Thursday, October 29, 2009
No chairs were harmed during the filming of the show...
resized bootcamp to allow for free space
gave 8gb ext4 partition and assigned to root
2gb swap partition
the rest ext4 for /home
ext4 8gb /
When it finished installing, I rebooted (I installed refit earlier) and chose the Windows partition. Once picked, grub appeared. Picked the first in the list, which was Ubuntu and then I was in. Ran into many problems because Macs don't play too well with Ubuntu. Followed tutorials on Ubuntu forums and got it running. Installed propriatory drivers and got wifi and video working fine. Trackpad is taking time getting used to. You need to 1-click to drag a window.
After all that, I rebooted and picked Windows partition and instead of choosing Ubuntu, picked Windows (last entry in the list). Now I am blogging from the Windows partition. Installed all the apps I need using this great tool called Ninite. Now I got a fully working triple-boot.
Watch out, this application gets installed in msdb database, if you have it in your environment, monitor the size of your msdb!
Other good things to know:
force CD to eject command: "turn off the Mac, hold the power key for 10 seconds and when you hear chime, hold the trackpad until CD ejects".
boot from CD: "put CD in, reboot, hold "C".
That's that, happy hacking and Happy Ubuntu Day!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I am sure you can edit key bindings but that should not be that way. If you know of any other ways, let me know.
I used to be a big user of Google Notebook. I loved this product and needless to say when Google decided to scrap it, I was pretty bummed. Fortunately, there is another product called Evernote. It is pretty much the same type of web application but it also has a desktop front-end. Evernote has apps for Windows, OSX, iPhone and Palm Pre. However, there is no Linux client, other than the web application... Until now.
I heard about this tip from the Fresh Ubuntu Podcast, who in turn got it from Leo Laporte on Floss Weekly. So here it goes:
1. Download Evernote 3.1 Windows executable from their website.
2. Install wine1.2 package from the Ubuntu Repositories. "sudo apt-get install wine1.2".
3. In Terminal type "wine Evernote*.exe".
That's it and it works fine.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Aslo good for log analysis of IIS, Exchange, BizTalk and other Microsoft Technologies. Requires .NET 2.0.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Usually it fails when task scheduler or WMI is not running on the passive node. In today's case both services were running and I am yet to hear from Microsoft web support about the issue. What I did last time to fix was take the passive node out of the cluster and patch individually one by one each node. This was a special case because for some weird reason, the application vendor requires task scheduler to be a cluster-aware service and it must fail-over so I had to find another solution and that's what I had to do if I didn't want to touch the task scheduler. Well, I searched for the hell of it today and found this very helpful result. It is really quite genius, I must say. I can't believe I didn't think of it before. This article is as of April 20th, 2009, which is way after I had my last issue. The article describes that this issue first appeared after Cumulative Update 6 and plagued DBAs since then. It is fixed in SP3, more reason to upgrade! Anyway, my previous workaround is described there as method 2 but method 1 is pure DBA happiness! What I did today to quickly patch was pause the passive node, patch the active node, unpause, failover, reboot, patch the now active node with rebooted node now paused, reboot it and test! Voil-la you now have a working database engine version 9.0.3325!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Take care and have a great weekend!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
specific processes. Will test in Windows 7, also was told to use -whatif tag. -whatif tag tells you what the command you're about to run will do. Now that's neat! Thank you fine gentlemen for your help.
Twitter is a wonderful tool!
