Chris Josephes works as a system administrator for Internet Broadcasting. His past work experience includes Unix/Windows 2000 administration, network engineering, security analysis, web development, and Perl programming.
In his spare time he works on programming projects, volunteer law enforcement work, the outdoors, and extreme sports. He lives in Minnesota with his border collie, Bear.
About 2 weeks ago, I put in my notice at Internet Broadcasting, setting out for things bigger and better. In the meantime I've been reviewing projects, contacting vendors, and updating documentation. While I've been doing that other administrators are secretly... read more
Citrix XenServer is now free. They were never winning over VMWare users on quality, so now they're shifting focus to price. That may not be a bad idea in this economy, but my suspicion is that Xen was more worried... read more
Despite the Barracuda issues, Seagate is probably one of the better consumer drive vendors out there. I give them credit for offering recovery services to anyone that needs it; although I have the benefit of making that statement without... read more
I've been running OpenSolaris 2008.11 on a laptop, a virtual machine, and a test server configuration for about six weeks now. I promised earlier that I'd write a few articles on how well everything worked and on the differences in... read more
It looks like the 2008.11 release of OpenSolaris just hit their download page. My plan this week is to install the image on my primary laptop and gauge ease of installation, configuration, driver support, and performance. According to blog reports,... read more
Do you trust web based applications with your password? What about trusting a third party web application? Sometimes it's hard to avoid the temptation of using a third party application, and sometimes you may not even know you're using a third party application. read more
OpenSSH 5.1 includes a feature called visual fingerprints for host keys. Before this feature came out, keys were represented by a hexadecimal sequence that you would usually see the first time you log into a host. Now they're also represented... read more
Most Netapp environments do not take advantage of multiple user accounts and passwords. On a Netapp filer, only one user at a time is allowed access to a command line prompt, and the number of administrators in the enterprise is... read more
If I had to describe my political leanings to a stranger, I'd say I'm a middle of the road guy. There may be one or two issues out there where I take a firm stance, but it's nothing earth shattering.... read more
If you wanted to obtain an unbiased viewpoint on Solaris, would your first choice be the Executive Director of the Linux Foundation? He does offer a viewpoint, but it's probably not unbiased. Let's get the obvious part out of the... read more