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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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Still kicking

Posted 12-12-2011 at 08:44 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Just a quick update...I'm still alive. I've been super busy with moving and getting settled in with the new job and city and new schools and all that jazz. It's been hectic. Rackspace is soooo worth the "life upheaval". (Google "rackspace castle" to get an idea of where I work. I love this place haha.)

I'll post more techie stuff when I get some time...
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My life is chaos (and I love it)

Posted 10-24-2011 at 09:53 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

First up, this isn't one of those "woe is me" blog posts. My life is chaotic...and I love it. It's hectic, yes, but I operate best in "panic mode". haha. Probably some quirk that carried over from my years in the military. I dunno.

I put in my two week notice where I work because I accepted an offer from Rackspace Hosting, so my current company has been on me to document all of the in's and out's of the stuff I built while I was the Database Administrator...
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"Your time is coming"

Posted 10-07-2011 at 11:42 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

During the summer of 2010 I had a nerve-wracking interview with Google. It was fun, mind you, but it was stressful. I passed the phone screenings with flying colors, flew to the west coast, underwent a grueling all day interview, and flew home confident I'd impressed them. Then I got the call saying they weren't moving forward with me. I was really bummed, but the timing just wasn't right. "It wasn't meant to be", everyone told me..."Your time is coming", they said. I got...
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"no virus" != "secure"

Posted 10-05-2011 at 12:43 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 01-14-2012 at 12:21 PM by rocket357 (spellcheck fail)

This seems to pop up a lot lately in Linux and Mac circles...

The presence of viruses for a particular platform does indeed point to security issues. However, supposing the reverse to be true in all manners is a logical fallacy (Denying the antecedent, for those interested in philosophy). It goes like this: "If a platform has viruses, it is insecure. Linux does not have viruses, so it is not insecure."

The problem with this logic is that viruses, while...
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GeoIP for serious nerds

Posted 09-13-2011 at 12:41 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 09-13-2011 at 01:01 PM by rocket357

I'm working on a project to make a pretty graphical display of customers who are having speed issues so we can quickly isolate potential internet issues. I'd admin'd a (very minor) open source project called "GeoXPlanet", which was based on a project I was assigned in college, both of which used GeoIP technology heavily, so I have a bit of experience with geolocation and graphing networks. It's fun stuff, really, it is.

I have this machine:

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