November
30
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Work) by Justin on 2005-11-30

A while back I wrote about how stupid I was by locking myself out of Microsoft’s Group Policy Editor when I failed to specify it as one of the “Run only allowed Windows applications” in gpedit.msc

Well, I found my remedy today after almost doing the same thing again. This time, I was clever enough to remember to add “gpedit.msc” to the list of allowed applications, but I was still ignorant because I failed to connect to dots that are Microsoft in my head. You see, .msc files are snap-ins/templates for the Microsoft Management Console. See where I’m going yet? Listing “gpedit.msc” as an allowed app does you no good at all. To make this work, you need to allow “mmc.exe” which is the application called upon to open the given .msc file. Simple enough.

So anyway – now that I know the proper way to allow gpedit to run, how do I unlock these two computers I have now without resorting to reinstalling Windows? On one of the computers (a Windows 2000 machine), I had allowed cmd.exe aas well as the MS Office applications, so I fired up my command line and typed out this:

cd \WINNT\System32
copy mmc.exe winword.exe
winword

Voila! I have MMC open now. Go through these steps to add the Group Policy snap-in to the interface:

  1. Click on File->Add/Remove Snap-in
  2. Click the “Add” button
  3. Select “Group Policy and click the OK button.
  4. Click “Finish”
  5. Click “Close”
  6. Click “OK”

Now correct those policies that you configure wrong you big goof!

The other PC, running Windows XP had ONLY Mozilla Thunderbird as the allowed app and this worked a charm:

cd \Windows\System32
copy mmc.exe thunderbird.exe
thunderbird

Then just repeat the above steps to add the snap-in and correct the necessary policies.

Hopefully this helps someone. Sure beats reinstalling Windows.

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November
30
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2005-11-30

I’m in search of some code for creating a chat bot for AIM, MSN, and possibly Yahoo IM and Google Talk. I found some Perl code that might work, but it looks pretty nasty (well, considering it’s Perl I guess it looks pretty good actually). Anyhow, these bots only need to do one simple thing – take an IM from a user, relay it to email, and let the user know that their message has been processed. Any thoughts? I’d prefer something that will run from a Linux CLI – but I’m open to other options I suppose.

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November
29
Filed Under (Life, Politics) by Justin on 2005-11-29

Like Brandon, I don’t know what to think of this. He posted about this and you really need to go read what he quoted especially if you don’t bother reading entire article here. Scratch that – go read BOTH – now.

Reading the excerpt at Brandon’s blog almost brought me to tears, but then I clicked on through to read the full story at the LA Times website. This part literally took my breath for a few moments:

Harrison opened an obstetrics and gynecology practice, but after the Supreme Court established abortion as a constitutional right in 1973, he decided to take on an additional specialty. Now 70, Harrison estimates he’s terminated at least 20,000 pregnancies.

That’s 20,000 babies killed. “Terminated” is not nearly descriptive enough of a word. The thought of that many children being murdered by ONE person sickens me. So many quotes from that article just make my jaw drop:

In regards to finding out that pregnancy was the reason for her “distended stomach”:

“Oh, God, doctor,” the woman said. “I was hoping it was cancer.”

And when the doctor advised a patient that abortion may become illegal in the US someday:

“I can’t imagine the country coming to that,” says Kim, 35, in for her second abortion in two years.

A high school senior says the issue won’t weigh heavily when she evaluates candidates. “There’s other issues I see as more important,” she says, “like whether they’ll raise taxes.”

He calls himself an “abortionist” and says, “I am destroying life.”
But he also feels he’s giving life: He calls his patients “born again.”

I just cannot believe people would be some ignorant, cold-hearted, and inhumane. God have mercy on these peoples souls.

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November
23
Filed Under (Life) by Justin on 2005-11-23

I received some incredible news earlier this week about some things that have been happening recently in Moscow, Russia. It’s important to note that prior to March of this year, there were ZERO Protestant churches in the region of Moscow that we worked in – Goluvinski. Our mission team’s primary objective was to help the team of Russians spread some literature offering folks a free bible and inviting them to participate in a bibly study via mail (aka a correspondence course).

Several weeks after our trip, we began receiving updates from the Stameys that they were simply overwhelmed at the response they had received. If I recall correctly, they ended up having over 100 people interested. Now if you do the math, 100 people out of the roughly 20,000 postcards we delivered, that doesn’t seem very good. But coming from a place where people have been so oppressed for so long, 100 responses was awesome. After our Russian friends received the cards, they would hand-deliver the bible and the study material and began to develop relationships with the people.

