SysAdmin Day 2011

Today is the last Friday of July, which means it’s time once again to thank your local system administrator(s) on System Administrator Appreciation Day. What, you don’t know what your sysadmin does, or who he/she is? Read this and I’m sure you’ll figure it out.


Last summer, my mini-tech project was installing some wireless internet cameras inside and outside the house so I could keep tabs on things while I was away. For the past year I’d just been using the built-in features of each of the cameras (motion detection, e-mail alerts, etc.) which was hit-or-miss since each manufacturer offered …

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Cars 2

This afternoon we caught a matinee showing of Pixar’s latest film, “Cars 2.” My random thoughts (as usual, no spoilers): there were some great “cameos” like Sig Hansen and the Northwestern from “Deadliest Catch” as Crabby, and Bruce Campbell as American spy-car Rod “Torque” Redline (an obvious nod to Campbell’s character Sam Axe on “Burn …

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Atlantis lifts off, shuttle program comes to an end

The skies were gray but that didn’t detract from the beauty of the last space shuttle launch. It sounded like they might scrub the launch at the last minute due to the weather, but Atlantis lifted on-time, taking a huge load of supplies up to the international space station. I wasn’t lucky enough to be …

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WIJFR: The Hunger Games

In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation …

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