AFP and SMB File Sharing on CentOS 7


This is a short tutorial on setting up file sharing services on CentOS 7. I primarily wanted to document the steps on setting up Apple Filing Protocol (AFP). However, Windows file sharing, aka Server Message Block (SMB), is even simpler, so I’ll go on to that as well. Ordinarily, these should be very simple tasks. However, CentOS 7 has changed a…

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15th System Administrator Appreciation Day


It’s Sysadmin Day today. Oh, I see, you don’t know what it’s about? Well, let me tell you. No, seriously, there is really such a day. It’s the most important 24 hours of the whole year to pay tribute to the heroic men and women who, come what may, keep the world going. They prevent IT disasters and put out tech…

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SonicGear Pandora 3 Review


Speakers are among our many other consumer gadgets that have gone wireless. Even if you put your speakers in a fixed place and run off mains power, Bluetooth wireless connectivity is still useful for streaming music from mobile devices. In this post, I’m going to look at SonicGear’s Pandora 3 Bluetooth speaker. First, a quick highlight of the Pandora 3′s features. It’s…

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Modernising the Modern Web


Google announced earlier this week that they’re going to warn mobile users about incompatible web pages in their search results. In particular, websites that depend on Flash, which Adobe has discontinued its mobile development since 2012, will be discriminated against. Google wants to encourage website developers to modernise their web assets. I’ve always been very supportive of adopting modern web standards. It’s actually the best and…

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From Boxed Software to Cloud Services


Everyone wants to sell services now. Software companies that were once shipping boxed software now prefer to sell you a cloud subscription service. While at one time you could “own” a boxed software package, or at least own the right to perpetual use, the big software companies now rather you pay perpetually for continued use of their software. The subscription model is…

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CentOS 7 On The Home Server


My home PC server has been installed with CentOS 7. After three years with Ubuntu on this PC, I’ve decided this was a good time to switch back to something I’m more familiar and comfortable with. Although Ubuntu was really meant to be easy to use and sport a prettier user interface, it somehow didn’t work out for me. Installing CentOS 7 was…

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Jumping Into CentOS 7


Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 was released about one month ago. The community version of that, CentOS, unveiled its version 7 this week. Many enterprise Linux users might perhaps not notice because, well, we like our servers left alone and don’t want to need to pay any attention to them. Not surprising, thus, if you had not noticed RHEL…

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Toys Programmers Play


Mention Lego, and what comes to mind is usually those colourful interlocking plastic bricks that kids play. There are also a great assortment of other parts like gears and figurines. But did you know Lego also sells a line of customisable robotic toys which are designed to teach programming? It’s the Lego Mindstorms. I was surprised to see some promotional activity for Mindtorms at…

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Dell S2340L Monitor


After downsizing my work desk, the next thing I needed was to downsize my monitor too. For the last couple of years, I’ve been using a large display. A huge 27″ Samsung TV served as my monitor. It was spare set, so why not attach it to my computer? The size is nice, although larger than necessary. The problem I had…

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Convicted for XSS Trickery on Istana Website

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The second person involved in the purported hacking of the Istana website has been convicted. As you recall, this hack involved a Cross-Site Scripting attack (XSS) on the Istana website. Two persons were charged. The other was already convicted early last month. The ordinary layperson may not understand the issue at hand. I’ll tell you that people in the IT security…

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