Monday, 17 Dec 2018
Author: Arjan Koole

Sony’s random generator

int getRandomNumber() { return 4; // chosen by fair dice roll. guaranteed to be random. } for people who don’t understand what this means: this is how Sony’s PS3 got hacked.

Add another to the list

I can finally, after being long overdue, add the UK, and more specifically: Scotland to my list of countries visited. Last month, Kirsteen and I travelled to Glasgow on a family and friends visiting trip. I absolutely loved it. Though we did find the hotel lacking. Not worth what they charge. Though the breakfast at […]

Sean Tibbetts has a blog!

My friend Timea Huzar pointed me to Sean Tibbetts’ awesome blog. For those who are not in the know, Sean has been the live bass player of Kamelot, and has now become the official full-time bassist of the band. (and he deserves it!). Apparently, not many people where in the know that Sean had his […]

bacula: Fatal error: Failed to authenticate Storage daemon

When you see the backup of a (non localhost) client failing with the message: Fatal error: Failed to authenticate Storage daemon Keep in mind that bacula uses tcpwrappers, though probably not in the way you expect it. instead of doing: bacula-sd : 111.222.333.444 do: $name-sd : 111.222.333.444 where $name is the name you specified in […]

do companies ‘sell out’ their customers?

Normally I don’t answer ‘blocked’ phone numbers on my cellphone, but since I’m expecting a call from a company I got tempted today. It was (off course) some call center, who immediately asked: “I’m sorry to bother you, but do you by any chance have children under the age of 12?” my (logical) answer was: […]

Spamassassin 2010 bug

Someone on IRC pointed me to this wonderful bug in Spamassassin, it’s easy to quickfix, but the fix itself will become a bug in 10 years, in any case, until they push an update that correctly fixes this: ##{ FH_DATE_PAST_20XX header FH_DATE_PAST_20XX Date =~ /20[1-9][0-9]/ [if-unset: 2006] describe FH_DATE_PAST_20XX The date is grossly in the […]

a wonderful xmas :)

I had a wonderful Christmas this year 🙂 On the 24th, my girlfriend Kirsteen flew in from Vienna, where she lives, and she stayed until the 27th. We did the whole exchange of gifts on Christmas-eve, a first for me – it’s more a British tradition I think, and since she’s Scottish … I think […]

Oracle 11g for Dummies

The boss just dumped a whole stack of books on our desks. Oracle 11g for dummies for me, w000t. Never done Oracle before, though I am no stranger to Databases at all (MySQL, Postgresql, MSSQL, IBM DB2)

Note to self: Dow Jones will break 10,000+ threshold within 2-4 months

Looking at past, future, and current performance of the global stock market, I estimate the Down Jones will shoot through the 10K+ threshold within 2-4 months (probably closer to 2 then to 4). The Dow Jones Index will continue it’s climb after that, unless some banks go and do something decidedly stupid, and stock analysts […]