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Spam and IBM suck

Ended up spending most of my day dealing with spam. Turns out there was a bad PHP script that a student wrote and someone found a weakness and began spamming hundreds of people today. Took a few hours before we finally got to the source and quickly disabled it with a friendly note to the owner. Then we had CGI spamming bots attacking lots of other CGI applications that contain blogs. Some of these blogs had up to 14,000 entries and just bringing the systems down to their knees. Got most of them blocked now.

However, this lead to another problem with one of our IBM x366's where it was particularly sensitive to the large loads. Tried all sorts of things to clear it up to no avail. So, since it's redundant, we rebooted the system, but now it can't get past POST! Call IBM and they quickly tell me that I need a critical update that addresses this (along with several other critical updates). So, I have the images ready to go, but, wait, how do I apply an update when the damn thing won't get past POST? Grrr!!! I call them back and they suggest I remove one of the memory modules (related to the BIOS bug) and it springs to life. I apply the updates, get to the last one (of six) and now the system won't power up anymore. It tries, tells me there are multiple CPU errors and just shuts down. Just brilliant.

Guess what I will be doing tomorrow morning (searches for sledgehammer)...

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davegrrr
Apr. 5th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
I like angry kitty...
So is said kitty a virtual G?
snowboardjoe
Apr. 5th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
Re: I like angry kitty...
A virtual G? Nah, that's not the way it was planned. Just seemed appropriate for the recent anger (big teeth is what did it for me). It's unmistakable IMHO.

There's some cool stuff to find on Google Images...
manley1
Apr. 5th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
IBM has been producing some very third-rate hardware for some time now. We got a huge set of desktop machines last year that whirred constantly like they were taking off until I applied a BIOS patch. They still haven't fixed the PCI express slot in this series either, so the set of extra display cards that I ordered for our developers to have multiple machines are useless, since putting a card in there interrupts the one on the motherboard, making it useless.

We also got a series of 1 U servers whose power supplies would randomly fall into the machine because the tiny ghetto snap holding them in place wouldn't catch. So, if you had to plug the machine in, chances were that it would push them far into the machine, so you'd have to crack open the case and push them back out to get the plug in. Bleh.
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