Entries Categorized as 'Administrivia'

#SysChat discussion tonight on Twitter, Webcast on Friday

Date November 18, 2014

Well, this is new and interesting. SolarWinds approached me a little while ago and asked me if I'd be interested in taking part in a combination Twitter discussion and webcast, talking about system administration, monitoring, and so on. I said yes, but what I really meant was, "You've seen my twitter stream...I was probably going […]

Checking things over before LISA

Date November 4, 2014

Tomorrow is my last day in the office for a week and a half, so I'm going through the various things that I manage, making sure that stuff is going to be alright while I'm away. You see, next week, I'm at LISA'14 in Seattle, and Wednesday afternoon, I'm flying to Chicago. "But Matt", you […]

Repping for SysAdmins at the Space Coast! #NASASocial

Date October 30, 2014

Like most children, I was a huge fan of spaceships when I was little. I remember watching Space Shuttle launches on TV, and watching interviews with astronauts in school. I always wanted to go see a launch in person, but that was hard to do when you were a kid in West Virginia. As I […]

Concerning PICC

Date October 8, 2014

Today, Wednesday, October 8, 2014, we, Matt Simmons and Thomas Limoncelli,  resigned from the board of Professional IT Community Conferences, Inc. also known as “PICC”.  PICC is the New Jersey non-profit business entity that has backed LOPSA-East and Cascadia since 2011.  Those two conferences should be unaffected as it was already agreed that they would […]

Slight blog upgrade, better speeds, etc

Date June 6, 2014

This blog's web server has been up and down a lot in the past few days. The performance has never been amazing, but it's always been at least passable (unless I'm getting slammed by traffic, of course). But I finally gave up and dug into what was causing the habitual slowness. Running iostat on the […]

#SREcon14, #SpiceWorld in Austin, and #LISA14

Date May 27, 2014

Well, several trends have continued since my last post a month ago, most of which revolve around conferences. Also, you know it's bad when your blog article headline includes three hashtags. First, LOPSA-East went off without a hitch. It was well attended, having over 130 people there, and I think a good time was had […]