In praise of the obvious

Recently, I saw a post about troubleshooting a misbehaving piece of measuring equipment.  Many tests and steps had been taken to try and work out what was wrong with the equipment, and in the end it turned out the battery was almost dead. Replacing the battery restored full functionality. This seems, in hindsight, to be … More In praise of the obvious

Things to read…

I recently attended a DevOps meet up and a number of books “worth reading” were mentioned…  This has prompted me to think about the books I’ve read and the books I should read, even if just for my own reference… In no particular order: “The Mythical Man-month” by Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. (read it) “The Cathedral and … More Things to read…

Aphorism du Jour

Over the years working in IT and service management a few things crop up over and over…  Here are a few things to remember: Just because you’ve always done it that way doesn’t mean it is a good idea. Just because it’s a really bad idea, doesn’t mean they won’t do it… None of us is … More Aphorism du Jour

End of days…

So a few months ago I was told my contract would not be renewed. I shouldn’t really be surprised, and I have a nice exciting new job lined up, so I’m pretty OK with all that… However. I still have a bunch of stuff I need to finish. Well… would like to finish. but it’s … More End of days…

Quantum entangled Sudoku

  This, incase you were wondering… is a every sudoku puzzle collapsed into a single square, a quantum entangled sudoku. you know. because explaining your very clever joke is always worth it.

reverse engineering authentication in a corporate environment

So I find myself needing to configure (mostly linux) servers for authentication and access. For about a year no one has been able or willing to tell me how the systems I’m supposed to connect are configured, but I’ve eventually managed to score the kickstart script they use – which concatenates some config into sssd.conf and … More reverse engineering authentication in a corporate environment