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Problems With Other Browsers?

Thanks to Eric TF Bat who dropped me a comment: There’s an issue with this blog on standards-compliant browsers; the right-hand navbar seems to be making the central text area go haywire. Check it out in Firefox to see the effect. It’s probably a side-effect of only testing the site in a non-standard browser, tho that’s… Read more

Thanksgiving Tech Support: Thanks, HP.

HP claimed the first victim of the holidays – a teary mother. I’d given her an HP PSC 1315 as an early Christmas present, and it’s really, really good so far. With one fairly significant blow: it doesn’t like printing Avery labels properly. Mum likes to print off about 250 christmas card labels each year…. Read more

Half Life 2: Done.

Somewhat controversially, I don’t think it’s the best game ever. It’s good, but it’s not all that, girlfriend. I was playing through it wondering if there was something I was missing that all the other reviewers knew. It’s a good first person shooter with some interesting things, and if I were to go back and replay… Read more

Routed Networks in ISA 2004

I was having an argument with a friend from elsewhere in the Aussie support organization about ISA’s (new in 2004) network templates and their default routing layouts. I like arguments – I learn a good 57.3% of what I know from (friendly) arguments with people. The short version is this: The Front Firewall template assumes… Read more

Wow. Busy. Work. And Half Life 2. And comment spam.

First, my sincerest thanks to the jerk currently at 221.219.2.87 for comment spamming me; moderation’s enabled for the time being. Hope we can get a nice CAPTCHA thingy implemented here soon. While it might *look* to the casual observer like Halo 2 came out and I stopped blogging, it’s more like Halo 2 came out, and then… Read more

Halo 2 Multiplayer on Live: First Impressions

Ah haaaaaa haaaaaaaa ha hahahaha haaaaa hahahahaha haaaa hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! (every single one of those was typed. Individually. In time with me cackling insanely after coming down from a slaughter high). Bedtime. But seriously, haaaaa hahahahaha! Haaa! I quickly hunted through the options for the one I thought would interest me most, and am happy to report… Read more

It’s Halo 2 Night!

No self-respecting Xbox gamer would have missed that tonight’s the night! Aussies – by virtue of our timezone being 17 hours ahead of Redmond – and Kiwis (2 more hours ahead of us) get their first crack at Halo 2 tonight. Expectations aren’t so much high as stratospheric – nay, lunar! Can it live up to the… Read more

Getting Help With ISA Server – Helping Us Help You!

Usability strides in ISA 2004 aside, ISA Server is a powerful product that’s still  quite easy to misconfigure. With great flexibility comes great potential complexity… Most of the time, there’s a straightforward explanation for unintended results, it’s just a matter of working out what that reason is. When Asking For Help, It Helps To Include This Information… Read more

I Hate Glass

Forget circles. Forget copper. I mean, sure, I get that I’m not supposed to use or pick up copper, but glass just completely freaks me out. I’m more scared of glass than I am of spiders. And I’m really scared of spiders, so scared I couldn’t even use this “World Wide Web” until I’d sprayed the… Read more

What’s a Private IP Address?

Private IP addresses are defined in RFC 1918 (a very readable RFC, for my money, and quite short to boot). The RFC defines three ranges: 10.0.0.0 -> 10.255.255.255  (10.0.0.0/8 – an A class network in oldspeak)172.16.0.0 -> 172.31.255.255 (172.16.0.0/12)192.168.0.0 -> 192.168.255.255  (192.168.0.0/16 – a B class network) There’s another common group of IP addresses that could… Read more