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From: Mike Harrison 
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Just ranting while watching things download and install on an MS-Server:

I’m building a testbed for some future Linux integration with Microsoft Biztalk, an “enterprise service bus / message queue” on a VM. I’m a few days of playing around, on my 4th install (I’ve made some stupid mistakes and had to start over) and learned a lot. 

Mostly what I’ve learned from the Linux and Mac worlds is: I’m spoiled. 

Linux servers, until you get into really weird stuff, just seem to be couple of yum installs or apt-get’s away from having just about anything you would normally want, up and running. On the weirder stuff, you might have to add a few things from the standard apt/yum/etc repo’s and then either use a private repo or compile something from scratch. Compiling being a rarer option than it used to be, but is still a good option for special cases. 

I’m pretty crusty on MS-Stuff, so I’ve had to learn a lot that I have intentionally forgotten. But what really surprises me is how different the processes are for installing various Microsoft products. Although the “Server Manager” has a decent start with “Add roles and features” it’s a subset of things, and I think it is missing some common essentials. For other things I’ve had to download installers and run them, use “CAB’s” and “Box’s”.. the weirdest one was install a 32 bit version of Excel, on a 64 bit Server OS because “BAM” requires it and won’t work on 32 bit.. I’ve lost track of the reboots, extra installations... uninstalls (SQL Server Express is installed with Visual Studio, but must be removed so you can install SQL Server).. Obscure menu tree hunting to find an option to turn on or off…  I’ve even found and been following several different official how-to’s that do not agree. But it works. Or at least seems to be. I have yet to use it for anything. It’s obvious that Microsoft has groups that don’t “come together” on how to install software, deal with requirements. Microsoft seems to be missing a company/product line wide package manager, and that seems to be a very antiquated thought process. and some things seem to be only available in 32 bit.. like the BI Tools for Visual Studio. Come on Microsoft, why would things you would run on a nice 64 bit server, requiring 32 bit packages for support? 


That a worldwide collective of a wide range of Linux programmer and sysadmins do such a great job of repositories and installations from them, makes me realize how spoiled I have become, and how thankful I am for everyone’s efforts. 




Anyone else get hit by the recent Panda update?

From: Rod-Lists 
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A local business which got rid of most of its Macs just got bit by the recent Panda Security update.
Started to quarantine some important .dll's on windows machines.
Apparently it flagged itself as well.
http://betanews.com/2015/03/11/panda-security-identified-itself-as-malware-quarantined-its-own-files/

EPB Business class service and static IP's

From: Lynn Dixon 
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To build on our conversation from eariler this morning, I contacted EPB to
get pricing on routed subnets and static IP's.

Business class service is the only thing eligible for routed subnets or IP
blocks.  The starting price for the service is $350 per month for 100 meg
service, which comes with SLA guarantees on 99.99% uptime as well as
bandwidth SLA's. With this same service, you get a /28 of IP addresses,
which is 14 useable (16 total, minus 1 for gateway, and minus 1 for the
network ID/broadcast).
Business class is available to any address that is serviceable by the
residential service.

They have various other levels with increased speeds for higher prices of
course, all the way to 1 Gig.  I didn't get pricing for anything above
100meg since $350 made it out of scope for me.

The sales rep did mention that EPB does co-location, but after talking with
them, they only offer it to customers whom are willing to lease a full 43U
rack.  Pricing for a full 43U rack with 100meg service and /28 with 20amps
of power is roughly $1400 per month.

So, there ya have it. At $350 its a bit out of my price range as a small
business, so I will just keep my two machines co-located in Knoxville and
Chattanooga (Peace Communications).  I was really hoping to get a faster
connection with their Business class service, and bring my machines to my
home datacenter.  I have plenty of power and cooling available, as well as
natural gas for a genset. I already have a sizeable UPS as well.

It looks as if EPB is initially targeting medium to large size businesses
with these colo offerings.  I will keep in touch with them to see if they
start to offer smaller rack leases.

MS-Biztalk w/Linux?

From: Mike Harrison 
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Anyone out there done any integration with MS-BizTalk with Linux they’d care to rant about?

Just curious.. might have to do some integration with it in the future. 


FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

From: Rod-Lists 
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Fwd: Great Developer Opportunity in Kennesaw, GA

From: gary hasty 
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If anyone is looking for such

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Chuck Shirley 
Date: Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 11:20 AM
Subject: Great Developer Opportunity in Kennesaw, GA
To: GaryHasty 


Hi Gary!

