Tuesday 17 November 2009

Apple Time Capsule steals IP addresses, but that's OK really

Found one minor oddity with my new Apple Time Capsule.  If you have an ARP monitoring program running (such as arpwatch, or any FreeBSD server) you may notice that the Time Capsule's MAC address periodically appears to steal the IP address of one or more Mac Snow Leopard clients.  Odd as it may seem, this is by design.

HOWTO: Fix dig & nslookup on Mac OS X

If ping works but dig & nslookup are broken, there's a simple fix.

Friday 13 November 2009

HOWTO: Make smaller PDF files on the Mac

On the Mac, printing a document to a PDF sometimes results in a very big file, for example when the original document has lots and lots of pictures in it. To make a smaller PDF :-

Sunday 27 September 2009

Using PPP over UK ADSL using pfSense

Most home broadband connections use an ADSL router with a built-in NAT firewall. For more complex networks, the next step is to place a dedicated firewall behind your ADSL router. But there's a third way: put your ADSL device into Bridge mode. Then it's just a dumb modem, so your firewall can run the PPP session to your ISP....

HOWTO: Native IPV6 dialup on the Mac

The world is running out of IPV4 addresses, so the transition from IPV4 to IPV6 is getting closer. Here's how to kick the tyres, if you want to try web surfing with IPV6.  Dialup is just for testing of course, ADSL is next ...

Saturday 26 September 2009

HOWTO: Send SYSLOG messages to FreeBSD

When you try to send SYSLOG messages for storage on a FreeBSD 7 server, the odds are that your messages won't appear in your log file on the first attempt.  You need to get several things right...

Thursday 20 August 2009

GMail's SSL Certificate Updated: Fixing STUNNEL

Today it appeared that Google Mail had updated the SSL certificate they use to secure access to the SMTPS service on smtp.gmail.com:587.   The change stopped me from sending personal email through a corporate HTTP proxy today, and I couldn't immediately remember how to load fresh certificates in my Stunnel server again...

Saturday 15 August 2009

Garmin GPSmap 60CSx -update

I've now had the opportunity to leave the GPS logging on a long car journey. Very impressive...

Saturday 8 August 2009

Garmin GPSmap 60CSx - first impressions

Just got one of these handheld GPS units for hiking and cycling. First impressions excellent...

Tuesday 4 August 2009

EZMLM Log File Viewer

DJB's EZMLM mailing list software keeps a log showing subscriber additions and deletions, but the date and time are in a non-human-readable format.  Here's a script to view those logs...

Tuesday 7 July 2009

Leopard 10.5.7: MacBook WiFi connects, then drops

My old MacBook's built-in Wi-Fi was rock-solid until recently, but just lately it had problems. Disabling RealPlayer Downloader Agent seemed to fix this....

iPhone: Fix for "Can't Connect To YouTube"

I saw this error on an unlocked & jailbroken iPhone 2G running the iPhone 3.0 software. Setting the date and time correctly fixed it. Seems like poor design though: why should the YouTube app need to know what time it is?

Wednesday 20 May 2009

Linux on Dell C400 laptop: Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope

Ubuntu Linux just gets better and better, and the new Jaunty release is no exception. Very easy to use, and to add and remove software packages, keep up with the security updates, etc.  It doesn't need shiny new hardware: it will run quite happily on old slow laptops....

Sunday 1 February 2009

View from the hotel room

I'm on the road a lot for work, so I get to stay in hotels that can be a bit lacking in charm...

First Post

I'm new to blogging, so I'm not sure how much I'll use this.   But I felt I ought to write stuff down somewhere.  The kind of stuff that doesn't feel worth the effort of creating a web page, but might be useful to aid my memory later, or to help others find technical notes on things.