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Monday March 13, 2006
12:58 AM

Removing mounts?

For the fun of it; I am looking into the ability to review a windows box and see what drives they have mounted. Particularily because there are old file servers that have retired and of course people never delete because that gets in the way of work.

Don't seem to be a "normal" way at the moment.

However, I have noticed that Current_users/Network will list mounts with drive letters.

Just need to find a way to disconnect dead drives. It's a start I guess....

Saturday March 11, 2006
03:30 AM

Users. Why?

The conversion to the new server continues. People are always amazing. The base today are software engineers. You would think they would be well versed in the ways of computing. Maybe I am being to anal but out of 60 or so people only 3 understood the question "What email client do you use?"

Change is a bad thing for most. Do you want pop3 or IMAP?

One of them asked what's the name of the mail host. They were told "mail." He came back and said it wasn't working. I checked the config and he wrote the server name as "male" I guess that is why I have a job right?

At least it's the weekend. Major reading to do. Yea Windows 2003 and SNMP! Two fun books.

Ahh well. It never ends.....

Friday March 10, 2006
12:48 AM

I am tired today.

I think I might be comming down with something. Not surprising since I live with a 4 year old germ carrier.

Mail system migration goes on. People are funny, even though you offer them a better setup; change is bad! Oh well. Makes my job easier.

One less domain for the company! Already the AD is acting better since the dead domain would for no reason drop out of replication and tie the other domains since they needed to trade info.

Google Desktop! Sure I would be happy to share my customers information on the Google servers! What were they thinking? I have to prevent it from getting installed. Perl could make the changes but it can't prevent the engineers from overriding the changes. I have to work a global policy and off course google is ooh so helpful. I am wondering if their claims are true. I have put a few questions out to see if others have done it. Nothing yet. Might have to trail blaze on this one.

Book is sitting idle for now. Just not in the mood.

It will be Friday! The CEO will talk to the ocmpany about the lost project/product. It's a loss of 3 million a year. I smell layoffs.

Time for bed I think. Damn I hope this is not a sickness.

Wednesday March 08, 2006
02:01 AM

I have to get back into it!

[ #28917 ]

Merlyn posted a link for something he did for objects at perl monks and I read it and said "ok?" Bad thing. I really need to dive back in and refresh this tired brain of mine. Hopefully, it's like a foreign language. Just tired from non-usuage.

I actually did some writing for the spam book. Looks like junk but I am getting the ideas out of my head and onto paper. It will takes some rework. I am envious of people that can pump out things with ease. Hopefully someday I can be one of them.

Company took a major hit. Big partner closed a product that used our stuff. Big revenue loss. Company says it's bad and they are reviewing things. I smell layoffs. 12-15 people would be my guess.

Domain elimination going well. Active Directory Migration Toolv3 is quite useful for this!

Ahh well. No writing tonight! Have too much reading!

Monday March 06, 2006
03:52 PM

A tiny script is needed

[ #28896 ]

Well now after a long time I actually have a request. We have mirroring software for some important servers. Sometimes it just stops working. No errors. No halts or freezes. The script will touch a file and then need to verify it appears on the mirror. Simple but hey it's something to do.

I have started writing an anti-spam book. I was handed a system that was very much hands on and went through hell. Somebody suggested I write as my "humor" could be entertaining and might make for a good tech book on the subject. Hmmm Tales of a SpamFighter? Time will tell. At least I have start laying it out rather then thinking about it.

Mirapoint conversions and a domain consolidation to do. Busy busy busy. It just never ends.

Hey at least it's not going to India so I should be happy. ;)

Saturday March 04, 2006
09:31 PM

First entry with a talk about burnout?

Somebody said I should make entries to this thing. I haven't really tried as I am one of those Neandertals that doesn't have a blog *shock*

I haven't written anything in Perl for awhile. Working with Networks, I don't have (or have found) the need for "serious" scripts. Most of the time it's in projects. Be it the Windows 2003 conversion, install and converting users to a new Mirapoint server, or testing out and installing the new Lyris spamming server.

Windows 2003 is proving to be a rock solid OS. Never see it crash. Conversion from 2000 to 2003 was a breeze. One thing that is hard to belive is NT4 still exists. I finally killed off the last production server. However, we still have 6 boxes and it don't look like they are going away anytime soon. Well I should be able kill of 3 of them. Change is bad for some people but mainly its the customers. We have to make the big customers happy and continue to support Dead OS's. That is the way of things. It took a year to get them to let go of ME.

We entered the world of spam. We have marketing and training notices but we are honorable about it as companies should be. You have to request to be on our lists for example and we are quick to remove. We had outsourced the job and those people started spamming porn. Our hit rate went from 90% to 40% really quick.

Mirapoint makes a great IMAP based mail appliance! Expensive but still cheaper then a full blown Exchange setup.

Certifications again. My last cert was cisco and NT4. Both have expired so now I am chasing the 2003 cert and CISSP. Might become the security person for the company. I started out that way a few years ago and left it in disgust *coughsgovermentworkcoughs*

So why the tangent on non-perl related stuff? Simple point. If you don't keep yourself hacking away at perl; job/workload burnout can make it easy not to do it and before you know it, the last script you wrote was about a year ago.

I am going to turn this around by going through my Perl book library. I am going to go through the basics and work up for the fun of it. Probably will purge and or update a few books. Somewhere I picked up the learn perl on nt in 21 days. Funny. As if it was possible to do that.

Hey! My first entry is done!