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Nagios Plugins for Linux v22

I'm delighted to announce the immediate, free availability of the version 22 of the the Nagios Plugins for Linux. The Nagios Plugins for Linux is a free and open source (license) set of plugins for monitoring the major system parameters of the Linux servers. As usual the complete source code is available at GitHub (nagios-plugins-linux-22.tar.xz). You can…

Nagios Plugins for Linux v21

The Nagios Plugins for Linux version 21 is now available. The source is available at GitHub: nagios-plugins-linux-21.tar.xz You can find documentation on https://github.com/madrisan/nagios-plugins-linux What's new in this release Enhancements check_paging - the command-line option --swapping-only has been added for displaying only the swap reads and writes. The help message has been updated and improved by…

SaltStack SDB Interface

The SDB (Simple Data Base) interface is designed to store and retrieve data that, unlike pillars and grains, is not necessarily minion-specific. It is a generic database interface for SaltStack. We will show how we can make use of SDB for storing and retrieving passwords. SDB Configuration The SDB interface requires a profile to be…

SaltStack Execution Modules

SaltStack (or Salt, for short) is a Python-based open-source configuration management software and remote execution engine. It supports the "Infrastructure as Code" approach (the process of managing and provisioning computer data centers through machine-readable definition files, rather than physical hardware configuration or interactive configuration tools) to deployment and cloud management. I'll describe in this short…

Overcoming catastrophic forgetting in neural networks

Another pretty good step forward in Deep Neural Networks from DeepMind. They took inspiration from neurosciences-based theories about the consolidation of previously acquired skills and memories in mammalian and human brains: connections between neurons are less likely to be overwritten if they have been important in previously learnt tasks. This mechanism is known as "synaptic consolidation". The…

New Security Threats from the IoT

Bruce Schneier on New Security Threats from the Internet of Things An article that's worth reading. The main point, that seems to me the original part of the speech, is the following equality: IoT (Internet of Things) == world-size distributed robot across the Internet. «Through the sensors, we're giving the Internet eyes and ears. Through…