Using Adobe Acrobat to view PDF’s in Safari 5.1.x and Mac OS X 10.6.8

Safari no longer displays PDF files.. and hasn’t done so on my machine for months. It does not bother me much, as I prefer to download them anyway, by clicking in the URL bar and then holding option and then hitting return, which downloads them. But a client called and complained that they needed to […]

Cisco Hardware emulator

dynamips is an emulator of various Cisco platforms, that is licensed under GNU GPL, and runs under Windows, Linux, Solaris, MacOS, etc. Dynamips started off as a MIPS emulator for Cisco 7200, and gradually ended up capable of emulating Cisco 7200 family, Cisco 3600 family, 2600 family (with some exceptions), and Cisco 3725 and 3745. […]

ZFS (Part 1)

Over the last year I was getting more and more curious/excited about OpenSolaris. Specifically I got interested in ZFS – Sun’s new filesystem/volume manager. So I finally got my act together and gave it a whirl. Test system: Pentium 4, 3.0Ghz in an MSI P4N SLI motherboard. Three ATA Seagate ST3300831A hard drives, one Maxtor […]

Mac OS X/mach: Identifying architecture and CPU type

Platform independent endinanness check: #include <stdio.h> union foo { char p[4]; int k; }; int main() { int j; union foo bar; printf(“$Id: endianness.c,v 1.1 2006/07/09 17:48:14 stany Exp stany $nChecks endianness of your platformn”); printf(“Bigendian platform (ie Mac OS X PPC) would return “abcd”n”); printf(“Littleendian platform (ie Linux x86) would return “dcba”n”); printf(“Your platform […]

Spamcop lists gmail SMTP servers as spam servers

A while ago I ranted about automated spam filtering. Here is yet another example of utter idiocy of some people. Spamcop report for, aka currently states: listed in ( If there are no reports of ongoing objectionable email from this system it will be delisted automatically in approximately 2 hours. Same […]