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We podcast all things system administration/engineering/infosec, with a strong focus on GNU/Linux. We use F/OSS software whenever possible in the production of these podcasts. Please be sure to view our show notes on the site!
Feb 14, 2021
S6E0: "Fat Access"
WE’RE , ! We talk about chown/chmod and dig deeper into what exactly the standard access security model is for Linux. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S6E0)
Dec 21, 2020
S5E22: "Shitshow VI: Shitshow Island"
The ending for Season 5! A reminder that shitshows are a good indication of the show; it’s more of a party. If you’re more interested in actual content (and episodes that aren’t 4.5 hours long…), check out previous non-Shitshow episodes. Thanks for all who joined- the regular Hosts, Beaches, Dranx, Forge, Kateo, Nosbig, and Taters! (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E22)
Dec 6, 2020
S5E21: "What Goes Around Comes Around"
We talk about why it’s hard to recycle servers/computers, and then talk a lot about straws. And Tiger King, for some reason (, ). (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E21)
Nov 22, 2020
S5E20: "Social(ly Distanced) Network"
We talk about optimizations you can make to your home network for telecommuting/lockdowns. Paden wasn’t able to join us for this one. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E20)
Nov 8, 2020
S5E19: "RAM it in Hardware"
In this episode, we delve deeper on the topic of hardware for servers – specifically, Jthan features a lengthy look into . I apologize if my audio seems a bit off in this one; I lost my local recording so we had to rely on Mumble’s recording! (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E19)
Oct 25, 2020
S5E18: "Guided by Languages"
In this episode, we revisit sysops’ scripting languages (or rather, programming languages in general) and applying canonized best practices (regulations, specifications, guidelines, etc.). (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E18)
Oct 11, 2020
S5E17: "X-Ray Specs"
We talk about hardware specifications and how to choose them properly. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E17)
Sep 27, 2020
In this episode we talk about how useful is. Also, ! At least one of them is actually for a good cause! (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E16)
Sep 13, 2020
S5E15: "Writings on the WALL(1)"
In this episode, we make various predictions about the OF ! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiwA0JrGfjA) (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E15)
Aug 30, 2020
In this episode, we catch up on personal projects. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E14)
Aug 16, 2020
S5E13: "Who Watches the Hypervisors?"
We talk about the issues present in trying to keep security, privacy, and integrity for data-at-rest on hardware that you don’t own. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E13)
Aug 2, 2020
S5E12: "Bad Developer! No Biscuit!"
We talk about really bad things developers use and why you oughtn’t use them. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E12)
Jul 19, 2020
S5E11: "Quell Our Shorts"
We talk about QoS (Quality of Service)/rate-limiting and optimizing your network traffic before it hits The Tubes™. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E11)
Jul 5, 2020
S5E10: "Beer in the Back, Party in the Front"
We talk about things we didn’t know we needed in our industry. I could just use any given phrase Jthan opens with and it has enough entropy to be a good passphrase. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E10)
Jun 21, 2020
S5E9: "Chaotic Good"
We have a guest on to talk about chaos engineering. Fighting “Schrödinger’s failover”! (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E9)
Jun 7, 2020
S5E8: "Feeling Vulnerable"
We talk about vulnerability scanners/virus scanners that run on, and for, Linux. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E8)
May 25, 2020
S5E7: "SIT Tunnels? How Sixy!"
In this episode, we talk a about IPv6 and, primarily, Hurricane Electric’s tunnelbroker service. We go off the rails/off-topic a in this one, though. I think the ‘rona lockdowns are giving us all cabin fever. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E7)
May 10, 2020
S5E6: "Captive Portals? How Of-Fence-ive!"
We talk about WebMD- I mean PacketFence, a captive portal/802.1X/RADIUS/etc. turnkey solution. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E6)
Apr 26, 2020
S5E5: "User? I've Never Met 'Er pt. 1"
In this episode we talk about complaints a user has about their IT department. We also talk about desk/office equipment and the Raspberry Pi 4B far too much (despite not being sponsored for either). (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E5)
Apr 12, 2020
S5E4: "You Had Better Watch Yourself"
We talk about teleconferencing options and why you might want to consider them over Zoom. We also talk about teleconferencing etiquette. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E4)
Mar 29, 2020
S5E3: "Certifiably Insane"
We talk about s, , and stapling. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E3)
Mar 15, 2020
S5E2: "I Am the Keymaster; Are You the Gatekeeper?"
