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bio website eternalephemeron.blogspot.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 36
visits member for 5 years, 7 months
seen Dec 15 at 19:12

I'm a software developer working on a social-networking site. I work mainly in J2EE, SQL, HTML, JavaScript and CSS. My free time is spent raising a daughter and a son and indoctrinating them in the cult of Lego.


Aug
25
comment How do you search for backdoors from the previous IT person?
I'm curious about how you enforce this sort of process?
May
21
comment Can HTTPS traffic over an unencrypted wireless network be viewed by others?
@Pieter: If you visit the same domain using HTTP and HTTPS at the same time, the traffic over HTTP and any cookies that aren't marked as SSL-only will be visible. The unsecured Wifi is equivalent to the unsecured internet: people can see your traffic. SSL encrypts between the endpoints: the server and the browser, so if you are actually talking to the server then your traffic can reach it unmolested.
Feb
10
comment Is open id secure?
@Evan: anyone can be a bank but banks often have some level of responsibility for their clients money even in the face of mistakes made by the client. In that case the banks would need to be very careful about letting customers choose any random openID provider, whose password policies they can not change and can not provide support for.
Nov
26
comment Configure Wi-Fi adapters in Linux
This doesn't work on Fedora 10 or 11 by default because NetworkManager is installed incorrectly for some reason.
Nov
19
comment Why can't I print from Windows on CUPS from a single application?
@DR: Difficult to say, except that it may depend on what drivers those workstations are using and what they are printing.
Aug
20
comment Correct way to start kde in CentOS 5.3?
Can you clarify the Mac part? Are you logging into this server remotely?
Jun
22
comment Invoking `smbclient -L localhost` in Ubuntu gives: NT_STATUS_CONNECTION_REFUSED
doesn't SAMBA bind to all interfaces by default?
Jun
15
comment Battling Bittorrent
You mean, "The only solution short of unplugging the user", which remains an option if the user can be identified.
Jun
15
comment What features would you add to Firefox to get it into the enterprise?
@GNUix: Debian and Mozilla got into an argument at one point because Debian shipped a modified Firefox that did centralized extension management. Debian tried to push that feature upstream and it was rejected. So sometimes you can't just code up the feature.
Jun
1
comment Removing notepad, paint etc from Server 2008
I agree. Notepad, in particular, is relied upon by some applications, such that MS goes to great lengths to ensure that it is always easily found by even the most broken of apps. In fact it's considered a system-protected file on modern Windows installs and Windows restores it from a backup if you modify it.
May
29
comment How do you pronounce Linux?
+1 me too. I started pronouncing it this way and it was burned into my brain before I learned that it was "wrong". If saying lye-nucks is wrong, I don't want to be right!
May
26
comment How do I set up Jetty 6 & Jboss 4.0.5 virtual hosting?
I'm not sure how this will work. Does this go into the jetty6-web.xml in the WAR itself? Or somewhere else? Also, in JBoss the WARs are typically deployed in an EAR file which determines the app's context through the application.xml file.
May
21
comment What is the difference between a soft (symbolic) link and a hard link?
dmckee's answer has the details about the semantics pretty much exact. The only detail I would add is an explanation of what happens at a higher level: a soft link is a file on its own, while a hard link is a directory entry pointing to existing data. Wikipedia has more details about hard and soft links.
May
14
comment Biggest command-line mistake?
shell completion is a real time-saver for those trailing-space files :)
May
6
comment Biggest command-line mistake?
been there .
May
6
comment Biggest command-line mistake?
been there. luckily in a not-important directory where the stderr alerted me to permission errors trying to delete /proc or something.
May
5
comment What are some pitfalls of hosting a website from home?
@Matias Nino: they don't make the issue irrelevant. They only automate the changing of the DNS at the primary DNS server for that domain. The rest of the internet caches DNS entries and in my personal experience I found that those caches often ignored the TTL, which meant that whenever the IP address changed there was an "outtage" of up to 6 hours for my dynamic-ip site. If your IP changes frequently, this can be a problem.
May
5
comment What are some pitfalls of hosting a website from home?
wow... 15Mbit down, 4Mbit up? in Canada most people can't even get 4Mbit down and no ISP offers homes more than 800kbit up. Makes your point even more salient, I guess.
May
4
comment Recursively copying hidden files - Linux
find is the most useful thing ever.
May
1
comment Configure Wi-Fi adapters in Linux
Yeah, I was hoping to avoid this kind of configuration. The reason is that there are other features typically put into the main networking system, such as reconnecting the network when it goes down,etc. I don't want to have to reinvent that stuff myself :(