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

Linux on Laptops

Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to install Fedora Core 3 (FC3) on three different laptops from three different manufacturers. So far, FC3 has installed and performed without a hitch. The install went flawlessly on all three systems, the video cards and laptop screens were detected and configured correctly, and an old 802.11b PC Card I had laying around was detected without any problem.

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Initial Information on XC Connect

As you may recall, the idea behind XC Connect is that multiple applications across platforms could synchronize data with each other. This would make it possible, for example, for a list of Contacts normally managed inside Outlook to also be shared seamlessly with Linux systems running Evolution and Macintosh clients running iCal. This synchronization would also be possible, in an encrypted fashion, across the Internet.

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Virtual Desktops on Mac OS X

Almost from the moment I switched to Mac OS X, I started looking for an application to provide the functionality of virtual desktops. I suppose my days of dabbling with Linux and the X Window System had ingrained me to believe that a *nix-based system just wasn’t the same without virtual desktops.

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From PGP to S/MIME

Not long after switching to Mac OS X, I also started using PGP to provide a digital signature to all my business-related electronic communications. Given the increasing frequency of e-mail messages with spoofed source addresses, I felt that it was only prudent to start providing customers with a way of proving that messages which stated they were from me were actually from me. Besides, that might also cause some customers to ask, “Is this something I should be considering as well?”

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Error ID c10308a2 is Put to Rest

As you may already know, I’ve been struggling with a bug in an environment running Exchange Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 with SP1. The bug is manifested as an error that appears when users with the properly delegated permissions attempt to add or modify an e-mail address on an already mail-enabled or mailbox-enabled object. The error, listed as error ID c10308a2, contains text along the lines of being unable to determine if the Microsoft Exchange System Attendant service is running.

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Lifesong by Casting Crowns

I received a copy of the new album by Casting Crowns today, Lifesong. There are a couple of really good tracks, like the title track “Lifesong,” and “Father, Spirit, Jesus”, and “Set Me Free.” Most of the songs, though, are a very different style than Casting Crowns’ debut album. To be honest, I’m a bit disappointed. After so thoroughly enjoying their first CD, I was really looking forward to their next album.

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Unrelated Items

I have a few things I wanted to mention here, but none of them were really long enough to warrant their own entry. So, I’m lumping them all together here.

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Another Switcher to the Mac

In reading through a pile of unread industry magazines, I came across an article by Kevin Tolly, a columnist for Network World, titled “Closing the door on Windows”, that describes his switch to the Macintosh platform.

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Have You Seen Error ID c10308a2?

As the next-to-last article in a series of postings about the problem described in this KB article, it appears that Microsoft will not be producing a hotfix for this bug. In speaking with Microsoft earlier today, it appears that no hotfix will be produced for this, even though it is a confirmed bug. As of this afternoon, the only known fix for the problem is using both methods outlined in the KB article. I hope to confirm that for sure on Monday.

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GPRS vs. Bluetooth

As I’ve continued using my Treo 650, I’ve run into an apparent conflict between the Treo’s GPRS functionality and Bluetooth HotSync support.

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