A bad runner's journey into bad running, part 2 - how I run

(You can read part 1 first, if you want.) When I first started running, I naturally fell into what I considered to be a proper running pace, but I found that I was not able to run as far as I wanted, and it wasn't until I made a conscious effort...

A bad runner's journey into bad running, part 1

(I'm trying to get motivated to write a little more. This post is a little off-topic from my usual fare; hopefully it will be of interest to some.  There will probably be 3 or 4 parts.) Disclaimer This is my story about running.  I don't claim it...

New site

I'm no longer working for myself, so I've moved most of my old content to this new blog. The same entries should generally be available, although there may be some issues with paths not matching and images not showing by default. If there's...

Anyone but the majors

(Warning: Contains political content about the upcoming Australian federal election - although not the type you might expect...) Annabel Crabb hit a nerve with this article opening recently: You're one week into a federal election campaign that...

An update to "What's in my Podcast Roll?"

I blogged previously about the podcasts I regularly listen to, and the topic came up again this week on the SAGE-AU mailing list, so I thought I'd update it with my current thoughts. Regular listens from the previous list SANS Internet Storm...

ntpq: write to ::1 failed: Operation not permitted

The other day I got a bug report about check_ntpmon, which was reporting UNKNOWN status back to Nagios even though everything seemed to be working fine. A bit of debugging revealed that it was receiving the message on standard error: ntpq: write...

Generic IT career/job seeking advice to the young starter

I've been asked a few different times to advise young (and sometimes not so young) people trying to get a start in IT.  Every story is different, but there are a few commonalities.  So here's my generic IT career/job seeking advice in rough...

Default permit still winning the security battle

I was stoked when Patrick Gray took up my suggestion to ask Marcus Ranum to reflect on "The Six Dumbest Ideas in Computer Security".  I encourage you to listen to the interview for yourself, but my summary of it is that Marcus was mostly...

The tragedy of Vyatta Core's demise

Vyatta Core (VC) is one of my top fanboy loves.  It provides a firewall/router based on Debian Linux but with an elegant configuration system modeled on Junos.  Vyatta previously offered VC as a community edition of their commercial router (with...