The Magic of Vacation

I've been on vacation this week, if that wasn't clear to you all. There's been a lot of "doing things," notably this website, a nifty lunch at a big tech company you've heard of, family stuff, bumming around New York City with R., and writing seemingly thousands of emails regarding projects, events, and possible meetings that I will probably not have time to commit to or maintain once I return to my regular routine.…

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A Modest Blogging Proposal

I'm going to present this post somewhat out of order. Here's the proposal. I want to think about moving this blog (or starting another?) to be a blog/wiki hybrid, and at the very least, moving forward I'd like the "discussion" or comment's link to link to a wiki page rather than a comments thread. I've been thinking about the blog recently. I really enjoy writing posts, and there are days when I rely on writing a blog post to get me thinking and moving in the morning (or afternoon!…

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Against Open Stacks

I have misgivings about Open Stack. Open Stack is an open source "Cloud" or infrastructure/virtualization platform, that allows providers to create on-demand computing instances, as if "in the cloud," but running on their own systems. This kind of thing is generally refereed to as "private clouds," but as all things in the "cloud space," this is relatively nebulous concept. To disclose, I am employed by a company that does work in this space, that isn't the company that is responsible for open space.…

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Sys Admin Legacies in Free Software

I was writing a blog post about the ideological tendencies in free software and I found myself on a side note that I think really wants to be it's own post. Funny how that happens. I was thinking about the role and importance of system administrators in free software communities and development. This post is part of an ongoing thread on dialectical futurism about systems administration and its implications. One might think, because free software communities produce software, that free software communities are communities of software developers.…

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Welcome to Tychoish Rhizomatics

Welcome to this new little blog/wiki project. I made a post to the 'blog about reorganizing the way I did my blog comments and blogging called a modest blogging proposal. I wrote this post a few weeks ago. I was so inspired by the prospect of reorganizing the blog, and also so frustrated by the less-than-useful structure of my blogging that, I did the "big reorganization" of the blog the very same day that I published the post that started it all.…

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Ideology and Systems Administration

I do some work as a systems administrator, both personally and for friends. And I work with a lot of admins, but I don't really think of myself as a sys admin. Though you may feel free to argue the point. Nevertheless, I spend a lot of time trying to figure out the way systems administrators think and work. This makes sense: as my professional work is written for entry level systems administrators and I work with a bunch of admins.…

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Bitlbee, The Wrong Solution that Works

About a week ago, time of writing, I switched all of my instant messaging to a little program called Bitlbee. Basically this is a program that runs locally as an IRC server and connects to various instant messaging and "presence" protocols and exposes them to the end user client as if they were IRC. Weird. This is, emphatically, the wrong solution to the problem of finding a sane technological solution to consuming real-time information (e.…

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