General Rambling

  • 2004 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is pretty good. I’m trying to keep better track of the wines I like when I stumble across them.
  • Along the lines of keeping track of personal information better, I started a wiki for myself. I’m using the free personal license for Confluence right now. I’m toying with the idea of doing a wiki for my extended family to capture some of the information that is spread fairly unevenly around the family members (birthdays, etc.).
  • If you’re in the Madison, WI area Strollers Theatre’s Richard III opened at the Bartell Theatre last night, and is getting good reviews.
  • I was a total dumbass one week ago today and wasn’t thinking as I ran some random attachment that was in a spam message. I ended up rebuilding my PC to escape all the unremovable spyware, which sucks because I was going to rebuild when Vista ships in 30 days. However, it did get me prepared to rebuild again, including finding all my media and serial numbers for stuff.

    So what does a sysadmin like me use for apps? Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat Professional, Agent Ransack (for desktop search), Hummingbird Exceed, Apple iTunes, Sun Java J2SE 5.0, JetBrains Omea Pro, Microsoft Excel, Word, Project, PowerPoint, and Visio, Microsoft Streets & Trips, Mozilla Firefox, Ahead Nero, Psi, Symantec Antivirus, Van Dyke SecureCRT, Van Dyke SecureFX, VMware VI3 client, and WinRAR.
  • I spent some time this week debugging VMware/RHEL problems. One of the problems we’ve been having is ext3 journal aborts on our RHEL 4 VMs. It looks like Tom Sightler figured it out. This is why OSS rules. Thanks Tom!
  • I’m speaking at LOPSA’s Phoenix SysAdmin Days on Monday. I’m talking for three hours about virtualization (probably more like two hours and then open discussion, Q&A, etc.). My presentations generally try to follow Guy Kawasaki’s 10/20/30 rule: 10 slides, 20 minutes, 30 point font. This might be interesting in that regard, as I’m down to 70 slides. I’m a little nervous about it because it’s the biggest talk I’ve given. We’ll see how it goes.