Technology Insights

Macbook Pro Date and Time: Unable to Determine Current Location at this Time

I travel a lot and I have noticed that the timezone on my mac book wasn’t updating properly. I was getting lots of wrong meeting times in Outlook and various other apps that depend on time. I was getting pretty annoyed at this and decided to figure out what was up. I was pretty sure this was supposed to happen automatically so I decided to have a look and figure out what was going on.

Technology Errors

FileZilla Transfer Speed Display, FileZilla FTP Not Showing Transfer Speeds

Tonight I was downloading some packages from a community FTP server I am a member of and noticed that the transfer speeds were not showing after I started to process the FileZilla FTP transfer queue. Initially I figured I must have unchecked a toolbar or accidentally modified a view setting without knowing it. After reviewing the FileZilla configuration I couldn’t find anything that specified the display of the transfer speeds. Below I show FileZilla when it is not displaying the transfer speeds when it is in the middle processing a queue, what steps I took to resolve the issue, and last but not least what FileZilla should display when it is processing files from the transfer queue.

Technology Insights

Set Time For Polycom SoundPoint Phones Via CFG Files, Override DHCP NTP Settings For SoundPoint Phones

While working on various things in a Asterisk VoIP deployment earlier I needed to override the DHCP NTP settings for a specific phone because this particular user was remote. The configuration file for their phone was actually using a different outbound proxy and SIP registration server address so they could operate remotely. One of the issues pointed out to me was the fact that the phone’s time was never correct and after some basic investigation I was able to locate the issue which is described below as well as how to override the DHCP NTP address settings via the Polycom SountPoint CFG (configuration) files.

Technology Insights

Gentoo Server Error: Superblock mount time is in the future

I was working on a Gentoo server today and had another time stamp issue. This may have been related to the one I wrote about yesterday because in addition to that error now I was getting a “Superblock mount time is in the future” error which was saying that the mount time of my drives was in the future. The server would not boot and I had to run a manual fsck every time to get it to boot. Clearly this was not normal behavior so I decided to dig into the problem. I rarely reboot the servers so I never noticed this behavior.