We talk about how to use turnkey solutions (in other words, how to do things the right way). We also talk about tips to implement telecommuting capabilities to your organization in Jthan’s 15 clams! (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E2)
Mar 1, 2020
S5E1: "The High Costs of Technical Debt"
We talk about technical debt – what it is, significant causes, potential solutions. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E1)
Feb 16, 2020
S5E0: "Frameworks Without Much Bite"
We talk about python system management frameworks – namely, Nornir and Fabric. We also throw a bit in about (python-)augeas and Bundle. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S5E0)
Jan 20, 2020
S4E22: "Shitshow V: Shitshow's Revenge"
My audio quality is less than ideal for this because I had a crash and lost my raw audio, so I had to use the Mumble recording for mine. But you know what? It doesn’t matter because see title. Also Paden got too drunk. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E22)
Dec 9, 2019
S4E21: "Can You Dig It?"
We talk about over , , and a little bit of . (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E21)
Nov 25, 2019
S4E20: "Taters Gonna Tate"
We have Taters on to talk about Windows systems administration from his past, and security from his present. Patches gonna patch. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E20)
Nov 11, 2019
We give updates on our homelabs and other projects that a listener asks about. : Please be sure to read the full shownotes; specifically, the Errata section! There is an important privacy/security warning about a product we highly recommend in this episode. Also, heads-up: our Shitshow for season 4 is December 11, 2019 at 2100 EST5EDT! More information will follow! (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E19)
Oct 28, 2019
S4E18: "Not Funny, Sysadministrivia"
We talk about and Jthan rants about mean people on the intarwebz. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E18)
Oct 14, 2019
S4E17: "When Everything Looks Like a Hammer"
We talk about the (software) tools we tend to use in our everyday roles. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E17)
Sep 30, 2019
S4E16: "I'll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours"
We talk about diagramming systems/networks/etc. for documentation purposes. Jthan’s 15 clams is a really useful one on methods for remotely decrypting . (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E16)
Sep 16, 2019
S4E15: "More Human Than Human"
We talk about “soft skills” – are they necessary for Operations? (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E15)
Sep 2, 2019
S4E14: "The Way You Do the Things You Do"
In this episode, we go into our specific areas of focus (our “roles”), what we would be interested in pursuing given the chance, etc. Paden is now known as “Patches”. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E14)
Aug 19, 2019
S4E13: "Xmas in July"
We have Johnny Xmas on to talk about s, why they suck, why they don’t work, and why Kasada does. Yes, I choked on my vape. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E13)
Aug 5, 2019
S4E12: "It's Getting Routey in Here"
We dig into ways to deal with terrible consumer routers. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E12)
Jul 22, 2019
S4E11: "SCADA isn't an STI"
Subtitle: “But it is an ”. In this episode, we have Kate (from S3 shitshow) on to introduce us to /SCADA systems. We also have a “Jthan typing noise” at 1h02m41s. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E11)
Jul 8, 2019
We talk about load balancing, and just how impossible it is to do right. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E10)
Jun 24, 2019
S4E9: "Great Walls of Fire"
In this episode, we have a weird spliced-in Jthan and we talk about some neat firewall tricks you can do to make firewalling a little easier. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E9)
Jun 10, 2019
S4E8: "I Am Such a Git"
I did a oopsie on this, so it’s a little…. unconventional. We talk about keeping configuration files in git (both /etc and your user’s dotfiles/dotdirs) and about designing “static systems” (live CDs, /iPXE boot filesystems, etc.) (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E8)
May 27, 2019
S4E7: "Zany Miscellany"
We cover several “mini-topics”; Paden talks about his Tech U experience, he talks about switching distros from CentOS to Arch Linux on his laptop, and we talk about firewalld (and get a of facts wrong; see the Errata). (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E7)
May 13, 2019
S4E6: "Be a Rancher, Not a Vet"
Paden couldn’t join us, so myself and Jthan talk about enterprise desktop fleet management. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E6)
Apr 29, 2019
S4E5: "Join the Borg? Restic is Futile"
Borg vs. Restic for performing backups. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E5)
Apr 15, 2019
S4E4: "Special Delivery"
In which we talk about our packages. Per Jthan, “somethings things can be good.” (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E4)
Apr 1, 2019
S4E3: "Insane in the Mainframe"
We have Phil () on to talk about mainframes. Yes, they’re still being used and yes, they’re modern implementations. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E3)
Mar 18, 2019
S4E2: "Repo, Man!"
