SLES on Azure

This is a reminder for myself mainly. The update servers for SLES 11 SP3 on Azure changed – and there is a pretty well managed process to change the update repos.

Raspberry Pi

Finally it arrived. Unboxed; find all of the bits needed (Micro USB power supply, USB keyboard, 2GB SD card); download the beta bits; boot and it worked. I’ve not done anything beyond this – just checking the darn thing worked.

Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate

The process and change control for the build/rebuild is pretty straight-forward now. Updated the main archive server from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate. Looks great – some nice features – and it seems to be faster than the previous version. Also this blog is hosted as a SUSE Linux web […]

.. the more things stay the same

Back to self hosting. The blog has moved from home, to hosting at GoDaddy and up to Azure. All had advantages – all had downsides. It’s the private cloud/public cloud conversation in a nutshell. Ultimately GoDaddy performance let it down – especially for the database – was unacceptable. Their support was also pretty poor. As […]

Change control: SLES 10 updates

Planned upgrades this weekend SLES 10 SP1 –> SP2 for both x86 and x64   How-to: Local update: Release notes:

Strange world

I travelled wearing my black Ximian staff shirt; then I got stopped in the airport by a Gnome fanboy who told me that the Ximian Desktop rocked!

Linux will not displace Windows – proof

Haha. This was forwarded to me and made me smile. Why Linux will not displace Windows Here’s the incredible response: You are kidding arent you ?   Are you saying that this linux can run on a computer without windows underneath it, at all ? As in, without a boot disk, without any drivers, and […]

Of mail servers

I wrote about moving my primary mail server to SLES 10 and Netmail 3.5.2 a month ago. Everything has been working really well – great uptime, better performance, another box moved to SLES 10.. Except for one little thing. Grania has been commenting that some of her email is missing. Well – it’s not been […]

Bayes learning, SpamAssassin, Novell NetMail and Copfilter

  I use IPcop and Copfilter as my firewall/spam/email filtering gateway. Free and easy. Scales well. I’ve had problems with Copfilter running the Bayesian learning for spam assassin; in short copfilter runs a wrapper script to call into I found that the IMAP->message_to_file was just sitting waiting for input from the NetMail server I […]


A colleague from Novell moved to Collanos – I looked at their products – and it’s interesting. The Collanos Workplace seems to fill several of my needs for working with my team: – document sharing and management– team task lists– discussions– cross platform Most importantly – the model is peer-to-peer. That means that none of […]