Entries from September 2010

DNSSEC Interview on the USENIX Blog

Date September 29, 2010

I got lucky enough to be able to interview Alan Clegg, who’s teaching a class on DNSSEC at LISA’10 this year. It’s one of those up-and-coming technologies that’s going to be here by the time most people realize they need to learn about it. Register for LISA now to get the early-bird special and take […]

Facebook and their response to an outage

Date September 24, 2010

Yeah yeah, I know, facebook is a waste of time, not worth your consideration, a blight upon the landscape…right. I’m not going to argue your feelings about that. What I will say is that it is an absolutely gigantic, huge, immense, gargantuan infrastructure that has been engineered to death to make sure that it never […]

LOPSA Mentorship Program Launched!

Date September 22, 2010

I deeply believe that by forming social bonds with others strengthens each of us, and empowers us to do more than we can alone. Because of that, I heavily support LOPSA’s new program of mentorship. The idea behind this program is that to mature into a capable administrator means interacting with and being guided by […]

Ubiquitous mobile connectivity in Europe

Date September 21, 2010

(Please note that I’m speaking as a dumb American in the following entry. If I’m incorrect, please comment and let me know) My users are pretty funny sometimes. The questions that they ask are done innocently enough, and most of the time, they’re completely ignorant of the ramifications of us providing a solution (example? “Can […]

Windows 8 Poll (from 4sysops.com)

Date September 11, 2010

This poll has been going on for quite a while, and I’m pretty far behind in posting it, so hopefully Michael Pietroforte will forgive me :-) Most of us have to deal with Windows in one way or another. For me, it’s my end users, and this is the year that I convert them from […]

Intermediate Certificate Hell

Date September 10, 2010

I’ve got a small infrastructure. I think, all told, I deal with something like 3 or 4 SSL certificates, maximum. Probably less. This means that I don’t deal with them very often, and last night was my first time dealing with intermediate certificates. Ye gods. A quick introduction to how SSL certificates work may be […]