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…extraordinarily intelligent people are not literal minded…

by @ 7:09 pm. Filed under quotes

"I think the central problem of any religion is that the founders of religion are always extraordinarily intelligent people.  And what you notice as you get older, is that extraordinarily intelligent people are not literal minded.  And the great problem with religion is when what is said by the founder of the religion, which was supposed to be taken metaphorically, is taken literally.  And that’s when you get complete nonsense being made of what the founder of the religion said – and indeed people claiming, more or less, that the founder of the religion said the opposite of what they believe, except they haven’t realized that."

  – John Cleese

Rating 4.33 out of 5


FitDesk For The Desktop Jockeys

by @ 6:54 pm. Filed under general

I just got this set up at home and it rocks.

I got in 12 miles the last two days that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to do because of my work schedule.

Rating 4.00 out of 5


Don’t forget your holiday cards!

by @ 6:51 pm. Filed under humour



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by @ 4:16 pm. Filed under tech

Rating 4.00 out of 5


Updated: the joeware fork of rdp-sec-chk

by @ 9:03 pm. Filed under perl, tech, updates

I have updated rdp-sec-chk on the joeware website.

I had added some IPv6 functionality so that I could use it over DirectAccess from my employer’s environment and never released it because it was a bit hacky. However I started having others that wanted to use it that way too so was going to release V01.01.00 and then noticed that Portcullis Security had updated their tool to V0.9-beta. So instead of releasing V01.01.00 I instead tweaked their V0.9-beta with the V01.00.00 and V01.01.00 changes and made it into joeware version V02.00.00.

You can find it at

Once again, this isn’t your normal joeware, this was something useful that I found that solved a specific issue but I needed to get it into a slightly different format for my easy use so tweaked it. Tweaks are intended to be kept at a minimum to achieve my goals. Please feel free to use the Portcullis Security version directly if that works better for your needs.


Rating 4.00 out of 5


Common Sense.

by @ 3:32 pm. Filed under general

More and more I find that I have to state out loud, and often strongly, common sense thoughts that 10 years ago I didn’t need to state because the others in IT already thought that way or at least knew what I was going to say if I started to say something about something really stupid.

For example… If a system is deemed critical, it should be set up as High Availability and have solid Business Recovery processes. You can’t just call the system critical and suddenly it is less likely to fail. In fact, Murphy’s law would tend to indicate the opposite is true. There is no combination of hardware and OS that isn’t susceptible to eventual failure. That is why we come up with all of these cool high availability options and redundancy and failover, etc.

I don’t know if the problem is that people are labeling everything as critical so as to artificially promote urgency in recovery or if everything truly is critical but no one is thinking about failure when costing, solutioning, designing, and engineering and they just assume it will always work (perhaps because it is important and important things shouldn’t break) so when that working state is no longer true there is a lack of process, resources, and recoverability and someone somewhere takes an “unexpected” shot to the pocket book and overall customer service and system availability suffers.



Rating 4.67 out of 5



by @ 7:54 am. Filed under tech

Rating 4.50 out of 5


You know you have been in IT too long when…

by @ 11:44 am. Filed under humour

…sorting your socks you realize you have at least 5 different brands/styles of white socks and you actually say out loud before thinking… “I really need to standardize on a single vendor and style for these white socks.”…

Then even as you think how sad it was that you came to that conclusion about something as simple and fun as socks you are trying to come up with a remediation plan and determining the features to standardize on… which ones do I like the feel of, what brands have the better quality, what socks seem to stay “whitest”, etc…

Sadly that is a true story.


Rating 4.25 out of 5


Awesome Weird Al Video – Word Crimes

by @ 8:29 am. Filed under humour

Rating 4.33 out of 5



by @ 8:51 pm. Filed under general

There is something to be said for the sound of a new SuperMicro 2U Server with 2 x Intel Hex Procs and 128 GB of RAM spinning up in your basement… Probably be joined by it’s twin in a few weeks or so.

I need a name… I was thinking Thunder, to be followed up by Lightning.

Rating 4.00 out of 5

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