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January 17, 2008

Save the kiddies from!!!

Filed under: political — Craig Lawton @ 3:52 pm

The new government’s proposed “clean feed” net filter system mandates that ISPs block sites from a known “bodgy” list.

The filtering infrastructure will be a bottleneck, slowing down and making more expensive our Internet connectivity. And the ALP went to the election promising to improve our broadband access and speeds!!!

The system will not stop paedophiles preying on children in chat rooms, nor stop kiddie porn. That’s not what it does.

The system will give the illusion of protection, which is probably more dangerous, because it may stop parents taking more direct action to control Internet access.

I can imagine the blacklist will get distributed some day somehow, so adults who fancy pornography can browse the government’s “recommendations”. I guess children may get this list too but I can’t imagine they’d be interested in looking at a bunch of sites their parents don’t want them to look at!!

Check out the Senate results from last year’s election and you get the story. For the ALP to get legislation through the Senate (assuming the Coalition votes against), it needs the support of the Greens. But that is still not enough. The legislation needs one more vote from either Nick Xenophon or Family First’s Steve Fielding. It looks like the ALP has adopted Family First policy as a future favour-saver!

Sign the petition here:


January 15, 2008

Thinking About Test-Driven Systems Administration

Filed under: sysadmin, test-driven sysadmin — Tags: , — rchanter @ 1:59 pm

So I’ve been thinking about, and working on, this for a little while.

It was prompted mainly by the title of a paper Geoff Halprin gave at last year’s SAGE-AU conference. Not having had the time to attend the conference itself last year, I have no idea whether my approach bears any resemblance at all to Geoff’s.

Broadly speaking, systems administration consists of two main tasks: managing planned change to systems, and managing unplanned incidents on systems. Everything else we do is just arranging affairs so that change is simpler and more deterministic, and incidents are shorter and less frequent.

How, then, can a test-driven approach help with this? It seems to me that we need two things:

  • A test-first workflow that makes sense for systems management
  • A language and toolkit for expressing tests and collecting the output.

This seems like a pretty simple task. I’ll explore it a bit in the next few weeks.

Neat systems management hack using clamav

Filed under: sysadmin — Tags: , — rchanter @ 1:56 pm

From the clamav-users list, last year (yes, I’m behind on my reading):

Clamav was used in Debian to discover copies of statically linked
copies of zlib that needed a security update.

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