This is one of my bosses favorite sayings. I must admit its pretty good and for sure its something you need to do. Its especially something you need to do if you when you walk into a new environment and the previous care taker is no longer available. Check your backup policies, make sure that you aren’t backing up 15 rotating daily copies of a version controlled repository to tape every day (all 15).
Ha! I caught you. I bet you think this post is about HA or some way to keep your servers running. Nope, just an observation. 1,2,3) Today is 9/9/9 4) there are 9 letters in September 5) there are 9 letters in Wednesday 6) it is the 252 day of the year, 2+5+2=9, 7) I was born 9/9/81, 8) 9×9=81, 9) 8+1=9. Wow and to think it was such a problematic day at work!
I love how there is all of this squabbling about what the definition of broadband is. “The Commission should continue to look at maximum advertised speed rather than some measure of ‘actual’ speed,” and consumers have “access to broadband capability” whenever they have the opportunity to purchase services and equipment that enable them to access the Internet at any time and use the types of applications that are most commonly used today, such as e-mail and web browsing.
It looks like I will need a windows backup solution for a small project soon. As you probably know I don’t typically do Windows so I am reaching out. I typically use rsync for most of my backup needs. To be more specific I like to use rsnapshot which is a wrapper around rsync. Have you ever wanted rsync on windows? What did you use. I am aware of several options.
It took me a long time to hunt these down and I think default passwords should be freely available. Aspire webpro (default ip is 172.16.0.10): Administrator Username: ASPIRE Administrator Password: 12345678 Extension Username: extension number Extension Password: 1111 UltraMail (default ip is 192.168.1.250): Service Number: 2000 System Password: CTL I also found a manual for UltraMail, and a UserPro manual for programming the handsets with the web interface. Hopefully none of you are stuck with one of these systems.
I’ve been wiping a lot of hard drives recently. I use shred to do the job. shred -n6 -z -v /dev/sdx What do you do to your drives before disposing of them?
Wow I can’t believe these never made the top 40! IBM One Hundred Percent Club IBM anthem March On With IBM IBM rally song Inspired by Ben Rockwoods comment today about the IBM Songbook
I am a big fan of chat support. I don’t have to drain my battery waiting on hold until its my turn in the queue. Plus when dealing with error messages its infinitely more helpful to be able to copy/paste to the agent. Sadly finding competent help is still an issue. Here is an excerpt from a recent chat support experience. (8:39:41 PM) Sheldon He: The SSL will need to be re-issued, since they are IP specific.
Have you ever started writing a one-liner and half way in realized it was a bit more complex than you first thought? If your shell is bash, next time that happens try ctrl-x ctrl-e. It will take your current line and stuff it into the your default editor (export EDITOR=vim).
Ryan Nedeff posted a comment over on Matt Simmons blog about the Future of System Administrators. Mainly he was responding to a comment by Michael Halligan on twitter stating “I feel that any sysadmin today who isn’t learning Ruby and either Chef or Puppet will be unemployed in 5 years”. Ryan brought up the debate of breadth of knowledge vs depth of knowledge. I think its a great discussion to have so lets have it.