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), …

Deleting XBMC shows from disk based on Watched status – part 1

As the avid reader knows, I am a fan of XBMC. So much so that I have it setup on every TV in the house, which means I also have a centralized mysql database to keep them all in synch. That part works great, and everything is going well. My problem is that I am lazy about deleting stuff I’ve …

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 …

Getting kaltura up and running on CentOS 5.5

I was recently faced with getting an installation of kaltura video server running on a fully up to date CentOS 5.5 server.  This sounded like a normal/easy LAMP install that I expected to have online with an hour or so, but it proved to be more difficult due to the requirements of the software. When I ran the install script, …