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Lets take a little journey through a thought and see where it shall take us. Let us first consider "devops". It is a cultural movement which codifies various characteristics, including the zen like interweaving of development and operations, better integration of "IT" with the business objectives as a whole, infrastructure as code, agile (or lean depending on who you speak with) operations, etc, etc. Alright. As I've stated in the ...

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Devops Demystified

Posted on October 25, 2010

I've been watching and silently participating in the industry trend known as "DevOps" for some time now. I've dragged my feet on writing about it for reasons that I won't go into now, but this blog post, which made it to slashdot, has pulled me out of my shell. Ted Dziuba picks a fight by saying: "This is the opposite of a trend of nonsense called DevOps, where system administrators start writing unit tests and other things to help the ...

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Devops Days Silicon Valley: What You Missed

Posted on September 3, 2010

All the panels from the Silicon Valley DevOps Days are now online. A huge round of applause for InfoQ for putting this entire event online and making it available to the world. If you want a glimpse into the next 10 years of system administration as a career path, you need to get up to speed now so it doesn't take you by surprise in the coming years.

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Time Management Tips from Randy Pausch

Posted on August 28, 2010

Randy Pausch, you may recall, became infamous because of his dying "Last Lecture". Just tonight I happened to come across a talk he did on Time Management, "because time is all we have." As he particularly pointed out, "you may have less of it than you think." Time management tips from a dying man, who better to speak on the subject? Whats shocking to me is that the talk is not philosophical, rather its 1 hour 16 minutes of non-stop ...

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OGB Hangs Itself: It is done

Posted on August 23, 2010

This morning at 8:19AM Pacific, the OGB passed: Whereas Oracle has continued ignore requests to appoint a liaison to work with the OGB concerning the future of OpenSolaris development and our community, and Whereas Oracle distributed an email to its employees on Aug 13 2010 that set forth Oracle's decision to unilaterally terminate the development partnership between Oracle and the OpenSolaris Community, and Whereas, without the ...

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Diversion: Ode to Lego Technic

Posted on July 22, 2010

Nova, my first daughter, is now 6 and Glenn, my first son, is now 5. As a GeekDad I ensure to bathe them in geeky goodness. I've been thankful that Glenn is obsessed with Lego. The kool thing about it is that of course, I get to help him, so its just a great time. Here was last nights project: Teaching him has gotten me thinking back to my own youth. I had a box of Lego's but not a lot of sets. The one that I did get was in 1988, ...

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Devops in Practice: How They Do It

Posted on July 22, 2010

Damon Edwards (DTO Solutions) & John Willis (Opscode) are the two guys really pumping out the "good news" of devops. They started a new podcast, Devops Cafe several weeks ago. Already on episode 8, having featured guests such as John Allspaw, R.I. Pienaar, Andrew Shafer, and more. Highly recommended. Whats interesting is that John & Damon really aware of an outcry from the community, that is: "How do all these devops shops do it!!" ...

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Planet Solaris Dies the Death

Posted on July 8, 2010

A very sad day indeed... Planet Solaris is dead. Just another in a long line of bad signs. Please use Planet.OpenSolaris.org instead. A big thanks to David Edmondson for running planetsolaris.org for so long. I am partly responsible. Sorry to everyone that the blog has been so quiet lately. Given that state of Solaris right now, its unclear what is dead and what is alive. It feels futile to blog about features that may never really ...

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Review: Zabbix 1.8 Network Monitoring

Posted on May 24, 2010

There are a lot of monitoring tools and frameworks out there. Some are expensive (such as HP OpenView) some are free (such Nagios). All of them have a niche to fill. Zenoss looks pretty. Nagios is will supported and highly extensible. Up.time and WhatsUp Gold are easy to get going. They've all got their thing. As such, I spend a lot of time evaluating and re-evaluating them. The one I circle back on most commonly is Zabbix. Zabbix ...

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Spoofing an OpenSolaris X86 hostid

Posted on May 22, 2010

hostid's on SPARC are handy things because through the PROM they are tied directly to the hardware. On Solaris X86, not so much. They are "soft hostids", software emulated and essentially randomly generated. Because of this fact, it is easy for an upgrade or accidental deletion to wipe out the hostid and potentially cause you problems. This post applies only to Nevada based installs post-snv_100. Or, more specifically, following the ...

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