I am a recruiter here at CyberCoders who specializes in placing Developer
candidates as well as similar positions in Kennesaw, GA and other locations
nationwide.

I am emailing you in case you think you would be a great fit for the
position listed below.  Please check out the link and apply if you are
interested in hearing more about the job.  :)

Also - If you refer a friend I end up placing at any of my open jobs, I
will give you an iPad for the referral!

This position is for a Developer in Kennesaw, GA.

*For more details on this job or to apply simply visit CyberCoders:*

*http://www.CyberCoders.com/qc.aspx?posId=CS-1175443&ad=CSNPMSChuck.Shirley&enc=CMlQjnGWEobTV+8+Li+exw==
*

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You can use the link below at any time if you would like us to hold off on
emails to you about new opportunities.



 Thank you,
Chuck

Chuck Shirley  | Executive Recruiter |
CyberCoders
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Intel NUC

From: Lisa Ridley 
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Anyone here have any hands on experience with these little computers?  I'm looking for an addition to my office for the following:

1.  Persistent Jenkins Server to manage auto deployments and automated testing on a variety of virtual servers (Debian 7, Jenkins, using 2G RAM)
2.  Test Servers for client projects (managed by the Jenkins Server) -- VirtualBox servers managed using Jenkins and Vagrant, running Debian, Ubuntu or CentOS, using 2-4G RAM, configured as a LAMP stack with MySQL and/or MongoDB, running applications written in Symfony2 / Laravel / Drupal.  These servers will be short-lived, and will be used for development, staging and test units, so they will be spun up and down as needed, and will have a lifespan running anywhere from 2 to 6 months.  There will be anywhere from 2 to 6 of these running on one physical unit at any point in time.

The reviews I've read are generally positive, and I like the small footprint and low power consumption.  Looking specifically at one of these units (most likely the 2nd one), configured with 16G RAM, WiFi/BlueTooth and a 120G mSata SSD.

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/nuc/nuc-kit-d54250wykh.html
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/nuc/nuc-kit-d54250wyk.html

Thoughts?  Experiences?

Lisa Ridley


My two Knight Foundation library newschallenge proposals

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Hi Chugaluggers, 


Here are two short proposals I submitted to the Knight Foundation's library newchallenge -- which seeks to fund initiatives that get more community members involved in civic participation via library initiatives. 


https://www.newschallenge.org/profiles/605988335 


If either (or both) of these initiatives resonate with you, kindly leave a comment with your thoughts underneath the proposal(s). As you might expect, both of my proposals have a strong open source component. 


The Knight Foundation will be choosing several proposals from the 680 that were submitted. $2.5 million of grant money will be applied to the selected proposals. The Knight Foundation is hoping to identify those ideas that can bring the greatest value to communities. 


Many of the other submitted proposals were equally intriguing to my eyes. I love how the whole process is out in the open -- as it should be. Some astute high school English teacher could potentially assign his or her students to search for three proposals that resonate with the student -- and then write an essay describing the upside and downsides of those proposals. That would be a real world writing assignment that would bring benefit to students and communities alike. 


phil 

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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

Storage for VMs

From: Dan Lyke 
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So the question came up in the SOC meeting this morning...

We've got a lot of VMs, and are going to be spinning up more of them.
Heck, we're tossing a lot of Vagrant around in git repos these days.

We need storage for those.

We're probably below SolidFire's current price range, but we don't
have infrastructure yet, and it isn't unreasonable to think that we
could be in future price ranges there.

I know nothing about the space.

Anyone want to educate me?

Dan

Dragoncon

From: Joseph Simoneau 
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If anyone else is going, drop me a line. I'll be there pretty much the
whole time, though I can't guarantee sobriety.

Also, if anyone is interested...in addition to the normal eff stuff that
might be interesting, Chad Ramey from GT is giving a talk about building
your own particle accelerator. I've known the guy for a while (met him at
dcon a couple years ago when he was loading his nuclear reactor into his
car) and seen a talk or two at outerzone and a few other places. It's worth
going to if you have any interest in such things.

Also, no, none of this email has been a joke.

