Misadventures In Network-Server Setup

It’s funny how that even after so many years of experience setting up and configuring servers and network, one can still make rookie mistakes. Something as simple as, say, an IP address clash. Or it could…

Wireless Is Breaking Up Again

Always-on Internet connectivity is so much taken for granted these days, everyone just assumes the network will just work, and so if it doesn’t, it gets very frustrating. Sadly, our wireless is breaking up again….

How Much Network Bandwidth For Off-Site Event

I was recently asked to oversee the Wi-Fi networking requirements of an off-site event. Is the Wi-Fi coverage adequate? Is the network bandwidth sufficient? Well, you know what, it’s never enough. Not when you have to…

FortiGate Firewall Recipes

At work, yesterday, we were clearing out some stores from various secret network locations, and something unusual caught my eye. A picture of raspberries. Among the stacks of various boring manuals, disclaimer sheets, warranty information,…

Coaching To Enhance Performance

I recently attended a course, about coaching, and learnt among other things the definition of coaching, as opposed to similar activities such as training, mentoring, and counselling. We are always learning, in every stage of our…

Should Your Office Have a Wall or Not

Many workplaces have adopted an open-office concept. First, there were partitions, then the partitions became lower, and eventually the partitions disappeared. In some offices these days, employees simply sit on benches. It’s totally open. Bosses think it’s…

Computing Is Hot Again

So apparently Computing is the in-thing again, according to a Straits Times article this week. We are attracting better students who prefer to choose us over other options. I suppose this is also helped in…

Jumping Into CentOS 7

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 was released about one month ago. The community version of that, CentOS, unveiled its version 7 this week. Many enterprise Linux users might perhaps not notice because, well, we…

Grappling with IPMI, PXE and SOL

Installing one server isn’t difficult. It’s not really time consuming either. But it’s a whole lot different when you have to setup a huge number of servers. The ideal state of affairs, for me, is…

Zero Fuss Web Video Collaboration

We’re in an era where just about everything can be done online. We also have no shortage of web-based collaborative tools, including those that incorporate audio-video conferencing features. Then, why is it we don’t seem…