Tag Archive for 'Technology'

Site Makeover

As you can tell, I’ve undertaken some drastic measures in changing the appearance of this site.  Unfortunately, I suffered a couple hacks recently, which have caused me to take a hard look at hardening the whole web site, and various aspects of WordPress specifically.  The theme I had been using was heavily customized by me, and just became too cumbersome to keep up to date.

For now, I’ve moved to the K2 theme, which I like a lot so far.  It’s certainly much more powerful than a regular WordPress theme, and I’ve had to re-tool some things that were working fine under my old theme.

Your patience is appreciated as things will probably continue to change for a while.  Please let me know if you encounter anything broken!

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Goodbye Novell, Hello VMware

I’ve been severely neglecting this site the past several months with everything going on.  Moving is about my least favorite thing on earth, and as if that wasn’t enough, I resigned from Novell at the end of December to take a job at fast-growing virtualization giant VMware.  Leaving Novell was something I agonized over for many months, but when the VMware opportunity came along, I just couldn’t turn it down.  Novell was a great place to work, and the company was very good to me over 8-plus years.  I will miss many of my former colleagues.

My job at VMware is similar – I’m a Senior Systems Engineer, but now focused exclusively on working with Chicago area customers, which is nice.  No more airline or hotel status after this year!

It’s been an interesting transition so far – down to the little things like switching from GroupWise to Outlook and Exchange, which I’ve never used in a company before.  After 3-4 years of running exclusively a Linux desktop, I’m now having to learn how much Windows sucks all over again.  I’m working on that part – I think I’ll either switch back to SLED, or take the Mac plunge.

You’ll probably see my posts focusing more on VMware and virtualization now, and less on Linux, although I’m proud to say I’m still running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 at home.  Of course, it’s now virtuallized by VMware ESX Server 3.5.  More on that later.

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Yellow Plastic

In getting our house ready to put on the market, my wife and I were recently wondering why it is that smoke detectors always turn yellow after a few years.

As always, Google came to the rescue with an answer, albeit not having anything to do with smoke detectors. So, if you are wondering why smoke detectors, Super Nintendo Entertainment Systems, or other plastic items turn yellow, here is your answer.

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Flight Patterns

I’m a bit of an aviation buff, so I thought this was pretty cool, even though it’s been around for a while. A guy named Aaron Koblin created a bunch of animations based on FAA flight tracking data. It’s part of the Celestial Mechanics project, where there is some more interesting stuff about what is over our heads at any given time.

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