[wellylug] Re: Amnesty volunteer work... comments?
jharker at massey.ac.nz
Mon Mar 3 15:30:54 NZDT 2003
FYI, this is what I ended up writing... went for an informal approach.
Following up on a pleasant conversation I had with Tam this morning. I've been
off since Thursday having my wisdom teeth out, so please forgive any unwise
comments that follow! I thought I might jot my skills and some ideas down for
you to ruminate over.
I should probably mention first of all that I'm a great fan of all things open
source. Not just free as in beer, but free as in speech, freedom from the
choking grip of proprietary software companies and their continual "upgrade"
treadmills. Microsoft, Oracle etc. shall remain nameless...
1. Web design. HTML, PHP, design, layout, artwork... [snip]
2. Database design and implementation, SQL... [snip]
3. Installing and configuring Linux, particularly desktop workstations. There
are others on the WLUG better at the flashy network admin side than me.
VB, .NET, Delphi/Kylix.
1. Security, locking down your webserver from attack. Not hugely familiar with
Lotus Domino, but I suggest checking to see if your Lotus Domino server has
any recent security patches that may need applying. I've done a quick
preliminary scan - here are the results (Basically nothing to panic about
until I/we take a further look at it, as it may be garbled this end by the
netcraft says you're currently on Domino 5.0.6, last updated on 16
August 2001, meaning your Domino software is more than two and a half years
old. This is not good from a security point of view. nmap reports the
following ports are open on your webserver - it may pay to check if they are
22/tcp open ssh
80/tcp closed http (for the website)
443/tcp open https (for any secure webpages - SSL)
1352/tcp open lotusnotes
2601/tcp open zebra
2604/tcp open ospfd
There are also a huge number of "closed" ports that are still listed and
exposed to portscanning. Port 80 is coming up closed (hmmm perhaps it is the
firewall at this end). Uptime is 89.948 days (last rebooted Tue 3 Dec 2002
14:03) which is pretty good for a web hosting NT box.
2. For a charitable organisation, liberation from any software upgrade
treadmills would be a good thing in terms of cost. There may be a case for
junking any future Windows/Office "upgrades" in favour of Linux/OpenOffice on
your desktops. For 99% of your daily needs, OpenOffice works fine, and reads
and writes Word/Excel files. The advantage is it is free, continuously
improving and future upgrades will continue to be free (this goes for all
open source software). This may be especially pertinent given your expanding
pool of volunteer Linux enthusiasts who can support such a move!
3. Online polls on the website, to garner public opinion on issues
4. Public forums for people to discuss these issues
Hope that's not too disjointed or unwise!
Someone who'll stand by you through all the trouble you wouldn't have had
if you'd stayed single.
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