Entries from April 2011

View from the other side...

Date April 27, 2011

So, this whole "quitting my job" thing has definitely been an experience...I've got another month before the end, but I've got to say, it's really given me a change of perspective, and it's urging me to do things that I should have done a long time ago. Automation is big for most sysadmins. We're inherently […]

Playing with a WAN Optimizer

Date April 27, 2011

2 years ago, I asked for advice on WAN Acceleration. Let it not be said that I never follow up on anything ;-) Even with all of the happenings and goings on, I'm still doing actual work somehow, and one of my projects is to evaluate some WAN optimizers for our NYC office, since it […]

"Developing" on the Mac

Date April 25, 2011

You know, developers aren't the only ones who like to use compilers...also those of us who want to compile source code would like them. Macs never really "came" with the development toolkit (things like autoconf, make, gcc, etc), but adding it used to be really easy. You would stick the OSX install disk in the […]

The silver lining of Amazon's cloud issues

Date April 22, 2011

Sorry for the cloud pun in the headline, I just couldn't help myself. If you're a somewhat active user of the internet, you've probably noticed that Amazon's cloud service started having some problems yesterday. I thought about writing this blog entry then, but I held off. There are blips in every service, and I figured […]

#PICC11 Early Bird Sale Extended

Date April 7, 2011

Just a quick note, since I hadn't posted this yet, but the $125 discount for registering for PICC'11 early has been extended until Tuesday, April 11th. That's discount saves you more than the hotel room costs, so you come out money ahead to register right now. Also, Tom Limoncelli wrote about the conference the other […]

System Administration and April's Fools Day

Date April 1, 2011

Ah, April 1st, the one day of the year that you can't trust everything you read on the internet.... Sorry, did I forget my sarcasm tag? It is an interesting day, though. For those of us who are particularly gullible, it's probably a day of irritation at best (did you know that Wikipedia has no […]