There was a big thunderstorm here this morning and I think it affected the
network somewhat. I turned on the Windows box (what? You think I leave
that thing running all night? With all the garbage Windows spews forth on
the network?) and after it finishes booting, it can't see the network.
The hub shows a connection. I remove the termination from the 10Base2
connection and half the network goes down like it should, so the hub is
fine. Okay, restart Windows.
I check monnet, and I see some wierd stuff—the Windows box is
sending out Ethernet packets with the broadcast address as the
source! That's not right.
I shutdown Windows and powercycle the machine.
Now it's okay.
Man, Windows is just sooooooo wierd.
I found out that about 30% of my webserver traffic are robots—programs
that crawl the Internet indexing webpages. Why did I calculate that?
A question on the Robots Mailing List (dealing with programs that crawl the
Internet and not mechanical devices that walk about going “R2-D2, where are
you?”) asking if robots skew banner impressions and click throughs. An
interesting question and while 30% might seem a bit high, that's only
because my server isn't a heavily trafficked site at all, despite my good
placement in the search engines.
I wonder how sysadmins get their jobs. Especially those that have to
administrate UNIX and yet don't quite grasp UNIX. Or directories. Or shell
Then there are those UNIX sysadmins that love complexity. They write
inscrutable scripts that work most of the time yet still require a degree of
micromanagment usually reserved for taking care of babies. They relish in
foot high piles of network cables none of which are labeled.
What prompted this? A particular clueless UNIX sysadmin I have to work
with. The sysadmin in question is nice, but is not a UNIX
sysadmin and I want to vent a bit.
Sysadmins. Can't shoot them as I would end up with their job.
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