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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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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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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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