Due to a variety of reasons (which I won't bore you with), updates to thé-crypt have been rather lackluster of late. Shortly we'll be re-opening the site using a CMS rather than mucking around with all this raw HTML. This should speed up content deployment and hopefully ensure that the site continues to grow at a decent pace. Stay tuned for more developments.
Well, after years of patiently waiting, the big day appears nigh! When you consider that Halo 2 is also due in November, you'll have to agree that Xmas appears to be coming early this year. Check out the press release in full below.
Yet another astonishing creation from the twisted mind of Yeti Sports - Snowboard Freeride! Head on over to see what all the fuss is about ...
Some more entertainment for those boring moments when you don't have something constructive to do ...
One of my pet peeves of late is the rather irritating practice of Domain Name registrars sending out unsolicited snail-mail relating to existing registrations (lodged with other registrars) that are about to lapse! Indeed, late last year my folks showed me one that they had received from Domain Names Australia (DNA) suggesting that they might like to register their own name as a domain; pretty rich, when you consider that they don't actually own a domain name! The actual document looked and read like an invoice; which is what prompted Dad to quiz me on the company and what they were doing. One can only assume that DNA was deliberately targetting "computer un-saavy" citizens in an effort to raise revenue from them (and indeed that was my initial impression.)
As it turns out both the Australian Domain Regulator (auDA) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) felt the same way and legal action was undertaken pretty much vindicating what both my parents and I thought of the company.
Well imagine my joy when I received a similar missive from Domain Registry of America (DRA) suggesting that I might like to pay them roughly 2 1/2 times what I'm paying my current registrar to renew my domain registration with them! Unfortunately, unscrupulous companies like these are popping up with more regularity now in Australia.
I consider being bombarded with snail mail of this nature just as intrusive and irritating as e-mail spam. If I want to re-register my domain, like most sensible people, I'll go and do some research. I find it extremely hard to believe that registrars are doing this out of the goodness of their own hearts, and of course they aren't; it's just a way of making money for them. Unfortunately, if you want a domain, you have to register correct address details with the various regulators giving anyone who wants to target your physical mailbox an easy target. I did briefly consider having an intermediary manage my details for me (a legal way of getting around displaying your address details) but didn't think the extra cost was worth it. With my registration approaching expiry, I'm now beginning to wonder.
Anyway, the letter went straight into the paper recycling bin where it belongs, mainly because DRA are cagey enough not to provide pre-paid envelopes. Otherwise they would have received an appropriate free gift from me personally ...
Speaking of Pengo ... check this little Java applet out!
If you enjoyed playing Dig Dug, Pengo and all those other platform games from the distant past, you're going to love MotherLoad! This title has enough replayability in it to almost qualify as a full shareware release. There's a lot more strategy involved, it doesn't require vast amounts of twitch skills that the old platform titles used to have, and it's as addictive as peanuts. Highly recommended!
Well, I missed posting last weekend's AD project update in a timely fashion, but here's a belated (and condensed) version of the events that occurred.
The last Administrative Group was Exchange 2003 enabled with the commissioning of the first Exchange 2003 server in the North-West site. We now have at least one new Exchange server operating in each site, and have reached our "quick win" point in the project (with a good 80% of users now running on the new boxes.) The next phase is to roll-out the new Round 1 servers as Server 2003 DCs in the coming months and migrating the mailboxes that were located on the old NT 4.0 (Exchange 5.5 servers) to either existing Exchange 2003 boxes or the new Exchange cluster that we'll be building shortly.
One major observation that we've made so far is that, despite the passable functionality of "interim" mode (what with the various Exchange 5.5 connection agreements etc.,) this is not really a situation that you want to maintain for any extended period of time. In hindsight (and if we had the resources available,) it may have been better to have setup several implementation teams around the state making these changes concurrently so that we could achieve a pure "native" Active Directory and Exchange 2003 environment more promptly.
Anyway, there's nothing happening AD/EX-wise this weekend due to an outstanding issue with a swag of Win9X clients lurking around the state that aren't DHCP enabled and are pointing to some WINS servers that we want to terminate. Which is good, as I now get to do some of the weekend chores that I've been remiss in over the last few months!
Unfortunately, I've been rather busy lately with a whole range of projects and non-work related drivel; hence the derth of entries over the last few weeks. Hopefully I will be able to return to a more regular schedule of submissions here at thé-crypt.