Disable a linux firewall

Here is how to check and disable the linux firewall.

service iptables status

service iptables stop

chkconfig iptables off

Now of course it’s better to leave them on and open ports but if you have a firewall in front of your systems or for troubleshooting this can help. Enjoy!

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iPhone 4S: What can you say to Siri?

Here is a link to an article on TUAW that lists a nice primer on what types of things you can say to SIRI on the iPhone 4s. If you know of any others please let me know and I will be sure to list them here as well.

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15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

A great read about 15 things we should let go of in life so that we may be truly happy. Take a few minutes to read it and change your life.

Link to the article

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Kulula is a low-cost, South-African airline that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Make sure you read all to the end! The narrative is a classic. They must train with Westjet.



Kulula is an Airline with head office situated in Johannesburg . Kulula airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight “safety lecture” and announcements a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:

On a Kulula flight, (there is no assigned seating, you just sit where you want) passengers were apparently having a hard time choosing, when a flight attendant announced, “People, people we’re not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!”

[Read the rest of this entry…]

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Reset Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP passwords with the Sticky Keys tricks.

You can do this with a bootable Windows PE USB stick or by using Windows RE. You can start Windows RE by booting the Windows Vista or Windows 7 setup DVD and then selecting “Repair” instead of “Install Windows.”

By the way, you can’t use the Windows XP boot CD for this purpose because its Recovery Console will ask for a password for the offline installation. However, you can use a Vista or Windows 7 DVD to reset a forgotten Windows administrator password on Windows XP.


To reset a password, follow these steps: [Read the rest of this entry…]

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Goodbye and thank you to a great man!

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Network Documentation Made Easy with SYDI

SYDI is the open source project aimed to help you to document your network.

SYDI consists of a collection of scripts which collects information from your servers and networks, then writes the data to a report. There are scripts to document Windows Machines, Exchange, SQL, and Linux.

It works really slick. Give it a try.

The SYDI Project

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The Mission to Get Osama

This is an good read from The New Yorker on the mission to get Osama Bin Laden.

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A teacher was doing a study testing the taste senses of first graders,
using a bowl of Lifesavers.
The children began the study and as they received a Lifesaver candy




” Orange ……orange,”

Then the teacher gave each of them a honey Lifesavers. After eating
the candy, it was obvious most of the kids were not familiar with
honey and none of the children could identify the taste.

“Well,” she said; “I’ll give you all a clue; it’s what your mother may
sometimes call your father.”

One little girl looked up in horror, spit out the remains of her
Lifesaver and screeched; “Oh My God!!!! They’re assholes!”

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On Truth & Reality

This is a fantastic website about physics, our reality, and many other things.   Click here to go to the site.

An excerpt from the site:

This website is about truth and reality – about how you and everything around you exist in space. We have an extensive collection of pages on many of the greatest minds from history, with thousands of brilliant quotes that are both inspiring and profoundly important. More than this though, we provide a simple solution to many of the problems of knowledge that have caused humanity so much conflict and confusion.

And yes, we do realise that people are skeptical of websites on truth and reality. But the solution is obvious once known – it just takes our minds a while to adjust to new ways of thinking.

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