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Author: halfgaar

Halfgaar is Wiebe. Wiebe is a contributing author on this weblog. He also has a lot of stuff (such as long, in-depth articles) on his personal website.

Decreasing shutdown time of MySQL with large transaction log file

If you need/have a large transaction log file, a shut down can take a while. This post lists how you can force a flush before you do so, decreasing shut down time. Read More »

Excellent article about LC resonance resulting from turn-on transients

This article gives a good explation of LC resonances caused by turn-on transients. Read More »

Better nagios SMS and E-mail messages

Just for my references. I made changes to it before, but I now added the comments to them (for custom notifications and acknowledgements): Read More »

Teamviewer replacements

ChunkVNC consists of three parts, InstantSupport, Repeater and Viewer. Read More »

Iptables: limiting amount of connections per IP

Short version of this. To allow SSH TCP connections, but only 10 new per 60 seconds: Read More »

Dumping MySQL users and grants

MySQL stores its users and grants in a very annoying, non-clonable format. I found this post, describing how you can extra them. Read More »

Openswan random failures

I have an annoying problem with my Openswan VPN server. When I connect from a Windows XP machine, from that point on, I can only connect with that machine (or perhaps other Windows XP machines as well). On the other hand, when I connect with a Windows 7 machine first, connecting from Windows XP is no longer possible. Read More »

Turkey cooking time

As a note to self for next year: We just had a 8 kg turkey for our Thanksgiving meal. Recipes on the internet said it needed 7 to 8 hours of cooking. However, we took it out after 5.5 hours, and it was even somewhat overcooked. It probably needed about 4.5-5 hours. Read More »

Cursor definition and looping with MS SQL

In MSSQL, I needed to loop over a bunch of orders and execute a stored procedure, except in one case. This does that: Read More »

Upgrading PowerDNS from Debian Squeeze to Wheezy

As I mentioned here, I had to manually create a database schema when I installed PowerDNS on Debian Squeeze. Later versions apparently create one themselve. Read More »