Category Archives: Work

OpenVZ DIsk Monitors on OpenNMS

At work, we run a lot of Parallels Virtuozzo, which is a commercially supported version of OpenVZ. There are a couple of challenges monitoring OpenVZ, since it abstracts out a lot of the OS and snmpd can’t get the data. … Continue reading

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Skating away on the thin ice of a new day

In 2005, after a particularly bad patch, I lost my shit. I had just been laid off from my high-pressure job, my marriage was falling apart[1], and I found myself weeping in a parking lot waiting for my oldest’s bus … Continue reading

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Work Travel Considerations

[Note : Reposted on the proper blog.] So I am doing a lot of travel back & forth to Seattle for work. And I got to thinking – while the reimburse me, it would be nice to consolidate the spending … Continue reading

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It’s only 7 hours away…by airplane

Got the latest word on the job today, and it looks like I’ll be in Bellevue for three weeks, starting week after next. So, now that I’ve JUST ABOUT gotten settled back home, it’s time to head west again for … Continue reading

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Who has a new job? This Guy!

As mentioned on Twitter yesterday, I have accepted a job offer. The company in question is Apptio – the one I interviewed with in Bellevue, WA last week. For those wondering : No, we are not relocating. They have a … Continue reading

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Setting the new routine

One of the things that really messes with unemployed people is the lack of a routine. Take a standard office worker – they get up, get ready, go to work, go home, have dinner, do their own thing, sleep, later … Continue reading

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[Sysadmin 101] Keeping Config Files Synced

One of the things I go REALLY tired of when I was setting up new machines without shared home directories was copying over ALL my personalized configurations over and over and over again. So I wrote a script to copy … Continue reading

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I meant to blog yesterday…

…but I was wrapped up in helping Ursula with the molding and casting (see her posts to the the progress so far) and a friend with some virtualization setup he’s working on. In between that I’ve been meeting with and … Continue reading

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Listen to your gut

Over the course of my career, I’ve been through several re-organizational “events.” I’ve also come to the point, now, where my gut can tell me roughly where things stand. Basically, at this point in my career, if I can’t see … Continue reading

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[SysAdmin 101] The Scotty vs. LaForge SysAdmins

I found myself summarizing this concept AGAIN on IRC, and figured it was time I actually wrote it down. Over the years, I’ve found that there are primarily two kinds of Systems administrators[1] : the Scottys and the La Forges. … Continue reading

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