The long running process dilemma

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Recently we had a client on one of our webservers doing something which we consider to be bad form, inconsiderate and downright annoying – running scripts from cron every five minutes which take longer than five minutes to run. The end result? Processes that pile up, consuming resources and frequently inconveniencing other customers (if it […]

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A Portable Wireless IP KVM Solution

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If you have hundreds of dedicated servers in a remote datacentre, and a need to operate on the console of some of those servers on a semi-regular basis (and I KNOW you do), then you’ll understand the frustration of having to physically put someone in front of those machines. You need to take into account […]

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Firewall Hero III: Legends of Packet Filtering

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Customer support can be fantastically rewarding sometimes. When your combination of skill, tenacity and knowledge produce a solution that’s straightforward and effective, the feeling of satisfaction is hard to match. It doesn’t even have to be something big, we’ll take those small victories gladly. Our work sometimes looks a bit like magic, and we don’t […]

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A tale of two drives

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It’s no secret that we’d rather be working on Linux than Windows here at Anchor. It is, by and large, much more annoying to actually get anything done, but it also just breaks in opaque and unexplained ways. O Windowes, let me count the ways in which you are broken! This is one such problem […]

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