-js

OT:BEST Android phone yet... LG G2 VS980 Verizon

From: Phil Sieg 
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Got a new piece of kit. Here is how it happened:

My business partner got the new LG G3 5.5" but 20% smaller than the Galaxy Note 2/3 even though the screen is the same size. I have been VERY impressed with my Nexus 5 and his G3 is amazing, in fact almost perfect. The ONE THING it is lacking is the wireless Qi charging.

Well I am hooked on Qi the way a crack ho loves rock... yes it is that bad. If you don't have wireless charging, you thing I am an idiot. If you do, you get it. There simply is no going back, not even for the iPhone 6.

The problem is that I am still dissatisfied with the battery life on my Nexus 5. I have rooted, rom-ed, kerneled, and tweaked this thing to death, and have gotten every last drop of energy out of it, and it just isn't enough, especially for international travel.

So I start reading up on hacking Qi into the G3, and find out that the G2 from Verizon has it built in. 

For those of you that don't know, the LG G2 is the Nexus 5 on steroids. It is the exact same size with a .2 inch larger screen (5.2 vs 5.0) due to smaller bezels. It has a bigger battery, better camera, better screen, and the Verizon model's SIM slot is UNLOCKED. You can use the ATT Straighttalk SIM and it will do HSPA+ (4G) without hacking and LTE if you flash an AOSP rom.

OH and it doesn't have any stupid buttons on the side where they get pressed accidentally ALL THE TIME. The buttons for power/vol are in the center of the back just below the Camera...which actually rocks.

The best part: $225 on ebay for like new in the box 32GB!!!

So far I am digging it.

Will rant in a few days if battery life is disappointing.

No rant means I am pleased.

Phil Sieg
President
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
www.snapfon.com
phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





Fast laptops are getting real cheap these days

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Check out this used Windows Vista laptop that comes with a 1-year warranty, too. 


http://pcretro.com/products/dell-latitude-e6500-w-vista 


Love me some Linux on that thing. If you know a family, nonprofit organization, or 
church that could use a very affordable laptop, tell 'em about their options. 


With Linux installed, you could get a speeding ticket on that thing. Also, an affordable 
laptop of that kind could make for a nice prize for some kind of student education contest. 
It's pretty easy to crowdfund the purchase of a $179 laptop. 


phil 

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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


PHP job in Nashville area

From: "M. H." 
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If anyone around Nashville is looking for a PHP gig, see below:



On Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 5:09 PM, Nanci Cronk 
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> by chance know any PHP programmers in Nashville or surrounding areas, do
> you? We=E2=80=99ve got a respected client on the *south side of Nashville=
 looking
> to fill a direct hire PHP Developer position.  *It=E2=80=99s mid level,
> compensation will go up to around 80K and they are looking for good
> background with PHP and frameworks, jQuery and other Javascript libraries=
,
> etc. The company has excellent benefits, lots of opportunities for paid
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>
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iate your
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Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) emissions in the Amateur Service

From: Rod-Lists 
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"The FCC also adopted an ARRL proposal to authorize certain Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) emissions in the Amateur Service.

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau in 2013 granted an ARRL request for a temporary blanket waiver to permit radio amateurs to transmit emissions with designators FXD, FXE, and F7E, pending resolution of the rulemaking petition. That waiver becomes permanent on July 21."
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2014/june/changes

Useless and meaningless rant about my hate for Linux Mint...

From: kitepilot@kitepilot.com
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I hate Unity too...
And/or the M$-like bloated KDE. 

Because my long hated (and mostly reliable) Linux Mint went out of support, 
I decided to go with what I hate the least: Xubuntu. 

But I could not burn the DVD, so I installed it on VirtualBox, transferred 
the system to my real box, fixed up the MBR and booted my shinny new 
Xubuntu.
No sound...
Darn... 

After fiddling with it for a day I decided: screw it, I'll go Debian Xfce.
So I got my trusty net-install CD and...
It said that it needed 'proprietary firmware' from Realtek, but WAIT!
It also said that I could install from the 'proprietary firmware DVD'! 

Which (of course) I could not burn either...
So I installed it on VirtualBox, transferred the system to my real box, 
fixed up the MBR and booted my shinny new Debian!  :-)
No sound...
And not second monitor...
Darn...   :( 

After fiddling with it for a day I decided: screw it, Mint worked before, I 
may as well give it a F$%#ING try (I *NEED* a box!)...
Of course I could not burn the DVD!!!!
So I installed it on VirtualBox, transferred the system to my real box, 
fixed up the MBR and booted my shinny new Mint 17 Xfce. 

