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Open: It's Just Better. Competition is not the opposite of Cooperation. Interop isn't just good: it's required.



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FireFox’s built-in screengrab utility

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:06:16 +0000

Eric Meyer points out a great little utility for taking screengrabs, screen-sized or full-page, using one of the two consoles built into FireFox’s included Developer Tools. Essential Tool: Firefox’s screenshot Command



What’s on your network?

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:14:28 +0000

This article in ZDNet points to flaws in Microsoft’s SMB file sharing systems (“Windows networking”) that are, unfortunately, faithfully reproduced in Samba: http://www.zdnet.com/article/its-not-just-windows-anymore-samba-has-a-major-smb-bug/ See also: https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/CVE-2017-7494 This means that an old Samba server you have could be be misused as a vector for malware to get a foothold on systems where local Windows machines could get infected. Over […]



Managing broken links

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:00:45 +0000

My WordPress site has thousands of links to other web servers. Inevitably, these links grow old and many get lost. I use the excellent and highly recommended Broken Link Checker for WordPress to scan all the blog posts, and flag the links that aren’t working. It sends me an email each morning. There are many reasons […]



ddclient fails with timeouts or errors

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:37:13 +0000

Recently, I’ve had to move around some of the TR&A infrastructure, and I’m testing out a couple of dynamic DNS providers. I’m using the classic ddclient software on Linux to update the providers with the IP address of these resources as they change. I ran into a couple of kinks getting ddclient to work properly […]



A couple of quick references

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:04:07 +0000

Handy to have a blog to post bookmarks to. A little security research last week brought up: 6 Free Ransomware Decryption Tools and: The Ultimate Malware Removal Guide:  The wonderful Boing-Boing posted an article on “How to prepare to join the Internet of the dead” — no, not a fun zombie adventure, but a sobering […]



Quick Updates

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:29:04 +0000

Things are cranking along here at TR&A. Ted’s just completed a project migrating a client off an older server whose software was no longer updateable onto a shiny new virtual machine. Moving software from old to new presents a number of challenges. The services provided by the OS get updated, renamed and replaced, so some […]



Thank you for your understanding!

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:18:17 +0000

Please excuse our dust during our remodel! I’ll be taking down the current web server for a well-deserved retirement and bringing up a new machine in its place. Please be patient during this transition as some services may not be available during the transition. I’ll do my best to make these downtimes as short as […]



Send and Receive Your Email with Gmail

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:15:11 +0000

Another book from Hentzenwerke Publishing available from Amazon: “Send and Receive Your Domain Email with Gmail.” Whil tackles a number of different ways in which you can use Google’s Email facilities to send and receive email just as if you were running a big company and were paying for someone to host your own domains […]



SQLite book available in paperback!

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:47:40 +0000

In 2015, Whil Hentzen wrote and published an ebook on using SQLite with Visual FoxPro. I reviewed and edited the book. Now it has been republished from electronic to paper version. It’s an interesting proposal: not using SQLite as the actual database for an application, but rather as an intermediary store when importing an impossibly […]



“I Feel The Earth Move…”

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 18:25:12 +0000

Actually, it was more hearing than feeling. About 3 miles to the northwest of us, a magnitude 2.9 earthquake this morning made the most disturbing BOOM! And the dogs launched off the couch in a fury of barking. Unlike the stories of the dogs warning of the impending disaster, our dogs missed the memo. Fortunately, […]