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Tools of the trade

A Little Politics for the New Year

Stretch at Packetlife has a lively little write-up on the Australian government’s attempt to implement a nation-wide web filtering service. From Packetlife.net: Setting aside the myriad of technical barriers to implementing such a system, the most obvious question is, “who…

How Screen Can Change Your Life

Alright, that’s an exaggeration, but screen is pretty freaking cool.  It’s an app that’s (usually) run under Linux that lets you run commands then detach from that session and reattach later.  It doesn’t seem like much, but a few examples…

A Must-Know: TCPDump

If you’ve never used TCPDump before, you’re missing out on one of the best parts of being a network guy — pointing fingers at everyone else. TCPDump is an open-source app that copies packets on a machine’s NIC to screen…

Auditing Your Gear with Nipper

Let’s talk [tag]audit[/tag]ing for a bit. It’s important to have an outside person look over your [tag]configuration[/tag]s every so often to be sure you didn’t do something stupid, so, every quarter or so (mostly so), I bring in someone to…wait…

Free and Awesome Network Tools

We all have limited budgets these days. Long gone are the days of unlimited resources and uncontrollable expansion of the network, so it’s important that any network dude or dudette pay attention to the open-source world. Below is a list…