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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! “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 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