Bacula is dead, long live s/Bacula/bareos/g!

I don’t wish this to be a rant, and I wish it to be far from fuel for the flame wars which have been burning for several decades over open source projects which transform into “mostly closed” and very non-free “products”. Read more over on my LinkedIn post…

Courier MTA and “Invalid number of recipients”, 550 errors, and more.

After months of frustration – having our outbound emails randomly fail for distribution groups (alias lists in Courier MTA terminology) – I found the cause. Our SMTP smarthost doesn’t allow multiple “RCPT TO:” commands in an email header. By default, Courier batches up all emails…

Woha – nearly a year! CKEditor and A4 paper size.

Nearly a year since I last blogged. Phew, caught it just in time 😉 First time this year (2013) I got to drive home without my lights on. The clocks haven’t even gone back yet! Woo-hoo for springtime 🙂 So today’s topic, CKEditor and A4…

Adjusting Timemachine size on ReadyNAS Duo

I have a ReadyNAS Duo, and several Mac devices backing up to it (via the typically “Apple awesome” Time Machine feature). I recently upped the allocated disk space in FrontView to 300GB, from 120GB – which while each Mac’s Time Machine preferences said “NAS device,…

Argos

“It’s like playing Bingo, only you you win what you’ve already paid for!” — Michael McIntyre

MySQL migrations and generating Zabbix Cisco templates

What a week. What a month. What a year. So much has happened, far more than I could or should ever write about. Recently we’ve been migrating MySQL servers from one hardware to another – for anyone (me!) that finds this useful in the future,…

Samba 3, Windows 7 and Domain Admins

*sigh* It’s been for several weeks that I’ve been trying (and failing) to aquire Domain Admin status on our Samba domain. With Windows 2000 and XP, administrative access was easy.  A local admin account called “administrator”, and a local policy stating who’s an administrator –…

Playstation Network nearly back online –

As I sit here typing, the very Playstation Network (PSN) service which has received so much flak over the last month is finally approaching usability once more. I would like to say a huge thank-you to the guys at PSN, there’s no question over how…

Validating email addresses by SMTP in realtime

Validation of email addresses.  What a painful subject. About a year ago I looked into the possibility of using SMTP to validate email addresses.  As it turns out, it’s not perfect (a lot of false-positives) but it’s very reliable (I’ve failed to get any false-negatives)….