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Comment: Re:Are you still partying like its 1999, or what? (Score 1) 283

by Minwee (#46781743) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

I've heard that story before. I once started a job and was told "Sure, this system is a bit touchy, but don't worry about a thing, it's being replaced and won't be needed after next month." My new coworker pointed out that he had been told the same story a year and a half earlier when he joined.

A year later the power supply on the single main server running dontworryitwillbereplacednextmonth blew out and we needed to replace it. Only it ran a very specific version of Netware with a highly specialized database product that nobody knew how to work with any more and even though we had backups it was still next to impossible to even reinstall the base operating system on anything but the original machine. We wound up checking eBay for an exact duplicate of the dead server, raced out to the next city to buy it and then just swapped the hard drives, powered it up and hoped for the best.

It worked, and a quick meeting was held in which my team stressed just how lucky we were to be able to recover from this and that we needed a real solution that didn't involve waiting until next month. The CIO listened to this,nodded his head and suggested that we should try to buy two more replacement servers just in case it happened again.

Another year later, when the company was finally bought up and the office closed down, dontworryitwillbereplacednextmonth was still happily running in the corner of the server room, waiting for a new application that would do everything that it did.

Any month now.

Comment: Re:Are you still partying like its 1999, or what? (Score 1) 283

by Minwee (#46779103) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

It got very tight sometimes and when someone made a copy of a file without checking the size, it filled the filesystem and the server fell over. That particular outage cost several million given what the server did.

At this point, or better yet several months before you get to this point, it's a good idea to volunteer the information that additional disk storage would cost only several thousand and prevent these kinds of problems.

Depending on what the server really does, a complete spare system ready to take over in the event of even the smallest failure also looks like a good investment. Don't let the business wait until they lose several million before spending a hundred thousand to prevent it.

Comment: Re:And they've already stopped (Score 1) 287

by Minwee (#46758967) Attached to: OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

That's about $29,000 more than OpenSSL receives every year, and still $22,000 more than they received this month when the entire world realized that they had been freeloading and scrambled to make themselves look good by making one-time donations.

Comment: Re:Vice and Frodo 64 (Score 1) 165

by Minwee (#46750419) Attached to: Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

I use Vice on my desktop computer and Frodo C64 on my Android phone. Accordingly, I don't need an extra gadget to play with my Commodore 64.

I was about to say something nice about the Android port of Frodo and how great it was that the developer must have finally figured out how to swap disks without entering 'LOAD"*",8,1' and had a keyboard that looked even vaguely like the original but...

No. Never mind. It's still nice to have but bordering on unusable for anything complex.

Comment: Re:Ready the Lawyers (Score 3, Insightful) 639

Which would hold unless Mulgrew had parts/work. Oh wait, she does! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O...

And I'm sure that she is being well paid in a timely manner by the most ethical industry in the world so she will never have to worry about not having a steady income.

Comment: Re:SPF.. (Score 2) 83

by Minwee (#46708555) Attached to: Yahoo DMARC Implementation Breaks Most Mailing Lists

Really legit mailing lists should be rewriting the sender headers to reflect that the mail has been redelivered by the mailing list, the only difficulty this would cause is when users try to reply directly to messages rather than forwarding their replies to the list itself.

There really ought to be a better way to handle this.

And it really should be implemented properly everywhere. Oh, and I want a pony too.

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