Entries from February 2010

Pacific Tsunami Alert

Date February 27, 2010

A few hours ago, the coastline of Chili suffered an 8.8 magnitude earthquake. This earthquake was powerful enough, and in the right location, to generate a large destructive tsunami. Apparently the Juan Fernandez islands, off the coast, were hit with a large tsunami already, although I seriously doubt the height mentioned in those headlines. In […]

NJ/NY/PA/DE Regional Sysadmin Conference

Date February 24, 2010

I've mentioned the Professional IT Community Conference (PICC) before, but now the fun has really started. Registration is open and the speakers have been announced! The cost is low, and the benefits are huge. I know from Google Analytics that this site receives hits from over 500 unique users in the region of this conference, […]

Devotion to Duty (xkcd)

Date February 22, 2010

I get the feeling that this will be making the sysadmin-blog rounds :-) Today's XKCD is excellent, and already has a huge following from the sysadmins on twitter. The alt-text is: The weird sense of duty really good sysadmins have can border on the sociopathic, but it's nice to know that it stands between the […]

Do you have any idea what you're doing?

Date February 16, 2010

Me neither, usually. As it turns out, someone else noticed, too. I found a very insightful column written by Steve Schwartz, called No One Knows What the F%#* They're Doing. I feel like I should warn you...the language in that article is a bit strong...consistently strong. "Shit" is used 24 times, as far as my […]

Dell Removes 3rd Party Drive Support

Date February 10, 2010

This morning, Joseph Kern brought something interesting to my attention. Apparently, Dell is no longer supporting 3rd party drives in their current (Gen 11) Poweredge servers. Just in case Dell decides to yank that discussion, here it is, verbatim: From: linux-poweredge-bounces-Lists On Behalf Of Philip Tait Sent: Friday, February 05, 2010 4:31 PM To: linux-poweredge-Lists […]

Standalone Sysadmin mentioned in Mind of Root

Date February 9, 2010

Probably the most well known sysadmin-related podcast, Mind of Root, picked up on my recent column, Sysadmins aren't (necessarily) programmers...". Steve mentions the post at around 49 minutes in. If you don't listen to Mind of Root, you really should, if you can find time in your day. A lot of the focus is on […]