Samba with AD

Woosh........ very long day at work!!! From 8 in the morning till 9 in the evening! Just washed and eaten some food which was damned cold and ranting a bit here. The highlight of the day, which I know might sound 100% geeky, was when I finally managed to make Linux shares accessible from Windows whose accounts are authenticated against the Active Directory, using SAMBA... And it was so damn easy. The trick was to add the linux box to the domain duh...

Anyways off to sleep and hoping to have a shorter and sweeter day.

Minor fix on the layout

Thanks to a work collegue who pointed out that there was a slight problem in the layout when viewed with Internet Explorer. I managed to fix it and I also updated the political section links by replacing the previous entries with some maltese political scene links.

1st blog comment

And the award goes to the splendid and beautiful lady who goes by the nickname Abi. Come on ladies and gents, give her a warm applause and visit her blog at Abilicious :)

Nokia 6680 has arrived!

I received a Nokia 6680 the other day. Beautiful phone, I was long overdue for a new Series 60 phone. The 6680 is the update to the 6630, I've been told. First impressions, it feels sturdy. The screen is amazing. The chrome looks very professional. I'm really digging it.

I am still getting familiar with it, but a couple of quick notices. First, you do not need a SIM card in the phone to boot it up and get to the interface and applications. This always bugged me about old Series 60. Secondly, the phone comes with a file manager and a way to increase the backlight timeout. These two things probably aren't new to this phone, but the version of Series 60. That is probably old news. The camera takes very good looking pictures, although I haven't tried to really look at the quality or even print one out. I like the new quick launch bar on the home screen (Windows Mobile has this and it is very nice). Although I still think the home screen can be better designed and utilized more. There are a couple of more under-the-hood type things I've noticed too, buried deep in the settings. Haven't tried the MP3 player yet, nor the voice commands. Will do that sometime later. I need to take a look at the new "Web" browser, used to be the "services" browser. I like the name change. That is probably old news as well.

More to come, but so far this Nokia 6680 rocks!

New nasty jap style backbox

yo yo yo don't mess with me!! Gotta a new backbox on my coupe` and now you can eat my dust :) More $$$ spent on my coupe` but what the hell, we only live once!

Now I can boast not only of having a very powerful low pitched deep bass roar coming out when I push the gas pedal, but also of a slight increase in horse power since the exhaust system was upgraded to a straight backbox.

Pimp ma ride!!

High Friday next Sunday

High Friday, a non-established, pop/funk Maltese band, will be playing next Sunday at BJ's at around 10.30pm. Entrance is free and good music is guaranteed. I will be accompanying the band on bass.

GT4 addiction continued..

Just finished from a 4hr GT4 match... Managed to get my Mazda Lantis coupe` finally :) hooray!! By tweaking the color and the wheels at the GT auto shop, i managed to make it perfectly similar to my coupe`.

In the meantime I'm experimenting a bit with the photo-to-USB memory feature of PS2.

Eddie Guerrero 1967 - 2005

On November 13, 2005, Guerrero was found dead in his hotel room in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Marriott City Center Hotel. later released the following announcement:

"WWE is deeply saddened by the news that Eddie Guerrero has passed away. He was found dead this morning in his hotel room in Minneapolis. Eddie is survived by his wife Vickie and daughters Shaul, 14, Sherilyn, 9, and Kaylie Marie, 3."

On the day of his death, he was set to face Batista and Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Championship on November 13 taping of Friday Night SmackDown! to air on November 18. It was highly speculated that he was to win the title that night and hence walk out World Heavyweight Champion for the 1st time (his first major title reign was in February 2004 as the WWE Champion), a rumor fueled by the fact that current champion Batista is scheduled to have surgery.

GT4 Addiction

Ok don't laugh at me. Last Monday I played the playstation for the first time. It didn't took me that much to get used to the joypad. The first game I played with my brother was GT4.

At the moment I'm pissed off because my Mazda Lantis coupe` does not appear in the car list. My friend told me that I have to traverse some more levels in single player mode until I can get hold of this car. So there's still hope...

Sonar with Dell Laptops

My work colleagues have introduced me to Sonar Cakewalk music software. I think everyone knows that this software rocks.

Unfortunately Dell laptop owners (such as Latitude and Inspiron) will experience Audio Driver problems when using the Sonar software. I found that by going into Options/Audio/Advanced and setting Driver Mode to MME will solve the problem. Remember to restart the software after any changes made.

If you still don't have sound, go back to Options/Audio/General and change the Playback Timing Master from None to the Sigma Tel C-Major Audio, hit OK, and finally restart.

Top Gear 2005 survey results

The results have been posted in the Top Gear website. Very Interesting survey showing customer satisfaction.

Best manufacturers: Lexus, Skoda, Honda, Mazda, Toyota
Worst manufacturers: Peugeot, Fiat, Renault, Citroen, Mercedes

Best car: Honda s2000
Worst Car: Peugeot 807

Sony XCP technology frozen

WASHINGTON -- Stung by continuing criticism, the world's second-largest music label, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, promised Friday to temporarily suspend making music CDs with antipiracy technology that can leave computers vulnerable to hackers.

Sony defended its right to prevent customers from illegally copying music but said it will halt manufacturing CDs with the "XCP" technology as a precautionary measure. "We also intend to re-examine all aspects of our content protection initiative to be sure that it continues to meet our goals of security and ease of consumer use," the company said in a statement.

Sony's announcement came one day after leading security companies disclosed that hackers were distributing malicious programs over the internet that exploited the antipiracy technology's ability to avoid detection. Hackers discovered they can effectively render their programs invisible by using names for computer files similar to ones cloaked by the Sony technology.

After being critisized, Sony made available a software patch that removed the technology's ability to avoid detection. It also made more broadly available its instructions on how to remove the software permanently. Customers who remove the software are unable to listen to the music CD on their computer.

Home for future reference

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my humble room inside cyberspace. More than a website, this is a blog, which is intended to become a place for my personal rants and ravings related to all kinds of activities I'm involved in: music, films, sports, information technology, life in general, etc. I'll provide criticism and commentary on whatever I happen to be watching, or discuss any general news or issues that arouse my interest. You will probably see that I will post many technical notes and references related to my work (unix, oracle, information security etc...) This is for me most of all, but if readers find my thoughts interesting or if I can point people in the direction of little known tricks or steer them from trash, all the better.

Writing is a healthy habit, and a public venue is a nice motivation for quality control. I'll endeavor to post frequently and create a nice little home for my thoughts. Feel free to click on the 'comments' link to give me feedback on whatever posts you find appealing.