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Vyatta Initial Impressions

I’m part-way through the major overhaul of my home network (hosting this blog and everything else jasonantman.com) that I’ve been planning for quite some time. The current hardware is… uh… currently… described on my Hardware page, but I soon plan on ditching the wiki and moving to ...

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Online Exams and Reality

A friend recently showed me the syllabus for one of her classes, which is partially given online through the Sakai course management system. At the bottom was a section on course policies which stated, in part, that the “Academic Integrity policy is in full effect”. Apparently, this professor is giving ...

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Why DRM is bad for consumers

While some people whom I greatly admire have stronger feelings than I on the subject, and many others, I felt the need to share some thoughts on DRM this morning.

Here at Rutgers, we had been promoting Ruckus for music downloading. The idea was that if you go to Rutgers ...

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My Dream Network

On the same thread as the last post, some thoughts on my ideal network, or the hosts on that network:

  • One “gold master” installation/kickstart file of a single chosen distro, with a base set of packages, including site-specific packages. (or something like this implemented in a configuration management system ...
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Community Datacenter

I’ve been planning a lot of administrative work lately… I have a few machines that need OS upgrades, my backup system is barely functional (it needs both a new, large disk and a configuration overhaul), and I’m planning a switch to static IP service - which means not only ...

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My Birthday!

I happened to be working with some timestamps today and noticed that we’re starting to get into territory like 1234094400. So, being the geek that I am, I wondered when we’d finally hit 1234567890. The answer is 2009-02-13T18:31:30-05:00, which happens to be 18:31:30 ...

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How To Wipe a Bunch of Machines Quickly

Updated 2009-03-05, see bottom.

At work the other week, we decommissioned 24 old desktops - Dell GX280’s that were used in the student labs as print release stations. They didn’t have anything sensitive on them, just Windows XP, but with licensing and all we have to wipe Windows off ...

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Truck Wiring and Lighting - Part I

As mentioned in my Custom Truck Console post, since my truck was stolen and now recovered (with all of the emergency equipment stripped out - weird) I’ve got to start from scratch. Since I finished the console, I’ve started work on redoing the lighting. The first grueling step was ...

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Custom truck console

I’ll keep this post relatively to the point (the original full story is on eLightbars.org here and here). My 2006 Ford F-250 CC XLT was stolen in September, 2008. It was recovered about a month later, after Geico said they’d pay out, and after I’d bought ...

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