Entries from January 2013

CascadiaIT '13 Tutorials Announced (and pricing!)

Date January 24, 2013

The West-coast LOPSA conference that everyone raves about is CascadiaIT, put on largely by the Seattle Area System Administrator Guild (or SASAG). This is its third year, and it's got a great looking line-up of tutorials: Root Cause Analysis (both beginner and intermediate classes) PowerShell Fundamentals Building Your PowerShell Toolkit An Introduction to Puppet An […]

Enterprise Networking's 10 Ten to Watch List

Date January 24, 2013

I wanted to let you know about Enterprise Networking's Top Networking Experts You Need To Follow - they included 9 really amazing networking bloggers...and me! I don't really understand how that works, but I'm deeply honored and confused that they thought to include me in the list. A lot of Tech Field Day alumni are […]

Pro Bono Survey Results

Date January 18, 2013

On Monday, I put out a survey asking how professional system administrators were performing pro bono work. I was pleasantly surprised that nearly 50 people responded. I can't begin to tell you how glad I am that I left the response fields as "paragraph text". So many people took a lot of time out of […]

Jan 24 Meeting in San Diego to Bootstrap a LOPSA Chapter

Date January 16, 2013

The local LOPSA members who are trying to bootstrap a San Diego chapter have asked me to let you know that they are getting together on Thursday, January 24th at 6pm at Callahan's Pub and Brewery! You can join in the conversation on the mailing list, and there's already a MeetUp scheduled: Hang out, talk […]

Sysadmins: Do you do pro bono work?

Date January 14, 2013

As I learn more about the standards by which other professionals manage their practice, I realize how little that resembles what I do, and it's eye opening in a lot of ways. For instance, Model Rule 6.1 of the American Bar Association states: Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those […]

Saddleback Leather Messenger Bag Review & Accessory Giveaway

Date January 7, 2013

I'm really rough on computer bags. It sucks, because I end up going through really nice backpacks way too often. I was using a Wenger backpack that my wife and I affectionally refer to as the "bag of holding" because it has a seemingly endless capacity. It was essentially new when my friend gave it […]