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May 3rd keynote and talk at LOPSA East

I’ve had a very busy year so far talk-wise. Back in January I gave a handful of sysadmin focused talks at Linux.conf.au in Perth, Western Australia. In February I did similar at the Southern California Linux Expo. In May I’ll be drifting slightly away from a Linux-only crowd to present at LOPSA-East in New Brunswick, […]

A couple articles, PyCon and a keynote in Croatia

It’s hard to believe that January is already over. It was quite the full month with my trip to Perth and then a lot of work and project stuff happening. Looking at my calendar for the year I seem to have a pretty full schedule, during which I’m also dying to squeeze in a visit […]

Open Source Sysadmin: Reorganization of the OpenStack Infrastructure Docs

In January I joined the OpenStack Infrastructure team, which manages the continuous integration system for the project, as well as several other applications and sites that the project uses on a day to day basis. My favorite part about all of this is while I’ve spent several years using open source software in my sysadmin […]

OpenStack Design Summit days 3-4

Wednesday morning started off with a Women of OpenStack breakfast where I happened to sit down next to Leslie Hawthorn without realizing it until we introduced ourselves, so that was a pleasant surprise! We’d both been intending to meet for some time. The table we were at also had a couple engineers working on OpenStack […]

OpenStack Design Summit days 1-2

Since my new job is working with the OpenStack infrastructure team, I am able to attend the OpenStack Design Summit this week in Portland, Oregon! I woke up just before 4AM on Monday to take a 6:15AM flight to Portland, putting me in Portland shortly after 8AM and to the conference center around 9AM, at […]

Professional head shots!

A few weeks ago MJ and I headed over to Cavallo Point to meet with Melissa Morelli. Melissa is the photographer who did our engagement photos and will also be doing our wedding, but the goal for that day was unrelated to wedding things and instead was to to get some professional headshots done for […]

And then I was off to Seattle to meet my team

Last week I started my new job as an Automation and Tools Engineer at Hewlett-Packard. In this role I’ve joined an awesome team to work on the core infrastructure for the open source OpenStack project. On Sunday I flew to Seattle to meet my boss some of the members of the team. In a whirlwind […]

From colo to clusters, 6 years with LinuxForce

On Friday I spent my last day working for LinuxForce, a technology services provider just outside of Philadelphia. I started working at LinuxForce on a contract basis in 2006, working on security advisory analysis, Debian packaging and on-site server installs. I was hired full time in February of 2007 as a junior systems administrator. Prior […]

Time for a new challenge

I’ve been working for almost 6 years as a Linux Systems Administrator for a small technology services company based out of Philadelphia. What drew me to this job initially was their dedication to Open Source (particularly Debian) and the opportunity I’d have with them to not only grow my career as a Systems Administrator, but […]