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Hi. I'm a Unix Administrator, mathematics enthusiast, and amateur philosopher. This is where I rant about that which upsets me, laugh about that which amuses me, and jabber about that which holds my interest most: Unix.
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Soldering Station...check!

Posted 07-29-2015 at 12:53 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Got a new Weller Soldering Station recently, so I've been pursuing my interests in electronics and computer hardware. After spending 20+ years in the software side of the house (both as a programmer and as a sysad/engineer), I've finally started to really understand the hardware side of the house (well, I have much to learn, but it's starting to come together).

My first order of business has been to build out a desk variable power supply with a 480 Watt Antec PSU I had laying around....
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The Celebrity Life of a Blogger

Posted 07-20-2015 at 02:16 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

It never ceases to amaze me how people who make their money in the lime light get in an uproar because they can't take a piss without someone reporting about it. Now, I'm all for fair treatment of other people, and yes, the US (in particular) has shifted to "money is more important than self integrity". Perhaps it's not a shift, per se, but rather a gross realization of a long term change in culture. But I digress...it still amazes me.

The point is, this planet isn't...
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Smokeping and Slipknot

Posted 07-09-2015 at 07:45 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Random thoughts ahead...

I'm riding the train back home from work, headphones blasting Slipknot and reviewing my VPN mesh latencies on my laptop...thinking about this past year and three months or so. Seattle has been a fun city.

I had a crazy busy day today. We managed to get my team's work queue down to zero. Didn't last long, mind you, but just being able to do that for even a brief moment was an accomplishment. Following a holiday certainly helps, of course...but...
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Shifting Gears (again)

Posted 06-23-2015 at 10:01 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

I was given an "opportunity" to move to a new team at ${DAYJOB} (a required clearance for advancement in my position was denied...such is life in the government sector). I've been increasingly bored with Linux lately, so jumping over to commercial Linux support didn't seem very appealing at all. I wanted to branch out into a more diverse ecosystem with room for me to learn. As I'd done considerable work with Windows in support of Government work, I wasn't keen on heading there either...
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Not-so-smart devices

Posted 05-25-2015 at 02:56 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

A few years ago, my 47" Toshiba TV developed a strange characteristic. It would suddenly, and without warning, feed static through the speakers (making it impossible to watch TV). Changing the channel up one and then back down one "fixed it", until the problem occurred again.

In the end, the real fix was a firmware update. Being a guy from the days of rabbit ears and tube TV's, I'm a bit irked that they call this "improvement" "smart" (very much...
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