Entries from June 2012

Non-SysAdmin Related: #MarioMarathon

Date June 22, 2012

I want to take a second for a non-sysadmin-related post…bcause I want to let you know about a good cause that’s happening right now. The guys who run Penny Arcade started a charity a few years back called Child’s Play. The idea was that the gamers of the world get a bad rap. People like […]

3 Activities That Will Make You a Better SysAdmin

Date June 20, 2012

As a number of my blog entries will attest, I really like drawing inspiration from sources outside of the typical system administration skill-set. I think that the technical aspects of our job are far easier than the “soft” stuff, or at least the “big picture” things. When we start as inexperienced admins, we focus mostly […]

Today, on a very special Standalone Sysadmin…

Date June 18, 2012

It’s been over a year since I last used that headline, but I feel like its warranted in this case. After taking a year off from the full-time system administration gig, I’m happy to announce that I’m ready to jump back in. I have just accepted an offer to join David Blank-Edelman‘s band of Merry […]

The Tragedy of the Commons and naming systems.

Date June 16, 2012

You may or may not have heard that ICANN (the company that is responsible for naming and numbering things on the internet) opened up the ability to create new commercial top level domains (TLDs). The gist is that for $185,000USD, you, too could have your very own top level domain, and thus you could register […]

Quick survey on Windows training at LISA

Date June 11, 2012

I have a sneaking suspicion (and this stems from my experiences at PICC and seeing other conferences) that there is a latent interest in Windows training by people who have previously only received UNIX or Linux-specific training. I could be wrong, though. To help me out, you can fill out this super-short survey that I […]

Clusters of compromised accounts

Date June 8, 2012

I covered the LinkedIn account problems a couple days ago, and since then, Last.FM and eHarmony have both had at least part of their passwordbase compromised. It is interesting to me when news stories like this “clump”. The same thing happens across the board, regardless of the topic. As soon as a moderately sized earthquake […]