South Knoxville Senior Center

Wednesday Jul 21, 2010

Hitchcock Photographic proudly supports the South Knoxville Senior Center’s decision to stay open until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  In addition, our own Zacque Hitchcock will be teaching a low intensity water aerobics class at 5:30 p.m.

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Ten Year Anniversary

Wednesday Dec 30, 2009

     Ten years ago today, the final touches of this company’s business plan were finished and pushed out into the open from a small cubicle at an office of a long-since-dead company.  The primary focus at that time was providing Webmaster and Server Administration skills for fledgling hosting companies.
     Over the next few years, as we began to provide our own hosting and design services, rapid growth allowed us to quit our day jobs.

     Over the last few years, many companies have come and gone, thanks in no small part to the economic instability which has left many people uncertain about the future.  Many companies have become transient, moving to different areas in order to reduce labor costs or take advantage of different niche markets.

     It’s that very thought makes us reflect that we are proud to be an East Tennessee company.  
     But we’re also fortunate that the majority of our services, from Administration Services to Telephone Systems to Web Design and Hosting, can be provided remotely to nearly anywhere in the world.  As a testament, some two-thirds of our business comes from the Western US and Europe.
     But East Tennessee is where most of us grew up.  It’s where we know people, and know them well.  It’s where we’ve made clients who’ve lasted for years and years.  We’re not going anywhere, and we’re still dedicated to providing the best possible service you can get.

     To our clients, old and new, we thank you for helping us go ten years strong, and look forward to a prosperous eleventh year.

     Happy New Year, 2010.

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For instructions using Windows XP see this link:
Windows XP

For instructions using Windows Vista see this link:
Windows Vista using Windows Live Photo Gallery

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New Domain Name Pricing Policy

Monday Oct 19, 2009

In accordance with new Federal Regulations and increased registrar pricing, all .com, .org, .biz and .info have increased, effective October 19th, 2009.

Still, CatalystX continues to beat our competitor’s prices, offering them at only $10 per year.  All .net and .us prices have remained the same at only $8.75 per year.  As an added benefit to our customers both old and new, we now provide .info and .biz domain names as part of our repertoire.

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Canon Point and Shoot Cameras

  1. Mode Dial
    1. Functions
      1. Playback
        1. (Looks like the play button on a VCR or DVD player) This allows for review of images and video that you have already created.
      2. Automatic
        1. (Looks like a little camera)  Sets the camera for general all purpose photography.
      3. Manual
        1. (Looks like a little camera with a capital M)  Sets the camera for more specific photography.  It allows for Manual adjustments in the Apature and Shutter speed.
      4. Scene
        1. (Look for the letters SCN)  Sets the camera for a specific scene.  Allowing for better exposure in the circumstance that the scene is specific for.  See your manuals for details.
      5. Video
        1. (Look for the movie camera)  This mode allows you to make small movies, that may look a little choppy.
  2. White Balance
    1. Auto
      1. Allows the camera to make automatic adjustment to color correct for the type of light available to the camera.
    2. Day light
      1. Adjusts the camera’s color temperature for outdoors under daylight conditions.
    3. Tungsten
      1. Adjusts the camera’s color temperature for indoors under incandesent or household lightbulb like conditions.
    4. Florecent
      1. Adjusts the camera’s color temperature for florescent bulb lit conditions.
    5. Custom
      1. Allows you to photograph a primarily white object and sets the lighting adjustment accordingly.

If there are any questions please feel free to use the contact form on the website.

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Fix for Xbox 360 Open NAT on Linksys

Wednesday Feb 11, 2009

     Router Firmware should always be updated to the latest version if, for nothing else, than to ensure that the security of your network — even if nothing is connected that you’re worried about. Unfortunately, security breaches these days are a nuisance to the Internet as a whole as too many Internet-connected systems are becoming Keyloggers and Spam Zombies which can be used in concerted efforts to lodge both hacks and Denials of Service to other systems.

     Many people have complained about not being able to get the Xbox 360 with Xbox Live to recognize the Open NAT on the latest Linksys firmware. Unfortunately, many “gurus” have asked that people downgrade their firmware on Linksys WRT-based routers, a move which is both a bad idea for security purposes, and leaves other non-WRT Linksys routers without a solution.

