Category Archives: TechnoFrazzle

Fixing up some site issues

One of the things that I really enjoy about running my own site is that I'm constantly learning new things about the technology I choose to deploy. I love Blogengine.net but one of the frustrations that I was previously left to deal with was that in my migration was that I haven't gotten around to dealing with remnant links from Google search that would just blow up if you hit the site. So for instance, if you did a search for Kelvin Kang Blog on Google, one of the entries you would find is for instance www.thekunit.com/Blog/tabid/36/BlogDate/2006-04-30/DateType/month/Default.aspx and that would inadvertantly blow up. So I finally got around to fixing it today. The fix was relatively simple – all I had to do was to modify the root web.config file on the webserver to the following:

<customErrors mode="RemoteOnly" defaultRedirect="/error404.aspx">
    <error statusCode="403" redirect="/error404.aspx"/>
    <error statusCode="404" redirect="/error404.aspx"/>
</customErrors>

Another thing I've been playing with was trying to play around with Google's Webmaster Tools. I chose to use the HTML verification method. I could click on the appropriate link and it would display "Hello World!" as that was the text I put in but for whatever reason, Google still kept spitting up with an error that said "We've detected that your 404 (file not found) error page returns a status of 200 (Success) in the header." It took me a bit of digging and finally discovered that the solution was relatively simple. All I had to do was to go to IIS, go to my web site, click on Custom Errors and change all of my 404 errors to the IIS default. That fixed the problem.

Special thanks to Dave Burke's SEO page as it helped fixed the first problem. The original page can be found here. You've got to love Google ๐Ÿ˜€

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Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex – Initial Review

Lately I haven't gotten a whole lot of tech loving lately. One of the downides of being busy is that I haven't had s much time to play with new tech. With the tech I've been playing with, I've had less than successful outcomes.

Intrepid Ibex is such a story. I had really high hopes for Ibex as every upgrade I had previously done with Ubuntu had been great in general. I first installed Ibex when I was building my Shuttle like computer that I call the mini tiger. The problem with HArdy was that it couldn't properly detect the video drivers for Gnome because it was too new. I was excited when the install of the Release Candidate produced results. Eight days later the complete version of Ibex was released.

The upgrade process on my Asus W3J was quite difficult. For one, the upgrade failed and forced me to reinstall the notebook again at the time, I attributed it to the fact that I upgraded it on the day of release and that the downloads were choppy. Since then, using it has been choppy at best. I am having to constantly reboot the notebook as I get rather random freezes. On the plus side though, I finally got the ability to output on dual screens with my notebook although this only seems to work on the Intel drivers and not the ATI Linux drivers. Also I seem to require rebooting the laptop a whole lot more.

On Tiger Mini, installation required me to turn on AHCI for Ubuntu to even recognize the drives. This in itself is not so bad. I'm not sure if this is related but both the drives which are Raptors can no longer be recognized by Ubuntu on install. I am going to attempt to re-format those drives to see if that helps my cause any.

All in all, this was a really disappointing Ubuntu release for me.

Sent from my Windows Mobile® phone.

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Not a huge fan of the Blackberry Platform at the moment

Today is the first day of work where I will be without my Windows
Mobile and on my work given Blackberry and already I feel very lost and
stressed. My PDA has always been a source of very rich Personal
Information for me. It's how I manage my life daily. It has long
extended beyond just a storage of just contacts and calendar. I use it
for email, blogging, reading and communicating. While the Blackberry
does all these things, it doesn't seem to do it as well. And my Blackberry crashes just as often as my WinMo when I'm doing the same things on it.

Before I owned a Blackberry, my friends always teased me about the
WinMo crashes and how the built-in software has always been poor. What
they often fail to mention is that you have the option to replace most
of the built-in software with third party options. Most of them for
free. I haven't found this to be as true for the Blackberry. For
instance, there are at least 4 different types of browsers you can
download, at least 2 major calendar replacement and more than a handful
of contact replacements. I am yet to find a decent implementation for Twitter and the
implementation for Newsgator actually really sucks when you don't have
network connectivity.

The one thing that the Blackberry has done exceptionally well is the
idea of consolidating all communications into one big folder. It works
well when you want to respond to people. However, still not so easy if
you want to initiate communication. Pocket Outlook, the Windows Mobile
email is usable and does everything an email should but there is
nothing that stands out. I have to say that I do like Windows Mobile's
implementation of SMS a lot better though. Not only can I respond from
an SMS thread, I can also initiate an SMS from the thread.

