SysAdmin


Life Sucks: Why Organization Matters

Posted on July 8, 2006

So I started reading Time Management for System Administrators last week and immediately started putting it to use. On Wed afternoon I started reading, on Thursday I started putting it to work, and on Friday I sent off the largest "Weekly List" to my manager in months. More importantly, Friday evening I sat in the backyard with my wife, happy and content that I'd been successful and productive without that "oh crap, what am I forgetting" ...

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Ruby Continues To Take On JSP

Posted on July 6, 2006

Ruby is a wonderful little language. And little is the key word for me. As I've stated before, while Java is a robust language and an excellent one by its own merit, it is a big beast with a learning curve of doom which never seems to end. While you can appreciate Ruby on its own, I didn't really truly appreciate it untill I'd spent 2 weeks in Java-land, learning JSP, J2EE, and friends. After doing the Java thing for a while, Ruby is a ...

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Pillar Data Posts SPEC Numbers

Posted on July 6, 2006

Pillar Data finally joins the industry in posting SPEC numbers for their Axiom product. You'll recall that the Axiom solution consists of a Pilot (management node), up to 4 Slammers (controllers), and up to 32 Bricks (disk shelves). The "2.0 Release" is said to incrase the number of bricks from 32 to 64 but has yet to appear. The SPEC configuration consists of 2 Slammers (Quad 2.4Ghz Xeon, 16GB of RAM), 32 Bricks (384 disks total, 12 ...

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Splunk 2.0.10 Released

Posted on July 5, 2006

Splunk 2.0.10 is available for all platforms except Solaris/X86, which is still at 2.0.8 right now. View the release notes for the good news. If your considering a Time Management friendly infrastructure project, strongly consider implementing Splunk, first on a small trial basis and then possible fanning it out to a larger, more comprehensive distributed (Splunk-2-Splunk) solution. We'll talk more about distributed splunk soon.

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I have a lot of books. Tamarah and I have one whole room of our house dubbed "the library" complete with 6 overflowing book cases... and I've still got 4 stacks of books 2 feet high in the den. The reality is I never actually "read" them, so much as I, in an SA like fashion, skim them quickly for what I need, read those sections that apply to my needs at the time, and then shelf them for later consumption. I can't remember the last time I ...

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Ruby on Rails at Penny Arcade

Posted on June 27, 2006

Penny Arcade has been suffering some problems lately which has reveiled that the site is powered by Ruby on Rails. This was announced back in November, but apparently skipping straight to the comic causes you to miss out from time to time. Gabes comments about the transition were classic: "Along with the slick new visuals the guts of the site also got a huge upgrade. Penny Arcade right now represents one of the largest implementations of ...

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Ruby Shines in Linux Journal

Posted on June 26, 2006

I gave up on the Linux Journal some time ago. Technical content was low, ads were overshadowing the content, and I just didn't see it as being worth the $5. Instead I prefered Linux Magazine which had better technical content, was more well rounded, and provided a lot more value per mag. But LJ has worked hard to claw back it seems, by doing a better job of centering the content (creating a subject flow throughout each issue) and even ...

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