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Isett Seta Eish…

August 10, 2011

I’ve been contacting people at Isett Seta for the last two years (Yes, 2 years), simply to get a reprint of a certificate. The contact person I’ve have been dealing with for the last year, no longer works there according to the out of office reply. Thinking this may be a step forward I proceeded to contact the person referred to in the Out of office reply and to my surprise it was quite a step back. Here is what I wrote:

                                                                
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:39:02 +0200
Delivered-To: xxxxxxxxx@gmail.com
Message-ID: <CAECkFp1Q1HPgBuLnXxoRQZxUnX8cB7zQN2cQyaMuWcrPiVpEgQ@mail.gmail.com>
Subject: National Certificate in Systems Support Engineering NQF Level 5
From: Me <XXXXXXXXXX@gmail.com>
To: XXXXXXXXXXX@isettseta.org.za
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1

Hi PersonX,

Would you kindly assist me or point me in the right direction of
whom to speak to regarding a reprint of one of my certificates.
The certificate number is CN: XXXXXX

Many Thanks.

Here is the reponse I got from the Provider Accreditation Administrator of the ETQA department:

From: PersonX <XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX@isettseta.org.za>
To: Me <XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:52:39 +0200
Subject: RE: National Certificate in Systems Support Engineering NQF Level 5
Thread-Topic: National Certificate in Systems Support Engineering NQF Level 5
Thread-Index: AcxXOPjuBpsK80sDSA26nv38iHoo6QAAeA6g
Message-ID: <03C8AE8F61B78F4A8F1334AE8D6ED9BE129E181253@HMC-MBX07.he.businessgateway.co.za>
References: <CAECkFp1Q1HPgBuLnXxoRQZxUnX8cB7zQN2cQyaMuWcrPiVpEgQ@mail.gmail.com>
In-Reply-To: <CAECkFp1Q1HPgBuLnXxoRQZxUnX8cB7zQN2cQyaMuWcrPiVpEgQ@mail.gmail.com>
Accept-Language: en-US
Content-Language: en-US
X-MS-Has-Attach:
X-MS-TNEF-Correlator:
acceptlanguage: en-US
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
MIME-Version: 1.0
Return-Path: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX@isettseta.org.za

Eish

-----Original Message-----

Is it really that hard to reprint a certificate? The LP.I. was kind enough to reprint and repost my LPI certificates and I received within 7 days. I guess all I can say is… “Eish”.

Quarter 1:

May 3, 2011

As the first quarter of 2011 has ended I find myself in a new position at a new company. It would appear that 2010 still hung around for the entire first quarter of 2011. Nonetheless, I say goodbye to 2010 now, and move toward a greater second quarter.

The Nerd Meme

April 21, 2010

Whilst going through my feeds, I a came across Jonathan Carter’s post here. I then decided to give it a try.
Here is the results:


I am nerdier than 89% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to take the Nerd Test, get geeky images and jokes, and talk on the nerd forum!

I was expecting my score to be far lower.

Luxi Sans

October 11, 2009
 sudo aptitude install ttf-xfree86-nonfree

This will get you the Luxi family of fonts originally designed for the X Window System. Quite similar to Lucida. I always enjoy this typeface. It used to be the default for RHEL, but afaik the Liberation family of fonts are set by default these days. Anyhow just a great font to use on the daily.

Sage is an rss reader?

September 8, 2009

I’ve been using Sage, more frequently than I intended to as my RSS feed reader. Sage is a lightweight atom and rss feed reader extension for firefox. The default style feels a bit clunky, not too easy on the eyes, but it allows for custom css styles, and there are many available. The one I currently use is Akzente. If you follow the link you’ll find instructions on how to install and set it up too. It’s really simple.

A preview of the style can be found here.

Adobe 64bit flash Ubuntu Karmic Alpha 5

September 7, 2009

I’ve upgraded to Karmic Koala Alpha a couple days ago and realized I am missing flash again. Due to the apturl bug here, firefox wouldn’t do what’s neccessary to install it so I decided to do it the good old fashioned way which thus far, has not failed me yet.

