FreeBSD’s UEFI boot loader now supports ZFS pools

As of r294999 it’s possible to boot FreeBSD/amd64 stable/10 from ZFS pools on systems running UEFI firmware. Up until now I have booted my UEFI ZFS laptop using the older boot1.efi boot loader with /boot located on a UFS partition. Earlier today I updated my EFI System Partition (ESP), put /boot back where it belongs, in the ZFS pool, and scrapped the UFS partition. Thanks to everyone who made this happen.

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for Vocational Education

I think Microsoft should create Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for Vocational Education, consisting of:

  1. Word
  2. Excel
  3. PowerPoint
  4. OneNote
  5. Access
  6. Publisher
  7. Outlook
  8. Skype for Business
  9. InfoPath
  10. OneDrive for Business
  11. Project
  12. Visio

I.e. the regular list of Office 365 ProPlus products plus Project and Visio. The reason is simply that Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus is incompatible with DreamSpark Premium licensed versions of the regular Microsoft Project Professional 2013 and Microsoft Visio Professional 2013.

For all I care, Microsoft could even remove Access, Publisher, and InfoPath, if it makes it easier for them to add Project Pro for Office 365 and Visio Pro for Office 365.

Apache 2.4 and authentication from specific domain names and IP addresses only

I upgraded Apache from 2.2.31 to 2.4.18 on one of my servers. For one particular directory and its subtree, I needed authentication from specific domain names and IP addresses only. If the request doesn’t come from one of the whitelisted domain names or IP addresses, then Apache shouldn’t bother asking the user for authentication, but flat out refuse any service, aka “403 Forbidden”. Programmers refer this to short circuit logical AND. Have a look at C style logical AND, and the keyword andalso in Erlang. Continue reading Apache 2.4 and authentication from specific domain names and IP addresses only

Outlook 2010 and KB3114409

After installing KB3114409, Outlook 2010 started only in safe mode, even when told not to do so. Removing KB3114409 solved the problem.

wusa /uninstall /norestart /kb:3114409

QA at Microsoft keeps lagging behind. A few weeks ago, HTML email made Outlook 2013 crash due to “improved” font handling, courtesy of KB3097877. Others were unlucky and couldn’t login until KB3097877 was removed. Curiously, RDP remote login wasn’t affected.

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