The Nikki Car

imageHas been donated to Kids Under Cover, which was a fitting thing to happen to it.

It was the second Nikki car. The first one was stolen. I called it the Nikki Car as it was her transport to the vet hospital for treatment. And for walks down the beach and the park.

After Nikki passed, I hung onto the car, more out of the fact that it was easier than dealing with the hassle of selling it.

But with the rego coming up again this June, and me not using the car much since I live in inner-Melbourne, I filled in the Donate Your Car form, and the Nikki Car was picked up this morning.

I’ll miss the memories.

Saturday link roundup.

Open House Melbourne is on the 26/27th July.
Open House Melbourne is a not-for-profit association that runs annual events providing the public a free and rare opportunity to discover a hidden wealth of architectural, engineering and historic buildings nestled around the city.

Trike bike

Melbourne Animal Rescue
Melbourne Animal Rescue Incorporated (MAR) is a not-for-profit organisation in Melbourne, Australia. Since our inception in July 2010, we have responsibly rescued and rehoused over 600 dogs and cats.

Cameleon Chain Oiler
Offers hours of riding without having to worry about frequent lubrications. It is crucial to use an electronic and automatic system reknowned for its consistency, stability and durability in extreme conditions. The cost effective aspect is as important to the occasional traveller as it is to the rider who just can’t get enough.

How to make a paracord bracelet

That Futon Bed I Have

mid-set 2 Was purchased from Back To Bed.

I’ve been very happy, good quality and great price.

When I moved, I lost the bolts which connects the headboard to the base.

Back To Bed Store - St Kilda So I gave the St Kilda store a call, explained the problem, and they said they would get back to me.

A day later they called back and said they had some, and I could have them for the price of FREE.

Very happy.

On having a Mind Like Water and STOPing

125314079_art-poster-print---zen-moment---artist-colin-anderson--- As part of the Getting Things Done methodology, David Allen talks about the martial arts concept of having a Mind Like Water.  I was talking to a friend the other day about it.  I mangled the quote at the time Jules, so here is the actual quote:

Imagine throwing a peddle into a still pond.  How does the water respond?  The answer is, totally appropriately to the force and mass of the input; then it returns to calm.  It doesn’t over-react or under-react.
- David Allen

Zendictive has a better version of the parable.  And some advice on controlling feelings.

STOPing.
From Zen Psychiatry, the STOP acronym:
Stop when you realise you’re about to get hijacked by your reaction.
Take a Breath
Observe how your body is reacting.
Proceed when you’ve done the first three (STO)

Old versions of Samba, and Windows Vista / 7 / 8

samba-logo-v1-200x154 The customer reported a problem with our Windows 7 desktop.

Unable to delete the top level folder with Windows 7, but it works with Windows XP.  It must be something you’ve done to Windows 7.

Ok, well the “must be something you’ve done to Windows 7” was unspoken, but that’s where they going to next.

I admit I didn’t do a whole lot of investigating.  In fact all I did a simple Google search “samba vista top level folder”, and the answer is that it was fixed in Samba release 3.0.24.  Which was released SEVEN YEARS AGO.

“Why didn’t you do a lot of investigation?”, I hear you ask.

Because I’m aware that the version of Samba that the customer is using, is so old, it doesn’t even support encrypted passwords.

That picture looks odd …

Subscribe girl I was looking at the picture on the right, and was thinking, there’s something wrong with it.

But I didn’t know what.

So I did a check on TinEye*, and found several close matches.

This one is the closest, it’s from shutterstock.
stock-photo-cheerful-young-adult-pointing-on-a-blank-illustration-14162329

By the looks of it, the first image was rotated left, so the display board was level; and it has been cropped.

* yes, I wrote about TinEye 3 years ago.  I’m still impressed with the service.

Getting a list of users in an AD Group. using Vbscript.

I much prefer using Quest to do this (see this post), but I needed to use Vbscript as I had to output the results into an Excel spreadsheet.

If you look around the internet, you’ll find plenty of examples of how to do that.

But when I ran the following code on my system, it failed:
For Each objUser in objGroup.Members
    Wscript.Echo "Name: " & objUser.DisplayName
    Wscript.Echo "Department: " & objUser.department
    Wscript.Echo "Street address: " & objUser.streetAddress
    Wscript.Echo "Title: " & objUser.title
    Wscript.Echo "Description: " & objUser.description
    Wscript.Echo “Account Disabled?: “ & objUser.AccountDisabled
    Wscript.Echo
Next

After much head scratching, I realised that another AD Group was a member of the current group, AND AD Groups do not have a AccountDisabled attribute.

The solution was to check the class attribute to see if the group member was a “user” or something else.
For Each objUser in objGroup.Members
    Wscript.Echo "Name: " & objUser.DisplayName
    Wscript.Echo "Department: " & objUser.department
    Wscript.Echo "Street address: " & objUser.streetAddress
    Wscript.Echo "Title: " & objUser.title
    Wscript.Echo "Description: " & objUser.description
    If LCase(objUser.class) = “user” Then
        Wscript.Echo “Account Disabled?: “ & objUser.AccountDisabled
    Else
        Wscript.Echo “I am a AD Group. “
    End If
    Wscript.Echo
Next

References:
How Can I Return Information For Each Member in a Group? (Hey Scripting Guy! Blog)
User Attributes – Inside Active Directory by Sakari Kouti
Active Directory Explorer by Sysinternals

Configuring DNS Suffix Search List via Group Policy

DNS Suffix Search List It seemed like a good idea at the time, configure the DNS Suffix Search List centrally so everyone gets the same thing.

The wheels fell off when I went to configure the 15th domain suffix.  The DNS Suffix Search List Group Policy accepted the value, but the desktop client wasn’t reading it.

The reason I needed to add another prefix, was that an off-site internal website, http://Noddyhome, was not resolving.  It was working if the customer typed in the fully qualified domain name, http://Noddyhome.othergroup.internal.beatfeet.com

After much head scratching, it looks as if there is a 200 character limit to that policy.  “othergroup.internal.beatfeet.com“ just wouldn’t fit.

The fix?  We used the GlobalNames Zone feature of Windows 2008.

References:
Setting DNS Suffix Search List via GPO (Ryan Adams Blog)

R4-2 speed derestriction sign

When I was growing up, there was a set of these signs on a country road just outside of town.  I always took it to mean that you could hoon along at any speed.
Unrestrict

What they actually meant was that you could travel at the upmost speed limit for the state (100 kp/h where I was).

At one time, before we got speed limits on the open road, they actually meant you can drive at any speed you wanted, provided it was safe to do so.  You don’t get to see these signs much anymore …