Monday, May 11, 2009
#Cygwin in simpler terms is a bash shell for #Windows. You can run all your favorite bash tools like #rsync, #ssh, etc in cygwin. Turns out, you can run #powershell also. Yes powershell! Simply type “powershell” in cygwin, no quotes, and you will enter a powershell environment. Else, you can type a full command like this >powershell “get-eventlog System”. At the end you will be brought back to bash shell. In the first example you will stay in powershell. One caveat though, I don’t see tab completion in cygwin and file names are case sensitive, so you must specify the names exactly how they’re defined.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Jaunty is out of the door and first traces of Mark Shuttleworth's promise to bring a beautiful OS that can rival Mac OSX are surfacing. I must be honest, when I upgraded I installed ubuntu-restricted-extras with Microsoft Fonts, but I never did enable them. I ended up using default fonts. These fonts are easy to read and really do look cool. Themes that are shipped with 9.04 are also great. The one I ended up using is called "Dust Sand". It looks a little like OSX theme but it is different. I prefer it over the default "Human" theme. Slight opacity is also a nice touch that comes with this theme. I really dig it..
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Well it happened. I finally wiped my Ubuntu installation after three full years of work. Let's take it back to the end of March for a minute. Beta of Ubuntu 9.4 was just released and what do I do, upgrade my Ubuntu 8.10. I've had problems before with my upgrades of Beta Ubuntu but never like this. What happened this time is that when everything completed successfully, I tried to boot into Ubuntu and at logon screen I realized that my mouse and keyboard were not working. I could see a cursor but I could not move it. I rebooted into recovery mode and tried to fix it with my limited Linux command knowledge. It didn't work. Then from that time and on until yesterday I would boot into root shell with networking and run "sudo apt-get update" and "sudo apt-get dist-upgrade", hoping it will fix my broken system. It didn't work. That's why for the past month and a half I had to use XP exclusively :(. I really missed Ubuntu. So yesterday I spent the whole day backing up my existing setup. By the way let me mention that I use XP only for iTunes and I use iTunes only for my iPhone. I really wish there was another solution that I could use on Ubuntu for everything iTunes does with iPhone.
So the first thing I did was I installed Macrium and made an image of my whole hard drive. Then I installed Cobian Backup and backed up all my files on XP. Then I backed up my iTunes collection to DVD media. Then I made an iso of all Windows updates with "Offline Update" application and burnt it to DVD. Lastly, I found driver backup with yahoo search and backed up all of my laptop drivers. Then on the Ubuntu side I used Grsync to backup files from the Ubuntu partition. Now let me reiterate, I could not login to a working X session with my broken Ubuntu. What I did was, download a new Ubuntu 9.4 Release Candidate iso with Bittorrent (highly recommend this for much better speed (1.5mb/s for me) and of course you're helping others out). Made sure it was not an alternate installer because it lacks Live Media. My machine is fairly new and it supports live media so I was fine there. I burned this iso to CD and booted into it. Installed Grsync and backed up my home directory to an external hard drive. Of course there's an easier way to do it with Bash shell in the original installation but since I am a noob I needed a bit of GUI magic. Then I used the same Ubuntu 9.4 RC CD to install a new system wiping both old XP and Ubuntu. So after three years with a stable Ubuntu installation it finally did me in. I guess I didn't learn my lesson upgrading to a Beta level software since the last time it broke my system. Well at least last time I was able to fix it.
Of course there's a point to this whole story and it is that I learned so much with this whole tedious process. When I installed a new Ubuntu and restored from Grsync backup, all of my old settings and files came back, including a Windows 7 Virtualbox image. Grsync also backed up my Firefox tab sessions, AMAZING! It worked perfectly! Of course some of the crap from the old system also came back. I always heard that fresh install is better than upgrade but was always hesitant to do it. Now that I didn't have a choice, I learned something new. Fresh install and then restore from backup takes much less time than doing an upgrade, especially the week of a new Ubuntu Release, which happens to be tomorrow, WOOT! I am planning to burn a new iso of Ubuntu in a few days once it goes gold, again downloading with bittorrent (next two weeks regular downloads are going to be slooooow) and burn to CD. In my home directory set an option to view hidden folders (any files with a period in the front i.e. ./VirtualBox), remove all of the folders I don't need, take a backup of that and then fresh install again. This will leave my box stable and clean.
