Configuration Management Software Sucks

Yes. Configuration Management Software Sucks. Horribly.

The main problem is that n-th order tweakability is preferred over convention It's just stupid. There are a core set of things that just about everybody needs to do. Those should be dead simple. Ready to uncomment and run. The set operating systems ...

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KDE SC 4.4 - Steady, Incremental Improvements

I haven't noticed any killer features in KDE SC 4.4 and I've been running it since Beta 1. I've noticed a lot of subtle improvements. Things like app stacking and selection in the task bar seem much more responsive. All around, plasma looks subtly better and ...

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2010 SpamAssasin Public Service Announcement

If you run a public mail server, there is a good chance you run SpamAssassin.

There is a New Year's SNAFU in which any dates 2010+ are marked "grossly in the future". That is a problem since it is now 2010.

Run sa-update and restart SpamAssassin ASAP, or install ...

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DRBD merged with kernel 2.6.33

DRBD has been a long standing external patch in many distribution kernels. It has finally been merged in the 2.6.33 window. Colloquially the "Distributed Redundant Block Device", this piece of code allows you to mirror blocks of storage across multiple nodes.

drbd

This is primarily useful in high availability ...

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Computer e-Recycling (an I.T. WTF Odyssey)

Story Time: Computer e-Recycling

an I.T. WTF Odyssey

I had the displeasure of working at an erecycler several years ago. Even watching stuff come off the trucks, it was very hard to get anything before it was utterly destroyed by the yard goons. Inserting a forklift blade into a ...

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Mirroring Fedora

Introduction

This post details setting up your own private mirror of Fedora's repos. There are many ways to do this, but this method is by far the best for heavy usage. By using MirrorManager, clients in your IP range need no custom configuration. Roaming laptop users automagically hit your ...

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Kernel 2.6.30 is a Go

I initially thought this would be a rather uninteresting release, especially when we learned Xen dom0 didn't make the cut. Following the changelog line-by-line, this one still didn't seem very interesting to me. But analyzing the sum of parts, I have to consider 2.6.30 a 'golden ...

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