Oh Vodafone, please explain to me,
how a business based on technology,
can be so bad at web-based stuff?
Really, downloading a bill should not be so tough!
I understand that I must now log on,
and pasting your password can no longer be done,
but why does it have to take me all day,
to reach what could have been one click away?
The fact that the invoice is live generated,
is clever technology, though that could be debated,
but would it not be easier all round,
if the invoice was sitting ready to bring down?
I would not mind if the system was quick,
but I click and I wait and I wait and I click.
So next time you think of a clever solution,
think, will it be quick and will it be easy?
Unable to succesfully[sic] process request.
ERR-010: Request timeout.
Contact the application system administrator or Help Desk.
Very early on in my Linux life, I came across this suggested header for crontab and I’ve used it ever since. So much so that I am always slightly thrown when I come across a crontab without it! No, you don’t need it, yes the standard commented header works just fine, but, if like me you prefer things neatly lined up, then this might suit you:
# _________________________ 2. Minute - Minutes after the hour (0-59)
# | ______________________ 2. Hour - 24-hour format (0-23).
# | |
# | | ___________________ 3. Day - Day of the month (1-31)
# | | |
# | | | ________________ 4. Month - Month of the year (1-12)
# | | | |
# | | | | ______________5. Weekday - Day of the week. (0-6, 0 indicates Sunday)
# | | | | |
And if you recognise this as your’s, then thank you!
Occasionally users are unable to connect to our FreeNX server, they report an error “Startup Session Failed”. Clicking on “Detail” shows that it is unable to find the server session file.
Searching for solutions suggested a number of options, including removing the server /tmp/.X1***-lock files, or simply removing FreeNX and installing NoMachine’s NXServer instead.
In the end the solution proved remarkably simple:
iRedMail – Open Source Mailserver
Whilst the world seems to be moving email to “The Cloud”, rightly or wrongly I remain reluctant to give up the control of our own mailserver. For over ten years now we have been using a combination of the following open source applications:
- Postfix MTA with Amavis + Spamassassin
- Dovecot IMAP server
Whilst these are super-stable and bulletproof solutions, the main issue with such a solution is the administration – setting up users, changing passwords, vacation notifications, sieve etc. It is also a lonely business administering a custom mailserver, where set-up is never going to be completely standard.
Having created an sshfs mount in /etc/fstab, I was frustrated that it would mount okay, but unmounting always resulted in an error “mount disagrees with the fstab”. The following solution worked for me:
Nine months with my Novatech n1410 have reinforced all my earlier thoughts.
The power switch remains a momentary petty irritation, but the poor quality keyboard and intrusive trackpad are harder to live with. The wireless is pretty poor, but it generally connects fine and rarely actually causes me any problems.
But the Novatech remains a good-looking, lightweight laptop with a great battery life, and highly portable. And it was undeniably great value.
I thought that this Linux Terminal Command Reference from the Mint community was excellent. Having learned them piecemeal over many years, I was almost resentful to see them all listed together. Linux shouldn’t be easy, it should be knowledge painfully acquired through years of humiliation on IRC channels and mailing lists!