Author Archives: Jason

About Jason

Jason has worked in IT for over 10 years. Starting as a student manning the University Helpdesk to his current role as an Enterprise Systems Engineer, specializing in Web Application Infrastructure and Delivery.

Sometimes the project finds you…(part 2)

I intended to write this just after the events took place, but never go around to it.  Now that Soylent News is coming up on it’s third birthday, I finally put together a little bit of the back-history.  The following can … Continue reading

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Retro Data Structures

One of the more fun things I do with my spare time is to play around with old computers. Specifically, I enjoy my Atari 800. I recently started thinking about a small game to write on the machine, something with … Continue reading

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Gitlab Upgrade: Postmortem

This is an article I drafted and forgot about. It dates from January 2016 This week at work we had an upgrade fiasco. If we want to lay some blame out there, I’ll take 50% for inadequate testing procedures, and … Continue reading

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A Matter of Perspective

Over the last two weeks, I saw two talks. One was from RMS, yes THE Richard Stallman. The other was a panel of industry professionals on Cloud Computing, with representatives from Universities, Google, Microsoft and Amazon. I found Stallman’s talk … Continue reading

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Computer Scientists — The Next Generation

I’ve just had the privilege of teaching an Intro to Computer Science class for the last two Semesters at the University where I work.  The class covered basic first semester programming topics, such as functions, loops, conditionals, arrays and hash … Continue reading

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Sometimes the project finds you…(part 1)

I have been, for years, an unabashed fanboy.  I’ve been accused of being a Slashdot apologist by friends who feel that Slashdot hasn’t been relevant for 10 years.   To them, I say, its relevant to me and one of … Continue reading

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Config files

I’m working on setting up a test system at work. The system is a test environment for a major upgrade of an existing Web Application used across campus. As such, we’re testing all the fiddly bits, getting it hooked up … Continue reading

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Zypper dup…

Okay, I’ll get this out of the way right now.  I’m a Linux Fanboy.  More than that, I love the Lizard.  Give me Suse or give me VMS  (that’s another story though).  I try to keep up to date on … Continue reading

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