Monthly Archives:October 2010

He’s tried this before.  now he’s going to try it again.  I’m not sure this will fail at this time.  This means my two kids would be forced into either “civillian National Security” or military service.  Just scary is what this is.

Rangel plan gives prez ‘civilian security force’.

I have been doing IT work as a volunteer for a local radio station WTHU for a few years now.  Slowly but surely we have been moving along the technology track int he right direction.  We have a stout server in wash state that handles our streaming.  The costs for this are extremely reasonable but time have gotten tight and we have to find ways to cut costs even more.  That lead to a local vendor, Swift systems, that has kindly donated a 2u rackmount server, colocation,  power, and an unmetered 10 megabit port.  I went into Swift Systems today to install Debian onto said server.  This turned out to be quite the adventure.  Some of it was totally me..i was not familiar with Debian 5.  I’ve used several variants including the near ubiquitous Ubuntu(which I would NEVER put onto a server) but I wanted the real Debian.  The hardware issue is the cd-rom drive.  I don’t know why..but it’s sssssssllllloooowwwwwww.  Painfully slow.  However the rest of the box is very very fast.  Debian in it’s default install mode will only allow you to configure one interface at install time.  If you give it an address that does not have internet connectivity when it tries to build it’s mirror list it’ll timeout(after about 5-10 minutes) and use ONLY the cd-rom.  I found this out the hard way.  I was not going to do that.  I tried a reinstall but again was met with the sloooow cd-rom..:)  I tried to setup one interface via dhcp(so it would get a local ip) and then setup the other interface to static to no avail in the installer.  I setup the ilo with another static ip in the assigned range and will have them rack the box.  I should be able to get into the machine using hte ilo and then using hte console redirect instlal debian to the static range.  I should be able to then build the repos properly and have a working Debian install.

Why not Centos?  Centos 5 is less than 3 years from expiring.  I did not want to have to do an os upgrade anytime soon.  With Cent you have to reinstall for an upgrade.  With debian you just run apt-get and install the new version.  We will see if i can get Debian to install via the ILO.  If not i’ll go with centos and deal with the os upgrade later..:)

This is so over the top I can’t NOT post about this.

Since Obama is expected to arrive in the afternoon on November 6, and will travel by road to the Taj Mahal Hotel, the entire stretch from airport to the hotel will be under heavy security. The officer said, “There will be no vehicular movement on Western Express Highway at that time. Traffic on roads leading up to the highway will also be stopped. All buildings flanking the entire stretch will be sanitised. However, there is no threat from the snipers as the President will travel in a bullet-proof car with 4.5-inch thick sheets, which are impenetrable for any gun.” Obama’s personal security staff itself will be huge, and it has already started making its own arrangements in Mumbai. “A team of secret service agents has already arrived, and has surveyed the areas of his stay and the roads and places on his itinerary,” the officer said. To ensure fool-proof security, the President’s team has booked the entire the Taj Mahal Hotel, including 570 rooms, all banquets and restaurants. Since his security contingent and staff will comprise a huge number, 125 rooms at Taj President have also been booked, apart from 80 to 90 rooms each in Grand Hyatt and The Oberoi hotels. The NCPA, where the President is expected to meet representatives from the business community, has also been entirely booked. The officer said, “Obama’s contingent is huge. There are two jumbo jets coming along with Air Force One, which will be flanked by security jets. There will be 30 to 40 secret service agents, who will arrive before him. The President’s convoy has 45 cars, including the Lincoln Continental in which the President travels.”

via Barack and Michelle’s Mumbai darshan plans – The Economic Times.

The federal gov’t thinks any unconstitutional laws they pass have any power..they really don’t.  It’s time folks start realizing this and start acting accordingly en masse as California voters seem apparently willing to do.  That’s the only way to cow this federal gov’t beast back into it’s Constitutional constraints.

The attorney general said the ballot measure’s passage would “significantly undermine” efforts to keep California cites and towns safe.

Officials in Los Angeles County, where authorities have aggressively moved to tamp down on an explosion of medical marijuana dispensaries, vowed that they would still assist the federal government in drug investigations.

County Sheriff Lee Baca and District Attorney Steve Cooley said at a news conference that the law would be unenforceable because it is trumped by federal laws that prohibit marijuana cultivation and possession.

“We will continue as we are today regardless of whether it passes or doesn’t pass,” Baca said. His deputies don’t and won’t go after users in their homes, but public use of the drug will be targeted, he said.

Both gubernatorial candidates – Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman – oppose Prop 19 and declined comment Friday.

