Sequestered No More!

Just got out of a marathon sysadminning session where my team lead and I did quite a bit of architecting, planning, troubleshooting and strategerizing.
All I have to say is that Apple rocks for their dscl and dsconfigldap command line tools and “bind_policy = soft” is your friend for Linux hosts using LDAP.

I Post, Therefore I Am

One of my coworker’s wives had their baby on Sunday morning, so we’re down a teammate for the next two weeks, thus my reduced posting output. I’m hoping to get a routine down soon, but blogging will most likely suffer.
Plus, I’m all outta good ideas.

This Kool Aid Tastes GREAT!

So it’s official: I’ve joined the iPod Generation. We had a choice for our Christmas bonus at work this year between a Slingbox Pro, a digital picture frame, a portable DVD player and a 30 GB iPod. I went with the iPod, thus making my transition to the Mac Dark Side almost complete.
Now I’ve got to accessorize – an FM tuner/car charger is next up. Any recommendations anyone?

Finally, It’s Finished

The audit is closed out, my stint as senior admin on-site and the last “all hands” meeting of the year are all in the past now which means that I may finally be able to take some serious time out to work on shipping a beta version of my theme, reorganizing the rest of my site (gallery, test blogs, etc.) and purging the linkrolls on my site.
It’s so nice to be done.

Everybuddy’s Verkink Fore Ze Veekend

It’s official: I’m about to lose my mind.
I’ve crested the “slap-happy” plateau and entered into a near-Zen-like phase, induced by working way too much these last few weeks.
I was called in on an emergency basis this past Saturday night and ended up working long into the night tracking down an issue with our authentication services, an issue that cropped up again on Tuesday, prompting me to stay in the office till about 10pm.
This weekend is our quarterly maintenance window and, while my team and I normally split the workload fairly effectively, we’ve been down a man for most of it. Our team lead had his second child on Wednesday and then had a death in the family, meaning that he’s functionally out of reach, leaving me in charge. Thus, I worked ’til almost 1am this morning and am headed for a late night tonight as well, plus some more hours tomorrow afternoon and, potentially, evening.
It’s weird being the “senior” guy – I’ve almost always had a team lead to turn to at times like this. Now, it’s people coming to me looking for advice, consent and sign-off on all manner of things. Freaky.
Hopefully nothing burns down. At least I’m getting mad overtime hours…

Am I The Only One Affected By The Effects Of Grammar?

A colleague was drafting a memo to send out company-wide today and forwarded it to me for review. The copy was mostly good, although he referenced several “servers that will be effected by ongoing work” or somesuch. I replied that, while the memo itself was good, I had a grammatical bone to pick: the servers would be “affected” by the work, not “effected”. He replied that he remained convinced that “e” was the correct word, which sent me on a wild Googling spree.
I have always seen usage in-line with that which I outlined above (this quiz seems to bear out my conclusion – answers are here, for anyone that’s interested), and so I decided to try to run down the definitive answer. Unfortunately, Merriam-Webster is next-to-no help, but, in addition to the quiz mentioned above, I also found a few tips and tricks for remembering the difference and I appeal to no less authority than the Oxford English Dictionary’s site to prove me correct.
Am I off my rocker to be bothered by stuff like this? Should I have objected? After all, I was just trying to keep my colleague from embarrassing himself in a company-wide fashion.
And yes, I know, this makes me a huge, semantic, pedantic, annoying geek. Unfortunately, the intended audience of the email is filled with huge, semantic, pedantic, annoying, geeky engineers. I’m just trying to help a brother out!