In this episode we talk about how you can share your package with others. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E2)
Mar 4, 2019
S4E1: "Measuring Success"
On gathering and applying metrics data. Contain’s Jthan’s “compile noise”. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E1)
Feb 18, 2019
S4E0: "Telling Secrets"
With this episode, we kick off our fifth season, season 4! (Because you always, always count from 0.) (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S4E0)
Jan 21, 2019
S3E22: "Shitshow IV: the Return of the Shitshow"
The season 3 shitshow! With us we had: amayer, beaches, clamsmaloney, forge, kateo, and nosbig! (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E22)
Dec 17, 2018
All about sudo (and su)! (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E21)
Dec 3, 2018
In this episode, we talk about various timing tools in *nix (at, cron, systemd timers, , etc.) (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E20)
Nov 19, 2018
S3E19: "Byte Sudo Sys Jail Privilege"
Just Jthan and myself again. We talk about ways of separating privileges on a /Linux (and some /BSD) systems based on a listener writing in. Jthan saw a furry on Halloween. I also spend a weirdly large amount of time talking about Nagasaki and Hiroshima. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E19)
Nov 5, 2018
S3E18: "Arousal (pt. 1)"
In this episode, Jthan and I (Paden was unavailable) talk about different ways of distributing workload based on role and hardware distribution. The title is a complete misnomer but thanks to Jthan incessantly bringing up how aroused he was for me, it was obligatory. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E18)
Oct 22, 2018
S3E17: "China Dentata"
We talk about the tiny chips embedded in motherboards by Chinese companies and give updates on our personal projects. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E17)
Oct 8, 2018
S3E16: "When a VPN is Not a VPN"
We mostly talk (argue) about WireGuard, the pseudo- that maintainers are trying to get mainlined into the kernel. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E16)
Sep 24, 2018
We yammer about yum and for a bit in this episode. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E15)
Sep 10, 2018
We basically just publish our segment from Radio Statler at , a talk on “HackOps”. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E14)
Aug 27, 2018
S3E13: "Jason Scott is Breaking Out in Archives"
In which we invite Jason Scott to talk with us about Textfiles.com and the Internet Archive! (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E13)
Aug 13, 2018
S3E12: "Let Me AIX You A Question, Forge"
Forge joins us as a stand-in for Jthan to talk/rant/rave (and provide some valid criticism and honest & informative answers to questions we have) about ’s platform. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E12)
Jul 30, 2018
S3E11: "But First, Let Paden Take a SELFie"
We mix up the format a bit this time — as in we don’t have one! This episode is like 95% Paden doing interviews at (Southeast Linux Fest). (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E11)
Jul 16, 2018
S3E10: "DNS Near"
It was, in fact, (this time!). We talk about some basics of via a bird’s-eye-view of how it works. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E10)
Jul 4, 2018
S3E9: "Git Outta Here"
In this episode we provide some initial experiences with some self-hosted GitHub alternatives: Gogs, Gitea, and GitLab. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E9)
Jun 18, 2018
S3E8: "When You Have to Swing Both Ways"
We talk about administration of systems in a cross-platform/cross-OS fleet. Jthan poses a question about evaluating software for deployment. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E8)
Jun 4, 2018
S3E7: "Dude, Where's My Cert?"
