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Robert's Sysadmin Blog Unraveling the datacenter one fibre at a time December 2004 Entries
First four chapters of "TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows"
First four chapters of \TCP/IPJoe Davies reports that the first few chapters of "TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows" has now been published on the technet site. Good reference reading, and good for my 70–291 exam, that I still haven’t done ......

Posted On Friday, December 31, 2004 5:11 PM

Off to merry England
Well I am off to England thursday, spending time with the British side of the family. Staying at my aunts, and they don’t even have a computer, so that will save me from the inevitable tech-support. It also means that I have no way to be online. I have already looked for Wireless access in the area; Starbucks or a pub with internet, but alas, it seems inlikely that anyone in that little town of Bishop-Auckland will even have heard of the Inkernet. With a little luck I can get online at a café ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 22, 2004 12:52 AM

The Eve of the War
No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Sowly the imminent release of Steven Spielbergs version of H.G. Wells classic ......

Posted On Sunday, December 19, 2004 2:16 AM

IT Conversations - Pure Brainfood
IT ConversationsI just wanna plug IT Conversations for a sec here. IT Conversations is a network of high-end tech talk-radio interviews, discussions and presentations from major conferences delivered live and on-demand via the Internet. It's a one-person labor of love. Doug Kaye is ITC's host, producer, developer, writer, interviewer and engineer. He launched IT Conversations in June 2003 and produces three to five programs each week. Been listening for a while now, one of the first podcasts I subscibed ......

Posted On Friday, December 17, 2004 9:52 PM

Windows Update Services Reviews
Eric Maynard posted a link to a review of WUS, Microsoft’s Windows Update Services, over at I started messing with WUS almost immediately, but couldn't get it to work properly (couldn’t get my hosts to appear), and then I didn't get the change to really dig into it cause work got in the way.For what its worth I have some stuff here: http://www.geekswithblogs.n... but I never managed to finish it. ......

Posted On Friday, December 17, 2004 9:41 PM

Podcasting hits mainstream media in Netherlands | Na Heineken stapt ook BNN in podcastingOke.. this is a dutch article, so you cant read it. But its basicly a news article on what Adam reported on here.With Heiniken and now BNN podcasting, its hit the mainstream, and the news article posted by will be read by millions of dutch today, as its the most popular online Dutch news site.The first fruits of the article have no been sown here at work. The company I work for delivers the technology and technical services to all of Dutch ......

Posted On Thursday, December 16, 2004 11:35 AM

E-mail hoax sparks 'Do Not Call' stampede | CNET
E-mail hoax sparks 'Do Not Call' stampede | CNET News.comYou know... I cant help but wonder. With 9.5 million Americans rushing to sign up, I suppose we have to be tankfull this wasn't a phishing scam, or other corrupt activity.Imagine for a moment if it was, and the registration page of the FTC service that was linked to in this email, was in fact a fake site. I think that most people would get suspicious if they had to fill in their credit card -or other personal details (like home adress/tel number, ......

Posted On Thursday, December 16, 2004 10:38 AM

Update to the Technet "whats new" page.
Here was a cool resonce I got from the technet team, regarding RSS feeds of technets "whats new" page.I really hope they expedite their roleout of RSS support througout the Technet site, though I must say, a quick browse though some of the MS IT Pro community sites shows quite a lot of synticated content! Cool.. time to add some feeds! --------------------Hello, Thank you for your inquiry on our plans to add an RSS feed for TechNet update notifications. As you may know, we already offer RSS feeds ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 15, 2004 8:41 AM

Why Nerds Are Unpopular

Wired 12.12: VIEW

This struck a chord. Nuff said.

Posted On Monday, December 13, 2004 12:35 PM

Bittorrent, the ideal podcast distribution method.


Giving back to the community.

The Evilgenious Chronicles is one of the only Podcast to distribute using Bittorrent, and I am more than happy to keep a seed up for a few days on the server.



