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Remote View Headless Server (TTY)

If you need to view what’s happening on another TTY on your headless linux box, you can SSH in, su, and then do: tail -f /dev/vcs1 This will enable you to see what’s happening on the headless TTY on your local screen. There’s a utility called “screen” that is similar, but the above trick works […]

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Outlook: Expand IMAP Folders

If you use Outlook 2007 with IMAP and Exchange, you have probably noticed that every time you restart Outlook you have to re-expand your IMAP folders to see whether you have any new messages in your IMAP inboxes. When you’re used to Exchange and push mail, this can lead to a frustrating problem because I […]

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Outlook 2007 Menu Font

If you installed Outlook 2007 and you hate the menu font, it’s probably because you don’t like Cleartype. I can’t stand it. And it’s bad enough that in order to get rid of that hideous Segoe UI font in Outlook 2007 you have to change it in about 5 places. I can’t even remember them […]

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Roomba Battery Replacement

The battery in our trusty Roomba Scheduler went kaput after about 2 years of use (not bad). It wouldn’t hold a charge; the Roomba would run for about 10 minutes and then quit. I looked on Amazon and found some battery replacement options; the usual APS batteries for $50-$80, or an interesting option: a Tenergy […]

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1234567890

I wrote a little one-liner to celebrate the epoch time of 1234567890, reached at approximately 3:30 PST on Friday, February 13, 2009. Here’s the code: perl -e “print \`clear\`; print \”Starting at: \” . \`date\`; while (1) { \$exclaim = ”; if (time() == 1234567890) { \$exclaim = \” FTW\!\!\!\”; } print time() . \$exclaim […]

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Autodiscover for Microsoft Exchange

Let’s say you have a hosted exchange account somewhere and you’re using mail forwarding rather than MX records to push your email to their servers. And you’re getting errors like these in Outlook’s Sync Issues folder: 16:59:02 Synchronizer Version 12.0.4518 16:59:02 Synchronizing Mailbox ‘YOURNAME’ 16:59:02 Done 16:59:07 Microsoft Exchange offline address book 16:59:07 Not downloading […]