And now everything works!
But I am hard headed and now I am facing years (I installed LTS) of hating 
MINT!!!! 

Grrrrrrrrr... 

3 wasted days later, and with a fully functional system that I hate, I am 
seriously considering to end it all and hang myself from a pumpkin tree...
I warned you that it was a useless and meaningless rant!
So there...
ET

OT: Ham Radio - Chugalug HF Net?

From: Bret McHone 
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Anyone doing something like a Chugalug HF net? I know Chugalug nets had
been discussed in the past, but I don't remember anything coming of it, or
I could have just missed the thread. I just setup my first HF rig and would
like to try it out between here (Knoxville) and wherever the other hams are
on here one evening

I just put my rig up yesterday so I'm trying to work up the courage for my
first real QSO. The guy that sold the radio to me had it checked out and
verified 100% functionality then he came by to help verify everything
worked with my antenna across the bands. Right now I have 40, 20, 15 and
10meters (between 28 and 29Mhz) at my disposal on this *old* but beautiful
Kenwood TS-520. :) Granted, I'ld be limited to SSB since my CW is extremely
limited for now.

This gets me on the air until I can get a newer radio hopefully at the RACK
Hamfest up here in June. I'm going to take a shot at the drawing for that
Kenwood TS-2000!  (w4bbb.org)

Thanks,
Bret, KK4YIC

To fellow Hams: inexpensive 10m rigs

From: Rod 
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Until I can fab that circuit board and make my USB linux driven SDR, I'll  
need an inexpensive 10m rig.
Unfortunately the same Software Define Radio revolution has killed off the  
the single band HF and 6m rigs in the Ham market.
If you want 10 meters, or 6M with AM and SSB, you need to by an expensive  
multi band HF rig.
While I am interested in the rest of HF, I don't see the need to buy a  
radio with capabilities I can't use at the moment.

That has led me to the murky world of import CB's. While it is definitely  
illegal to use these as CB's in the US, it is legal to use them on 10 and  
12 meters if you have privileges to do so.
I had been looking at the Anytone Apollo 1, sold in this country as the  
Stryker SR 89MC, for $150.

https://www.bellscb.com/products/tenmeter/Stryker/Stryker

Old code never dies..

From: Mike Harrison 
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Rambling while watching a long slow database load:

I got a strange call last night. Seems a pager company, that bought a 
pager company.. that bought a pager company... that bought a local pager 
company that was the dregs from another local pager company that somewhere 
in the late 1990's I wrote an SMTP mail server in Perl that gatewayed to 
alphanumeric pagers via the TAP protocol.. had a server issue. It's the 
only production C code I ever wrote, and it was munged from someone else's 
example code. Once upon a time it made a lot of money as e-pageme.com
(I used to charge $1 a month for the service, per pager..)

I SSH'd in.. rebooted it.. and its magically working again.

Seems pagers have become the medical worlds secret communications layer..
it's the one way to always contact a doctor, no matter what, because 
pagers are still allowed where cell phones are not.

That project taught me several things, including that most "magic" is best 
performed as a service for a small fee. It also reminds me that some 
things never ever die, even when you want them to, and that I should do a 
better job of making sure what I do is the right thing to do, and done 
well. I'm a big hypocrite on that point, most of what I do for a living 
barely qualifies as duct tape and zip-ties, although time has proven 
most of my kludges to be enduring.

It also reminded me, talking to the technical guys at the latest owners of 
this abortion... that few people understand the lowest levels of 
anything.. the "magic" that is a protocal like TAP
(Telecommunicator/Telelocator Alphanumeric Protocol).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telelocator

Tower Server?

From: David White 
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Anyone have any used tower servers?

I have a client I just met with today who wants to do a network upgrade
(I'll be installing a new firewall, switch, and Windows Server), and they'd
like to start out on used hardware. I explained that this would come with
no SLAs, no warranties, and no guarantees, and they were cool with that.

The idea is to do a major upgrade in about 2-3 years when they move
physical locations and buy new hardware at that point.

Until then, they're interested in purchasing something used and having me
install Windows Server onto it.

So... anyone got anything laying around that would be a good fit?

Thanks,
David

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OT: Local Hero Film Fest

From: Rod 
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El Jeffe ask me to pass this along. seee the pr spot at the link below.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/61llrtakvhv63x4/LocalHero