Kismet in the train from Den Bosch to Utrecht. The most interesting SSID I found is dave.nu_wlan which made me visit http://www.dave.nu/ (Hi Dave!). A change from all the default boring SSID names.
I bought a FrogPad one-handed keyboard. A whole new way of typing. It may also help prevent rsi because there will be more variation in the way I type. For now, it's just very new and I experience the feeling again of actually having to look at the keyboard.
Played a bit with Geo::METAR so now my Webcam knows the almost-local weather and pastes it into the image.
2004-10-05 Thoughts from the Sane 2004 conference
I'm at the Sane 2004 conference.
It's a conference for system administrators (like I do for a living).
On Tuesday I followed the tutorial about wireless networks by Rudi van
Drunen. A very nice tutorial, with a lot of technical details and
background, up to the level of radio signals, antenna designs and the
complete story on decibel levels and signal strength.
On Wednesday I got bombarded with information about LDAP at the tutorial
Implementing (Open)LDAP with lots of information about ldap, and using
ldap in everyday system administration. When to use ldap, when not to use it.
Gerry Carter is a good speaker and can entertain for a whole day.
Thursday was conference, with a first talk by Paul Kilmartin from Ebay.
He talked about the enormous scale of servers, and how to get high
availability with millions of pageviews per day. I was a bit dissapointed
that he didn't go deeper into detail about the problems with Sun hardware.
I followed several other talks during the day, most interesting being
Open Source security lessons and Special effects on the movie 'I, Robot'. Most
noticeable in that talk was that John Nelson asked at the start not to
use filming camera's. The material that he showed had big
"Fox Film Company" logo at the top. It seems Fox Films is really scared
about copies of their material floating around.
Thursday evening was the social event, where the bus ride + walk to the
boat the event was on took about an hour. Nice social event, talked to a
lot of people, got some nice reactions to my Dilbert 'The network is down
but I'm feeling better' t-shirt.
So Friday morning was a bit early morning ;)
The notable thing was that Geoff Halprin gave his talk
The Changing Face of System Administration at 09:30.
I guess it is true Australians can drink 'a bit more' than we are used to.
He was a lot more awake than I was ;)
Next was Deconstructing User Requests by Tom Limoncelli. A big fan of RT3,
just like I am ;) For those needing it: Find RT: Request Tracker here.
Quote I heard at Sane 2004 in the talk The Changing Face of System Administration by Geoff Halprin:from Michael O'Brein.A system admin's life is a sorry one. The only advantage he has over Emergency Room doctors is that malpractice suits are rare. On the other hand, ER doctors never have to deal with patients installing new versions of their own innards!