Sysadmin Day

Some people had a public holiday today. I had Sysadmin Day. Did a few things I don’t usually get time for in the week.

  • Gave the office a spring clean
  • Switched from Qmail to using Postfix on my workstation, mostly because Qmail has issues with the newer libc6
  • Upgraded my workstation to Debian (Etch) 4.0
  • Switched from using Webalizer to AWstats for my homepage and blog stats
  • Upgraded WordPress to version 2.1.3
  • Checked all my web content into SVN neatly
  • Cleaned up my X.org config, that’s been a bit messy since I got a new screen and display card
  • Made some backups of my Laptop and Mobile phone

“The time has come for everyone to clean up their own backyard.”
— Little Junior Brown, Kiss of Death

3 thoughts on “Sysadmin Day

  1. Let me see if I can offer some hints to make your life easier:

    * Gave the office a spring clean
    -> get a robot (or a mavis)

    * Switched from Qmail to using Postfix on my workstation, mostly because Qmail has issues with the newer libc6
    -> Seriously, get Google Apps for your domain

    * Upgraded my workstation to Debian (Etch) 4.0
    -> Get Windows. It looks better. And you’ll have more time to play games BESIDES for Quake1.

    * Switched from using Webalizer to AWstats for my homepage and blog stats
    -> If you had Google Apps, you’d have Google Analytics.

    * Upgraded WordPress to version 2.1.3
    -> Blogger

    * Checked all my web content into SVN neatly
    -> you SVN your content??? In case you say something with a bug?

    * Cleaned up my X.org config, that’s been a bit messy since I got a new screen and display card
    -> Been there, done that, went back to Windows. No messing with xorg.conf just to make it work on 2 screens.

    * Made some backups of my Laptop and Mobile phone
    -> If only you had it permanently stored online in Google Apps.

    Have just downloaded Feisty Fawn. But also just bought Tiberium Wars. I suspect I’m feeling stuck in Windows. The greatest benefit of an earlier (total) switch to Ubuntu was that I started realising the benefits of Google Apps and other web services.

    On the other hand I felt I wasted so much time (it was fun in a way, admittedly) trying to solve problems that had been solved already.

    If only they could do Tiberium Wars in Flash (oh wait, last I checked Flash for Linux was 2 versions behind!)

  2. Hello Mr. Google Fan Boy

    “Did you know you can make money by adding a google search bar to your site?”

    Did you know you can make money by performing sexual favours? Do you want to?

    I like my privacy. I like running my own MTA. Debian is the one pure OS. I like being able to dig around in the WordPress source. I use SVN for many things.. I like the idea of being able to undo changes. I don’t want Google to have all my personal contact details. I don’t have time for games.. I have 5 jobs.

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