Re: Forking Time
Oracle offer a free RHEL respin and a simple tool to covert your CentOS into Oracle Linux
It's free. The support contract costs, but the software doesn't.
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AWS seemed a seamless single solution and Azure seems to drop into a range of interfaces depending on when that bit got written. The Azure training does emphasise that the primary interface to Azure is powershell and any web interface will lag behind and be less complete so it's not entirely unexpected. AWS seems to have a much more complete web experience for the administrator
I much prefer the AWS approach of creating VMs secure and then opening them up to the internet rather than the Azure method of creating them on the internet and then closing them down.
I once had to make a call to Sun Microsystems to report a keyboard that had stopped working on one of our maintained workstations.
The Rep asked what had happened and I reported that one of our researchers had spilt orange juice into the keyboard.
His reply was: "Was that third party orange juice sir?"
I admitted that it was but we were still covered on the support contract so a new keyboard was dispatched.
You'd think that wouldn't you.
I run a PC in a church with three displays and a clever bit of presentation software. One screen is for the application control. One screen is for the display for the congregation and one screen for those at the front.
Every time windows does a patch it will jumble the order of the screens and we spend the first 20 minutes every month running around shouting where the mouse pointer is so that we can get the displays re-ordered back to what they should be.
We managed three Sundays in succession this month where the screens worked every time without getting re-ordered. This is unheard of.
You can see the street here:
There are street lights, but far apart and possible not working. There's also no sign of any repairs to the tarmac and the street view is dated October 2016 so I think the ditch was off the road somewhere.
The German code comments reflect the origins of OpenOffice.
I will admit to paying for a site license for StarOffice by Star Division for Keele University back in the 20th Century for our Solaris boxes.
Sun Microsystems then bought the company and then open sourced the code having fist sanitised the comments. The story at the time was that there were some fairly "direct" comments about how users may interact with the software in the comments and Sun hired some German speakers to find and remove them before the code went public.
Perhaps it's unusual but I had good service from OpenReach. I had an intermittent fault on my line which caused the ADSL carrier to drop and forced the modem to re-sync. I logged the fault with my ISP who did the line checks and said everything was fine. But they were happy to book an engineer if I was prepared to pay the cost if there was no fault.
I logged ping calls to my ISPs gateway using the BT test socket every 10 seconds for several hours to make sure I had the evidence and booked the engineer. The engineer duly arrived and put the diagnostic tool on the line which reported no fault. I showed him my log and he was happy to stay and watch it for a while based on the evidence I had collected. Sure enough the carrier dropped and re-sync'd but the diagnostic box didn't react at all. It kept reporting no fault but we'd both seen the carrier drop and re-sync.
He looked at me and said "I've never seen that before" and then spent the rest of the day tracking and replacing every joint in my copper cable back to the exchange. He then changed over the copper pair I was using on the main cables finding the best quality pair that wasn't in use. After many hours of work he discovered a bit of the exchange equipment had a fault and needed replacing which happened after 2 days and everything has been fine since.
When I was stood on the school playground picking up my daughter a few days later I was chatting to the parents who all said they'd noticed the broadband had stopped dropping out on them all the time. They hadn't called it in because they weren't confident that the fault wasn't their problem and the £180 charge for an engineer callout made them live with the unreliability.
I've just optimised a vendor supplied ETL process from 3.5 hours to 26 seconds by moving away from a whole world of pain using SQL Server and a .NET application to Perl with a large in memory hash.
I couldn't have done it without the vendor supplied solution as they knew the internals of their product and all I had to do was write a process that generated identical output. The vendor solution had lots of test points and data visualisation tools to help develop the process which was invaluable in building the solution but are now just performance problems now we've moved into production.
So if I read this report correctly
HP engineers were sent to fix a failed piece of hardware several weeks after a firmware upgrade had been released to address a problem that would cause catastrophic failure of the system if a piece of hardware was replaced.
Presumably HP should have had a procedure in place to upgrade the firmware before carrying out any operations that may lose the customers data.
However, this report does not question the actions of the HP engineers and puts he entire blame for failure to install the correct firmware on the IT team.
I'm of the opinion that the HP engineers are the cause of the failure and have failed to carry out due diligence before carrying out the procedure to replace the hardware.
I think this has to be one of the dumbest things I've ever seen and it's making me seriously doubt the wisdom of using Exim anymore.
Releasing security updates when most sysadmins, network admins, change control board and service desk staff are on holiday just opens the door for hackers to exploit the bug for a week before anyone can do anything about it. It may be an open source project, but the software is run by professional institutions who have change management processes and testing processes in place that they have to go through before deploying a new version. It isn't a case of SSH in, compile up the new version with all the bells and whistles and stick it in place. There are plugins and boundary cases that'll need testing against the new version so unless we want to give up Christmas Day and Boxing Day we have to just live with the fact that Exim may get hacked or turn off the mail system.
Microsoft release their patches on a Tuesday which shows they've thought about this and realised when would be the best time to release a patch so that the sys admins have the best opportunity to test and deploy in the shortest timeframe. Only when they see live exploits of a bug do they rush out a patch.
Unfortunately Exim now seems to be aimed at the hobbyist mail administrator who is available on Christmas Day and not at the large institution who would struggle to get enough of the IT team to work Christmas Day to roll out an upgrade.
Solaris was built on System V which itself traces its heritage back through to the 1960s. Solaris brought proper shared memory, multiprocessor support, dynamic libraries, some cool thread jumping processors and X windows to mainstream workstation computing. Because they were open and friendly, they were the hackers platform of choice through the 80s and early 90s. We liked Alpha, but Solaris was where you went to build ideas.
Because Linux is a more stable and more feature rich environment for sys admins to work in. Many small scale apps (and some big ones too) run on MS SQL server so being able to put that in docker on a linux guest is very tempting compared to running up another windows server box.
As MS have just offered MS SQL 2016 for free if you migrate from Oracle then there's a significant short term cost benefit as well.
If MS can win over some linux sys admins to viewing MS SQL server as a well behaved and low impact solution then that may lead to a long term market share gain.
"Because Adobe do not and will not provide a 64bit flash plugin for linux."
I'm on a 64 bit Linux system and have adobe flash working fine. The trick is to run a 32 bit version of firefox, in fact I've removed the 64 bit version so I can run flash, java, mplayer (for quicktime and wmv) and all the other 32 bit plugins.
There is also a tool to allow 32 bit plugins to run under a 64bit firefox but I can't see the point at the moment. I'm not sure why I would need a 64 bit web browser.
Flash movies are an excellent way for the BBC to stream content as it does run on most platforms.
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