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Apr 12, 2009 - 1 minute read - Comments

April Meeting

Looks like we have a new home. The Pythian Group has offered us use of their space and it may be more convenient for some of us, as it is now downtown. I was originally going to go over the repurposing of old watchguard units as firewalls or possibly talk about asterisk but that didn’t pan out. Due to an excessive amount of work over the past couple of weeks, all I have had time to look at was replacing my DSL modem and watchguard unit (running monowall) with a cisco 2621 router and a WIC-1ADSL card.

Feb 16, 2009 - 1 minute read - Comments

February Meeting

This Thursday, 19:00 at Fidus. We have a proposed topic of “Cloud Computing” and it is an interesting topic. I’m not sure that everyone has thought about the long term implications of on-demand computing or how it would affect the way we work. I’m sure it will be an interesting discussion. Other things of note would be that I will be (if not by the time we get the meeting going) setting up an Asterisk server for my home use.

Feb 8, 2009 - 6 minute read - Comments

Legacy software, modern hardware, Solaris 10 and interesting behavior...

I got back home from Toronto somewhere around 02:30. Warning: Never do this alone! Well, good thing I didn’t… Some of that gear can be heavy, so a second set of hands is useful. Loading it into a personal vechicle is also easier with two people - good thing I don’t have a tiny compact car. I can just see this happening in a SMART car or an Innocenti (yes, shudder).

Jan 22, 2009 - 1 minute read - Comments

KACE systems management - commercial alternative to cfengine and puppet

Just learned about this line of commercial systems management appliances (company is named KACE) in a LOPSA forum: http://www.kace.com/products/systems-management-appliance/computer-management-software-alternative/index.php Has anyone heard about or worked with/tested these products?  

Jan 7, 2009 - 1 minute read - Comments

Lack of backup shuts company down

For those who haven’t heard about Journalspace.com going the way of the dodo: hothardware.com/News/Sabotage-and-Lack-of-Data-Backup-Sink-Company/ Lessons from this incident abound: Choosing a sysadmin (what kind of sysadmin thinks that RAID = backup???) Managing IT Dealing with fired employees that have the keys to the kingdom

Dec 24, 2008 - 1 minute read - Comments

Vacations that are not

Today I was mostly left alone. Gotta love vacation. No progress on the rework of my computers, but I guess that’s what happens when you get caught up in the last throes of a dying year. Now I have to figure out how to take a day off the first week back :) On the plus side, I should be left alone for the rest of this day and tomorrow at least.

Dec 24, 2008 - 1 minute read - Comments

December Meeting

I know, the meeting is long past. I did want to say that we did in fact have a meeting and that we were having a social meeting. Dinner at Ceylonta 19:00 to 21:00 bring a guest.  

Dec 20, 2008 - 6 minute read - Comments

IT is not a place to cut your budget.

It’s amusing in a way. For years I’ve been sounding off on how any well run IT shop is not a profit center for a company. It doesn’t have to be a major drain on the resources, but IT is not a place to make money unless you sell IT services, but then your own IT is still a cost center. A good IT shop will reduce your cost of doing business, but it does take investment in the function.