Jul 15

Mark Siwiec Review – how not to sell real estate

Mark Siwiec of Nothnagle Realty in Rochester is a real snake in the grass. We were interested in a house in NY and he was the realtor for the property. From day one we had nothing but problems with Mark Siwiec and his agency. He only communicated when it was beneficial to him. He was deceptive and uses unethical and probably illegal tactics to sell houses.

We were very interested in a house, and put through an offer of pretty much what the seller was asking. After submitting a very good offer toward the house, our agent was notified by Mark Siwiec that there was another buyer that was going to make an offer that night and to let us know that we needed to make our best offer. So, we upped out offer again to over the asking price for the house.

We waited for a few days to find out that our offer was “probably going to go through.”

We were happy, but I started to get an uneasy feeling about the transaction. Had we been hoodwinked into paying more based on a fictitious third party? We asked our realtor if there was any record of another interested party or another offer,  we were told there is no record and it is just a matter of trust.

Well, I would not trust Mark Siwiec. Hopefully this will reach someone googling Mark Siwiec and will be warned that he is deceptive and unethical.

Thank Again!

Jun 14

Wave of the Future – Windows for Workgroups 3.11

Just because I was feeling nostalgic, I installed MS-DOS 6.22 with Windows for Workgroups 3.11 as a bonus! It really is amazing the amount of steps that used to be required to get a PC running and useful. Had to install CDROM drivers, Memory Management Software, TCPIP Stack, Network Drivers, and Display drivers. Linux and Windows really has come a far way in the last 15 years.

Windows for Workgroups 3.11

Feb 22

Restore OVM 3.x Manager with MySQL database

Mount OVM Manager CD
Run the runInstaller.sh -u {UID of OLD Manager}

Restoring the MySQL Database for Oracle VM Manager

To restore the database to one of the available backups, the manager and the database need to shutdown, for example as the root user execute the following commands:

# service ovmm stop; service ovmm_mysql stop
To initiate the restore, as the oracle user, use the RestoreDatabase.sh command located in the /u01/app/oracle/ovm-manager-3/ovm_shell/tools, for example:

# su – oracle
$ bash /u01/app/oracle/ovm-manager-3/ovm_shell/tools/RestoreDatabase.sh
AutoFullBackup-10222012_162543
INFO: Expanding the backup image…
INFO: Applying logs to the backup snapshot…
INFO: Restoring the backup…
INFO: Success – Done!
INFO: Log of operations performed is available at:
/u01/app/oracle/mysql/dbbackup/AutoFullBackup-10172012_122920/Restore.log

IMPORTANT:

As ‘root’, please start the OVM Manager database and application using:
service ovmm_mysql start; service ovmm start

The RestoreDatabase.sh script expects the name of the directory for a particular backup directory. You do not need to specify the full path to the backup directory as this is already specified in the DBBACKUP variable.

Once you have restored the database, restart the database and manager as the root user:

# service ovmm_mysql start; service ovmm start

IMPORTANT:

Make sure your time is correct! I spent 2 hours troubleshooting login issues to new environment and it was the TIME@@!@!!!!!

 

Feb 20

Install VMWare Workstation on Fedora 20 64bit

There was a problem compiling the modules for VMWare Workstation to work on Fedora 20. Turns out there was / is a bug with netfilter.

From https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/VMware

$ curl http://pastie.org/pastes/8672356/download -o /tmp/vmware-netfilter.patch
$ cd /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source
# tar -xvf vmnet.tar
# patch -p0 -i /tmp/vmware-netfilter.patch
# tar -cf vmnet.tar vmnet-only
# rm -r vmnet-only
# vmware-modconfig --console --install-all

Feb 20

VirtualBox install on Fedora 20 64bit

Since I always forget the details, here is how to install VirtualBox on Fedora 64bit

  • Download and install VirtualBox
  • Install the following required packages for /etc/init.d/vboxdrv to setup correctly
    • yum install kernel-headers kernel-devel dkms
  • Next run the /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
  • You should see the following output

/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
Stopping VirtualBox kernel modules [ OK ]
Uninstalling old VirtualBox DKMS kernel modules [ OK ]
Trying to register the VirtualBox kernel modules using DKMS[ OK ]
Starting VirtualBox kernel modules [ OK ]

 

start Virtualbox

Feb 17

OVM 3 Mass Upgrade

Doing a mass upgrade on OVM 3.1.1 using Cisco UCS Manager. 10 servers at a time!

ovm 3, upgrade

Feb 04

Weblogic startup scripts using “UpStart”

I previously wrote on how to create weblogic startup scripts using standard init.d scripting. There is an even easier way to do things now. Why not use upstart, which is an event based replacement for the /sbin/init daemon.

