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Unbridled BONKING and rampant ROGERING at YOUR office!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Ten ways to fool you into reading online lists
Alistair Dabbs, 18 Jul 10:37

Running the Gauntlet: Atari's classic ... now and then

Antique Code Show Food shooting N00bs
Lucy Orr, 16 Jul 09:03

Programming languages in economics: Cool research, bro, but what about, er, economics?

Worstall on Wednesday Let's just call it a runtime error
Tim Worstall, 16 Jul 08:05

The final score: Gramophones 1 – Glassholes 0

Something for the Weekend, Sir? My life according to a Google Arse
Alistair Dabbs, 11 Jul 10:01

Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

Breaking Fad Are the days of floorstanders and separates numbered?
Steve May, 10 Jul 09:03

Tegile boots Dell array out of chemical biz. Dell responds: Tegile, who?

Blocks and Files Upstart says it's up, up and away ... but not on the giants' radar – yet
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Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 05:04

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Trevor Pott

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Trevor Pott is a full-time nerd from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He splits his time between systems administration, technology writing, and consulting. As a consultant he helps Silicon Valley start-ups better understand systems administrators and how to sell to them.
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If you like slipping your hand into Puppets, look for these certified types

Puppet Labs is rolling out what it calls the Puppet Supported Program, which pushes gear that's been tested and certified to work with its automation software Puppet. Swift uptake by many big-name vendors in the program comes on the heels of a $40m funding announcement. If you had any remaining doubts that DevOps is a thing, and …
Trevor Pott, 24 Jun 2014
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3CX WebMeeting: Not bad for a 1.0 product – just keep my phones out of the cloud

3CX has released its newest thing: WebMeeting. As I still had the virtual machines from my testing of its software PBX rattling around my lab, trying this latest offering seemed like a good plan. After some fits and starts it tested out well, better than I'd expect from a 1.0 product. Unified communications is a space where I …
Trevor Pott, 16 Jun 2014

DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

What do you do when a critical Word document won’t open? Even in today’s world of versioned documents, it is entirely possible for corruption to squeak in and go unnoticed, wrecking your entire version history. But all is not lost. My wife had this happen to her; here’s how we solved it. Real world example In my case, Word …
Trevor Pott, 09 Jun 2014
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Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs

In response to a previous article, a number of readers have submitted their views on essential systems administration tools. A few responses stand out from the rest. Michael Wilkinson rightly rebukes me for not including hardware tools in the discussion, with the BOFH's signature cattleprod being first to mind. Malle-herbert …
Trevor Pott, 28 May 2014
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I survived Spiceworld 2013, heat and all: Here's how I did it

My second Spiceworld has wrapped up. I've safely returned home to Edmonton, trading the smothering humidity and overwhelming heat for a far more civilized 15cm of snow. This year's Spiceworld has some differences from the last; the biggest change being that it has moved into the Austin convention center. In many other ways …
Trevor Pott, 06 Nov 2013
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Hey, how'd that guy get to be a BAZILLIONAIRE?

Ready to hear about the next IT startup niche? It's an emerging market called "host-based caching", and you might wish to pay attention if you'd like to understand how a few people got stupidly rich a few years from now. The Cliff's notes version of host-based caching is that it turns flash drives inside your virtual hosts into …
Trevor Pott, 18 Oct 2013