wtorek, 26 lutego 2008

Mailbox migration, C drive running out of space and other *fun*

Mood: Stabilized
Sound of the day: What if I say I will never surrender!

The regular reality brings you the number of small, administrations problems, which you have to "micromanage" by yourself. As I have been asked couple of time how to manage them - here there is a couple of tricks...

Mailbox migration
Assuming you have regular Exchange server, your Outlook points to OST or PST file, which is stored by default at "C:\Documents and Settings\[login]\Local settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.xxx". Do not be surprised if you notice that this file weight couple of GB. If you have PST file it means that you are a lucky guy and you have fully movable copy of your mailbox; if you copy this file on any medium you will be able easily to restore it on the other PC. That is the best way to import/export your PIM data.
If you have OST file, the situation is more complicated as in this case the data are offically on Exchange server and the OST file can not be opened on the other machine, which has no connection to that server. Offically. Inoffically there is a couple of possible tricks... The best one which worked for me and the mailbox from Outlook 2003 was to pay 15$ to PasswordCrackers, who transformed for me OST file to PST file. In fact I just have followed Matt Goyer .
I am quite sure that they have used that they have used one of possible solutions like Outlook Recovery Toolbox or from Nucleus Technologies, but the trial versions of these will not be enough and paying 60 and more $ for a software, which you probably use just once is pointless.

C drive running out of space
I am in situation where there is no space on C drive and plenty of it on D drive.
Sounds trivial like the problem for dummies? Believe me it is not, if you start running out of ideas.
Having just XP, full Office, MS Project, SQL Server (installing this one od D drive was a horrible experience) and VS 2005 plus couple of the other small items believe me that after a year of use 12GB becomes very tiny space.
After I have uninstalled number of unnecessary things there, cleaning regullary all temp files including waste bin, there was still a problem. If you run out of the ideas I suggest you to follow the checklist:
  • Install free OverDisk software which will show you in cool way what eats your hard drive
  • Ensure that you do not have any old user profiles, which may weight even 1 GB
  • Clean "C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Installations" directory which may store even couple of GB of patches from MS
  • Decrease the size of the virtual space
  • Turn off hibernation
  • Turn off System Restore
  • Turn off File Protection
  • Turn off HD indexation
... and then my todays discovery with OverDisk. Check how much weights your archive.pst file, which you may easily move from C to D drive (in my case it was over 1GB!).
After whole process do not forget about disk defragmentation, what truely saves you nerves decreasing the chance of blue screen during system heat-up.
... and at least but not at last
Live well with your local administrator :D

poniedziałek, 18 lutego 2008

Dual-use items

Mood: Too much work
Music: Cool sounds

Introduction - Background of the story
Taking a part in one of the tenders, I was surprised by the issue called "dual-use items". The thing was put on the table by Jakub Manikowski from IBM, who pointed out that exporting some items from EU country, outside EU borders bring you within the range of these regulations. "Dual-use items" are in general, items which may be used for military or civil purposes and surprsingly it applies also to some advanced technology including even some better IBM servers. Somehow in rings the bells in the head, but... Step-by-step... First the homework ;)

EU regulations
The whole thing is defined by fat, 215 pages long EU regulations No. 1334/2000 (polish short version) and there is couple of surprises like:

  • passing the technology via "electronic media" (8)
  • software is next to nuclear weapon !!! (Chapter I, Article 2a)
  • "oral transmisttion of the technology by phone"! (Chapter I, Article 2b iii)
  • "This Regulation does not apply to the supply of services
    or the transmission of technology if that supply or transmission
    involves cross-border movement of natural persons." (Chapter II, Article 3.3)
The key thing is that if your product is on the list you need to manage "individual permission on the export", which is defined in Article 7. The permission must created according to the template in Appendix IIIa (p202) and "in accordance with the indications set out in Annex IIIb (p205) " (Article 10).
The items are listed in Commerce Control List (CCL) categorized by ECCN numbers Export Control Classification Number, which are common for EU and US. The first number of the ECCN identifies the category to which it belongs, for example, 1 = Nuclear Materials Facilities and Equipment, 4 = Computers, 9 = Propulsion Systems, Space Vehicles and Related Equipment. Next the letter specified the product:
A. Systems, Equipment and Components
B. Test, Inspection and Production Equipment
C. Material
D. Software
E. Technology
Among things on the list, the most interesting are (for me obviously ;) ):
  • 0D001 Software specially designed or modified for "development", "production" or "use" of goods specified in this Category (p. 42) - Category 0 "Nuclear materials, facilities, and equipment"
  • 0E001 similar for "technology", what may means whatever including hardware
  • 1D Software for Category 1 "Materials, Chemicals, Microoranisma and Toxins" including software for radars (1D103) (p. 73)
  • 1E102 Technology according to the General Technology Note for the "development" of software specified in ... (p.74) and similar in 1E202, 1E203
  • 2D Software for Category 2 "Materials processing" (p.94) - among others "capable to coordinate simulatenously more than four axes for counturing control"
  • 2E Technology - among others "Technology for development of interactive graphics as an integrated part in numeric control units for preparation or modification of part programmes" and "Technology for development of integration software for incorporation of expert systems of advanced decision support of shop floor operations into numerical controls units"
  • 3D and 3E, Software and Technology for Category 3 "Electronics" (p. 124) - among others some kinds of CAD software
  • Category 4 "Computers" (p. 126)! - among others "equipment designed for image enhacment and signal processing" (4A003), designed and modified for fault tolerance (including some mirroring mechanisms!), operating systems designed for "multi-data-stream processing" (4D003a)
  • Category 5 "Telecomunications and information security" (p. 136) - "fiber cables and accessories for underwater use" (5A001c2), "Equipment employing digital techniques designed to operate exceeding 1,5 GBit/s" (5B001b1), "Equipment employin)g optical switching" (5B001b3), symmetric alogirthms can not exceed 64 bits! (Note3 p.142) and assymetric exceeds 512 bits (5A002a1b), smart cards regulations incl. money transactions (p. 144)
  • 6DE for Category 6 "Sensors and Lasers" (p. 169) including software for Air Traffic Control (over 150 simolatenous system tracks)
  • 7DE for Category 7 "Navigation and Avionics" (p. 176) inclduing the software which reduces GPS navigational errors, some kinds of CAD software
  • 8DE for Category 8 "Marine" (p. 186)
  • 9DE for Category 9 "Propulsion systems, space vehicles and related equipment" (p. 195)

The list of countries which does not go into "dual-use items" regulations is provided at p. 200 and it includes countries like US, Canada, New Zeyland, Australia and Japan.

There are three ways how you can define if particular item goes into dual-use items regulations or not:

  • Do it your self
  • Ask the manufacturer
  • Get offical classification from appropriate beurue in EU country or from BIS in US

Other sources

In US you must be aware of Export Administration Regulations

In US law there is a specific difference between the item, where "No Licence Required" (NLR) and the one which is not listed yet in CCN (EAR99).

BIS posses dedicated SNAP-R service to register export licence application

Some news about last changes in EU regulations


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