June 23, 2016 started my career with EMC as an Enterprise Core SE. I’ve never done anything sales related before in my life unless you count selling candy bars for school fundraisers, but let’s be honest – that doesn’t count at all. What attracted me to EMC was the culture and the sheer innovation in the industry right now. 6 years ago the iPad launched and it rocked the world and it continues to innovate today. Businesses are having to flip their IT departments upside down to engage customers. Some companies have adapted, but many haven’t. For consumers they’ve never known the place IT has in a business, but if your app doesn’t “just work” good luck getting them to look again. Often times we get one shot at this and I’ve been blessed enough to get to help lead the way in IT transformation. Keep in mind I’m transforming myself! I used to be a VMware and Storage Engineer, but now I’m an agent of change to revolutionize the IT industry and I think that’s pretty damn exciting. I’m a proud alumni of the #EMerCion23 class and honored to be part of such a special group of people. So here’s to an amazing journey with EMC! I’ll see you out there!
Success is not final, failure is not fatal
tldr; you should probably git
Since I started using git and now GitHub in September, I have to say it is quite life changing. I’ve created a few repositories that I use for some configuration items and I found that it really allows me to tinker with my system and other things much easier. Previously I used to have countless tabs open in gedit/geany and struggle to keep whatever I was breaking in some sort of order. Now I can check out whatever I’m working on, break it, discard the changes and I’m back to a known state or if by some stroke of luck I get expected results, I check it in and commit. While I can’t manage to find the time to read Pro Git – its on the to do list, I’m having a blast learning git the hard way. Also, I should point out that git-cola is really helpful as it allows me to visualize my changes (I love it for repos that are not pushed to GitHub) which is perfect for the way I work.
I’ve been using PowerShell quite a bit in the past few months for various tasks, such as mass Storage vMotion, snapshot reporting as well as some other tasks and have found it to be invaluable and I learn more every day. It reminds me of AppleScript, but much more useful. Since nearly everything MS related has cmdlets, it is worth learning and sharing. Lately, I’ve been wanting to learn Git for version control so I figured theres no better time to learn. I’ve started a GitHub repository that I plan on using to share my scripts and bits. I’ll most likely move my other “projects” into GitHub too as I continue to learn how to manage it. So without further ado here is the vm-powershell script repository and you can follow me (rabbitofdeath) too!
I just installed the latest testing version of Crunchbang (crunchbang-11-20120806-amd64) and the first thing that came to mind is polished. On my Thinkpad T61, this is considerably faster than the previous version. As far as customizations, I had to move the tint2 bar down to the bottom, kill any compositing (just not for me) upgrade Iceweasel via mozilla.debian.net and copy some configs over. All in all 2 hours of work and I’m back /home. I am trying something new though; I’ve decided to redo my partition layout for easier backups and upgrades later on:
160gb SATA Disk / 10gb swap 4gb /home 15gb /data 131gb
My only quibble is that Banshee still doesn’t work right and I can’t figure it out. That’s really the only problem, but minor since I’ve really started to enjoy mpd and ncmpcpp plus Sonata when I’m feeling clicky clicky.
After a 3 year love affair with Nokia (read: Symbian and Maemo) I’m back to Android – more specifically Cyanogenmod 9. My much loved N900 and N8 are collecting dust.
Have you heard of (insert blog engine here) and RSS? Seems pretty open to me…
There’s nothing as permanent as a temporary solution.
Cisco recently pushed an update to their routers that required users to sign up for a privacy-crushing “cloud service” or forfeit management abilities on the router. This caused all sorts of outrage. Cisco quickly changed their privacy statement and is trying to appease concerns as detailed on their blog.
But the simple fact is that your definition of “open” is different from Cisco’s (not to mention Google, Microsoft and Apple among countless other vendors). The internet was built on the premise of free communication and exchange of ideas. It is the wild-wild-west it was designed to be. Cisco just wants your network to be “open” and thinks you should be ok with that.
I can see where Cisco is coming from; they saw an opportunity for possible add-on services and vigilant citizens of the internet caught this greedy and reckless shift in policy. I imagine that Cisco is going by the notion that people have “nothing to hide” which is completely irresponsible and a dangerous way of thinking. Living with the 21st century internet, consumers have to be vigilant of what services they consume as well as countless devices that may be mishandling private data without their knowledge. Your privacy is valuable. Hopefully Cisco learned a lesson.