LoudMusic writes: One of the many tasks of a network administrator is documenting the network so that other members of the administration and support teams can find devices on the network. Currently my organization uses Excel spreadsheets to handle this, and it's invariably error ridden. We also save a new file with the date in the name each time an update is made.
I'd like to move this to a more intelligent database system, but the driving force for keeping it in spreadsheets is the ability to take the document offline, edit it, then upload this new revision to the file server when we have a connection again. Our clients often don't have reliable internet connections, especially when we're tearing their network apart and rebuilding it.
The information we're currently documenting about an individual device are; device name, device model, description, IP address, MAC address, physical location, uplink switch & port, and VLAN.
What tools exist that would allow us to have multiple users make updates both online and offline simultaneously, and synchronize changes into both the online and offline copies?
LoudMusic writes: Firefighters put out a three-alarm blaze that burned for more than three hours at Apple's Cupertino campus late Tuesday night.
The Santa Clara County Fire Department says the three-alarm fire scorched the roof and the second level at one of the six buildings on the company's campus. It was extinguished early this morning and no one was injured.
The blaze at the Valley Green 6 building, which appeared to have started under a ventilation and air-conditioning unit on the roof, was reported by workers at around 10 p.m.
Senior Communications Dispatcher Rafael Salcedo says the fire was "not very big, but there is going to be a lot of smoke damage."
LoudMusic writes: "Google has a new service that you actually provide to them. Google Image Labeler 'allows you to label images and help improve the quality of Google's image search results.' You're randomly paired with another participant where you both enter labels for random images until you get a match. You are scored on your matches and ranked as a pair at the end of 2 minutes. It's a pretty interesting way to generate labels / tags for data. There is even an 'all time records' leader board for users who log in."
LoudMusic writes: I work for an advertising agency of sixty-plus employees as the systems administrator. Eight years ago there were two of us but we successfully eliminated the need for a second administrator. I've now been doing my job essentially by myself for over six years. My boss is the CFO and a geek in his own right, but he's both busy with his own work and not adept enough in support and technology to truly be a peer. We are friends, but he's nearly old enough to be my father, so we have a little bit of generation gap. As for the rest of my coworkers, they're all sales people and artists and we have very little in common. So at work I have just a handful of people I would consider friends, and none of them capable or willing to help me with my work. Nearly all my geek friends have migrated to the regional technology corporations, one in particular, and spend all day working together on common projects — motivating, educating, and supporting each other in their careers. I've intentionally avoided moving to a corporate field because I enjoy working for a small business and I hear too much negative feedback about "corporate life". But maybe it's time to bite the bullet and be with my friends. Who has experienced both areas and which do you prefer? Why?