September 2006 - Posts

29 September 2006
New Form Of Blog Spam?
I've noticed a new (well, new to my site at least) form of blog spam trickling in here on JK.com; the spammer leaves a comment that is simply a duplicate of the post up to a certain amount of words, and the only link back to their site is in the "From" box, so for example if Google were to spam this post, it would look like: Google said: I've noticed a new (well, new to my site at least) form of blog spam trickling in here on JK.com; the spammer leaves a comment that is simply a duplicate... Chances are good that the would be spammer is attempting to leave multiple comments like this at once on my site, however I have ReverseDOS configured to block attempts that aren't at least 60 seconds apart so who knows. Regardless, it's pretty crafty and so far at least a dozen have eluded all of my spam filters; to the casual eye they might slip by completely when site owners are scanning their comment logs, I almost missed the first one myself. F'ing spammers. Read More...
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29 September 2006
Microsoft Interview Update
No lengthy post here other than apparently I did pretty well on my initial phone screens; Microsoft will be flying me to Dallas next Thursday (Oct 12th) for a full round of face to face meetings with the group I hope to be working for soon. The good news is that due to MS's global nature I won't have to be based out of Dallas, I can use the local MS PSS hub here in Charlotte to work out of. Too bad this couldn't have been last weekend for the Telligent Developer Summit , but hopefully I'll get to catch up with some of the Telligenti while I'm down there (the MS Dallas branch is only about 20 miles away from Telligent HQ). Anyone who's ever interviewed with MS before knows what I'm facing...it will be a very intense process, but I'm very much looking forward to it. On my todo list for the next 7 days: Approximately 2,000 pages of material to brush up on as well as getting a high level familiarity with both Commerce Server and Content Management Server. I love... Read More...
27 September 2006
Can't Open Documents In Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh -- Fix
I posted earlier about the inability to open documents in the Office Beta 2 Technical Refresh. The fix is here in the readme file (who has time to actually read readme's?)...in a nutshell the issue only affects users who have a consumer version of Symantec Anti-Virus installed (in my case I have Norton A/V 2003 installed, which was the last decent version IMO); you'll need to disable the Office Document Scanning Plug-in and all will be well. At least the product team admits that they goofed up: Office has an anti-virus API which we call every time we load a file. In 2007 Microsoft Office a change was made to support scanning encrypted macros. In making this change, we inadvertently changed the size of a data structure in the conversation, and Symantec's Norton scanner returns an error saying this was unexpected. We treat ANY error from the scanner as a critical failure and block opening files. Unfortunately we do that in ALL cases where the scanner is called. In short with 2007 Office Beta... Read More...
26 September 2006
Half Life 2: Episode 2 -- A Plethora Of New Videos
I haven't even finished Episode 1 yet and already a whole slew of new videos showcasing HL2: Episode 2 are starting to make their way onto the internet. If you have Steam installed I highly recommend hitting the My Media tab, then click on Browse Media and hunt for the 2 trailers and 5 gameplay videos...your eyes will thank you. If you don't have Steam installed I'm sure you can find them on the web somewhere, though I haven't taken the time to track them down. Anyone know the ETA for EP2? Read More...
26 September 2006
Increase Your Virtual Server Performance
Microsoft Virtual Server (well, virtualization in general) is a godsend, especially now that it's free. I've been on the VS bandwagon for a while now, but have been plagued with performance issues since the very beginning. Initially I just chocked it up to being a result of the inherent overhead involved with virtualization and just suffered through it, but it's always been in the back of my mind that something might be wrong with the machine I host my VM's on. A bit of background about that machine. It's a moderately fast box (Intel P4 (socket 478) running at 2.0ghz with a large L2 cache and a pretty speedy FSB, 1 gig of RAM, and 2 large 7200rpm HDD's)...when I built it 6 years ago as my main workstation it was absolutely screaming fast for its day. I had built plenty of machines before that one, but it was the first that I actually poured quite a bit of money into (i.e. I didn't build it out of spare parts). It served me well for a few years before I retired it to server-dom to replace... Read More...
26 September 2006
Yoga Will Kick Your Ass
I used to be a physical guy when I was younger. I played tennis and soccer competitively throughout high school, and was an avid skier for about a decade. I used to rock climb, hike, camp out, and even went through a running phase for about a year where I ran between 10-20 miles 3-4 times a week. I also raced mountain bikes for a few years (until my bike was stolen around the age of 16). I even lifted weights for a bit (though you'd never know it by looking at me today). All of this came to an abrupt stop about 5 years ago when my career kicked into overdrive and I started devoting most of my time to computers and learning (among other stuff). So, as part of the JK v2 initiative I'm doing as of late, I decided to try something new. Yoga. No, it's not just for chicks anymore. Truth be told, I probably never even would have considered taking a class except for the fact that my father (who (as regular readers know) I am living with for the time being) started getting into yoga... Read More...
21 September 2006
Moving From Smarter Mail To Exchange 2003
And I need some testing from the community at large. I think I'm about 90% there however I'm still ironing out some hiccups. Anyone who would like to help out, please send an email to jayson DOT knight AT jaysonknight DOT com. Don't worry, I won't sell your address (unless the price is right of course, then I'll split it with you). If I reply back please send a quick message back saying you received my email. Smarter mail is great, but Outlook Web Access is even better. If all goes well I can finally get rid of my crummy carolina.rr.com address. Finally. Read More...
20 September 2006
Microsoft Interviews -- Take Five
I'm currently interviewing with no less than 7 different firms, but lo and behold Microsoft has called me again about another position they have open (read this post for a little background on my experiences interviewing over at The Collective), so this will make interview number 5 that I've had with them over the past 4 years for a fulltime position. Just to recap: Back in January '03 I screened for a level 2 support position in PSS (Product Support Services). I was actually already 8 months into a 1 year contract position with MS, however they had a fulltime slot open up so 3 of us were chosen to screen for it. I was still pretty fresh into my career and a bit uncertain (and also seriously lacking interview skills), so while I did excellent on the technical portion of the screen, I flopped a little during the HR portion; specifically on the "where do you see yourself in x years" questions. I was later told that my uncertainty is what cost me an offer. Fast forward to January of '05 and... Read More...
20 September 2006
Can't Open Word Documents In Office 2007
I recently updated my Office 2007 Beta 1 installation to the Beta 2 Technical Refresh. Everything is great except for one huge problem: I cannot open any Word documents in Microsoft Word. Attempting to open a file results in the following error: "The file fileName is not available." I can of course open .doc files in WordPad, but I really need MS Word. Beta 2 was not afflicted with this issue. Google came up with nada, though I did install the Office 2007 compatibility pack to no avail. Anyone experiencing the same issue and/or have a workaround/fix for this? Read More...
19 September 2006
What's Jayson Been Up To?
I feel like I'm writing more and more of these types of posts lately, but the past couple of weeks (actually months) have been a whirlwind of changes and whatnot (as no doubt regular readers will attest to). I've made some pretty huge decisions about my life, and so far they've all been for the better. First off, things have been a little tight lately financially for various reasons (not the least of which is getting scammed out of a ton of dough, but there are other factors as well) so I recently decided to give up my apartment and move in with my Dad and Stepmom for a bit (which I mentioned in the comments of a previous post...I needed to regroup and be around some family for a while). It's not as bad as some might think; they've got a decent spread here in Charlotte and I'm actually in a pretty spacious apartment above their garage (it's bigger than most apartments I've lived in) so it's not like I'm crammed in a spare bedroom/attic/basement somewhere. So far it has been exactly what... Read More...
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