Category Archives: Programming

Sucker for entertainment

There’s a few ways to do things. The first is the right way, the second is the wrong way, and the third, is perhaps a combination of both in a more interesting combination. When the right way doesn’t (or can’t) … Continue reading

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RAIDed the Internet for RAID info, and came up light.

I spent a bit of today RAIDing through the internets and digging for RAID info. Specifically what I want to do is upgrade the physical disks on my RAID array. Unfortunately, I can only have 2 physical disks, and both … Continue reading

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Why do I code?

That was a question put to me today. Well not exactly that, but a version of it. I got thinking. Do I code simply because its ‘something to do’? Nah. Not really. There’s plenty of other stuff I could do. … Continue reading

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PHP / MySQL Query Function

I decided it was time to stop writing out 5 lines or more per MySQL query and instead, create a function to encapsulate that query, and run some tests on the result to determine a result to be returned back. … Continue reading

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OzVoIPStatus Results

Seeing the site run more today, has revealed that the accuracy of the monitoring is increasing considerably, to the extent that outages are at new lows. The outage log shows that in the last 24 hours, there have been just … Continue reading

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Flawless system changeover

The excellent part of having identical (or near identical) hardware is when something cops a nice drink of Sprite, you can simply swap the components over, and power it up and your good to go again. You can’t generally do … Continue reading

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OzVoIPStatus: Update Delayed

Unfortunately (and its very unfortunate), the update I planned to release tonight isn’t going to go ahead as planned due to an issue with a particular provider. The particular provider issue wasn’t determined until just recently, but has been fixed. … Continue reading

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Server Hardware “Failure” causes delays

Recently, we had a item of hardware fail in my internal server (my in house server). Essentially that was just my older 2 year old machine, which unfortunately, had an accident. It wasn’t the servers fault however. Unfortunately, a Pop … Continue reading

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GoDaddy – Extremely poor service!

I’ve been in the process of setting up a Windows Hosting setup. The idea here is that I can host a few sites of people I deal with seperately so that they aren’t affected by NetLogistics email issues and so … Continue reading

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New Server Running Nicely!

I’ve finally been able to set up my new Windows server, and it runs fantastically. I’ve actually not done much in the way of Windows in a hosting setup when it comes to establishing DNS, and POP3 and SMTP. I’m … Continue reading

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Expensive Shopping

It’s not every so often you go shopping for higher priced items, such as new servers, or cars, but well, both of our new purchases are both coming together at around the same time! 1. A new machine I’ve got … Continue reading

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Skype is back

At long last, Skype returned back to normal operation today, and has been stable. Why on earth it took so long is a question that only the developers could answer, or why on earth the issue came up to start … Continue reading

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New System Migration Complete

I’ve finally done the big move. It took 2 weeks of on again, off again configuration, installation, and migration, but at last, I’ve migrated to my new system! Hardware: * CPU: Intel E6750 CPU (Dual Core 2.66Ghz / 1333 FSB … Continue reading

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Partition Resize = Bad

I was working with someone else on a system today that had an issue with a lack of disk space. This machine was loaded with a fair bit of software, and I don’t think the user was keen on dropping … Continue reading

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WSUS 3, Upgrade from WSUS2 Fails!

I have a Windows Server Update Services Server and recently an update came out to update the updater. Unfortunately, the updater didn’t like the update, and has for the last days (spread over a few hours) taken a lot of … Continue reading

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Telstra FTTN Bid: Not bidding a big problem

Telstra’s CEO, Sol Trujillo indicated that time is running thin for the government to get together its independant group of professionals (in the governments opinion) to determine the fibre to the node proposals that exist, establish a framework, and decide … Continue reading

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Spam Prevention – A different view

I was recently tackling a spam issue today. A domain I have (no, its not this one, and its not the other popular one), has been getting spam sent to it at a not so low rate. The domain doesn’t … Continue reading

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.Net – The next worthless language

I did a item for someone recently, and it was coded up and working fine, so fine, it was almost perfect. However, unfortunately, the server the item runs on has issues processing the code to perform as expected, and most … Continue reading

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Office Automation Saves Time

I was recently asked by a friend I know that runs a internet business (heh, I know too many people with internet businesses), to make the dispatch and invoicing system.. simpler. I took a look at what they had at … Continue reading

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ASP function: gethostbyname! No component needed!

That’s right. I spent a fair while searching tonight, and can’t seem to get a solution for something so simple. A basic domain lookup to find if a hostname exists, and what IP it is. Anyway, after a fair bit … Continue reading

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User Data Validation

I’m surprised at the amount of coders that simply trust the data given as “VALID”, without running any tests on it at all. Or, more to it, those that simply don’t check data completely. I was having a chat to … Continue reading

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Useful Analytics Data

Google, the giant of search (and data storage), has yet again stored enough data to provide valuable input. The useful tool: Google Analytics. But that’s just a statistics tool, right? – Wrong. Google Analytics isn’t as Anal as the name … Continue reading

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Free Credit Card Number Validation: Server Side

Ever designed a website and wondered how you can check if a number is valid? Or, wanted to validate credit card numbers on the fly, before contacting a gateway with them to confirm their validity? Well, there’s apparently.. a way. … Continue reading

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HOWTO: Process a command line application (give it Input / Output) with ASP

Here’s something fantastic, for all those interested. With PHP, you can simply execute command line commands by shell_exec, exec and so forth. You prepare your command, you tell it what to execute, and .. it gets executed, output is returned. … Continue reading

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Now, where did we put that nameserver? We split it up? Into 31 peices?

I’m absolutely surprised by this recent stuff up of a webhost that has caused a few issues for a few people. I won’t name the host or the company involved, as they are liable to take the action that a … Continue reading

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PC Crash problems solved

I solved my crashing PC issue today. I didn’t need a new power supply, just a different card. I upgraded from the 256MB AGP 8x fx5500 by Gigabyte, to a 256MB AGP 8x GeForce 6200. I have to say, the … Continue reading

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System Error, Kernel Panic, Linux and Windows

I’ve got two concurrent machine issues right now. One is a Linux Server, which for the last few months has been Kernel Panic’ing every 2 days or so. That issue is expected to be a problematic CPU, however, memory tests … Continue reading

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Freeze a HDD ? Will it work?

We have a HDD here that has some data that we consider relatively valuable, and I want to recover it. The data was borked a fair while ago, when the last house we were at probably got hit by a … Continue reading

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DD-WRT impresses again!

A while ago I posted how I was really annoyed with D-Link, and I moved our traffic to the DD-WRT (using a Linksys WRT54GL). I’m running the BETA version of DD-WRT, and looking through it, this firmware package just gets … Continue reading

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Quoting Jobs – theoretically

When a plumber quotes a job, he takes a look at the issue, can quickly identify what he will need to do, and get to work fixing the issue. The same applies to an electrician. The same applies to a … Continue reading

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