Chaotic good. Professional cloud plumber and Kubernetes pilot. Unprofessional father/widower/DJ/soccer supporter. “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” He/him.
I learn by doing; always have. If I want to learn how something is done, the most effective way for me is not to read about it, or to listen to someone talk about it, but to get my hands dirty doing it. It’s true for so many things I’ve learned, but especially my trade of UNIX system administration. Ever since I first got root on a UNIX system (my first Slackware installation way back in 1994) it’s been this way.
The UNIX operating system traces its roots to 1970. On UNIX, time is calculated as the number of seconds since midnight UTC on January 1, 1970. At that time, it was an internal system within Bell Labs. Within a few years, UNIX was available to the public at large. And thus began a journey that, remarkably, continues unabated to the current day. Almost no one runs the original UNIX any more.
I did my first episode of the Moose Hour tonight. This was the first time I’ve done a radio show, live or otherwise, since I graduated from university way back in 1996. Yep, 25 years. That’s a long time. And, aside from a few minor technical glitches (which are to be expected, after all) it went great! It felt like old times, just playing music and talking about it. I’m looking forward to doing it again.
I live in the District of Columbia, known locally as “DC”, and worldwide as the location of Washington, the capital of the United States. Outside DC, people tend to use the terms interchangeably, but here, we like to make a distinction: “DC” or “the District” is a city where people live, work, play, and generally go about their business just like any other large city in the United States or the world.
I’ve tried blogging at various times over the years. My most recent run was from 2013-2017 in which I averaged about one post a year. Suffice it to say, I wasn’t into it. I’m trying to get back into it. Recently I’ve renewed my focus on the Internet outside of the big social networks; the network as it used to be, back when I first cut my teeth in the 1990s and 2000s.