Blog Fiasco

February 26, 2010

A change of scenery

Filed under: Musings — bcotton @ 4:26 pm

A few months ago, I changed jobs.  The transition has been a little less smooth than I had expected.  In my old job, I was the only sysadmin and had become quite the expert on a small environment.  In my new job, I’m decidedly not an expert.  I was prepared for that, although I don’t think I was quite prepared for how much I didn’t know.  Still, the learning is happening, even if it’s not as quickly or in-depth as I like.

For me, the biggest change has been the environment in general.  It’s definitely a big shift to go from being on a team of one (though I did have a Windows person and several students working with me), to being on a team of 15.  I’m not really used to the idea of having people stop by my office without asking me to fix something, or to go plop down on a colleague’s couch when I’m trying to brainstorm a solution to a particularly tough problem.  In a few weeks when my group gets moved to a different building, I’ll be down the hall from our CIO, which will make for an even bigger change.

It’s been an exciting four months, but I hope I get settled in soon.

February 24, 2010

Fun spam posts

Filed under: Funnel Fiasco,The Internet — Tags: , , — bcotton @ 9:23 am

Thanks to the Akismet plug-in for WordPress, I rarely have to worry about spam comments making it onto my blog posts.  However, to make sure I don’t miss any legitimate content (Sundeep’s comments are often flagged as spam), I’ll occasionally go through and check the queue.  Most of the spam comments are just a collection of links and key words.  Every once in a while, though, a gem appears.  So in lieu of having anything relevant to say, I thought I’d share some of the more amusing spam posts.

From my post about the Tropical Storm Ida forecast contest:

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So I would like to know more detail about it. How long is now feasible. Which browsers already supported as a simple files and animation. Just read that Maykrosoftovskom browser with the problem. A fox and Opera is normal work, and about Safari Googley browser does not hear.

From my post about upgrading to Fedora 12 via yum

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From my post about Accessing Taleo from Mac or Linux

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From my post about my future with Apple products

Great headline. If your cookie has a bite-sized action and your reader completes the action, I think two things happen. Their self-confidence goes up (which feels good) and their trust in you increases.

From the About page

This is my first word :)
Hi

From my post about how Twitter made me feel important

Why aren’t there bullet-proof pants?

February 22, 2010

The prodigal blogger has returned!

Filed under: Funnel Fiasco,Musings — Tags: — bcotton @ 10:54 am

Hi, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve head a blog post.  I’m not dead or anything, don’t worry, I just haven’t been that inspired to write much of anything. I think the trick is going to be to write less for some imagined audience and more about whatever it is that’s on my mind.  I have to understand that not all of my readers will enjoy all of my posts, but as near as I can tell this is the only weather/sports/sysadmin/high-performance computing/high-throughput computing blog in the whole world. So I’m writing this first, and then I’ll get a few posts pre-written to give me a bit of a buffer.  Oh boy, this should be exciting!

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