Category: sysadmin

So, I’m having a bad server day. It’s my fault, to a large extent. Earlier this year I discovered that my server had been sending daily emails complaining about a problem with one of the mirrored hard-drives, but these were

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I had a lovely empire event. It had nice weather, nice people, and things that I wanted to happen happened, and happened well. Most of what I’ve done other than that, though, has been dribs and drabs. I’ve turned my

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The release of a new Debian version is one of those Deep Thought moments. The great machinery has been churning and grinding for seven and a half million years to produce this single result, and it pops out and stands

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My major success story this week has been to utterly screw up my desktop computer. Over the last few years, I’ve started selecting PC components based on silence. When I did a replacement of the motherboard/CPU/cooling systems last year, though,

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For LARP events, including most recent Empire, PD relies on quite a bit of technology. With all the will in the world, keeping track of 1500 players and their characters, their medical highlights and plot highlights, is hard to do

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Code starts in a text editor. Your text editor might be a full IDE, custom built for your language, a vim window with more commands than you can remember, or an emacs with more metakeys than you have fingers. Nowadays,

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Go to: Control Panel Administrative Tools Task Scheduler Create Basic Task (In the bar on the right) Name: “Backup Putty Connections” Next Run Daily Next, Next, Next (Until “Start a Program”) Program/Script: C:Windowsregedit.exe Arguments: /E “Putty_connections_backup.reg” “HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareSimonTatham” Start In: (The

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You should back up your data. You should periodically review this backup system to make sure you can get data back off it, but you should back up your data. I’ve been doing this “computer guy” thing for a while

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Denyhosts is a utility that automatically bans IPs who attempt to ssh in to your server and get three wrong passwords. This is great when people are dictionary-attacking your SSH server, but less good when you have actual users who

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