My Cascadia IT Conference 2012 Schedule!

As I have announced on various venues, I am attending the Cascadia IT Conference 2012 held in Seattle, WA on March 23 and 24. I’ve decided on the following track for myself: 23 Morning – Time Management for System Administrators (Tom Limoncelli) 23 Afternoon – The Limoncelli Test (Tom Limoncelli) 24 Morning – Keynote (Stoneware) and Ganeti (Tom […]

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Swag: The Pens Never Work

My experience is a little limited in this regard, but I’ve received three notable fairly nice looking, heavy and comfortable swag pens in my life as a sysadmin: IBM, Microsoft and Atempo. So why is it that none of these pens actually work as a pen? The Microsoft and Atempo pens have what appear to […]

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Microsoft Nomenclature

My friend just linked me to an amazing example of Microsoft nomenclature that he came across while diagnosing a boot problem on his Windows 7 PC. The phrase “WTF?” comes to mind. From http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314470: System Volume The system volume refers to the disk volume that contains the hardware-specific files that are needed to start Windows, […]

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1 Year of WordPress

It’s coming up on one year since migrating techslaves.org from the failed community driven SMF/TinyPortal site to the unoriginal WordPress powered sysadmin focused blog you see today. The jury is out on whether this incarnation  is failed as well but the parameters for failure are more loosely defined for a random blog than for a […]

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