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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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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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Pull your head out of your....

Posted 09-03-2011 at 11:03 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 09-03-2011 at 11:11 AM by rocket357

There are times in life when it becomes necessary to say unpleasant things. Things you know people will disagree with, not because of a logical flaw in your argument, but rather because of an emotional attachment they have to the subject. Today is such a day.

Linux is failing on the desktop. I've heard it for years now (*years*...not months, not weeks, not days...*years*) about how Linux is going to take over on the desktop and we'll all live in GPL-enforced software "freedom"....
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Probability failure

Posted 08-26-2011 at 12:59 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 08-26-2011 at 01:16 PM by rocket357

Today I get an alarm that a customer's website isn't responding. This particular customer isn't an American customer, and due to international law their server has to be hosted in their own country. So they picked a hosting company over there and we shipped their servers to the hosting company.

Traceroute showed that we could get to the city where they were hosted, but not the server itself. I called the hosting company's support line. After explaining to them that my boss had...
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assert(technology != magic);

Posted 08-12-2011 at 12:37 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Some years ago I happened upon an uncomfortable truth regarding source code. I happened to be programming in an interpreted language (the only language I knew when I was 8 years old), and I made the unfortunate realization that without the interpreter, my code was useless. Somehow that seemed disheartening to me, so I vowed I would learn everything there was to know about computers. I vowed that I would understand the machine.

I didn't really know where to turn (I didn't have any...
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Book Collection

Posted 08-08-2011 at 11:12 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 10-26-2013 at 09:26 PM by rocket357 (Update books I own)

I've been busy assembling a good library of computing books (stuff that directly interests me, of course...so you won't find Java or such in this list), and I would like to get some input (in the event I've overlooked critical "must-have" books). I don't own all of these (yet), but I've been buying them left and right as I can afford it (I usually buy one or two each payperiod, used on Amazon...as long as the book is readable and not too banged up, I'm game). The (not-yet-complete) list...
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