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SSH2 SFTP in Dreamweaver

The short fix for (Macromedia) Adobe's Dreamweaver and Contribute failure to connect to a default SSHd sFTP account configuration is thus: you must enable
PasswordAuthentication yes

It's an interestingly undocumented requirement, but is required to connect from these Windows/Mac tools. The default SSHd configs seem to cause troubles. So, if you are an admin, just adjust the sshd_config appropriately and then:
ps -aux | grep sshd
(find the pid that matches sshd, then:
kill -HUP [the pid number you just found]

All Your Privacy R Belong to Us

Information giant LexisNexis announced after an
extensive internal review that a security breach previously announced
could affect some 310,000 consumers, including 15,615 Floridians. - The Miami Herald

In less than seven weeks' time it has been revealed that, in addition
to privacy invasion outfits ChoicePoint and LexisNexis, payroll handler
PayMaxx, Bank of America, health care heavyweight San Jose Medical
Group, California State University at Chico, Boston College, the
University of California at Berkeley, and a large shoe retailer called
DSW, have all lost control of sensitive data concerning millions of
victims. - The Register

eMusic Downloads

eMusic has special introductory deals where they lure you in by offering a month's worth of free downloads. It's a commercial service, not a filesharing system. You buy legitimate files that are licensed for download. I'm a big fan of downloading. It's not the highest quality sound, but then neither is CD. A 256 bit sample (mp3) is a pretty good substitute if you can't listen to the analog version (live). eMusic offers an interesting selection of music at a deep discount to buying cds.

Behold, the Podcast

The bloggers took over alt.news services during the 2004 election. The ever strengthening army of indulgent genXers have proven Andy Warhol to be the twentieth century's Nostradamus. Everyone who wants it, literally does have his very own fifteen minutes of fame. First we saw the text bloggers, photobloggers, the audiobloggers, even a few video bloggers. Now the podcasters step up for their slice of the fame pie. Poor traditional media.

Unix Help Blog

I had a problem with sshd, and found lots of useless theories about what it might have been, many worded as though the writer had a clue and wasn't just throwing darts in the dark. Someone pointed me to raditha.com, or as he calls it "The Site with the Lamp". He just outright answered my question immediately with no garbage. Neato!

Gas Prices and the Economy

There's no question that substantially higher gas prices will impact the average consumer's wallet. The economic debate is how high is real bad and how bad will the impact be? Think about it in tangible terms. If you know that all your basic goods: food, clothes, business supplies, arrive in trucks that use fuel, then it's not a big leap to understand that if fuel goes up substantially then the cost of those goods must go up as well. Add to that the reality that most of us travel great distances to get to work, school, and the myriad of places we go to conduct our daily lives. So, you slow down your consumption, because you strive to limit your travels and things cost more. You consume less and therefor participate in depressing the selling market. End result: recession.

Warning, He's Geeking Out!

From time to time, I have to "geek out", as some call it. It's just a period where I'm enthralled with nerdy technical stuff that most people don't like to hear about at dinner tables, or luncheon booths in loud eating establishments for that matter. If you find my blog entries and articles relatively difficult to follow during those times, fret naught! I will soon return to the more "normal" world you live in soon enough.

For those of you that enjoy learning, rock on!

Firefox Limits Eye Strain

I can't read MySQL's website or their docs, because they insist on using funky miniscule lettering and light colors on syntax examples. I know SOMEBODY's got to have complained about that by now.

But, it's cute... what else matters, right?

Anyway, I just turned off Page Style in Firefox. Click on View > Page Style > No Style. And, it's legible. It saves eye strain and drops all the cuteness for when you just need the text - clear.

SFTP Made Simple (and free)

Core FTP is free. At least it is for now. It handles SFTP fairly cleanly and fast. I just turned on a client to the program, since they didn't seem to be able to get anything else to work with their new server (which I'd really rather they not access with standard FTP). I don't think I'll ever allow standard ftp to my server again. It's too risky.

Federal Income Tax Reporting... and, Software Screwups

If you receive W2s, and you likely do, you give those as sole evidence of income reporting and tax remitted for certain forms of income. Some of us have small businesses that receive W2s, some of us receive them from jobs, and some of us receive them for all sorts of other reasons. But, no matter how or why you receive W2s, you should know something about the software that generates these reporting documents. It may report something completely different that the amount of money you actually paid the government. It's possible you have paid more tax (or more has been taken from your check) than is reported in your W2.

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