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Pasi Ääpälä
Works at South-Eastern Finland’s University of Applied Sciences Ltd.
Attended Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences
Lives in Myllykoski
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Asking here too... Couldn't decide should I post into Server or Distribution, moderators/admins may move to right section.

edit: We are probably going to choose just one distribution here and currently we're using SLES in several servers that run in VMWare environment.
 
Enterprise linux distribution

I know this might cause the eternal struggle "why my distribution is better than yours", but I'll post this anyway...;)

If you were to choose just one distribution for enterprise use (server side), what would it be and why?
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After having been involved in a TelCo and now in an even larger enterprise, I'd pick RHEL. My personal preference is Debian but if official support is required, Debian is ruled out.

I dislike YAST and I perceive RHEL as being much more straight forward.
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Yet again, some humor for you...

Haha, the facial expression is perfect...:D
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Made me giggle!
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Successful heartbleed exploit confirmed

It was just matter of time...
 
Well so much for that
This morning, content distribution network Cloudflare gave some hope to those affected by the Heartbleed security flaw with an announcement that the bug might not be as bad as feared. In two weeks...
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Oh crap, that was fast. But yet, it's a good thing. Now we know for sure.
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Good analysis of PIN numbers

Interesting read. Do people ever learn that 1234 isn't that safe?

Via +wesley chun 
 
Thanks to +Jim Douglas's comment on my previous post, which revealed the source article for the cool PIN heat map. Sharing this link as a new post because the whole article is worth reading for its various analyses (you can crack 10% of PINs by guessing '1234', for example, or 20% with the five most popular codes, for example).
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I hate 4-number PINs. I tend to do phonepad-mnemonics with PINs. A 4-number PIN really limits my possible source-set.
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Heartbleed: Change your passwords, but not yet!

While it might sound really good idea to change your password, you might wait just little bit longer. All companies haven't fixed the vulnerability yet.

List of services affected: http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/

Story about branding the exploit: http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-the-first-consumer-grade-exploit/
The severity of the Heartbleed bug means that rushing to change passwords could backfire
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Enable 2FA where available  ;)
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Enterprise linux distribution

I know this might cause the eternal struggle "why my distribution is better than yours", but I'll post this anyway...;)

If you were to choose just one distribution for enterprise use (server side), what would it be and why?

edit: We are probably going to choose just one distribution here and currently we're using SLES in several servers that run in VMWare environment.
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I work for a large bank and we are split with SLES and RHEL on the linux.   Let me say that personally I'd take RHEL any day over SLES.   Service pack upgrades from Novel are a pain, many software vendors still prefer RHEL over it,  and overall the Red Hat stack seems better.
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Some days in IT-support feel just like this

We do have all kind of customers... While some of them won't burden us at all, there are some who practically keep whole department working.
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Observaciones y comentarios tan pobres y mediocres ¡Que dan asco! Algo tendrá que ver el traductor Google que "hace lo que puede..."
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Friday fun

So stupid, but still fun...
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Meinaspa aamukahvit pärskähtää ruudulle :D Haha, loistava!
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Password tips and hints

Make sure your passwords are long. Recommendable length is over 14 characters and some instances recommend at least 18 character long passwords.

Don’t use words from the dictionary or any other popular sources. Good idea might be to put several words together to longer sentence eg. "Mypasswordisblue"

Always use different password for each website you use. You can use same base for all words, but add service-specific part to it eg. "Mypasswordisblue_facebook"

Remember to use passwords on your devices too. Open account on lost device compromises whole service.

If service asks security question for password recovery, don't use anything that can be answered with stuff you have posted/can be found online (pet's name, home address, etc).

Never, ever tell your password to anyone. Support personnel usually don't need this information.

Always change default passwords and reset passwords instantly.

Learn to remember log off from services you're using to disconnect active sessions.

If you are more paranoid, remember to clear cookies and saved data from sites.

Don't write your password on paper (or anywhere else), memorize it!
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+Jan Moren the key is unique combos. You can reuse passwords if you don't reuse IDs (can be easier than having tons of passwords). Even coming up with multiple, complex, memorable passwords is fairly easy (have to do it for work every 45 days and I literally have 30 userids to manage).

Still, token-based is a lot easier to use (but can be a pain to implement).
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BAT (Buoyant Airborne Turbine)

Floating turbines in over 300m altitude. Pretty cool innovation here!
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System Analyst, Identity management, Network administration, All-around tech support.
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Linux, Active directory, Windows Server 2012 & 2008R2, Identity management, Microsoft Exchange, Novell eDirectory & GroupWise, Video conferencing, VMware vSphere, Adobe Connect
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  • South-Eastern Finland’s University of Applied Sciences Ltd.
    System Analyst, 2013 - present
  • Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences
    System Analyst, 2004 - 2013
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All-around geek, tech enthusiast and beer aficionado.
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Technology, gadgets and beer are my passion. Feel free to contact me if you have something to ask. I'm  willing to help other people. Fill your profile and picture and engage with me, then I might circle you back.

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About me (circles I could be in):
  -Technology
  -Robotics
  -Network identity
  -Alternative energy sources
  -Future affecting inventions
  -Personal gadgets
  -Nature
  -Beer/Whisky
  -Nanotechnology
  -All electric things
  -Linux/GNU/Open (free) software
  -Movies
  -British comedy
  -Chili
  -Boardgames
  -Science
  -Metal music

-Beer fanatic
  -Trappist beer is favorite
  -Thinks Belgium produces best beer in the world
  -Likes strong beer (abv / taste)
  -Has own cellar & fridge for beer only

-Whisky enthusiast
  -Islay whiskies (Ardbeg, Kilchoman & Laphroaig) are favorites
  -Likes peat and smoke in whisky
  -Likes also port finished whiskies

-Chili-eater
  -Mostly sauces
  -Prefers chipotle
  -Likes to experiment with fresh chilies (wife grown)
  -High tolerance, 1M Scoville tasted without dilution (damn that was hot!)

-Boardgamer
  -Favorite games: Hive & Power grid
  -Ready to play any game at least once

-Family nerd
  -First computer experience ~1985
  -Fixes relatives' computers
  -Likes old games (like Nethack)
  -Linux user (Debian, Crunchbang)

-Metal-listener
  -Usually listens Death & Black metal
  -Listens other music too...
  -Some favorite bands: Bathory, Slayer, Iron maiden, Clandestine blaze, Darkthrone, Immortal, Tiamat, Ulver, Viikate, Frontline assembly, Autopsy

-Movie-watcher
  -Likes old b&w-movies
  -Favourite movies: Wolfman (1941), Das Boot, Dark city, Memento, Apocalypse now & Ghost in the shell
  -Collects werewolf-themed movies

-Likes to watch British comedy
  -Blackadder
  -Monty Python
  -Red dwarf
  -Fawlty towers

-Wants to learn
  -Photography
  -How to play bass guitar
  -Home brewing
Bragging rights
Capable of eating Naga morich (HOT!). Drinks actually expensive beer (Have paid 40£ for a bottle of beer!). Acquired taste for Gueuze. Has enjoyed over 800 different beers (after started counting).
Education
  • Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences
    Engineer (MEng), Technology administration, 2009 - 2011
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Pasi Aapala