With all this conficker mumbo jumbo, my security admins restricted blogger.com access. Well, guess what, with it, they took my rights to blog from work. So just to confirm this I yahoo’ed my blog name “Artem’s blog” and found my blog and another Artem’s blog. I had to rub my eyes because topics covered are almost identical to what I would cover, Ubuntu, apps, etc. Turns out there’s another Artem in Ukraine, (I am in the U.S.) that blogs about similar topics. This is pretty funny and I’m kind of proud to have a namesake with similar interests. So everyone, please check out his blog and subscribe. You can also find him on Facebook at Artem Kudymovsky. Here’s a link to his blog.
p.s. I just looked through his articles, there’s a post where he says he changed the title of the blog from Artem and Darya;s blog to Artem’s blog, that explains why I didn’t find it before.
Over the past few years I've been shifting away from cable television towards internet. I have about 25 HBO, Starz and Encore channels, yet I find myself watching more and more tv on the net. A big part of my internet tv addiction is podcasts. My 16 gb iPhone holds 6gb of video and audio podcasts at any given time. Podcasts have a great advantage over reading blogs because I can listen and watch them on the go. I don't need an internet connection, I can listen to podcasts while I walk, drive and work.
Lately, I've been noticing a trend between most popular podcasts. Shows like Hak5, commandn, dltv, etc. are including a lot of extra chatter in their episodes. For example, a bunch of shows have bloopers at the end. Yes, they're funny and entertaining but a lot of people watch these shows for some specific reason and it's not bloopers! Let's take Hak5 for example. I love their show, I learn a lot, however, once they moved to Revision3, I started noticing that a lot of their content has deteriorated. Yes I know that the show is now weekly and it is really hard to produce a lot of quality material to fill in half an hour or more. Well, that's my point, who says we need an hour of content when most of it is chat. It may be a contract issue with Revision3 to produce a 30 minutes segment on a weekly basis but I think they're wrong. I'd settle for a 5 minute show with great material over 5 + 25 with 25 being talk anytime. Another thing that annoys me with Hak5 is their skits, I don't need to see that, they're pretty corny.
DL.TV has had major changes in the past few months as well and I understand they're experimenting with new formats but I think they're on a wrong track. Last episode was so boring. It used to be a 30-45 minute segment with a lot of DIY, tech reviews, etc. Now they have a 15 minute segment with a 10 minutes allocated for a lunch recipe site review, WTF! Seems like they're forcing it, their speech is monotonous and it's putting me to sleep. Go back to the previous format.
CNET, my problem with CNET is that they have so many different shows but once in a while I see the same small shorts inside other episodes. CNET Tips will appear on CNET LIVE, then on Editor's hour, then on Apple Byte, etc. I subscribe to all three and I see these tips three times! Then it's Molly Wood with her Buzz Report commercial. It started to appear at the end of CNET Loaded EVERY DAMN DAY! We get the idea, we don't need to see this repeated every day. Tekzilla with their survey advertisement is stealing 30 seconds of my life for every Tekzilla daily tip episode as well. C'mon, at least do it once a week.
The problem with all this is that it takes space on my iPhone, takes time to download and so far it doesn't apply but in the future it may, cable providers like Comcast capping download limits. Podcasts need to stick to their guns and not experiment (of course if they're not established yet). All of these gimmicks are similar from one show to another and they annoy me. Of course you can say who am I to tell them what to do. Well, I am a viewer and there is a lot of choice. There are other shows that have similar content but I find the shows listed in this blog very interesting and I want to continue watching them. I do hope they listen. I am positive that there are other viewers that find these items annoying just like me!
UPDATE: last week's HAK5 episode was unusually long, at 50minutes and change and it was all talk talk talk, wtf.
Monday, April 20, 2009
This error is elusive, there is no problem with connection! Most likely you cannot delete the task because there are records of it's execution stored in two tables that I will introduce shortly. First let me show you a table where maintenance tasks are listed. This is the same as viewing the maintenance tasks in Management Studio except doing it with T-SQL.
