Tuesday, April 1

April Fools.

Haw.. I turned yer Internets upside down.

Today is a day when sysadmins can say, easily and without a lot of defensive employees running to their mommas, that they reign supreme. I decided to go with an oldie-but-a-goodie squid url redirector/rewrite hack to flip images around for any web requests leaving the network. Our firewall supports redirecting port 80 (HTTP) to a remote host. In this situation the remote host was my Ubuntu Linux Workstation running Squid 2.

See: http://www.ex-parrot.com/~pete/upside-down-ternet.html

Peoples were confused. I had to put on my usual "I'm present, but I don't like what you're saying to me or understand what you'd like me to do about it" face and just let the masses walk in and ask me what the heck was going on. One of the cool ladies here actually emailed her friend saying "OMG http://www.cnn.com/ IS UPSIDE DOWN!". Her friend must be concerned for co-worker ladies sanity.

A few people got a bit huffy, but I'm used to them being huffy. Most people thought it was a fun prank. I highly suggest doing this if you want to yank your co-workers around a bit.

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