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Sonos System Revived

Since I had some spare time today, I decided to try Volker’s tips to revive my halfways broken Sonos setup. My problem was that one player wouldn’t show up at all while a second one would drop from the network after five to 15 minutes. While I was on it i decided to clean out the ZP100 because it tended to get a bit too warm for my liking. Actually there was nothing to clean out so I guess I have to live with it.

After that was done I found that I had to upgrade both of my switches – the main GS716T as well the GS108T in the office – to new firmware releases to be able to set the SPT priority. A major obstacle there was the fact that to update the switch you need to use Internet Explorer so I had to first install XP in a virtual machine before I could actually upgrade the switches. Not nice from Netgear. Since this isn’t documented anywhere it took me a while to figure that one out.


I then disconnected all Zone Players from the network and from their power source. Then I reconnected the ZP100 in my office. Once that one showed up in the Sonos Controller I reconnected the ZP80s in the living room and in my room. Until now no more dropouts or missing players. I’m a happy camper again ;)


Move it, move it (a.k.a. “Screw it up the IBM way”)

I work with web sites for a living. I give them a place to live, I trash them when they’re no longer needed and I also move them. And believe me, moving a site is the trickiest of the jobs. But in all of my professional life, I’ve never ever seen a blunder like this (output shortened for brevity):

crow:~$ dig developer.lotus.com
; < <>> DiG 9.6.0-APPLE-P2 < <>> developer.lotus.com
;developer.lotus.com.		IN	A

developer.lotus.com.	127	IN	CNAME		0	IN	A

Really. Did they outsource the last thinking person in their networking department? Ok, maybe they fixed it and the change just hasn’t trickled down. So let’s try a different approach (again, shortened:)

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Remove outdated languages from Ubuntu’s Firefox

Always on the bleeding edge I like to use beta versions of upcoming Ubuntu releases. This sometimes poses a little problem: More often than not, there come outdated language definitions with Firefox, causing some minor annoyances.
The biggest annoyance of which is that you just can’t seem to delete those offending addons:


The solution, albeit simple, is harder to find:

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Real Internet Gaming

An attack by a Chinese online game provider meant to cripple the servers of its rivals ballooned to cause an Internet outage in much of the country in May.

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H1N1 FluTracker

If you’re interested in the progress of the H1N1 swine flu, you might want to check out the Rhizalabs site. They even offer some code to integrate the tracker into other sites. However, said code is utterly broken for they keep regenerating the page with using timestamped names whenever updated numbers arrive. To fix this, you might want to use this little snippet of PHP code:

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Open Source inspires Open Music

When O Teatro Magico sell CDs at their shows, they remind buyers “you can download the music for free on the internet, you know” yet people buy their disks by the 100s of 1000s. In fact, they are one of the top selling bands and top-grossing club acts in Brazil. And they do this by giving their audience what they want, not telling their audience what to do.


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Safari 4 Privacy Issues

As C. Harwick found out, Safari 4 leaves a messy trail of what it did. Or, to be more precise, of what you did while using Safari 4.

Those of you who’ve been trying out the new Safari 4 beta – at least on the Mac, though I imagine you could find similar data trails on the Windows version too – have no doubt been impressed at its shiny new features. But if you’re a stickler for disk space like I am, or a stickler for privacy (or, heaven help you, both), Safari’s poor housekeeping is quite alarming.


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Yes, that’s why we use SVN

How to use SVN productively - Not

How to use SVN productively - Not

Why bother with descriptions? You can always go back some arbitrary number of versions.


Shakes & Fidget

Shakes and Fidget If you’re a bit into computer games and especially the RPGs, you’ll love Shakes & Fidget – even if the current online selection is somewhat crippled by recent actions of Activision Blizzard. Still: A must-read.

The EVA 9150 has landed

eva9150_photoweb_lowresToday seems to be toy day. Right after the Tamron another parcel service delivered the EVA 9150 (aka Digital Entertainer Elite). Since I already own the EVA 8000 with which I’m quite happy, I’m very interested in the improvements the EVA 9150 will have.

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Amazon Web Service Introduce Monitoring, Auto Scaling, Load Balancing

aws_logoToday Amazon Web Services announced a set of three new services that are targeted mostly at largs scale customers: Monitoring, Auto Scaling, Load Balancing.

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The Truth About Working In The IT Industry

  1. We work weird (night) shifts…
    Just like prostitutes.
  2. They pay you to make the client happy…
    Just like a prostitute.
  3. The client pays a lot of money, but your employer
    keeps almost every penny…
    Just like a prostitute.
  4. You are rewarded for fulfilling the client’s dreams…
    Just like a prostitute.
  5. Your friends fall apart and you end up hanging out
    with people in the same profession as you…
    Just like a prostitute.
  6. When you have to meet the client you always have to
    be perfectly groomed…
    Just like a prostitute.
  7. But when you go back home it seems like you are
    coming back from hell…
    Just like a prostitute.
  8. The client always wants to pay less but expects
    incredible things from you…
    Just like a prostitute.
  9. When people ask you about your job, you have
    difficulties to explain it…
    Just like a prostitute.
  10. Everyday when you wake up, you say: “I’m not going
    to spend the rest of my life doing this.”
    Just like a prostitute …


Android to grow faster than iPhone in 2009?

The number of phones shipped using Google’s Android platform is set to grow much faster than the iPhone this year, estimates from Strategy Analytics maintain today.


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Rip, Store and Stream

ripnasJust found the RipNAS system on the web. The concept sounds interesting: Use 2.5″ notebook HDDs together with an Intel Atom CPU and plenty of RAM, add a CD-ROM drive and you get your noiseless automatic ripping station.

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Google Language Detector

google_language_detecorJust stumbled upon this while trying to get some meaning out of a recent comment: Google not only offers the Google Translator but also has a tool for Language Detection. Worked quite well for me.