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ISA 2004 FAQ: What Happened To Cache-Only Mode?

[Update 20050210 – emphasis added] Well, it’s not called that any more, and we use Network Templates to repurpose an existing ISA box without reinstallation now. Much nicer, don’t you think? If you’ve a single network adapter ISA 2004 installation and are sitting behind a firewall (eg, the box is only ever going to have one NIC), you… Read more

Office Holiday Terror: The Airzooka

In one of my rather more sugar-induced and less technically reasoned Holiday Season moods, I decided to buy an Airzooka from LatestBuy. For the technically-minded, Dan’s review says it all. It was delivered the next day (kudos to Latestbuy for the speedy delivery), and I eagerly set about putting it together (it took a little… Read more

A ‘Savings’ of what?

At least I know I’m not the only one that finds the use of the plural “savings” in a singular context confusing and – well – wrong! http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=savings “A savings of $50″… bah. Should be “A saving of $50”…. Read more

Ooh, MSN Spaces! (beta)

I have to hand it to the MSN guys, this was a pretty slick way to set up a blog. It looks particularly good for the first-time blogger that doesn’t have a ton of legacy posts behind them. If you haven’t blogged, perhaps this will change your mind? As a tip to the unwary: I… Read more

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