the data breach at Epsilon … which resulted in a lot of major eCommerce vendors customers mailing list getting stolen. Personally, I’ve gotten notifications from Chase, Walgreen, Tivo, Best Buy, 1-800-Flowers, and a few others … informing me of the breach and assuring me that no critical information was …

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Why Not Bluetooth?

There are a lot of wireless mice on the market. Nearly all of them come with their own RF transmitter technology. Why not use Bluetooth?

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Switching VoIP Services

As I mentioned a few months ago, I switched from Vonage to VOIPo for my VoIP service. I’m still quite pleased with the VOIPo service and highly recommend it to anyone interested in inexpensive phone service. Activating the VOIPo service was quick & easy, there were a few parts of the whole process that are …

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