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Thanks Gorm,

All good points and you fed me some thoughts on how to proceed with "those people".


Hi All,

I was just wondering if any of you have set up / used any of the business class, external / public DNS services?

Like DynDNS, OpenDNS, ComodoDNS, etc.....

Here's the background on this small piece of the overall project.

I'm in the process of acquiring (buy and IPv4 class C and get an equivalently sized IPv6 block) so I can set up dual / completely different ISP's into my campus.  Part of that involves wanting to get my public / external DNS services off my ISP's DNS.  So, I'm looking into the choices of external / business class DNS services.

I have about 60 domains (haven't counted the number of DNS records I have yet).  So far, none of these dirty %$@#^ have any sort of "here's our web interface and here's what the pricing matrix is).  They only want to schedule a 45 minute demo (which I don't have time for at this stage of the process).

If I could trust my team to be able to manage it, I'd just use standard "bind" at each of my 3 sites and call it good.

Thoughts / input?

FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: What is DevOps?
« on: March 08, 2018, 03:57:18 am »
Things never change do they?  Back in the day, long before the word "Agile" had been invented I used to go to daily "merge meetings" where you had to explain what and why you were merging into the baseline. "Breaking the build" was about the most humiliating thing a programmer could do. 

That brings back some good memories for me.  Many, many years ago, I was the "build / configuration master" at a DoD contract.  I had an actual "propellerhead beanie cap" that I gave out to the developer that "broke" a build.  That person had to keep it in their work area until the build was able to be properly integrated into the end product.  At first, they hated it (we had nightly builds).  But, after time went by it turned into a fun thing (I was usually able to fix their code for them before they arrived in to work the next morning - Ada, C, C++, O/S's and shell scripts running on a Harris NightHawk, Sun Workstations and some custom hardware components).

Ahh, the memories when times were much simpler.


Old BBS maxim.....

1) Do not offend.

2) Do not be easily offended.

My very uninformed opinion on mining is this (at the BlockChain) level....

As I understand it, "mining" is the term used for all the (worldwide) compute power to do the processing of the blockchain processes.  Since there isn't a centralized processor for this, it appears the overall / distributed concept is that everyone that's set up a "miner" earns minuscule amounts of "things" (bitcoins, ethereium, etc) in exchange for this compute processing.

I think BlockChain shows some long term possibilities, but don't know if BitCoin, Etherium, etc. is "it".


Discussions - Public / Re: Latest season of Black Mirror on Netflix
« on: January 09, 2018, 04:38:33 am »
I watched one episode, and never "got" the premise of the show / series....  Maybe it's time to re-visit it.


Discussions - Public / Re: is everyone MIA in this snow apocalypse?
« on: January 09, 2018, 04:34:44 am »
Just a bit of rambling ........

I can remember when living on the N side of the Baltimore, MD metro area......  There was a forecast of snow during the work day.  People started freaking out!  The entire plant was empty within a few hours.   Local news was telling everyone to get home and hunker down.  They were only calling for .5 to 1" of snow.

Now me (being the country bumpkin from central Illinois), couldn't understand the fuss. I had dealt with real snowstorms back there!  We had just moved to MD a short while before this event.  So, I just stayed at work until the end of my regular work day and went home. 

I found out that people were even more stupid than I thought they would be.  I only lived about 3 miles from the plant (Martin Marietta - Essex / Little River facility), but there were abandoned cars everywhere and others were absolute maniacs (Mad Max style).  It was like the area had lost it's mind.  Took me almost 3 hours to drive home that day.

This storm pretty much shut down the entire metro area for about a week!  The Baltimore PD, Fire and emergency services were reporting they were UNable to respond to all but the most serious of calls, and  there were numerous reports of looting in the Downtown area.

I never did understand that area in the (roughly) 5 years of living there....


Here's my philosophy on backups.   (not that this does a single thing to help Gorm for this incident)
   1 is none
   2 is 1
   3 is best


   all three backups in different physical locations / types of media.

   whenever possible, do NOT use any type of proprietary backup software.
        Just do a full copy of the original files if at all possible.
        Export databases to text files
        You can accomplish a lot if you invest in the time to script and automate your backups with tools built in to the O/S.
             batch / powershell, shell, etc. scripts
             timed events to invoke the backups (cron, windows "at", etc.)

    do periodic test restores to assure your backups are in fact usable.

In this manner, you're protected from all but the most severe types of unplanned events.


Just my .02 here.

There is no "best" O/S.  It's all relative to the experience, skill level and available time of the support staff.

From my business / corporate standpoint, Apple has a lot of proprietary crap going on "under the hood".  It's normal for the Apple updates to seriously "break" the networking stack and networking protocols (even at simple "dot" releases).  And, don't get me started on Active Directory integration changes made under the hood with almost every OS/X update (even the silent "security" updates).

And, can you ever find out just what they changed?  NO.  It's a big frigging national security issue for them.  Tons of time wasted trying to quickly develop a band aid (that's going to be on top of a lot of previous band-aids to work around earlier "dot" releases).


All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Remember BBS ?
« on: December 04, 2016, 10:37:07 am »
I actually ran one of those.  I ran QuickBBS as it's "face". It was a niche BBS for all things dBase / Clipper  related.  I seem to recall I have several thousand users from all over the world (at it's peak).  I shut it down after seeing the direction Computer Associates was taking Clipper.

I guess that makes me one of the "oldsters".

On the other hand, I've always spent a ton of $$ buying books & learning materials for various "new" things so I could keep up to date with what was coming down the pike in the next 2 - 5 years.  I must have done something mostly right, as I've been fortunate / lucky to "mostly" keep $$ flowing in.


Discussions - Public / Re: Direction/purpose of the board -- a few thoughts
« on: December 04, 2016, 10:05:32 am »

This is the board you've made it to be (without any help), so keep doing it the way YOU want it so be! 

Personally, I both like and dislike the smallish size of the number of participants.  I like the board has a  "homey" feel to it.  I dislike the board as a technical resource for the same reasons.

As for opening up the kimono's - yes, I agree 100%.  The lack of that (and my workload) has been a leading reason for my only swinging by here once in a while.


All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Do you use free cloud storage?
« on: July 15, 2016, 12:01:58 pm »
The really big thing *I* use cloud storage for is for Photos on my Cell phone (I take a LOT).

I have my phone set to back up all photos to Dropbox, Amazon, and Google.  I pay extra for the space on several of these, but it's worth the peace of mind for me to have them in multiple places.  My thought process / justification is as follows:
    1 is none,
    2 is one,
    more is better.
And, I don't have all my eggs in one basket.

As time permits (which is not very often) I connect my phone to my home computer and do a full synchronization and rip them to a DVD.


Discussions - Public / Re: Upfront collection of co-insurance
« on: July 15, 2016, 11:49:23 am »
NOT related to ACA - just an observation about current insurance..

Over the last couple of years, I've had several instances where I've had the opportunity to experience Insurance Billing.  I found out the hard way (in my instance) to NOT / EVER pre-pay the Co-Pay.  I found out the Insurance company has a very "particular" way they prioritize who gets paid how much, when they get paid, and how they allocate which one's go towards annual deductibles, etc.


Ok, just checking as I deceived to take a little brain break this afternoon......  And thought I'd stop by and see how everyone is doing.


Discussions - Public / Re: My last 6
« on: July 15, 2016, 11:36:00 am »
Well, from an employer side of the "Contracting agency" side of the equation, it's also pretty bad.

Been trying to find a couple of people for about a year now, and it's bad (and the Agency's I've been trying to use have been clueless)!


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