Work: Internet Connectivity Busted

November 14th, 2002 by Richy B. No comments »

Aaargghhhh! Our main internet connection has gone down – we alerted our main ISP at 11.50am (first one to do so: shows how much on the ball I am, plus I had conduct all the necessary tests to be able to tell them what the problem is 🙂 ). It’s now 3.10pm and we’ve had to resort to dialup. Correction – I’ve had to resort to dialup to our backup ISP: therefore all urgent internet related stuff is having to pass thru me. Problem of being system administrator 🙁

Whilst we’ve got the remote backup mail servers+name servers hosted on another backbone (as per good internet setups 🙂 ), we decided that since our ISP had been so good so far, we didn’t need full broadband access from another ISP (saves money too). Now I’ve got the whole business getting it’s connectivity thru one 56k dialup modem attached to a fax line: not good, but hopefully it’s only temporary. I hope it is, as the fax machine don’t sound happy sharing the line (I can hear the modem thru the fax’s speaker).

It’s not the best backup solution in existence, but it works, it does its job (ie no data loss, still can get essential emails etc), and is cost effective. Ok, if it’s still down at 4pm, we may have to do something major but fingers crossed….

3.45pm and normality has been resumed. Our ISPs engineers are still investigating the issue to try and ensure it doesn’t happen again.

Poll: What am I?

November 14th, 2002 by Richy B. 2 comments »

Neil/totalxsive just posted in his blog about the GeekTest. Well, according to the site, I’m 30% Geek, 30% Goth, 50% Internet Addict, 26% Emo, 29% Ska, 17% Metal Head and 28% Tortured Artist.

Make of it what you will, but as the site says “These tests ARE NOT SCIENTIFIC MEASUREMENTS”.
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Game: Fly the Copter

November 14th, 2002 by Richy B. 4 comments »

There’s a fun little game on the website of SeeThru (a sort of ‘tie-in’ with the BBC 2 quite enjoyable, fun and interestingAttachments – see Digiguide information for a bit more info).

Anyways… in the Flash game, you have just got to Fly The Copter. Clicking and holding the left mouse button gives you elevation, not holding it leaves gravity to pull you down. I managed to score 839 – how about you?

Fun: Lego Men!

November 14th, 2002 by Richy B. No comments »

By now you all may have heard of “Andy’s Computer” being built by Lego-men (see one of these mirrors for pictures of it being built). But what do the little people do on their days off? Smoke illegal substances of course! I’ve tried it twice, and believe me I think it’s overrated-Kid’s don’t both, it ain’t worth the cash.

Work: Updated to BIND 9

November 14th, 2002 by Richy B. No comments »

After a bit of prompting via this slashdot story (also on The Register) about the UNIX DNS server BIND having a vulnerability, I decided to upgrade from BIND 8.3.3 to BIND 9. Apart from having to re-build the named.conf configuration file, it needed very little work to get running again. I also took to opportunity to start using ACL (Access Control Lists) in the configuration file to make things easier to read and to cut down and repetition.

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