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  • Re: Important Data

    Redundancy is designed to preserve the availability of the system. Taking the system offline after the second failure makes the system unavailable sooner than waiting for the third failure. If you're suggesting that taking the system offline will preserve the data, then the wrong system is being used for data preservation. If you need to be ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 09-18-2014
  • Re: Important Data

    [quote user="Lawrence"]Actually... in a system that can stand the failure of two disks but not of a third disk, there is an argument for shutting down everything when the second disk fails. That way, if you didn't notice the first one, you'll be sure to notice the second one, but you can still recover your data. Of course, you ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 09-18-2014
  • Re: All the networking equipment goes in the attic

    [quote user="eric76"]Yeah. I'm tempted to pull the wall outlets and see if they connected the pairs correctly. Years ago, I knew someone who wired an office for ethernet but skimped on cables by using two pair of a cable for one connection and two pair for another connection. I hope I never see anyone do that again.[/quote]It ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 08-14-2014
  • Re: SharePoint Hosting Companies

    [quote user="blakeyrat"]In a world where Office 365 exists, why would you purchase anything BUT?[/quote]Because their first-level support is a bunch of idiots. We use a lot of Office 365 services beyond just email and Office and we are constantly underwhelmed by the quality of service, both at a technical level (CRM down for an ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 05-19-2014
  • Re: Secure FTP access

    WebDAV can do directory listings with the PROPFIND method. However, once you have your content on a web server, it's trivial to write some server-side code to make directory listing unnecessary. Something as simple as providing a simple URL like http://www.company.com/project/thing/20140418 or ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 04-18-2014
  • Re: Secure FTP access

    But... there's much more support for scripting HTTP and it's a much more sane protocol. There are very few valid reasons to choose FTP over any alternative, and doing so should always be seen as a "I'm doing this because I have to, but I don't like it" choice. Just because "it worked for you" doesn't make ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 04-18-2014
  • Re: Secure FTP access

    [quote user="dkf"][quote user="Jaime"][FTP] is literally unsecurable (anyone can hop onto the data connection and download your file, or upload theirs in place of yours).[/quote]Not true; FTPS supports encryption of the data channel and modern crypto is quite good enough to make sure that nobody else can understand the data ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 04-18-2014
  • Re: Secure FTP access

    [quote user="bighusker"]SFTP (and even FTP) still has its place, especially as part of an automated process.[/quote]FTP has no place in the world anymore. It is literally unsecurable (anyone can hop onto the data connection and download your file, or upload theirs in place of yours). From an automation standpoint, it has no API. The FTP ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 04-18-2014
  • Re: Long Life bug : Do not use the letter 'j'

    [quote user="HardwareGeek"]All the people named John, Jane, Jim and Joe would like to have a word with you.[/quote]It's a lower-case j, so all those people (and me) would be just fine. C is the reason many modern language are case-sensitive, that's a good enough reason for me to hate it.
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 04-11-2014
  • Re: My heart bleeds

    [quote user="Buttembly Coder"][quote user="Jaime"]... one of the many available techniques. Example: SecureString. There are a million other ...[/quote] I can think of at least one reason a server running OpenSSL is not likely to use .NET's SecureString...[/quote]If only I would have thought of that possibility and ...
    Posted to "Side Bar" WTF (Forum) by Jaime on 04-10-2014
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