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ongoing efforts with spam fighting

I recently noticed that spamassassin has been letting a LOT more mail through than it had before. The downside to running my own server for so long is that sometimes I have a “set it and forget it” attitude.. and frankly, tinkering with mailserver settings hasn’t been high on my list. But, I was tired of getting hit so often,…

Synergy with ssh tunnels

Synergy is a fantastic software KVM option for those of us with multiple computers/screens at our desk that want to maintain a single set of input devices (mouse/keyboard). No need for me to go into all of the details here (I mean, you can read, right?) but sufficed to say, you run the software on each machine (Linux/Mac/Win options available),…

downvoting everyone on imgur

This is very silly, but amusing, so I had to share. I cannot stand imgur’s community. They actually manage to make reddit seem both sophisticated and well thought-out by comparison. I mean hey, to each their own, but sometimes after visiting a page I feel the need to hurt everyone’s imaginary internet points. Luckily, jQuery makes this terribly easy. Just…

Making your own ‘imgur roulette’

What’s imgur.com? You’ve been living under a rock, huh? It’s a very simple image sharing service originally designed by a reddit user to support the community and provide a painless way to quickly host images. Now it’s a behemoth that just acquired $40million in funding and has a userbase that is arguably larger than reddits! So what’s imgur roulette? Well,…

p2v conversion of old linux versions

So you’re sitting around, trying to get rid of some ridiculously old legacy hardware (and the oooold OS that’s on it) that you cannot find time/resources to upgrade.  You think, “Oh I know, I’ll just virt it and deal with it later!”.  Pretty reasonable, you’re a goddamned genius.  So you install a copy of vmware converter and get to it.…

Using Siri to help automate my home

This weekend I had some fun with the SiriProxy project. It is a neat little hack that allows you to intercept Siri commands on your iphone and handle them locally when applicable. The github project does a great job of helping you get up and running, but chances are there will be a few steps that are slightly off and…

Updating your XBMC library via cron

TL;DR – It is critical that my XBMC Library stays up to date with my fileserver, but I don’t want to deal with restarting XBMC, initiating a scan while watching, or using plugins. So I chose to use a web call. You have to tell your XBMC to rescan your video shares routinely so that it can detect when new…