Ottawa Valley SAGE

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May 18, 2007 - 5 minute read - Comments

BSDCan 2007 - Day 3

Day 3 - New toys, short(er) presentations Opening keynote/opening session Dan has gotten quite informal with this and it goes pretty fast. The keynote started late (people still registering), so it was brief and just welcomed everyone, mentioned some evening activities (including the BSDcert beta tonight), what to after the conference on Sunday, and the fact that pgcon is on next week. First session - Coverity Code audit and testing software.

May 18, 2007 - 2 minute read - Comments

BSDCan 2007 - Day 2

Day 2 - much quieter. No interruptions from work, just my own distractions from filming the talks. Morning: Bacula - network aware backups It’s amazing that I have never seen Dan’s talk before, given how long I’ve known him. I always skipped it as “I know this stuff,” so it was interesting to go over it from a fresh point of view. I’m now going to implement it internally on my home network.

May 17, 2007 - 4 minute read - Comments

All about ovSAGE (well, the old about)

This was originally the About page for the site. A few things have changed over time, as I have adapted to meet the changes. You should see the original from the first web page. What is ovSAGE? ovSAGE is a recognized local affiliate of the System Administrator’s Guild (SAGE) and the League of Professional Systems Administrators (LOPSA), founded in 1998 in Ottawa, Ontario. We are primarily a group of system administrators from around the National Capital region that meet once a month to be social, get a heads up on new ideas, technology, and to have a little fun.

May 17, 2007 - 2 minute read - Comments

BSDcan 2007 - day 1 (tutorials)

Day 1 is completed - so far so good. Other than some difficulties with the room wiring, causing me to miss most of the morning session on VOIP, things went well. Maybe I can get a copy of the slides to go over. On the plus side, the wireless networking was flawless after I took a shortcut to solve the room jack issue. I did manage to take a photo of the presenter and a shot of the room on my PDA, so that will get posted eventually.

May 16, 2007 - 1 minute read - Comments

BSDcan 2007 starting Wednesday...

It appears that I’ve managed to get myself volunteered for the wireless networking for BSDcan. That’s interesting, especially when I haven’t set up a network for a conference before. Luckily, I’ve been able to get some assistance from the previous wireless maintainer. In the past, the conference used NetBSD for the gateway machine and standard NAT and dhcp to provide the networking, so I went with the old standard. This is interesting simply because I haven’t used NetBSD before.

May 8, 2007 - 2 minute read - Comments

BSDcan coming up next week.

Well, the BDcan 2007 conference starts in a week. I’m looking forward to it, as I actually plan on attending a few of sessions this time. In the past it’s been a little randon if I attend a session as it’s usually a last minute decision. The first year I was taping the sessions, so I never actually managed to listen to the session. I missed the next year due to work commitments, and the year after that I was doing security (checking to see if people actually were supposed to be there), so I ended up sitting in on whatever I was closest to.

May 7, 2007 - 1 minute read - Comments

May Meeting - email configuration in postfix

The May meeting will be pushed out a week, due to the BSD Canada conference. It would be too difficult to race from the conference to the meeting, so I’m bumping the meeting a week. Don’t forget the topic for this month, configuring email. I believe we were going to look at postfix (which should be new to most of us). If you have a laptop, feel free to bring it along.

Apr 26, 2007 - 3 minute read - Comments

MacBook exploit (actually java exploit)

I just saw this in my email and decided to pass it on. The original article is posted on ZDnet. It’s interesting and hopefully it will be addressed quickly. Rumors are flying that Dino Dai Zovi’s MacBook Pro exploit has been swiped and is making the rounds online. An anonymous blogger claims he/she was able to monitor the network at CanSecWest security conference and snag a full packet capture of the contest, which pitted hackers against two new MacBook Pro machines: