Geek Fashion 2009

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Following up on a historical article from many moons ago, it is high time we did a geek fashion review for the summer season! Linux.conf.au 2009 is now over and provided many examples of the good, the bad and the very, very ugly. I hereby present my theory on geek fashion. Three unbreakable tenets of […]

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Linux Conf Au 2009 Hobart – Day 5

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It was with regret that day 5 of LCA2009 came and went. But it was a blast! Simon Phipps of Sun Microsystems delivered the keynote, which mostly amounted to a scathing attack on the current state of the open source business model. People are going to be increasingly demanding for services they are interested in […]

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Linux Conf Au 2009 Hobart – Day 4

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Day 4 of Linux Conf Au began with a hangover for many after the “Penguin Dinner” for professional delegates, and an equal number of empty wallets. The open source community generously gives a lot of their time to free software, and they are equally generous when it comes to other good causes such as the […]

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Linux Conf Au 2009 Hobart – Day 3

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Just a quick writeup for day 3, as I know you are still reeling from reading all about the first two action-packed days! We were lucky enough to have Tom Limoncelli give the keynote speech on Wednesday morning. He is the revered Systems Administrator who penned Time Management for System Administrators and The Practice of […]

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The Future Of The Internet

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On day two of Linux Conf I was able to attend two presentations on IPv6 – System Administration Consequences of the Endgame of IPv4 and the Deployment of IPv6 by AARNET’s Glen Turner and Google and IPv6 by Angus Lees. Both were extremely informative and made it clear to me that we need to start […]

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Linux Conf Au 2009 Hobart – Day 2

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OK, so I’m a little late on giving the day 2 review (and days 3-5), but in my defence I was just that busy LEARNING. Quite seriously though, the amount of information available to you at this kind of conference can be almost overwhelming. It is a task in itself just to keep up with […]

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Linux Conf Au 2009 Hobart – Day 1

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What a feeling to be back amongst the sights, sounds and ah yes the smells of Linux Conf Au once more. It doesn’t seem so long ago that I was in Melbourne enjoying the fruits of the last conference. So what does this year have to offer? I am fortunate enough to primarily enjoy presentations […]

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A fix for the browser crashing blues

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Ever been constructing a verbose and complex reply to an email on a webmail site, only to have the browser crash when you were about to hit send? Or perhaps putting the finishing touches on your Wikipedia edits to the particle physics article (I know I have) and have all of your hard work lost […]

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How to talk like a pirate without all of the fuss

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Wanted to send your buddies a pirate message but the words just won’t come? No trouble, just visit the Pirate Talk Translator and convert your regular landlubber-speak into bonafide pirate-ified slang! If you use the popular Pidgin Instant Messaging client, then you can download the Purple Plugin pack which contains a talk filter. Set it […]

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The long running process dilemma

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Recently we had a client on one of our webservers doing something which we consider to be bad form, inconsiderate and downright annoying – running scripts from cron every five minutes which take longer than five minutes to run. The end result? Processes that pile up, consuming resources and frequently inconveniencing other customers (if it […]

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