Archive for the ‘3rd Party’ Category

Use FireFox 3D view to diagnose CSS issues

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

It’s been a while since our last post as I’ve been busy with my other blog,, but this little gem was too neat to pass up (thanks Aseem for the tip!).

When diagnosing complex CSS or HTML issues with multiple layers, there’s a nifty little 3D view built into FireFox that allows you to rotate around all the various layers, inspecting the elements that may be causing you problems.

Simply hit F12 to bring up the debugger pane (which, incidentally also opens the dev tools in IE and Chrome as well), then click the “3D View” button:

IPv6: The Internet’s bottomless pit of IP addresses

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Doing a lot of government contract work, the question of whether WebCenter Interaction supports IPv6 or not comes up quite a bit. In the coming weeks I’ll write more on this topic, but I thought I’d just get this party started with a bit of a fact check in simple bullet form. It turns out that the question isn’t really whether WebCenter Interaction supports it, but whether your NETWORK supports it. Here are some facts to get us started, and stay tuned to our IPv6 updates for more information on the topic in the coming weeks.

  1. IPv4 – the nnn.nnn.nnn.nnn addressing scheme we’ve all come to know and love is running out of space – there are only so many combinations of numbers, and we’re pretty much out of them.
  2. IPv6 is the new version of the addressing scheme that contains a virtually unlimited supply of addresses.
  3. The world is adopting this new scheme VERY slowly – the country with the HIGHEST adoption rate – Norway – has only 50% penetration.

  4. The US Government has mandated that the federal government must transition to IPv6 by the end of FY 2012 (that’s September!).
  5. Even if we were able to convert all sites to supporting IPv6, the vast majority of clients still won’t work with this new addressing scheme. Browser compatibility and operating system support are very strong – you most likely have a supported browser and OS. The problem is that the NETWORK just isn’t there: most likely your ISP doesn’t support it yet, and it’s possible that your network hosting provider doesn’t either!

In other words, as a systems administrator the job is mostly out of your hands – you need the network guys to catch up on this one. That means DNS entries, hardware upgrades, and routing changes – all of which take time. The coming posts will mostly focus on the SYSTEMS side of the equation – how do you make your portal work with IPv6? – and you’ll be surprised how easy your job is compared to the NETWORK side.

Run explorer.exe if Remote Desktop Doesn’t Work

Monday, June 20th, 2011

If you’re using Windows for your WebCenter platform, you no doubt use Remote Desktop to RDP into the servers every now and then to run updates and diagnose issues.  Sometimes, though, you just get a blank window:

Strange right?  Well, for this particular anomaly, there’s no need to call up IT to reboot the stubborn box.  Just run explorer.exe under the “Programs” tab in the Remote Desktop Connection properties window:

Boom! – system tray is back:

Wall of Shame Rant: Beware Shady WCI Consultant Resellers

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

The views and opinions expressed herein are not necessarily the views and opinions of Integryst, LLC.  No, wait.  They are.

I hate spam.  Spam in my mind is like getting mugged at knifepoint for a nickel.  Sure you’re not completely destitute when it’s over, but you just feel dirty knowing that that shady character is going to turn around and keep mugging millions of others.  It’s the people that buy these goods and services that keep shady operators operating, but hey – I don’t blame you, Mr. Penis Extender Guy.  I blame the Nigerian Prince who keeps emailing me in the first place.

I had an idea last year – even registered the domain name – that is simple in its premise:  Set up a “white-hat” botnet that would launch denial of service attacks on spammers so that the next Nigerian prince gets 10 million fake bank account numbers trying to help him move his millions across international lines, submit millions of fake credit card numbers to the V1gr1a vendors to steal for their own illicit purposes, or simply launch a DDOS attack on the site to knock it offline and protect Grandma Mildred from making a mistake buying from these people.  My opinion is that if you hand that mugger a fake nickel and he gets busted for counterfeiting when he tries to spend it, the ends justify the means.  But apparently my legal counsel (thanks Bill!) advises me that there are numerous ways to run afoul of the law on this according to the Virginia Computer Crimes Act, Virginia Code § 18.2-152.1 et seq.  So, in the absence of doing anything interesting (or illegal), I submit my idea to the world for someone else to implement.

The definition of spam is a bit nebulous:  I have a lot of contacts I’ve worked with over the years.  If I email one of them an unsolicited – but personalized – message, is that “spam”?  I’d say no; it’s just reaching see how they’re doing and see if there’s any way to help them out.  If I email all of them the same form message, is that spam?  A little greyer, to be sure, and something I wouldn’t do. 

Before I get into the root of this rant, just know that there are still a lot of reputable, experienced firms out there that can help with your AquaLogic, WebCenter, or “Enterprise 2.0” needs.  I started Integryst with a specific focus on honesty, integrity, and excellent service.  And I know it sounds idealistic, but I’m just as interested in you having a successful WebCenter Integration as you using Integryst to do so.  As such, here are some other great firms who can help you out (disclaimers included):

  1. Function1 (I cofounded this company in 2007, and while I left in Jan 2009, as of this writing I still have a vested interest)
  2. PPC (I count several consultants here among my personal friends, but they’re some of the most talented people I know in the industry)
  3. Idhasoft (I have partnered with this firm on at least one proposal, and they’ve got another of my personal friends/college roommates among their ranks)
  4. Oracle (I worked for Plumtree and then BEA, leaving shortly before Oracle acquired BEA, but I still have lots of friends and colleagues there)

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