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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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Random thoughts

Posted 07-08-2010 at 01:56 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Aesthetics of Change is a book written by Bradford Keeney in 1983. Taken at face value, it covers Family Systems Therapy. Upon digging deeper, though, a whole new world emerges from Keeney's work. Some random thoughts:

It amazes me how different people can observe the same event and walk away with completely different observations about the event. Example: a man and a child are walking on the opposite side of the road from two observers. The man raises his hand. Observer 1...
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Bus error (core dumped)

Posted 03-23-2010 at 01:42 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Don't you hate it when ideas flow so rapidly that you can't get them written down fast enough? I find myself in this situation sometimes, and it really is quite annoying. On the plus side, if I ever start up my business that I've been meaning to start, I'll have hundreds of plans to fall back on if something goes wrong...even if 5 out of every 6 ideas didn't make it to paper in time =)
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If Intel designed human beings...

Posted 01-01-2010 at 08:55 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 01-02-2010 at 09:55 PM by rocket357

The title is a quote from "Structured Computer Organization, Fifth Edition" by Andrew S. Tanenbaum. The full quote:

"If Intel designed human beings, it would have put in a bit that made them revert back to chimpanzee mode (most of the brain disabled, no speech, sleeps in trees, eats mostly bananas, etc.)."

I'm quite often seen around the internet using a "monkey with glasses" avatar (See it on my LQ profile), and on many occasions people...
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RAID recommendations: my 2 cents

Posted 12-31-2009 at 10:26 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 12-31-2009 at 10:49 PM by rocket357

I recently read a heated debate on the age-old argument: should I use RAID 5 or RAID 10 for my database? I noted a particularly relevant treatment of the topic (read it here), and figured like any good DBA I'd chime in with my thoughts.

The basic premise for the argument (which was, oddly, from a business guru...NOT a tech geek) was that given a required performance level and budget, what setup would provide better data safety?

"Any DBA would ask you to give them...
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The "doh!" recursion

Posted 12-02-2009 at 12:25 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

It's been said that learning from other's mistakes is truly the "divine" way to learn, as you don't have to experience the pain of the mistake firsthand. While I agree with this to an extent, I also believe that nothing can take the place of firsthand experience. A wise man once told me that you learn more in 10 minutes of playing guitar in front of a crowd than you do in 10 hours of playing guitar in your bedroom (thanks, RS). The difference? When you're playing for a crowd, there...
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