I ran [EtherApe]( on my Ubuntu Server system for about 45 minutes this afternoon, sniffing network connections on the office LAN. Nothing snoopy/creepy, just network addresses and protocols. Man, there are a LOT of machines involved... The node at around 10 o'clock is my desktop Mac.

July 27, 2010 · 1 min

why I love my Network

I'm firmly in the @injenuity "The Network is People" camp. And I freaking LOVE my network. I've been experiencing an annoying glitch on my MacBook Pro since upgrading to MacOSX 10.5 - nothing serious, but occasionally it'd bug me. What happened was, if I opened a Finder window to /Users - it would show every user's home directory except mine. I mean, I know it's there, because all of my files are there....

March 31, 2008 · 3 min

U of C Network Killed by W32/IRCbot.worm

Looks like our on-campus networks are being hammered by W32/IRCbot.worm - the Learning Commons webserver, Pachyderm, APOLLO, as well as the main U of C website are all being affected by terabytes of virus traffic taking over the network. Even though our servers aren't running the Biggest Security Hole Known to Man, and are themselves quite safe, they don't have any bandwidth available due to the predominance of lesser boxes on the network....

August 19, 2005 · 1 min

Bandwidth "theft"

I just found a new site in my referrer stats - someone trying to customize Mambo to have a Kubrick-based theme rather strongly inspired by my (and Cole's) tweaks to it. That's cool. Have at'er. But, it's not cool to just go ahead and use the images directly off of my server. Sorry for being a jerk about it, but I don't feel the need to use part of my bandwidth allocation so you don't have to bother copying my files to your server to use them in your site....

August 16, 2005 · 2 min

IT Nazis

I spent the morning off campus (well, at another non-university-of-calgary campus) working in a place that actually made me appreciate the openness of the U of C networks. I was installing a web application on a new server for them - something that usually requires a network connection (both to download the bits to install, and to let people use the thing after it lights up). The server was behind a scary virtual lan setup, and couldn't see anything outside of its own hub....

July 18, 2005 · 2 min

Email Autoreply Considered Harmful

I intentionally refuse to set an email autoreply (those annoying "I'm out of the office, but your email is very important to me" messages that get spewed onto mailing lists). Autorepliers are too dump to not spam lists, and I generally check email regardless of where I am, so it's not like important messages get dropped. Sure, less important messages might get neglected, but that should be the rule rather than an exception....

June 12, 2005 · 1 min

Pachyderm Server Down (temporarily, I hope)

The thoughtful and friendly folks at the U of C decided to upgrade the electrical infrastructure in the Learning Commons today. That meant that would be without power. "No problem, thanks for the notice," I thought - assuming they'd be shutting down the server before yanking the plug. They didn't. And now the server is struggling to get back up again. I'm kinda remote from the server right now, hunkered down at SSU with the rest of the Pachyderm developers....

April 26, 2005 · 1 min

Open Letter to DeVry: STOP THE POPUPS!

I just got a couple of popup/popunders for DeVry Institute of Technology - despite the fact that I have a popup blocker installed and activated. DeVry doesn't provide contact information on their website (perhaps that's a sign?), and this is really pissing me off. Do you people realize just what a shitty thing popunders are? They are almost as bad as Casino/Viagra/Texas-Holdem spam! You are diluting any reputation your institution may have had, and further negating the value your alumni may realize due to the crap you fling across the 'net in a desparate attempt to gather new students....

April 10, 2005 · 2 min

Blocking Ping

I just found out (almost by accident) that the U of C has decided to block ping. I knew ping wasn't working - hasn't been for what feels like forever. I just heard today that it was a deliberate move to block the port used by ping - to prevent hacking of unsecured Windows boxes using those ports. So, let me get this straight. You've got a bunch of renegade unpatched Windows boxes on campus....

April 5, 2005 · 1 min

Network Problems at the U of C

If you're trying to access any services on campus at the University of Calgary - it looks like our network connection took the Easter weekend off... All servers are up and running fine, but the pipe is plugged, so it's slow going if you are trying to connect to anything on campus. Which means I'll have to put my tweaks to on hold for a bit. Perhaps it's a sign?...

March 26, 2005 · 1 min