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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Is It Down Right Now?

Ever wondered if your favourite website was actually down, or whether it's just your connection that is bad?

Check out the Is It Down Right Now? website. It has uptime graphs and a log of response times. So maybe it really is just you.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Brower Fingerprinting

So, you think you're completely anonymous on the web, eh? You use incognito mode, you delete your history and cookies, you don't log into any websites whilst you surf. That should be enough to make you invisible. Sadly, no. Well, the guys at the NSA probably think this is great stuff, because you will have an online fingerprint. Where you surf(ed), what browser you use, your screen resolution, etc, etc. Some people had to go and ruin it for the rest of us, so now the tools exist to figure out a unique identity just from some basic system settings.

Check out your uniqueness online here:

All your identity are belong to us...

Tuesday, 16 December 2014


Let Me Google That For You

By now everyone knows about LMGTFY, but the problem is that it's a little bit on the snarky side.

Pro tip: Add &n=1 to the end of the URL to make it a bit less offensive.


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Some Jokes

Just a few jokes
  • It’s hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs… because they always take things literally.

  • A Roman walks into a bar and asks for a Martinus…. “You mean a martini?” the bartender asks. The Roman replies, “If I wanted a double, I would have asked for it!”

  • RenĂ© Descartes walks into a bar. Bartender asks if he wants anything. … RenĂ© says, “I think not,” then disappears.

  • Sixteen sodium atoms walk into a bar… followed by Batman.

  • Did you hear about the man who got cooled to absolute zero?… He’s 0K now.

  • Pavlov is sitting at a bar, when all of a sudden the phone rings… Pavlov gasps, “Oh crap, I forgot to feed the dogs.”

  • Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and, with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath…. This made him a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

  • How can you tell the difference between a chemist and a plumber? … Ask them to pronounce “unionized.”

  • What’s the difference between an etymologist and an entomologist?… An etymologist knows the difference.

  • The other day my friend was telling me that I didn’t understand what irony meant. … Which is ironic, because we were standing at a bus stop.

  •  There are two types of people in this world:… Those who can extrapolate from incomplete data.

  • There are 10 types of people in this world: Those who know binary and those who don't

  • A photon checks into a hotel and the bellhop asks him if he has any luggage…. The photon replies, “No, I’m traveling light.”

  • Your momma is so mean… she has no standard deviation.

  • I’m thinking about selling my theremin… I haven’t touched it in years.

The author of Windows file copy dialog visits some friends. []

Caillou's Brownies

  • 1 cup (225g) butter
  • 1 cup (120g) chocolate
  • 1 cup (150g) sugar
  • 1.5 cup (175g) flour
  • 0.5 cup (40g) chopped nuts
  • Melt butter and chocolate in a saucepan, then remove from heat
  • Add the sugar, eggs, flour, and chopped nuts, stir well
  • Scrape mixture into greased baking pan
  • Bake 20 min at 350F (180C)
  • Remove from oven and let stand for 10 min.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

CIDR Cheat Sheet

Online, and noted below.   

Netmask              Netmask (binary)                 CIDR     Notes    
_____________________________________________________________________________  11111111.11111111.11111111.11111111  /32  Host (single addr)  11111111.11111111.11111111.11111110  /31  Unuseable  11111111.11111111.11111111.11111100  /30    2  useable  11111111.11111111.11111111.11111000  /29    6  useable  11111111.11111111.11111111.11110000  /28   14  useable  11111111.11111111.11111111.11100000  /27   30  useable  11111111.11111111.11111111.11000000  /26   62  useable  11111111.11111111.11111111.10000000  /25  126  useable    11111111.11111111.11111111.00000000  /24 "Class C" 254 useable    11111111.11111111.11111110.00000000  /23    2  Class C's    11111111.11111111.11111100.00000000  /22    4  Class C's    11111111.11111111.11111000.00000000  /21    8  Class C's    11111111.11111111.11110000.00000000  /20   16  Class C's    11111111.11111111.11100000.00000000  /19   32  Class C's    11111111.11111111.11000000.00000000  /18   64  Class C's    11111111.11111111.10000000.00000000  /17  128  Class C's      11111111.11111111.00000000.00000000  /16  "Class B"      11111111.11111110.00000000.00000000  /15    2  Class B's      11111111.11111100.00000000.00000000  /14    4  Class B's      11111111.11111000.00000000.00000000  /13    8  Class B's      11111111.11110000.00000000.00000000  /12   16  Class B's      11111111.11100000.00000000.00000000  /11   32  Class B's      11111111.11000000.00000000.00000000  /10   64  Class B's      11111111.10000000.00000000.00000000  /9   128  Class B's        11111111.00000000.00000000.00000000  /8   "Class A"        11111110.00000000.00000000.00000000  /7        11111100.00000000.00000000.00000000  /6        11111000.00000000.00000000.00000000  /5        11110000.00000000.00000000.00000000  /4        11100000.00000000.00000000.00000000  /3        11000000.00000000.00000000.00000000  /2        10000000.00000000.00000000.00000000  /1          00000000.00000000.00000000.00000000  /0   IP space

