On a newly discovered blog, Jonathon Delacour Unplugged, Jonathon has an interesting story about Journalism and trust that includes this quote:

If you don’t agree, recall an article you’ve read or a TV news segment you’ve seen about a subject you know intimately. Then grade it for accuracy.

He then compares mass-produced photography magazines to the sites Digital Photography Review and robgalbraith.com. I’m going to have to check those out if I want to get a digital camera.

Of course, now that I think about it, Debian offers the same sort of thing without the cetralized administration web interface. If you have trust in the stable distribution (plus security for security updates), then you could set up a cron job to “apt-get upgrade” your system once a week or so.

As a busy sysadmin, I’m blown away by Red Hat‘s Red Hat Network. They provide a simple web interface through which you can manage all your non-firewalled machines. Security updates can be scheduled and applied, new packagaes, etc. For your firewalled machines, you get email notices telling you what patches are avaliable for what machines, and there are tools that will go out and update the machine.

They collect a substantial amount of information on each machine, but I have faith in them (so far), so out-sourcing security to them isn’t that big of a deal to me. Especially since they charge less than $20/machine.

Last night, while trying to compile the ReiserFS quota patches into the 2.4.17 kernel, I got segfaults. It has happened before on lesser hardware, but this time, I suspect I should have paid a little more to get the ECC Memory. From The SIG11 problem:

However when the hardware occasionally flips a bit, gcc uses so many pointers, that it is likely to end up accessing something outside of its addressing range.

Ahh… The joys of an old IBM 486. I’m putting one together so that I can test the installation/conversion process I have for everybody.org. When I climbed up in the attic I came across some old VGA monitors as well. Those’ll come in handy for watching what is going on and in the rare case that I’ll need to log into the console on the machines.

My NeXTI have too much hardware lying around. I had told Alexis I would sell the NeXT to make up for some of the cost of some upgrades. It wouldn’t be that much, so she suggested setting it up for the kids to bang on. They’ll have their own ‘net connection and the only laser printer. Time to get some RAM for that baby.

Now that Mozilla support’s tabs (and I’ve figured out how to keep them from popping up in front) and is getting faster, I’m using it more. If it’s mail client supported PGP, I’d use it, too.

The project for today: a Solaris JumpStart installation.

To get started, Here are Sun’s Blueprints. Especially interesting is the article on Customizing the JumpStart[tm] Boot Image Recovery. We need that for our new NetBackup recovery procedure. Also of specific interest to me is the Building a Bootable JumpStart[tm] Installation CD-ROM since we don’t have enough machines to justify a dedicates JumpStart server.

A Google search turns up more information, of course.