Archive for May, 2005

google desktop search

May 31, 2005

Google Desktop Search is the most time saving, useful program I have used in a while. Today I was looking for some info from an email that I couldn’t find in Outlook. I typed it into gds and it found it immediately, but not in Outlook. It was a cached webmail page from an old server that we don’t use anymore. The email came in during our transition and never got downloaded into Outlook. Impressive!

It works similar to the locate function in *nix by indexing everything on your PC to provide immediate search results. The index folder (C:\Documents and Settings\{user}\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Google Desktop Search) appears to be just under 500MB and the program itself uses about 8MB while idle.

updated nuvola mythtv theme

May 25, 2005

There has been a bunch of hits on my site for this theme lately thanks to Fredrik Karlsson, so I figured I would release an update. I have been using it like this for a while, just never got around to bundling it up. I changed a few of the icons and am using a different font.
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a better spam solution?

May 17, 2005

We have been testing out Postini the last couple of days and have definitely had some unexpected road bumps. The idea is that you change your MX records to point to Postini where all your mail is scrubbed, then sent to your mail server, but…

  1. Postini can only send unauthenticated SMTP traffic which won’t fly at our current hosting company. We are currently in the process of moving to another host that is willing to whitelist the Postini IP range.
  2. Spammers don’t follow the rules of MX records. Postini recommends setting up your first four MX records to point to their servers and a fifth that is yours in case their systems go down. We are figuring out that spammers will send to any MX record you have despite its priority. We just removed our mail server from the MX records for our domain.
  3. Spammers don’t even neccessarily use MX records. They can guess at it just as easily from your domain name. The only way around this is to blacklist any SMTP traffic that does not come from Postini which will prove to be difficult on a shared server.

I imagine these problems are common to anyone with a similar service, but they would have been nice to know ahead of time. I’ll post more as we work through it.

xp system process using 99% cpu

May 2, 2005

Came across a computer with System using 99% of the CPU. All google turned up was Trend Micro’s snafu last week. Using Process Explorer from Sysinternals I looked into what threads were running under the System process and saw usbport.sys hogging all the CPU cycles. I used process of elimination to find which USB Root Hub was causing it by disabling them one at a time. I remember one of the ports not recognizing devices properly in the past. It must have been causing the problem.