Monthly Archives: May 2004

Good News/Bad News

First, the good news. I posted recently about the change to
new network cabling which is part of our switch from IBM
Token-Ring to Ethernet. What we had was old CAT-3 wires that
can’t operate at the higher speeds found on Fast Ethernet so
out they went.

Now that we have switched over (no pun intended), you can
see the results below:

Screen shot of 6MB bandwidth [243k image].

That’s a shot from Broadband Reports indicating I got about
6.8Mbps down and 3.0 up. Whoooo and Hooooo. Before the switch
over I was getting about 1.5Mbps up and down. Well done to our
IT guys!

Now the bad news. Many (all?) of our Windows servers were
setup to be accessed via the NetBEUI protocol.
Said protocol was pretty snazzy in 1985 for use with Windows
for Workgroups. But in 2004, Windows XP doesn’t even support
it. If you have XP and you need NetBEUI, you can find it on
your install CD (see
MS KB Article 301041
for installation instructions) so all
is not lost.

Or, it is? NetBEUI is non-routable (except in a token-ring
environment) and will not cross subnets. The Ethernet side of
our network is, I think, segmented and on a different subnet.
So, as far as I know, I can’t get there from here using
NetBEUI.

That doesn’t mean I can’t get there at all but it does
mean it’s not as user friendly. With NetBEUI I could browse the
list of Windows servers (and there are a lot of them here) and
mouse click on the one I needed. Now, I have to use the
keyboard and type in the specific server and share I need in
the form of \\server\share.

Now the worse news. Even if I do that, what happens seems to
be randomly assigned. Sometimes I get a login, which is what
should happen. Sometimes I don’t get a login but do reach the
server. Unfortunately, since I’m not logged in, I don’t have
the rights to see or do anything on the server. And finally,
sometimes I don’t have to login but I do have
access to all the files.

Fortunately, I don’t need to get to that server, which is
our Intraweb site, often since I only need it when I update the
site. But if things get busy again as far as adding things to
the site I’ll be in a heap of hurt (“But boss! It’s not by
fault! It’s Netbeeeuuuuiiii!”[insert sound effect of footsteps
echoing down a long, dark hall and a scraping sound that can
only come from a body being dragged away]).

Oh well, I do have to congratulate our IT people for getting
the Ethernet side going and thank all four IT people who came
by yesterday morning to try to fix things re: server access.

Lest We Forget…

The sweet smell of plumeria will always
be associated, in my mind, with the month of May. I
can remember, when I was in elementary school, stringing lei
made out of the beautiful flowers. At that time, almost every
yard had a tree laden with the white, yellow, pink, and red
blossoms. So near the end of the month, the call would go out
to all the homes to bring as many flowers as possible to the
schools.

We would then string the flowers together so to make lei
each about two feet (~0.6m) end-to-end. While this is usually
too short to give to someone, it’s not too short for the
purpose we were using it for.

Monday is the Memorial Day holiday in the
US. A day set aside to honor our nation’s sons and daughters
who have died while serving their country in the armed forces
during times of war.

Each and every one of the tens of thousands of graves in the
National Cemetery
of the Pacific
in Honolulu will have a plumeria lei laid
around their gravestones. It is but a small way to to honor
those who gave their last full measure of devotion to our
country and a way to teach children that freedom is not
free.

I’ll be taking the day off and will be back here on Tuesday
(Lord willing and the ‘crick don’t rise) but give a good
thought for those who have died for the very freedoms we seem
so intent on giving away. We can hope that their deaths will
not have been in vain.

Have a Great Weekend Everyone –
Aloha!

Size Matters

Vehicle size can help in some situations and hurt in others.

Take a look at when size hurts here
where you’ll see what a
MiniCooper looks like after a crash into a barrier at 40 mph
versus what a Ford 150 full-sized truck looks like. Draw your
own conclusions. YMMV.

Keyed In

I’ve updated my public key for mail at seto dotted
organization. You should see a link on the right side of the
screen at the bottom of the “Links” section. If you don’t, you can download it here. If I should ever send an attachment,
I will sign the email with my public key. Please delete all
previous keys. Thanks.

Mail Call

From: Gary M. Berg
Subject: Pair systems, Thunderbird
Date: Tue, 25 May 2004 15:10:39 -0400

Dan,

The Pair systems email problem should be over; one minute
it was working and the next it wasn’t. I emailed the support
folks and they said they ended up undoing some changes they
had done on a back-end server (presumably the one that
handles authentication for POP/IMAP/Webmail for domain
mailboxes). They also lost the ACC for a while, but it was
back too as of about 12:45 PM EDT.

As for Thunderbird, the best bet is to indeed copy the
folder that contains everything (your “profile” folder). Then
on the new machine you will create a new profile and then
drop everything back inside of that. I think this will even
preserve all of your account information.

I’ve played with using Thunderbird for POP3 and IMAP
access to my Pair-hosted domain, and it works fairly well. I
think that Outlook 2003 is a better email client, especially
since it can easily be set to not display embedded links
inside of “untrusted” email correspondents. Yes, I know about
all the potential security issues in Outlook, but the 2003
version does a fairly good job of reducing those problems to
a minimum. It’s not fair to compare Outlook 2000 (a 4 year
old product) to Thunderbird (which is under very active
development) as far as security.

I’ve been using SpamAssassin on the Pair server to flag my
mail as to what looks like spam. With a good whitelist on
Pair, and a similar whitelist in Outlook 2003, I probably see
about 99% accurate filtering of spam with very few messages
making it through the double filter of SA on my host and
Outlook 2003.

Aloha!

A Host of Errors

My web host (pair.com) is having problems with email so if
you sent me something in the past 24 hours I won’t be able to
respond until they get around to figuring out what is wrong. If
there is an emergency need to get a hold of me, feel free to
try dkseto at hotmail dotted commercial.

In addition, the specific server my site is on has gone down
a couple of times in the past weeks due to “heavy load.” So if
you can’t get to my site, you’ll know why. Sort of. And for
this I pay over $300 USD a year. Sigh.

If I had my own static IP address and a provider that would
allow me to host my own site I would do so. Of course, I would
carefully re-read everything fellow Daynoter Brian
Bilbrey
has on his site and then contact Daynoter Phil Hough since he also
hosts his own site…

Can’t Get There From Here

I’ve been using either Mozilla email or Thunderbird
for some time now but have found an area they are lacking.
Namely, exporting. If, for example, I want to export all of my
email so I can store it while reformatting my hard drive I’m
left up the creek without the proverbial paddle. Neither
Mozilla email client can export email. So what are you supposed
to do? I don’t know. Copy the folders?

Drop me a line if you know of a way of exporting then
importing back in. By they way, after using both for awhile, I
think Thunderbird runs better. YMMV. FWIW.

Aloha!