Lessons Learned from the Massive Westhost Outage this Week

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

If you didn’t know, this has been a tumultuous week for clients of Westhost, my internet service provider. Their Primary data center is located in Utah and they share that space with a sister brand VPS.net. The datacenter is a Tier IV center managed by Consonus. Saturday afternoon there was a yearly fire equipment/alarm/suppression system [...]

Collection company….

Monday, August 14th, 2006

I’m quite frustrated this evening. Another long day of computer problems and tonight I come in to around the tenth call from a collection agency. The kicker in this case is that it’s not for me, but for someone I’ve never heard of. Over the years we’ve had a fair amount of credit card debt [...]

Third Party WMF patch

Saturday, December 31st, 2005

The F-secure blog is reporting on a third party patch for the WMF exploit. I have not tested it, it seems to come from a knowledgable source though. As I’m writing this though, the thought strikes me that a really nasty trick would be a claimed fix that actually exploited the vulnerability. It pays to [...]

Wikipedia Class action suit?

Monday, December 12th, 2005

ZDNet’s the Open Source blog is talking about a possible Classaction suit against the wikipedia. He calls it the next SCO suit and summarizes things like this… The SCO suits were an attempt to shut down open source based on the idea that everything is owned, or comes from something that is owned, and so [...]

The challenge of online content

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

The Open Source blog at zdnet has an article today on the Wikipedia. “Is Wikipedia a threat or a menace?” is the title… (which doesn’t give leeway for it to be a good thing I guess…) Anyway it raises an interesting point. Over the last few days there was a lot of press about (from [...]

Good introductory article on linux

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

There is a Newsforge article talking about “Best Practices for the Linux home office”. They cover a lot of ground for the newcomer to linux. But some of their advice is excellent for computing in general. One is to treat your work machine like a production system (not development) the advice here is not to [...]

Google filtering some searches

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

It caught me by surprise at first. I had done a search and got the following… “We’re sorry… … but we can’t process your request right now. A computer virus or spyware application is sending us automated requests, and it appears that your computer or network has been infected. We’ll restore your access as quickly [...]

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