Category Archives: System Administration

Protect your personal life from work

ProTip: Never allow work email or chat systems on your personal devices. You won’t get sucked into ultimately non urgent work things if someone has to actually page or call you during out of office hours. That small barrier is … Continue reading

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Technology

Remember when the telephone was just bells, receiver/mic, rotary dial, and some wires going back to the telco? This is what happens when you have a SIP phone with a VOIP provider.

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Cometary

I’ve decided I’ve become a comet. Not sure if I’m ok with it, but I’ve got a long orbital cycle to think about it. Context from a private conversation yesterday with someone I worked with just over a decade ago … Continue reading

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Changing VMWare Fusion 8’s vmnet1 and vmnet8 networking

I had a problem where I was unable to access some machines in the datacenter on subnet 172.16.16.0/24 from my OS X work machine. Turns out vmnet8 was conflicting with the same subnet located at the Datacenter. vmnet8 comes from … Continue reading

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Heads you win, Tails you lose.

Talking to pre and post sales support engineers at $BIGCOMPANY that we just spent $BIGMONEY on shiny new equipment is a bit like flipping a coin. Heads, they know their stuff and can help you out with best practices configuration … Continue reading

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Meaning

Pretty much this, but then there are the good days too. Comment from discussion How do you find meaning in your job?.

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Upgrade All The Things!

I finally noticed that my friend Ralph’s blog, hosted on this same server, was actually still on WordPress 2.0.11 (circa 2007 ?) and knuckled down to re-discover how to upgrade from there to version 4.x This time it went way … Continue reading

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