                                   Net     Host    Total
Net      Addr                      Addr    Addr    Number
Class   Range      NetMask         Bits    Bits   of hosts
A        0-127         8      24     16777216   (i.e.
B      128-191      16      16        65536   (i.e.
C      192-254    24       8          256   (i.e.
D      224-239    (multicast)
E      240-255    (reserved)
F      208-215  28       4           16
G      216/8      ARIN - North America
G      217/8      RIPE NCC - Europe
G      218-219/8  APNIC
H      220-221  29       3            8   (reserved)
K      222-223  31       1            2   (reserved)
(ref: RFC1375 & )
(                         )

The current list of special use prefixes:
 all D/E space
(ref: RFC1918   )
(       or     )
(rfc search:   )
(     )
(                )

Martians: (updates at: )
 no ip source-route
 access-list 100 deny   ip host any
  deny ip  any log  ! antispoof
  deny ip ! antispoof
  deny ip any    ! antispoof
  deny ip host          any log  ! antispoof
  deny ip host            [router intf]  [router intf] ! antispoof
  deny ip      any log  ! lan area
  deny ip 0/8     any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip 1/8     any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip 2/8     any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip 5/8     any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip 7/8     any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip  any log  ! IANA - Private Use
  deny ip 23/8    any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip 27/8    any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip 31/8    any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip 36-37/8  any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip 39/8    any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip 41-42/8  any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip 50/8    any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip 58-60/8  any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip 69-79/8  any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip 82-95/8  any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip 96-126/8  any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip 127/8   any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip    any log  ! link-local network
  deny ip   any log  ! reserved
  deny ip    any log  ! reserved
  deny ip      any log  ! test network
  deny ip 197/8   any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip 220/8   any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip 222-223/8  any log  ! IANA - Reserved
  deny ip any log  ! multicast
  deny ip any log  ! unless MBGP-learned routes
  deny ip 224-239/8  any log  ! IANA - Multicast
  deny ip 240-255/8  any log  ! IANA - Reserved

filtered source addresses
  0/8                 ! broadcast
  10/8                ! RFC 1918 private
  127/8               ! loopback
  169.254.0/16        ! link local       ! RFC 1918 private        ! TEST-NET
  192.168.0/16        ! RFC 1918 private         ! class D multicast         ! class E reserved         ! reserved  ! broadcast

ARIN administrated blocks: ( (portions of)

well known ports: (rfc1700.txt)

protocol numbers:

