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“she cannae take any more Cap’n…”

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Are you ready for a *Scotty Event? Ready for the next level? So what are the limits of your system? solution? Several years ago my employer had a great product with a major problem (which, of course, occurred as a Scotty Event.)  Part of the system’s team job was to make sure that the OS Continue reading →

System Adminstration – The Rules

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

For me, these pre-date a popular US TV show (NCIS – ‘the rules’ referred to – connected to the character, ‘Gibbs’.)  The first three get the most mileage.  BTW – SA=SE (from my chair, sys-admin = systems engineer ~ anyone working on your IT infrastructure.) You will do no harm – nothing you do will Continue reading →

WordPress 3.0 – review & multi-site problems

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

First!  Hat’s Off to the folks working the WordPress solution – using it has been a great experience with few problems.  🙂  I have several WordPress installs on multiple domains (happy consumer!) so my main interests in the new release includes: managing/running all sites from one install on a single server simplifying management of updates/plugins/themes Continue reading →

Interview questions for SE/As (system engineers/administrators) – Unix/Linux

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

I am presenting this post for reference by anyone who might interview a Unix/Linux systems engineer – thoughtful feedback is welcome; it might also be helpful for a systems engineer (SE) a few days before that next interview…  As a  group, SEs tend to have broad experience and expertise with both OS tools and perhaps Continue reading →

Linux Bash Scripting 101 (part b)

Monday, June 7th, 2010

This post is part of a multi-post series on scripting with Bash under Linux.  The last post explored using echo, printf and here documents.  This post explores string concatenation, simple math, looping, command substitution and using functions. Before continuing a little about ‘coding style’ – I tend to be verbose even when workable, cryptic, ‘advanced’ Continue reading →

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