Monthly Archives: July 2013

Network Speed Test with SCP

If you’re looking for a basic network speed test, one classic method is to use a basic file transfer protocol to send random large files back-and-forth. If you’re working with Linux systems and SSH is enabled, you can use the … Continue reading

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Gestures in Bad User Interface Design

If you’re following recent developments in consumer computer technology, you have noticed the recent trends by leading software companies to incorporate “gestures” into program and system user interfaces. Some of these gestures are familiar, obvious, intuitive, and relatively safe to … Continue reading

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Cisco IOS *Not* Secure By Default

This should not be a surprise to other network administrators out there, but the Cisco IOS network device operating system is *not* secure by default. You need to make sure to take extra steps to lock your device down for … Continue reading

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SQL Server Emergency Mode Repair

SQL Server databases can become badly damaged if a storage system crashes or write operations are not delivered to the disk. In order to recover from database corruption, the best remedy is a good backup and recovery solution. Popular systems … Continue reading

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Diff for Windows – WinMerge

As the most prolific operating system in business, Microsoft Windows is in need of a good file comparison tool. The standard “fc” file compare command-line utility is included with each Windows system. A GUI file-comparison tool called “windiff” is included … Continue reading

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IPv6 to Fragment or Not to Fragment

As the world prepares to deploy and use IPv6, the IETF is apparently still debating some of the standards related to the “new” IP protocol. In particular, there is a debate about whether fragmentation should be allowed or not. An … Continue reading

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Cygwin Default Terminal mintty

As a Linux user on Windows, I often want my familiar Linux shell environment and programs to solve everyday problems or work some quick command-line magic. One thing that always bugged me about Cygwin and the Windows command-line was the … Continue reading

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