Paul Gregg

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Menshn stats and where they came from.

You may have noticed, if you have been following my twitter feed, that I have been posting some Menshn statistics recently. You may also be wondering how I came by these numbers.   #Menshn #MenshnStats Number of active users: 211 — Paul Gregg (@pgregg) September 8, 2012   Someone sent me a message on twitter […]

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Menshn: Another password design flaw

Ok – so I forgot my password on Menshn, again, and went to reset my password. Normal email address+token thing – except I noticed another problem. Menshn emails you a link in the form: pwreset.php?e=email@address.com&c=8chartoken At least they are not emailing plain text passwords again. But, I noticed that the token link can be used […]

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Menshn DNS is a (technical thingy).

So Menshn changed their DNS and stopped their site working for a number of users. Users pointed it out and Menshn did what Menshn does and blamed everyone else but themselves. I call it the Apple Defence. Or #You’reHoldingItWrong. What Louise probably doesn’t know is that whoever is advising her*, plainly doesn’t know the first, […]

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What 16TB raw space looks like at home

I’ve been looking for some home backup solutions over the past couple of months. This has led me down both the do-it-yourself route and buying a ready-made solution. One of my requirements was that I wanted the solution to be more than just storage – otherwise I would have purchased a straight NAS box from […]

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VMware releases ESXi for free

I totally missed this one until a few days ago, but VMware has released the ESXi Hypervisor free of charge.   They obviously see the pending challenge from Microsoft, Xen and Virtualbox and are hoping to gain traction and mindshare in the community – but I have one piece of advice for VMware. If you want […]

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Script to generate a list of valid email recipients from a qmail setup

Last week I set-up a Postfix+MailScanner+ClamAV anti-spam and anti-virus mail relay server. Testing seemed all good, except that it was scanning lots of bogus email addresses, e.g. to nosuchuser@pgregg.com Postfix provides a relay_recipients file (at least thats what the MailScanner setup called it) where you specify the specific email addresses that you are prepared to […]

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Release: vmclone.pl for VMware ESX Server

I have released a script, vmclone.pl, to assist in the cloning of full Virtual Machines within an ESX Server box.  This came about because of a gap in functionality between replicating individual hard disks and the clone option in the VI client that was mostly missing from VMs. The tool will replicate and rename all […]

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