In the IT field, there’s a concept called “best practice”, which is the recommended policy, method, etc for a particular setting or action. In the perfect world, every system would conform to the accepted best practices in every respect. Reality isn’t always perfect, though, and there are often times when a sysadmin has to fall somewhere short of this goal. Some Internet Tough Guys will insist that their systems are rock-solid and superbly secured. That’s crap, we all have to cut corners. Sometimes it’s acceptable, sometimes it’s a BadThing™. This is the story of one of the (hopefully) acceptable times.