Tag Archive for 'Work'

Greetings from my new office

Dear friends, I am writing to inform you that I will be continuing work from my new office. It is a bit noisy here at times, but it can be drowned out by the calming sounds of an ocean waves mp3 I have on my phone. When the tide is out, I’ll get some work done.


Now where did my laptop get to ???

Cheers!

Sonicwall firmware download – Updated

A little birdy told me that there was something new posted on a prior post titled “Sonicwall firmware download“. I won’t say where I got it or if it will last, but I posted a zip file of the firmware. I have not tested it yet, but hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll have a chance to see if it works. If someone else gets around to it before me… let us all know how it works out.


Cheers!

Guide To Link Building

I was recently involved (or the lack thereof) in the publishing of a guide to link building. If you stumbled upon my site for another reason and are reading this post, link building has become one of the most important ways to have your website be found on the internet and gain visitors. To date, I have done only internal link building for this site so it is rarely found and rarely visited. Over time I will try to follow some of the tips included in the large poster print pdf chart. My real involvement in the project is dealing with traffic, server load created by that traffic and the best way for our company to handle that. The file is high-res so it is about 1.5 megs. Ok, so imagine it is downloaded 1000 times in a day. That would be nearly 1.5GB of bandwidth transferred! In order to handle traffic like that and more, there are several ways to deal with server load. I’ll probably post some helpful information on that topic on the company website rather then here… check back and I’ll update this post when I do so.

Sonicwall firmware download

I took a look at a Sonicwall PRO 200 today. The previous owners of the unit stated it had intermittent problems. My first thought was to wipe it clean with the factory defaults and then check to see if there were any firmware updates. If you have one of these units, be careful. So I reset the unit to the factory defaults, and connect over the console… and the console is down. Then I go to the default web based tool, and it prompts me to upload a fresh firmware and states the loaded firmware is corrupt. No problem, I think to myself. I’ll just go to the manufacturer’s website, download the latest firmware, and load it in there. NO. Sonicwall no longer lets just anyone download firmware anymore. So I create and account and login, but still no way to download. I try to add the product via the serial number, and their system responds with a message that the serial number has already been registered to someone else. Well of course it has, this is a hand-me-down unit. Since I can’t bring myself to throw a possibly workable piece of equipment away, I’ll just keep struggling with this thing. I found one for sale on ebay, and asked the seller if they would burn me a copy of the install cd. Hopefully I can turn a stone and find some firmware squirming about. Thanks for nothing Sonicwall!

Download: snmpmibs6630.zip

Download: sonicwall-pro-200-firmware-reload.zip

Arrrgh computers, why do we use them!

Sometimes you fight with a computer and sometimes it fights back, but who wins. Don’t you just hate it when your computer decides (remember, it has a mind of it’s own) to stop working properly for no reason whatsoever? I just spent the bulk of my morning trying to fix something that had worked fine for some time, but all of sudden stopped working. What is the reason? That is the question.

There is always a reason, but us techies act too quickly sometimes. We just try to “fix” the issue quick, because we would rather be doing other things. I was caught up in such a situation this morning. Unfortunately when we try to fix these things we get stuck in the vicious cycle of reinstalling whatever it is that is “broken”. The underlieing issue goes unseen when we simply un-install and re-install the broken piece of the mysterious computer.

Then the beauty of Linux and open source becomes apparent again. Having access to the source code and being able to change whatever you want allows one quite a bit of control. So I popped open the source code for the thing that was “broke” and found exactly where in the code it was failing. I was then able to see that it was at a higher level and not in the program itself (which is really strange though, because it appeared to work at the higher level. Hmm… a bit more digging)

It was Friday, and I decided to postpone trying to fix the issue. Hopefully when I take a fresh look at it again, it will be an easy fix. I know I didn’t mention what “it” was that was broken, but it doesn’t really matter.

Until next time…

[UPDATE]
I went back and looked at the issue with a fresh mind, and it turned out to be a 30 second fix. So all that I did was in vein. At least I’ll know for next time!