Wednesday, April 26, 2006

More Cranky Geeks

I'm still trying to catch up on my podcasts, currently I'm over 14 hours behind. I've listened to a few Cranky Geeks shows now, and the show isn't bad, but they really do a crappy job cutting in the commercials, they really need to work on that. This brings up an interesting point, this is the first podcast I am listening to with commercials. Personally I don't mind the commercials as much as I mind the audio level differences between the show and commerials. If I had it my way, I'd say no commerials, however I do understand that most podcasts are done out of personal interest, and can get costly.

I've fired up the monitoring server again, and started to get to work on it. I haven't made any progress yet, but I'm hoping to get it done sometime next week.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Slow day

Today has been a slow day here at work. I haven't really tackled any interesting projects this week. I've played with Google Calendar, it seems rather slick, hopefully I'll continue to use it.

I'm still behind on my podcasts from before vacation, I was starting to catch up but then I added Cranky Geeks to my queue. I still have 2 1/2 hours of podcasts before I get to those anyway. Currently my podcast queue is 12.7 hours.

The last few weeks of the security now podcast have been interesting, they have covered crypto. I really didn't understand very well how that all worked, but now its all starting to make sense. If you are kinda lacking in your understanding of crypto, I highly recommend listening to the podcasts.

Crossed off my list of things to do was upgrade the Propel Highspeed dialup server. The server stopped working, and forced a version upgrade. I had to install the new software on the Redhat 7.3 server. I have tried to get the software to run on other versions of linux, I could get everything but logging functioning. I'm still waiting to hear back from Propel to see if they will ever be supporting something just a touch newer.

In the to-do department, next week I'm planning to do further work on the new server that will be running nagios to monitor our network. When the server is completed, it will also hopefully be running a few other services, including IMAP for the corporate email/webmail and a wiki internal office documentation. Documentation here is a mess, I think a wiki will help exchange and enhance company processes.

I also have to install a new router at one of our locations, however I plan on waiting to do this until I get the WIC-1DSU-T1 cards for my router. My other choice is using an external CSU/DSU, and I'd like to avoid that.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


I thought since I am a Google fan, I would try out Blogger. I'm fairly interested to how it all works, in particular, the integration with Picasa. So that's about all from me for now.