Archive for the 'FAIL' Category

Fun with Supermicro motherboard serial headers

Friday, June 19th, 2015

or, “LOL, standards” TL;DR: Most motherboards have a serial header in an IDC-10 (5×2 pins) arrangement with the pins as a row of even numbered pins (2,4,6,8,X) followed by a row of odd numbered pins (1,3,5,7,9). Supermicro ones appear to have the pins in sequential order (6,7,8,9,X and then 1,2,3,4,5). As a result a standard […]

Firefox, Ubuntu and middlemouse.contentLoadURL

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

I use Firefox web browser, currently on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. For many years I have set the config option middlemouse.contentLoadURL to true so that middle clicking anywhere in the page (that does not accept input) will load the URL that is in my clipboard. After restarting my web browser somewhere near the end of January […]

Dear System Integrators, a few words about screwing

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Right, System Integrators – those companies that buy components from Supermicro et al and build you a server out of them. You guys seem to have a bit of a fascination with screwing. Screwing things in as tight as you can. Please stop. It’s 100% true that vibration of components like hard disks is bad. […]

Did anyone else get this spam to an address they gave to Red Hat?

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

On November 2nd I received this spam: (some headers removed; is my censored email address) Received: from ([]) by with esmtp (Exim 4.72) (envelope-from <;) id 1RLikr-00070I-6U for; Wed, 02 Nov 2011 21:53:57 +0000 Received: from [] ( []) by (Postfix) with ESMTP id 6B324181CFF for <>; Wed, 2 Nov […]

My email marketing adventure with British Telecom

Friday, August 5th, 2011

The saga so far I have a phone line from BT. I only use it for ADSL (which I get from Zen Internet). I gave my email address to BT because they offered to tell me useful things about my account via email. I now wish I had never done this. I use extension addresses […]

Domain name as hostname not recommended

Friday, June 10th, 2011

I had an interesting support ticket yesterday. Someone was trying to do an apt-get update via BitFolk‘s apt cache and was ending up connecting to 2607:f0d0:1003:85::c40a:2942, where it was failing to update. This is not a BitFolk IPv6 address, nor is it the IPv6 address of a Debian mirror. Where was it coming from? I’d […]

Which site’s database got sold/leaked?

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Earlier today I received several emails of the form: Return-path: Envelope-to: Delivery-date: Wed, 01 Jun 2011 00:58:02 +0000 Received: from ([] by with esmtp (Exim 4.69) (envelope-from <>) id 1QRZl3-0006v3-06 for; Wed, 01 Jun 2011 00:58:02 +0000 Received: from IMPmailhost3.adm.correo ([]) by with bizsmtp id qQYS1g01y2h2L9m3MQlr7A; Wed, 01 […]

Clue- Become Compliant

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

A nice email from Tuscany Networks in my inbox the other day: Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 13:19:36 +0000 From: marketing To: <elided> Subject: DNSSEC- Become Compliant Reply-To: Your email client cannot read this email. To view it online, please go here: <URL elided> To stop receiving these emails:<URL elided> So what happened here? […]

Feltham Airparcs leisure centre FAIL

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Feltham Airparcs leisure centre has for the last 2 weeks — and ongoing — closed at 4pm, instead of 10pm, because the emergency lighting doesn’t work. The actual lighting works fine, it’s just that if the lighting did fail then there’d be no emergency lights directing the shallow end of the gene pool to safety. […]