The ex-Drug Enforcement Administration chiefs sent a letter to Holder in August calling on the Obama administration to sue California if Prop 19 passes.

If California prevents police from enforcing the stricter federal ban on marijuana, the Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government cannot order local law enforcement to act, he said.

via The Associated Press.

I got this from one of the folks I Follow on twitter..matt mecham:

Living with a two year old is like living with an irate dictator with an unpredictable temper and a fondness of cuddles.

Well i got the servers in and really didn’t want to wait for the 12u rack…mainly because it’s not int he budget right now.  I took one of the servers and have installed untangle on it.  I now have 4 network cards in the thing.  One is red(internet), one is blue(free public wifi) and one is green(church’s internal network).  The 4th one is for future use(which I already have  a plan for).  What are the specs of this box?  It is an IBM x335 with dual xeon 2.8ghz cpu’s with HT , 4 gigs of ram, and two 36 gig 10k U320 SCSI hdd’s in hardware raid 1.  The thing just smokes..:)  I’m waiting for a couple of major events to really test the box:

1.  the Don Piper conference we are having

2.  Upward basketball.

Upward is going to be the bigger test as we’ll have hundreds of folks inside the new wing from 9am to 6pm sat and sun every week for about 3 months.  I’m hoping to get at least 20 folks on that so i can see how this box handles it.

I had a Dell Poweredge 1800 running Astaro as the firewall until this donation came in.  Our e-mail is run by a company called powweb and I have been hearing for a long time about unreliable service, crashing interfaces, and other issues for months now.  since the Dell is 64 bit compatible I decided to press that one into use as the new church e-mail server.  The test for the firewall is can it handle everything i’m going to throw at it?  e-mail, content filtering, anti-virus scanning, packet inspection, remote access..etc etc etc.  My research tells me it will.  The most fascinating thing about Untangle is it makes heavy use of Java.  Java is at the core of the entire system and ALL traffic passes through this Java core.  So far it’s worked without a hitch.  I’ve setup some simple traffic priority rules that say the church’s traffic has the highest priority and the free wifi has the lowest.  I’ll be watching the server closely to see how it does..not that I’m anticipating problems..but this is a new product that has impressed me..and i want to see it work under load as i look at the innards to see how it works..:)  Cost for all of this?  105$ and that was just to cover shipping,,:)  All of the software is free.

Only one more week to get your free tickets to Don Piper, author of 90 Minutes in Heaven. He is speaking at my church in Knoxville, MD on Oct 24 at 8:15 and 10:50. Call 301-834-7755 to reserve your FREE (yes FREE) ticket.

There’s an easy way to avoid this situation again.  If you are presented the option to use a gov’t issues computer.. just don’t.  The chances of the gov’t prosecuting itself for it’s own criminal activity are slim at best.

The school district accused of spying on students at home via laptop webcam has agreed to settle two student lawsuits for a total of $610,000. The Lower Merion School District board of directors released a statement Tuesday morning, saying that it decided to settle in order to move on and “protect the interests of our taxpayers,” even if that meant not being able to share its own side of the story.

via School settles laptop spying case to “protect taxpayers”.

There’s a website I have long been a member of called God’s Frozen Chosen.  We’ve been looking for a good forums package for a while and have found what we think is going to be best.  First head to http://www.godsfrozenchosen.com and you’ll see the current forums.  The testing forums are at http://www.godsfrozenchosen.com/forums .  It’s a new package that’s in beta called xenforo and it’s made by the former lead developer of vbulletin.  Hop on over there and join us.  We are going to move eventually to xenforo so go familiarize yourself with it..:)

It’s called God’s Frozen Chosen.  We are a small(for now) gaming oriented group of Christians.  All are welcome to join the forums and talk with us.  Come check us out..:)

County nonprofits face loss of tax-exempt status – The Frederick News-Post Online.

I’m posting this in the hopes somebody will notify the BRRM.  I intend to go buy there over the weekend and try to notify them of this change.

The count is going to continue to climb.  More and more vaccines are worse than the diseases they are supposed to contain.

Controversial STD drug tied to 16 more deaths.

We have two adjacent structures in Brunswick that are now on fire.  We have 2 alarms out on on this fire.  Two houses are involved.  Please pray for hte families as there has already been one burn victim that is being treated.  I will keep everyone notified.  Right now Knoxville road at the dollar general is closed.  Also Brunswick street is closed form the 700 block to nearly the 900 block.  Emergency gear is still responding due to the rural nature of hits area so be aware of high speed emergency vehicles travelling to and through Brunswick.

Oh wow.  What some amazing video.  If you are afraid of heights don’t watch this.

via YouTube – World’s Scariest Job.