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Two Explorers Descend Into An Active Volcano, and Live to Tell About It

JayTech Re:Grandparents... (66 comments)

Actually, the link does not apply since the unfortunate victim in that case jumped off an 80ft cliff into a quarry. I am not aware of any account where the original challenge, a bucket of cold water to the head, actually caused the participant to expire and go to meet his maker. http://www.snopes.com/horrors/...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

JayTech Re:Zenoss is awesome - Zenoss Core + OpenVPN (137 comments)

Anon - Why base your opinion on an experience back in 2008? This is six years later and the product has matured since then. The Zenoss Core (http://www.zenoss.org) open source project is bigger than it's ever been, it is very reliable, and is used by many large corporations today.

OP - For what it's worth, any open source monitoring software should play just fine with OpenVPN. However, the monitoring feature set should be simplified into a single interface, you don't want to have to be fixing scripts and maintaining the software all the time.

I actually used to deploy OpenVPN + Zenoss for remote site monitoring. In my case I needed to monitor multiple systems at the customer premises (using Zenoss Enterprise/Service Dynamics for the remote collector integration), but you should have it a bit easier since you only have one server to monitor. I found configuring OpenVPN to be a bit of a challenge, but once that part was done the rest was a piece of cake. It will be a lot of work with the sheer volume of 500 clients (with that amount of traffic you might even need to break it into two OpenVPN endpoints) but I'm sure you are already aware of that.

I would say definitely take a closer look at Zenoss Core. A side note, Zenoss Service Dynamics is their enterprise product with advance features, but for you the "technology stack" needs only to consist of Zenoss Core (free) + OpenVPN. Set up OpenVPN as you described so that the clients deployed on your remote servers can connect back through https - as long as they have an internet connection no holes need to be poked through your customer's firewalls. Drop Zenoss on the OpenVPN endpoint box(s). Then use the OpenVPN IPs to monitor the servers. For each individual server, configure the SNMP string if Linux, or set up WMI if windows (no need to configure traps, Zenoss polls the boxes at specific intervals). Use the wizard on the Zenoss web interface to add the host and model it. Away you go, you can now see the events in the Zenoss console for everything from ping status to CPU utilization. Events go to the console which you can monitor, or you can easily set up e-mail alerts to trigger. For example, say one of the disks throws a SMART error; trigger an e-mail you so you can ship the customer a new disk to install just like NetApp does.

As I mentioned, you can definitely use Zabbix or some other variant to do the monitoring part. I researched and played with many monitoring solutions (commercial and free) before I settled on Zenoss. What made the difference for me was that I found I was spending way too much time learning the quirks of the software (e.g. Nagios - config file to add a client, really! SolarWinds - Agent installation required, really!) and not enough time actually deploying monitoring to the targets. Good luck, hopefully this info helps you find the right fit for your environment!

about a week ago
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Leaked: Obama's Rules For Assassinating American Citizens

JayTech Not surprising (800 comments)

This doesn't surprise me considering how far removed the US government is from understanding her primary function - to protect her own citizens. What's to stop them from declaring a leader of a political movement as dangerous, having “recently” been involved in “activities” posing a threat of a violent attack - for example, declaring that the government has no right to interfere with private enterprises, or even supporting 2nd amendment rights?

about a year and a half ago
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Australia's Biggest Telco Sold Routers With Hardcoded Passwords

JayTech Re:A flaw, really? (154 comments)

I used a little hyperbole to make a point about the passwords being a backdoor. Your argument is valid, absolutely; but that assumes The Man is efficient and crafty - none of which are generally equated with governments these days. This is a lazy man's backdoor, through a gate that appears to be normal both inside and out. On the other hand, a black hat implementing your proposed covert SSH backdoor would fit right in line with their known weapons of fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency.

about 2 years ago
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Australia's Biggest Telco Sold Routers With Hardcoded Passwords

JayTech A flaw, really? (154 comments)

Just a simple flaw? That's what they want you to believe. Hard-coded passwords are NOT a flaw, they are an intention back door for... company engineers... company spies... the government... Just sayin'!

about 2 years ago
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New Cable Designed To Deter Copper Thieves

JayTech Re:Source on the Pitcher theft? (668 comments)

I believe it's the first link in the summary, but I could be wrong: NYTimes, 7-Feb-2011

Thanks, I read that after I took a few seconds to bypass the paywall. I guess the NYT is a source, but unfortunately the story is very devoid of facts... only that one line on the theft (and an interview with a scrap metal guy and a politician unrelated to the incident)? Not one snippet anywhere else on any of the major news sites? Either I'm not looking hard enough (probably) or the theft was conjured up to add some drama to the story... anyone to disprove that silly theory?

more than 2 years ago
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New Cable Designed To Deter Copper Thieves

JayTech Source on the Pitcher theft? (668 comments)

Is there any source on the Pitcher utility line theft story? I can't find anything. I doubt the "blackout" was a very big deal considering that the town is a ghost town with only six residences remaining. The town has been basically dead since it was declared a superfund site, and then a tornado hit a few years ago and wiped away the rest. Kind of puts that part of the story in perspective...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picher,_Oklahoma

more than 2 years ago
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The Unstoppable 'Tech Support' Scam

JayTech Jonathan James (312 comments)

Is that you?

more than 4 years ago
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High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Bigger Weight Gain In Rats

JayTech From the institute of Duh? (542 comments)

It's pretty much common knowledge that cheaper substitute ingredients are almost always unhealthy. Did we really need scientists to tell us about it? Next they'll be spending federal funding to study how diet soda is making us fatter...

more than 4 years ago
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$18M Contract For Transparency Website Released — But Blacked Out

JayTech Too bad it's scanned (384 comments)

To bad it's scanned and not digitally blacked out like those documents the government released before that could be easily be read...

more than 5 years ago
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Solar-Powered Moon Rover To Explore Apollo Landing

JayTech Could someone please explain (151 comments)

Why is it necessary that we go back and explore what was accomplished in the past? Call me stupid, but it seems like a rover on the moon could do something more useful than exploring a bunch of dusty boot prints and some used equipment. Anyone care to enlighten me?

more than 5 years ago
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Best Home Backup Strategy Now?

