From Rants

Vote!

It goes without saying to most that a presidential election in the United States is a portentous ordeal, not just for its denizens but for the world at large. I’m confident that even those at polar extremes await with anxiety for the climax. Some then receiving their due orgasm, others hobbling away with what males…

Two Sets of Books

Disclaimer: I submitted this to the New York Times as a response to the article that is mentioned here but I never heard back from them within their specified time frame for publishing, so instead I decided to publish on my site. I set these words down to address a very particular topic, and a very particular person. It is with a considerable amount of disagreement that I address Larry Taunton regarding his piece entitled “The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist,” and inform him of why his interpretations of private conversations with…

Never Underestimate the Role of the Sysadmin

The past few weeks have been a rather interesting adventure in my technology career. Not only has it been a eye-opening experience but it’s been a humbling one as well. Ever since I started eleven years ago when I chose IT as a profession, I’ve been one of the following at any point in time: Software Engineer (I still actively participate in this) Tech Support Monkey Cog-in-the-Machine Glorified Maintenance Guy Consultant Independent Contractor Evangelist Public Speaker (Still do this and want to do more) These days, I’m getting the unadulterated taste of what it’s like to be a manager/system administrator/network…