     The easy way to get Open NAT on the Linksys is a bit obscure, and perhaps mislabeled in the Linksys interface. Open up the Browser interface to your Linksys ( if you left it as default), and go to your Security section. On the Filter tab, check the box beside “Filter NAT Redirect” and “Save” at the bottom.

     Now, on your Xbox 360, configured with Automatic settings (and not set in a DMZ like many “experts” have recommended), you should now have Open NAT.

Note: On some Linksys routers, the location of these options may change, but a dilligent search through the Web interface should reveal the options.  This solution also works for routers loaded with the much-improved DD-WRT firmware.

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     In Cpanel, performing an EasyApache update to Apache 2.x & PHP 5.x breaks PEAR more often than not.  Cpanel admins and users are left with only the very basic PEAR modules, and are unable to use the Module Installer front-end due to error messages indicating that every package one attempts to install is invalid.
     Attempting to install Net_URL, for instance, results in the following:

downloading Net_URL-1.0.15.tgz …
Starting to download Net_URL-1.0.15.tgz (6,303 bytes)
…..done: 6,303 bytes
Could not get contents of package “/root/tmp/pear/cache/Net_URL-1.0.15.tgz”. Invalid tgz file.
Download of “pear/Net_URL” succeeded, but it is not a valid package archive
Error: cannot download “pear/Net_URL”
Download failed
install failed

     The problem is caused by differences in the way PHP 5.2.x parses code, and can be fixed by manually patching the listContent function in PEAR’s Archive_Tar package.  Open /usr/local/lib/php/Archive/Tar.php and look at the offending Line 220:

//            if (!$this->_extractList('', $v_list_detail, "list", '', '')) {
            $x = $this->_extractList('', $v_list_detail, "list", '', '');
            if (!$x) {

     We commented it out, and added two more lines.  Now, from both the command-line & WHM interface, everything magically works.

Note: In some instances (depending on your OS, Cpanel version & build options — multiple servers show no uniformity), you’ll have to make the same change to /usr/lib/php/Archive/Tar.php.

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/var/log/secure gets slammed with these errors every time anyone tries to connect to any service which requires authorization:

Deprecated pam_stack module called from service
     Unable to open env file: /etc/environment

The fix has been elusive, as Ensim continues to re-write the pam.d files, but running this script will take care of both issues posthaste.

Save this as /usr/local/sbin/fix_pam:


# -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
# fix_pam ver 1.0a
# (c) Copyright 2007 Mark Steel / Catalyst IT. All rights reserved.
# This script may only be distributed unmodified.
# This script is intended to be used to fix the "depracated pam stack module"
# errors on servers and virtual hosts.
# -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

perl -i -p -e 's/required(.*) service=system-auth/include\tsystem-auth/' /etc/pam.d/*
perl -i -p -e 's/pam_pwdb/pam_unix/' /etc/pam.d/*
perl -i -p -e 's/$/ readenv=0/' /etc/pam.d/system-auth

perl -i -p -e 's/$/ readenv=0/' /home/virtual/FILESYSTEMTEMPLATE/siteinfo/etc/pam.d/system-auth
VIRTUAL=`find /home/virtual/FILESYSTEMTEMPLATE -name pam.d`
for i in $VIRTUAL; do
perl -i -p -e 's/required(.*) service=system-auth/include\tsystem-auth/' $i/*
perl -i -p -e 's/pam_pwdb/pam_unix/' $i/*

DOMAINS=`sitelookup -a site_root`
for i in $DOMAINS; do
perl -i -p -e 's/required(.*) service=system-auth/include\tsystem-auth/' $i/etc/pam.d/*
perl -i -p -e 's/pam_pwdb/pam_unix/' $i/etc/pam.d/*
perl -i -p -e 's/$/ readenv=0/' $i/etc/pam.d/system-auth

service saslauthd restart

Run once, and you’re golden.

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Website Redevelopment

Monday Nov 24, 2008

     After using the same site design for eight years, an executive decision has been made:

     It’s time to redesign and revamp our website!

     In coming days, you’ll find more information about our final re-branding under CatalystX and the more robust array of services we provide.

     Stayed tuned!

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Nine Year Anniversary Upcoming!

Sunday Nov 16, 2008

     As we approach our nine year Anniversary in January 2009, CatalystX is now proud to provide, a full range of services including Business and Technology consulting, on-site and remote Systems Administration, Web and Applications hosting, and New Media and Print graphic design services.

     Stayed tuned for more information and deals from CatalystX!

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