Thursday, July 31, 2003

So far so good...

Well I ghosted an image of NT 4 Workstation over onto one of the new boxes. That is up and running on the network using DHCP. I've left another seperate box which was running Red Hat 8 to install 9 as a fresh install over night, as a lot of stuff was missing so a fresh server install was the better option. I've removed stuff that we probably won't use as a complete install is over 4GB & it would be better if it was all downloaded by the time I get there. Of course, you can always add stuff later if needed.

Tomorrow I'll get MySQL, Apache, OpenSSH, Sendmail, PHP and everything else sorted, as this box will be sitting online providing services. Hopefully after securing it up as desired, I'll have time to play with some other boxen. If not, can work on things on Monday.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Design

I could do with changing the design of the blog around a bit, make it more interesting intead of the default layout etc. I'll have a play, but I'll probably get someone else with better design skills to come up with something!

Await...

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New job, new boxen!

I've started my new job, so have been busy with that. Hence why I have not been uppdating as much, but hopefully I might muster something up every day in future?

We shall see. Anyway, today (my 2nd day) the bits for some new boxen came at work, one is mine, not sure what's going to be done with the other two. They are AMD 1.5GHZ, 512MB RAM, 40GB HDD, 52X CD-ROM. Sound, gfx and networking all built in to the boards. Two I built up from scratch and the other one I just replaced the board, CPU and memory.

Tomorrow I'll ghost the drives. There are a load of boxen sitting aroung which could be used for something, so I'll see if I can get some in use for running FreeBSD, OpenBSD & or some other OS's. Check out Ben's blog, he does not like hardware much! Why? See here you might want to check Tom Gilder's entry about hardware too.

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Saturday, July 26, 2003

Global Gathering

Well, today is the 3rd Global Gathering. I'm well looking forward to it. The only problem this time is that most people I'd go with, are not going. There will be loads of other people I know that I'll see there as is always the case with the big clubbing events. The problem is people don't want to pay! But neither do I.

Hopefully, I'll persuade some to go!

UPDATE: Well, people let me down and didn't want to go.. although I could have still gone with others, I summed it all up and thought as the weather is going to be crap, I'll pass this time...It would not have compared to last year or the first one! Still got Creamfields left! Next year, all over again.. and more!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2003

HDD Storage

Whilst browsing Slashdot today, I noticed a post regarding a story on new HDD storage techniques. Current technology is always being replaced and although in the HDD world new technologies have allowed for faster access times and more storage, the backbone of the storage method in the drives has not really changed.

Until now...

This article talks about the changes. An interesting read...with drive capacity in the 200+gb volumes already, it makes you wonder what will be the entry level capacity of desktop pc's in the near future!

I think we'll need all this extra capacity, with all the P2P based downloading most of us do these days!

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Monday, July 21, 2003

New DVD Writer

Well the new DVD writer is now installed, I returned the old one & got a nice new Sony CD-RW (52X2X/52) which is better than the original MSI one I've had relpaced (48X16X48). I don't really need the new one, so I'll probably just sell it or use it in another box for install / backup purposes.

It's only early, but I think I'm going to get some sleep for a bit as I'm in one of those moods, where you don't know what to do...bored? Sleep is the only way out!

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Friday, July 18, 2003

Windows Vulnerabilities

Well it had to come sooner or later...more major Windows security issues...
As you will already know if you keep your head out of the sand!

Well I say major, but not critical...or are they?. I guess it depends on how you look at it. Some firms would issue an advisory as critical when a discovered bug may give full access to a box, but may only affect 5% of computer users worldwide.

Another firm may issue an advisory as non critical even though it affects all users of a particular OS or application...Why would they issue a non-critical advisory if it is affecting all users? Example reasons may be that it may be harder to exploit or easy to exploit but does not have any real security threat.. Of course there are more things to consider than that, but these are a few initial thoughts I had.

You can check out some reports on these new windows bugs on The Register , Microsoft TechNet & Ben has a nice story too.

What is the moral of this post?

If a security patch exists & you're affected then apply the patch regardless of if you use the affected service or security threat status, afterall...

A security issue is a security issue & a system is only as secure as its weakest point!

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Thursday, July 17, 2003

Pornblography!

Whilst checking out blog categories on Yahoo I noticed the Sex category, so of course I had a look. Out of the ones that took my fancy, Evie's blog has some interesting reads, especially this one (article on Mainichi Daily News).

Another funny site has got to be Masturbate For Peace, which has some funny images, links & stuff to read on it.

I suppose two questions you could ask yourself when looking at MFP is..."Am I a wanker?" & "Do I admit it?"

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Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Blogathon 2003

Whilst following some links on Jeremy's blog to other sites, I came over Greendezire. Some interesting stuff on there! Also brought my attention to Blogathon 2003. Nice idea and quite a lot of people signed up for it.

I wonder how many will complete the challenge?

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DVD Writers

Well I have decided to get one. I've been looking around at the various drives on the market and decided upon the new Pioneer 106.

Looking around for the best price, I headed over to The DVD Forums to check out the Bargains forum. As expected, sites listed are selling cheaper than anywhere else I've seen. The usual price both online and offline in shops is around the 150 mark for the OEM drive.