Another thing that I like about the Blackberry is some elementd of its
hardware. It is pretty. I am using an older model – the 8820. It's
relatively thin and very slick looking device. And the battery last
forever when you compare it to Windows Mobile even when it is
constantly connecting to the internet. That being said, it's not
running on 3G so it's not necessarily a fair comparison. The negative
things are that I hate the keyboard form factor. It's great for one
handed use but already my hands are feeling "stressed" from blogging on
the keyboard. The landscape keyboard works so much better for my hands.

I am sure that the Blackberry works for some. For me, knowing there are
alternatives to the Blackberry, it has been quite frustrating to use.

Sent from my BlackBerry device on the Rogers Wireless Network

Being a Technology Have Not

If
you've been following me on Twitter, you'd know that I've been
anxiously looking for an HTC Touch Pro. One of the lessons I learned
from buying my Tilt or Tytn II was to wait for the AT & T version
because it would inadvertently be cheaper than to buy a natively
unlocked HTC version. In my case, waiting the extra 2 weeks would have
saved me almost $500.

My favourite source for buying phones is
using Howard Forums but the process is tedious to say the least. First
I have to constantly locate the device that I want. Then starts the
tedious process of communicating back and forth until the right deal
comes about. While I'm not particularly price sensitive, $1000 is a bit
ridiculous to pay for a phone.

One frustrating thing about
mobile technology in Canada is that we don't really have a tonne of
variety in Canada through our provider. So often, a phone is available
only on my provider or another. Very rarely will you find a phone on
all providers at the same time. Sometimes, like my Tytn II, it doesn't
come at all. In it's time, this was considered the King of Windows
Mobile Smartphones. Today it is the Touch Pro. Yet I cannot get it
through a GSM provider. It is actually quite disappointing.

Sent from my Windows Mobile® phone.

Torrent useful in legal ways

I'm pretty obsessed with Ubuntu so I was really excited about upgrading from 8.04 to 8.10. While the upgrade isn't that major per se, I had to upgrade Ubuntu to 8.10 because my video card is not supported by the current version of Intel drivers. I was playing with the Release Candidate last week and was pretty happy with it. Whenever Ubuntu releases a new update, the first few days are often brutal to get any updates or even downloading the ISO images. Bandwith across all the servers tend to be pretty slow. I started the download for the server install files last night and it estimated that it would take well over 17 hours and I was eager to try to install it at work in the morning. My workaround for it was to download it from Torrents instead. Got my entire file in less than hour. I wish that the desktop upgrade tool could work in a similar fashion. I have heard of companies using torrents to share large images across multiple countries as well. I'd love to hear or read of any other ideas of other legal uses of torrents.

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Randomness

Technorati Profile

Usually I like to play with random web technology. I was surprised when I found that I had a Technorati account from 2005. Makes me wonder about all the other random accounts that I have out there. I needed to put in the claim code for my site. Let's see if this works for me.

It’s all about data

Lately I've been asked to give my opinion on NAS but the real question behind it typically points more towards data retention, storage or archive. As we get more savvy about computers, the internet and technology in general, there becomes a greater tendency to store more data. It becomes even more interesting if you have to account for other people like family and roommates. I like to categorize storage needs in the following categories: backups, shared storage and data archiving.

The primary purpose of backups are usually to store less frequently used data in a somewhat accessible solution. This is sometimes termed as near-line. Usually what drives this need is when your current hard disk drive is nearing capacity and you have to free some space but you
still need to access the data at some point.

Shared storage is usually when you have multiple devices that need access to the same data. Most common among those of us who have multiple computers in the house. In my case, I have my Xbox 360, my N800 and my multiple computers that need access to either shared music or shared files.

Most of us don't think of data archiving until we hit that moment where we've deleted a file that we shouldn't have. Data archiving is really multiple generations of backups. Good to have quite cumbersome to manage :D.

Depending on what you need, there are tonnes of different solutions in terms of software, hardware and online services that can meet your needs. Some broad categorizations are external disk storage, static disk NAS, dynamic disk NAS, online backup services.

Sent from my Windows Mobile® phone.