Entries from February 2009

February Article Up at Simple Talk: Exchange

Date February 27, 2009

My second article is now up and available at Simple Talk: Exchange. The title is A SysAdmin's Guide to Users, wherein I discuss methods of interpersonal communication and policy writing. Please check it out, and if you'd rate it, I'd be very appreciative! Also, if you haven't subscribed to the newsletter, you can do that […]

Emergency Server Room Light

Date February 24, 2009

For those of you reading this on Tuesday, Feb 24th, Woot.com has LED touch-n-lights on sale 2 for $7.99 ( + $5 shipping ) Little battery operated lights like this make excellent emergency lights for the computer room. If your electricity is out and you've got to work in there, these things are life savers […]

Musings on Computer Security

Date February 23, 2009

This is another from my LiveJournal, written October 14th, 2006: While reading my new "Netscreen Firewalls" book for work, I chanced upon the following sentence (paraphrased): "ScreenOS is more secure than open source operating systems, because it's source is unable to be searched for vulnerabilities" Normally I would ignore such tripe as the rantings of […]

How to ask questions on the internet

Date February 22, 2009

This was originally written on October 23rd, 2007 and post in my livejournal. It ends short, but the idea isn't too bad, and the content isn't yet out of date. As the internet has become ubiquitous over the past decade, it has become our primary research tool. Seemingly endless in the knowledge it contains, we […]

Undelete any open files in Unix/Linux

Date February 20, 2009

Here's a great post by Chris Dew about how to undelete any file that is still open. There are some unmentioned prerequisites, like a "modern" kernel, but otherwise this should work. As Chris explains, the underlying magic is because when programs hold a file open and that file gets deleted, the data doesn't get deleted. […]

Step back from the ledge, careercast says it's all ok

Date February 20, 2009

Apparently, Computer System Analysts are the third least stressful jobs in America. According to the description on their site, Computer System Analysts "plan and develop computer systems for businesses and scientific institutions". I'm sure in whatever make believe world they live in, there's a magic wand that you can wave and infrastructures grow like corn. […]