ISA Server and slow SSL

Over the last 4 months I’ve been attempting to track down and solve a problem with ISA Server and an SSL web service we were using. Initial access to the site was fine, but about 3 or 4 pages in, access would become painfully slow and page elements or entire pages would fail to load. This problem was most evident in Internet Explorer, but would also appear in Firefox. It was also most visible on this one particular web service we use, but at times showed up on many other SSL-enabled sites. Last Monday I finally figured out what was happening and solved the problem. It was right in my face the whole time.
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Making the most of VIM

I’ve long considered vim to be one of best editors on the planet, and it’s been my preferred editor for a little over 4 years now. The funny thing is, after 4 years of using it, I still consider myself a beginner with it. That’s how powerful this program is.

In an effort to further school myself in this program, I stumbled upon an excellent guide called Efficient Editing With vim over at Jonathan McPherson’s home page. This is an excellent guide to for someone familiar with vim’s basic editing tasks, who is looking to increase their efficient in moving around a file.

Linux 2.4.x PCMCIA is the devil

Okay, maybe not the devil, but I spent two nights trying to figure out why my Debian box kept locking hard with a 2.4.17 kernel. Turns out, the PCMCIA support in that kernel just wasn’t up to snuff. It’s funny, because it seemed to work just fine, it initialzed the PCI-to-PCMCIA bridge just fine, but would hard freeze the entire machine right before a login prompt. Removing the kernel PCMCIA support and compiling a custom pcmcia-cs package solved it right quick. Then, however, Debian’s DHCP client didn’t like something, so I had to grab a copy of pump, and now I’m surfing happy with my wireless network.

A word to the wise, avoid the 2.4 series PCMCIA kernel support…