Entries from July 2011

SysAdmin Day Meetup Photos

Date July 30, 2011

Last night, over 20 sysadmins from central Ohio gathered in Columbus to celebrate SysAdmin Appreciation Day, and everyone had a great time! If you missed it, here are some photographs of the event: Big thanks to Warner from 2checkout.com, who ended up picking up our beer tab. It was greatly appreciated! Incidentally, if you're in […]

Happy SysAdmin Appreciation Day

Date July 29, 2011

If you didn't know, now you do. Today is System Administrator Appreciation Day! There's a large number of get togethers tonight organized in lots of cities around the world. Here's a short list: Los Angeles, CA NYC, NY Columbus, OH San Francisco, CA Chicago, IL Buenos Aires, Argentina It's really great to see so many […]

Inspiration from the weirdest places...

Date July 27, 2011

Today my apartment complex upgraded their website to provide more features. One of the features was "Submit a trouble ticket", where you filled out various fields such as "Category" and "Priority". Then you wrote a description of the problem. On a whim, I tried it out, since one of my windows had refused to latch, […]

Cost-effective data furnaces?

Date July 27, 2011

Cost-effective? They keep using that word. I do not think it means what they think it means. If you read Slashdot yesterday, you might have seen that some researchers from Microsoft released a paper suggesting that you could use servers to heat homes and businesses. OK, first things first - this is creative thinking, and […]

Tech Field Day 7 - Keep Austin Weird!

Date July 26, 2011

A lot of people have asked me how I like unemployment. I'm apparently not a very good hobo, because after too short of a period off, I got another gig. Now, I hope you're sitting down (and given that you're reading my blog, you probably are, though you shouldn't be), but I've got a job, […]

The Limoncelli Test - (self?)Evaluation

Date July 25, 2011

A lot of people are familiar with the Joel Test, but if you haven't heard of it, it's a short (and according to Joel, irresponsible, but don't pay any attention to that) method of evaluating whether a particular development team is doing good work. It's basically a list of 12 questions, the answers to which […]