Friday, August 27, 2010

Thumbs down: Seagate BlackArmor 220 NAS

I am selling Seagate Blackarmor NAS I bought three days ago! Why? Well, basically I did not do enough research. This NAS looks good but that's about the only thing it does well.

For one it does not support Mac, which is very big concern for me. I need a NAS that can work with Mac AFP protocol, support iSCSI, support TimeMachine AND encrypt volumes at the same time. Seagate, as it seems, only supports the latter. The integrate looks so 2000 with basic HTML. Compare it to QNAP's Ajax driven interface.

One more nail to the coffin - the DLNA streaming to my PS3 does not work.

Yes, you guessed, I am selling Seagate and buying QNAP, 259 Pro specifically.

So Seagate, come to your senses and produce something that is not just for Windows users and works well for media streaming.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Monday, August 9, 2010

One registry key and what a mess it does to Windows!

In my network I have several computers and servers, most Windows (XP SP3 and Win7). About two months ago I started noticing strange behaviour across some PC and 1 server.

Symptoms
1. Windows Update Service stopped downloading updates.
2. McAfee Total Protection SaaS client stopped downloading updates with an error message: Component's digital signature cannot be verified.
3. Windows Update stopped working complaining about digital signatures with error code 80092026

Resolution
After some digging on the Internet I found only a few indication of the problem. And one of them was correct: http://blog.stealthpuppy.com/windows/windows-update-80092026-plus-certificate-crypto-operation-failed

Looking at the registry entry (HLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\TrustedPublishers)I discovered one particular key that was present only on systems experiencing problems.

The problem has gone away as I deleted the key. The systems are working fine now.

I hope this helps someone.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

New task management system

I had been using Apple Mail functionality to manage my to-dos and tasks. Lately I realised I need to get more organised, i.e. use computer in more sophisticated way and started looking for task management software.
First obvious requirement was availability for Mac, iPhone and iPad. This narrowed contenders to merely two: Things and OmniFocus. Both are not cheap, though Things will set you at around half what OmniFocus commands.
I tested both for few days and decided to stick with Things for these reasons:

  • The interface is cleaner and smoother
  • Their iPhone and iPad applications work better for
  • I can use Tags
  • I can use responsibility areas for never ending tasks
  • It is cheaper
Will post more when I will have been using it for some time.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Troubles with Apple Mail and multiple certificates

Back from holidays, refreshed and blogging again.

Today I needed to send an email signed with my certificate issued by Czech authorities. I also have Verisign email certificate and both are imported into my Keychain. I was looking for a way to tell Mail which certificate to use, but there is only one button:


I was searching on the Internet and there are two ways to tell Apple Mail which certificate to use:
1. Go to KeyChain Access and disable certificates that should not be used - in my case the Verisign certificate
2. Delete all certificates and import them in the order I want to use them.

Come on Apple, even Outlook can do this as well as Thunderbird, which is by the way much better in handling PGP secured emails.

I hope this helps someone.