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New tumblr user

Two weeks ago NPR did a story on tumblr. It piqued my interest, as it sounded like a cross between a blog and Facebook. Also the tumblr terms of service were attractive. So I decided to give it a try, … Continue reading

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PHP/curl proxy error

Yesterday I ran into a tough problem at work, (i.e. Google didn’t return a web page describing the solution). I spent almost a whole day trying to figure this out, and the solution turned out to be incredibly easy. We … Continue reading

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FreeBSD svn client and https server

We recently moved our Subversion repository to the University’s central svn server. When I tried to checkout a copy of the repository to a new FreeBSD server today, I got the following error: svn: Unrecognized URL scheme ‘https://svn.web.server’ I checked … Continue reading

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ADODB on FreeBSD

Recently I’ve had one of my student assistants working on setting up a web server. She’s pretty much got it, except that she hasn’t been able to establish a connection from the web server to our database server. We’re wanting … Continue reading

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Xserve disk mirror repair

Looking over the last few posts, I seem to be stuck in a rut. I apologize to readers looking for stories about our remodeling project, progress on Barb’s quilt shop, cooking, or other tales of home. Believe me when I … Continue reading

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Duplicate DHCP leases

We’ve been getting the following types of error messages on our DHCP server (running on FreeBSD): Jan 12 07:01:52 *someserver* dhcpd: uid lease 192.168.100.200 for client 00:12:34:56:78:9a is duplicate on 192.168.100/24 Google turned up a helpful post which told me … Continue reading

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Background fsck problems

We had some trouble with our FreeBSD systems over the holiday shutdown a few weeks ago. Our backup generator didn’t kick in during an extended power outage, and our UPS’s didn’t provide enough runtime to see us through. Result: all … Continue reading

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Unattended port installation and FreeBSD setup

We are currently building about a dozen FreeBSD servers at work. The build process is pretty well documented, but it’s a bit labor intensive. So I had one of my student assistants look into automating the process somewhat. This post … Continue reading

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FreeBSD openssl-stable broken

While upgrading some software on one of our FreeBSD servers at work, I ran into the following problem with openssl-stable: # cd /usr/ports/security/openssl-stable # make clean ===> Cleaning for openssl-stable-0.9.7m # make ===> Extracting for openssl-stable-0.9.7m => No MD5 checksum … Continue reading

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Kyocera EP510DN printer

We got a new Kyocera printer at work a few days ago. The model we’re trying out is an “EP510DN“. We had a heck of a time finding information for this printer on the Kyocera web site. In desperation, we … Continue reading

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