Duff Beer, IRL!

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While in Brisbane, a good friend of mine (Hadi Nematollah) introduced me to Duff Beer (of The Simpson’s fame). Although I am not really  a beer drinker, I can say that I was not put off the taste. Not a bad deal, $25 for a six-pack of novelty beer. Bonus points for being drinkable!

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I love Brisbane

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  Brisbane, one of the few cities that I really love. It quite possibly might even be my favorite capital city in Australia. Should you look down similar streets in Sydney, everyone is too busy to have even the smallest of smiles.   Sure, Sydney has some nice beaches – as it is a capital […]

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Sydney IT Meetup Calendar

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Wondering where all the interesting Sydney IT meetups are? I have listed here a rough calendar for 2011. There may be some updates further on in the year as more events are announced. Big Meetups PHPConfAu – Late October. You didn’t hear that form me though because the exact date is yet to be confirmed. […]

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Google’s Android Fonts

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I love Android, and I love that Google is offering such a good mobile operating system, for free. Many people might just remember that Microsoft grew to prominence in the IT industry in much a similar way. They provided DOS for free (or at least at a low cost) to OEMs, which provided them with […]

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Holiday mode started early?

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Looking at my emails, I just realised that I forgot to pay for Drupal Downunder. -.-“

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Arrived in Queensland

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Hello Linux Conference, I can’t wait until you begin!

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libguestfs: library for accessing and modifying VM disk images

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Imagine if there was an application that you could feed a disk image to, wether it be Microsoft Windows 2008 or Red Hat EL 6 and see a list of applications that are installed – no step back – imagine if there was an application that you could feed a disk image to and just […]

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6 is out!

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Red Hat is pleased to announce the availability of the latest update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, release 5.6 (with kernel-2.6.18-238.el5)! In virtualisation land, one of the major changes have been the addition of the virtio balloon driver. This new driver in Red Hat 5.6 allows guests to express to the hypervisor how much […]

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Reminder: root needs > 10GB

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*sigh* [tim@beast ~]$ df / -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/disk/by-uuid/ebc29b81-cc7e-4fa5-9777-8953f54752ff 9.9G 9.3G 70M 100% / Why oh why do I do this to myself?

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Holding back way to much!

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A typical day’s worth of updating my machines usually looks a bit like this: [tim@myhost tmp]$ sudo pacman -Syu :: Synchronizing package databases… core is up to date extra is up to date community is up to date multilib is up to date :: Starting full system upgrade… warning: gnome-disk-utility: ignoring package upgrade (2.30.1-1 => […]

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Internet Travels

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*sigh* the Internet. From updated software to the Himalayas’. I thought that I might just describe today how I got lost in an interesting maze of Handbrakes to Schools in the Indian Himalayas. So, I was doing my normal morning Internet browse, off discovering what new and interesting tidbits of information I could discover. On […]

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Broadcom is part of the Linux Foundation

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When you look at the Linux landscape, there are traditionally two companies which are well known for lacking support when it comes to Linux. ATI and Broadcom. Well, good news when looking at the Broadcom landscape! Broadcom, well known for frequently holding out when it came to delivering drivers – especially Wi-Fi drivers and source […]

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PHP Fog gets $1.8m in funds

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PHP is one of the most popular web development language in the world, with millions of active developers and tens of millions of PHP-based sites already in deployment. A new company on the PHP scene has been created to service the hundreds of thousands of application developers who work with PHP on a daily basis. […]

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Phase III of PA-DSS and what it means for you

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A major PCI-related deadline came and went on the 1st of October that many PCI/PA DSS compliant people may not have even felt fly past, in fact most merchants were not even aware of the details, even though they’ve been given an entire year to get up to speed. It is known as “Phase III” […]

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Handy Hints: Create random MAC addresses

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Quick and simple MAC address generator: dd if=/dev/urandom bs=1 count=3 2>/dev/null | od -tx1 | head -1 \ | cut -d’ ‘ -f2- | awk ‘{ print “00:50:19:”$1″:”$2”:”$3 }’ I normally have this set up as an alias in my profile under ‘mac’.

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Google owns On2. What now?

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When it comes to companies that create multimedia codecs, I have followed none closer then that of On2 Technologies. On2 came to my attention when TrueMotion VP3 was released as Open Source Software in late 2001. On2 released the source code of their VP3 codec. They irrevocably disclaimed all rights to the codec and gave […]

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Where is CentOS 6?

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Want to know what the status is of CentOS 6 is and how far away it is to being completed? There is a page on the CentOS wiki which contains a list of all the packages which the developers are currently focusing their attention on. Head over to http://wiki.centos.org/QaWiki/6/AuditStatus for more information on the status […]

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A CMS for Video?

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I have recently been looking for an application that will allow me to put up a mini series of videos for one particular topic. Something like YouTube+Moodle, but slimmer. Of course like any well trained computer nerd it was off to Google to go find my answer. Unfortunately there was not really that much that tickled my […]

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A new PHP Asterisk Gateway Interface

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In my random searches of the Internet, I have found on Github a new PHP AGI framework. Incase all of that sounded like gibberish: AGI == Asterisk Gateway Interface. Asterisk == VoIP Server. VoIP Server == “Press 1. for”, PHP Framework == “if ($key->pressed == “1”) {” 🙂 This framework (nicely named just PAGI) is […]

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New Year’s Resolutions

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It’s 2011, time for a new year and a list of new years resolutions. The United Nations has designated 2011 the International Year of Forests and International Year of Chemistry, but the real question is: what will I designate the year 2011 to? Well, for starters year 2011 will be the year of finalising last […]

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Getting OpenSUSE’s Xen ‘Kernel of The Day’ on other Distro’s

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Getting the latest (mainline) Linux kernel is easy, you just head over to kernel.org and click the first ‘Full Source’ link that you see. When it comes to Xen, it’s so hard that even the official Xen Wiki can’t really find a simple download and configuration link. After running Andrew Lyon’s Gentoo patches for Xen […]

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Xen Common Commands

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Xen has states! —r: the paravirtualised/hypervised “domain” is currently running some sort of process. A domain will not be in the running state (“r”) if it was just waiting for a packet to arrive or a mouse to be moved — b: blocked, domain is waiting for something, usually an interrupt (for example, waiting for […]

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Building a PCI DSS compliant network [1/12]

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PCI, or the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council was created in September 2006 by the major card issuers, such as Visa, MasterCard and AMEX. The standards, PCI-DSS (Data Security Standard) were developed to ensure that card holder’s data security was always kept to the highest possible standards. To reduce the scope of assessment for […]

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Looking for Alpha Testers!

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Do you like testing and writing documentation for new and exciting applications? I am currently working on a new enterprise application which will simplify the deployment of new machines in a Unix network. It’s literally plug, deploy and play! I can’t really tell that much just yet on what the application actually does, that’s top […]

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