Now this is where the story starts getting even better. A few months ago, the American missionaries (the Stamey family) and the Russian team leaders decided it was time to have a face-to-face meeting with anyone interested and began searching and praying for a place to have this gathering. The Russian Orthodox church mostly has a strangle-hold on government-owned facilties such as recreation centers, public gyms, and libraries and if the local bishop doesn’t want anyone using such a place for whatever reason they desire, it usually doesn’t happen. But God works these things out for us! Genadi had began developing a contact in a library in the Goluvinski region and they agreed to let the team have their meeting there just ONCE and see how things went and they would then re-evaluate to see if the group could meet there in the future.

They had their meeting. Split into two, 30-minute segments was a bible study time and then a praise and worship style church service for the believers in attendance. After the meeting, the library director agreed to allow the group back again the next month, and again re-evaluate afterwards. The group as been meeting there every month for about four months now I think. How awesome!

But let’s not stop there… What set off this post was the email I received earlier in the week. This message wasn’t actually meant for me, but was forwarded from elsewhere and not deleted, so I read it anyway:

Just to encourage you, let me tell you that last Sunday we had 38 people present at the new church. about 10 of these were unbelievers. Most of them are contacts made through the invitations you guys gave out. Also, one young man came with his grandmother to the church. He received a Bible and a correspondence course and the next week, He accepted Christ. God is at work drawing people to himself in Moscow and he continues to bless and build on the work of the Crestview team.

That is the most encouraging message I could ever receive. God is using the work of our team and I feel so blessed to have been a part of His plan. It’s so absolutely incredible to think that this young man has came to know Christ as a result of an invitation placed in his mailbox – an invitation that maybe I personally stuffed into an envelope, stamped, or delivered to his grandmother’s apartment. To think that God might have used me for such a job just blows me away.

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November
23
Filed Under (Humor) by Justin on 2005-11-23

I just want to point out something that’s been bothering me for over a year now, and I never got around to posting about it during the 2004 Holiday Season. KFC and Bojangles both offer ready-to-go, yummy, turkey family dinners. I know they’re both “yard birds” and all, but it just doesn’t seem right. Along those same lines, I pass both a Chinese take-out place and a Japanese “express” style place on my way back and forth to work each day. The Chinese place hung a sign several months back stating “now serving Japanese lunch specials” in front of the building.

Meanwhile, Chic-fil-a is in full-battle mode lobbying against eating less beef and “mor chikn” – this is what all food places should be doing! Arguing against their competition. I’m telling you, I wouldn’t go to KFC for a turkey anymore than I would go to the Chinese place for some Hibachi chicken. Nor would I go to the grocery store to get a pair of shoes. I guess, in the defense of KFC and Bojangles, they don’t have any competition offering fried (or otherwise) turkey. Their biggest competitior is that guy outside a stadium selling those giant turkey legs.

The Chinese food joint selling Japanese lunch specials is the one I have the biggest problem with. I’m not Chinese or Japanese, and I don’t claim to know anything about either of the cultures, but I would like to think as a Chinese businessman, I would have enough pride in my country and heritage to NOT serve Japanese food in my restaurant. Seriously, I know this is an extreme example, and surely there isn’t this much tension between China and Japan, but would expect to walk in to a Jewish-owned restaurant and order some sauerkraut or some other German-dish? Me thinks not…

Now that I’ve been ranting for 15 minutes on something so silly, I think I’ll go have lunch… Teriyaki shicken no muthrooms please!

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November
19
Filed Under (Geekspeak, WordPress) by Justin on 2005-11-19

It’s being reported by several folks now that WordPress 2.0 has hit Beta 1. PhotoMatt made the official announcement earlier this evening on the wp-testers list. I suspected back in August that the WP team would “jump” to v2.0 instead of having 1.6 be the next release.

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November
18
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Linux) by Justin on 2005-11-18

Hot on the heels of this post from the other day, BetaNews is running a story now with Novell’s response to MS’s “study” and it’s got some good info.
BetaNews | Novell Attacks Microsoft Linux Study

In its study, Microsoft said that Novell’s SUSE Linux required 4.79 times the number of patches. Barney contends that many of the patches in question were for third party applications that simply come bundled with Linux and should not be counted. “The number of patches to fix security vulnerabilities and other bugs can’t reliably be compared between [Linux and Windows],” he said.

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November
17
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2005-11-17
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UNC plus ice cream? Way to go Edy’s!

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