System ToolBox FAQ
What is System Toolbox?
System Toolbox is a site dedicated to System Administrators. We do
not discriminate against any server operating systems here. The idea behind the site
is that most System Administrators are required to work with many different Server
Operating Systems but there are not many resources available with this in mind.
site aims to help out with informative discussions and tips towards a variety of
The information on the site seems sort of
general? Why is it not more detailed?
The goal of System Toolbox is to provide a general
reference for various Server Operating Systems. We'll gladly answer any
questions you have or provide more specific content on a subject, if asked, but
there are plenty of manuals on more specific topics and plenty of excellent
sites on System Administration on specific platforms. Sun, for instance,
has excellent administration resources on their Big
Admin site. There's no reason for us to duplicate efforts when such a place
exists - to this end, Solaris is a section, but doesn't get the same amount of
attention as other sections do. Microsoft's website, for instance, can be unbearably
biased - so Microsoft will get more attention on the site. Another
example would be Linux - there's plenty of "how-to's" that come with
Linux and it'd be pointless to duplicate that effort - however with all the
distributions, it's hard to get a clear starting point if you're new to linux.
That's where System Toolbox comes in
I don't see my favorite Server Operating System here!
Are you ignoring it?
If you don't see your favorite Server OS here, it's not because
we're ignoring you / it. We just haven't had anything to say about it yet.
you have something to say, feel free to volunteer! Submit content to System Toolbox
and we'll have a look at it!
4. Q. I
have noticed references to Binary Freedom. Are you related?
System Toolbox is associated with the Binary Freedom Project
Network. The BFPN is a group of writers and technocrats from the Open Source
Community (many of the writers are former OSDN / Linux.com / Slashdot.org writers) and from
varied other places. Even though there is an association with the Open Source
Community, System Toolbox endeavors to report things in a straight forward and honest
answer. We believe that there is a correct tool for each job, and Open Source isn't
5. Q. I
have technical questions on a server topic that I cannot find covered here. Can I
Sure. You can do anything you'd like. If any of the
System Toolbox staff readily know the answer, we'll help you out. We may ask that
you write a short article on it to share the knowledge. :)
6. Q. I
wanna write for System Toolbox. Can I?
SystemToolbox likes to hear for anyone with pertinent information to
system administration. If you've got something interesting to share, feel free to
email Soup@Systemtoolbox.com and we'll discuss
What Happened to Binary Freedom?
Binary Freedom is still around, but combined with System Toolbox, our
System Administration web site.
8. Q. I
noticed a tool listed in the toolbox section. It's mine and I don't want you linking
to it. How do I get you to stop?
and we'll see about taking care of it for you.
The question I have is not on the FAQ. What do I do?
A. Well, check out the FAQ for Binary Freedom and if you're still
not satisfied, shoot off an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we'll see if we can help you.
Why don't you just use slashcode / phpnuke or some other standard codebase?
A. Due to the specific function of system toolbox, the out
of the box news sites would just not suffice. The site interface looks
different from most conventional sites, but we like that change of pace. Why look like everyone else?
I submitted a comment on an article, but my comment was not posted.
A. Well, it could be a couple of
things. It could be that the comment has not been posted yet as the
moderator may be busy or the comment may have been moderated. Comments may
be moderated for several reasons, including, but not limited to; Unjust
profanity - This is a website, not a bordello. "133t
sp34k" - Anything containing this sophomoric permutation of English
will not be posted. Aside from these somewhat obvious guidelines, a
comment will not be posted if it does not actually contain anything
constructive. Flamebait comments such as "This article is the worst
piece of sh*t I have ever seen" will not be posted. HOWEVER, the same
line could be in a comment that will get posted if the line is followed by a
dissertation of why the commenter feels this way, and most importantly what they
specifically would change or do differently. Any fool can be critical of a
system, but criticism is only just when it is offered with a solution for
improvement. Along the same lines, anyone who feels that an article is in
Err or is just utterly wretched is encouraged to step up to the challenge and
write one themselves.
I've noticed a spelling/factual/ grammatical
error. How do I report this?
A. Please, feel free to post any corrections to the
comment section. We will not post the comment (obviously), but we will fix
the issue, if it is indeed valid. Please include a correct email address
in the comment so we may verify any questions / issues that may arise.
We're extremely busy folks at System Toolbox and sometimes minor errors are
overlooked, so we really do appreciate this feedback.
Who are the writers on System Toolbox? The Staff page descriptions seem
very vague. . .
A. The vagueness is intentional. Our writers are
primarily System Administrators and they may occasionally refer to their places
of employment as an example in an article; It's generally a poor idea to
share the details of your network with thousands of readers each day. For
reference though, our writers include System Administrators from several major
Universities, consulting firms and collocation facilities, as well as
Administrators from major technical giants such as such as Allaire / Macromedia,
IBM, and EMC. Amoung our ranks are Administrators from several premium cable
networks and even from large commercial entities, such as the GAP.
I've noticed a random image on the page - it
seems to change occasionally, but doesn't seem to have any relelvance to system
administration. What is the deal with the image?
A. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. We
generally have random images on our development site and at one point when a
revision went live, we decided to keep the image. The images have nothing
to do with anything really. We just throw something up when we feel like
I've noticed a random quote occurring
whenever I reload the page. Are these fortune cookies?
A. Well, some may be fortunes as well, but we've decided
to throw together a list of quotes that we like and have it randomly select them
whenever you come to the page. Have a quote you love and want to
submit? Email it to us at email@example.com