naturedance: my foot, in my boot, on Mount Rainier (Default)
I’ve finally admitted to myself that I need a single place to archive online all of my conference presentations, workshops, tutorial materials and such.

So I've set up Adele: Rolling in the Geeks at adeleshakal.com.
naturedance: www.lopsa.org (LOPSA)
If a project was never clearly defined at the start, it is nearly impossible to define its completion conditions, nor conclusively state (or convincingly defend the statement) that it is actually done.
naturedance: my foot, in my boot, on Mount Rainier (skyward)
The League of Professional System Administrators put on a wonderful two days of training in Phoenix. Great classes, great chances just to chat with peers, great food, and painless travel and lodging. Go LOPSA!!

And now I am home, and exhausted, but also very enthused, creatively brain-stormy, and really looking forward to going to work tomorrow.

Sleep now. Fun worky stuff tomorrow. Right!
naturedance: crafting joy (crafting joy)
Let's say, just theoretically, that one's fabulous workplace where one has a contract sysadmin documentation job gives one a lovely brand new MacBook Pro to use for the remaining duration of one's contract... handy things to put on it might include:

the X11 utilities from the first Apple install DVD/CD
Firefox and its add-ons, including the del.icio.us Firefox extension
Thunderbird
CoreDuoTemp to monitor the heat and CPU speed (this thing is definitely not a laptop... it gets far too hot to put on one's lap!)
StuffIt Expander
GIMPshop image editor
Audacity sound editor and the LAME library to encode MP3s
the Cisco VPN client
a folder of some of my favorite hiking photos for the desktop and screensaver to use

If I'm going to need Visio (which I may depending on how involved I end up being with the impending machine room move*), I'll need to run Windows on the Mac, so I'll need to decide between Apple Boot Camp or Parallels, but for now, I'm using an install of OmniGraffle Pro instead of Visio. I like OmniGraffle.

Hmmm. What else am I forgetting?

* - Second verse, same as the first... the machine room move at my old workplace started about a year and a half ago. The new workplace has about an order of magnitude more servers and more staff whose responsibilities are organized differently, so it's very interesting to see how this group is tackling the challenge we're facing here.
naturedance: my foot, in my boot, on Mount Rainier (spring valley)
Gosh, it's been kind of quiet in this journal lately... life has been rather busy. personal stuff )

Thanks to everyone who read my posts here about being downsized and gave me such encouraging support and suggestions!

And OK, here's what's really on my mind this morning: a collection of my system administration documentation resources. I've been refreshing my brain, and focusing using these:

The SAGE Short Topics Booklets Series, specifically #11, Documentation Writing for System Administrators by Mark C. Langston. Also handy for thinking about what to think about when walking into a new and different environment is #6: A System Administrator's Guide to Auditing by Geoff Halprin. Also of specific interest for certain types of documentation efforts is #2: A Guide to Developing Computing Policy Documents, edited by Barbara L. Dijker.

The section on documentation from [livejournal.com profile] yesthattom's Time Management For Sysadmins book.

Also Tom's Turning the Corner: Upgrading Yourself from 'System Clerk' to 'System Advocate' paper from 1997 (that's a pdf version).

That reminds me, I need to have these links at my fingertips, too: http://www.everythingsysadmin.com/ and http://www.lopsa.org/ and http://www.sage.org/ and http://sagewire.sage.org/ and http://www.usenix.org/

My LISA conference tutorial notes from Mike Ciavarella's "Documentation Techniques for Sysadmins" (I have the 2000 and the 2004 versions), and Tom Limoncelli's "Time Management for System Administrators: Getting It All Done And Not Going (More) Crazy!" and "Help! Everyone Hates Our IT Department!" from 2004 and 2005 respectively.

The bits about documentation in Tom Limoncelli and Christine Hogan's The Practice of System and Network Administration.

The bits about documentation in The Purple Book aka Unix System Administration Handbook by Nemeth, Snyder, Seebas, Hein and others.

Scott Barman's Writing Information Security Policies.

Steve Krug's Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability.

Jakob Neilsen's website at http://www.useit.com/ and Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity.

Oh, it's been a while since I hopped over to Don Norman's http://www.jnd.org/ website... should check that out again, too.

Oh, that reminds me, I want to get a copy of Kurt Ament's Single Sourcing: Building Modular Documentation and make time one evening this week to do a good solid websearch to get a feel for how much things have changed on that front during the past two years.

And dang, I need to talk to I to see where's he's stashing his useful weblinks on related subjects these days, if they're anywhere public.

Plus random HTML, XHTML, and CSS reference books. One of these days I'm somehow going to squish all of these dead trees into an eBook tablet thingie so my personal library won't be so heavy.

Oh, another thing I want to prowl the web for the latest greatest trends in: different Wiki-based technology for keyword meta tagging pages to allow for improved search functionalities.

But right now, I'm going to finish my cup of Dragonwell tea (mmmmmm...) and scamper to work. It was so very oddly wonderful this morning, as the sunrise streamed in my window and I cracked one eye open, well before my alarms went off, to have one of my first coherent thoughts be, "Oh! That's the solution to that sewing project problem I was thinking about last weekend... I can move ahead with that now... oh, wait, no... I get to go to work today!"

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