Simply create a file “wlnode.conf” and put it in the /etc/init directory. This will start the Weblogic Nodemanager. You will need to modify based on your installation of course.

1st Weblogic Server

/etc/init/wlnode.conf

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start on runlevel [345]
# console output
exec /bin/su - oracle -- /u01/app/oracle/middleware/user_projects/domains/DEV_domain/bin/startWebLogic.sh

Now you want the Weblogic Admin to start as well? Create a file called wladmin.conf

/etc/init/wladmin.conf

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start on runlevel [345]
# console output
exec /bin/su - oracle -- /u01/app/oracle/middleware/user_projects/domains/DEV_domain/bin/startWebLogic.sh

Do you have any instances? You can start them too. Create a file called wlinstance1.conf

/etc/init/wlinstance1.conf

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start on runlevel [345]
exec /bin/su - oracle -- /u01/app/oracle/middleware/user_projects/domains/DEV_domain/bin/startManagedWebLogic.sh instance1

To start and stop and find status, simply run “start wlnode”, “stop wlnode” and “status wlnode” using whatever you named your config file in /etc/init.

If you have a cluster setup, then you need to make sure the node manager is running and configured correctly on the second server. Once that is setup, you can add the following Upstart config files to bring everything up.

Second Weblogic Server

/etc/init/wlnode.conf

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<code lang="text">start on runlevel [345]
# console output
exec /bin/su - oracle -- /u01/app/oracle/middleware/user_projects/domains/DEV_domain/bin/startWebLogic.sh

/etc/init/wlinstance2.conf

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start on runlevel [345]
exec /bin/su - oracle -- /u01/app/oracle/middleware/user_projects/domains/DEV_domain/bin/startManagedWebLogic.sh instance2 http://centos.my.lan:7001

This is just a quick example and much more can be done using UpStart!

Nov 30

40″ Monitor – Black Friday Special

Well, it’s Black Friday 2013 and I managed to only spend a little. But what I got was so cool, i had to write about it…

I spend a lot of time in front of my computer, more that I would like to admit. My job basically ensures I am in front of a computer at least 5 hours a day. So, this Black Friday I splurged.

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My setup consisted of a 24″ AOC Monitor next to a 27″ Dell. The Dell is beautiful but the AOC had some pixels missing and picture was so so. So, I almost made it through BF without spending the usual 1g but rounding out the night at Target of all places, I saw this one lone Magnovox Doorbuster sitting there waiting for me to take him home.

I originally was looking at at cheap Westinghouse 37″  720p resoution for $260 or so but wasn’t completely sold. I knew that after I took it home, looking at a display of 1280×720 would not cut it.

So for $299 i picked up a 40″ 1080p Magnovox 40ME313V TV/Monitor for my PC setup. As I am typing now, let’s just say it is awesome. The screen is basically a wall in front of me and resolution, picture quality is great. My 27″ Dell looks like little bro next to this monstrous piece of electronics.

So, if you’re looking for a cool upgrade to your PC and don’t want to spend 1000+ dollars, this one for you.

Nov 24

Slow internet speeds at Starbucks

As I sit here in Starbucks, waiting for my 1MB file to download, i thought I would write this small blurb on how the AT&T / Starbucks union has failed. It seems that AT&T has turned down the dial on the throughput that is allowed on its wireless networking. I have experienced this on at least 4 local Starbucks where download / upload speeds are basically unusable.

Previously, speeds were at least 1-2 Mbps and now are 400 Kbps. In my profession, i connect remotely to work so I need a minimum of 1 Mbps to work efficiently.

I understand that bandwidth costs money but throttling down internet speeds actually decreases business for Starbucks, at least in my case. Now I make the 100yd walk to Panera now which has great internet services.

I spend “A LOT” at Starbucks, easily over $50 a month, come on guys get with the program. Welcome to the 10′s

 

 

 

 

Nov 06

New Rims!! Does that say Mercedes?

Found these on Craigslist. I had to put 10mm spaces on front and back and use longer Lug nuts up front with longer Studs in back. I think they turned out pretty sweet. She handles much better than my skinny original 185x14s. Thanks to Chris at www.t3technique.com for helping out with info and hardware.

 

vanagon rims mercedes

Sick Rims!

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