Entries from March 2011

Guaranteeing scripts don't get hung on remote ssh

Date March 31, 2011

This is probably remedial for a lot of you, but it never occurred to me before today. I've got a lot of shell scripts that run in cron or manually, and a significant portion of those need to connect to a remote server via ssh, either to rsync or to issue commands, or whatever. The […]

Theo Schlossnagle opening PICC11 Keynote

Date March 29, 2011

I don't know if you've been to the PICC11 website lately, but the lead story is that the opening keynote is going to be done by none other than Theo Schlossnagle, of OmniTI. Theo founded OmniTI, wrote Scalable Internet Architectures, and has spoken at more conferences than I'm able to name. Just check out his […]

Admin Arsenal ups the ante for PICC

Date March 22, 2011

Most of the blogs that I read are independently run, meaning the authors are writing as individuals, not companies. Pretty much the lone exception these days is the Admin Arsenal blog because they cover a lot of topics relevant to system administration, and they don't use their blog as a means to sell their product. […]

Lenovo makes good

Date March 10, 2011

So, I might have gotten a little upset a few weeks ago when a Lenovo phone rep told me to talk to the CEO of IBM to get my broken laptop replaced. I was lucky that a Lenovo representative saw my predicament, and contacted me here and off list, and we talked through the situation. […]


Date March 4, 2011

There are lots of cool resources out there in the world of system administration. Aside from sites like ServerFault and The SysAdmin Network, there are IRC channels out the wazoo. There's also the #sysadmin hash tag on twitter, but that's more for passing thoughts than actual documentation. I hang out a decent amount on the […]