SELECT * FROM MSDB.DBO.SYSDTSPACKAGES90
The other table that has reference to the maintenance task is called MSDB.DBO.SYSMAINTPLAN_SUBPLANS.
Now if you run a delete with the maintenance plan ID you're trying to get rid off, you will clean out any subplans that your maintenance task has.
Task is deleted!
First of all, there are recommendations not to touch system dbs. So far this is the only way I was able to find that can get rid off rogue maintenance tasks. Until then, I will continue to use this. Always run a full backup of msdb database before performing this process. I am not responsible for your actions and use this procedure at your own risk!
1. SELECT NAME, ID FROM MSDB.DBO.SYSDTSPACKAGES90 WHERE ID = 'THE ID OF THE ROGUE MAINTENANCE TASK'
2. DELETE FROM MSDB.DBO.SYSMAINTPLAN_LOG WHERE PLAN_ID = 'THE ID YOU GOT FROM STEP 1'
3. DELETE FROM MSDB.DBO.SYSMAINTPLAN_SUBPLANS WHERE PLAN_ID = 'THE ID YOU GOT FROM STEP 1'
4. DELETE FROM MSDB.DBO.SYSDTSPACKAGES90 WHERE ID = 'THE ID YOU GOT FROM STEP 1'
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
1. The Apple Byte - CNET reviews all things Apple (V)
2. Apple Quick Tips - short tips from Apple on OSX, iPhone, etc.
3. The Art of Code - If you want to learn web development.
4. Ask The Techies - great resource on Windows and mostly Apple. 5. Best of Youtube - once a week, most popular Youtube video.
6. The Bleeding Edge - still reviewing.
7. Buzz Report - CNET tech news.
8. CNBC's "On The Money" - Financial tips and news.
9. CNET Live - CNET editors trying to answer caller questions.
10. CNET TV: Quick Tips - tips on anything techie.
11. CommandN - short news on tech.
12. Cranky Geeks - John C. Dvorak and other pundits talk about tech.
13. The Digg Reel - best of Digg.com videos.
14. dl.tv - all things tech from Ziff Davis, good HDTV resource.