Posted On Saturday, December 11, 2004 6:21 PM

Dutch computer security awareness campaign - They're out to get you!
Laat Je Niet Pakken (link to the English Language version)Suftnet and Kennisnet are dutch internet organisations that specialise in the educational services. They are quite big on advice and promotion of internet use. Surftnet is an ISP that does internet access for schools and learning institutions.Surfnet has had a security awareness campaign “They’re out to get you!” since beginning of the year, but now they have teamed up with Kennisnet, and have relaunched the campaign. The ......

Posted On Friday, December 10, 2004 9:40 PM

Windows Users Suck
Backup BrainI found myself identifying strongly with this post.And I cracked up at Dori's analogy(!) of lack of Windows security (on most people's pc's at least):Dan: "I'd be happy to be the "yes, he looks like an innocent grandfather, but leaving an unsecured Windows machine attached directly to the net is like waving a shotgun around in Macy's; this monster needs to be put away!" quote source for the media coverage."Dori:"Dan, I don't think that Grandpa is waving a shotgun around Macy's. I think ......

Posted On Friday, December 10, 2004 5:15 PM

Ensight - Jeremy C. Wright » Dan Gillmor Leaves Journalism

Ensight - Jeremy C. Wright » Dan Gillmor Leaves Journalism

And to think I am still explaining to other techs what a 'blog' on the inkernet is. 

Posted On Friday, December 10, 2004 4:40 PM

re: What's All the Fuss About Podcasts?
This is my reply to Derek Lakin on his post about Podcasting. Dont confuse the content with the concept!I think its a shame that Podcasting is continually compared to blogs, because the scope of podcasting is much larger. Most people have nothing interesting to say, thus, giving the tools to the masses, may they be blogging tools, may they be a microphone, the result is a majority of drivel. The crux of podcasting is its time-shifted nature. This concept is of course not new, quite a few public and ......

Posted On Friday, December 10, 2004 2:28 PM

Laptop BackPack
My new laptop is the largest I have ever seen, and I thought finding a bag or backpack for it was gonna be tough, as my already large Microsoft notebook bag was unable to fit it.Targus Sport Standard Backpack (Platinum/Black)I was thinking about getting something expensive and luxurious, but then I came across this thing in a local Dynabyte store. Very excellent! I seem to be able to store stuff in this thing without end, and it easily accommodates my zd7340 Pavilion. Its light but sturdy, and comfortable ......

Posted On Thursday, December 9, 2004 8:27 PM

Kazaa trial highlights P2P dangers: ZDNet Australia: News: Security

Kazaa trial highlights P2P dangers: ZDNet Australia: News: Security

Time to wakeup corperations!

Posted On Thursday, December 9, 2004 6:41 AM

ITT: Restoring Outlook Web Access (OWA) (Solved)
Ever had one of those days .. where you accidentily delete your Default Website in ISS, and all the exchange stuff along with it? :DHave no fear, MS KB is here! Download and install the IIS 6.0 Resource Kit Tools. To obtain the IIS 6.0 Resource Kit Tools, visit the following Microsoft Web site: 629C89499&displaylang=enIf you do not want to install all the IIS 6.0 Resource ......

Posted On Thursday, December 9, 2004 12:34 AM » Security News #5 posted » Security News #5 postedJust wanna plug Dave's security-podcast this morning, having just listened to the 5th installment. He has some good security tips for everyone, though they won't be new to most people here, hopefully ;)One thing that I noticed is that Dave's podcast seems to be slanted mostly towards home computer use. Though this is great, its not my own primary field of interest when it comes to security. I wonder if he will be focussing on corperate security any time in future? ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 8, 2004 9:01 AM

Podcast Research

Podcast Research

Researching the phenomenon of podcasting. Cool.

