Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

It’s NOT Telecommuting!


OK, so it is telecommuting – but hear me out for just a second..

I have been involved in a job search as a Linux admin for a few months now and one of the barriers I keep running in to is (get this) physical location, or company location. WHY? Business owners, let me reason with you for a moment here.

Your servers are “in the cloud”:
There are a LOT of companies these days who are using cloud servers and services. Buzz words like Paas, Saas and Iaas are all the rage now, along with their providers AWS, Rackspace, Azure, Google and the like. These services that you use locally for your business are not actually located at your business. Likely, they are not even in the same time zone, and, in some cases, country. Every time one of your server administrators or users access those services and systems, they are doing so remotely, even if they are sitting at a desk next to you in your corporate headquarters.

You have “datacenters”:
For those of you who have your own datacenters for your machines, you have the same issue. Most companies have at least two such facilities for redundancy and either one or both of them are typically located away from your corporate campus. This, again, means that when you are working on them in any capacity, you are doing so remotely, or “telecommuting”, whether it be from your corporate campus, from, home or across the world.

So you see, in almost every scenario in these modern times, you are already telecommuting to use your own resources. I am here to implore you to consider expanding your employment pool by letting computer workers do their jobs remotely. Save yourself some real estate space. Use conference calls, instant messaging, emails and video chats (free) for your office communications. Dramatically lower your corporate utility bills and *paper costs*. And give someone like myself a shot. You’ll be happy you did!

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Who is that masked man?

Probably you have either listened to me or read my thoughts or both for several years now, but it occurred to me today that someone out there might be interested in seeing what actually drives the LincGeek.

I currently live in Pennsylvania, but I was born and raised in Upstate NY, with a brief stint in Washington state. New Yorkers and hillbillies are my people and I understand them. Washington is some of the most beautiful country I ever spent time in and I hope to at least visit out there again someday.

Well, first and foremost, computers and Linux are my personal crack. I started on a life long obsession with computers back in 1983 with my first Vic=20 (Thank you William Shatner). I learned to program in BASIC and from there it was all over until I met Linux in the 90s, then that added into the mix.

I like the fastest computers I can get my hands on. I like Apple computers (more for their quality and aesthetics than OS – they do tend to run Linux very well). I love my Kindle, my Android phone and my Asus TF300T Linux Mint is probably the nicest version of Linux I have ever run and I use that almost exclusively as my desktop OS of choice. I am RedHat certified and use RHEL and CentOS for the vast majority of my enterprise and personal server needs, because, IMHO, it’s better than the rest.

I am a music lover. I dig 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, Big Band, Jazz, Funk, Disco, Bluegrass and Classical music. I was a hardcore low brass musician and vocalist in my school years, even making it into “Who’s Who In Music” in my senior year in high school, and those are some of my most cherished and fondest memories. Rap is *NOT* music, by the way.

I have been married once, to my college sweetheart, for almost 20 years now and have an adult (she thinks so at least) daughter, currently in college. I am a Conservative Libertarian, politically, and a proud Christian.

Although I am now diabetic and stick mostly to various forms of Chicken and veggies, I LOVE good food. my favorites are good Irish cooking like my Grandma used to make. Corned Beef and Cabbage. And she made a monster macaroni and cheese too. I would literally hurt someone for some of that again. I strongly believe that vegetables are what food eats.

I like my coffee with (nonfat) milk and sweet-n-low. Buy it from Wawa because Starbucks coffee is overpriced and bitter yuppie coffie IMHO. I like an occasional good cigar (Acid Blondie) and enjoy them most when I can smoke them and hang out with my friends. (Edit, I am a confirmed Vaper now – RY4 absolutely ROCKS!)

I am not a drinker. If and when I do imbibe, I do so with Scotch or Whiskey as I believe beer must be what urine tastes like.

As you can probably surmise, I am highly opinionated, and as I have a monster sized guilty conscience and I am not at all politically correct, so if you ask my opinion, you are liable to actually get it.

I still think the occasional fart joke is funny. I hate unproductive meetings and long phone conversations. I try very hard to be honest, forthright, fair and maintain integrity.

I am a pet guy and love small furry mammals of all kinds. I have and have had cats, dogs, rabbits, mice, rats, ferrets and even a smattering of budgies and small lizards.

