Friday, April 13, 2007

Holy Hand Grenades, Batman!

That's the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!

And it's alarmingly close to campus!

Consult the Book of Armaments!

The problems with custom numberplates

If you're going to do something bad:

then don't get custom plates.
[yes, this is private property - a parking lot at UCT]

I guess if the local traffis' get their act together like their up-country brethren, then that plate should be changed to just "KY WP"...

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Easter shopping

A picture of some of the queues at the Pick 'n Pay in Kenilworth Centre over the recent Easter weekend.

Telkom wire it up

Apparently Telkom came to the UCT campus to upgrade our Intertubes. Notice the extremely high capacity wires they will be installing:

As to why they seem to be attached to the engine - the reason is obvious. Telkom is planning to rev up [oops - wrong rev] our linespeed.

And a closer look at that wire:

To those that suggest that Telkom is merely using the vehicle's battery to power some sort of torch, I can only laugh (at Telkom)

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Firefox, Novell client, and Microsoft ISA, oh my!

If you want to access Internet resources from within UCT, you traverse some sort of proxy server.
For "performance reasons" UCT now use Microsoft ISA instead of Novell BorderManager.

UCT is reasonably enlightened, Mozilla Firefox is pre-installed.
Hello? 1.0.8? Heckfire that's old!
In fact, 1.0.8 was released after the sunset announcement for the 1.0.x line.

So why not install or even Gran Paradiso 3.0 Alpha 3 (handy-dandy LEG mirror for the UCT-enabled)? It works fine and most of the intranet stuff supports Firefox well.


Since we are using generally using NT 5 (er...Windows XP), ISA ends up trying to authenticate with the local workstation credentials, which are pretty useless as we don't login to the local workstation with our UCT credentials, but rather some stub account. So when you try surfing, you end up with an endless amount of popups asking for credentials for ISA. You can type in the correct[ed] version of your username and password, but even asking Password Manager to remember the password does not help.

The trick is to open the hardcore configuration (go to about:config) and search for network.auth.use-sspi and disable it. Then enter the username/password combo once and let it be remembered.

Et voilá!