SVP Communications are currently selling it for 129.99 including VAT! A nice saving and good reports about this supplier.

It just goes to show it is always best to do a little bit of shopping around!

UPDATE: The drive has just arrived! nice and fast delivery, I only ordered yesterday!

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Monday, July 14, 2003

CD writers

Today I was in the process of burning a cd. Ok, quite a common thing to do these days. Correct. It was however, a data cd, so I set about burning it at 48X... so far so good. Burnt fine, cd image copied to cd and all is good.

Or so it seemed.

Soon after I decided to burn another mpeg file, at a slower 12X (I usually use this speed for all burn jobs). Anyway, the writer started making some wierd sounds...great! Try again, same! Damn. Well, although the writer still appears to work, it makes very odd sounds, like there is something stuck inside. Annoying when the drive is only 3 months old, like the rest of this box.

My point is hardware can never (die) at the correct time and instead of giving some warning, it just happens all in one go, but it still works you say?! True, but for how long? I'm going to replace it now & probably get a DVD writer too.

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Friday, July 11, 2003

Example Exam Questions

As well as some good study, I think example exam questions are about the best thing to help you pass that exam. I've been looking around the net recently for sites with good questions on. A lot of them have a few free sample ones but for the full database you usually have to pay, which is something I prefer not to do when I can help it!

The other main problem with using example questions (free or otherwise) is that you can never really know how close they are to the real exam type questions, even if they are from an official source. I've found that some of the daily questions for various certification exams from QOD are good and others make me think...would that really be in an exam?!

I've come to the conclusion that in addition to good study, consult people that have already taken the exam you want to take!

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003

Time off work

Jeremy Zawodny posted today about company policies & procedures...Some are good, some are bad.. but when you put ideas forward on how to improve things, your ideas are never implemented even if they ARE better ways of doing things.

Which made me think how nice it is when you have time off work, especially when you don't like working for the company. It's always better to work somewhere you like, doing a job you like.. right?!

I just decided yesterday that I needed some time off, so booked off the rest of this week and next Monday, which means that I've got some nice time to chill, etc. I've been busy the past few days (as we all are) so have not made any updates. Ben has made some nice small changes to the design of his blog, go check them out.

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Friday, July 4, 2003

More web filter fun, etc..

Well the lame websweeper at work has blocked my blog! I suppose that is my fault for using bad language HEH. Anyway, I was thinking earlier about how most tech firms spend lost of money on projects and rollout of new equipment etc (for example our migration of 30 odd sites / thousands of users from NT4 to Win2k) - they've spend a lot on new hardware for all the users, yet we are still using banger boxen in the office... How annoying are slow pc's? It slows peoples productivity down, for one thing. This nt box has only 64mb of ram! WTF! It takes about 6-7 seconds to open up new emails, as the HDD is whirring away.

*sigh*

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Thursday, July 3, 2003

Work Experience

So.. you've got skill. You have skills which are appropriate for jobs you're applying for? Good start. Would you class your skills as commercial experience or personal? Both? It's worth noting that some compoanies will want commercial experience only ...hmm you say... but I know exactly what to do and how to do it.. but because my experience is "personal" you don't want to get me an interview or consider me? What about certification? Will you still want commercial experience if I'm CERTIFIED as having some degree of skill?

Some agencies need to employ better staff that have some sort of clue about the types of staff they are recruiting for!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2003

Mobile phone chargers

I've just found out how much you can really miss a mobile phone charger! "What?! you crazy fuck!" I can hear you saying. Well, I've lost mine or temporarily disgarded it somewhere which is a bit of an annoyance when the battery goes dead. So for the moment I've reverted back to my Nokia 3330. I thought the charger for my nice Sharp GX10 was under all of the junk on the floor in my room, but since clearing it up it appears I was wrong! The quest to locate it continues...ahhh, maybe it's at work? If not, I'm all out of ideas...All I know is, I had it the other day!

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mod_rewrite

There are some nifty things you can do with apache modules to allow you to do a whole bunch of stuff! Check out Ben's blog for something to stop the b/w leechers.

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Time travel

Indeed. After watching a program on tv the other day about it, I started to think. What would I do if I could travel into the future? I think I'd have to find out what the winning numbers are for the next lottery draw!

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Work...

Like Ali-G stated, people banging on about the right to work...what about the right NOT to work? I don't mind work really, but I do mind the place I currently work at... it's a SHIT HOLE. Why? you may ask.. well... where do I start... the only good thing about going in of a morning, is going home later. And what if someone stumbles over this page from looking over the websweeper logs? What do I say to that??? Hows about BOLLOX. Sorry for the rant, but I need out. Which is probably why I spend most of my time applying for appropriate jobs all day and reading books... ahhh... It's not so bad. Rant Over.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2003

The idea is, to edit a config file.

Due to trying to set this up in a slightly tired state the other night, I failed. So I left it, to find out what I had missed..coming back to it at a latger date. I suppose just skimming through the config file and not actually changing it, would have something to do with it, for example.. wanting to use a mysql db as the backend, but not telling MT...duh... anyway before I had chance to come back to it and sort it all out, Ben sorted it for me! Sorted.

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