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WWDN Memorial

Wil Wheaton's Web Site looks a little different today, September 11 2003. Check it out.

I'd totally spaced on what day it was today. Glad Wil's part of my tribe of humans.

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mod_gzip and barnson.org

I just enabled mod_gzip for barnson.org, brusco.org, and outlanders-outfit.org. I hope you notice a really big speedup! gzip compression is supported on newer versions of Internet Explorer, Mozilla, and other browsers.

Setting it up was a really straightforward process on this FreeBSD server (as root):

  1. # cd /usr/ports/www/mod_gzip/
  2. # make
  3. # make install
  4. I then edited /usr/local/etc/apache/httpd.conf and removed the pound sign from the front of these two lines:
    • LoadModule gzip_module libexec/apache/mod_gzip.so
    • AddModule mod_gzip.c
  5. Then I tacked the following lines onto the end of the httpd.conf:

    # [mod_gzip configuration]

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How to use WebCalendar

I noticed with interest that, although the product WebCalendar has an excellent installation guide, and decent on-line help, it has no real basic description of how to do things.

Since I work at a bank with non-technically-skilled co-workers, I felt we needed something that would gently introduce them to how to use WebCalendar. You are free to copy the below text for use on your own Intranet or wherever else; as usual, my blanket copyright at the bottom of this site covers this document as well as others. All I require is a prominent link back to the URL from which you initially copied the text.

If you choose to use this as an introduction for your users, won't you please leave a comment? It's not much, but it is encouraging.

I made one code modification to WebCalendar: I changed the includes/styles.php file, in the ".navlinks" section, to:

text-decoration: underline

My users are not very technically competent, and although the default css causes "hover" actions over links to glow, they still have trouble finding the links unless they are underlined like everywhere else on the web.

And away we go!

HowToUseWebCalendar

The WebCalendar program is remarkably simple to use, yet has some very powerful features if you choose to take advantage of them.

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What happened to Summer Movies?

I would never have the wherewithall to create my own blogging page, so I joined the ranks of Barnson.org, just to state my humble opinion. I have in one way or another contributed countless hours to debating matt on this here website, so I figured I'd step forward and introduce myself.

Hi.

That being said, I've been enjoying a conversation with many of my friends and family about the Summer Movie Saeon this year, and have been lamenting the lack of excitement present in this movie season.

It was only a year ago when STAR WARS came out 2 weeks after Spider-Man and kicked off one of the most successful summers in Movie History. After a summer of Men in Black, Austin Powers, and the like, I was already prepping for a year or fun fun fun.

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Migrating IMAP mailboxes using Linux and Mailsync

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a "running blog" today, updated as I complete several steps. It will continue to change until I've nailed this process down -- I just wanted it recorded, and my blog seems a good spot to put up technical documentation.

This is my personal how-to on how I am migrating users from Groupwise to Cyrus Mail. I know this may sound backwards to some people! If it sounds odd to you, guess you're not a free/open-source software aficianado.

Background

We were given a directive by our CIO that was quite simple. "Replace Groupwise. We're done running Novell stuff on our network. If you choose an alternative where we can own the source code, you may implement it without question. If you choose a proprietary alternative, you must provide written cost justification."

Exhibiting the enthusiasm that all systems administrators show for options that require cost-justification, I, of course, chose the free software option :) Spencer Tuttle did the initial Cyrus implementation and LDAP integration (a process well-documented elsewhere on the web), and eventually it fell to me to figure out how to migrate the Groupwise mailboxes to Cyrus. This, unfortunately, is much tougher than it sounds. Yeah, there's an easy way, but given the choice between doing it the easy way and relying on users to get it right, and doing it the hard way but being in control of the process and knowing it's done right, I'd rather be in control.

Products evaluated

  1. Mozilla Thunderbird. This is our chosen mail client for post-Groupwise life, so we figured we could just have all the users log into both their Groupwise and Cyrus mail accounts at the same time, and copy the folders over that they want to keep.

    Upsides:

    • It just works™. You can log into both mailstores and drag folders.
    • Users gain complete control over what gets moved.

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Beauty

I had a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and enjoyed my time with my family and children. We celebrated Zach's sixth birthday on Sunday with grandparents, cousins, aunts, an uncles. I had a chance to meet up with a friend from a common mailing list in person, and he was very interesting and fun to talk to -- can't wait to do it again, with more people. We went to the park tonight and played while picnicking with a neighbor family. I'm just about to retire for the night and snuggle with my beloved.

Of course, due to all this activity, I had zero blog entries :)

"Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind." --Socrates

"The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives." --Albert Einstein

"Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see Beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see Beauty never grows old. --Frank Kafka"

My life is beautiful.

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EjectEjectEject: On Individual Responsibility

I just finished reading an excellent, lengthy essay by Bill Whittle, on the topic of individual responsibility. If I get permission from him, I will reprint it here. If you plan on reading it, you need to allocate probably about an hour (for a reasonably speedy reader) to get through the essay and all the comments. Quotes follow, not necessarily in order in the essay (emphasis mine):

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Hotmail Out Of Memory

Just had a funny entry scroll past my window. We use sender address verification where I work to confirm that a sender, in fact, exists at the domain from which the mail is purported to be sent. Some spam just came our way claiming to be from hotmail, so of course Postfix (our mail transfer agent) ran out to Hotmail to make sure the user existed. What do we get on the reply? (a couple names changed to protect our network)

Aug 28 14:18:32 bubba postfix/smtpd[6705]: 1AA1FB8024: reject: RCPT from bay4-f28.bay4.hotmail.com[65.54.171.28]: 450 <maukc@msn.com>: Sender address rejected: unverified address: host mx2.hotmail.com[65.54.252.230] said: 452 Out of memory (in reply to MAIL FROM command); from=<maukc@msn.com> to=<pcoker@bankloan.com> proto=ESMTP helo=<hotmail.com>

Hotmail ran out of memory? They have to be getting slammed by something, they run some pretty beefy mail servers.

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Autism or Demonic Possession?

Minister charged with abuse in boy's death

A church minister was charged Tuesday with physical abuse of a child in the
death of an 8-year-old autistic boy who died as church leaders tried to
heal him at a storefront church in Milwaukee.

This so-called "minister" sat on a kid for two hours, suffocating him to death, in trying to drive out the "demons" that caused his autism. The mother of the boy helped hold him down as he was murdered in the name of religion. And people wonder why I insist that rationality, not emotion or the supernatural, govern my life.

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Pitch correction

Posted to this article on Slashdot today, and I figured I'd like to archive it somewhere useful...

Tuning, pitch, and scale are closely correlated. The two most common "tunings" in the western world are even-tempered and Pythagorean. The most common "scales" are Ionian and Aeolian (major and minor), with Dorian and Phrygian sometimes chiming in on popular music, but rarely others. Other cultures offer non-pentatonic scales with sometimes only five notes. I'm not confusing pitch and scale. I'm explaining that often pitch correction is necessary, particularly in some unusual recording situations, due to the conflict between modern even-tempered 12-tone tuning of certain instruments and the natural instinct of a singer or inexact-pitch instrument (such most strings, which depend on finger position for pitch, and some woodwinds where one can slightly adjust pitch via jaw tension) to gravitate towards a sweeter, non-logarithmic tuning.

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