Quality Assurance vs Quality Control

Date November 28, 2008

Are you good at finding faults in your infrastructure, or are you good at making sure there are no faults. As Jason Cohen relates, Quality Assurance is not Quality Control. Like many other topics, this is written to programmers, but is a good lesson for sysadmins as well.

10 professional skills that no IT administrator should be without

Date August 27, 2008

Whether you're a network administrator, systems administrator, cable monkey, or general IT grunt, there are a few professional skills that are indispensable in order to prosper. Sure, you can survive being surly and bitter, but to reach your full potential, it would be wise to take this list into consideration. 10) When something is broke, […]

5 Ways to improve your network without breaking the bank

Date August 26, 2008

In reality, there are far more than 5 ways to easily improve your network's security and reliability, without spending hardly any money at all. I've just briefly gone over the most blatant 5 that make the biggest difference for next to no expenditure. Sure, a few office supplies might need to be sacrificed for the […]

Burnout and the toll it takes

Date August 21, 2008

Jack Hughes, over at the Tech Teapot, mentions a very appropriate subject for too many systems administrators: burnout. As sysadmins, we're nearly always the go-to person for whatever happens. After a while, we start to get used to it, and lots of times, we can develop a hero complex, carrying the weight of the world […]

Project Management Software

Date August 20, 2008

My company is in the market for some online collaborative project management software. Since I have never used any of it, I'm appealing to you, the reader. What do you use (if anything) for this?  I've used Microsoft Project a very small amount, and the open source solution Planner a bit more, but neither are web […]

Introduction to RAID levels

Date August 18, 2008

If you've never worked with large systems with a bunch of disks, you probably don't have a lot of experience with RAID. RAID stands for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (or if you ask some people, the I stands for Independent). SearchSMBStorage.com has a good article on how the most common RAID levels work. For […]