Entries Categorized as 'System Administration'

Ubuntu and SNMP

Date August 21, 2014

After running Ubuntu for about two years now, I have a laundry list of complaints. Whether Ubuntu is automagically starting daemons that I install, or the relative difficulty of running an internal repo, or (and I'm heartily agreeing with my coworker Nick here) that it doesn't actually include a firewall out of the box....there are […]

Adam Moskowitz's video: The Future of System Administration

Date August 6, 2014

My friend Adam Moskowitz presented a topic at LOPSA-East this past year that is one near and dear to my heart - the Future of System Administration. I've written a blog entry with something very close to that title twice: The Future of System Administration - August, 2009 The Coming Future of System Administration - […]

DRACs and Macs and Java Hacks

Date August 5, 2014

I'm inherently lazy. Like, "I want a bottle of water, but it's all the way over there, so I guess I'll just dehydrate" style lazy. Our server room is maybe, MAYBE, 50 feet from my desk. But I've got to go around a wall and unlock two doors, disable an alarm system, fight a dragon, […]

Xenophobia Revisited

Date July 30, 2014

Way back in 2010, I wrote an article called Xenophobia and Elitism in the Community. The article talked mostly about xenophobia and elitism in the community through a technical lens - about the tendencies that we all sometimes get toward mocking some technology or technique, and treating people who practice using it as less intelligent […]

Kerbal Space System Administration

Date July 28, 2014

I came to an interesting cross-pollination of ideas yesterday while talking to my wife about what I'd been doing lately, and I thought you might find it interesting too. I've been spending some time lately playing video games. In particular, I'm especially fond of Kerbal Space Program, a space simulation game where you play the […]

Happy SysAdmin Appreciation Day 2014!

Date July 25, 2014

Well, well, well, look what Friday it is! In 1999, SysAdmin Ted Kekatos decided that, like administrative professionals, teachers, and cabbage, system administrators needed a day to recognize them, to appreciate what they do, their culture, and their impact to the business, and so he created SysAdmin Appreciation Day. And we all reap the benefit […]