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Journal Journal: Nagios Class in New York

I'd like to have one of my staff trained in Nagios. Maybe some other managers would like to send an engineer to a class my firm hosts in New York City. This way, we'll split the cost of the instructor and instructor travel among several attendees.

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Journal Journal: Adding and removing friends

I wonder what other people do when they are added (or removed from) "friend" or "foe" lists.

Mostly lurking on Slashdot, I haven't waded deeply enough into a hot topic to get involved in a flame war. I haven't made any waves that put me on friend or foe lists.

My "friend" list is too long for me right now. I'd like to cull the list to get to a manageable number of slashdotters whom I'll actually read. What happens to the slashdotters I remove? Will they be offended? Will they be curious? Does it happen frequently enough that they won't care or notice?

I wish I could track the reason I added the slashdotter in the first place. A comment (or a link to their comment, more likely) about why they made the list would help me categorize the list. I could then track down their comments when it was relevant to the news.

Just musing.

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Journal Journal: SANS ISC publishes list of compromised sites

SANS Internet Storm Center published a list of approximately 600 compromised sites.

I didn't recognize any of the sites, but I suppose IT managers could load the list into their web filtering software and protect the users from inadvertently browsing (or being cross-linked) into one of these sites.


Journal Journal: Dell gives 9 days notice - windows xp will not be an option.

I received this letter via e-mail yesterday:

Good Afternoon,
Please read email in its entirety:
As of today, January 29th, 2007, Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 has been released on all Dimension and Inspiron models! We will no longer offer Windows XP (Home or Professional) as an option on neither the Dimension nor Inspiron lines. With regard to the Optiplex, Latitude, and Precision Workstations, Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 will be released onto those models February 7th, 2007. However, we will still continue to offer Windows XP (Home and Professional) as an option on all Optiplex, Latitude, and Precision systems for the next 12 months.

In other words, in 9 days from the receipt of the letter, Dimension and Inspiron computers will be shipped with Vista, ONLY.

I feel this is short notice.

Fortunately, a) we just completed our purchasing for most desktops and laptops until November, and b) we generally purchase Latitude laptops. I do not expect my company to be affected. However, I'm sure our industry colleagues will be surprised by this when they go to purchase machines next week.

God is real, unless declared integer.