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1/2 a Life of IT predictions: Some hits, and some misses.

As of the other day, I’ve been a UNIX or Linux admin for exactly 1/2 my life.  That’s 23 years of UNIX or Linux hacking. Can hardly believe it myself.   Anyway, in all those eons, I’ve made some predictions. As one would expect, some were spot on, some were close, but not quite, some were … Well … yea, I missed.

Sometimes my friends and co-workers made predictions.  One of the more interesting ones was from a co-worker that, after seeing my early iPod, said it would become it’s own platform and blow up like crazy.  He nailed that one.  Others were laughable like “Apple will be out of business next year” or “Windows will kill everything, even Linux”  But I had my many of my own and here are a few of me better predictions and how  how wrong, or right, I was.

Anyway, it’s always kind of fun to try and predict the way things are going, even if I’m not always right.


That time when I accidentally crashed all the cash registers at a local grocery store.

It was sometime in mid-‘98 to mid-‘99 while I was working for the ticketing company.  I had designed the new ticket printing outlets for a local grocery chain.

It would allow customers to walk up to the costumer service windows at these stores and buy tickets to events at the local playhouse and several other venues and special events that the company sold tickets for.


That time when I had a dream predicting catastrophe that struck on Friday the 13th!

During the week leading up to January 12th 2012, I was working at the Printing Office.  There was some issue with the Netapp boxes and Snapmirror working that the network team and myself had been working on.  The network team had some ideas, but when I left the office on the 12th, it was still not working.

I worked a so-called “Alternative Work Schedule” where I worked 9 hour days, and had every other Friday off.  And Friday the 13th was my AWS day, Making Thursday the 12th was my Friday.


That time when the storage array crashed at the worse possible time, only for the vendor to later denied it even happened

It was during the Stanley Cup in the late ‘90’s.  Final game of 6, and the ticket company was the one who sold the tickets for the event. As walk-up and will-call ticket holders started getting tickets, the load on the storage array had gotten pretty heavy. 

A KNOWN hardware issue in the array’s single point of failure - it’s cache card - was tripped, and the Array crashed.  It actually was designed to do that to protect the data.


That time when I caught a 'hacker' breaking into a Linux box at the Law Library

Sometime in early ‘94 at the Law Library, we had an ( then ) experimental Linux box.  It was a Dell PC with an early version of Slackware installed.  It was in the office, and I was just sitting there playing around.  At the time, I was still learning UNIX commands.  So I was playing with the infamous finger command. And then I noticed someone logged in that was NOT authorized. 


SSD, LVM and you: Zero data loss, LVM caching, and properly configuring your Linux box to get the most out of SSD!

I recently upgraded tesla, my primary Linux desktop, to one of the new Ryzen processors from AMD.  So far it’s working very well, and the performance is sometimes even rather stellar.  One of the big performance boosters, in addition to the Ryzen CPU and doubling the memory, was I went SSD in a big way.


That time when a computer literally caught on fire!

government shutdown

So it was during the government shutdown in October of 2013, which was an odd time.  Fortunately, I was among the lucky ones who got to work, which meant I was guaranteed to get paid, which was good since I was a contractor. The deal for government employees was actually pretty controversial. The trains were running, but on the limited S schedule ( while my train line was, I think others ran on normal schedules ).  AWS was off, which meant I had to work an 8 hour day. With all these schedule changes, it also meant I had to go to a different Train Station in MD.   The trains were mostly empty, the City was like a ghost town. Even access to the building and restrooms was limited.

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