Posting from class

I am currently sitting in my I.T. Project Management class where we are learning about PRINCE2 project management methodology. And so far (in 5 weeks) I have learned little. There is an (optional) exam coming up so we can be certified in PRINCE2, but we have been given no suggested readings, although they have sold over 70 textbooks for students to study. Of course, google helped me read the book for free …

I phoned one of my references today to give him a gentle and polite kick in the butt: 2 weeks and he has not submitted the reference email given to him by the University of Queensland. I’m dying for a new job, one that pays more, has better hours, reflects my interests in I.T., closer to home, cleaner, quieter, easier. ohh.

News update for 19 March

Homework is catching up with me, but I really like it like that. I’ve got cryptography maths to sort through (I’m a bit slow at maths), I’ve got assignments in Security to submit Friday. My Project Management class has an group assignment due Wednesday, and my group has not yet submitted everything to me so I can stitch all the disparate parts together. Finally, in Forensics class, we have not yet received our assignments, so I’m still waiting there.

What disappoints me is that the assignments ought to be there from Day 1. Continue reading

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Enjoy!

3:49am

Heading off to work. Hopefully my last Sunday at Fruity Capers. If all works out with UQ, I can say good bye to waking up at 2:30am

Ubuntu saves Millions for French Police

French Police save Millions switching to Ubuntu

The French national police force, the Gendarmerie Nationale, has spoken about their migration away from the Windows platform to Linux. Estimated to have already saved the force 50 Million Euros, the migration is due to be completed on all 90,000 workstations by 2015. Of the move, Lt. Col. Guimard had this comment: “Moving from Microsoft XP to Vista would not have brought us many advantages and Microsoft said it would require training of users. Moving from XP to Ubuntu, however, proved very easy. The two biggest differences are the icons and the games. Games are not our priority.”

Setting up IMAP with KMail in Linux to get e-mail from QUT

These instructions are for QUT students. I do not know if they will work for QUT staff. Use at your own risk.

You need ‘vpnc’ program (install it with your pkg mgr). Then download off-campus.conf file and save it to /etc/vpnc/ directory. You could name it default.conf if it will be your only vpnc connection. The contents should begin with at least:

IPSec gateway sas.qut.edu.au
IPSec ID qut
IPSec secret qutaccess

As root run vpnc off-campus of just vpnc if you renamed it to default.conf. Enter username/password when prompted.

In Kmail, you setup IMAP connection using SSL, username/password and port 993 to host mail.qut.edu.au. SMTP uses NO ecryption, but authentication method is LOGIN (not PLAIN) and port 25 on host mail.qut.edu.au.

To exit vpnc type vpnc-disconnect as root.

I hope this helps someone.

References
http://www.its.qut.edu.au/offcampusaccess/sas/linux.jsp