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DIY automated sentry gun

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Like the author of this website, I too have dreamed of the day I had enough time and skillz to build an automated sentry gun. Ever since I saw that scene in Aliens with these automated weapons, I thought it would be pretty sweet to mount a high powered BB gun on a tracking platform […]

A pretty good visualization for SQL joins

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Every once in a while I have to do an unusual join in SQL and I can’t exactly remember what join type to use. I found this blog post and I think it perfectly visualizes the different types of joins, without a lot of text and fluff. Plus it references pirates and ninjas. What more […]

Resetting HP iLO passwords through software!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

I run several HP DL360 servers with iLO cards in them, and one day I tried to access one of those servers via the iLO card and couldn’t authenticate. I thought “Hmm, I must have set the password incorrectly”, then started to search the web for a solution. The accepted solution was to power down […]

The FBI wants to be biometric central

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

“The FBI today is announcing a rapid DNA initiative,” said Louis Grever, executive assistant director of the FBI’s science and technology branch, during his keynote presentation at the Biometric Consortium Conference in Tampa. The FBI is expanding beyond its traditional fingerprint collection practices to develop a new biometrics system that will include DNA records, 3-D […]

I just set up my new Google Voice account, give me a call!

I just set up my new Google Voice account, give me a call!

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

I’ve been waiting for this for a while now! I just received my invite to Google Voice! I must say, I’ve used a few of these types of services like CallWave, YouPhone, etc… for a free service, this looks pretty sweet. The one thing I am concerned about is the fact that Google will undoubtedly […]

Run Dell OpenManage directly off a boot CD

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Even though I’m transitioning away from Dell PowerEdge servers in favor of HP ProLiant boxes, with their fancy integrated iLO adapters and such, I still find I need to manage a Dell box from time to time. Sometimes, like when I use a Dell NAS 745N box that comes with Windows Storage Server 2003 as […]

How to properly get date / time in a batch file

Monday, August 10th, 2009

This is something that I should have posted a long time ago. Sadly though, with things like PowerShell out now, old school batch files are quickly becoming extinct, even for hardened batchers like myself. However I still find myself using batch files of some sort from time to time, and often times I need to […]

Crappy data validation strikes again

Crappy data validation strikes again

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

A few months ago I had a little rant about validation, and how developers had to be more thoughtful and less presumptuous. Lately I’ve had another data validation issue crop up that is even more annoying. My credit card expired recently and as usual the bank sent a new card out. I thought it was […]

Set up iSCSI on the cheap with OpenFiler!

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

I recently hit a budget crunch where I had to find an iSCSI SAN for our ESX 3.5 infrastructure. For $800 I was able to find a used Dell 745N NAS device, but I couldn’t find any iSCSI SANs for anywhere near the $1000 budget I had… not even used ones. I decided to go […]

Developers - when validating data, don't be a presumptuous asshole

Developers – when validating data, don’t be a presumptuous asshole

Monday, April 20th, 2009

If you are a coder of any kind, you need to read this post. I’ve coded tons of stuff in my life, and every time I have to do any kind of data validation, whether it’s form data validation on a website, or object data validation in a desktop or database application, I always consider […]

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