And now you know all about me!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

SOPA PROTEST

On January 18th, 2012, the TLLTS website will participate in the SOPA protest as will freelinuxbox.org, lincware,
lincolnblogs, linuxplanet blogs and linuxplanet casts. Normal activity will resume on the 19th.

http://www.nosopa.org/

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Who was that masked man?

nobody

nobody


I was reading some news and came apon this news article about how Blizzard is going to reveal peoples real names on it’s WOW forums. I am not even sure how this caught my attention as I am not really a gamer, and have never played WOW, but the underlying topic of anonymity is one I have had on my “things to write about” list for quite a while. It may as well be now 🙂

Apparently, the reason they are going to release people’s real names is for security and to *help* people be nicer. You see, sometimes this online anonymity breeds supermen who talk like they are 10 feet tall, bulletproof and know everything. You know the kind, trolls. Supplying your real life name helps people be a bit more cautious about what they say and do online. It makes perfect sense to me.

One of my favorite passages from the Bible (1 Cor 13:11) says “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” That is some powerful stuff and wisdom to live by. Certainly that was the case with me.

Long ago before the birth of the internet, there were these things called BBS’ (Bulletin Board Systems). They were computers running software that would let you call into them with your computer through the phone line and game, chat and exchange data. Let me tell you, in it’s heyday, it was way cool. I ran several of these BBS’. I was the SysOp (System Operator). Anyhow, on many of these BBS’ you were encouraged to use a handle, like with a CB radio, to maintain your online presence. This had a practical purpose in that in those days bits weren’t as cheap to come by and someone’s handle normally would take up a lot less identifier space than their whole name. It was fun to have an alternate persona once in a while as well, I will admit.

The difference between those days and these days is there was always a local administrator with the pertinent information in case there was a problem. There is no such person anymore. It is almost impossible now to accurately moderate things on the internet. People of little conscience and wisdom use this flaw to hurt and abuse people with wild abandon.

Now I can see how having some avenue to anonymity has helped people as well. There are religious and political dissidents who have used this to be able to speak out against dictators, etc.. I, however, think that for the most part, using your real name should be whole heartedly encouraged. Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you think. Be brave enough to acknowledge the things that you have said and done.

I have had people, who I only know by their handle, ask me to refer them for jobs and other things. I just cannot do it. How do you tell a perspective employer that they really should give your online buddy “booger” or “captain bacon” a shot? How do you recommend someone like that? If it’s you, how do you point someone to your body of online work under that pseudonym and have them take you seriously?

Now we have even more than annoying flame-bait trolls, who we all wish would die in a fire. We have graduated to online cyber-bullying, where these bad people have used their evil to promote people getting hurt and even hurting themselves (remember that the pen is mightier than the sword).

Really, folks, it’s time for this to stop. Be who you are and be proud of it or use it as an opportunity to make yourself better! Who’s with me?

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Really? You gotta be kidding.

Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Peace Prize

Sale, Nobel Peace Prizes, 5 for $1.

Apparently, our new President Obama has garnered himself the international peace prize by doing absolutely nothing. I am amazed, stunned and disappointed. Perhaps they will just start handing them out for free now or is this going to be the new subway token?

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Politics – The Lone Dissenter


I don’t oftenshare my political or religious views here. I save those for other sites, but this is of particular importance to me as a Christian and a parent. I would like those of you considering voting for Obama this election to hear this one fact and plea.

As a Christian and a parent I value human life greatly. I believe that a human is a human from the moment of conception on and therefor, aborting that life, unless there is a severe medical reason, is murder. Plain and simple. Now many of you reading this may disagree, and that *IS* your prerogative and right to do so. What you *SHOULD* agree with me on is MY right not to have to pay for something I believe is federally sanctioned murder. You see, my vote in this election hinges on the fact that Obama and his crew want to push into legislation that every female person should be able to get the abortion they want, regardless of the conditions, including their ability to pay for it. That puts ME in the position of paying for what I believe in most cases is infanticide. Now surely there are other reasons too for my choices, but that’s the first sticking point.

Now I am sure that you all have your opinions and stories about the “Chistian Right” and all that. I have heard people poking fun at the GOP for being so old-minded about such things too. I have even endured all the hillbilly jabs. But in all honesty, it’s issues like these, the big issues, that those Christian Right Wingers are concerned about and maybe everyone else should give a brief thought to as well.

Just my $.02.

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008