Systems Administration

Private Fiber between (relatively) nearby facilities -- Who to call?

Sysadmin - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 17:34

Forgive me, as this may be more of a question for r/networking --

I've recently become an I.T. ManagerTM after a few years as a Sysadmin/network admin. I've never had to purchase my own WAN services before, as that was always handled by the person I just replaced. Anyways... we're acquiring a new facility roughly 2700ft away from our current network hub, and I was wondering about the possibility of connecting them via private fiber rather than paying about $300/mo to bring them into our existing AT&T MPLS.

We currently have another facility on our campus connected that way, but the entire run is within our property. This new run would not be; there'd be two street crossings at minimum. The majority of the run is through residential areas that wouldn't see a lot of digging going on, so I think we'd be relatively safe from backhoe fade.

Have any of you ever had to do something like this? If so, do you have any trusted vendors/construction companies, and do you even think it's worth it? If it helps, we're a municipality (so technically exempt from most permitting requirements) and I generally would have to justify this kind of thing over a 10-year period. I'm just trying to see if I can even make it viable.

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FYI: AI tools can unmask anonymous coders from their binary executables

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 17:24
To maintain privacy, stay offline, don't maintain public repos that trace back to you

Programmers can be potentially identified from the low-level machine-code instructions in their software executables by AI-powered tools.…

Guide for Samba on Ubuntu 16.04 with Windows ACL

I built a test server over a year ago and I'm trying to replicate the process. I have no clue what guide I used, but I got it to work before. I've been using the following as guides this time around but keep having starting over after failing:

Can anyone point me in the direction of a good thorough guide for this?

I keep getting so close but then missing the mark.

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Open Container Initiative Continues Momentum with New Members - Virtualization Information - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 17:07
The Open Container Initiative (OCI), an open source community for creating open industry standards around containers, today announced that 99Cloud, Kontena and OpenStack Foundation have joined the Open Container Initiative at the Silver level....(read more)

GoToMeeting - Online meeting, desktop sharing, and video conferencing software.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:54

GoToMeeting allows you to set up meetings, share documents, or make presentations with others and to do so with ease.

  • Choices: Meet now or schedule in advance a new or recurring meeting, it’s up to you.
  • One-click Meetings: Launch meetings quickly from a variety of locations including Microsoft office, email, and instant-messaging tools.
  • One-click Recording: Send out recordings after your meetings for those you weren’t able to attend.
  • Personal Meeting Room: Every customer receives a personal meeting room with custom URL - your new base of operations.
  • HDFaces Video Conferencing: Share up to 25 high-definition video feeds per session.

Note: price shown in the listing reflects a $29 monthly price billed annually. To view other pricing options, go here.


Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later running on a 64-bit Intel processor.

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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IT Roles

Sysadmin - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:54

Infosec locks things down so you cant work.

SysAdmins work more so later they can work less.

Devs make it look like they are working hard so they don't get any more work

DBAs ask questions .................(Queries)

Network Admins perform magic

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KantoPlayer 2.0.0 - $49.95

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:38

KantoPlayer allows you to do karaoke on your Mac. It supports almost all karaoke formats: MP3, MIDI, KAR, MP3+G, CDG, KFN, and MP4 video karaoke. It also allows you to record your voice over the song and convert your midi files to MP3 format. The software is free to try, but with a few limitations. The user interface has an efficient layout. Playlists can be created and populated with songs on separate panes, on the right side of the interface, where you can also build up a song queue. If you play a karaoke file, its lyrics will show up in the central region of the interface, but it is also possible to display them in a separate window, which can be useful if you wish to show the lyrics on a different monitor or with a projector.

Version 2.0.0:
  • New features added
  • minor bug fixed

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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Crypt-NO-coins: US city bans mining funbux on its electrical power grid

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:36
New commercial alt-cash crafters turned away from slurping cheap electricity

A city in upstate New York has become the first in America to effectively ban any new commercial-grade cryptocurrency miners from powering up.…

The network closet ate my shoe ):

Sysadmin - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:34

Went to go trace a cable and stepped in exactly the wrong place. I tried for a full 20m with screwdrivers and hammers smacking and pulling it out of there.

I had to walk barefoot across the whole building to go get a helpdesk guy to help pull them out.

The icing on the cake is I literally bought them yesterday GRRRR.

),: TGIF

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Any sysadmins out there ever take a break to do something else?

Sysadmin - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:29

Hey all. Ive been a linux sysadmin - operations role for 5 years and I feel my natural progression would be to devops or technical architecture. It can be stressful with the demanding deadlines, workloads, and constant OT but still fulfilling with great pay. My issue is that I have very little coding skills and would have nothing to offer in the 'dev' part of devops. I know I have the ability to learn on my own but time is limited with all the OT and being on-call. It's something I've always wanted to be proficient in and I feel like coding would boost my analytical and problem-solving skills. I'm turning 30 this year and I sorta feel late on the programming train. I've decided to do a 3-month coding boot camp (Hack Reactor) for full stack JavaScript. After that, I'd like to practice with kubes/docker and apply for a devops role but realistically I might be so mentally high on JS that I'd probably want to pursue a role as a webdeveloper for awhile.

