Category Archives: Admin

The IT Detective Agency: the case of the Is it the firewall? or routing? or switch? or layer 2?

Intro This is yet another tale of things in the IT world often do not turn out the way it seems at first blush. Or possibly a tale of just when you think you’ve seen it all after decades in … Continue reading

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The IT Detective Agency: WebEx and the case of the mysterious reset

Intro A company known to me was a contented user of WebEx until they noticed a strange behaviour: their calls were losing quality or even dropped exactly after one hour. No one, most especially the vendor of WebEx, had the … Continue reading

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What I’m Working on Now: building my own 3D printer

Intro Because someone else on the team had a good experience with it, and so i can exchange notes and get some tips form them, I went ahead and ordered the Anet A8 3D printer + an extra roll of … Continue reading

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No Internet, secure WiFi status message in Windows 10

Intro Finding out how Windows decides if there is an Internet connection or not can be a challenge often posed by trying to do an Internet search comprised or words that are common and therefore used in many other contexts. … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi Recovery Mode or interrupting the boot process

Intro If you installed Raspbian from the NOOBS distribution as I do, then you may occasionally “blow up” your installation as I just have! You have an out, sort of, short of re-imaging the disk, though about with the same … Continue reading

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How to test if a web site requires a client certificate

Intro I can not find a link on the Internet for this, yet I think some admins would appreciate a relatively simple test to know is this a web site which requires a client certificate to work? The errors generated … Continue reading

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F5 clustering tips

Intro I was having trouble with one of my new F5 clusters. I thought I’d be clever and add two new F5’s to the existing cluster, and then remove the old members when everything looked good. But the device groups … Continue reading

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Postfix Operational tips

Intro I’m trying out the system-supplied postfix on a SLES system. i had been using sendmail but there doesn’t seem to be any development on that software. Some commands I needed right away Well, right away I had thousands of … Continue reading

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How to add private root CAs in SLES or Redhat

Intro From time-to-time I run my own PKI infrastructure, namely issuing my own certificates form my private root CA. I wanted this root CA to be recognized by Linux utilities running on Suse Linux (SLES), in particular, lftp, which I … Continue reading

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Fishcam using Raspberry Pi and some network tricks

Intro There are more articles about running a webcam using Raspberry Pi than Carter has pills. Why bother to create another? This one is unique insofar as I created a fishcam at a school with a restricted network. None of … Continue reading

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