This post describes a solution for the problem when a magic trackpad connect connect to OS X after un-pairing. After having multiple issues with the trackpad, I un-paired the device, hoping when I re-paired it, the erratic behavior would go away. Unfortunately, the computer was unable to discover the Magic Trackpad. The solution rests within the […]

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With all the knowledge I gathered about authentication for sendmail and SMTP, I could not explain why the authentication mechanism was always empty (see the second line below). This always preceded the “authinfo failed” message and resulted in messages of “Service unavailable.” AUTH=client, relay=smtp.gmail.com [74.125.29.108], authinfo failed AUTH=client, relay=smtp.gmail.com, mech=, bits=0 It turns out that a […]

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While scanning my web server logs, I noticed activity that should not be there. An IP lookup showed the offender to be Microsoft. As I dug around more, I realized what was happening – as I type (or even view) an email message in Outlook 365 in the browser, Microsoft (in this case at IP 132.245.113.236) […]

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It is time to resurface the epicblog. Unfortunately, much of the previous content is long gone, but thanks to the Internet Archive, the original site is available at the wayback machine.

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The original HDHomeRun plug-in for Plex Media Server no longer works on the later versions of Plex and V2 is still in need of work. Thanks to those on the PlexApp forums, especially enduser, I am able to easily generate a quick work-around until the plug-in can be finished. The work around involves creating .strm […]

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I have a number of virtual machines running on a very stable Hyper-V 2008 R2 machine. Yesterday’s reboot of my instances to accomodate Windows Update left only my 64-bit Windows 7 instance without a network connection. No amount of fiddling within the instance could restore it. After much frustration I finally removed the Network Adapter […]

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Although not an avid Angry Birds player, my 3yo son is and has told me that the red bird does indeed do something when the screen is tapped. In fact, when he told me what happens, I had a difficult time believing it, even when trying it multiple times myself. But now, it is crystal […]

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The following post was originally from Jan 8, 2011, but it is one that still receives a lot of hits so I am reposting. As a long time friend of linux’s itables command, I mistakenly assumed that trying to port forward on Windows Server 2008 R2 would be just as easy. After quite a long […]

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I was successfully able to install MySQL 5.5 on OS X 10.6 according to the following steps. Download MySQL Community Server 5.5.8 for Mac OS X. I chose to download Mac OS X ver. 10.6 (x86, 64-bit), DMG Archive. The DMG archive is nice as it has a startup package that installs a MySQL control […]

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