In this episode, we talk about the shortcomings of on Linux and briefly introduce you to the world of running your own private . (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E7)
May 21, 2018
S3E6: "The Hubris of Man"
We give an update of our personal projects, Jthan and I announce a joint project for Arch users, and we talk a bit about whether webapps should be packaged. The birth of me saying “paythan”. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E6)
May 7, 2018
S3E5: "Remotely Interested"
In this episode, we talk about considerations for remotely working/telecommuting/digital-only offices/businesses. Jthan’s reference to “meatsnacks”. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E5)
Apr 23, 2018
S3E4: "More Audits Than the IRS"
In which we talk about conducting audits and why hardware vulns are such a big deal. We also mention a charity event we want to do at ! (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E4)
Apr 9, 2018
S3E3: "Ranting Lunatics"
In which we expound upon mentoring and choosing enterprise distros. We also deliver the as-promised language-package-manager rant. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E3)
Mar 26, 2018
S3E2: "Zen Administration"
Where we talk about choosing which enterprise Linux distro to use (or, rather – how to choose which Linux distro you should use in your enterprise environment), being a valuable mentor, Let’s Encrypt offering wildcard certs, and why people need to clam dwno about Net Neutrality (as important as it is!). The origin of the “transvanporent” and “grunchy” inside jokes. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E2)
Mar 12, 2018
S3E1: "Strike(r) In the New Season"
Striker (yes, that’s his real name), from (which we talk about in ), joins us to talk more in-depth about the project. Sorry for the delay in release! (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E1)
Feb 26, 2018
S3E0: "You Can Tune a System but You Can't Tuna Fish"
In this episode, we talk about our personal, professional, and podcast plans for 2018. We also talk about some basic bird’s-eye-view performance tuning. As a bonus, you get some Jthan story time, too. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S3E0)
Jan 22, 2018
S2E22: "Shitshow III: Son of Shitshow"
The Season 2 ! (Shitshows are our finale for each season in which we invite listeners to join in with us and we don’t really have a real topic.) As per tradition of our shitshows, this is unedited so it sounds a bit rough (sorry about that). We talk about ducks way too much during the second half. Sorry for the delay! (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E22)
Dec 4, 2017
S2E21: "Barenaked Boxen"
In this episode, we talk about installation preconfiguration (via e.g. Kickstart, etc.) vs. configuration management (Ansible, Puppet, etc.) for baremetal turnups. We also answer an email from a listener! “May many portable gloryholes descend upon you and surround you and make you feel wildly uncomfortable.” – Jthan (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E21)
Nov 20, 2017
S2E20: "The Shell Game"
We talk about clever deployment options for , both for auth and for hostkeys. We also yammer a bit about the embedded Minix system discovered in Intel chips and the concept of a city-run . (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E20)
Nov 6, 2017
S2E19: "Patching the KRACKs in the (Fire)Wall"
In which we talk about (and , the flaw in some chips), and how to perhaps move forward/past the “unpatchable/limited patching in prod” scenario. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E19)
Oct 23, 2017
S2E18: "Dueling Banditos"
In this episode we have two guests involved in the InfoSec industry, , who is with and , and Daryl Kellison (who didn’t give us any contact info to release). (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E18)
Oct 9, 2017
S2E17: "Garden of Deloittes"
We talk about Glances (which we mentioned in S2E16), Samba, and opensourcing company code. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E17)
Sep 25, 2017
S2E16: "Playin' Cornhole"
In this episode we discuss some LinkedIn open-source software, a of system metrics tools, and the huge Equifax fail. The birth of the “Amir” inside joke. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E16)
Sep 11, 2017
S2E15: "Playing HopskotSSH"
In this episode we talk about NE 2017, we briefly talk about a server configuration primer (and argue how “primer” is pronounced). We also talk about some fancy tricks to do with in regards to a connection/jump chain and process masking (hiding processes one user owns from another). We also talk about our next conference/convention appearances and current projects. “We’re all going down together.” (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E15)
Aug 28, 2017
S2E14: "Short-Term Memory"
We talk about Bill Burr rescinding his recommended password complexity guidelines, ransomware victims and the apparent rise in malware infections, opensource tools to help the fight against phishing, and uses for ramdisks. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E14)
Aug 14, 2017
S2E13: "This Server Ain't Big Enough for the Two of Us"
We talk about when it’s appropriate to use segregated services/different servers per service or to use consolidated services. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E13)
Jul 31, 2017
S2E12: "Virtual Insanity"
: Jthan was out sick for this episode so we brought back Forge instead. You may remember him from , In this episode we talk about different virtualization platforms and weigh their pros/cons (along with why and when you virtualize). (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E12)
Jul 17, 2017
S2E11: "The Blame Game"
We talk about an interesting new(-ish) approach to password management and whether upstream is responsible for downstream s. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E11)
Jul 3, 2017
S2E10: "Free AS IN Beer, Not FREE BEER"
In this episode we talk about , an opensource identity management system that ties into Active Directory, and a couple other odds and ends. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E10)
Jun 19, 2017
In this episode we discuss some ways of permanently erasing content. It’s not quite as easy as you might think! (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E9)
Jun 5, 2017
S2E8: "Why do Bids Suddenly Appear?"
