June 19, 2014

Codespaces.com and DevOps: Why We Should Care

Generally on this blog I tend to be far more technologist than pundit, in that I normally don’t write about something unless it has to do with doing something interesting technically.  However in this case I think a bit of talk about what happened and why might be in order for the architecture minded out there. What Happened? Let me first start by saying that […]
August 27, 2013

Keste is Hiring

Generally I don’t use my blog as a platform to find potential applicants for my employer, however at this point we are looking very seriously at some new candidates to fill out our Systems Team. This is a job that is very much “Systems” focused.  At Keste we define Systems as everything from the hardware up to the applications, this includes but is not limited […]
January 31, 2013

Sudo: Setting Up Intelligent Security Policies Part Two

In Part One we went over the basics of sudo, what it is, why we use it, and how it is used properly.  In this article we are going to take it a step further and look at specific use cases for sudo.  The key thing to remember though, is that you have two ways you can use sudo, 1) to allow for program execution […]
January 30, 2013

Sudo: Setting Up Intelligent Security Policies Part One

What is Sudo? Prior to sudo whenever you wanted to run a command as a specific user then you would su (switch user) to gain access to a shell for that user.  This of course required that you knew the password for that user, and it would spawn a new shell after successful authentication.  The major drawback to this was that in order to allow […]
January 25, 2013

Shore Up New Jersey: Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

I wanted to take a few minutes and let all of you know about an organization I had the pleasure and honor of working with recently.  I have worked with similar organizations previously however there was something truly special about this organization.  This organization was Heavenly Driven Disaster Relief website here. About HDDR Basically HDDR is a non-profit organization which want to help people afflicted […]
November 19, 2012

Google Galaxy Nexus: Android 4.2 Over The Air Update

The Problem I own both a Google Galaxy Nexus (the phone) and a Google Nexus 7 (the tablet). Both of these devices have served me well in the time I had them. Until the Over-the-Air update for Android 4.2 on my Galaxy Nexus. This really ruined my day. Basically the long and short of it is that the battery took a nose dive after installing […]
March 20, 2012

Microsoft Online Support: The Verbal Blue Screen of Death

So today we had the need to call Microsoft Online Support, we were definitely suprised, to experience what I have coined as the “Verbal Blue Screen of Death”.  So apparently, if you are in need of Microsoft Online Support then tough cookies.  This was as of 2PM on March 20, 2012.  Below find the link to the MP3. verbal-bsod  
February 21, 2012

Adventures in ZFS: Storage Sizing

One of the most complex parts of storage in general and ZFS in particular is correctly assessing the amount and types of storage that you will need to meet your requirements.  You can of course just purchase what you can afford and hope for the best.  But after reading this article you can relatively easily determine approximately how much storage you should plan for based […]
February 3, 2012

The Changing Face of Enterprise Support

Now let me preface this post by saying… I am writing this article from my professional experiences, inside of a software company which provided enterprise support for its products, as well as from the perspective of the Enterprise Customer.  I am intentionally discarding all experiences with support as a home user, and even as a small business owner.  This is specific to Enterprise Support, consumer […]
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