Docker Comms

Quite a while back I started messing around with Docker [http://docker.io], after the forum software [http://www.discourse.org/]. I use elsewhere started making builds for it and then eventually made Docker the only supported deployment method.  So I started messing about with Docker fairly early, although I didn’t delve in to the depths of it, I did dabble with making my own containers for certain things.  I got used to the way the networking worked, and was happy to proxy the web applications…

The Chicken and The Egg

I’ve spent a long time recently going through a client’s Group Policy Object infrastructure. A large part of the GPOs are invalid – either completely broken, referencing missing items, empty, unlinked, and referencing invalid scripts (like VBScript inside a batch file – it’s own WTF). I’ve documented the GPOs as best as I can with the intention of fixing the infrastructure. Marking which GPOs are to be deleted, which need to be renamed to our standards, and those that need to be either consolida…

Moni8er

I wrote a little utility program that runs on Windows for Mede8er [http://www.mede8er.com/] media players. It is intended for newer X2 and X3 models that support Jukebox view. The utility essentially replaces the “Scan folder” function in the Mede8er, and allows you to create the required Mede8er.db files for each of your Jukebox folders. This is particularly useful if you store your media files on a NAS. I named it Moni8er, you know, to show that it’s for Mede8er. Or something.…

iPod Annoyances

I love my iPod. I mostly use it in the car and while I’m on the train / walking to/from the station. The biggest annoyance with it though, is that while I’m driving, the screen randomly changes from portrait mode to landscape “coverflow” mode, which is fucking annoying, because you can’t easily skip tracks in that mode, which means that I either have to live with the currently playing track until I have an opportunity (like stopped at a traffic light) to reach down and orient the iPod so that it…

Learning Java #4

Since Apache James can do pretty much whatever I want it to do, and it would make an excellent base for whatever I might be able to dream up in terms of a filtering MTA, I ended up scrapping the idea of learning Java for a while. (Man, the font in this editor sucks ass after upgrading WP). However, after messing around with my new Android phone for awhile, I figured that a good project would be to write a call/text filtering app. Yes, I know there are plenty on the market, most of them commerci…

(Not) Learning Java #3.1

… and have I done anything since yesterday? No. Big surprise there. Actually, I have another distraction. I bought an Amaz(ing)on Kindle the other day. Loving it to bits… but now I have the severe distraction of organizing the collection of e-books that I have into some semblance of order. Thankfully Calibre [http://calibre-ebook.com/] seems to be up to the task (along with the Kindle Collections [http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=118635] plugin). Excuses are bitchin’. Yes,…

(Not) Learning Java #3

Ah, the bane of my life, procrastination, has struck again. I had the idea to develop a mail filtering server (MTA) that would essentially be a gateway in the email system that would process incoming email and then output it to another (external) MTA, such as a groupware server of some sort, like Exchange, Lotus Notes, or whatever. That part is irrelevant really. The basic concept is that this would be an initial spam filter that would filter against custom regex lists (I have personally develo…

Learning Java #2

I’ve read through some of the tutes on Oracle’s site [http://download.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/index.html]. Completed the annoying Hello World app – it is just me, or are these freaking boring? While I understand what it is trying to do, if you’re already familiar with programming, it’s pretty damn annoying. And yes, I realize I didn’t actually have to do it… but at least it helps with getting to know the IDE (Netbeans). During one of my (many) mind wonderings, I was thinking about applicatio…