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Beatnik (493)

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A 29 year old belgian who likes Mountain Dew, Girl Scout Cookies, Tim Hortons French Vanilla Flavoured Cappucinno, Belgian beer, Belgian chocolate, Belgian women, Magners Cider, chocolate chipped cookies and Perl. Likes snowboarding, snorkling, sailing and silence. Bach can really cheer him up! He still misses his dog.

Project Daddy of Spine [], a mod_perl based CMS.

In his superhero time (8.30 AM to 5.30 PM), he works on world peace.

Journal of Beatnik (493)

Wednesday October 05, 2005
06:49 PM

Picking up where I left off

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I've received some complaints about my posts or the recent lack thereof. Let me just recap what has been going on since the last time. I've been together with my sparkling new girlfriend for about 3 weeks now. Nothing to report.. Everything is well. We went to see Dark Water last week. It blows chunks! Don't waste your money on it (I apologize if you already did and I posted this too late). I bought a new cellphone since my Nokia has been dropping it's connection a few times per week. I got a Sony Ericsson (t630) with camera and large color screen for a rather low price. The headset I bought for my first cell phone (also an Ericsson) worked excellent. Bright (patented idea) of the week: Access a database through SNMP calls. Set an OID to an SQL query and perform a GET on an OID sequence for the result. Plans for next years YAPC::Eu. Write an SNMP Event List, explain how traps are sent, received, parsed, explain how OID polling is done, handled, etc. Work has been a pain at moments.. but I don't have regrets yet. I'm going sailing this weekend with some friends and family... It will be lots of fun! My CMS made some small but nice progress during the past 2 weeks or so. I just added another template, I fixed some features and cleaned the layout a bit. Mental Note: Provide a command line based tool to do site management (manage the CMS from command line, export to XML or SQL, import from XML or SQL,..). It shouldn't be TOO hard with Mech.

On a work related note: It isn't THAT difficult to access Netcool Object Server in Perl using DBD::Sybase, DBI and FreeTDS. Most of the specs are described on the Netcool Users site.
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  • OK, time for the ignorant question of the week: What is SNMP, and why should I care?
    • In short, what is SNMP: SNMP is a protocol that can be used to manage network devices (hence: Simple Network Management Protocol).

      For instance, you can poll the system load of a Cisco Router, request the active connections on a firewall, query the database state of an Oracle server, read the route or interface table of a Juniper Router. As a hardware manufacturar, you design a tree in which you store information about your device. Tools like, for instance, MRTG [] can poll the status of your device and gen