$ wget http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashplayer10/libflashplayer-10.0.32.18.linux-x86_64.so.tar.gz
$ tar xvzf libflashplayer-10.0.32.18.linux-x86_64.so.tar.gz
$ mkdir .mozilla/plugins # if it doesn't exist
$ mv libflashplayer.so .mozilla/plugins/

Provided you’ve uninstalled your previously installed versions, you should be able to open to check whether everything is ok by typing ‘about:plugins’ in your URL location bar. You should see something like the following at the bottom of the page, at which point you can test by visiting your favorite flash site such as http://www.fat-pie.com.
firefoxflash

Palettes, Monaco and Terminals…

May 28, 2009

After a long time of trying to the Monaco font to play nicely with any terminal under Linux, I recently found a version of the Monaco font for a Linux OS. The regular Monaco True Type font behaves quite differently under a Linux OS and doesn’t quite render properly in terminals(it displays properly in some text editors though). You can get it here.

To make things a little nicer I changed the color palette to use the Tango palette. The Tango pallete is available by default for the more recent versions of gnome-terminal. My OS still uses Gnome 2.16.0 though.

$ gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Default/palette "#2E2E34343636:#A4A400000000:#4E4E9A9A0606:\
#8F8F59590202:#20204A4A8787:#5C5C35356666:\
#CECE5C5C0000:#BABABDBDB6B6:#555557575353:\
#CCCC00000000:#7373D2D21616:#EDEDD4D40000:\
#34346565A4A4:#757550507B7B:#F5F579790000:\
#EEEEEEEEECEC"

Here's What the Tango palette kinda looks like on white bakground

Here's What the Tango palette kinda looks like on white bakground

That should give you a nicer palette, do note that if your using a different “profile” in gnome-terminal you will have to change the word Default in the above to your profile name. Eg. If your profile is called black_hacks in gnome-terminal you’ll end up with something like this…

gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/black_hacks/palette "#2E2E34343636:#A4A400000000:#4E4E9A9A0606:\
#8F8F59590202:#20204A4A8787:#5C5C35356666:\
#CECE5C5C0000:#BABABDBDB6B6:#555557575353:\
#CCCC00000000:#7373D2D21616:#EDEDD4D40000:\
#34346565A4A4:#757550507B7B:#F5F579790000:\
#EEEEEEEEECEC"

For my terminals with a black background I use the below setting for everything else I use the tango palette.

gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Default/palette "#000000:#FF6C60:#A8FF60:\
#FFFFCC:#96CBFE:#FF73FE:\
#C6C5FE:#EEEEEE:#000000:\
#FF6C60:#A8FF60:#FFFFB6:\
#96CBFE:#FF73FE:#C6C5FE:#EEEEEE"
gnome-terminal

Here's how it looks

I use xterm from time to time as well, So I stick this in my .Xdefaults.

xterm*color0: #000000
xterm*color1: #FF6C60
xterm*color2: #A8FF60
xterm*color3: #FFFFCC
xterm*color4: #96CBFE
xterm*color5: #FF73FE
xterm*color6: #C6C5FE
xterm*color7: #EEEEEE
xterm*color8: #000000
xterm*color9: #FF6C60
xterm*color10: #A8FF60
xterm*color11: #FFFFB6
xterm*color12: #96CBFE
xterm*color13: #FF73FE
xterm*color14: #C6C5FE
xterm*color15: #EEEEEE
xterm

Here's what xterm looks like

“Why would you do all of this?” you may ask, If you’re like me and spend a considerable amount of time on the command line or editing code, it makes things alot lighter on the eyes and more readible.

Vw’s, Coolant, Inginition Locks…

February 9, 2009

It’s the first post for the year and I’m not going to talk about linux. Instead I am going to tell about my experience with VW Golf’s and replacing parts, specifically the thermostat, coolant pump (water pump), ignition lock and steering column. That’s a mouthful for me. Had you asked me what any of these automotive parts were last year, I would have stared at you blankly. Lately I’ve taken an interest in what goes on in my car and how the engine works which I am ashamed to say I have not in the past.

