Archive for the ‘Computing’ Category

Shrinking VirtualBox Disk Images

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

On my MacBook Pro with minimal disk size (250GB) I had to install VirtualBox in order to run any kind of Windows, for emergency cases. I was able to install Windows Server 2008 in a 20GB dynamically expanding virtual disk image (VDI). A couple of months back I also made a clone of my HP […]

Good Bye MyBlogLog

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

I have just received an email from Yahoo! announcing the end of MyBlogLog service. It’s going to be discontinued effective May 24, 2011. Nice of Yahoo! to give us some time before terminating it for good. However the link for help pages redirected me to this page: http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/ysm/ll/featured/index.html, which I think is a mistake because […]

Google Authenticator Rocks

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

OK, “Google Authenticator” is actually the name of the smartphone apps provided by Google. What is it all about? It’s two factor authentication similar to the ones banks use to authenticate users to log in or to perform transactions. Corporate users might also have the same security method using smart card or RSA SecurID to […]

Mac OS X: Modifying Stubborn Files Transferred From Windows

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

This is related to the previous post, where I had a lot of checked out Subversion working copies in my disk. They came from a Windows machine I used before I bought myself a Mac. For your information, in a Subversion working copy, there will always be a hidden folder named .svn in each directory, […]

Starting Subversion Service on Demand in Mac OS X

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Since I moved to a new home I didn’t let my Linux servers run 24/7 so that I can save on electricity bills. It’s not so much about moving homes but it’s about the tariff increase. My 500W and 400W power supplies can easily reach the max usage of around 300W each which translates to […]

Google Instant, Anyone?

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

I saw quite a significant number of tweets mentioning Google Instant, and decided to check it out. Some people might already be aware of it or heard of it before but I am outdated, that I am willing to admit. First, I went to the Official Google Blog where I saw Search: now faster than […]

Maxis Transparent Proxy is Causing Problems to Developers

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

I had to transfer 2 WordPress blogs to another hosting provider last night, as the free one is going to expire today. It should be as easy as: Transfer the files Transfer the database Change DNS servers in registry to the new DNS servers Configure the new hosting location In a few hours after the […]

SMTP Smart Host Setup for Postfix in Snow Leopard

Friday, August 6th, 2010

PHP does not have any SMTP authentication mechanism in its configuration, and most developer opt for PEAR packages to perform email sending via custom ports and SMTP authentication. I am one of those who will avoid using external packages as much as possible unless really necessary, and of course because I wanted a quick solution […]

Maxis SysAdmins Are Rookies?

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

If you’re one of the SysAdmins working for Maxis, and you celebrated the recent System Administrator’s Appreciation day, you should really think about your future. SysAdmins are supposed to make people life’s easier, not the other way round. Maxis has been implementing transparent proxy for some time now, I think to save on bandwidth usage […]

Connecting to Exchange using Entourage via Outlook Web Access

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

I wanted to be able to use my personal laptop to check my work email, so that I don’t have to carry around the 3kg DELL beast all the time. Sure, I can use the Blackberry but typing long emails on it can prove painful especially with fat fingers. I have VPN access, but Cisco […]

Error Compiling djbdns and daemontools

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

While attempting to compile djbdns 1.05 and daemontools 0.76 on a CentOS 5.5 I received the error: /usr/bin/ld: errno: TLS definition in /lib/libc.so.6 section .tbss mismatches non-TLS reference in envdir.o The problem can be eliminated by adding: -include /usr/include/errno.h In conf-cc files for each tarball. Don’t forget to install gcc first, if you have a […]

Mudah.my Is Annoying Me

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

I was trying to post 3 used items for sale yesterday, but managed to do only 2 because I still don’t have access to the 3rd item’s photographs. I posted 2 items: 1. Polygon Zero 2007 Region: Selangor Name: Ady Romantika Email: [email protected] Telephone number: 01XXXXXXXXX, not shown in the ad Category: Other Vehicles, For […]

PHP Debugging on PDT using Xdebug, with PHP packaged in XAMPP

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

It has been a while since I posted something technical so here goes. This article is meant for someone who has done PHP development before, and already has a web server and a working PHP installation. Traditionally in the old days these are the things that I do to debug my PHP code: Put in […]

Facebook Glitches

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Facebook is an application, so it’s normal that it has glitches and problems. The first one I saw last week while writing a like button plugin is the incorrect number of likes a like button displays: It’s obvious there were 4 likes for the post but it randomly displays 2 of my friends. When not […]

WordPress Plugin: Basic Facebook Social Plugins

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Today, I saw that Facebook introduced some new features, and one intriguing feature is called “Facebook Social Plugin“. It would be very interesting to have blog posts to be simply “liked”, and having information displayed about activities and recommendations related to your website. So I decided to take 30 minutes of my break time and […]