15. Editor's Office Hours - CNET Editors answer caller questions.
16. Epic Fu - show about ART, Music, Tech.
17. Fortune: The Best Advice I Ever Got - weekly advice from VIPs.
18. The Fresh Ubuntu Podcast - still reviewing.
19. Get-It-Done-Guy's Quick and Dirty Tips To Work Less and Do More.
20. Hak5 - a great resource on hacking and administration.
21. Harward Extension School's Computer Science - lectures.
22. Howcast Tech & Gadgets - Imagine Lifehacker doing videos.
23. Learn Spanish with Coffe Break Spanish.
24. Linux Journal - great short videos on Linux.
25. Loaded - CNET daily tech news.
26. MarketWatch Morning Stock Talk - latest news on stock performance.
27. Midnight DBA - SQL Server tips.
28. Money Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life.
29. OnMicrosoft - short interviews with Microsoft engineers.
30. OnOpenSource - short interviews with Open Source developers.
31. OnSecuriy - short interviews with security consultants.
32. Open Sources - audio podcast on Linux and Open Source.
33. Run Your Own Server - audio podcast on BSD and administration.
34. Scam School - tips to get free beer at a bar.
35. Small Business Bulletin - tips on running SMB.
36. SourceTrunk - audio podcast on Linux and Belgian Beer.
37. SQLServerPedia SQL Server Training - Quest's engineers on SQL.
38. Systm - Great resource on DIY.
39. Tekzilla - Great Windows and OSX tips.
40. TorrentFreak - news on Pirate Bay and P2P.
41. Ubuntu UK Podcast - great Ubuntu resource.
42. Wall Street Journal on Small Business.
43. Wall Street Journal What's News - stock news.
44. Wired's Gadget Lab Video Podcast - still reviewing.
And that's about it. Every week my list changes plus or minus two or three. Some that I am reviewing may or may not go away but you get the idea. Please subscribe in iTunes or Miro.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
If you are familiar with the KDE 4 Desktop and would like to replicate some of the functionality on Windows, (besides installing KDE on Windows). Or If you just want to consolidate your messy desktop full of icons, I have a solution for you and it will cost you absolutely nothing! Install Fences from the creators of Stardock (Windows version of dock from Mac OSX or Avant Window Navigator for Linux). It allows you to drop all your icons into virtual folders on your desktop. Double click and folders disappear, double click again and they come back, magic... About time Windows, about time.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
past week. This virus spreads by e-mailing itself to everyone in the Outlook
Address Book. My admin account was one of those and virus tried to send
itself out using my account and while trying to authenticate, my admin
account got locked out. Our server admins renamed all of the admin accounts
and inserted a special character so that they would be invisible. The
problem that affected my SQL Servers was that when you login with Remote
Desktop to create SQL Jobs and Maintenance Tasks, SQL Server makes you the
owner of the given task. Obviously my admin account cannot be found anymore
and job fails. A fix is pretty easy though, assign a sql login, i.e. SA or
some other as the owner of SQL Jobs.
2009-03-18 00:22:15.17 server SuperSocket Info: Bind failed on TCP port 1433.
2009-03-18 00:22:15.34 server SQL server listening on Shared Memory, Named Pipes.
2009-03-18 00:22:15.34 server SQL Server is ready for client connections
Microsoft has a work around for this but that's now what we did. Our server admin looked in the log for the cluster and found that a registry key was not updated with new IP. He copied the data from the hive and then we were good. Just to summarize, this error means SQL port is being used by another application. I ran nmap to see if it was actually used and no it wasn't. However, after the manual intervention, all was good. Here is a sample of what it should look like:
2009-03-18 01:37:19.87 server SQL server listening on 10.1.1.111: 1433.
2009-03-18 01:37:19.89 server SQL server listening on TCP, Shared Memory, Named Pipes.
2009-03-18 01:37:19.89 server SQL Server is ready for client connections
See the difference? It is not obvious unless you trying to use ODBC. SQL will still run but any application using ODBC will not be able to connect to database. You can all try to test this by logging in to Management studio with:
if doesn't work, check in the log to see the message "listeningon TCP".
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
1. iTunes - sync music and podcasts to my iPhone.
2. Yahoo Widgets - Wifi, weather, battery, cpu, clock widgets
3. Thunderbird Mail - I am more productive reading mail with Thunderbird than Gmail
4. Miro - iTunes cannot play everything, discover other podcasts Apple wouldn't show
5. VLC - a must have to view any video format under the sun. Never fails!
6. Notepad - duh
7. Command Prompt
8. Firefox - duh
9. CDBurnerXP - on Windows, K3B or Brasero on Ubuntu
10. Boxee and Plex - Media Center
11. Winpatrol - UAC and random settings for XP
12. Digsby - Best IM Client for Windows
13. Visual Task Tips - thumbnail review like Compiz and Vista/Windows7
14. iPhoneBrowser - just installed, browse iPhone internal directories
15. VirtualWin - toggle through multiple desktops on Windows - Spaces on Mac, Compiz
16. Update Checker - still beta but awesome tool to check application updates
17. Defraggler - a much better defragment tool for Windows
18. CCleaner - if you don't know this and run Windows.. you're in trouble
19. Ad-Aware - you're in trouble...
20. Avast - antivirus!
23. Twhirl - just installed for Twitter, needs Adobe Air.
You get the picture, there may be more but I can't think of them right now..
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
2. select Boot.ini tab
3. select Advanced Options
4. select /NUMPROC and in the newly opened window select how many cores you want to help booting your box.
Definitely boots faster on my machine. Cannot provide performance boost but noticed it's faster. I don't know the consequences of the change, so definitely Google it.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
until next time...
until next time...