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I'm the "junior IT guy" at a small college with about 100 staff, 600 students.

Feb
8
comment How to deploy Rails 3 on FreeBSD 8?
Do you have the ports tree available? ( /usr/ports )
Nov
12
comment Apache on FreeBSD not responsive but not busy
Those sysctl tuning recommendations were very helpful...
Oct
23
comment Remotely shutting down X on Solaris?
Well, I hope it helps out. the svcadm disable thing might be what you need. I hope....
Oct
22
comment How much swap do you allocate for your Solaris server?
"trying to allocate the Universe." That's going to be my new log entry for when various research applications go into Sorceror's Apprentice mode.
Oct
22
comment How much swap do you allocate for your Solaris server?
My main Solaris development system has 16GB of RAM, 16GB of swap, and I wish I had more of both-- but then I'm dealing with problem sets that are best categorized as 'freakishly huge'. Swap space on Solaris should be configured based on expected usage of the machine.
Aug
17
comment Dealing with the aftermath when a domain's “administrative contact” disappears?
Business owner's using this as excuse to rebrand store, should be moot point shortly.
Aug
8
comment Dealing with the aftermath when a domain's “administrative contact” disappears?
Company A has done sent scanned copies of owner's ID, business license, etc. to the abovementioned address, as well as via certified mail to GoDaddy. We'll see how this pans out.
Aug
6
comment Dealing with the aftermath when a domain's “administrative contact” disappears?
And thanks so much--- I can set up compute clusters-- this whole computers connected to outside world on public networks thing is still a bit new.
Aug
6
comment Dealing with the aftermath when a domain's “administrative contact” disappears?
bill@nanorift.net gets to me.
Jun
9
comment What is good about the BSDs?
Nice thing about benchmarks is that there are so many to choose from. For networking/filtering tasks, I've used BSD with better results than Linux--- for numerical modeling, I've used Linux or Solaris with the Sun Studio compiler suite.... it's all a matter of figuring out what's the best tool for the job.
Jun
9
comment How do you do the offsite hard drive backups?
It was a hard lesson to learn.
Jun
8
comment Recommended embedded linux device for light server and learning
I've learned a lot about dealing with 'limited resources' by taking a cast-off desktop PC from work, installing NetBSD on it, and using that as an auxillary testbed for some of my code-- if I can get things to run acceptably well on an old Celeron 433 with 64MB of RAM, it should do well on more modern boxes. It's also rather easy to throw a *BSD or a lightweight Linux distribution on a low-end system and throw it in a closet if you need a quick single-purpose server for stuff like network monitoring.
Jun
8
comment How do you compute the AC capacity needed for a server room?
We're in the basement of a building, with no easy way to run ductings/vents to the outside.
Jun
8
comment How do you compute the AC capacity needed for a server room?
We've recently hired an Actual HVAC guy --- but his experience is all large buildings/residential, not data centers. He's well aware of the 24x7 requirements, and has even asked that his email be added to the notification alias for temp warnings.
Jun
8
comment How do you compute the AC capacity needed for a server room?
Our problem right now seems to be that the physical facilities staff is more familiar with carpentry/AC wiring that goes on in a dorm,rather than actual HVAC work. The two different outside contractors that have been called in have both stated that our unit is "probably undersized for load". My concern is that I'd like to be able to figure out the load myself, so that if the powers-that-be actually authorize a new system, we won't be buying underrated equipment.