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Back From Sweden

We (my wife and I) got back from Sweden on Wednesday, after a thoroughly unpleasant flight experience. After 8 hours of flight in the middle seat, delays in the flight back from Stockholm caused us to miss our flight in Newark, NJ, introducing yet another delay in our return home. Finally, around 6:00 PM EDT, we arrived at the Raleigh-Durham airport, only 3 hours behind our original arrival time. Keep in mind, though, the 6 hour time difference between Raleigh and Sweden; to our bodies, it’s now 12:00 AM midnight the next day and we’ve been traveling for a grand total of 18 hours (we left Stockholm around 6:00 AM in the morning). Let’s just say that it wasn’t the most pleasant flight experience we’ve ever had.

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WordPress Weblog Now Up

As attested by the fact that you are reading this, my new weblog server running WordPress 1.5.2 is now up and running. WordPress will give me more functionality than I had at Blogger, and the freedom to customize my weblog more deeply than I could before.

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Additional Information Coming Soon

It looks like things will work out next week that I’ll be able to post some additional information on some technologies I’ve mentioned recently.

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Keeping Priorities in Check

As technical people, we often immerse ourselves in our work to a far greater extent than people in other fields do. Why? I would imagine that most people, like myself, find this field to be as much of a hobby as it is a career. Sometimes, that’s fine, as it gives us the necessary technical edge to excel in a highly competitive arena.

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XC Connect

While browsing the Apple site for some birthday gift ideas (my birthday is coming up soon and my wife needs some gift ideas; she says I’m impossible to shop for), I came across a link to a product called XC Connect.

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Strange NTPd Problem on CentOS 4.1

So I’ve been working with CentOS, the “free as in free beer” equivalent of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and for the most part I like it. (See here for some additional comments about CentOS 4.1.) However, I’ve run into this strange problem with NTPd.

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Funky Active Directory Issue

I came across a funky Active Directory issue today. User objects stored in an OU on which permissions had been assigned were “losing” their permissions and their inheritance from the parent OU. For example, if the group “Support Team” had been granted a set of permissions on the OU “Sales”, then the user object “Bob Jones” stored in that OU would lose those permissions regularly. Even when the permissions were reassigned, they would disappear again.

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Technical Document Posted

I posted a write-up of my Active Directory-Linux integration as a technical document on the Mercurion Systems web site. You can find the document in the Downloads area. I hope it proves useful to someone.

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Follow Up on Access-Based Enumeration

As a follow-up to this posting on access-based enumeration, I wanted to post information from some testing I performed earlier this week. I installed access-based enumeration (ABE) on a server running Windows Server 2003 SP1 (the only version of Windows on which it is supported). It does what it advertises; when a non-administrative user connects to a shared folder on which ABE is enabled, they see only those folders to which he or she has permission.

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OpenSuSE Now Up and Running

Mentioned earlier in this posting, Novell’s OpenSuSE site is now up and running, offering free downloads of SuSE 9.3 and beta versions of SuSE 10.0. I hope that Novell is as successful with OpenSuSE as Red Hat was with Fedora. I may just give SuSE 9.3 a try to see if I like it.

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