Looking to the Future by Appreciating the Past

Posted on January 3, 2017

I've recently come to the end of an interesting and exciting journey of re-discovery which began on Thanksgiving 2016. While waiting for Thanksgiving dinner to be ready, there was time to kill and we were all just sitting around waiting. My son, Glenn, is 11 and has become a wiz with Lego Mindstorm and I've been introducing electronics and programming to him a little here and there over the years. It had been a while since I did basic ...

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Containers, Now and Then

Posted on July 1, 2016

I'm excited to announce that Cuddletech is now 100% Docker Powered. This is particularly exciting for me because it comes after being hosted on containers for the previous 10 years of its life. To celebrate it seems like a good time to reflect on how containers have evolved over the last decade. For those not familiar with Cuddletech, since 1999 it has been my personal website dedicated to all things Solaris (and Enlightenment, and my ...

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New Adventures: Leaving Joyent

Posted on November 8, 2014

After more than 8 years, yesterday was my last day at Joyent. I was asked by David Young & Jason Hoffman to join Joyent in 2006.  At the time the idea of "utility computing" was being talked about but "grid" was really the domain of academic super computers for large batch computation.  The industry solutions for off-prem computing at the time was either shared hosting (such as what Jason's TextDrive was offering) or buying dedicated ...

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CEO of NeXT Computer Dies

Posted on October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs was many things to many people.  He liberated the innovations of XEROX PARC and brought them to the masses through yet more innovation.  He brought style together with technology and forged an unending bond between the two.  Apple has revolutionized the world multiple times over 3 decades under his leadership, and proved that it was his leadership that made the difference when the company almost failed after his leaving.   On and ...

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Happy SysAdmin Day

Posted on July 29, 2011

Its here again, your favorite day of the year: SA Day. Several fun things to check out today, Matt has a good list of them in his blog today. From Cuddletech, have a good day watching YouTube videos and feeling good about yourself for once, put down the ticket queue and plan your next vacation, and drink some really good beer tonight. Here's a picture of Nova (my eldest daughter) on her first day as an SA, earlier this year, doing her ...

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Who You Are & Who You Wish To Be

Posted on June 18, 2011

The following is the video of Conan O'Brien delivering the 2011 Dartmouth College Commencement Address.  Watch it, if your time is short, skip to 19:40. This is an incredibly insightful point that Conan makes: the difference between who you want to be and who you actually are is what truly makes you special and unique. This profoundly resonates with me. I have many heros and I'm incredibly blessed to know many of them. I want to ...

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When you go into the data center, either for rack'n'stack or maintenance, there are a couple of things that can make your life easier.  You want to go light, of course, but also have everything you need so that your not going to have to post-pone work due to lack of gear. Common must-haves include: A very capable laptop.  This is your primary tool.  I prefer to 15" MacBook Pro, but whatever you use you'll want gigabit ethernet, wifi, ...

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I'm preparing to leave on a long overdue vacation. When I return I hope to be back on-form, and to finally get this blog rolling again. I'll spare you the explanations as to why I've been so silent (for now)... but, every day I find more and more reflecting back to this video:   If you can see the embedded video: Click Here This monologue of James Burke, from the last episode of his original Connections series has had the single ...

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I work at Joyent... never the less, I'm really excited that we're offering a $45/mo 1GB Smart Machine offer. If I weren't an employee I'd absolutely jump at it.

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Dream Team

Posted on December 9, 2010