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  09:51:26 am, by The Dreamer   , 116 words  
Categories: Computer

DST Update for old Suns at work

Well, I decided the way to get the boxes at work to handle the new DST is to create a new timezone.

This is what I used:

Rule US 1967 2006 - Oct lastSun 2:00 0 S
Rule US 1987 2006 - Apr Sun>=1 2:00 1:00 D
Rule US 2007 max - Mar Sun>=8 2:00 1:00 D
Rule US 2007 max - Nov Sun<=7 2:00 1:00 S
Zone US/Central-New -6:00 US C%sT

The pre-2007 part is lifted from an old tzdata source file, and is just so that the system will know that DST isn't in effect yet.

Now fingers crossed, these old production servers will have the correct time in March.... &#58;&#62;&#62;


  10:27:11 pm, by The Dreamer   , 362 words  
Categories: Software, Computer

SuSE 9.3 2007 DST


In my continuing quest to deal with the impending DST disaster....I've been continuing my quest for a solution to get my SuSE 9.3 box to handle it, without resorting to major downtime/upgrades.

I suppose I could probably cope with no DST, or set it to UTC, etc.....the main thing is convenience of having cron jobs run at easily determined times revolving around the time that I live by. Or something like that.... &#85;&#45;&#40;

Meanwhile, it is interesting the hits to my blog by other people who seem to be looking to solve this same problem.

Well, as things get really close...I've been thinking of upgrading to the latest OpenSUSE 10.2....though considering the breakage of important things the last few times I did OS upgrades, and not really having much in the way of back out or recovery. I've been hesitant.

But, since I had previously messed things up by installing a raw tzdata occurred to me that it might be a reasonable risk to apply the timezone RPM from a new SuSE release and see if that makes it work.

So, I went to RPMFIND and grabbed the latest timezone RPM for SuSE 10.0 (decided I didn't want to leap too far forward incase of dependency issues or something).

It installed okay. And, zdump says it's right and date has the time close to other clocks on other computers (so it isn't like the weird off by minutes of the previous tzdata attempt).

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  07:36:02 am, by The Dreamer   , 67 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer

Guess I spoke too soon

The new memory isn't working out.... &#58;&#46;&#46;&#40;

I woke up this morning to find that a few hours after I had posted, my computer had locked up.

Rebooted the computer, it locked up once it started working hard.

Rebooted the computer, it looked up while starting up.

Rebooted the computer, it locked up once I tried to do something on it.

Now to see about returning it....again. &#58;&#42;&#42;&#58;


  09:21:59 pm, by The Dreamer   , 645 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware, Computer, BOINC

Finally got 2GB

I've been meaning to upgrade the memory in my main desktop.....up from its stock 1GB.

Earlier this year, on a spur of the moment I ordered 2GB of memory off of eBay for it. Only after I had paid for it, I realized that I had ordered 2GB in 4 sticks of memory rather than 2GB as 2 sticks. The difference meaning that I could then only upgrade my desktop to 2GB of total memory instead of a bit more.

Though when I was planning the upgrade, I was only planning to take it to 2GB total anyways. But, things have a way of growing to consume all available memory.

In fact, right now....having had the extra memory for only mere memory reading is fluctuating between 500-700MB. Though I do have BOINC running in the background (instead of the normal, only when idle).

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  07:52:43 am, by The Dreamer   , 333 words  
Categories: Software, BOINC

Norton Antivirus 2007 (and 2006)

Probably without too much surprise, I opted to purchase the Norton Antivirus 2007 that I've been trying on my main computer.

Even though I haven't worked out all the kinks, I would once again stick with this. That'll be the 3rd time I've purchased Norton Antivirus for this computer. First time I bought the trial that was bundled with the machine (NAV2003)...but the version was kind of hinky with SP2, and it didn't get along with BOINC....the autoprotect would consume 25% of my CPU when BOINC was active...and I wanted BOINC to get 100% of the available idle CPU.

I then tried exploring other packages....even purchased a copy of McAfee. But, in the end I purchased NAV2005.

