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Android links - maps, dial a phone number

If you’ve used Google search from an Android device to search for a business, you’ve probably noticed the two interesting “buttons” to the right of the search listing - “Get Directions” and a button for the phone number. It turns out, these are pretty easy to implement.

The “Get ...

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root on a Cyclades ACS console server

At work we have a Cyclades ACS16 console server (running Cyclades-ACS16-Linux V_3.2.0 (Jan/04/08)). While the docs claim all sorts of LDAP features, there’s nothing (either in the web GUI or the CLI configuration tool) to setup LDAP with TLS or required group membership ...

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Motorola Droid - Volume way too low

I’m not sure how I did it, but I’ve had my Droid for a few hours under a week - the phone’s uptime is about 187 hours - and I’ve already got a major problem. Sometime this weekend, somehow, the volume for everything got set way too low ...

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Weekend of Code (Android)

The Droid is here (literally, sitting in my pocket), and I have the next two days off of work - plus the weekend. Minus personal commitments, that’s about two full (call it 16 hour) days to get some work done. While I have lots of things that could use my ...

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Running a script on USB drive insertion

Before I even get into how to do this, be warned: this is a really bad idea unless you can ensure total physical access control to the machine. About the only place I’d ever use it is in a non-networked embedded system in a secure location. Its original intent ...

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Droid!

I don’t like writing posts with a low useful content quotient, but here goes.

After having only one new (i.e. not used) phone in eight years - and the one new one was a Treo 700p, obsolete when I bought it - I decided to bite the bullet. I bought ...

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Nagios and check plugins run as root

No matter how much we may not like it, and no matter how insecure it can potentially be, we occasionally have to run Nagios check scripts (written in scripting languages) as root. (On a side note, this method is also used for my MultiBindAdmin project’s DNS file push). Here ...

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Nagios check_by_ssh and NAT

At a remote location, I have a number of machines to monitor but only one IP (dynamic on a residential connection). Most of my remote monitoring with Nagios uses check_by_ssh. Previously, I’d used one host for Nagios to SSH to, and then chained together another check_by_ssh to reach the ...

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Puppet problems with hostname in autosign.conf - Invalid pattern

In playing with Puppet (0.24.8 on clients and server) today (well, building a new host) I came by a strange error when I ran puppet on the client:

err: Could not request certificate: Certificate retrieval failed: Invalid pattern css-storemanager

The thing that was so strange is that “css-storemanager ...

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