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iptables v1.4.2 trouble

Tech: 

So I've been playing a lot with iptables again at work. I've worked out a couple different rules for trying to limit how many hack attempts actually get through to the box, and one of the steps I took was to craft up two rules to limit the time that someone can connect to the box via ssh. I typed it all in and got the following error message.

iptables v1.4.2: Unknown arg `(null)'
Try `iptables -h' or 'iptables --help' for more information.

Open Office 3.2 Released!

Tech: 

It has been almost eight (8) years now Open Office 1.0 was released. And in that time the project has really matured and come into it's own. Today they released the new version 3.2.

It has a bunch of new features (outlined here: 3.2 New Features. A couple of the bigger "new featuress" are: faster start up times; improved compatibility with open standard (ODF) and proprietary file formats, Support for Postscript based OpenType fonts, and new chart functionality.

Windows7: MsMpEng.exe

Tech: 

Windows 7 is out to the general populace and comes with a brand new set of fun. So far since I installed x64 Enterprise edition (One of the benefits of my job) it has been remarkably stable. I love how fast my machine boots, and how I can "wake" it up using my keyboard. It actually boots faster then my Linux box... but I digress.

WOW: New system sound!

Tech: 
RPG: 

Marduath and I were talking today and decided that the Windows XP default "bong" noise when something bad happens needed to be changed. So we picked out a new sound, and now my machine makes that sound instead (see attached file).

Here is how you can do it to!

Using Classic view
1. START -> Control Panel -> Sounds and Audio Devices
2. Click on the Sounds Tab
3. In the "Program Events" window scroll down until you see "Critical Stop"
4. click Browse
5. copy the sound file into the window and select it, click ok.

Symantec Antivirus 9 managed install

Tech: 

So if you ever have to deal with a "Managed" installation of Norton / Symantec Antivirus (in this case v9) and cannot seen to uninstall it because it asks you for a uninstall password remember that the password is "symantec". We have some older machines on the network that our last audit missed as being originally installed by someone other then us. As it turns out he had set them up as managed installs, and well they haven't updated their virus definitions in almost 2 years. Of course since they are managed one cannot change the settings.

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