Got hard drive failure? Put it on ice!

February 27th, 2013 - Hardware, How To, SysAdmin, Thoughts & Rants

Currently as I write this, my WD 750GB is sitting in the freezer, and waiting for another round of quick copying (frozen recovery? eh..)

Adding a non-standard WIFI card into an IBM T61 laptop

July 4th, 2012 - Apple, How To, SysAdmin, Thoughts & Rants

If you’ve the owner of a Lenovo IBM T61 7XXX model, and ever tried upgrading the internal mini pci-e card to something like 802.11BGN (N) you will find yourself running into an error that says: Well this error is because IBM added a whitelist to its BIOS, which basically means you are limited to only […]

Putty strange ‘Access Denied’ following username entry

October 31st, 2011 - How To, Linux, SysAdmin

I don’t know about you, but I kept getting this since upgrading putty to 0.61, as 0.60 didn’t do so before. It would be an error of ‘Access Denied’ right after username entry, and all else would proceed as planned. Well I searched about it a bit and found the answer on superuser.com. PuTTY tries […]

Windows 7 Icons not showing up or broken issue

July 24th, 2010 - In the News, SysAdmin

I got a strange bug the other day, where my Windows 7 icons would disappear, simply reverting to blank icons, even tho right clicking on the icon > properties, resulted in an image of the programs icon. So I did a quick search and found a valid solution… to delete your icon cache.  I was […]

Great reference for learning BASH

July 13th, 2010 - How To, Linux, SysAdmin

As my buddy Mike has been writing great BASH scripts, I’m trying to get some more Linux experience, so I have been doing some research into BASH programming on the linux command line. I will add more references here as I find them useful: http://www.justlinux.com/nhf/Programming/Bash_Programming_Cheat_Sheet.html – Bash Cheatsheet http://www.mindpicnic.com/tag/bash/ – Learn Bash

Hardening your Ubuntu 9.10 Server – Firewall

February 25th, 2010 - Linux, SysAdmin

These are the steps that I tried to follow to harden my server from intrusion, at least at the SSH level.

WGET only if file is modified

May 6th, 2009 - Linux, SysAdmin

This is a tiny little tip, and probably any linux guru worth his/her salt knows this, but I just discovered the wget usage to check the time-stamp / last-modified header prior to downloading a file.  Which is pretty cool if you’ve ever setup any shell scripts that fetch/sync something. I have written some apps in […]