How much should you spend on IT

A recent discussion/argument I had on Reddit got me thinking about the cost of solutions we put in.

In an ideal world everything would did have full redundancy, and the customer would never have any downtime. Everything would always be up-to-date and keeping it so would require restarting. The ...

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In praise of old school UNIX

What am I doing today? Documentation that is what. I am writing a document on how to do this. To any Linux user it is a very simple process and I could just give them a link to my own website.

I am not writing this for a techinical audience ...

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Trac with Nginx on Centos

Trac is an excellent online project management tool. Nginx us a great web server. Surely the combination of the two should be a match made in heaven. I would say so, although there are a couple problems. The easiest way to deploy Trac is on Apache using mod_wsgi or FastCGI ...

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What will HP do next?

HP recently announced a new range of 3Par based arrays that are aimed at mid-range enterprise. There now appear to be 2 ranges for the future:

  • HP StoreServ 10000 is the big boy, scales up to 1.6PB, 192 FC ports, 32 10Gb iSCSI - the works.
  • HP StoreServ 7000 is ...
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EMC ExtremIO Thoughts

There has been quite a bit of musing recently on the web about EMC and what will come out of their ExtremIO acquisition. They have recently (finally) started demonstrating an all-flash array. The name says it all: ExtremIO. It is for super high IOPS applications - Virtual desktops, enormous DBs, that ...

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SFTP Chroot on CentOS

This came up today where I needed to give secure file transfer to customers. To complicate things I had to use an out-of-the-box RHEL6 system. The obvious answer was to use SSH and limit those users to SFTP only. Locking them into a chroot was not a requirement, but it ...

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Installing Adito/OpenVPN-ALS on CentOS

OpenVPN-ALS, formerly known as Adito, is not to be confused with OpenVPN. They both brilliant tools that work in completely different things, but in a similar way. Confused? Excellent...

OpenVPN-ALS (from now on known as Adito, because I find it less confusing) is a browser based SSL VPN that enables ...

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My new job

I have now got new challenges and am designing much bigger systems. Whereas before I would have take one of these: {% img center /images/p2000-g3-sff.png 250 400 %} Plugged it into a pair of these: {% img center /images/silkworm.jpg 250 450 %} And finally plugged in a pair of these ...

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My new life

I am now a month in to life in France. Make no mistake I am so far very happy that we have made the right decision, even though not everything is perfect. The biggest beef is without a doubt the paperwork! For example, it took us a month to get ...

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