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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

kroby Encrypted Databases (445 comments)

I keep a KeePass database for each of my consulting clients and encrypt them with a unique master password for each client that gets shared with the client. Then, another KeePass database with all of the client's master passwords inside of it encrypted with yet another master password that gets shared with my fellow consultants. This lets me give my clients access to their password documentation without having to give them the master password for all of my clients' databases. It also ensures that my colleagues have access to my client's passwords should they need to cover for me. Or, if you want to spend some money on a commercial product, look at Secret Server.

about 10 months ago

Hyperlinking Is Not Copyright Infringement, EU Court Rules

kroby Internet 101 (97 comments)

The internet before search depended on hyperlinking.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Managing Device-Upgrade Bandwidth Use?

kroby Ditch the WRT (159 comments)

WRT is great for tinkering and home users, but good god, please don't put it in a production network. Get something like a SonicWALL or a FortiGate, learn to use it, and thank me later. QoS will get you nothing, there is no such thing as QoS on the internet. However, bandwidth management and throttling could help a lot. Before you can prioritize traffic you need to be able to identify it, and this is where life becomes much easier with a UTM appliance. You can prioritize by device type (MAC address), source, destination, protocol, or application. With application awareness you can easily see what is sucking up the most bandwidth, and it classifies all the traffic for you automagically based on signatures ran against deep packet inspection. A caching proxy, as mentioned in other posts, would help speed up the internet and reduce bandwidth consumption. Something like Squid would work here, or you could go the appliance route. Bonus, with a UTM device you also get IDS/IPS, botnet filtering, gateway antivirus, spam filtering, RBL filter, content filtering, application control, SSL VPN, wireless controller, and more. They cost money, but you will not find these features for free, and if you do it is going to be a nightmare to manage.

1 year,2 days

Google Fiber In Austin Hits a Snag: Incumbent AT&T

kroby Re:Why is Google not a telecom? (291 comments)

I wish I had mod points to give this. I want to see it answered.

1 year,11 days

California Man Arrested for Running 'Revenge Porn' Website

kroby Re:What was this guy thinking? (252 comments)

How is this any different than a mugshot site? IANAL, but I believe the license of the photograph is owned by the photographer and the subject has very little rights to the photo.

1 year,11 days

For First Three Years, Consumer Hard Drives As Reliable As Enterprise Drives

kroby Nearline SAS (270 comments)

The major difference in "enterprise" NL-SAS drives versus consumer SATA drives is the native SAS command set making the drives more efficient and more compatible with RAID controllers and technologies like storage pools in Server 2012. Step up to true 10K and 15K SAS drives and you get significantly higher IOPS, slower than SSD but less expensive per GB.

1 year,17 days

Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Project For a Router/Wi-Fi Access Point?

kroby pfSense (193 comments)

pfSense is a great open source router distro and should have no problem running on your net book. However, Sophos UTM/Astaro Security Gateway is a commercial product that is free for personal use. I recommend it if you need any UTM features such as gateway AV, IPS/IDS, Spam Filtering, and centrally managed AV.

about a year ago

Are Lenovo's ThinkPads Getting Worse?

kroby A resounding YES! (271 comments)

I have owned several ThinkPads over the years and can attest to the declining quality over time, particularly right after Lenovo acquired the Think brand.

My first ThinkPad was an IBM T40p. The build quality was rock solid. It got me through college and I carried that thing on my back nearly every day for four years. As a sys admin I have deployed many IBM and Lenovo ThinkPads. The T4x was well built machine, and ran for a long time but tended to need repairs just after the warranty period. Since we had a fleet of identical machines I had plenty of systems to cannibalize. The decline in quality was hardly noticeable at this point.

I used a T420 for work for a while. It seemed nice. I had no complaints, but I didn’t get to keep it long since I didn’t stick around.

Now I have a new T530 and the build quality SUCKS! The chicklet/island style keyboard wouldn’t be bad, but the flex is terrible especially at the top edge by the F keys. I don’t like the new keyboard layout with the different bottom left corner (fn, ctrl, win, alt). The monitor/lid flexes a lot when opening and closing and there is a lot of play left in the monitor after the hinge has latched. Also, there is a gap at the back edge when closed. Picking up a closed laptop from the back edge will again flex the monitor. The battery is loose and rattles when locked in place. That is about everything I can remember about it right now. Oh, the power brick for it is huge, like a brick. One thing that good about it that I can say is that it is smoking fast, but I think I have Intel to thank for that.

While ThinkPad’s quality has been declining, Inspiron and Vostro quality has been improving. The thing I don’t like about their 15” is the 10 key. It forces you to have an offset keyboard, but overall it has a good build quality. Not as good as the old ThinkPads, but better than the new ThinkPads. If it weren’t for the 10 key I might have gotten a Dell instead of my rickety T530.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

kroby Hidden SSID = Bad Juju (884 comments)

It is widely known by security professionals that hiding your SSID actually decreases security. For starters, it is easy enough to sniff a SSID out of the air. What is more concerning is that wireless clients configured to connect to a hidden network will constantly try to connect to any wireless network, essentially asking "Are you my network?" A malicious access point could say, "Yup, sure am!" At that point your wireless client will be more than happy to divulge your preshared key. There are even affordable retail products that accomplish this out of the box. Check out the Wi-Fi Pineapple.

about 2 years ago

What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?

kroby Avira/AntiVir (896 comments)

Avira get's my vote. Low resource use, high detection rate, and free for personal use. What more could you ask for? Since it is freeware the default installation has some nag screens, but those are easily disabled. http://www.elitekiller.com/files/disable_antivir_nag.htm

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Evaluate a Data Center?

kroby Re:Don't forget the non-technical bits (211 comments)

I assume you are looking to co-locate. If you plan on spending much time in the data center make sure that they have bathrooms available to their customers. Not all do.

more than 5 years ago

Is Working For the Gambling Industry a Black Mark?

kroby Take what you can get (467 comments)

IGT in Reno Nevada was one of the top recruiters for hardware and software engineers at my university. There is nothing wrong with working for them, but most graduating students had a bit of a stigma against it just because it was everybody's fallback plan. That, and working there is like a college reunion when half their employees are from the same school. I think the bottom line is, if it is the best offer you have then you should take it. Fresh graduates do not usually have the luxury to pick and choose their first job; you need experience before you can do that.

more than 5 years ago



Server Room Relocation

kroby kroby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kroby writes "The company I work for is in the process of planing a move and one of the things that needs moving is a server room. We have about 20 servers to move, and the plan is to move them from our current office building to the new one. One of my options is for me to move the servers myself, the other is to pay movers to do it for me. However, I do not want to let normal movers to touch my equipment. Where can I find movers that specialize in moving IT equipment? What is the best way for me to maintain availability of my servers during the transition? I look forward to reading your input. Thank you."


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