Holland Consulting was the computer support, networking and
computer security company of Nick
Holland, a member of the small computer industry since 1982.
In 2005, Holland Consulting stopped actively operating for customers,
this website remains as a soapbox for Nick to rant and guide others in
the computer world.
"My goal is to make computers like telephones. No one cares what brand
the phone on their desk is. They pick it up, use it, hang up. They
should just work and let people get on with their work they have to do."
-- Nick Holland, 1988.
"Computers are now like phones. Unfortunately, the phones came
to the computers. They crash. They are unreliable. They often barely
work as phones. They need constant updating, but none of that matters if
you have the right brand phone."
-- Nick Holland, 2007
... and this may have a lot to do with why I am no longer running my
The REAL "five-nines" of IT:
(Stolen from a friend of mine...and this may also have a lot to do with why I am
no longer running my own business
- Is it fast? Nein!
- Is it reliable? Nein!
- Is it secure? Nein!
- Is it documented? Nein!
- Is it maintainable? Nein!
- Nasty security bug I found. Probably doesn't
impact you unless you work in the banking or medical industries. I'll have to post
rest of the story on that one some day...
- Scripts, Programs and Scripting Tips
MOSTLY for my reference, but you might just find something useful or educational.
- rsync notes including --filter="merge file"
- on-line password suggestion utility
Updated to suggest lists of word passwords.
I often have need for random, but semi-rememberable passwords. I wrote this for me.
You are welcome to use it, but see the warning...
Check the dates...not everything is to be considered relevant in today's world!
Old Holland Consulting stuff.
- Notes on using a 4k TV as a computer monitor added 2/2/2023
- Using SSH tunnels Great way to connect to systems inside a network securely and simply -- quick and clean VPN-like thing. Added 4/22/2022
- rsync usage notes especially --filter file format. Updated 8/9/2022
- Windows 10 Installation Tips Hey, new content!
Windows 10 has its downsides, and it has its features. But if you run windows, it's all
you can use now. Here's some tips on doing a good install from scratch. 4/22/2020
- Windows 95/98 installation guide While only of interest to a computer
historian at this point, I leave it here because I think it may have been the BEST guide to the best
way of installing Windows 95 or Windows 98. Maybe WindowsME, but I never really played with it. From 1999.
- Disabling the Windows 9x login screen 11/25/2001
Getting around a bad idea, poorly implemented.
- Firewalling against "difficult" services 10/4/2003.
When I wrote this, most people claimed DNS poisoning as a way to control what happened on and
around your network was considered a "poor" way of doing it, even though it worked BETTER than
most other firewalling solutions other than a full internet proxy.
Now, there are companies providing this service for money. Well, I missed that one, now,
- Accusys RAID box notes. This was BY FAR the best small business
RAID solution I have ever worked with. Wish a modern decendant was
still available now. 7/4/2006
- Notes on Michael Stella's dhcp_dns 11/25/2006
- Fixing DST for Windows 2000. Hopefully, you don't need this. 3/29/2007
A number of people have told me over the years that
they really respected my business practices and philosophy, even after I shut
down, and some have been amused or inspired by how I described my business.
So, I offer these old pages for those that are interested.
But before assuming I was some kind of business genious, keep
in mind I shut down due to lack of new customers.
E-mail email@example.com ("HEY! You should know better than to
put your e-mail on-line in an easy form like that!" Believe me, after having this domain for around 20 years now,
every spammer and scammer in the world knows me)
This web site
and hosted by Vultr.com
If you are looking for a good, low-cost and OpenBSD friendly
hosting provider, Vultr.com has done well by me. And if you click
the link above, they give me a few bucks for referring you!
That is the only ad you will see on this site! Anything else is your problem.
since June 24, 2000
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