 Testing Destination Reachability & Status
  (0/0)  Echo-Reply
  (8/0)  Echo
 Unreachable Destinations
  (3/0)  Network Unreachable
  (3/1)  Host Unreachable
  (3/2)  Protocol Unreachable
  (3/3)  Port Unreachable
  (3/4)  Fragmentaion Needed and DF set (Pkt too big)
  (3/5)  Source Route Failed
  (3/6)  Network Unknown
  (3/7)  Host Unknown
  (3/9)  DOD Net Prohibited
  (3/10) DOD Host Prohibited
  (3/11) Net TOS Unreachable
  (3/12) Host TOS Unreachable
  (3/13) Administratively Prohibited
  (3/14) Host Precedence Unreachable
  (3/15) Precedence Unreachable
 Flow Control
  (4/0)  Source-Quench [RFC 1016]
 Route Change Requests from Gateways
  (5/0)  Redirect Datagrams for the Net
  (5/1)  Redirect Datagrams for the Host
  (5/2)  Redirect Datagrams for the TOS and Net
  (5/3)  Redirect Datagrams for the TOS and Host
  (6/-)  Alternate-Address
  (9/0)  Router-Advertisement
  (10/0) Router-Solicitation
 Detecting Circular or Excessively Long Routes
  (11/0) Time to Live Count Exceeded
  (11/1) Fragment Reassembly Time Exceeded
 Reporting Incorrect Datagram Headers
  (12/0) Parameter-Problem
  (12/1) Option Missing
  (12/2) No Room for Option
 Clock Synchronization and Transit Time Estimation
  (13/0) Timestamp-Request
  (14/0) Timestamp-Reply
 Obtaining a Network Address (RARP Alternative)
  (15/0) Information-Request
  (16/0) Information-Reply
 Obtaining a Subnet Mask [RFC 950]
  (17/0) Address Mask-Request
  (18/0) Address Mask-Reply
  (30/0) Traceroute
  (31/0) Conversion-Error
  (32/0) Mobile-Redirect

Ref: [RFC 792] [RFC 896] [RFC 950] [RFC 1016]

Decimal system Prefix's
              Factor               Exponent  Prefix
 1 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000...10^24....yotta
     1 000 000 000 000 000 000 000...10^21....zetta
         1 000 000 000 000 000 000...10^18....exa
             1 000 000 000 000 000...10^15....peta
                 1 000 000 000 000...10^12....tera
                     1 000 000 000...10^9.....giga
                         1 000 000...10^6.....mega
                             1 000...10^3.....kilo
                         0.000 001...10^-6....micro
                     0.000 000 001...10^-9....nano
                 0.000 000 000 001...10^-12...pico
             0.000 000 000 000 001...10^-15...femto
         0.000 000 000 000 000 001...10^-18...atto
     0.000 000 000 000 000 000 001...10^-21...zepto
 0.000 000 000 000 000 000 000 001...10^-24...yocto

Convert Fahrenheit <> Celsius:
 Celsius = (Fahrenheit - 32) / 1.8
 Fahrenheit = (Celsius * 1.8) + 32

*stolen from the web, archived here for reference

Apple Pie Smoothie

  • 5 raw almonds
  • 1 red apple
  • 0.5 small frozen banana
  • 1 scoop protein powder or 0.75 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 0.5 cup fat free coconut milk
  • 0.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • In a blender or food processor, blend the almonds until finely ground
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until desired consistency

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

White Peach Ginger Smoothie

  • 2 peaches, pits removed and chopped
  • 1 scoop protein powder or 0.75 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbs fresh lime juice
  • 0.5 tsp finely chopped peeled fresh ginger (or pinch of ground ginger)
  • 05 cup fresh raspberries
  • 10 shelled unsalted pistachios, crushed or coarsely chopped
  • In a blender, combine peaches, yoghurt, ilme juice, and ginger
  • Blend until desired consistency
  • Pour into serving glass
  • Stir in raspberries and garnish with pitachios

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Red Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 scoop fiber supplements
  • 1 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until desired consistency. Add water if necessary.
Modified version if you weigh more than 175 lbs
  • 1.3 cups frozen raspberries
  • 0.5 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1.3 cups Greek yoghurt
  • 1.5 tbs chia seeds
  • Base Fruit: Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries
  • Fiber/Fats: Flax seeds, chia seeds, coconut oil, ground walnuts, quarter avocado

Monday, 13 October 2014

PB & J Smoothie

  • 2 cup strawberries
  • 0.3 frozen banana
  • 2 tsp peanut butter
  • 0.5 cup Greek yoghurt or scoop of protein powder
  • 0.5 cup ice cubes
  • Blend all ingredients in a blender until desired consistency. 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Hot Sauce #1

You can modify this recipe using different types of peppers. We have found a nice flavour and heat using Hungarian Wax Peppers and Red Hot Chili peppers. Other suggested peppers are Serrano Chiles, Tabasco, or even Jalapeno. We also tend to favour a heavier garlic flavour, which is reflected in the recipe.

