Nagios: Passive Monitoring and Error States

Just a quick one on a script I wrote for Nagios in cases where I am using a passive monitoring service. In this case I have a backup script that reports to Nagios once a week. This timeframe is set using the “freshness_threshold” configuration option. If Nagios does not receive an update in this timeframe, measured from the last update, it will try to execute the active check associated with the service. This, of course, may be a problem if you don’t have an active check to use. Using the echoback.sh script listed below, I just set the active check to use it and pass the appropriate error information that I will want sent to me into the parameters.

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Fun with Domain Scammers

I’ve listed a few of my old, unused, domains for sale on eBay. Just trying to get rid of them(the one in this post is now sold). I have put domains up for sale in the past, and received scam emails like the one I’ve posted below before(and actually did research to see if they were legit, I almost believed them). The basic scam is simple: they offer to buy the domain, but need to have it reviewed for value and trademark status before they can go ahead, by a reputable source. They, of course, link you to a service that they have used and recommend you go with them. The catch is that they either run that service or are partnered with it and make a profit off of every domain that is evaluated. Then, when you get back to them with the info they requested, they have some excuse that the money was spent elsewhere and they can no longer buy your domain. You were just suckered out of $100 or so. Since I knew this scam, I decided to see if I could mess with them back. The following exchange occurred and is unedited, so I probably typo’d a bunch of stuff. Pretty well everything I say is a lie, so don’t worry about that side of things, I knew it was a scammer from the start. I’m impressed it went this far. (Sorry about formatting issues, some o fit just didn’t transfer well.)
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