We give some tips and tricks on buying older/used hardware, and recount two very silly reactions to “cyber attacks”. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E8)
May 22, 2017
S2E7: "Projecting Insecurities"
In this episode we talk about and other sideprojects we’ve all been working on. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E7)
May 8, 2017
We talk about different ways of addressing HA (high-availability) at the network layer, , and (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E6)
Apr 24, 2017
S2E5: "Suck my Disk"
In this episode we talk about a tool I wrote () that can be used to build LiveCD, LiveUSB, and /iPXE media. We also talk about Python 2 vs. Python 3. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E5)
Apr 10, 2017
S2E4: "From TCP to Shining UDP"
In which we talk about Caddyserver, some practical applications of QoS, and respond to an email we received. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E4)
Mar 27, 2017
S2E3: "Ass-Backwards Passwords"
In this episode we talk more about password policy, and we talk about a listener’s technical issue he contacted us for help with (and, more to the point, general steps to take for troubleshooting/diagnosing). (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E3)
Mar 13, 2017
S2E2: "Ayyy, I Took Your Job"
We talk about SHA1 collisions and robots in’ yer . (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E2)
Feb 27, 2017
S2E1: "Like Files Caught in a Web"
We talk about networked/clustered filesystems, running “bleeding-edge” software in production environments, and several important announcements! (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E1)
Feb 13, 2017
S2E0: "I Think There's a Delay"
We talk about GitLab having an infra meltdown, some tools for enterprise fleet management, and a bird’s-eye-view of /UEFI. And Jthan wasn’t - enough. It must have been all the “cranberra vodkys”. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S2E0)
Jan 8, 2017
S1E22: "Shitshow II: the Re-Shittening"
In this episode, we generally just bullshit around and interact with our listeners. The origin of Jthan having a “strong working knowledge” of glory holes. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E22)
Dec 4, 2016
S1E21: "Seedy End"
We talk about s for a bit (and the ), but mostly we argue about whether companies should be held responsible for compromises/leaks. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E21)
Nov 21, 2016
S1E20: "My Markup Brings All the Parsers to the Yard"
We talk about ideal data formatting to use. The birth of the “JOML” inside joke. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E20)
Nov 7, 2016
S1E19: "I Died but This Department Won't"
Developing tools/resources/etc. in-house versus using third-party and the “hit by a bus” clause. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E19)
Oct 24, 2016
S1E18: "Pr0n and Nigerian Princes"
Using s in a corporate use case and surface discussion on running your own email server. The birth of Jthan’s “VPN noise”. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E18)
Oct 10, 2016
S1E17: "Is that Your Gun (or Are You Just Happy to See Me?)"
