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