Archive for the ‘tech’ Category

miao R.I.P (2006 – 2016)

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

It is official, miao is no longer with us.

I originally installed it on May 7th 2006 so it was running for about 10 years until it died!


New knowledge base design!

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

After more than three years, it’s time to update my knowledge base design… 🙂


What do I think about Facebook’s “Rooms”?

Friday, October 24th, 2014

In short: Nice idea, not so good implementation.

Nice idea: welcome back, 1988! IRC anyone?

The Implementation:
1) Scan a qrcode in order to join a room, seriously?
2) Where is /list?
3) Why nickname is only unique per room? people can use other people’s nicknames and impersonate them on other rooms…
4) Where is the android client?
5) Why does it require IOS 7?
6) Why is it only available on the US apple store?

Really disappointing.

On the other hand, you can always connect to DALnet 🙂


(Kobi_S @ DALnet)

New fedora mirror

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Good to see our new fedora mirror is up and running.

Too bad ubuntu are much slower.


Google Apps issues

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

~1 hour after the issue started – Google: “This issue is affecting less than an estimated 0.024% of the Gmail user base”
~4 hours after the issue started – Google: “The email delays are affecting less than 50% of Gmail users”

Google, maybe you’re great with math but your support sucks big time.


SysAid is installed!

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

We just replaced our old helpdesk system (manageengine’s servicedesk) with SysAid 9.1.01 RC2 (b69).

I really like the new UI. The installation went smoothly, the only issue was with the script that I had to dos2unix.


bye bye TMG :(

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Damn it, ISA/TMG (Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server / Forefront Threat Management Gateway) was one of the (few?) Microsoft products I actually liked, it is sad Microsoft has decided to kill it.


An interesting post from Hal Berenson:


C > Java

Thursday, April 19th, 2012



It took some time but Java’s long term downward trend line finally crosses C’s stable (almost flat) popularity line. Although it is expected that Java will not decline much further due to the popularity of the Android platform, C is able to remain number one for at least another couple of months. This can be concluded by looking at the extrapolation of moving averages for both languages.




Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Now that’s interesting:

“Wallaby” is the codename for an experimental technology that converts the artwork and animation contained in Adobe® Flash® Professional (FLA) files into HTML. This allows you to reuse and extend the reach of your content to devices that do not support the Flash runtimes. Once these files are converted to HTML


Friday, February 18th, 2011

Hi all,

I needed to buy a SSL certificate for a website and someone recommended StartSSL to me. I usually buy my certificates from GoDaddy or DigiCert but since they are providing free class 1 certificates, I’ve decided to give it a try… when I tried to add one of my domains, it got approved right away, however, when I tried to add the real domain I wanted to use, I got an error message that said it was blacklisted… weird, heh? I contacted StartCom to see what’s the problem and they told me google has blacklisted it in the last 90 days. That’s semi-true, one of the website’s sub-domains is used as a free web-hosting and someone has uploaded a malicious file to it, however, it was a totally different machine and the uploading account has been suspsended as soon as we got the complaint from google. They weren’t willing to add the domain manually for me unless I pay 49.99$ for verification… I really needed a multiple domain (UCC) SSL certificate for 5 sub-domains and comparing to GoDaddy’s 89.99$/year, 49.99$ for two years didn’t sound too much… in addition to that, they provide unlimited sub-domains so I could add a few more sub-domains we use for the same fee.

I had bad experience with another SSL certificate provider (not godaddy or digicert, they’re fine) but I decided to give them a chance anyway. They asked me to scan two different identification IDs with pictures and my phone bill and they even called me to verify I am really me… after that, they manually verified the domain I wanted the certificate for and I could issue it. Everything was done within a few hours and I’m really happy.

The bottom line is that I recommend StartSSL too, just remember to be prepared with the needed “papers”.


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