Scripting and automation, and OpSec (“Operational Security”) in the workplace- physical security, concealed carry, etc. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E17)
Sep 26, 2016
S1E16: "Takes One to GNOME One"
Our workflows- common software we use, etc. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E16)
Sep 12, 2016
S1E15: "Backwards Passwords"
A about passwords (and we revisit the topic of and general /TLS auditing). We mention it a lot during the intro- if you aren’t familiar with what is, you should. (If you are, we both just lost.) (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E15)
Aug 29, 2016
S1E14: "The HOPE Campaign"
We primarily re-broadcast the segment that Jthan and I had with and that took place at the Eleventh . Also, a big shoutout to ! Thanks for trying to wake our sorry asses up. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E14)
Aug 15, 2016
S1E13: "A Challenger Appears (Again)!"
In this episode, we hear some counterarguments about why certifications might have some validity in our field from our guest (who according to Paden sounds like . I think he sounds a little bit like a higher-pitched ). (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E13)
Aug 1, 2016
S1E12: "Fight for Your Right (to Parity)"
Newsworthy happenings and also mention some tips on getting that A+ on Qualys Labs you’ve always dreamed of. And Jthan shows that he doesn’t understand what “privacy” means. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E12)
Jul 18, 2016
S1E11: "PMS (Project Management Sucks)"
Project management a little and increased password policy security for /Linux. We also have a guest, Forge/Rich Mingin, whom you might see often in our channel. This is the episode where the bleeping/censoring inside joke started. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E11)
Jul 4, 2016
We discuss employment interviews, X2Go, and s (Standard Operating Procedures) for onboarding/offboarding employees. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E10)
Jun 21, 2016
S1E9: "I Can Smell You (and You Smell Horrible)"
“Everyday ” (operations security), packet sniffing, and a neat trick to hide pentesting equipment. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E9)
Jun 7, 2016
S1E8: "On the Origin of Processes"
A (very brief and scattered) history of *nix operating systems, closed-source/proprietary software adoption in a business context (and how F/OSS software plays into that), various filesystems used as the default in several distributions, and the /proc virtual filesystem. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E8)
May 23, 2016
S1E7: "Wake Up Call"
On-call, F/OSS in schools, debugging Linux kernel backdoors, and we revisit a previous Baddie “winner”. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E7)
May 9, 2016
S1E6: "I Tour My ACL"
Various security mechanisms such as , SElinux, etc. This is also the episode where the “cockulator” joke was born. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E6)
Apr 25, 2016
S1E5: "Jthan + Sysbot = 4evr"
Effective ways of being involved in community support, hospital compromises, and Jthan shares some experiences with the CentOS 7 installer. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E5)
Apr 11, 2016
S1E4: "A Challenger Appears!"
We mostly revisit the Bring Your Own Devices topic- but this time with a special guest! We have Eric Jung (my boss…) join us to share from his vast experience as a developer. He is the full owner of (check us out)! Jthan couldn’t join us tonight, unfortunately. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E4)
Mar 28, 2016
S1E3: "Fuzzy-Wuzzy Was a Bugbear (Was He?)"
Windows auto-updating, fuzzing, git (yes, again), and more of the ongoing Apple vs. case. We also talk about (Bring Your Own Devices). (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E3)
Mar 14, 2016
Journalctl, lftp, passwords, (yes, again), and acoustic/sidechannel crypto attacks. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E2)
Feb 29, 2016
S1E1: "GHOSTv2: The Re-Hauntening"
Apple vs. the , /DRAC, and mostly the new glibc bug. We also introduce fixed segments to the show with designated hosts. Let us know how you feel about the format change! (This allows us to give timestamps for each segment as well!) (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E1)
Feb 15, 2016
S1E0: "The Return of the Ping"
We make our triumphant return for a new season! And we try to teach Jthan how money works, and spiral into non-sequiturs like politics. I (Brent) sound like shit again because I didn’t test my new recording setup. But at least Jthan’s track sounds good. IS OF -? The next one should sound a lot better, promise. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S1E0)
Jan 17, 2016
We generally just bullshit around and interact with our listeners to celebrate the end of the season. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S0E18)
