Tag Archives: sysadmin

Dreamhost: a comedy of errors

You may have noticed that this place was hard to get to for the last week or so. I’ve hosted this blog and a bunch of other websites on Dreamhost since 2004, and I’ve referred enough people to them that my hosting there has been free for years. But most of those four years have […]

Fun with DHCP

I rolled out a new firewall/DNS server/DHCP server at FreshBooks today. Went well except for one problem: occasionally people would lose DNS resolution. Well, that’s not good. Checking out their machines showed that their DNS server addresses were being changed to an address on the wrong subnet, and their domain being changed to “mshome.net”. That […]

USENIX has made its full conference proceedings available…

USENIX has made its full conference proceedings available to the public. USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Organization, holds many, many technical conferences each year, primarily on system and network administration and security, including LISA, the Large Installation System Administration conference. Previously, access to the conference proceedings required a USENIX membership.

Rogers Portable Internet

At FreshBooks, Internet access is pretty critical to day-to-day operations. In fact, there’s basically nothing we do that doesn’t require it. But we’re not big enough and don’t transfer enough to bother with, say, an E10 or multiple T1s. So we’re on Bell business ADSL, which with a bit of traffic shaping is fast enough. […]

SAGE or LOPSA?

I know I’ve got some professional sysadmins reading this, so: I seem to have slept through the period around 2004 to 2006 where USENIX nearly got rid of SAGE, and then didn’t, and then some people who wanted SAGE to be rid of USENIX formed LOPSA, and so on. But I was all set to […]