Jul 212013
Nobody sees this

Did somebody call me?

I noticed recently that the site was down and had to monkey with something on the server…permissions?  Always permissions.  Nevermind the OS or security method, it’s always permissions.    Lost the mirror drive in the software RAID, and that seemed to mess things up after recreating the mirror on a replacement drive.

I was messing around with Linux a bit recently, and setup some code on my router.  I noticed that since I’ve enabled additional firewall(s) through Optware I don’t seem to be getting any visits from the Russian bots.  I wonder when the site went offline exactly?  DDNS….etc etc etc etc and I never look.


I’ve been working on some method to keep track of office tasks/requests which would allow me to automate logging of completed items for documentation, future research and task management.  Increasingly, I am finding automation technologies useful in building workflows.  On OSX, Applescript, Automator workflows, and cron jobs, launchd services for Linux based systems and good old scheduler (at).

I really need to find the discipline to get some classroom training on current programming language syntax and structure.  I’ve got all the tools I need to write, debug and compile any code I want (within reason) – I simply lack the time to….  good excuse writer.

Before I went off on the tangent, I was referring to task automation as a useful tool in managing my personal work flow.  Since I am inherently lazy/busy with endless interruptions and an unpredictable schedule, I am always thinking about disaster recovery/business continuity on a continual basis.  Sometimes (when minor failures are easily recovered), this validates the need for building system architecture that is simple, cost-effective, scaleable, redundant, well documented, and easily replicated or restored following some contingency.  Other times, it feels that nothing is ever completed; projects are not completed in a timely fashion, new challenges are being introduced faster than I can document them (never mind dealing with them).


Since business objectives mandate system requirements, it is necessary to support a wide range of system architectures ranging form proprietary IBM AIX systems that are not fault tolerant nor capable of virtualization to more mainstream Windows-based systems and other platforms such as OSX, iOS, Android, and various Linux distros for various devices and systems.  Task automation and scheduling procedures differ greatly from one device to the next.  Programmatically, the logic to accomplish basic tasks like task management, note taking and reporting should be similar all around.  A unifying language such as java should be easy to code to accomplish various tasks and interface in standard database formats/sync protocols (mySQL,SQL,etc/cardDAV,calDAV, IMAP, LDAP, etc).  HTML5 could be employed to skin the interface for mobile devices, or the GUI interface could be ported to various platforms.


While AD offers a lot, it is still closed architecture and often presents challenges in providing authentication for other operating systems and devices…  but that’s a subject for another day