Pondering subnet allocations

Edit, 2011-05-03: To all those poor souls who have been directed here by Google in their search for best practices on IPv4 and/or IPv6 subnet allocations (or worse, the HP A5500's NAT capabilities), please accept my sincere apologies.  This page...

When (Windows) software updates go awry

One of my clients had some very interesting Internet traffic statistics last week.  We came in Thursday morning and found that overnight we had downloaded over 700 GB of data from our ISP (UQ SchoolsNet). When we looked through our proxy server...

Back to the future for the Ubuntu desktop

The Register has a review of the Ubuntu 11.04 beta release which suggests there are some rocky times for existing Ubuntu users ahead.  The part the article that stuck out to me reads: The highlight of the current launcher is the plethora of...

Getting Adobe Digital Editions to work in Ubuntu

Today we have a guest blog post from my wife Angela.  She is an avid Ubuntu user (in fact, so are our kids) and a great web researcher in general.  She wanted to borrow digital editions of books from our local library; however, the books are only...

Observium and GPL misconceptions

EDIT: As of 2013-10, I've started an Observium fork called LibreNMS.  This is just here for historical reference. I recently started using Observium (a great network monitoring package which you should use), and found that I had some useful...

Queensland floods IT relief being wrapped up

I has been our privilege at Liberty Systems & Software to support the flood relief efforts of High and Dry Computers 4 U, a volunteer effort to provide computers for those affected by floods in the Ipswich area who are least able to provide them...

An interesting performance difference between perl and awk

(I used to love Stan Kelly-Bootle's column in Unix World, so i thought i'd share an experience a little like the ones he used to write about.  Hope some old-timers out there can get into it...) The task i was working on involved taking a file...

What's wrong with IT

I happened across this post on Infoworld today which is more than a year old, but still highly relevant to many organisations.  The con that is cloud computing will continue to take over traditional IT departments until organisations realise the...

Quote of the day

"Cloud computing was built for suckers by hustlers."     -- Ted Dziuba