CAUTION: Make sure your cooking area is well ventilated!

  • 12 Hungarian Wax Peppers
  • 10 Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 0.5L water
  • 0.25L white vinegar
  • Cut off the tops of the peppers. 
  • [Optional: split the peppers and remove the seeds. We like our sauce with the seeds in]
  • Slice the peppers very thinly in a diagonal pattern
  • Slice the onion very thinly
  • Chop the garlic very small, or mince it
  • Set a pan on high heat and add the oil
  • Once the oil has heated up, fry the peppers, onions, and garlic on high heat for about 5 minutes
  • Add the water to the fry pan, keep on high heat until the water boils off
  • The mixture at this point should be somewhat soggy. Place this in a food processor.
  • Turn the food processor on high and gradually add the vinegar. If the mixture seems a bit thick you can dilute it by adding more vinegar. The vinegar acts as a natural preservative.
  • [Optional: strain the mixture through a fine mesh or cheese cloth. We prefer the flavour with all the pulp]
  • Transfer to a bottle and refrigerate. Should last about 6 months.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Social Engineering

Excellent video on how secure passwords and a tight border won't stop someone getting at your data

Monday, 21 July 2014

Bypass Country Restrictions for Netflix, Hulu

So, if you're not living in the grand ol' United States and you want to watch Netflix, Hulu you're kinda screwed. In Canada you can get Netflix but the volume of content is only a small fraction of what is available to U.S. subscribers. I don't subscribe to Netflix myself  now have Netflix, which I don't use that much but other members of my family watch it extensively. One used to have to purchase a VPN into a U.S. IP address to get the full content, but nowadays there's MediaHint Zenmate. It's a plugin for Chrome and Firefox, and once installed you don't have to do anything else but waste hours watching videos. I used to recommend Media Hint but they're charging for it now.

For non-U.S. residents there are websites like which have a vast amount of content if you want streaming videos. There are also sites like EZTV and The Pirate Bay that are fantastic if you know how to download torrents.

Bonus! Free to everyone, including non-muricans, are lolcat videos. As an interesting aside, lolcats have been around since at least the mid-nineteenth century. Check these out...

Originally posted 2013-06-24

Friday, 20 June 2014

Olive Tapenade

One of our favourite dishes is olive tapenade. I think it's probably even good for you, especially if pair it with red wine. Actually a lot of things are good if you pair them with red wine.

On to the recipe!


  • 1 cup pitted oil-packed black olives
  • ½ cup pitted green olives
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil, or more if needed
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, or ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • Black pepper
  • Blend all the ingredients in a food processor
  • Add olive oil as needed to thin the mix as the food processor works
  • Serve with baguette rounds or crackers
  • Will last up to two weeks in the fridge (in tupperware)

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Dandelion Pop

This was an unexpected treat we found in a quaint Vancouver delicatessen. Apparently it's quite popular with the locals.  It's fairly sweet, and it has a weird aftertaste that's hard to place. Maybe it's just that I've never tasted dandelion before.  Either way, it's a different taste and quite enjoyable but I couldn't drink a lot of them in rapid succession.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Shush - Free TV

More from the get-videos-for-free department.

Check out Shush which will allow you to watch just about any TV show that has been around in the last twenty years. We think this is very cool.

That site again is

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Exchange 2010 Maintenance

Find the amount of white space used by Exchange databases:

Get-MailboxDatabase -Status | Select-Object Server,Name,AvailableNewMailboxSpace

Change Exchange default OST file location

Change OST in each Outlook profile

Remove Exchange using ADSIedit

Remove Exchange using ADSIedit

Grant user access to modify distribution groups

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Regex Golf

Regex Golf:

Match one list but not the other using Regular Expressions.
Good practice for a very handy skill.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

The KAMPfire

This is a tasty little number. It's a little bit sweet and very smooth. It's called The Kampfire. No, it's not designed to be consumed around a campfire, there's another reason it's so named.

  • 1oz coconut rum
  • 1oz chocolate vodka
  • 3oz coconut water
Mixed the ingredients together and serve over ice. Delish!