My mind's pretty much made up but would like to know if any of you have ever felt like pursuing something different during your sysadmin careers and how did it go?

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Shell command for enabling/disabling color correction?

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:58

Anyone know a shell command for enabling/disabling the monochromatic mode for the display?

Would like to assign a gesture like the double tap(through nova) or a shake to enable/disable the mode.

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Whois? More like WHOWAS: Domain database on verge of collapse over EU privacy

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:58
Governments refuse to get sucked into policy shambles, kibosh DNS GDPR plans

An effort to resolve conflicts between upcoming European privacy legislation and the global Whois service for domain names has, predictably, failed, raising fears that cybercriminals will take advantage of the impasse.…

Disk Partition Recovery Wizard - Easily recover deleted or a lost partition.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:40

Disk Partition Recovery Wizard allows you to quickly and easily recover deleted or lost partition. The deleted or lost partition will be recovered with original data. Disk Partition Recovery Wizard is safe, quick and easy-to-use partition recovery software.

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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[Help] GoHome var does not work, only goes to current page

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:30

Hi, I just started using tasker and I am trying to create a task to turn on an LED light. I have a widget on home page 6 and an autoinput action to click on. This task runs fine and works if I am on the home page that has the widget. It does not work on any other home page. The home page variable seems to have no effect regardless of what value is input.

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Konichiw-aaaaargh! Amazon's Japanese HQ raided in antitrust probe

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:27
Bezos Bunch under the microscope of anti-monopoly cops

Amazon has had its Japanese headquarters raided by police as the web giant finds itself the focus of an antitrust probe.…

PSA: if you run Excel 2016 on Win 10 with Intel's integrated graphics, you may want to disable some options

Sysadmin - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:23

I just spent upwards of an hour or so with a high-level user, and normally I wouldn't call this a sysadmin problem, but it seems like it merits spreading the word since Win 10 laptops with integrated GPUs and Excel 2016 are widespread.

This user has reported that Excel was frequently crashing. We've had a few tickets over the last few weeks. If we force-closed Excel, then re-opened, he was back to normal. We didn't get much time to actually spend troubleshooting until today.

The user mentioned to me that it happened most frequently when he closed his laptop and ejected it from the dock. I was able to replicate the problem: after closing then ejecting the laptop, and then opening it, Excel looked like it was frozen. However, you could alt-tab between Excel windows (and all other Windows programs, which were unaffected) and if you moved the mouse around an Excel window, you'd see the pointer change states. It'd switch between a text input pointer, window selection pointer, menu bar pointer, etc. depending on where it was.

It was as if Excel was running as normal, but it just refused to redraw the actual contents of the program.

The solution was to go into the Intel display driver and disable both application-controlled mode and multisampling/anti-aliasing (I forget which one, it was directly below application-controlled mode).

After various states of lid closed/open and docked/undocked, the problem ceased to replicate.

I was trying to isolate instances of it using counters in perfmon when he said I could get some time on it and walk through the situation with him, and then this started to come forth.

Hope this helps someone.

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Adobe Flash Player App - Play CS4-CC Flash media on the desktop.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:20

Adobe Flash Player App is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.9 or later
  • Browser compatibility
    • Safari 5.0 or later
    • Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or later
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera 11 or later

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Justinmind 8.3.1 - Design advanced mockups and run realistic simulations (was Prototyper Pro).

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:18

Justinmind (was Prototyper Pro) allows you to design advanced mockups and run realistic simulations to capture and communicate functional specifications. Visualize user requirements without code. Simulate your interactive mockups, even with real data, before starting the project development. Demonstrate how the final application will behave to your customers, test users, and IT suppliers. Simulation technology helps you cut costs in your projects avoiding dramatic changes at the final stages of your projects.

Your customers and users can test and annotate a functional Web mockup worldwide with a Web browser, and communicate changes and new requirements with our Web annotation system.

Justinmind is available at a one-time cost of $455 or 'pay as you go' subscriptions.

Version 8.3.1:
  • iPhone X simulator and libraries, custom font support in prototypes, replace texts in prototypes, filter options in shared prototypes and more. Also bugfixes and improvements.

  • OS X 10.6.8 or later

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RememBear 0.4.6 - Password manager from the maker of TunnelBear (beta).

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:11

RememBear stores your passwords in a secure vault and syncs them securely across all of your devices. RememBear also allows you to generate super strong random passwords that not even a Grizzly could get their paws on.

  • Auto-fill logins and credit cards with a click
  • apps for your computer, tablet and phone
  • Independent and public code audit of RememBear security
  • Super strong 256-bit encryption
  • Secured end to end

Version 0.4.6 (beta):
  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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