3 years ago, Nokia released an intriguing option into the smartphone market. The N900 was a true Linux phone, and a simple, freely available app was all you needed to get root access to your hardware. The N900 was not a massive hit with carriers, and not a massive hit ...read more
Recovered from the post-con crash a while ago, so it's time to write up some thoughts. Last week I attended PuppetConf with my coworkers at the OSL. The OSL attended PuppetConf primarily as a pre-deployment information gathering exercise. We want to avoid common pitfalls, and be able to plan ...read more
The following is an update to a post originally made to ServerFault in 2009.
System administration is more than clicking Next, cutting your fingers on cagenuts, and 3am pager alerts. Sysadmins can borrow many of the same skills and tools that programmers use daily to make themselves more productive, and ...read more
Friday marked the end of Open Source Bridge. Just about the best introduction to Portland culture as you can find. Vegan lunches, Voodoo Donut catering, lunch truck friday, and rock and roll pipe organists in the Unitarian's sanctuary.read more
March has been a month of great change for K-State. Frank Martin left for the east coast, in a departure you might have heard about at the water cooler. What you probably didn't hear, is that I left in the opposite direction for a new position with the Open ...read more
In January I published five goals:
- Learn and practice SEO techniques.
- Explore website revenue and analysis.
- Reinvigorate K-SLUG student participation.
- Impress folks by being great at my new job.
- Write down tasks to improve productivity and quality of life.
Arguably I accomplished 4 of them. Obviously this isn't 5 ...read more
Once again, it's demonstrated that sitting around a table drafting policy fails the common sense test. Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Sam Houson State University decided to ask all members of their social media portal for username and passwords. Their published policy still does. My favorite part:
Over halfway through 2011, so it's time to revisit my goals again. I really should post more often.
pwnguin.net consistently gets more than a thousand hits a month. That's enough that I can start adding A/B experiments on the most popular pages. I've ...read more