Ottawa Valley SAGE

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Jul 15, 2009 - 3 minute read - Comments

Rules to live by

Well, advice anyway. During the weekly meeting while the usual suspects were discussing things that do not affect the site here, I was getting some information for a project and ran across an odd link that brought me to a page that had an interesting looking link on the sidebar. Clicking on it, I was looking at a personal observation page reflecting on the 5 things the author had gotten from his father:

Jul 14, 2009 - 4 minute read - Comments

Sometimes it's a good day.

Today did not start our so well, my client ran out of home directory space. Not that this was unexpected. Yesterday I noticed we were down to 20GB of shared space. Sounds like a lot, given that there are less than 100 people and this is unix home directory stuff. I went out a warning that we were running out of space and it was time to do some clean up.

Jul 14, 2009 - 1 minute read - Comments

Since I'm considering changing the site engine...

I may as well look at changing the whole colour scheme and logo. The current one was something I put together in a hurry one night and while servicable, it could use an improvement. If anyone wants to try their hand at a logo, feel free. We can even vote on it. I may even be able to provide an O’Reilly book as an incentive. I’m partial to the soft Blue tones, but looking at some themes on other sites, there are many other things that can be done.

Jul 14, 2009 - 2 minute read - Comments

Changing site engines seems to be a good idea...

I’ve found enough information on converting from Drupal to Wordpress to make it worth the effort. Once done, the directory structure and the setup seem to be much more intuitive that the Drupal interface. Who knows? Maybe I’m just lazy. Seriously though, the site has gone through 3 revisions over the years and a couple of mailing lists. Interestingly enough, I still have all of the data, even from the first days (written in MS Front Page) and a yahoo group for the mailing list.

Jul 13, 2009 - 1 minute read - Comments

July Meeting

As most of you know by now, we are pushing the July meeting out a week so it will not conflict with Blues Fest. July’s Topics: Kelly will be doing one on VMware and NetApp storage Scott will be showing an “ignite talk” There may be a third presentation time permitting 19:00 at Pythian

Jul 6, 2009 - 2 minute read - Comments

It's the Uncle Bloggy Show...

It seems I’m a bit verbose this week. First, my ISP is still having problems letting me send email from my servers. I am of the opinion that rebooting a cisco router multiple times a day in the vain hope that I will get the port unstuck is a bit much to expect. So far, no response to my question as to how much longer I will have to put up with this.

Jul 5, 2009 - 4 minute read - Comments

And sometimes you forget to hit submit.

At least that is what happened in my previous post, which is why it only showed up today. Of course, even if I had hit Submit, you probably wouldn’t have gotten a notification… ISP issues… My outbound email was blocked at least most of last week if not longer. I really have no idea how long, but my mail server does show successes up to at least June 17, so it had to be working until then.

Jul 4, 2009 - 3 minute read - Comments

Mass password changes...

Every now and then you have to do one of those fun tasks like change the passwords on everything at a site or data center or whatever. Bloody frustrating is what it is when you have to do this for a couple of hundred unix boxes AND you have to use different passwords depending on what the box is classified as. Back in the day (early 1990’s), Don Libes had put together a tcl tool kit called expect, which could automate all manner of things.