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Outlook 2002 Contacts CSV to vCard via Bash & Awk

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Yes, I know you can import stuff easily into ‘the cloud’ – I don’t care to share my contacts (directly) with any ‘cloud vendor’; I simply want to move my contacts from my old Cellphone to my new Android phone. Exporting a contact list from Outlook (Ancient version, 2002) is simple using CSV (comma separated Continue reading →

BSD Milter-greylist smfi_main error – won’t start after ‘system upgrade’

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Ok, you have a system that you partially manage (the ISP updates/installs ‘system’ level goodies like networking, foundation email binaries, system level libraries, etc.) All works well for months (or longer) and then, you start getting SPAM from Country ZZ (which you are sure you ‘banned’ using milter-greylist.)  Hmm..  In my, case I also get Continue reading →

Privacy is not an option, is it?

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

TED Talks are always full of interested/informative/thought-proviking/useful content – here are a few links from 2012.  This list is a bit security/privacy biased but a finish with simply being creative… 7/2012 – some very interesting Geo-political points (impacts of social media & how governments deal with it – or not…) http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_anti_behind_the_great_firewall_of_china.html Weibo (Chinese Twitter clone) Continue reading →

Reading DS18B20 Temperature sensors with DigiTemp

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Over the past several months I have collected quite a number of temperature readings from a custom sensor network.  I started with ~30 sensors and maxed out at ~42 sensors (due to limitations/quirks of 1-Wire protocol/networks.)  For background on this project visit the related posts. I am using Digitemp because it simply works – but Continue reading →

Fedora Linux – using Sound via Cron

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

As a ‘logged in user’, playing a sound file (i.e. *.WAV or other audio file format) is really quite simple on Linux systems – you need: hardware that can generate sound output, one or more speakers connected to output ports, and software to read/render the auditory data. I have been using Fedora for several years Continue reading →

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