The Usual Tech Ramblings

Still Alive...

It has been a while since I’ve posted. The last was on my string vs bash match up. It got a fair bit of attention, with some great feedback, so I learnt some new stuff. I’m going to try getting back to posting more regular posts, even if they aren’t always techy related1. For now, here’s what has been going on…

  • New job
  • More volunteer work with CERT
  • More volunteer work at school

Generally as busy as before, but at the same time, a different kind of busy.


The transition to a new job was probably one of the harder decisions I’ve had to make in a long time, but now I’ve settled in, I don’t regret it at all. I’m getting my hands on a lot more stuff I didn’t have access to before, as well as taking lead on projects that were originally left to HQ folk.

The environment is a lot larger. I’ve gone from a handful of few racks with gear to 20+ full racks, not counting the volume of VM guests we have running.

Documentation is pretty limited, so I’m working on updating it all, starting with a full data center audit. I’m also working on a Lync pilot, as well as updating monitoring and other projects.


I’ll have a complete post on this one later. In the meantime, you can read Christopher Webber’s post on CERT and Sys Admins.

With tornadoes striking the DFW metroplex recently, we were asked to help with some cleanup operations. Post and pictures on that later.

So lots of new exciting stuff floating around, learning new stuff, getting my fingers into new toys and such. I’ll post more stuff as it comes up.

  1. I do have some in the works on CERT and Emergency management.