Entries from July 2010

Thank you.

Date July 30, 2010

If you're reading this, you're probably an IT administrator of some sort (or want to be one). So thank you. Thank you for making your own part of the internet go. Sure, I'm an administrator, but I also use the internet, and without people like yourself, I wouldn't be able to write this page, or […]

Etsy Now Sponsoring SysAdmin Appreciation Day Event in NYC!

Date July 29, 2010

Last night, I got an email out of the blue. It was from Chris Munns, sysadmin at Etsy, the home to a huge online community of people who make and sell things. The email basically asked if there was any way that Etsy could help sponsor the SysAdmin Appreciation Day event! Excellent. The only question […]

If the sysadmin of the year is for good work...

Date July 28, 2010

...do we have an appropriate award for doing bad work? I'm only asking, because today on reddit, I came across an amazing post. There is a subreddit called IAMA, where you can submit a thread allowing people to ask you questions because you are, in some way, unusual or interesting. The thread I found was […]

1 week to SysAdmin Appreciation Day

Date July 23, 2010

Just a quick reminder that if you're in the New York City area next Friday, then you should come celebrate System Administrator Appreciation Day with us at The Gingerman. It's on the east side of Manhattan, on 36th street. It's an easy walk from Grand Central Terminal, and not too far from Penn Station, either. […]

Replacement Dell PowerEdge R410 Motherboards Compromised

Date July 21, 2010

This is probably not quite the news that Dell wanted to get... According to an article at The Register, Dell service has shipped replacement motherboards that contained spyware, presumably placed there at the manufacturing site. The original post on the Dell Community Forums has this quote from a Dell rep: As part of Dell’s quality […]

Introduction to SNMP

Date July 10, 2010

Introduction to what? This isn't going to be a "how to configure SNMP for your server" kind of introduction. I'm no great expert there, but if there's call for it, I can share my configuration bits to help. This is more of a "what the heck is SNMP" introduction. Hopefully it'll be more valuable, since […]