Kings of Leon – Only by the Night

I can’t say I’ve listened to an album so many times after I got it since Bonobo -Days to Come.. I wasn’t even expecting it to be good, so the new Kings of Leon album was a very pleasant surprise! Closer is my favourite track on the album me thinks. Go get it!


Steep – The Movie

I’ve just left the BFI Imax after watching Steep. It’s a movie about extreme skiers and contains a really touching and personal story of a core group of American extreme skiers and their relationships with the mountains. It’s got great cinematography as you can imagine, and some history about the sport for lamens like me (who’ve never even seen a mountain let alone skied one!).
Go see it! It’s a great movie!

Full of techy tricks today..

I’d noticed on my windows servers recently that I’d been trying to run .exe and .msi files from the console and I was getting security errors stating:

Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.

I then discovered upon right clicking properties on the offending exe/msi there’s a dialogue at the bottom of the property screen which announced to me that “This file came from another computer and might be blocked to help protect this computer”.

Well, yeah It came from my administrative workstation over the wire so I could install it!

Anyhoo, next to that statement, the conveniently placed Unblock button served it’s purpose and I could then run the install as per normal.
Hope this saves someone some time as it’s annoyed me more than once recently.

cp command not overwriting

Dirty linux..

Well, it’s not as dirty as some, but my CentOS 5 install wouldn’t overwrite a bunch of files when I told it to cp -r source dest some files.

I discovered the alias command shortly after.

If you type simply alias at your shell, you’ll see a list of items returned as such:-

[root@localhost html]# alias
alias cp=’cp -i’
alias l.=’ls -d .* –color=tty’
alias ll=’ls -l –color=tty’
alias ls=’ls –color=tty’
alias mv=’mv -i’
alias rm=’rm -i’
alias which=’alias | /usr/bin/which –tty-only –read-alias –show-dot –show-tilde’

Notice the alias cp=’cp-i’ .. yeah me too .. little sod.

To rid yourself of this forced interactive version of cp just type unalias cp and you’ll be granted your overwriting powers once more.


Finally, a CCSP to boot.

It’s taken me about 2 years, but I passed the last CCSP requirement exam and received my CCSP certificate and ID card through the post today. I did giggle when I read on the cover note ‘You are part of an Elite group of highly trained networking professionals who have chosen to extend their knowledge and strengthen their credentials through Cisco Career Certifications.’ Makes me sound like I should have some tac boots and an MP5 strapped onto me shouting ‘STEP AWAY FROM THE FIREWALL!!’

Anyhoo, I’m secretly quite chuffed about the whole thing and what made it nice was that the HIPS exam was relatively easy compared to the IPS and ASA exams. Though on visiting the CCSP cert page I’ve noticed Cisco have added retirement dates to some of the exams I’ve done and added more relevant ones (to me at least) which would have qualified me for CCSP status. The one of most interest was the Securing Networks with ASA Advanced exam which I would have swopped with my HIPS exam given the chance. I don’t see myself using CSA anytime soon though it’s good to know the whys and what fors and all that.

As they say .. WINNER 🙂