I was doing research into something – surprising though it may seem – and found this random Spiceworks thread. There are some goodies.
I’ve only been in the industry professionally for a decade, so my reach isn’t that great. But I’m sure if you looked back on the history of this blog you’d find most of these floating around:
Setting regular password rotation. All it does is encourages weaker passwords and insecure ingenuity.
Short, indecipherable passwords are secure. A longer password with plain words has more entropy, and is more likely to be used because people remember them.
Using FireWire 400 drives over USB 1.1 or 2. The transfer rate on the tin is slower than the latter, but it operates synchronously.
Regularly defragmenting drives. Especially counterproductive with SSDs and other solid state media.
RAID 5 and RAID Z. They get an unjustified bad rap now, but there are still better alternatives.
Using AVG or Avast with Spybot Search and Destroy to protect Windows boxes.
Setting Master/Slave jumpers on drives, because Cable Select is unreliable. And connect them with rounded ribbon cables for thermal efficiency! Except don’t do the latter, because those cables were non-standard and often introduced crosstalk.
Running 32 bit OSs on 64 bit hardware with less than 4 GiB of memory, to save system resources.
Recommending people use SyQuest ORB drives over Iomega Jaz, because it had more capacity for less.
Disabling HTTPS specifically for performance and resource use.
Disabling IPv6 if you “don’t need it.” Though turning it on still introduces privacy concerns you need to be aware of and mitigate.
Compiling your BSD and Gentoo ports from source, rather than using packages, to optimise performance. Better still, run overnight so you’re not waiting hours for KDE to finish.
Employing Web Safe Colours.
Always terminating your SCSI devices! Or a life hack, always use an Iomega drive or EPSON scanner as the last device because they self-terminate.
Using lighttpd over Apache, and MySQL over PostgreSQL, for performance and resource use.
Using data archives on anything other than FreeBSD/ZFS.
Writing with WordPress over Movable Type and Radio UserLand because its cleaner and lighter weight.
Have you heard of this thing called Exchange? It’s so much better than Notes!
And some things I was doing while still in school:
Using a Zip disk box with a padlock to secure data!
Using network hubs, and anything with an ISA interface, because network switches and PCI cards are more expensive.
Use 8.3 filenames on web servers, so old computers could still view your site assets.
RAMBUS that sucker! Okay, I could never afford that.
I’m sure Jim Kloss of XCHANGE and Whole Wheat Radio fame would have stories.