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Tiplet: no SNMP replies? Fix broken SNMP responses in Windows Server 2008, Windows 8

I encountered a weird problem on a Windows Server 2008 R2 install which had dual NICs on the same physical network (different subnets, DNS and gateways) - you could interrogate its SNMP agent and you wouldn't get a response even though the right community was set and you might initially see it working properly! This borkage would happen indefinitely after […]

My keyboard had a hairball...

Once upon a time, I received the gift of my first very own PC from doting parents. Whilst this was long after getting my first computer (the first was an amazing Acorn A3000, fondly called "The Beast") I still remember the PC's specs well: a Pentium III 450 (on a riser card!), Voodoo Banshee, 128 MB of blazing SDRAM and a […]

I thought 64-bit OSes were supposed to solve this...?

This machine has 4 gigabytes of addressable RAM, is running a 64-bit OS and native x64 code. However, it also wants to behave like it's a 32-bit OS. Anybody know why? (no bonus points for suggesting I don't use IE9, this was an unfortunate necessity at the time)

Tiplet: monitor realtime web site traffic on a Linux server with tmux and tail

I run a VPS which has numerous sites on it. Whilst I was trying to pin down the root cause of sporadic hard lockups and runaway memory usage, I settled on a somewhat inefficient (yet very handy) line of code which I run inside a tmux session over a PuTTY SSH connection (two other panes run iftop and watch --interval=0.1 […]

The Three Year Review: Zoom H2 portable field recorder (pros and cons)

After reading a DV247 Magazine article comparing a dozen or so different hand-held digital recorders, I wrote a longish post adding my own experiences of the device (I've been a Zoom H2 owner for several years and I think it's a great little device. However I doubt my comment will ever be approved on their blog, so I thought I'd […]