24 Mar 2003 shawn   » (Master)


I am currently working for the Digital Technology Center at the U of MN as a systems administrator. Current projects at work include getting rid of all old Red Hat 7.x machines in favor of my automated Red Hat 8.0 install, which includes a lot of custom scripts to automate things such as file distribution (based on rsync) and installation. My current favorite automation bit is an e-mail which I am sent if the machine needs to be rebooted and no one is logged in. (Useful for kernel upgrades.)

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Have done some more hacking on Fabric, and even uploaded a new version up on the ftp site, but didn't bother to announce it since competition from Apache projects makes it unlikely for Fabric to gain any real popularity. I could see this changing if we get some high-profile sites using Fabric, but otherwise there is a lack of good big-site example code, since all that James and I have written has been for commerical entities.


I bought a Canon S230. It is awesome.


I attended a peace rally at Macalester College last Saturday. I was amazed at the turnout... quite a bit larger than I would have expected. My primary interest is to attempt to gain some proficiency at using a camera at such events. I took about 69 photos and a few video clips, and wasn't happy with any of them. But, I suspect there will be plenty of time to try again...

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