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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.

Dec 20, 2008 - 2 minute read - Comments

Vacation!!!!

Wow, I’m on vacation. No exotic destination this time, unless you consider the flights of fancy from reading lots of sci-fi, fantasy and more tech books and journals than I’d care to think about. Time to get my house in order as they say. I have about 3 years worth of neglected projects sitting around and I’m overwhelmed with the possibilities - where to start? I have 15 issues of Make: to inspire me, 2 microcontroller prototyping systems, VoIP servers, web servers, specialized computers, steampunk, etc.

Dec 18, 2008 - 3 minute read - Comments

Items from the December Meeting

Well, I don’t know about everybody else, but I had a good time, at least after I made it inside. We had a good meal, several amusing conversations, notable example keywords and phrases would be: Palindrome, Penny Lane and “dislocated my leg”. For Bruce: I do hope he’s OK and that was some manner of overreaction to something equally odd but less disasterous. On to my little offering for the interested who followed my sporadic phone calls and emails:

Nov 26, 2008 - 1 minute read - Comments

It seems IBM has decided to make Lotus Notes available for all OS major platforms and free

The Internet Journal has an article on this at: http://www.intranetjournal.com/articles/200811/ij_11_24_08a.html It would appear to want Microsoft to lose it’s position at the top of the Office Suite chart. I’m not sure about it yet, but I have decided to download it and try it out. After all, if it performs as advertised, then it’s usable on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. To make it even more interesting, it uses Open Document Format by default and while it can’t handle the Office 2007 extensions yet, that will be a plugin at some point.