May 30, 2008

Appeasing your IT Department

These are all pretty good. Certainly they have been around a while but still funny.

How To Appease The I.T. Dept.

01. When you call us to have your computer moved, be sure to leave it buried under half a ton of postcards, baby pictures, stuffed animals, dried flowers, bowling trophies and children's art. We don't have a life, and we find it deeply moving to catch a fleeting glimpse of yours.

02. Don't write anything down. Ever. We can play back the error messages from here.

03. When an I.T. Person says he's coming right over, go for coffee. That way you won't be there when we need your password. It's nothing for us to remember 700 screen saver passwords.

04. When you call the help desk, state what you want, not what's keeping you from getting it. We don't need to know that you can't get into your mail because your computer won't power on at all.

05. When I.T. Support sends you an E-Mail with high importance, delete it at once. We're just testing.

06. When an I.T. Person is eating lunch at his desk, walk right in and spill your guts right out. We exist only to serve.

07. Send urgent email all in uppercase. The mail server picks it up and flags it as a rush delivery.

08. When the photocopier doesn't work, call computer support. There's electronics in it.

09. When something's wrong with your home PC, dump it on an I.T. person's chair with no name, no phone number and no description of the problem. We love a puzzle.

10. When an I.T. Person tells you that computer screens don't have cartridges in them, argue. We love a good argument.

11. When an I.T. Person tells you that he'll be there shortly, reply in a scathing tone of voice: "And just how many weeks do you mean by shortly?" That motivates us.

12. When the printer won't print, re-send the job at least 20 times. Print jobs frequently get sucked into black holes.

13. When the printer still won't print after 20 tries, send the job to all 68 printers in the company. One of them is bound to work.

14. Don't learn the proper term for anything technical. We know exactly what you mean by "My thingy blew up".

15. Don't use on-line help. On-line help is for wimps.

VLAN Information

Here is a great writeup on VLANs. I had a question about them recently and this really helped me understand how they work.

May 20, 2008

OSU Parking server hacked

OSU Parking Services and Transit Incident

Oklahoma State University has discovered that a server under the control of OSU Parking and Transit Services had been accessed from another country without authorization. The database contained confidential information, specifically the names, addresses and Social Security numbers of OSU faculty, staff and students who had purchased a parking permit between July 2002 and March 2008.

Upon discovering this intrusion, the IT Information Security Office immediately removed the server from the network to evaluate server activity to ascertain if personal information had been accessed. The confidential information has been removed from the database.The illegal access was limited to the parking and transit server.

As a result of its investigation, OSU believes the intruder's purpose and only action was to use the OSU server for storage capacity and bandwidth to upload and distribute illegal and inappropriate content. OSU contacted and worked with federal law enforcement authorities.

After evaluation of all available data related to this incident, OSU found no evidence which would indicate that the database was copied or viewed by the hacker; however, OSU cannot say with 100 percent certainty that the hacker did not access personally identifiable information.

We are not aware of any instances of misuse of this information or of any identify theft as a result of the temporary availability of this information. OSU recommends you carefully review any bills or financial transactions you receive in the near future to ensure that the charges associated with your accounts are accurate.

OSU President Burns Hargis said, "This breakdown in security is totally unacceptable. We are conducting a full review and will take whatever steps are necessary to protect our network from unauthorized access. This is a serious matter and we will deal with it aggressively. We regret the circumstances and concern this situation has caused."