Category Archives: Misc

Misc topics

Cutting the Cable (or dish in this case)

After experiencing another rate increase with DirecTV we had finally have enough. When we really sat down and discussed what channels we watch and what satellite was offering we found that we were basically paying $80 a month for a handful of crappy shows. Going in we knew we wanted Netflix, Amazon VOD, and Hulu.… Read More »

Restarting Services with PowerShell

Thought I’d share a script I use to reset services nightly. This script will also e-mail if something goes wrong on the restart (which hasn’t ever been the case so far). This specific reason I built this is for a Tomcat server that has some problems with errand threads (I didn’t build it and can’t… Read More »

Tabula Recta Generator

Inspired by the Lifehacker article of “How to Write Down and Encrypt Your Passwords with an Old-School Tabula Recta” I have thrown together my own web-based Tabula Recta generator. This is a just a quick proof of concept. I don’t shift the characters but generate a random character from a limited character set (abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxys0123456789!@#$%^&*()+_-{}|;<>?) using… Read More »

Social Networking – An Extension of You

Recently Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google) talked about the “Dark Side of Social Networking“. His view is one day people will change their names in order to escape the online persona they have created and he is right except that “one day” is really today. Many companies are now checking Facebook, Twitter, etc. as part… Read More »

Varnish Proxy

So one of the more interesting projects in my opinion is the Varnish Cache project ( Now I know I’m supposed to be this pro-Microsoft guy now what with all the certs and working with it day in and out, but the budget crunch has hit us pretty hard. So, when the GIS guys needed… Read More »