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Windows PC doesn’t get DHCP

Posted by paolo on 5 January, 2017

cmd.exe as Administrator

net localgroup Administrators /add networkservice

net localgroup Administrators /add localservice



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USB TEMPer v. 2.0 driver

Posted by paolo on 30 March, 2010

It’s a bit difficult to find it. So… here it is, from

USB TEMPer Thermometer Temperature Recorder PC Laptop Driver

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Monit SimpServer and startup script CentOS/RH

Posted by paolo on 9 October, 2009

# Simpserver: (MSN/IM Encryption server)
# ————————

check process simpserver with pidfile /var/run/
start program = “/etc/init.d/simpserver start”
stop program = “/etc/init.d/simpserver stop”
if 5 restarts within 5 cycles then timeout

# Startup script for simpserver
# description: simpserver is a socks proxy to encrypt IM/MSN/ICQ conversation
# processname: simpserver

# Source function library.
. /etc/rc.d/init.d/functions


# See how we were called.
case “$1” in
echo -n “Starting Simpserver: ”
sudo -u simpuser nohup $SIMPSERVER &
pidof simpserver > $PIDFILE
touch /var/lock/subsys/simpserver
echo -n “Shutting down simpserver: ”
killproc simpserver
rm -f $PIDFILE
rm -f /var/lock/subsys/simpserver
status simpserver
$0 stop
$0 start
echo “Usage: $0 {start|stop|restart|status}”
exit 1

exit 0

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Munin hosted version

Posted by paolo on 25 June, 2009

Anyone? It’s a really cool software, why doesn’t I can’t find an hosted version? I promise that I’m willing to pay! Little money, but for real.

Thanks for your patience

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DNS query GetHostByName double check (Happy Xmas)

Posted by paolo on 25 December, 2007

Happy Xmas to all!

I was showering some minutes ago. And I was thinking about the fact that “Security is an illusion”. Then I thinked about the fact that the first entry in my resolv.conf is an OpenDNS IP and the second is the one of my ISP. So, if someone malicious get into OpenDNS’ servers or my ISP’s ones, they can get a lot of informations. That’s no doubt about it: getting into a DNS server is a big shot.
So, then, I thinked about an ipotetical gethostbyname() that does n queries to the n DNS servers specified in the /etc/resolv.conf and tell me if there are differences.
Of course if I query about “”, I may get tons of different results, but if I query about small ISP’s services (or banks’) I’ll be glad knowing if two DNS servers give me two differents IPs.
Maybe I’m talking about “already in the wild” solutions? Or maybe this is the regular functioning of the OpenBSD’s gethostbyname? (Don’t think so).
I’m gonna check if I can do something on a Linux system first, or on a Bind installation, because maybe this work can be done via Bind, making it checking others DNS’ replies.

Ok, sorry for that bullshit, today is Xmas here in Italy, so… happy Xmas again!

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Another little idea for Google

Posted by paolo on 28 June, 2007

Heya Big G,
how are you?  I’m fine, thanks!
I’ve an idea that can join two of your products and I’ve had it while surfing the web. Since I don’t use only your Google Reader to keep me updated but I’m also used to surf the web, and you own both Google Analytics and Google Reader… why don’t you mark on my Reader an article as “read” if I already read it given that you already know that I’ve read it (thanks to Analytics)?

Sincerely your,

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Saturday, Metro Olografix Hackin Party

Posted by paolo on 17 May, 2007

At the beautiful Palazzo Sirena, Saturday and Sunday will take place the Metro Olografix Hacking Party. After looking at the abstracts I think I’ll go on Saturday, after the lunch and I’ll come back home before dinner if I don’t meet someone I know or I know someone I meet :)

May the TomTom be with me! Just kiddin: it’s only 90Km south and the road is plain simple.

See you there!

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Joost invite

Posted by paolo on 21 April, 2007

Well, I’ve got a couple of Joost Invites and nobody of my friends knows what Joost is wants it. So I think I can give them out just here. I’ve thinked about it after looking at the actual second place of the Technorati’s “Top searcheas” that looks like the title (and so the permalink) of this post… Let’s see if they are so popular like it seems…

Edit: sorry guys! No more invitation left! :(

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RailRoad diagrams generator

Posted by paolo on 12 April, 2007

Today I found a fantastic script in Ruby that take in input a RoR application and output the model and the controller diagrams. It’s very very handy, usefull and well done. It’s called RailRoad (as you guessed from the permalink of this post).

I should write one for CakePHP :P

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The Sartorialist

Posted by paolo on 7 April, 2007

What about a Web 2.0 user-driven web-site TheSartorialist-like where people upload photos of other people from the street, and then judge them, so that all togheter can “study” what’s going on in the streets? I would love a site like that. Paolo wanna try to code something? What? Do you don’t have time? But this can be your occasion! We already have someone that can do the graphic interface FOR FREE, he’s reading us…

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