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[#] Wed Feb 10 2010 19:38:21 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I will amend my position: today I found out the the usb management in vbox is better than vmware.
But let's also point out we're comparing apples to oranges.
vbox is like vmware desktop, those two you can compare, and I think vbox is a close second, but vbox isn't even in the same category as the other vmware products (whatever they call esx and gsx nowadays)

[#] Fri Mar 04 2011 18:39:16 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Since the Telecom room is gone, and this doesn't quite fit in Mobile Madness, I'll post this here.

The company my wife works for decided that they needed an Internet connection.
After some searching and questioning of neighbors, they settled on DSL from a local provider. After some back'n'forth with the provider, the day finally arrives when the DSL is supposed to be turned on. The DSL modem had already been shipped and had arrived at the office. They go to plug in the modem and can't get it to lock onto the signal no matter which wall jack they try.
This is a very small company with only a part-time IT guy who only works third shift, and the DSL needs to be active ASAP. Thus, my wife asks if I could help.

I grab some tools that I think I'll need: punch tool, RJ11/RJ45 crimper, RJ45 line tester, tone generator, and a small bag of RJ45 connectors. I get there and, lo and behold, the modem definitely won't train no matter which jack I use. They have a "patch panel" in the adjoining garage, which is basically a mess.

Anyways, after sorting out what's what, I realize that I need to use the tone generator to tone out which pair is coming in from the junction box on the side of the building into the office, and which pair I can use inside the office to connect to a wall jack for the modem to plug into.

The problem: the tone generator I have only has an RJ11 jack. This is great as long as I have a another RJ11 jack to plug into, but leaves me with no way to connect to the punch blocks in the garage or the junction box outside.

The solution: A quick trip to Radio Shack to see what they have. I end up getting a modular telephone connector (one of those big plastic blocks with an RJ11 jack on one side, and four brass posts on the back) and a pack of test leads with alligator clips. Plug the tone generator into the modular connector, attach one end of the test leads onto the modular conector's posts, and the other end to the punch block. Voila!

The smack my forehead moment: After toning out everything I needed and punching down the right pairs, I go to put the tone generator back into its carrying case and, lo and behold, there's a pre-fabricated adapter with an RJ11 plug on one end and test leads with alligator clips on the other!!!

Let this be a lesson to all those who have never done this kind of work before.
Make sure to unpack everything first! You never know what you'll find that you may need!
Telco Binder

[#] Sun Jan 30 2011 14:07:35 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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whew. now this is a bad thing. coincidence?

yesterday late nite such a talend alike train collided with a freight train.

this is the freight engine:,1020,3560261,00.jpg

its even older than the 218 pictures i've posted before.

[#] Wed Jun 02 2010 15:28:52 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Yes but i never thought of that as being enough money for a business model.
Which is why I'm not rich. :( And the SIP thing makes sense too. Somewhere someone must have written a simple SIP gateway, easier than asterisk, so that you can use your wifi sip handset behind NAT...

[#] Mon Mar 15 2010 10:42:20 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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dothebart - If IG had one of those I wouldn't sabotage it. But I might steal it.

[#] Wed Mar 31 2010 15:58:00 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Ahhh cascade delete how I miss thee.
Speaking of our genius DBA, I was somewhat surprised that sybase didn't have cascade delete, and because of some reason I forget I wanted to delete stuff in the cascade delete order, but the foreign key constraints the DBAs put on my tables didn't allow for that.
So my sprightly (spritely?) dba told me he'd write a trigger to implement cascade delete
Scratching my head I wondered how this was going to work without removing the fk constraints. After much banging his head, he let it drop, as in gave up, and I still have to delete my stuff backwards.

Shouldn't be that hard. But it is, it always is.

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 12:54:09 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Sure, once you've got it working, it's a great little hypervisor. At the moment it's missing a lot of the bells and whistles though. I'm sure it'll be killer once the ecosystem around it matures a bit.

[#] Sun Aug 15 2010 18:33:45 EDT from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Aug 15 2010 2:17pm from IGnatius T Foobar @uncnsrd
The conundrum of data center operations:

Reliability requires redundancy.
Redundancy introduces complexity.
Complexity reduces reliability.

Gramlath says:

Solution: self-reinforcing simplicity

[#] Thu May 27 2010 22:33:40 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I've got one like that. It's in the back of my rack to support the back of a pile of servers that are mounted in the front by their ears because I don't have the rails for them :)

[#] Fri Nov 26 2010 21:00:42 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Ah, yeah, I could see that being annoying.

[#] Fri Feb 26 2010 08:17:34 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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the waledac botnet was just killed by microsoft and some other parties...

they switched off the DNS via judge and captured the control servers...

[#] Thu Apr 21 2011 23:02:05 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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They should probably ask themselves why they're still using tape media :)

[#] Thu Apr 29 2010 14:58:25 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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I just could not turn down this deal:


Time to build a new box.  As if I don't have enough to do around here.

[#] Mon Jan 24 2011 14:42:39 EST from Harbard @ Uncensored

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No cats around here..I'd start sneezing if there were.  As for the dirty lens...that should make the sensor less sensitive.  I am wondering about transient voltage spikes or breakdown of the semi-conductors in the sensor.


Trust me, there is nothing more fun than getting up in the middle of the night to investigate an alarm at a remote location.

[#] Thu Feb 18 2010 16:00:28 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I just spent 5 minutes with git and already I can see how superior it is to subversion in regards to branches.

[#] Tue Mar 30 2010 12:51:00 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Is his name Mel?

[#] Fri Aug 27 2010 22:10:58 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Only one thing might be better than eclipse for writing Java, and that's JIDEA. Lispers, I suspect, don't need that Refactor menu, because they already have good language support for referential transparency, and a dynamic type system. Not the case in Java, where changing structure can cause so much carnage that in a nontrivial program it has to be automated.

[#] Mon Feb 08 2010 10:35:24 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Until now, I haven't had a need for a virtual machine, either, but the ability to test a specific OS configuration or install without having to burn a CD, boot a machine, wait to see if it works or not, is definitely a time-saver.
Since I'm the family IT-guy, I've had to do a lot of these tasks before, and this technology will definitely make it easier.

[#] Fri Feb 05 2010 15:33:41 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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have you listened to the radio lately?

[#] Fri Sep 03 2010 14:12:21 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I thought that was like weeks ago and they sold out immediately.

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