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Scott Francis Baker


January 10th, 2002

Liv Tyler is the JarJar Binks of Fellowship, and other ponders @ 06:03 pm

I was gonna do a quick post last night before I went to bed (early) but the cable modem stopped routing. Sucked... Anyway I had to get up a 6am today so I could get to work for a meeting. We had this long meeting about what the company did last year and what our goals for next year are. It was pretty good actually... and I got a free light pen and some other goodies out of it.

Screwed around with the new firewall we're testing most of the rest of the day. This firewall project is really getting old. The whole firewall concept is pretty simple, but getting one to do what we want is next to impossible. Basically we just want to see where people are going on the web (no porn, etc). That and testing the VPN clients suck. Everyone does it differently and they're all incredibly complex. This should be simple.

I guess on a more possitive note, my house is coming along pretty well. I got most of the paperwork signed, and I scheduled an inspection for next Monday. Tomorrow I have to write a $1000 check for the earnest money and hand over some of the last paperwork. If this house falls through I'm gonna go clinically insane. I'm really tired of looking.

Now I'm home, my parents aren't home. I'm just gonna relax, I'm pretty beat from being up so damn early.
 
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From:ntang
Date:January 10th, 2002 07:05 pm (UTC)
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A better way to monitor web usage is to send them all through a proxy server, and then have the firewall block all port-80 traffic. That way they'll be forced to use the proxy, and the proxy can be set up to log all sites that are visited. Simple, and if the people surf the same sites a lot, it can even cut down on bandwidth and such through the magical art of caching.
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From:muerte
Date:January 10th, 2002 09:03 pm (UTC)
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But that requires manually updating everyone's software... They wanted to get as transparent a solution as possible.
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From:ntang
Date:January 10th, 2002 09:16 pm (UTC)

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Hmmmm. This is just for the people at work, or all of your customers? If it's just for the people at the office, it doesn't exactly seem like a huge deal.

There are other ways to manage it, but they're more complex to get working, as you've noticed. ;)
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From:muerte
Date:January 10th, 2002 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Just for internal employees...
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From:gorgonous
Date:January 10th, 2002 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Personally, I don't like having to deal with the stupid proxy settings on all of our company's workstations. It wouldn't be a big deal if the users could/would do it themselves, but they don't..
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From:muerte
Date:January 10th, 2002 09:43 pm (UTC)
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A proxy would give the most flexibility, that's for sure. No one wants to deal with the headache though. If only there was a way to setup a transparent proxy. Too bad none of the firewalls we've looked at do that.
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From:ntang
Date:January 11th, 2002 04:43 am (UTC)

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It's a one-time change, though, and not exactly a complex one. If you post detailed instructions (say, include a screenshot) most of them should even be able to figure it out for themselves.

How many is "all" anyways? 25? 50? 100? 500? And how many techs are there to divide the work among?
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From:aquatwo
Date:January 10th, 2002 08:23 pm (UTC)

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there's a hardware VPN box a friend of mine told me about once. i'll have to get a URL if you're interested in hearing about it. essentially it's got all the standard VPN protocols embedded into a hardware/firmware combo, thing is about the size of a cassette tape. no software to worry about and platform independent...

also, congrats on the house. :-) i hope everything goes well.

Scott Francis Baker