Oct 27, 2015
S0E17: "Annal Action"
In this episode, and no- the title is a , we talk about data archival/storage, providers, computering in modern media, and taskwarrior. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S0E17)
Oct 12, 2015
S0E16: "Gooey GUIs"
Terminal servers/services (?), we talk a little more about password cracking, and graphical desktops/desktop environments under /Linux. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S0E16)
Sep 28, 2015
S0E15: "I Spy with My Little Eye"
Monitoring systems, breaking into the IT field and finding work opportunities, config management (again), programming languages as relevant to a sysadmin, and the trying to destroy our ‘Murican freedoms. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S0E15)
Sep 14, 2015
S0E14: "A Failed Experiment"
In this episode, we talk about Certifigate (an Android vulnerability), another Lenovo oopsies, more Windows 10 privacy issues, the Rosetta Stone (by request of in our ), key management (by request of ‘‘chthnous’‘ in our channel), making everyday crypto easier, and data recovery. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S0E14)
Aug 31, 2015
S0E13: "Better Late than Never"
We discuss an Android vulnerability, /Linux malware, OpenSSH v7.x, more nonsense, a case study of extreme-low-latency networks, comparison, and some home software. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S0E13)
Jul 27, 2015
S0E12: "It Hurts when IP"
Firewalls, presenting proposals for (change) management, git/gitolite (and blast on third-party git hosting), ethernet media classifications, cracking rigs, pentesting tools, and more regular expressions. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S0E12)
Jul 13, 2015
“InfoSec Speaks!”- where I get some input from the InfoSec crowd via Twitter. We also talk about running your own router box, briefly talk about s, IPv6, and a really stupid decision made with Windows 10. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S0E11)
Jun 29, 2015
S0E10: "Jthan Tries to Edit"
The death of Mandriva, a social media botnet running on consumer routers, Solaris, alternative firmware for consumer routers, and some games that run on /Linux (plus the fun goodness of two high-profile compromises). This is the first episode Jthan tried his hand at editing. I ended up fixing a fair bit. :P (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S0E10)
Jun 15, 2015
S0E9: "Two Dicks and Two Virgins"
Jthan, myself (the “dicks”), and two newcomers to /Linux (the “virgins”) review some popular /Linux distributions- why we love them, why we hate them, and why Slackware needs to just throw in the towel these days. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S0E9)
Jun 1, 2015
S0E8: "Something Old, Something New, Something Broken, Something Due"
We talk about Logjam (and other security weaknesses), chat protocols/clients, filesystems, F/OSS licenses, and systemd. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S0E8)
May 17, 2015
S0E7: "The Isolation Chamber (pt. 1)"
This episode, I go solo because Jthan is lame. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S0E7)
May 4, 2015
S0E6: "Backups and Beatdowns"
This episode includes a “CMS Showdown” (mostly we just slam a bunch of blogging/CMS software), managing updates for your fleet of boxen, backups, self-auditing your security, and rsync. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S0E6)
Apr 22, 2015
S0E5: "Textual Attraction"
We talk about alternate keyboard layouts, learning Vi(m), email attachments, and the Truecrypt audit (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S0E5)
Apr 4, 2015
S0E4: "Parental Advisory: ExpLYZit Content"
In S0E4 we talk with prominent (/Linux|F/OSS|Ubuntu) advocate and HP employee/Openstack sysadmin Elizabeth K. Joseph. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S0E4)
Mar 23, 2015
S0E3: "Pocket Computers and Editor Wars"
In S0E3 we talk mostly about DriveDroid (an Android app that lets you use your phone as a bootable device), alternate Android firmware options, the Creative Commons, and the Bash shell vs (“Z-Shell”). (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S0E3)
Mar 12, 2015
S0E2: "How do I Make it Longer? or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 'Roids"
We took a nice leisurely stroll through several topics; it was a fairly laid-back evening. We had to stretch the show a little bit too (hence the title- sorry, no hints on how to elongate genitalia offered herein. IT’S WE’RE AN ON A !). (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S0E2)
Mar 3, 2015
S0E1: "Body Bongos"
We talk about our recording rigs (which are also in our ), Heartbleed, ShellShock, , a FreeBSD bug, and duplicate keys found in the wild. (Full shownotes at http://sysadministrivia.com/episodes/S0E1)