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Error stuff.

Welcome Salon.com Readers

I guess the Low Carb Hackers article featuring yours truly finally came out because my servers are getting totally slammed. Luckily, it’s a bandwidth bottleneck and not a server bottleneck. Unfortunately, Katharine linked directly to my Eat Watch page instead of my blog, but no worries.

Anyway, I feel almost guilty that you’re reading my site this week. Work has been quite hectic with a beta software release the past two weeks and I haven’t had a chance to regularly update the site. Ohwell…enjoy! Feel free to browse around!

Don’t fsck ext3 disks…

The storm last night caused numerous power outages both at work and at home. Unfortunately, the Web server UPS died and caused some minor disk corruption. No problem, the disks are ext3 with journaling enabled.

But, when I got home, instead of allowing the system to come up on its own and recover the journal, I ran fsck just to see what the damage was. Only one directory was lost…the PostNuke PostCalendar cache directory on /var. No problem, that’s a temp directory with no valuable data, so I unlinked it and let fsck finish.

On the second pass fsck found approximately 24,000 lost files. I panicked. We’re talking deep down, gut wrenching, “I just lost all of my data and I’m totally screwed” fear.
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The Snap Server 2200 isn’t worth the plastic it’s housed in…

Our Snap Server 2200 has failed for the third time in 12 months resulting in total data loss. The first time was due to a software hiccup where the disk lost its drive configuration. The second and third times were due to physical disk failure. Since the disk was configured for RAID0 (striping), a single disk failure meant total data loss. I was aware of this while configuring it so it didn’t come as a big shock…although three failures in 12 months is rather surprising for the self-proclaimed global leader in network storage systems.

That’s why the appliance was being used as a dumping grounds for crap that wasn’t mission critical but was nice to have around like installers, old data snapshots, random tarballs that had already been dumped to tape or CD, etc. Since the system had already failed previously, it was no longer trusted and treated as such: a gyroscopic paperweight.

Safari 1.0 background-repeat CSS bug…

I’ve been fighting with CSS all afternoon at work trying to get background-repeat to render properly. Turns out Safari 1.0 is broken. Bowl of suck.

It looks like it will be fixed in the next version. And there was much rejoicing.

Everybody’s connecting!

netgeareverybody.gif So, what’s the best way to execute a global denial of service attack against an unsuspecting university? Simple! Convince a megacorporation to start selling routers with hardcoded NTP servers set to the intended victim! And then, just for grins and giggles, make sure the end user isn’t allowed to change the setting! Sweet…screwups like this make me happy in pants.

Everybody’s connecting. Why yes…yes they are!

Update (08/22/2003): What’s the second best way to DOS a university? Slashdot their writeup on getting DOSed.

Citibank Email Fraud Scam

Do not click on any link in any email masquerading as any financial institution! Instead, if you receive an email from your bank (or PayPal or eBay), manually go to your browser, open up their Web site to login and then manually browse to whatever new feature they want you to look at. Reputable institutions will never direct you to a page that asks you to re-enter any personal information.
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