Fix by disabling: error 1016 in event log

Due to one of life’s mysteries, the following error shows up dozens of times per day in the event log of one of our web servers (Win2000/IIS):

“Bum titty bum” – Limerick toolbox

Limericks can be great fun to read, to receive and to make. The basics are: five lines , AABBA rhyming scheme and some respect for the correct metrum. The advanced theory (“internal feet must be anapestic, while the first syllable can be iambic”) can be found on Writing Limericks (Robert Elliott). That’s also where the ‘bum titty bum’ reference comes from.

50 coolest song parts EVER

You can argue about some of the entries, but 50 coolest songs parts ever is a pretty great list of songs with the little extra that has made them stick around in your mind, or makes you start headbanging every time you hear them.

WinAdmin scripts for Windows sysadmins

These scripts were moved to GitHub in 2018, from previously on SourceForge

Cool speakers: Bose Personalized Amplification System

Bose Personalized Amplificiation System
While researching speakers, I came across a new concept of amplification for musicians: the Bose Personalized Amplification System.

Collaborative filtering on dating sites

Out of purely technological interest (obviously) I’ve been researching some dating sites recently. One feature I discovered most of them have is a kind of ‘short-list’ of people you like. You look around and add the profiles you find appealing onto a list so you can access them easily when you’re aiming for a next victim. Sometimes, the subjects in question are aware of their presence on your short-list, sometimes not. In any way they consist of links between people, links they’ve chosen to add themselves.

Port redirection in Windows

We use port redirection/proxy often on our platforms. In the production setup, separate (Linux-based) servers take care of this, but for our development and testing environment, we need port redirection for Windows system. I generally use 2 command-line packages:

Organizing my CD collection

I don’t know if it’s because I’m a Virgo or because it’s Spring, but this weekend I felt the irresistible urge to empty my CD racks and re-organize my CDs. I have about 400 CDs, and I have a tendency of messing them all up if I have no structure I can follow. It’s not as bad as my cousin Quasi-Modo, who keeps dozens of CDs and DVDs on one large stack, and owns LOADS of empty boxes, but anyway … (Weird, he’s a Virgo too?)

Converge already! (Struggling with WLBS)

I hate when things don’t go my way. One server in our NLB (Network Load Balancing) cluster did not want to join the cluster anymore. When I issued a wlbs start, it tried for a couple of seconds to join the cluster, but then remained in ‘Converging’ state. A couple of times I saw an entry in the System Log " ... does not have the same number or type of port rules ...".

Feed-based automatic download/caching

Interesting idea on HubLog (actually it’s an idea of Les Orchard).