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syslog support on D-Link DAP-1360

My old 802.11N access point started having problems recently, so I replaced it with a D-Link DAP-1360.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a remote syslog support feature, but was saddened when that feature seemingly disappeared after upgrading to the latest firmware (2.11)

A little searching revealed a very neat dlink support tool, they have a gui emulator!!

Using the emulator I was able to find the old page name for the syslog config, and tried it out on my new AP.

Plugged in the syslog server IP, hit save, and success!

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Minimal X Server on Redhat

I needed to get Xwindows setup to run the Oracle gui installer remotely. The 'x windows group' in redhat is a little more than what I wanted or needed, so I set out to find the minimal number of packages required to get the job done.

Here's all you need:
yum install xorg-x11-xauth xorg-x11-xinit xorg-x11-deprecated-libs libXtst

and you can install xterm for good measure if you wish.

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Silverton mercury contamination

This King5 article talks about mercury contamination from the mining operation in the Silverton area years ago. I happened to be up there earlier this year and took pictures of the concentrators. As you can see, it's amazing that one of them is still standing.

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eee Xubuntu

A buddy of mine built a nice Xubuntu image for the eee, and needed some mirrors to help get it out there.

The eeeusers wiki is getting hit pretty hard currently, so here's a the current list of mirrors: (here)

I'd love to get my hands on one to play with, but I just don't think I'd use it enough to justify the cost...

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small world

Just finished watching the Seahawks-Rams game, and the name of the Ram's coach Scott Linehan caught my attention. The name sounded very familiar, so I did a little googling and discovered that the wife of Scott Linehan was my english teacher sophomore year of high school! At the time, her husband was the offensive coordinator for UW. She also talked about her brother-in-law the actor, who had a part in 'The Thin Red Line'. Maybe you've heard of Jim Caviezel? Yeah, I thought so.

It really is a small world.

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a simple agreement

hitachi agreement
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Okay, I promise. Can I please have a replacement drive now?

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vista peeves

I finally googled one of my biggest annoyances in vista: automatic reboots after windows updates.
Turns out it's a simple change using the group policy editor.

Here's the details:

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channel surfing

Last night I used netstumbler to scan for wireless access points in my neighborhood. I found about 6 right away, and then another 5 after moving my wifi usb key closer to the window.

The original reason for my scan was to find out which channels were being used in the area. Not surprising 6, 9 and 11 were the popular options. Also, I was surprised to find that most of them had encryption turned on.

I switched my AP to channel 3, and was pleased to get an extra megabyte/s in throughput, putting me right around 2.2MB/s. I'm curious what performance will be like once we get the other computers upgraded from B to G.

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a tale of woe

I came home from work on Tuesday to find our internet connection was down once again. This has been happening with disappointing frequency since we moved into the new house. It always comes back after a few hours, so I busy myself with other things for the rest of the evening.

Wednesday morning, no internet.

Wednesday evening, still no internet.

This is ridiculous, so I decide to call comcast. Mostly to rant, because my previous conversations with their tech support have been oh so helpful. Comcast dude tells me that there's currently an outage in my area and that it should be resolved within 24-48 hours of the initial outage. He credits the account for 3 days of service, so I'm placated for the moment.

Jump ahead two days.

I get home from work on Friday, and we still don't have a working connection. The damn modem continues to taunt me with it's blinking lights. I call comcast again, and this time I'm told that there currently is no outage in my area and, here's the kicker, their logs don't indicate any outages at all this week.

Buh... say what?

After declining his offer to send a technician out to check our lines, I decide to do a little testing of my own. I count no less than 3 splitters between the main feed to our house and the line running inside to the modem. Cripes... who the hell wired this place?? Mounted in the center of the wiring box sits a small grey signal booster. I rig up various configurations, moving cables, removing splitters, trying to find some combination that will bring the internet back into my home. Finally, I simply remove the signal booster from the path, and magically service returned! I reconnect everything back to the original configuration, sans booster, and check again to make sure I wasn't imagining it.

It was no delusion, just sweet sweet success!

So let this be a lesson kids, cable modems hate signal boosters. And if the technician installing your cable internet tells you that a signal booster "doesn't really hurt anything", you call him a liar, kick him in the nuts, and rip the damn thing out.
You will be much, much happier. Trust me.

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another one bites the dust

Looking back through my old posts, it was September when I last had troubles with the primary HD in my bsd box. Well, it started acting up again a few days ago, hardlocking the machine at least once a day, and finally refusing to boot, much like the previous time. So I decided to retire the little guy.

I intended to pickup a cheap drive at a local retailer, but found that even the lower capacity 60 and 80 gig drives cost just as much as a good 250 gig drive does online. Sheesh, what a ripoff!

So I popped over to newegg and picked out a shiny new Hitachi, and then on a whim checked out the canon S3 IS. Whaaa? $40 instant savings?!? Into the cart ya go! I have been meaning to get one of these for a few months now, but that cinched it.

In other news, work is going well. Looking to get my NetApp NACE cert here in the next few weeks. I'll be getting VMWare training sometime in February and Solaris 10 admin cert in March.

Upgraded to WordPress 2.1 this weekend, and also found a nifty plugin that pulls my most recent flickr photos and sticks them at the top of my main blog feed. I much prefer this to the flickr badge I had in the sidebar. Once my new camera arrives, I'll be putting a lot more stuff up, so keep an eye out.

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