What does “down” mean?

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Aug 15, 2011
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Various meanings for ‘down’ that I have seen over the years: An email to someone at another company bounced back. Someone forgot his or her password and/or password. A mobile user has poor wireless and/or mobile broadband connectivity.  “I’m at the airport…” A mobile user was sitting at home during a power outage.  Wish I […]

Chrysler F-bomb Twitterer blames his software

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Mar 20, 2011
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It’s a poor carpenter who blames his tools, but that’s exactly what the guy who Tweeted the f-word from Chrysler’s corporate account is doing: Video: Fired NMS employee speaks out about errant F-bomb on Chrysler Twitter account [autoblog] Scott Bartosiewicz was fired from the ad agency NMS, which was itself fired by Chrysler. The real […]

Career options for Unix admins

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Feb 15, 2011
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Let’s see – Overalls?  Check Huge beard?  Check Plus sized? Check “Big Iron” enthusiast?  Check Yeah, I think there’s a good chance this guy is a fellow Unix admin.  Good to know we have career options!

QA Hates You interview

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Feb 11, 2011
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QA Hates You kingpin and all-around good guy Brian Noggle was recently interviewed by Matt Heusser at softwaretestpro.com. Read the article and listen to the interview here. Update: The podcast will not load unless you’re logged in to site.  It’s a free registration, or you can hit BugMeNot.com.

So many databases…

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Jan 12, 2011
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Just realized that we have more database platforms that we support than we have people in the infrastructure team! DB2 9.7 MySQL 5.0 Oracle 10g SAP DB SQL Server 2007 How many different platforms is your team supporting?  I’m guessing the most accurate answer is probably, ‘too many!’

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Some humor

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Jun 8, 2010
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As we all know, one of the things that will help you the most in an IT career is an ability to stand back and laugh at the ridiculousness of it all.  Whether it’s making fun of programmers, project managers, or “reminiscing” about NetWare crashing and crashing, there’s always something to laugh about in IT. […]

With the hardware these days…

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Oct 22, 2009
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Kevin Closson gives those of us who aren’t pushing a million IOPS several reasons to consider the Sunacle Exadata 2 Database Thingamajig. Unfortunately, Kevin failed to mention a potential downside of having one of these babies. Namely, your developers and consultants will assume (even more than they probably already do) that whatever junk code they […]

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EMC outrage over Oracle “not supporting” VMware?

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Sep 24, 2009
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Am I the only one who thinks it a little entertaining that a bunch of EMC bloggers are going crazy over Oracle not supporting VMware (an EMC subsidiary)? Particularly a week after Oracle showed off its new Exadata beast made from the (soon-to-be-Oracle) Sun parts bin? I don’t have a dog in this fight, but […]

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Oracle + Sun = IBM. Wait, what?

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Sep 24, 2009
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The Register is reporting that Larry Ellison has been telling folks that with the pending Sun acquisition, Oracle is positioning itself to become the next, old IBM. My big takeaway is that Oracle has positioned itself as a soup-to-nuts vendor. That is, they will be able to sell you every part of the system, from […]