April 1st, 2002 | Posted by administratrix in Blurbs - (Comments Off on 5w+0d)

“Five weeks menstrual age (3 weeks after fertilization), the embryonic period begins.”

There’s a pregnancy calendar at Yahoo.com. The thing will be 7mm long by next Thursday! My due date is sometime during the first week of December, although I guess first babies are always late.

I suspected Saturday that I might be pregnant. Sunday, when Brett and I were at Wal-mart and I said I wanted to buy a test, he said, “Yeah, since we both already know that you are, we might as well!” He was so gleeful that it made me giggle. I think he’s really happy, really into it. Strange. When we got home I had to pee, so I took the test immediately. It was a really, really, really, REALLY faint positive after two or three minutes.

When I looked again about 30 minutes later, it was a perfectly respectable, VERY positive. Which either means I’m about to miscarry, or simply that I’m at the absolute very beginning of the insane hormone wash and I?m testing a few days too early.

DNS, Cobalts, Web Sites, etc.

February 2nd, 2002 | Posted by administratrix in Reference - (0 Comments)

These are my training notes from when I transferred into Engineering in 2002 or so. I keep them on the web because I still refer to these now and again… generally for Unix commands I’ve spaced. Heh!


cd /usr/local/bin

./add_domain domain.com ipaddress

./add_domain domain.com IP.IP.IP.IP

cd /etc/namedb

vi domext.db

:%s/86400/300/g (‘g’ to change refresh/TTL globally)

/usr/local/bin – ./remove_domain dom.ext (remove and rename to domext.old.db)


1. In FM db, locate next In Process record.
2. Check whois to determine if the domain is available.
(a) Use F9 on Madison, and/or
(b) Use whois at OpenSRS or at Network Solutions.
3. Go here and apply for the domain name.
(a) Choose Place Order Manually. Enter the request for the domain name.
(b) Always copy the domain name from the FM record to avoid typos.
(c) Contact email is always admin-at-lisco-dot-com
(d) For renewals:
i. Check on the primary DNS server first, to see that the record is really expired.
1. F9 and domain name
ii. If they want it renewed for more than one year (the default), remember to change it after it’s been approved.
4. Update the FM record with the application info.
(a) Remember to copy the SRS ID number back into FM db.
5. Get the next available IP address.
(a) cd /etc/namedb
(b) vi XXXX.XX-rev.db
(c) add a new record at the bottom of the file:
i. Ctrl-F to page down
ii. o to create a new line and start with insert mode
iii. Copy info on preceding line (or type it in)
(d) Write down the new domain’s IP address.
(e) Update the serial number (page up is Ctrl-U)
(f) 😡 to Save the file.
6. Edit/update all three DNS servers.
(a) vi /etc/named.conf
(b) Find the entry alphabetically preceding the new domain (/domain_name to find) and copy it.
i. Ctrl-F to page down
ii. 5yy (DNS1) or 8yy (DNS2, DNS3) to yank lines
iii. Insert the copy (P to paste).
(c) Update the new entry with the new domain’s info.
i. Delete the old name (dw = delete word)
ii. Shift-Ins the domain name (copied from FM)
iii. Verify the type of domain (ex. .com, .org, .net)
(d) 😡 to Save the updated file.
(e) On DNS1, copy the temp file and make a new db record for the new domain name
i. cp temp.db domain.db
ii. vi domain.db
1. :%s/temp/domain/g
2. If a suffix other than .com:
a. :%s/domain.com/domain.net/g
b. change the “com” on the ORIGIN line to proper suffix.
(f) Change IP by adding the final octet
(g) Change/update serial number
i. r for replace
(h) 😡 to Save the updated file.
(i) After completion, reload all three (F11) on DNS1.
i. dbreload
7. Check log for errors on all three servers.
(a) cat /var/log/daemon.log |grep domain
8. Create the site on web server.
(a) Go to http://webserver_name/admin/ and add a virtual site.
(b) Add a user.
i. Get the requested username and password from the FM record.
ii. Make sure you give this user admin access.
(c) Test the site.
(d) Email welcome.
9. IF the site is to be FrontPage enabled, telnet into web server and enable FrontPage extensions.
(a) Enable FrontPage.
(b) Enable subwebs.
10. Do a whois a day or so later to determine that the application is complete.
(a) F9 then type domain name.
(b) Email welcome domain when the domain is active in whois.
(c) Change status in FM to Active.

