Programmer, system/network architect, toolsmith, system administrator, technical trainer, IT manager, geek.
I am a member of USENIX, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Computer Society of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Back Bay LISA (BBLISA), and a founding member of The League of Professional System Administrators (LOPSA). I was the Program Chair of the 2009 USENIX & SAGE Systems Administration Conference (LISA) and the General Co-Chair of the 2010 ACM Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction for Management of Information Technology (CHIMIT); I have served on program committees for the USENIX Annual Technical Conference, the USENIX & SAGE Systems Administration Conference (LISA), and I have run the Advanced Topics in System Administration workshop at LISA since 1997.
Over the years I have given several presentations and tutorials; my notes slides for most of them are available for anyone who may want them. I have also published articles in ;login: the magazine of the USENIX Association: “On Choosing Usernames” (PDF, 111KB, August 2003) and “Eat Your Own Dog Food” (PDF, 181KB, October 2003).
Much of my professional activities involve programming that is, writing computer programs. Here are some tips & tricks I’ve learned over the years; some of them are funny, a few are actually useful. I’ve also built more than my share of computer rooms and computing clusters; here are the pictures of one of them.
It’s been said that one can learn a lot about a person by looking at the books s/he reads. With that in mind, here’s a selected list of what’s on the bookshelf beside my desk.
For reasons I will never understand, more and more systems are
(or “nvi,” if you prefer). The result is that I find myself
having to compile vi more often than I’d like. It always seems to
take me a few tries to find the right combination of options to
configure, so now, finally, I’m going to document
what options I used on which operating
Here's some software I've written; maybe you'll find it useful/helpful.