Porn for Sysadmins

Having a perverse interest in all things sysadmin I sometimes go on google.ca enduced journeys in search of sysadmin blogs/pictures/info etc. I find it’s a neat way to see what my peers are up too, hopefully picking up some new tricks along the way. One of the most openly documented HA website’s I’ve seen in recent memory is wikipedia. They have hours worth of reading regarding their setup as well as admin blogs to detail the day to day problems they encounter. Here are some links to get your reading binge started.

Wikimedia Servers
Server Admin log
Wikimedia NOC
Wikitech

HP is robbing me blind

Since when was 25ml of ink worth $30 and why package the print head with the ink? Pretty sad when the price of the replacement ink is more than the price of the latest and greatest printer.

My Epson dot matrix printer that came with my first computer (an apple IIe) still prints fine and it’s 20 years old! Each replacement ribbon is $9 and a ribbon is good for hundreds and hundreds of pages of text.

I guess this is how HP can be a complete failure in the pc/electronics department (hp/compaq pc’s are the Ugo’s of the computer world) and still be a profitable company. It’s the Gillette business model, give them the razor for cheap and make a mint on the blades.

Upgraded the site to WordPress 1.5

Ughhh.. forgot how much time I had into customization on my old 1.2 install. The theme and css stylesheet layout for version 1.5 is completely different. So instead of trying to make my old css work I opted for a new theme, equix. Already I don’t like some of it but it’s a good base to work off. That’s the wonderful thing about OSS, I can take his style and modify it to my liking.

PHP Gallery

I know php gallery has been around forever but I just added it to subaruclub.ca this weekend to handle all the media and I’m VERY impressed. I’ve always used IDS and it’s worked well for me but due to the fact that it’s perl/cgi and it resizes on the fly it tends to be quite a resource hog.

Gallery’s upload tools are quite impressive as well. Also the fact that I was able to include the php headers and footers we already had to ‘nest’ gallery was a bonus. The gallery looks almost native to the rest of the site!

One item I noted, ImageMagick lacks support for Jpeg and PNG files by default in FreeBSD. To compile in support for these you need to do the following:

vi /etc/make.conf and add
WITH_JPEG=yes
WITH_TIFF=yes
WITH_PNG=yes
Save and exit
cd /usr/ports/graphics/ImageMagick/
make deinstall clean
make reinstall clean

Once that’s complete Gallery shouldn’t complain.