Link: Ping from OSX

February 2nd, 2002 | Posted by administratrix in Reference - (Comments Off on Link: Ping from OSX)

How to ping from OSX: In Mac OS X, how can I check to see if a computer is on the network?.

CAT-5 Pinouts

January 21st, 2002 | Posted by administratrix in Reference - (Comments Off on CAT-5 Pinouts)

Welcome to my RJ11 and RJ45 pin-out cheat sheet! I referred to this a lot when I was first pulling cable, but really all you need to do is memorize the two end types.

(Click the image to embiggen.)

Wire colors:
wo = white orange
o = orange
wg = white green
bl = blue
wbl = white blue
g = green
wbr = white brown
b = brown

Pin out for CAT-5 Plug

Make both ends the same (make both ends B): wo o wg bl wbl g wbr b

RJ45 for an ethernet jack

Ethernet is on 1-2-3-6



1-3 and 2-6 are reversed (make one A end, one B end): order is 3 6 1 4 5 2 instead of 1 2 3 4 5 6

RJ11 Phone Jack

6-pair jack = 3 & 4
8-pair jack = 4 & 5

Two Jacks on CAT-5

1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8

Jack 1:
1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8

Jack 2:
1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8

And here’s some good info.

My SecureCRT Hotkeys

June 21st, 2001 | Posted by administratrix in Reference - (0 Comments)

Every time I reinstall SecureCRT I discover I’ve managed to lose my hotkey file. Below are those damn commands that I need all the time but don’t have memorized.

F1 r7

F2 whois -h whois.arin.net

F4 cp /usr/home/mushlette/temp.db /etc/namedb

F5 cd /etc/raddb\rvi users\r/#LISCO\r

F6 10yy9jpdwi

F7 \e:x\r

F9 whois -h whois.networksolutions.com

F11 kill -HUP `cat /var/run/named.pid`

F12 logout \r logout \r

Farm Diary

April 24th, 2001 | Posted by administratrix in Blurbs - (0 Comments)

In July 1999, Farmer Doug made us go to the birthday party of a ten-year-old in Batavia. The party was at a place that turned out to be for sale and Brett & I fell in love with it. Twenty-seven acres, two ponds, fruit trees, a thousand row feet of established asparagus, a stand of lovely old white oaks, and a funky old house with an interesting history and badly in need of a remodel.

The rest, as they say, is history.

For the first six months we lived here, I kept this little diary and it’s still fun to re-read every now and then. But over the years I’ve discovered that living in an old, run-down farm house under construction is both a never-ending list of minor problems and not all that terribly unique. I do love it here, though. (Check the gallery for visual aids.) It’s quiet, the closest neighbors can’t even be seen from our house, and it’s dark at night.

Anyway, enjoy the Farm Diary.

The old Cobalt RAQ and RAQ4 servers had their own special quirks. Below are instructions for fixing a couple of the more common ones.

Telco Trouble Numbers

April 21st, 2001 | Posted by administratrix in Reference - (Comments Off on Telco Trouble Numbers)

List of telco numbers; to report trouble on circuits (LADS, EELs, UNEs, etc.)

AT & T 800-325-123
GTE Circuit Repair 800-483-2000
GTE Multi-Line 800-262-4831
GTE Bus. Office 800-483-2000
GTE Acct Rep 813-273-2927
INS 515-830-0440
INS 515-830-0496
ITS 877-905-4692
C & W Circuit Repair 800-663-9932
USWest-circuit repair 800 227 2218
USWest Telephone Repair 800-223-7508
UWest ISP Repair 800-660-8987
USWest Rep 800-879-6300 Ext 4348
UsWest Cir Enterprise 1-800-373-1368
IES 800-822-4348
Sprint Phone: 1-800-877-5045
Routing Phone: 1-800-232-6895 option 3
INS Pone: 515-830-0440 Option #1
Quest Switch People 888-678-7070 x31
Quest Ticket Center 800-233-7508 x21

FrontPage Extensions

March 21st, 2001 | Posted by administratrix in Reference - (0 Comments)

Enabling and disabling FP extensions on Cobalt RAQ and RAQ4 boxen.

Admin Mail

January 12th, 2001 | Posted by administratrix in Reference - (Comments Off on Admin Mail)

Administering mail.