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Covering All Your Angles

Luke Skywalker: Ben! Why didn't you tell me? You told me that Darth Vader betrayed and murdered my father.Obi-Wan Kenobi: Your father was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force. He ceased to be the Jedi Anakin Skywalker and "became" Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. [...]


Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

Everywhere we turn we’re surrounded by “Policies”. Foreign policies, "Social Media” policies, you name it. Even 7-Eleven has a policy: "No shirt, No shoes, No service". Policies have also wound their way into corporate IT departments. However, one area where defined guidelines are often overlooked is alerting for systems and network problems. Let’s dig in [...]


Everything Old is New Again

The quote “Everything Old is New Again” can be attributed to lots of people. Performer Peter Allen penned a song by that name. So have the Barenaked Ladies. A character in Stephen King’s 2005 novel “The Colorado Kid” also utters the phrase. I, for one, hope there’s some truth to it. After all, that would [...]


Less is More?

Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Well, it depends who you ask. If you ask the West Virginia winner of a $315 Million Powerball jackpot from several years ago, then he might say “yes”. Shortly following his new windfall, bandits broke into his car and absconded with $500,000 in cash. [...]


You Say Tomayto, I Say Tomahto … Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

On second thought, let’s not. Better yet, let’s see if we can understand the differences and move on from there. I’ve been an SE in the systems and network management field for a long time. Over the last 13 years I’ve encountered more situations than I can count where we start an implementation and the [...]


Follow the White Rabbit

“Do you always look at [the data] encoded like that”, asked Neo as he looked over the shoulder of his crewmate. Cypher responds, “Well you have to. There’s way too much information to decode the Matrix. You get used to it. I don’t even see the code. All I see is blonde, brunette, red-head ...”. [...]


Any Monkey Can Ping

Right now my favorite show on television is “The Big Bang Theory” (I’m a self-admitted IT geek, what did you expect?). In a rerun from a few weeks ago Amy gives a purposely-nicotine-addicted monkey a cigarette as a reward for some behavior. Sure it is only a TV show, but that got me to thinking. [...]


Magic & Monitoring == Ying & Yang?

A little while ago I was imbibing in a quality craft beer or two (or seven, but who’s counting?) with a friend. This particular friend also happens to be a talented network engineer and we began discussing some of the new technologies he’s seeing among his customer base. As is wont to happen when one [...]


Philosophy and Dashboards

A great philosopher once said, “You can observe a lot by just watching.” Wait. What? Okay, never mind. Yogi Berra probably doesn’t reach the same rarified air occupied by Plato, Aristotle, or Socrates. After all, rhetorical gems such as “A nickel ain’t worth a dime any more” and “We made too many wrong mistakes” are [...]


Seeking a Tall, Dark, and Handsome …. Monitoring Tool?

Way back in 1965, before the Internet was invented and when IBM and the BUNCH (Burroughs, UNIVAC, NCR, Control Data Corporation, and Honeywell) dominated the computing landscape, there was a show on television called “The Dating Game”.  For the uninitiated, the format of the show was that a bachelorette would question three bachelors, who were [...]