Sunday, October 3, 2010

SpiceCorps LA Meetup

Talking about "The Cloud" sponsored by RackSpace. Join us for Pizza as we discuss Cloud services as well as other IT related topics.
Date: Oct 06, 2010
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) Inc
902 Colorado Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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 RSVP & more info here:

Friday, September 24, 2010

The 10 Sysop Commandments

The late legend Biggie Smalls wrote himself a manual about his old profession which inspired this entry.

If you are a Sysadmin here is a step-by-step booklet for you to get your game on track...

  #1: I know it's not fun: Document for you and others.


  #3: "Never trust nobody", make sure your team create secure Passwords and Keys.

  #4: "I'm sure you heard this before": RTFM!

  #5: Keep your Servers Alive: With a UPS

  #6: Don't get it mixed: It's pronounced S-Q-L not "Sequel"

  #7: "This rule is so underrated": Keep Development and Production completely separated.

  #8: Make sure you Software/Packages are up to date.

  #9: "Should have been #1 to me": Never, ever forget to Lock your Screen!

  #10: "a strong word called consignment": Call your vendors & get the best pricing.

"Follow these rules you'll have mad bread to break up" If not, then good luck...

BTW We are hiring...

Monday, September 20, 2010

NoSQL and Django Panel

At DjangoCon 2010 our very own Jacob Burch and Noah Silas sat on a panel to discuss the future of no-sql/non-related databases in Django.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

We are Hiring!

We are looking for a mid-seinor level systems administrator with a strong MySQL background along with experience working on highly scalable and high availability web sites. You should be a UNIX expert, preferably FreeBSD, but if you're know the internals of UNIX/POSIX based operating systems you should still apply for this position.

You should be very familiar with the inner workings of MySQL, how is scales and how it doesn't. You should also be able to architect and maintain large installations of databases, how to construct a workable replication scheme that will be able to grow with an ever changing web 2.0 application.

We have two cages in the United States, so you should be comfortable working in a data center and dealing with NOC technicians.

The following should excite you:
  • Unix/BSD
  • Linux
  • Puppet
  • Nagios
  • Cacti
  • MySQL
  • Memcached
  • Apache 2
  • Nginx
  • Squid
Bonus knowledge:
  • Lucene
  • Hadoop
  • HBase
  • CouchDB
  • Scripting or Programming Experience
  • Cisco Networking
Think you got what it takes? Sign up here:

* "Ninjas" and/or "Rock-stars" need not apply.

Monday, August 23, 2010

LA Hacker News Meet-up - Wrap Up

This past Saturday was the 3rd LA Hacker News meet-up.  The three who presented where:
  1. Sandy Strong - Elastic Search
  2. Anthony Castillo - Balsamiq Mockups
  3. Andrew Cholakia - ZeroMQ
All in all it was a great event. I recorded Sandy's presentation, I had to stop once since Aaron called me.  The audio is poor but that's what you get when you use Qik on a Motorola Droid.  My battery completely died and forgot my charger so that is why I stopped after Sandy.

Props to Bordo Stylo for hosting.  Below are a few pictures and the crappy videos from Sandy's Elastic Search Presentation.

Update: Great Photos of the event by Lars Lehtonen:

Update 2: Andrew's Slides from his ZeroMQ presentation:

Update 3: Sandy's Slides:

LA Hacker News Meetup - 08-21-2010