JayTech Re:External and Online (611 comments)

Most, if not all, of the boards I've ever purchased from Newegg work perfectly with Linux. For instance, I know that the PC CHIPS A15G AMD board works with Fedora, Red Hat Linux, and Ubuntu. IMHO, almost any board that's more than a few months old will be supported by almost any Linux distribution... Linux has far greater hardware compatibility than, say, M$ Vista.

One good strategy I use is to pick out the board I want, then pick out the Linux distribution, and Google both of those together to see if there's any info available. If you don't find any results, then post in the distribution's forum and find out if there is support for the motherboard you picked out. Easy as that!

more than 5 years ago
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America's Army 3 Has Rough Launch, Development Team Canned

JayTech Not surprising (150 comments)

This doesn't come as a surprise to me... sometime around the version 1.6/1.7 release, a bunch of the DEVs were let go/fired/left (I don't remember specifics) and the game hasn't been the same since. I participated in the beta testing process at one point, and there were a bunch of great guys doing the testing and lots of reports of issues were being relayed to the developers. But it seemed that there were always issues slipping through the cracks because the Army was more interested in phasing in the overall "experience" or storyline of the game, rather than gameplay. I haven't been following the development of the game since a few years ago when the gameplay went south, and I imagine they've been losing lots of veteran players since then. Being the army, it should be easy to assume the DEV team was pressured with unrealistic goals and an unrealistic deadline for launch. Since the game is (obviously) targeted at young adults and they failed big-time on first impressions for many new players coming on board with this release, it's easy to see why someone's head was required on a platter even though the blame really lies with the Army officials. Typical bureaucracy at its finest. I hope the fired DEVs find good paying jobs with companies who don't require treading manure on a daily basis.

That said, I do hope that moving development into the military sector instead of the private sector ends up saving taxpayer money in the long run, IMHO the game as a whole isn't really an effective recruiting tool anyway. The only thing that's really useful is the virtual-reality training for our soldiers, and that should be the main focus of the development.

more than 5 years ago
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My favorite simple machine is ...

JayTech Been thinking... (490 comments)

I think the answer to the question is wheely simple! But then again I might be pulleying your leg or screwing with your head! Or I could be inclined to plane drive a wedge between you and my cLever puns.

more than 5 years ago
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VCR Hacks

JayTech Re:bleh (13 comments)

Agreed. VIDEO FAIL!

more than 5 years ago
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Norwegian Websites Declare War On IE 6

JayTech It's about time (349 comments)

I'm a web designer, and this comes as good news to me; the sooner IE6 hits low use numbers, the sooner I don't have to waste time coding a zillon hacks to get stuff like PNG support to work. They should be pointing people to Firefox / Chrome / etc though, not IE7.

more than 5 years ago
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Atlantis Seekers Given Thrill by Google Ocean

JayTech 9600 BC called... (321 comments)

They want their city back.

more than 5 years ago
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Larger iPod Touch In Apple's Future?

JayTech Zune bug sim? (197 comments)

Sweet! Will we be able to run a Zune leap year simulation on it?

more than 5 years ago
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Effective Optical Disc Repair?

JayTech Re:Just a note (554 comments)

The character who said that was Frankie. That episode was hilarious!

more than 6 years ago

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GE Research Develops Cooling Technology Dubbed "Piezoelectric Cooling Jet"

JayTech JayTech writes  |  about a year and a half ago

JayTech writes "General Electric's Global Research Facility has developed an ultra-thin, high performance cooler that may become the next-generation cooling technology for laptops and tablets. The "Piezoelectric Cooling Jet" is about the size and thickness of an ordinary credit card, uses just a fraction of the power consumed by a standard fan, and contains no conventional moving parts. Dr. Seyed Saddoughi, the inventor and Principal Engineer at GE's Aero-Thermal and Mechanical Systems, was interviewed by WNYT-TV for an explanation of the technology.

Engadget also has a video of the cooling jet re-purposed to play a Christmas song."
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eBay fees rates going up... not down

JayTech JayTech writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JayTech writes "Today eBay announced major changes to their pricing schemes, hailing "reduced listing fees" and free "gallery" listing upgrade as "significant price reductions" over the previous scheme, even going as far to claim the changes would "lower your up-front cost [selling] on eBay". However, beware of their sugar-coated press release. Upon careful examination you will notice a single sentence hidden in the press release: "We're balancing that change by adjusting some final value fees". Sellers will soon discover fees are actually being raised significantly, to the tune of more than 66% the previous FVF charge, along with changes to the feedback system which weight it heavily in favor of buyers.

If that wasn't bad enough, on top of everything Paypal will be authorized to hold on to funds received from auctions for 21 days (Read below the "Safe Payments Requirements" heading), if they decide the seller isn't trustworthy enough.

Already eBay's own forums have been flooded with complaints from unhappy sellers."

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