Happy SysAdmin Day 2016!

Happy SysAdmin Day for all you hardworking System Admins that keep the internets running, the bits flying, the Pokémons evolving, and the Twitter tweeting!

SysAdmin Day is celebrated on the last Friday in July. What do SysAdmins do? Well we’ll just let Gilfoyle from Silicon Valley’s Pied Piper explain:

” What do I do? System architecture, networking and security. No one in this house can touch me on that.”

” I prevent cross-site scripting. I monitor for DDoS attacks, emergency database rollbacks, and faulty transaction handlings. The Internet – heard of it? – transfers half a petabyte of data minute; do you have any idea how that happens?

“It’s not magic, it’s talent and sweat. People like me ensure your packets get delivered unsniffed. So what do I do? I makes sure that one bad config on one key component doesn’t bankrupt the entire f***ing company. That’s what the f*** I do. ”

So while you’re out there hunting for Pikachu this Friday and your Pokémon Go app is actually working, thank a SysAdmin. If its not working well then just kill and restart your app. If your Pokémon Go app still isn’t connecting to a server then maybe its a sign for you to stop walking around while staring at your phone instead of watching where you’re walking.

A screenshot of Pikachu hanging out on the waterfront in Silicon Valley from the Pokemon Go app.

I was promised flying cars

It’s the year 2016 but where are the flying cars. I was promised flying cars. I don’t see any flying cars. Why, why, why. Oh wait! there’s one! At Maker Faire in San Mateo.

Ok, so where are the flying Tesla cars? You know, the ones that are going to Occupy Mars? Better make them self driving flying cars. People have a hard enough time driving in ground based cars in Silicon Valley without crashing them into each other.



KFOG is Dead

RIP KFOG      1982 – 2016 (at least the rock years of KFOG)

The now defunct KFOG logo.

The Bay Area’s World Famous KFOG is gone. Is it just a sad April Fool’s prank? It doesn’t seem so. On March 31st all of the on air staff were sacked and the original broadcast format was replaced with just music interspersed with a cryptic, overproduced sound byte stating that “the evolution is coming 4/20”. What the hell does that mean? Are they gonna play Peter Tosh’s Legalize It 24/7 on 4/20?

Gone is the 10 at 10 time roulette. You never knew what year the music would bring you back to along with clips from the news and films of the year.

Gone is the not pop, not modern rock, not classic rock format and all of the interesting personalities that made listing to the original KFOG such a mind expanding pleasure.
But as Bruce Springsteen said way back in 1982, everything dies…

“Everything dies baby that’s a fact / But maybe everything that dies someday comes back / Put your makeup on fix your hair up pretty and meet me tonight in Atlantic City” (because the Bay Area rent is too damn high to meet here)

The Evolution will not be televised and it probably won’t be listened too either.

But you can still listen to a somewhat similar non-commercial station out of Pennsylvania online:  http://www.xpn.org/

It appears that Cumulot kept Irish Greg, No Name and a few of the other recent KFOG additions, probably because their labor cost was cheaper than some of the veterans that brought so much music knowledge and history to the KFOG broadcast team. But Cumalot is not interested in the music or any knowledge thereof. They are only interested in profiting from overpaying for the station in the first place with severely leveraged money.


Huge Bay Area Comcast Outage

Somehow Comcast missed waterproofing 101 in their cabling class with the first mild El Nino blameable storm knocking out Comcast’s less than robust monopolized Internet and Cable TV service. Comcast is clinging to a dying business model and refuses to see the writing on the wall. Consumers only need you because you’ve managed to monopolize the Bay Area’s Internet providers. Once their is another viable option, toast you will be.

Beer Advent Calendar 2015

Costco has these beer advent calendars that contain all German beers, most of which are not all that easy to find out here in Silicon Valley.


Here is beer number one, Alpen Stoff:



Happy Friday Silicon Valley!

Happy Friday Silicon Valley!

Hope you had a good week wrangling data, selling advertising or making the world a better place through minimal message-oriented transport layers. Whatever you’ve been working on, try to take a break this weekend. It’s summer. Remember summer vacation? Those faded memories of being outside in the sun and riding your bike to wherever you felt like. No smart phone. No 24/7 connectivity. No DVR to catch up on. No facebook, twitter, snapchat or instagram updates. Just the endless possibilities of an unplanned day.

Here are a few things you could do this weekend if you weren’t wired into your Macbook Air constructing elegant hierarchies for maximum code reuse and extensibility.

Cool off with some garlic ice cream at the 37th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival,

Watch people much fitter than you run the San Francisco Marathon

Try some lamb dishes at the San Francisco American Lamb Jam.

Or just relax and enjoy your moment of beer zen:

Have a great weekend and enjoy the beautiful Bay Area weather. You’re paying for it whether you use it or not.

Did you feel that? 4.2 Mag Quake Jolts East Bay

A 4.2 magnitude earthquake rattled some awake at 2:41AM. The small quake was centered east of Union City. Check out the shake map.

The USGS has since downgraded the trembler from 4.2 to 4.0 magnitude.

SolidCon 2015 Day 1

Here are a few pictures from the first day of O’Reilly Solid Con at Fort Mason San Francisco.




How Did You Celebrate National Donut Day?

How did you celebrate National Donut Day? Or is it National Doughnut Day? Did Dunkin’ Donuts simplified spelling of “doughnut” transform the world of fried doughy goodness?

Krispy Kreme still uses the original spelling. But of course they use their own spelling for “krispy” and “kreme”. Krispy Kreme also has a free doughnut offer for National Doughnut Day.

Check out some spinning Voodoo Doughnuts. Yes that is real bacon you see there.

The creative sugary treats of Voodoo Donuts in Portland, Oregon. Get them while they’re fresh!  National Donut Day (or National Doughnut Day) is celebrated on the first Friday of June each year.


Is the correct spelling Donut or Doughnut?

Rain in the Valley

Rain is finally falling in Silicon Valley. It won’t amount to much but it is good to see some rain washing the pollen and Gobi Desert dust out of the air. This storm is actually bringing some snow to the higher altitude Sierra’s as well. Spring snowboarding anyone? The west is of course still in a serious drought and this welcome bit of precipitation won’t change that. Keep saving water when you can.

Living and working in Silicon Valley