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Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

jmintha Yubikeys (113 comments)

A secnod for Yubikeys. We love them. You can load your own key onto them so there is no worries when a third party (like RSA) gets hacked. There are open souce tools to configure them and run authentication servers. Integrated with PAM, and can be used with radius servers. And they are about $25 each, with no expiry date.

about 5 months ago

'Just Let Me Code!'

jmintha I find the opposite... (372 comments)

I guess it depends on what you want to achieve, but I find web based development has made it easier to do that fun kind of programming. I grab a framework (python/django currently) and I can have a fully working interactive application in 10 minutes or so. Spend a couple hours more, and I've got it polished with fancy javascript. No need to write entire client interfaces, client server protocols, etc.

about 5 months ago

If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

jmintha Re:tech is a fairly broad category (660 comments)

So using rough numbers based on my taxes (in Canada, so yours should be lower), if you are earning $125K, you are taking home something like $7000 a month. Deducting your rent, you are left with $5500. Obviously I don't know how many loans you have, or how many parking tickets, but that's a fair bit of cash SF might have a high cost of living, but you really don't have much left at the end of the month?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Samba4 a Viable Alternative To Active Directory?

jmintha Re:Not yet. (388 comments)

Unless I missed something, Samba 4 is not in Alpha release anymore. It has gone through beta, and is now in release candidate stage. (rc4 currently) It is designed as a full Active Directory implementation (including DNS and LDAP)

more than 2 years ago

The Leap Second Is Here! Are Your Systems Ready?

jmintha Re:Alleged issue did not appear... (284 comments)

I run quite a number of Debian systems, mostly squeeze, but a couple of older releases. None of the machines had any direct problems, however one machine that runs some java processes had the java processes using up 100% of the cpu. Another iscsi server process was filling up the logs with "failed to read from timerfd, Resource temporarily unavailable". And my desktop Debian machine had Google chrome using all the cpu.

The above fix: /etc/init.d/ntpd stop; date; date `date +"%m%d%H%M%C%y.%S"`; date; fixed the problem in all cases.

more than 2 years ago

The Leap Second Is Here! Are Your Systems Ready?

jmintha Re:Having issues with java/systems? try this (284 comments)

I assume it forces setting of the time (to the current time) which resets something. I can confirm it worked for me. Java processes were pegged at 100%, restarting the processes didn't help, but after doing the above, and restarting the java, they were normal again.

more than 2 years ago

Overcomming the Programmer's Block?

jmintha Take a break (403 comments)

And I don't mean just go out walking for 1/2 hour at lunch. I mean take the afternoon off and go hiking with a friend, or take a few hours to prepare a wonderful evening out/in with your partner. Buy a roll of film and go out in the city and take pictures. Creativity is not a nine to five thing, and sometimes you need to do something completely different. You will usually find that things are clearer when you come back to it.

more than 14 years ago


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