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May 7, 2011 - 2 minute read - Comments

Trying out the iOS client

Sitting down and trying a blog entry via iPad. The intent is to see if the app is useful or not, rather than the content of the entry. So far it seems to be of limited utility, as it has no useful formatting capability, just plain text. I’ll have to see what the posts look like after this is published. It would be nice if I could inline an image from the camera or photo album.

Apr 22, 2011 - 2 minute read - Comments

April Meeting Follow-up (updated)

First off, I’d like to thank Yanick for the great presentation. It’s been a while since I looked at new features in perl and I’m inspired to install 5.12 and start utilizing all of the stuff that’s now available. Who knows, might be some good thinks for the $DAYJOB hiding in there. I did ask for a copy of the slides and as soon as I get them, I’ll post them to the download section.

Apr 14, 2011 - 1 minute read - Comments

April Meeting

Title: April Meeting Location: Pythian Link out: Click here Description: Perl talk from Yanick Champoux, one of the Pythian SysAdmins Perl Hackers. Synopsis: One of Perls’ original raisons d’ętre was to be a sysadmin’s best friend. Come and find out how to to leverage Perl for everyday administrative tasks. We’ll cover Perl’s command-line arguments Well-known idioms for common situations Perl as ‘sed’ Perl as ‘awk’ Perl as ‘find’ From one-liner to small script and back Leveraging TAP as a system monitoring tool Must-have modules And much more.

Mar 30, 2011 - 2 minute read - Comments

Mentoring - second post

Well, it’s been off to a slow start, mostly my fault, due to tax filings, getting up to speed and that stupid cold that has been affecting people in the \$DAYJOB arena. It feels like someone is randonly stuffing cotton balls into my head and then pulling them out. Foggy… Clear… (repeat). Did I ever mention that I hate colds? You are not ill enough to be unable to work, just slow and stupid - and they linger!

Mar 20, 2011 - 1 minute read - Comments

Post March Meeting Followup

Just so we have some notes fro the meeting, I have to provide the following presentations before our next meeting: The finished Secure FTP Server presentation The SSL Certificate and useful commands presentation A short piece on care and feeding of an Apache based Secure file downloading service I mentioned BSDCan 2011 again. http://www.bsdcan.org - the site appears to be working now, so it must have been an anomaly.

Mar 20, 2011 - 1 minute read - Comments

LOPSA mentoring

Back in November or December I told the group about the LOPSA mentoring project and the call for volunteers at the community meeting at LISA. I believe that I had also stated that I had volunteered to be a mentor and I’m happy to announce that a project came up and that I have been matched up with someone who requires assistance with a backup system. While we haven’t really started yet (this only just happened) I’m hoping that it will be a pleasant experience for both of us.

Mar 7, 2011 - 1 minute read - Comments

BSDCan 2011 is coming...

BSDCan, a BSD conference held in Ottawa, Canada, has quickly established itself as the technical conference for people working on and with 4.4BSD based operating systems and related projects. The organizers have found a fantastic formula that appeals to a wide range of people from extreme novices to advanced developers. BSDCan 2011 will be held on 13-14 May 2011 at University of Ottawa, and will be preceded by two days of Tutorials on 11-12 May 2011.

Feb 22, 2011 - 1 minute read - Comments

Password Cracking Spreadsheet

I mentioned the password cracking spreadsheet at Sans.org in our last meeting, here is the relevant link: Password cracking spreadsheet On the same site there is a discussion on the issue of passwords vs. passphrases and the spreadsheet is mentioned again: How long to crack a password