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by on November 5, 2013

What Every Admin Should Know About Email

only-one-emails-memeEmail is a fantastic tool, when used correctly. It almost never is. Rikki Endsley asked me if I’d like to write something for USENIX ;login; logout, and it happened to be right after processing a slew of terrible email: people sending two-line replies at the end of several hundred lines of text, inexcusable top-posting, HTML-ized email sent to lists that reject HTML email (rightly), etc.

Practicing a little courtesy when doing email takes a little extra time, but it makes it so much easier for the people who have to read your email.

Anyway, here’s the piece (in PDF form) over on the USENIX site, please give it a read!

What Every Admin Should Know About Email »

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Recap of Gluster Community Day at USENIX LISA

orange-ant-250px Yesterday we had the opportunity to run a Gluster Community Day at USENIX LISA in Washington D.C. Turns out it was well worth the time, as we had a fantastic group turn up for some really excellent talks.

The crowd wasn’t large, but it was clearly a group that was interested in GlusterFS and associated projects, like puppet-gluster. Having the right crowd is almost always better than having a big, but disinterested, crowd.

Planned to write up a post to summarize the event, but it looks like James Shubin has beaten me to the punch with a fantastic post on The Technical Blog of James. Be sure to check out James’ post, and if you’re interested in Gluster, Puppet, and other technical goodness, put his blog’s feed in your favorite reader. (He’s also on Twitter as @purpleidea.)

Many thanks to the attendees for turning up, and to Wesley Duffee-Braun, Eco Willson, and James for giving some fantastic talks and Gluster wisdom.

Don’t forget, we also have a Gluster Birds of a Feather (BoF) here at LISA on Thursday. Join us at 8:00 p.m. in the “Hoover” room.

by on November 3, 2013

Speaking at LISA 2013 about Puppet and GlusterFS

I’m speaking at LISA 2013, the “Large Installation System Administration” conference. This conference runs all week in Washington. I’ll be giving two talks during the week, and attending at least one BOF.

My first talk is on Monday during the Gluster Community Day. I’ll be speaking about puppet-gluster, and giving a live demo. I’ll be showing some new features too. If you’d like to talk more about puppet-gluster, or want to attend the talk, give me a shout, or sign up at the above Gluster Community Day link.

On Tuesday, I’ll be giving a talk during Puppet Camp DC. My talk will be about “Pushing Puppet (to the limit)”. I’ve prepared lots of fun puppet hacks, and live demos, so I expect you’ll thoroughly enjoy this.

I’ve got lots of technical hacks, and great code that I’ve published lately, but that I haven’t blogged about yet. If you follow along with my git commits, you’ll be able to figure out most of it, but I’ve got a bunch of articles coming anyways.

Thanks to John Mark and RedHat for sponsoring my trip, Dawn Foster and Kara Sowles for organizing my Puppet talk and Hilary Hartman at USENIX for helping me register.

Happy Hacking,

James

PS: If you’re at LISA 2013, and you want to buy me dinner and get some light Puppet or Gluster consulting, contact me! You can also give me a shout if you just want to talk tech. If anyone wants to meet up and hack on things, please let me know too.

I'm speaking at LISA 2013