November, 2017

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Technician – How the brain works

A problem. . .

An interesting chore came up for me, at work this week (primary job). I had opened a case with the support team about data not created properly on of our highly used CDNs. After confirming that this was the issue, the support guy at HQ, told me that this issue had been fixed.

Digging through all the information for a second and third time. . .

Digging through all the info again, just for follow-up, I found another repository that appeared to have the exact same issue as the first. Curios, I investigated a little bit more, and now that I had and knew what I needed, I could quickly identify this repo, as another problem. I notified the same support guy at HQ, that I had found another repo with the same issue, and he quickly confirmed the issue there.

This is the big question now, what do you do? Do you let sleeping dogs lie?

After working through this extremely annoying, and somewhat hard-to-find issue with HQ support, and everything, I thought, hey, I think it would be a good idea to ensure that content matches across our various CDNs, as that seems like something that is definitely a concern, for us, and for all our repos of data.

Why should I have to be the one, to recommend to everyone involved, hey, I found this issue, on two of our very large repos, let’s go ahead and do a little bit of research, and make sure this isn’t a problem elsewhere? Why is it only my brain that says, “Hey, we saw this issue in a couple other spots, that are pretty high availability, and in general potentially seen by a large amount of people, let’s go ahead and check the entire system to make sure all is a-ok.”

What’s the right answer?

Coming out of retirement ;-) – An observation into your job-life, as well as your personal life – The way to be

— OPINION PIECE —

An interesting thing has been popping up, in my life recently. In the never ending and ongoing debates we all see on Facebook, one argument piece that I’m seeing used way to much, is making its way down. Not only am I seeing this technique used on Facebook “debates”, but there is also an overwhelming amount of people that live their lives this way. So, not only does it apply to how you “debate” people on Facebook, but a lot of it applies to your everyday life.

Being a “Linux” guy, in a shop full of 30-year Unix veteran is the best way I can describe this. When you explain to a old-school linux guy, that they shouldn’t be stopping their computer system by using the “halt” command, anymore. Sure, an admin can still issue the halt command, but is it the right way to shutdown a linux system? No, no it isn’t.

Then why are you doing things this way. . .

A common thing I hear, again, in my everyday work-life, is, “It worked 25 years ago on an old Unix SysV, it’ll work now.”

You’re right, and you’re wrong. Yes, it once worked, 25 years ago, on your old Unix SysV, and it “sort of” works on modern linux systems. In the end, it would be better if you changed your “halt” ways, and started to make use of shutdown or to go even more modern, systemctl.

The same thing applies into how your approach your personal life, and your Facebook life. . .

The same argument I had about someone’s “work-life” also applies to what I see on Facebook, and social media in general. It is scary, for me to think, that someone wouldn’t approach stuff with an open mind.

In a community group on Facebook, someone posted a picture of merging due to road closure, and was looking for community understanding on how to handle this. Being informed, and relatively well-read on the subject, I noted on the post about the “Zipper” merge theory, on why it works, and when you should and shouldn’t use it.

This is where the “debate” started, and I’m not calling it as a debate, as there was no counter-points brought up in the discussion.

What does it take, for you to see a life-changing difference in the way you’re doing things?

After clearly laying out the discussion, the scientific methods and tests that were performed, why wouldn’t someone just look at it, and say, “You know what, I’m going to give this a try as I drive into work tomorrow.” But instead you say “Eh, baloney, I’m not readin’ no stinkin’ article, and your opinion and scientific facts you brought forward.”

That, in my mind, is where the disconnect happens, again, in personal life, like a Facebook conversation, or debate, or in real-life, at your job.

There are 2 types of people on this planet, those that want to learn new/better things, and those that don’t. . .

Don’t be stuck, thinking your old way of doing something is always the best. Try something new, and you might change the way you drive to work, or the way you shutdown a Linux system.

— End Opinion Piece —