Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?
First: I do something like this all the time, and it's great. Generally, I _never_ log into production systems. Automation tools developed in pre-prod do _everything_. However, it's not just a matter of automating what a person would do manually.
The problem is that your maintenance for simple things like updating a package is requiring downtime. If you have better redundancy, you can do 99% of normal boring maintenance with zero downtime. I say if you're in this situation you need to think about two questions:
1) Why do my systems require downtime for this kind of thing? I should have better redundancy.
2) How good are my dry runs in pre-prod environments? If you use a system like Puppet for *everything* you can easily run through your puppet code as you like in non-production, then in a maintenance window you merge your Puppet code, and simply watch it propagate to your servers. I think you'll find reliability goes way up. A person should still be around, but unexpected problems will virtually vanish.
Address those questions, and I bet you'll find your business is happy to let you do "maintenance" at more agreeable times. It may not make sense to do it in the middle of the business day, but deploying Puppet code at 7 PM and monitoring is a lot more agreeable to me than signing on at 5 AM to run patches. I've embraced this pattern professionally for a few years now. I don't think I'd still be doing this kind of work if I hadn't.
Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO
Maybe declaring victory is premature, but as I said immediately after that, the tide has turned. Sure, there's still work to do. Marriage equality still doesn't exist in many states, and this is shameful.
You're right though. ENDA needs to pass in the House. I want to believe it will happen this year. My point when I say "we've won" is that right now I don't feel it's a huge stretch to say that ENDA is inevitable, whereas just ten, or even five years ago, I don't think I'd have been so confident. Perhaps I'm too confident, or perhaps worse, perhaps I'm too focused solely on the US, while Mozilla is a rather international organization.
I stand by my point though. I worry the calls for Eich to resign, and his resignation, may ultimately do more harm than good. We are at a point where the best response to people who hold these views is to try as hard as we can not to sanction and shame them, but to take the higher road and engage them as much as possible.
Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO
I've been firmly pro marriage equality and firmly against Prop 8 and its supporters forever. That said, I think this whole thing is really a shame. Supporting this law was deplorable, I think it's very much like supporting miscegenation laws last century. It's backwards and just shouldn't be a thing.
In On Liberty, JS Mill said something that's stuck with me since my undergrad Philosophy days:
"Those in whose eyes this reticence on the part of heretics is no evil, should consider in the first place, that in consequence of it there is never any fair and thorough discussion of heretical opinions; and that such of them as could not stand such a discussion, though they may be prevented from spreading, do not disappear."
However, we've won. The tide has turned and mainstream opinion is on our side. Assuming that's undisputed, we can't just browbeat and boycott people who still disagree. We should engage and accept them. Unless he's actually oppressing anyone, Eich deserves our respect and engagement. It's in our best interest if we ever want to leave the kinds of views he's expressed behind us. A "fair and thorough discussion" of the views supporting Prop 8 may seem downright silly to those who don't hold that view, but if we don't have it, we'll keep this nasty view around for a lot longer than if we do.
Further, I think people have been comfortable dismissing Eich and wanting him to leave simply because they don't want to acknowledge that someone who's contributed so much could have views they find so deplorable. Again, without supporting his views at all, I think he and those who oppose him both deserve more respect than they've received.
Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass
Google glass is this decade's bluetooth headset. You know how there was always that one guy who would wear his headset all the time, just in case someone Very Important called? You could never tell if he was on a call, or just talking to himself. He was slightly removed from every conversation, whether it was on the phone or right in front of him.
That's Google Glass to me. It perfectly combines being rude and looking like a dork.
How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry
To paraphrase something a friend once said to me: "There was a time between 'AOL keyword [thing I'm interested in]' and "Search the App Store for [thing I'm interested in]' when the internet was a pretty cool place.
Google Reader Being Retired
They probably won't, but I recommend Fever (www.feedafever.com.) You host it yourself, so it's not getting retired anytime soon. Wish it were open source so I could fix a few bugs, but it still works great.
Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?
I'm in pretty much exactly this situation. My livelihood is in Linux, and I've always had a Linux box or two at home, but I ditched Linux desktop around 2004 when I got my first Powerbook and thought I'd never look back. Forget "iOS-ification," boat loads of bugs in Lion and Mountain Lion made me flee back to a Linux desktop. I've been using Fedora 18 on a nice simple tower I built for just that purpose for about a month now and am really happy. My rather new rMBP will probably get loaded with it soon.
I say try a Linux desktop, it's come a long way. I was impressed when even my wi-fi worked right out of the box. I can't think of anything that didn't, though my bluetooth mouse settings seem to sometimes forget themselves and the pointer goes back to default, unacceptable speed.
We have Steam, Chrome(ium) and I bet even Netflix support soon. Also, the guys at Yorba are doing some cool modern apps in Shotwell and Geary. I really like GNOME 3, but of course there are plenty of current options if that's not your thing. If you've been happy on a Mac, you'd likely be just as happy or more with a modern Linux distro than with Win 7.
Sony Blames 'External Intrusion' For Lengthy PSN Outage
What blows my mind is that people are asking whether or not they should be compensated, when will the service will be back up, and who's responsible, but not so much "is my credit card that the PSN stores secure?" How is this not the first thing Sony gives an update on when they officially say this is due to an attack?
I've been looking at the comments on every post I see about this. At first I was hoping for an answer, and now I'm mostly just curious. This seems to be the very least of everyone's concerns.
VPN Issues With New Airport Extreme 802.11n
OK, first, it doesn't look like anyone from Apple has recommended that everyone using Nortel VPN clients simply set a default host and be done with it. This is a user discussion. Maybe some of those people are Apple employees, but I didn't notice anything telling me that they were. Second, the more appropriate solution would probably a be a port trigger, which the new base station supports. I don't use Nortel VPN, and my Cisco VPN is working fine with my new Extreme, but this thread seems to imply that a simple port trigger fixed the exact same issue for Linksys users.
Hopefully that will help.
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