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Custom Password Filters

Back from holiday now, and almost over the jetlag. Almost. A question came up today about Password Filter DLLs, and the documentation always seems to be hard to find, so I’ve popped up a quick summary of everything I know here. Back In The Day of NT4, there was an optional component that Microsoft provided… Read more

3 Simple Rules to Kerberos Authentication/Delegation SPNs

aka: “Kerbie Goes Bananas “ Before starting, go get the updated SetSPN if you’re using Windows 2000 or 2003. Kerb authentication via HTTP can be a complex and tricky sport… or so the experts would have you believe. (OK, I’m just trying to stir interest here. I promise I’ll stop). If you’re just using the default settings, it all… 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

Why Changing Your Blog URL Sucks

Jay posted about his languishing site traffic since a URL migration for his blog, and I thought I’d get in on the action as well. Now, I don’t work in Search, and I’m essentially speaking from the logical inference portion of my bum here, so please feel free to correct any erroneous assertions I’ve made. The Way Of… Read more

More on How I Work (and Lookout’s now available!)

[Updated 23/07/04 with public Lookout download] A couple of people internally and externally asked about a couple of aspects of the array of software I use to do my job, so I thought I’d expand on it.   As a Support Professional, my key tasks involve information retrieval, evaluation and dissemination. I have an array of software configured… Read more

MaxUserPort – what it is, what it does, when it’s important

What can we say about MaxUserPort that hasn’t already been said? Not a lot, it would seem. He’s a beautiful dancer, perhaps? Ahh, such gentle humour, and nary a kitten drowned anywhere. But TCP port shenanigans are fairly frequently misunderstood, so let’s talk about the very basics of MaxUserPort. NB: This is all pre-Vista behaviour… Read more

How To Run A Soccer Team Site?

I have a problem. My girlfriend has started playing soccer in a womens’ (always unsure where that apostrophe belongs) soccer team. I was pointed to as someone that could make them a website. While I probably could, I’m looking for some kind of off-the-shelf solution, so that a) I don’t have to host it on my pitiful… Read more

Telstra HTC HD2 Connection Settings

The Shiny New Phone I bought an HTC HD2 sight-unseen from the Telstra online store yesterday, and the “five business days” for delivery worked out to be one in total. Score! With the phone as supplied, aspects of the phone are uncustomizable, and the Internet connection is one of those things. Most Internet-connecting items worked… Read more