Tag: General Info

…And, we're back!

by on May.27, 2012, under General Info

Recently, Cryptednets.org suffered a catastrophic failure of a drive array during an electrical storm.
This is normally not a big deal, (I *do* rip backups every now and again) but it died badly, and slowly.
And, during the throes of its demise, corrupted something like 30gb of MySQL databases.
Logs have been manually replayed, and the entire server is now running virtually. Seemingly much faster now, too.
At least this way, the lightning can’t kill hardware that doesn’t actually exist, right?


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DMARC/DKIM is coming. You're all gonna have to learn about encryption.

by on Apr.15, 2012, under Computer Stuff, Linux, Mac OSX, Networking, OpenBSD, Windows Info

Told ya.
Here it comes, check this out. If you work in the technology field, you need to read this:

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by on Jan.17, 2012, under General Info


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

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Princeton Area OpenBSD Users Group is back on?

by on Jul.03, 2011, under General Info

I’ve recently gotten some interest in starting up the group again. If you want to get together,
I’m thinking we could meet on Sunday afternoons. Who’s in?
I know of 5 people currently interested, with skill levels from absolute novice, to BOFH. ;)
We should also decide on a place to meet. I’m guessing we’ll want at least a wireless connection at our meeting location.
Any suggestions? Just comment here, and fill in your email address (never displayed), so I can contact you.


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RAID 5, we hardly knew ye.

by on Oct.21, 2008, under General Info

We all knew this day would come, when RAID 5 will cease to be. OK, maybe not all, but I had a sneaking suspicion that super-large hard drives would be the end of RAID 5.
Check out this article about it.

Oh, and start hinting around about a budget for a fiber-channel SAN, while you’re at it.

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I passed 000-078!!

by on Sep.30, 2008, under General Info

I passed the 000-078 IBM BladeCenter v4 certification exam this afternoon.
This marks the 15th time I’ve pressed “Finish” at a Prometric testing facility.
All in all, this was the most difficult test I’ve taken, with the possible exception of the Microsoft ISA exam for my MCSE :Security & :Messaging.
So now, I have so many certs, they’d look silly all on a business card together at the same time!
So, just for grins, here’s what they look like all together:

Watchguard Certified Security Professional – Fireware
Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator 2003
Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator :Messaging
Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator :Security
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer 2003
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer :Messaging
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer :Security
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist – Windows Server 2008 (one test from MCITP)
IBM Certified Systems Specialist – IBM System x BladeCenter v4

Still working on EC Council’s CEH, and thinking of taking up CISSP.
Anyone have any input regarding certs you’ve achieved, or ones that have done your career no good whatsoever?

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CryptedNets theme keeps changing…

by on Sep.02, 2008, under Amusement

What do you think? Do you care?
Is everyone just reading the RSS feed anyway?
Does it matter to you in the slightest?
As evidenced by the stats, at least *some* people are reading…
What do you think?

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Useful boot utilities

by on Sep.01, 2008, under Windows Info

To copy a floppy boot image to a USB drive,

use BootDisk2BootStick:
Just select the source floppy drive, (sorry, no floppy image selection is possible) destination, (USB flash drive) and click “Start”.

[ Download BootDisk2BootStick ]

– Extract boot image from CD/DVD or ISO image:

use BBIE by Bart Lagerweij
Extract CD/DVD boot image using BBIE: “bbie D:” without the quotes and assuming D: is your CD/DVD drive.

[ Download BBIE ]

– Write the extracted boot image from CD/DVD to USB flash drive

using MKBT by Bart Lagerweij
Command to write boot image file to USB flash drive is “MKBT -x image1.bin e:” without the quotes. image1.bin is the filename of the boot

image and e: is the drive letter of your USB flash drive.

[ Download MKBT ]

– Extracting a boot image from an ISO file and writing it to a USB drive.

Use BBIE to extract the boot image from the ISO: “bbie filename.iso“.
Then, write the boot image to a USB drive using MKBT: “mkbt -x image1.bin e:”

Need to mount an ISO file

to copy the contents or install something?
Use MagicISO, and it will show up as another CD/DVD drive on your system.

[ Download MagicISO ]

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Dead CMOS batteries suck.

by on Aug.27, 2008, under General Info

Sorry folks.
The power grid up here in Princel-tucky isn’t *extremely* reliable.
Pressed F1. Continued. Back online.

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