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Windows usage is mostly an occupational hazard for access to tools such as Microsoft Visio, VMware vSphere, proprietary VPN software, XenCenter, etc. We tend to use it on an as-needed basis via Parallels on macOS.
For a virtual machine with very little software, the assigned 60GB drive was full. Windows doesn’t display folder sizes in its File Explorer and so TreeSize Free proved a very useful tool for locating the space hogs.
This led me to a system and hidden directory:
\Windows\Installer. It had amassed 30GB or orphaned update files. 50% of my allocated space. To clear this up, PatchCleaner worked a charm.
Turned out to be very useful during a recent RMA maintenance window:
sudo launchctl load -F /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/tftp.plist
sudo launchctl start com.apple.tftpd
The default tftp file path is
/private/tftpboot.Â [Original source]
You can stop it with:
sudo launchctl unload -F /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/tftp.plist
And, speaking of tftp – there are someÂ interesting projects on GitHub: hooktftp, php-tftpserver and ptftpd.
Some useful links originating from a repository on today’sÂ GitHub explore:
- Premailer – “For the best HTML e-mail delivery results, CSS should be inline. This is a huge pain and a simple newsletter becomes un-managable very quickly. This script is our solution.”
- mailgun/transactional-email-templates – Transactional HTML emails often get neglected.Â Styling HTML email is painful. Tables, inline CSS, unsupported CSS, desktop clients, web clients, mobile clients, various devices, various providers.
Weâ€™ve tried to remove some of the pain for you and open-sourced a collection of common templates for transactional email.
- Litmus – Test and track your emails.
- leemunroe/grunt-email-designÂ – Designing and testing emails is a pain. HTML tables, inline CSS, various devices and clients to test, and varying support for the latest web standards. This grunt task helps simplify things at the design stage.
- mailchimp/email-blueprints -Â Email Blueprints is a collection of HTML email templates that can serve as a solid foundation and starting point for the design of emails.
At Open Solutions, we tend to undertake a lot of fixed price contracts to develop web applications. In fact, clients usually insist on fixed price contracts as they want to know in advance what the bill will be.
However, fixed price contracts have big negatives for both parties:
- for the client, a fixed price contract can often limit them to their earliest ideas. Now, as a service provider, we want to be flexible and so we’re happy to chop and change as a project develops. But, this leads to:
- for the service provider, if change and revision requests are not carefully managed agreedÂ and billed for, the service provider could very quickly end up making a loss on the contract and thus find themselves in the position of funding their clients project!
To this end, we’ve recently been reviewing various web development contracts and have found some nice inspiration for basing our own on.
Following the success of Killer Contract, Andy wrote a plain language NDAÂ (also available as a Gist).
The Court of Justice of the European Union today declared the Data Retention Directive invalid in a joint case brought by Digital Rights Ireland and an Austrian group. This is a great win by privacy advocates against a law that was over reaching, uncontained and unsafe. The courts own press release is a short three page read but some of the key elements include (all emphasis theirs):
- the dataÂ “may provide very precise information on the private lives of the persons whose data are retained, such as the habits of everyday life, permanent or temporary places of residence, daily or other movements, activities carried out, social relationships and the social environments frequented”;
- “the directive interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data“
- “the directive covers, in a generalised manner, all individuals, all means of electronicÂ communication and all traffic data without any differentiation, limitation or exception beingÂ made in the light of the objective of fighting against serious crime”
- “the directive fails to lay down any objective criterion which would ensure that theÂ competent national authorities have access to the data and can use them only for the purposes ofÂ prevention, detection or criminal prosecutions concerning offences that … may be considered to be sufficiently serious to justify such an interference” and “the directive does not lay down substantive and procedural conditions under which the competent national authorities may have access to the data and subsequently use them”
- “the directive does not provide for sufficient safeguards to ensure effective protection of the data against the risk of abuse and against any unlawful access and use of the data.”
- and, shockingly (if none of the above was shocking enought), “the directive does not require that the data be retained within the EU“.
This is indeed a good day for digital rights, privacy rights and common sense. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the volunteers at Digital Rights Ireland.
Some very useful RIPE database links that I was recently shown include:
Update 2019: we now use PrivateBin a lot. It is a self-hosted, minimalist, open source online pastebin where the server has zero knowledge of pasted data.
Pastebin has been a valuable tool for years – to the extent thatÂ pastebin it has entered the common lexicon of sysadmins, network engineers and developers.
There are, however, a few notable alternatives:
- GitHub Gists – what’s particularly cool about these is that each Gist (which is just pasted text) is also a fully fledged Git repository with versioning and the ability for fork. There’s also syntax highlighting and a nice UI. If you’re a GitHub user, your own Gists are also linked to your account.
- p.ip.fi – this scores big points for its pure simplicity. You’d argue that a pastebin doesn’t really need a complex UI and p.ip.fi is laudable in itsÂ complete lack of a UI. Just paste and hit Ctrl-S and you’re done. Very nice. (Credit to Nick for pointing this out).
- sprunge.us – this is a command line pastebin which should appeal directly to sysadmins and network engineers. (Credit to dnolan for leading me to this one). This is best demonstrated via an epic traceroute:
$ traceroute -m 60 184.108.40.206 | curl -F 'sprunge=<-' http://sprunge.us
Check out the result atÂ http://sprunge.us/THie.
This is updating an older article from October 2010. While Linux has come a long way since then for playing back various types of media (and new services such as tunein make it easier again), I still like to just play the radio from the command line.
The following are updating working aliases:
alias newstalk='cvlc http://newstalk.fmstreams.com:8008/listen.pls'
alias rteradio1='cvlc http://av.rasset.ie/av/live/radio/radio1.m3u'
alias rteradio1extra='cvlc http://av.rasset.ie/av/live/radio/radio1extra.m3u'
alias 2fm='cvlc http://av.rasset.ie/av/live/radio/2fm.m3u'
alias todayfm='cvlc http://audiostore.todayfm.com/audio/todayfmIRL_64K.asx'