Posted On Tuesday, December 7, 2004 5:06 PM

ITT: Inclusion list for low (security) file types (unsolved)
Oke.. so when our heavily managed users (heavily managed though group policy) on Windows XPSP2 try to open an .sgimb extention (Kasenna StreamPlayer) from a webpage, they get the standard explorer security dialog-box asking them if they want to open or save the file. After they click though, the file opens properly in the Kasenna player. This is undesireable, we want to get rid of the dialog box popping up.We tried adding the extention in the "inclusion list for low file types" in group policy, under ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 7, 2004 4:45 PM

ITT: Hung on "applying computer settings" - Exchange System Attendant was the culprit (Solved, kinda)
Isn't it wierd how, when you wanna get something done, you end up spending time fixing other problems that are stopping you from doing what you wanted to do originally. For some reason Group Policy was not being applied to my Laptop, causing all kinds of settings to fail.. eventlog told me: “windows cannot query for the list of Group Policy object”Could not find the cause, so rebooted the Server. Then the server wouln’t log in anymore.. it kept hanging on “applying computer ......

Posted On Sunday, December 5, 2004 11:15 PM

A New tech chat @ In The Trenches
In The Trenches (The Podcast for sysadmins and IT professionals) has a new tech chat up, which I took part in again. We talked far longer than we originally planned to, so we covered a bunch of topics; Podcasting via Bittorrent IE vs Firefox At home vs corperate enviroments, pro’s and cons, managability, features, etc.UK Department of Pensions crash 60K computers How it could happen, project management, procedures, and attituted towards IT security and robustness ......

Posted On Sunday, December 5, 2004 2:09 PM

A Blog to keep an eye on
My good friend and colleague Maarten Visser has finally started a blog, called Visions of the Future. He is as enthousiastic about technology as me, so that means his blog is worth watching He is also planning to podcast! Visions of the Future – My vision on new technologies and there potential(rss) ......

Posted On Saturday, December 4, 2004 9:24 PM

ITT: ProxyDHCP service did not reply to request on port 4011 (Solved)

You may receive an error message when a PXE client computer contacts a Windows Server 2003-based computer that is running RIS and DHCP with two IP addresses for one network adaptor

Funny the things one runs into. new Laptop wouln’t boot from RIS, and this was why.


Posted On Saturday, December 4, 2004 2:21 PM

Robert's blog @ MSN
Robert's blog @ MSNYup.. here it is.First impressions are good. It looks really slick, and I like the fact that you can rearrange the content windows.. a feature we already know from Sharepoint technologies and MyMSN.The fact that MSN has so integrated its functionality with the rest of their offerings, and MSN Messenger, means that more people than ever will now start blogging, which is great.. its very accessable. At least.. if you use MSN.. Apparently, MSN Spaces does not have an API, so I guess ......

Posted On Thursday, December 2, 2004 5:05 PM

And in the other world: Have you heard of blogs?
You know.. it amazes me how often I have to explain to fellow techies what a blog is. Just ordinary non-technical people.. oke.. fine.. but my fellow geeks?I dont know how it is over there in the states, or the rest of the world, but here in the Netherlands its a pretty unknown fenomenon. Its worlds and worlds appart from the online world that I inhabit, where I read and participate daily on stuff like; the inpact of blogs and personalized reporting, rss (spam), backtracks, corperate blogging, podcasting, ......

Posted On Thursday, December 2, 2004 4:52 PM

New MSN Messenger, and MSN Space - The MS Blogging tool

Scoble reports that the new MSN Messenger will be released later today, aswell as the new MSN Spaces. I just watched the Channel 9 video demo of MSN Spaces, and it looks really great! Cant wait to give it a try!


Posted On Thursday, December 2, 2004 8:19 AM - Torrent Sites Attacked? - Coordinated offensive downs most major sites
broadband » News » Major Torrent Sites Attacked? - Coordinated offensive downs most major and Cnet News is reporting that a number of major Torrent sites have been having some problems last few days. Now though the problems are probably tech-related, I cant help but wonder if Engadget’s recent Torrent tutorial has something to do with it. ......

Posted On Thursday, December 2, 2004 8:14 AM

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