Nagios plugins: a two minute hate

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If you asked one of your friends how their parents were doing (assuming that their parents were nominally alive, and that you had an appropriate degree of friendship that permitted such social intercourse), and they replied “I’m not sure, I haven’t seen them in a while”, is it reasonable for you to reply with a […]

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Deep Bug Hunting

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As practically anyone who has spent more than a couple of hours of their life using computer can attest, software is not the most reliable of human creations. Most software is very, very buggy, to the point that small errors and irritations happen so often that most people’s instinctual reaction is either to ignore them, […]

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Keeping your kernel output safe

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Keeping logs of the operation of your system(s) is really important; when something goes wrong in the middle of the night, a good log can give you all the information you need to diagnose and fix the problem before it happens again. One area of your system that’s quite crucial to keep, but which is […]

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….So you think you have a spam problem?

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Earlier today we started seeing multiple monitoring alerts from our network monitoring station suggesting that two mail servers which we manage were under considerable amounts of system load. This became so bad that email began to be delayed and in some occasions clients attempting to connect via pop and imap were timing out… meaning that […]

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End of Year Support Hours

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Unfortunately as much as we’d like to to let the servers fend for themselves over the end of year period whilst we take a well earned break we can’t, there’s always someone that forgets a password or decides to break their website during the holiday period. Anchor will be available on all business days – […]

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How not to handle errors: phpmyadmin edition

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The user does something that fails, due to server-side problems, and you wish to inform the user of this problem so it can be fixed. You redirect to a page with a URL something like /error.php?message=Something+has+gone+wrong.+Please+fix+it+and+try+again The user fixes the error on the server, and (since staring at the location bar isn’t a whole lot […]

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