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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.

Wiebe works at YTEC, where he is a senior developer of customer-specific tailor-made software (“klantspecifieke maatwerk software“) for clients in a few select markets: wholesale, printing and healthcare.

Adding a quick launch in Windows 7

Windows 7 doesn''t have a quicklaunch by default. Luckily, there is a fix. To enable it, add toolbar, other toolbar and include this as location: Read More »

Listing samba users

Newer samba versions no longer have a human readable password file. To see the passwords, use pdbedit. Do "pdbedit -w -L" to get a classic password file layout.

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Fixing extremely slow domain logon windows 7

I just installed two Windows 7 machines and both of them take a very long time to logon to the (samba) domain controller. I've found several reports on the internet about people with the same issue. This was one of the pages I found. I tried it and it works. It says: Read More »

Windows domains: De opgegeven referenties zijn strijdig met de bestaande groep referenties

I was trying to add a Windows 2000 machine to our domain, but I got this message (in Dutch, unfortunately): Read More »

Installing Samba from lenny-backports

With our new Windows 7 machines, we need at least samba 3.3.7. However, our server with Debian stable doesn't have that in its repository. So, I was forced to install samba with lenny-backports. Read More »

Creating new MySQL database and user

I often need to make a MySQL database and a user that can do anything in it: create database bla character set utf8 collate = utf8_general_ci; use bla grant all on bla.* to 'jack'@'localhost' identified by 'password'; Read More »

OpenDNS servers

I've had to deal with crappy DNS servers quite a lot; servers that don't resolve certain sites, servers that take endlessly, etc. Therefore, using OpenDNS can be a good solution. The IP addresses for OpenDNS are (including /etc/resolv.conf directives): Read More »

Enabling mplayers multithreading for HD video.

Certain codecs support multithreaded decoding, but you have to configure it, though. You can do that by adding this to your mplayer.conf: Read More »

Creating an Unreal Tournament 99 server in Linux

(Post edited to reflect the steps required for the 451 version of the server, which has some crucial bug fixes, among which a working webadmin.) Read More »

Default e-mail addresses for domains

Sometimes automated services or people need to contact some domain administrator for a certain domain. There are a couple of addresses that should be present by default. Google uses these addresses to notify you when they put you on their malware blocklist: Read More »