Declude is De-stupid

I got this bounce message caused by a virus, which I'm guessing I didn't cause. It came back because my domain was used as the sender. Full headers weren't included so I can't be sure where it actually originated. That's part of my problem. But read the email and hopefully you'll see why I now hate Declude. That's right. They're officially on my not-invited-to-parties list.

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Manual route override in Exim 3

Ever heard of publicaster.com? Yeah, me neither. Apparently one of our customers has as he attempted to send an email to them last week. Unfortunately, it got stuck in the queue because of a combination between a weird configuration in publicaster.com's DNS and Exim 3.

Hotmail *does* care

The other day I received a spam message from a Hotmail account. What was surprising was that this was from the actual hotmail account, not forged. Not really being interested in 240kg worth of CASH, I instead forwarded the message to Hotmail abuse. I got a response today that they had shut down the offending account. For some reason that just made me feel like there still is good in the world, even at Microsoft.

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Sausage Cheese Bread

I was watching Emeril last week (yeah, I know. I promise it's not a normal occurance) and saw a great recipe for a sausage and cheese stuffed bread. Actually, the recipe was pretty poor. I had to make it up as I went along but that was fun too. Of course, that means that you'll have to do the same since I didn't take time to measure everything either.

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Windows application defaults

I've got an account on a Windows 2000 Terminal Services machine at work. For some reason it won't allow me to change the file associations. I need to change the program that opens EML files, which are Outlook Express mail files. Since generally I'm looking at this mail because it's spam or viruses, there's no way I'm letting Outlook Express come within 10 feet of it. That would just be an invitation for disaster.

So here's how to change the file assocation via the registry instead.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.eml

Add a new String Value with name "Application". For the data, put the name of the program you'd prefer to use, such as "gvim.exe".

That's all it takes. Pretty cryptic, huh?

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make_server_info_info3: pdb_init_sam failed!

I converted a few Samba 3.0 servers from doing local authentication to using our primary domain controller. I'm not quite sure why, but I thought it would be fun. It seemed to work but every time I would try to connect I would get this error:

[2005/05/16 14:11:15, 0] auth/auth_util.c:make_server_info_info3(1134)
make_server_info_info3: pdb_init_sam failed!

Took me a while to find the right answer on google, so I figured I'd preserve it here for posterity's sake. This post had the correct answer. It was because I was using a username map to map my name on the domain controller to the local *nix user name, which happened to be different. Apparently that's the message that means "unknown local user".

Gun Totin' Granny

I heard an interesting news story on the radio today about an 87 year-old woman in New Jersey who was arrested for bringing a concealed handgun to the courthouse. She had forgotten to move it to her trunk which she normally does.

Now the whole thing could have been completely avoided if she had never purchased the handgun in the first place. She really has no business carrying around a weapon like that, but not for the reason you might be thinking. I fully support gun ownership and self defense, but this lady is more dangerous, both to herself and others. The gun was in its original box and she admits that she's never used it. Well, how do you expect to hit even the broad side of a barn, let alone a would-be assailant?

The Ultimate Spy Book

Title: The Ultimate Spy Book
Author: H. Keith Melton
Published: 1996 by DK Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 0-7894-0443-5

Just over 2 weeks ago my local PBS affiliate, Idaho Public TV, started running a BBC show titled Spy. It's a reality show about 8 regular Brits who are going through spy training. Their instructors are former CIA and MI6 officers. So far it's been a really great show and I highly recommend you check your local listings.

So, I got really curious about how to be a spy. Not like I'm thinking of actually becoming a spy or anything, but I'm insatiably curious. And I want to be a spy. Oops, I hope the feds didn't hear that...

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The King of Torts

Title: The King of Torts
Author: John Grisham
Published: 2003 by Doubleday
ISBN: 0-385-50804-2

John Grisham is an excellent, and rich, writer so I was a little disappointed by the quality of this book. The last one I read was The Rainmaker and it was a lot better. It did finally end better than I expected, which I was grateful for, of course, but the middle of the book was rather lacking.

The story is about Clay Carter, a D.C. lawyer stuck in a low paying job as a public defender. It's a job he's been working for 5 years since he passed the bar, but not one that he's enjoyed at any point along the way. He has the bleak resposibility to deal with the worst part of society, and in a city where crime is a major occurance no less. To think that only a few years ago he had such grand plans of graduating from Georgetown and going into practice with his father.

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