Oct 162009

Additional settings need to be configured to allow iChat video through a Fortinet / Fortigate firewall.

From the CLI:
#config imp2p old-version
#set aim best-effort
#config imp2p policy
#set aim allow

 Posted by at 15:26
Apr 102009

So there is a huge difference between how Nikon Capture NX 2 and Apple Aperture processes Nikon NEF (RAW) files.

Here is a screenshot.  No adjustments have been made to the file.  The same file was opened in both applications.  Click the image for the full resolution file.


 Posted by at 17:39
Feb 242009

Hating slow DNS servers, I’ve been using OpenDNS on my laptop and servers.  I didn’t realize a problem until I tried to connect to the Internet from the iPod Touch.  Turns out Time Warner’s DNS servers had problems.  This isn’t the first time it has happened to me.

The wireless router was quickly re-configured to use Open DNS’s servers ( and, and this solved the problem.

I don’t know what’s better, TWC not finding google, or offering results about google using the YAHOO! powered search…

 Posted by at 23:31
Jan 282009

I can’t believe how easy it is to monitor an Airport Extreme base station with SNMP enabled using iEyeNet.  After spending a couple of hours working on another NMS, I stumbled upon iEyeNet.  It automatically detected the Gateway IP and used the default snmp community (public).

Here is a graph:


 Posted by at 23:24
Oct 242008

I’m rendering Shake and slamming the CPU’s. With the computer at nearly 100% utilization, the performance with other applications is barely impacted.

Here’s a snip from `top`

Processes:  84 total, 4 running    22:47:06
Load Avg:  7.22,  3.26,  1.50    CPU usage: 98.70% user

  420 shake      796.7% 13:54.29
  453 top          4.3%  0:02.46
  319 Terminal     0.8%  0:01.06
 Posted by at 21:47
Oct 192008

I like this error on the Drupal site.  This is the first time I’ve seen an error with info on the load balancer.

Drupal is a free and open source modular framework and content management system (CMS) written in the programming language PHP.  Like many modern CMSs, Drupal allows the system administrator to create and organize content, customize the presentation, automate administrative tasks, and manage site visitors and contributors.

 Posted by at 21:50
Aug 152008

I downloaded the latest beta of Fusion 2.0 so I could create virtual machines running OS X 10.5 Server.  I created a DMG of the OS X Server DVD for easy installs, but Fusion didn’t recognize a DMG as an option to have in the CD/DVD drive on my VM. To convert an Apple DMG file to  ISO, use this command:

hdiutil convert /path/to/filename.dmg -format UDTO -o /path/to/savefile.iso

This will create the file  savefile.iso.cdr When the process is complete, simply remove the .cdr extension and you have an iso file.

I just tested this with VMWare 2.0, and the ISO didn’t work with the OS X Server install.  The only way I got it to work is to use the DVDs that shipped with the Intel Xserve.  As I type this,  “Mac OS X Server 10.5 64-bit (experimental)” is loading!

 Posted by at 19:04
Jul 072008

Facebook has a great mirror site for the CentOS ISO’s.


Another fast mirror is the USC Linux Users Group Mirror:  http://mirrors.usc.edu/pub/linux/distributions/centos/5.5/


This has been one of the fastest mirrors I have found for CentOS.  It’s nice to see a social networking site giving back to the Linux community.

If you access the Internet through a proxy, then you’re out of luck…  Another option is to create a mirror server on your LAN.


 Posted by at 00:48
Jul 062008

If Gmail stops working with Apple Mail,or other IMAP programs,use the unlock captcha:


This may be a necessary step when configuring a Google Apps account on Mail.app.  I needed to run this because I was frequently switching between different ISP’s without closing my mail program.  The mail error reported there were too many requests for the account, and the Gmail account became unavailable.  You may not need to run the captcha, but it seems to help solve this issue.

Google Mail.app Error

 Posted by at 11:44
Jul 012008

Congratulations to Andreas Wacker and Interdubs for passing the 100,000th file mark today!  Interdubs is a collaboration platform which can easily help you keep your clients up to date on the progress of their projects and allow prompt and efficient client feedback.  Interdubs works native with the iPhone, plus it allows you to easily create reels for clients to review.

Keep up the good work Andreas!

 Posted by at 20:18