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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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Remote management of Linux systems via Python and ssh (Part 2)

Posted 02-03-2009 at 08:44 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 10-27-2009 at 06:50 PM by rocket357 (modified code)

My last blogpost on Python/SSH seemed to be popular, so here I am again with a more in-depth look at what can be accomplished with this pairing.

To recap, I manage 300 databases, some M$ SQL Server, some PostgreSQL. There are a ton of Apache/Linux machines on our network and quite a few "traffic cops" based on Linux and BSD (as well as a few Cisco machines) for routing external traffic to internal machines. Pretty standard stuff. The IT department has a director, a network...
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Thoughts on problem solving for new Linux users

Posted 02-02-2009 at 12:40 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 02-03-2009 at 09:05 PM by rocket357

One of the hardest issues to grasp for many Linux newbies is not a Linux issue, rather it's their problem-solving approach. With the closed-source Windows business model, you really only have one problem-solving option available: tech support. While members at sites such as LQ do their very best to provide something like tech support, there really is a lot more that newbies can do to speed up both their understanding of Linux and finding a solution to whatever problem they're looking at right...
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Getting serious with PostgreSQL

Posted 01-29-2009 at 10:45 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Ok, so the company I work for has set a hard date for the release/launch of our new flagship product...June 1st.

This is interesting for a number of reasons. First, the 5.0 project has been in "under heavy development" status for a seriously long time now (late 2007 I joined the 5.0 team, which at that time was roughly 20% done. I later moved from that team to the reporting division, spent a year there and then moved to my current role as DBA). I figured the 5.0 project...
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Keeping an open mind (Non-technical)

Posted 01-23-2009 at 10:52 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 01-23-2009 at 11:05 PM by rocket357

In an earlier post, I told a story about finding out my wife was pregnant with our second child and converting my home office into a nursery. Here it is months later, and today we found out we're going to have a little boy.

Now, my wife and I are completely against "gender roles" as deemed appropriate by society. What's wrong with a man knowing how to cook, or a woman that knows how to handle a rifle? Nothing, IMHO, and enforcing such artificial constraints is not only...
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The Mythical Desktop Percentage Point

Posted 01-19-2009 at 02:37 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

My apologies to Fred Brooks for creating this blog entry title in the likeness of his work "The Mythical Man-Month". Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery =)

It appears to me there is a growing concern among newer users in the Linux community over "desktop penetration rates" and "adoption rates". "If we don't get past 5% desktop usage, Linux will never go anywhere!" they say.

Now, I've only heard one argument for increasing...
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