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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Proxy and Everything After

User: Why am I experiencing delays with Yahoo Messenger?
BOFH: No. 1, Yahoo doesn't guarantee the timeliness of their service. No. 2, you are accessing it via the company's proxy server, expect some delays as the server is caching the traffic.
User: I can't accept that! I need real time access to YM! I want to chat with my... my... my...
BOFH: Your..?
User: .. my client!
BOFH: Real time access is not possible.
User: And why can't I access YouTube and Friendster? You are unreasonable!
BOFH: Don't tell me that you need to communicate with your client via friendster and youtube...
User: Gaaaahhhh!

BOFH goes back to check access logs.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Dansguardian on Endian

I noticed that dansguardian uses a lot of CPU resources. I'll be investigating more about this issue. Below is a snippet of top command:

Tasks: 70 total, 2 running, 68 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie

Cpu(s): 33.3% us, 0.7% sy, 0.0% ni, 65.7% id, 0.3% wa, 0.0% hi, 0.0% si
Mem: 2059760k total, 966792k used, 1092968k free, 111504k buffers
Swap: 524656k total, 172k used, 524484k free, 653008k cached

30674 nobody 16 0 36216 32m 1468 S 32.2 1.6 0:03.32 dansguardian
26836 nobody 16 0 36420 32m 1488 S 0.7 1.6 0:13.14 dansguardian
26837 nobody 15 0 36248 32m 1476 S 0.3 1.6 0:05.30 dansguardian
30522 nobody 16 0 36320 32m 1476 S 0.3 1.6 0:12.77 dansguardian
30673 nobody 16 0 36236 32m 1476 S 0.3 1.6 0:03.88 dansguardian

And here's the proxy server's specs:

root@kalasag:~ # cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 15
model : 4
model name : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
stepping : 1
cpu MHz : 2993.179

root@kalasag:~ # cat /proc/meminfo
MemTotal: 2059760 kB
MemFree: 1089720 kB
Buffers: 111548 kB
Cached: 655368 kB
SwapCached: 168 kB
Active: 742396 kB
Inactive: 142920 kB
HighTotal: 1162428 kB
HighFree: 389056 kB
LowTotal: 897332 kB
LowFree: 700664 kB
SwapTotal: 524656 kB
SwapFree: 524484 kB

Friday, November 24, 2006

Network Martial Law

For more than a week, my installation of Linux-Based Endian Firewall is already wrecking stubborn users in our corporate network. Initially, the default set-up was very strict. So strict that even my boss asked me to loosen up a little bit.

GMail Goodies

If anyone out there who lives under the rock and interested to have a GMail account, send me a request at:


Yes, I'll pick up GMail over Yahoo Mail anytime.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Gin, Angelica and Photoshop

These pictures of Angelica Panganiban have been flooding in my mailbox. All I can say is: Photoshop is great! (or GIMP). Other photos can be found at Kapihan ni Qroon.

Angelica Panganiban
Angelica Panganiban
Angelica Panganiban
Angelica Panganiban

Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Java Experience

How I love the old logo. :)

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Network Security Blues

This past few days I have been investigating the traffic in our corporate network. I'm looking into deploying some "canned" Open Source solution like Endian Firewall and Strata Guard. This will keep me busy tommorow until Saturday. I hope that by Monday, "martial law" in our network is already laid out well.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Gmail Hiccups

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The Sweet Kiss of Death for the Penguin-Chameleon. From Microsoft

Microsoft and Novell signed a historical partnership, that could not have been possible a year ago. Is that the beginning of the end for Novell?

It seems the negotiations have begun more than six months ago, but have been kept secret until now due to the importance of this matter for both parties: the open source community on one hand and the proprietary software companies on the other.

More from this article.


So, I haven't posted any updates about my experience with Fedora Core 6 on ASUS A6B00R. Well, I haven't dubbed around it because of the soundcard issue. ATI IXP is still a hit or miss. I'm still trying out different combination in Alsa Mixer. Visually, the theme is the conservative Red Hat look, using the Bluecurve iconset. My consolation here is the speed issue. It feels faster than the Win XP installation on my other partition. More Linux blues in the next few days.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

So, this is not technology related. But it's part of my lame attempt to write in english. Well, I bought this book yesterday and finished reading it this morning. A more mature story-telling of of the classic fairy tale Cinderella. Narrated from the point of view of the "ugly stepsisters". The book delves into human nature, sacrifices, and struggles. Some struggle to escape from the claws of poverty leads to the corruption of morals. A tale with murder, betrayal, greed and arts! Read it, love it and hate it.

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