After the year was up, I was unemployed...but starting a new job, where they had a site license that allowed the corporate version of NAV to be installed on all (work and personal) computers. So, I ran this version. But, the University switched from NAV to TrendMicro. And, the Trend caused a lot of problems (still does, but policy only requires its use on computers that connect directly to the campus network), so I went looking for other packages for my personal computers.

And, now I'm back to NAV2007.

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  06:46:16 pm, by The Dreamer   , 97 words  
Categories: Software

Didn't get one year

I thought when I bought Norton Antivirus 2006, it was for a 1 year subscription. Well, it isn't even 11 months yet, but after a long spell of not using my laptop....I've discovered that it is showing my subscription as expired.

I'm still trying to decide if 2007 is what I want to be running on my desktop....Yahoo! Widgets seems to be running tons slower, and I suspect its the Antivirus...and its insistence of applying additional firewalls and worm protection. But, I can't seem to get it to release Yahoo! Widgets to run without resorting to its removal. &#62;&#58;&#45;&#40;


  12:05:26 am, by The Dreamer   , 242 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Hardware, Computer

Thinking of building another computer.

Some time ago, I had decided that I didn't want to build any more computers from scratch.

There's kind of that painful process of getting various odds and ends to work nicely in one unit.

Though a combination of my current living situation and the fact that I'm about to upgrade my main desktop computer from 1GB to 2GB, and will end up with 1GB of perfectly good memory. And, I've been in need of upgrading or adding another computer to my setup. Though it'll be another Windows box. Which I'm not totally thrilled about, but the overworked P-III 933MHz machine that is maxed at 512MB (i815 limitation) starting to hinder things.

Its just a matter of working the timing though. But, while researching what I bits I might accumulate to make this happen....occurs to me that there are other upgrades I've been meaning to make to my main desktop. Namely upgrade the main drive from the original 120GB to a 500GB drive. The 120GB could go in the new box, or I might choose to get something bigger. Haven't decided.

Though other big drives are on the horizon....and some might happen before I actually get around to this (or that?) upgrade.

Not sure when the Mac's are going to get acquired now.....

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  11:50:05 pm, by The Dreamer   , 373 words  
Categories: Software

Good-bye Avira AntiVir (Free-AV), hello Norton?

The other day, I woke up to evidence that AntiVir 7.5 had done its annoying update....and it had an extra popup. It was reporting that one of my main spyware tools was now a trojan horse, and it didn't give me much in the way of choices. Ignore was a choice, but it kept popping the dialog back up every few seconds. And, I wasn't going to select any of the other options.

So, I removed AntiVir. Decided that maybe I would go back to a paid version of Symantec Antivirus.

I used run it, but my subscription lapsed...and I was unemployed for an extended spell. And, then later I have 'free' use of the corporate version through work. Though work changed to Trend Micro....and Trend messed up all kinds of stuff, like removing my webcam classifying it as spyware. And, it didn't give me any options on what to do with it...removing it was the only thing it would allow me to do, and did so automatically.

So, I had set out trying different free-AntiVirus packages.

Now, I'm running a trial version of Symantec.

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  11:41:38 am, by The Dreamer   , 244 words  
Categories: Software, Computer, Wireless/iPhone, Networking

MacBookPro Bluetooth Tethered to 8703e


Yay...the Pulse Gateway Server is finally available...barely in time to get it going before I start my holiday travel next week.

The free server they've been providing is slated the ceases the day after my holiday travel starts....


Well, first thing I did was try to get it going on my home Linux box ('box').....but the silly thing clears iptables and only sets its definitions. And, 'box' has a very complicated iptables rules setup already, etc.

After lots of fiddling, it was time to go to I put that aside.

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  06:03:34 pm, by The Dreamer   , 152 words  
Categories: Digital Photography, Software, Computer, Travel

1Passwd: I plea insanity....



...because I just bought a license for this software, even though I don't yet own any Macs.

Thing is I'm looking forward to going on a trip soon, and I'm very likely going to take my work laptop with me. I hopefully have it sufficiently tweaked so I can do work while on holidays &#41;&#45;&#111;

And, I decided that I should also look at what things I would like on it to fit my non-work needs.

The only other two areas that are probably missing from things are MSMoney and stuff related to digital photography.

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