Tech help wanted

Some of you, probably all of you, may have noticed that we’ve had a couple of hiccups lately. The big firewall router hardware failure wasn’t really my fault, unless you’re a real stickler and say I should have had two backup devices for it, not just the one we installed after racing over to Telehouse, just to find that it too had crapped out during my drive back to Southern Studios. I could have avoided the downtime today if I had only had the time to test all of the devices in the new configuration, but I didn’t, and I don’t.

We need some help here, from geeky people who doesn’t shy away from technologies like pf and CARP, traffic shaping, Bind and RIP. We can’t pay much, but we’re flexible and the work is interesting. We also have lots of records here, which we might be able to sell to the right person at an interesting discount. I’ll even give you a tour of the studio and our computer museum (otherwise known as our data centre), which is very, very geeky.

The first order of business is a new OpenBSD server I’d like to take to Telehouse to increase our DNS redundancy. The DNS downtime really hurts us the most because it even makes this blog inaccessible, despite it being hosted outside of our network.

I have a number of odd jobs that could be completed over several weekends. You could telecommute for the most part, I think. We’re also happy to have people come in and have some space for you to work, amongst the piles of vintage hardware.

I’d really like to work with people who are fans of Southern and our partner labels, hence this post in our label blog.

If you think you might be able to help, give me a call on 020 8888 8949 from 10am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. I would really like to have someone ready to start by the end of next week.

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