For those who don’t know I own a 1990(it might actually be older) Citi Golf that requires alot of body work. Nonetheless, my car got stolen and recovered just down our road, but was in a bad condition. The ignition lock was broken off, the indicator/light/wiper switch was broken the dash as pretty damaged. Usually I would have just taked this sorta thing in and have it fixed by someone. My brother and I decided to DIO(Do It Ourselves). It was a fairly easy process and everything worked as did before, only with newer parts. Disconneted the battery cables, removed the Steering wheel, broken indicator with weird mechanism thing. The tricky bit was getting the little top of the sterring which had a spring just below it. We got it out the way successfully though. I was suprised to find how easy it was.

I’ve had an overheating problem for sometime and each time I take my car in a week later the problem surfaces again. So I did some research, and figure there’s a my car appears to either have blockage in the water system caused by a water pump whose impeller’s blades might be damaged, a thermostat which is stuck close or there’s something wrong with the head. I opted for the thermostat issues over head. So I removed the thermostat which was located within the bracket of my water pump and started testing, cars in this climate don’t really need thermostats. My girlfriends brother was kind enough to lend a hand as he previously worked for a Golf Mechanic/Repair Shop. We noticed water was still not flowing effeciently and replaced the water pump ( the braket is located just under the alternator, you have to remove the belt first and shift the alternator upwards to make it easier for yourself ) flushed the radiator to make sure no air is in the block, and started testing further. It made a substantial difference only it didn’t solve the problem( and no it was not my radiator or my radiator fan nor the 2 speed switch for it they had previously been replaced by the mechanic and are brand new ). So it looks like my head gasket might actually be blown or the is a problem with the head of my engine. No, my car is not puffing out white smoke which is a comman symtom , but that would depend on where it blew. It’s unfortunate that the head is the hardest problem to debug as there are only so few things you can do to test for it, either a leak down test or compression test(which usually gets done by engineers). These jobs are generally passed on to engineers that have the tools available to do such testing. So if the head is warped(because of heat), or needs scheming, they would be able to tell.

New Water Pump In Car

New Water Pump In Car

Though the experience in debugging the car was interesting, I found myself saving quite the buck replacing the coolant pump myself, with some guidence and help from a professional.

When APT complains about security.debian.org

September 16, 2008

Shortly after responding to Jonathan Groll on the CLUG’s mailing list about BADSIG errors. I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing it again.

pants:~$ sudo aptitude update 
[...]
W: GPG error: http://security.debian.org lenny/updates Release: The following signatures were invalid: BADSIG A70DAF536070D3A1 Debian Archive Automatic Signing Key (4.0/etch)
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems

I often have to remind myself to use Acquire::http::No-Cache=True when my machines are behind a SAIX proxy.

pants:~$ sudo aptitude -o Acquire::http::No-Cache=True update
[...]
it http://security.debian.org lenny/updates/non-free Sources
Fetched 14B in 12s (1B/s)
Reading package lists... Done

I should probably just put the below code in my apt.conf or in a file in apt.conf.d to safe me from future occurrences.

Acquire
{
  http
  {
    No-Cache "true";
  };
};

Less interesting things you probably know about Hardy Heron

April 23, 2008

So we say good bye to 6.10 as it’s reached its end of life cycle but welcome yet another astonishing release of the worlds most popular distro. So whats new this time around? For this release the community looks to have focused more on fixing/extending current features as apposed to implementing new ones, making sure the release is robust. Some work has been done on Ubiquity, the ubuntu installer, that checks wheather there are exiting partitions and at minimum preserves permissions of /home, /srv, /root. Amoung others are X/AutodetectMonitorFrequency, HardyDesktopEffects, HardyFullDiskHandling, MultiMonitorConfig, Prefetch, HardyAppArmor, Firewall and probably the most notable the HardyTheme.

This release is shipping with Xorg 7.3, Gnome 2.22, Linux kernel 2.6.24, Firefox 3 beta, Transmission ( Bit Torrent Client ) , Vinagre ( New VNC client ), Brasero ( Which will replace Serpentine ), Pulse Audio and the World Clock Applet.

With less than a day to go I am looking forward to the new release.