Replacing a Power Adapter for a Microtek Scanmaker 4800

Monday, February 11th, 2008

This is just a glimpse of the kinds of things I get to do day to day… A week or so ago I had a client that had received a used scanner from a friend. The scanner was a Microtek Scanmaker 4800. I was a bit concerned as her pc still has Windows 98 and [...]

Virtualbox virtualization open source availability

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

This last week virtualbox announced that they have released a version of their virtualization software as open source. There is a pay version as well with more features. (*read on for features available in the full version.) While I appreciate them making the core virtualization open source and currently they are likely the most advanced [...]

VMware guest unable to access USB devices

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

I ran into this some time back and found the solution a few months later and was reminded today to document it here…. The situation is this… Linux host for VMWare server, the guest machine has usb support and in vmware, you can go to VM, Removable devices and in spite of the fact you [...]

Firewire/USB card and ethernet incompatibilities on Ubuntu 6.06

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

I’ve had a machine for quite a while that I’ve been working on as a “backup server”. My goal with it is to have a RAID1 setup with two 250GB drives and I also wanted USB2/firewire functionality so that I could even add a USB drive to the array for the purpose of having a [...]

More linux software raid fun

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

OK, I know there are probably quite a few looking at this thinking…. “Hello where has he been?” when I’m talking about playing around with software raid under ubuntu linux, but…. in spite of all I’ve done supporting desktop systems and even small business servers I’ve never had an opportunity to setup a raid array. [...]

Multiple Apple updates as Mac goes to version 10.4.8

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Apple is fixing 15 security flaws with the 10.4.8 version upgrade of Mac OS X. (There is a second update as well…. Security Update 2006-006). In typical fashion there are a bundle of issues in these updates. Several address remotely exploitable vulnerabilities.    Send article as PDF   

Skype and USB phones….

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

I’ve seen skype I just haven’t used it personally until very recently. In fact there was a place (dialpad?) that I had used once upon a time for a few free long distance calls online. It was neat, but had some limitations (delay). It quickly became non-free and frankly the microphone I have hooked up [...]

Saving you from yourself or specifying which index file to use with apache

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

As I said, I mistakenly uploaded a page of links that I use for the main administration across many sites to this domain. Unfortunately, the server preferred using the index.html to the index.php that serves up the USUAL home page. So, for about an hour after my slipup…. the main page for this site showed [...]

Lexar Jumpdrive Firefly recall

Friday, July 7th, 2006

USB thumb drives seem fairly simple, nothing hazardous…. but Lexar has recalled several models of the Firefly series as well as the JumpDrive Secure II, 1GB model. The affected Firefly sizes are… 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB. They apparently have a “risk of burns to consumers and property damage.” I would assume the risk is [...]

Intelliadmin – free disable usb storage tool

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

For Windows system administrators that have sweated over the perils of usb drives and memory sticks…. Intelliadmin has a tool for you. It’s a small utility that will allow to remotely disable usb drives over the LAN. It won’t affect usb mice/keyboards – just usb storage. So, if your network security policy doesn’t like USB [...]


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