Preferably, visit the Technical Event Book, otherwise known as the Time Line: a series of pages giving an episodic history of what I have read, or done, or failed to fix! It includes an ancillary history of events that have affected my life.
Time Line 2009 shows that in March into April several problems arose, especially with Kaspersky AV software. That ended when that software was removed.
The dickins.lan network, as it is called in Active Directory, is 100BaseT
with a 1GB switch. Currently, the network has two
Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise SP1 Server computers, and four Windows 7 Ultimate,
all constantly updated.
Plus, one 2008 Datacenter. The latter uses all 6GB RAM, even
though X86. Nice, and it runs well, used as the main data repository with
its 14 SCSI U320 drives.
Firewalls ahead! Oh, yes, with IPv6, I suppose. If you want a domain for
yourself, check availability with a whois, this one still works:
In 2000 I had to place a switch between the "modem" (xDSL or
cable box) and the local machines to protect them. The increase in
security problems, especially with the overwhelming popularity of MS OS
throughout the world has allowed systematic attacks from script kiddies, game server
searchers, including the infamous Scour.net operation, and other nefarious
characters. Microsoft has bought an Anti-Spyware software company which, in
2005, has brought some sanity. It's ridiculous that, for example, Symantec
won't allow installation of its commonly used security software on a
server. They expect everyone in a home/office situation not to run servers
and instead to be running
XP Pro, or Win2kPro or something similar, when connecting to the internet.
Networks don't run well without a server to help matters along. Peer to
peer is a nightmare. Now, I use Microsoft active directory software that
enables common use of all of
their operating systems.
F On the buying side, now that I am in Ottawa, Computer Supply House is excellent for all of one's computer paraphernalia, all of which are reasonably priced.
A plug here for all independent bookstores, mainly run by aficionados, not purely for the almighty
dollar, like some chains we could mention. Chapters is a horror, and don't hold
your breath for any improvement even though they were "obtained"
by Indigo. On Elgin Street, in Ottawa, is
with, again, some very nice people working there.
Internet access is by ADSL via
http://ncf.ca at 5MB/s..
It works with a Thomson 546 adsl modem, and this
non-profit organisation, which includes the Ottawa Library and Carleton
U, has given me very few problems.
There are too many different html
editors and suites to wonder at. Some of my colleagues have always used Notepad,
since as long as one understands html, then simple pages can be built quickly
with this primitive editor. Of course, software designed for the production of
more complex web sites needs to be much easier to use. I have also used
Macromedia Dreamweaver, Flash & Generator, Allaire Cold Fusion and Microsoft
Front Page (which, don't forget, was developed by a group that MS bought up.
Once again, they bought, rather than develop). Nowadays I use Expression Web,
both 2 and 3.
And, make sure that graphics and Java
applets are easily handled. These days, that's an essential part of how eyes are
caught by surfers to your site. Also, don't forget to check what you have done on
monitors that are of different sizes and with any number of browsers. What I
have noticed lately is that FireFox does not show what Internet Explorer shows!
O mattoid INK, as a sometimes working entity, provides technical advice for WAN/LAN and hardware installations and maintenance; database, spreadsheet, financial and word processing services; Web sites maintained and pages built; desktop publishing with Adobe products.
Today, at a different abode, with periodic shocks to the system, I persist in knowledge search. French, Latin, history, current affairs and literature of all kinds are facets of my book-learning.
Constantly fiddling with MS Exchange; Windows OS service and action packs, Office, BIND and TCP/IP, particularly IPv6; implementing Perl, php and Java scripts, other tools contained within Visual Studio; and other aspects of using networks, such as VPNs. Not to forget security issues and associated software. With the increase in interoperability these days, it is so important to make connections secure.
There is too much to learn, perhaps, for one single, simple person. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, it has often been said. As time permits, I work on my computer language skills: I must admit that I am somewhat delinquent here, trying only to use what I find I need.
Below: Waiting for the boat to Canada, on the
Underground Railroad, or maybe it's just the spring floods.
I had thought it was the former situation; no matter, it remains a fascinating photograph.
Would you like me to help you out? No matter, here in any case is a Guest Book and the Guest Book INPUT
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