Scott's Weblog The weblog of an IT pro specializing in virtualization, networking, open source, and cloud computing

IMAP, VersaMail, and Mail.app

I’m continuing to experiment with VersaMail, the e-mail application running on my palmOne Treo 650 smartphone. GPRS quibbles aside, my only complaint is related to the interactions between VersaMail and Mail.app.

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Treo 650 Notes

I picked up a Treo 650 over the weekend from Cingular Wireless, my current wireless provider, and so far I have to say I am happy with the Treo. As a Palm OS-based organizer, the screen is smaller than what I had grown accustomed to on my Tungsten T3, but the resolution seems higher, and I think the color depth is greater as well. As a phone, it seems to work pretty well. The Cingular Wireless GPRS service leaves a bit to be desired, but otherwise works as expected.

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Another Funky AD Issue

This one is still unresolved. The basic gist of the arrangement is this: user accounts that have been delegated the appropriate permissions in Exchange System Manager and Active Directory in order to be able to manage user objects (including e-mail attributes) are unable to add or edit e-mail addresses on mail-enabled and mailbox-enabled objects. Microsoft has a KB article that describes the issue perfectly, but the fix doesn’t work (at least, not for this specific implementation). The KB article and numerous hits from a Google search indicate that the use of SC.EXE from Windows Server 2003 SP1 can fix the problem, but it doesn’t work, and the other workaround offered by the KB article isn’t particularly appealing (using Group Policy Objects in Active Directory to add permissions to a service across the network).

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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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