Techie MailServer Notes


Haven’t had a chance to nice n up my mail server how to yet, and i’m sure some of you are tying to install thing thing on newer distributions. So, here are my notes about installing the techie mail server, its all rough notes, i know in my head what it is, but the description may not be there. feel free to use as is – no support, no guarantees.

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Dell Utility Partition Quick Removal

Just a quick post on how to quickly remove the Dell Utility Partition. I just received some Poweredge T105 boxes (quiet nice actually ,very quiet, very efficient – only 70W power consumption idle with 2 80gb drives). I was bummed to find out that the bios didnt come with a SATA raid option, but oh well.

So to remove partition. Boot up from your XP/2003 CD/DVD, and then go into the Console Recovery mode. Login to your partition , then use “DISKPART” to open up the partition manager, and then simply remove the 55mb partition.


OSX VPN Problems

Hello,I’ve noticed this for a while, but finally blogging it to grab peoples attention. I use a Microsoft PPTP server at the office to connect to using PPTP. From Windows it works perfectly fine and i’m able to remain connected and go about my work. However, from OSX,  it works fine for a while – then if there is no activity on the connection, it kinda drops the connection – but not completely. Pinging anything at the office sometimes gives aping: sendto: No buffer space availableafter a while of pinging, it’ll stop and everything will resume. If after i connect, i leave a ping going this doesnt happen.Wonder whats going on…. 

New Leopard Feature…

So, i was working on my new Leopard install on my Macbook Pro and needed to Remote Desktop into a server at my office to start a Scheduled Task.Being a new laptop, i went to, downloaded the source, opened up a new terminal, typed incd Downloadstar -xzf rdesktop* cd rdesktop*./configuremakesudo make installrdesktop servername and i did my work with the scheduled task, apple-w to close and i was done. Hang on a minute. My brain stopped for a second and thought about what had just happened. Did i just run “rdesktop” from the OSX terminal, and go straight into my server? Did Leopard actually spawn X11 for me, and run rdesktop within that ?Wow. Thanks Apple. 

Word 2007 Hanging up on Vista?

Had an unusual problem with Word 2007 and Vista today which lead to Word freezing up after a document was opened up by double clicking on it.

My suspicions were that an “add-in” had gone crazy and taken over Word and wasn’t letting it complete its start up, and to call them out, i’m pretty sure it was Acrobat Professional with their really bad product.

The fix is relatively simple, its a registry edit of one, or possible two keys depending upon the severity.

Open up Registry Editor (windows key+r, “regedit”, enter) and look for

Rename Addins -> oldAddins

Then restart word, if it works, you’re good to go. If it doesnt, edit this other one as well

Rename Data -> oldData
Rename Options -> oldOptions

That should do it!

TNMailServer 3


Just an update. TNMailserver 3, is around the corner. This time its based on Fedora 8 and is much easier to install and keep up to date, but works iwth the same charm as the Slackware version. It will also be renamed to “Techie MailServer”

Quick Funny

A stranger was seated next to a little girl on the airplane when the stranger turned to her and said, ‘Let’s talk. I’ve heard that flights go  quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.’ The little girl, who had just opened her book,closed it slowly and said to the stranger, ‘What would you like to talk about?’ Oh, I don’t know’, said the stranger. ‘How about nuclear power?”OK,’ she said. ‘That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat grass, the same stuff. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you suppose that is?’ The stranger thinks about it and says, ‘Hmmm, I have no idea,’To which the  little girl replies, ‘Do you really feel qualified to discuss nuclear power when you don’t know shit?’

Windows Mobile 6 and my BlackJack

Good Evening Folks, today i was alerted by my good friend that WM6 had been released for my AT&T Blackjack. So, i went to the update site and downloaded the update. Whilst downloading the update, i noticed a few times it telling methat Vista is not supported for this update, which – is very strange to me. But regardless, i downloaded the update, and then started looking around for resources on how to get this update to work on Vista.

First, let me say a few things about this update process.

It’s now 2008. The vast majority of the devices out there, that support some kind of removable storage, can update them self using a particular type of file on this storage medium. Why on earth do you choose to use such an archaic cabled method ? What’s wrong with you?

Ok, rant over. Now, i found information here on how to do this on Vista, so i got the driver (which i am hosting now temporarily here) and updated the Samsung driver on my Vista machine and proceeded with updating my phone.

After about 5-10 minutes of updating, the phone rebooted, and i was graced with a beautiful looking splash screen, some swooshing sounds, and then the WM6 homepage. Wow, i said, Wow.

Then, as i continued the process as stated by Samsung, i ran into some problems. I couldn’t do the full reset. The phone barked and said “Error reseting”. So i rebooted the phone, and tried again. Same bark, same message. So, i tried the next time – to see the current phone version. To my horror, i found tha the PDA version had been updated, by the Phone version was BLANK. OMFG. What the hell happened? I followed all the steps (albeit ignoring the “don’t try this on Vista” part), and why did this goof up?

So, i tried flashing it again. Same thing.

So, i got brave and thought about it for a second (it was 1am by the way). And thought to myself, ” I wonder if i leave my sim card in the phone during the update, maybe it’ll update then?” Quickly, i tried it. And to my surprise, it worked. Yay!

So, if you are trying this WM6 update on your Blackjack, and the phone version isnt getting set, try it with the Sim card in, it may work.

USA vs Sweden


I spent the time watching the USA vs Sweden game this weekend, and enjoyed the 2-0 scoreline that the USA obtained. It was no way near a “A” friendly game, but it was nice to see the young USA talent from MLS beat up on the reserves of Sweden, which makes me think that the USA has come a long way for sure. In fact, i’d say its no longer a “long way”, but rather the norm. Sweden did beat the US last year in Sweden in a proper “A” friendly, and that was a decent result for both teams.

The crowd at the game was dismal, but thats ok, its two teams that fielded teams they’d never take to a real tournament (heh!) and it was cold by Southern California’s standards. And i do think that this crowd showing is a telling sign to USSF that Americans do get it. They want to see quality games played. The international football fans won’t show up anymore to ‘B’ class friendlies. (Although a USA v Mexico game fielded with ‘F’ class friendlies will fill any stadium)

However, one thing did irk me a bit. Landon Donovan’s record setting 35th goal for the USA, really shouldn’t have been that way. I know he admitted to that in a short interview after the game that he didn’t want his record setting goal to come from the penalty spot. So my question would be to Landon… Why take this spot kick ? I mean, if you are as good as you are, why wouldn’t you let someone like Jozy Altidore take it (considering that he won the penalty)? Wasn’t the idea of this game to help get some experience to the younger players? Why would you take a goal that will forever taint your record? If i recall correctly, the last  goals in your international career have been from Penalties. I also did a quick tally, and found that about 14 of his 35 international goals have been from friendly games. I wonder how that compares to Klinsmann’s 47 goals (in just 96 caps), of which 10 were in world cups?