Archive for January, 2010

XBOX360 RIP?   no comments

Posted at 5:28 pm in Consoles and Games
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Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death

Our Xbox 360 has gone and died. It has the three red light problem. My kids are screaming at me to buy a new one or fix this one.

I’ve seen a fix advertised that can help me fix the red ring of death. I’m going to buy it and try it out this weekend.

I’ll provide an update of the fix and review of the fixing product once my soldering iron cools down.

Written by Richard on January 26th, 2010

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Ubuntu update #1   no comments

Posted at 5:19 pm in Uncategorized

Here’s a quick update on running 64 bit Ubuntu 9.10 on my HP laptop.

Got the native 64 bit version of Skype working. Installed the latest beta version and it worked a treat, even video works.

Also got SQLYog working through a Wine type offering called Cross Over. Not sure if it’s a fork of Wine or a completely different piece of software, it just works. I’m running a trial version at the moment but can see myself paying £25 at the end of the trial so I can continue to use SQLYog.

Suspend and hibernate seem to be problematic but not a major issue, since the laptop boots up so much quicker than Windows I can shut down and reboot instead.

Happy days.

Written by Richard on January 26th, 2010

How secure is your hosting?   no comments

Posted at 12:22 pm in Hosting,MySQL
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Secure Hosting?

How secure is your hosting? I’m just in the middle of speaking to a hosting company, who shall remain nameless for now, on who’s server I can see someone else’s database.

A company, I provide consultancy to, have a Windows based virtual server for a specific project. The host provides MSSQL and MySQL databases which run on dedicated servers. You create the database through a web based control panel like most other hosting companies. Once created, I access the database from my laptop using SQLYog (which is a pretty good MySQL front end) and manipulate it from there.

Today I have connected to the database to check a field that the developer has misspelled and I see a second database. Being an honest citizen I take a backup of the database for evidence and contact the hosting company. I telephone them rather than email since it could be a severe security breach. The operator is a level one support person who doesn’t understand what I’m talking about, let alone what to do next, so he instructs me to use the ‘live chat’ on the website. I visit the website and launch the live chat where I’m met by another limited knowledge operator who fails to comprehend the seriousness of the problem. He suggests it may be my settings or a problem at my end.

I respond to this with a polite suggestion that it’s more likely to be a problem with security on their server. Given by the response from this operator I know they also don’t have a clue, so I ask them to get someone to call me to discuss this serious security problem.

Ten minutes later someone called me, not sure as yet how serious he thinks it is but he took some details and promised to get back within 15 minutes.

I await the next phone call…

UPDATE 26th January 2009

I was asked to email the windows support team with all the details. I got an email back saying they had contacted the customer of the other database and asked them to fix the security on their database. I can no longer see the other database.

Panic over and not a real problem for me but it leaves me with two questions:

  1. Should the hosting provider’s system let the customer open up the security of the database.
  2. How serious did the hosting provider take my concern.

The provider was eukhost.

Written by Richard on January 19th, 2010

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Bye bye Zimbra   no comments

Posted at 2:45 pm in Mail Servers
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Today marks the end of Zimbra as a technology I use.

I am migrating my last customer from the Zimbra platform to a simple solution using Horde.

Back in 2007 when I discovered Zimbra it was exciting that we could have a feature rich web-based email service that was also open source. We installed it on a dedicated server and tried to use it. We stopped trying to sell a commercial service based on Zimbra after multiple problems, some of which are:

  • Slow, very slow
  • Modules stopped frequently and need manually restarting
  • Configuration was painful
  • Administration inteerface didn’t work on Firefox

It got a point where we didn’t dare touch anything to do with Zimbra in case it stopped working.

As of 12th January 2010 VMWare has purchased Zimbra from Yahoo. Maybe they can do something more with it, but I won’t be touching it again.

Written by Richard on January 18th, 2010

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New blog and new OS   no comments

Posted at 3:38 pm in Operating Systems,Ubuntu
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This is my new blog so I need to add a ‘first post’.

I thought I’d mention the fact that I’ve recently upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10 64 bit from Windows Vista. Will this get me into more trouble than if I shelled out the £100+ to upgrade to Windows 7. I personally refuse to pay it when the version of Windows I had was so unfit for purpose, I should have got a free upgrade with my laptop being less than 12 months old. So I’ve made the leap…

So far I’ve managed to get wireless networking, ATI graphics drivers, bluetooth, sound and web cam working. I am struggling to get Skype and SQLYog to work but I think it’s due to using the 64 bit version rather than the better supported 32 bit version. I think they both use WINE but that doesn’t seem to want to work.

Anyway, I’m already seeing an increase in productivity not having to wait while my operating system says, ‘wait a minute I’m just doing something else’. Ubuntu just does things when I ask it to. Of course Firefox takes a while to load but it did that on Vista.

I’ll see what the next few months of hammer do to Ubuntu, since most systems run pretty well after the first few days.

Written by Richard on January 12th, 2010

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