Archive for March, 2007

Chester Lake Snowshoeing

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

There has been quite a bit of snow up in the Spray Lakes area. We decided to try the Chester Lake Snowshoe Trail. It was raining on the drive down Highway 40 towards Kananaskis, but it changed to snow as we started to ascend up the Smith-Dorrien road. By the time we got to the Chester Lake parking lot, it was dumping.

Here’s Linda standing in the snowshoe trail. You can see just how much snow there is piled up on either side:

The clouds parted briefly when we got to the lake, and we could see the surrounding mountains:

Another great day in the mountains!

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Friday, March 30th, 2007

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Thursday, March 29th, 2007

More on Searching

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

When I was presenting to the Calgary Java User’s Group about Building your own search engine, the topic of Egothor came up. I’ll have to check it out. See my previous comments on searching email.

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Password lockbox

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

With the advent of Sarbanes-Oxley, it seems everyone is hot to start changing their passwords on a regular basis. This is enough of a problem for people, but when systems need to use passwords to get things done automatically, it turns into a nightmare.

I started putting together a specification for a password “lockbox” that would handle this. It would have to be able to handle standalone machines that were their own security domain (e.g. Unix with local passwd file) or a group of machines that share the same password (e.g. NIS or AD). It would be nice if you could encode the password expiration policy and have the system automatically change the password for you so it wouldn’t expire. You’d want sophisticated ACLs to control who can see which passwords.

Yesterday I went to a presentation from a company about a product of theirs that seems to cover all of this and more: Cyber-Ark’s Enterprise Password Vault.

It’s not cheap, but on the old build-versus-buy continuum, I think this is one I’d rather buy.

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

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Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

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Monday, March 26th, 2007

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Monday, March 19th, 2007

QueryForm

Monday, March 19th, 2007

QueryForm: a Swing-based Java tool for editing database tables.

For those times when you just don’t want to write a CRUD interface or use raw SQL. DbVisualizer’s “Update where” and “Insert into” functionality is OK for one or two rows, but this tool lets you edit many rows almost painlessly.

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