Author Archives: Grease Monkey

About Grease Monkey

Computer nerd since the 80's. Data nerd since the 90's. Generic nerd for a lifetime.

Defining and (probably) debunking “The Datamesh”

I work for a Data Science Software company where we make tools to help people do data science(DS). Actually, we make one tool that covers the range of “data wrangling”, normalizing, testing, modeling, hosting and monitoring. There’s a lot more … Continue reading

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Amazon Website Feedback does not exist.

I’m an Amazon whore. My account was created in 1997, when they were a book store. I got a pre-GA Alexa invitation. I still order most of my consumables from Amazon. They are, IMHO, in decline as a whole. Alexa … Continue reading

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You’re fired if you’re wrong.

Being a sysadmin type, I get irked by things like, “why don’t we have version 9.x, it came out last week and solves our problems,” or why can’t I just have a VM where I can install anything I want?” … Continue reading

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FedEx is F’d up

So I ordered some flip flops. When I got the email that they had been delivered. I went outside to look around and they’re not anywhere. I tracked the package via FedEx. Hilarity ensued. And I never got my package. … Continue reading

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buzzfeed.com is evil

This shouldn’t be news to anyone, but it needs to be said. Buzzfeed has no, Zero, probably negative value on a healthy society. So why does it exist? I could go on at length from a biblical perceptive, but let’s … Continue reading

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Time Limits for spare or “fixable” hardware

A few months ago I was thinking about buying an SSD to put in a FreeNAS system. Mind you, I already have 2 free standing NAS devices using traditional spinning disks. I was considering this because I can download a … Continue reading

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That time I lost all of my code

Just prior to my time at my second start up, I was a Network Admin (Network 386) for a small plastics company. I’d leave that job and work with Gary and Phil for a few hours most evenings. I was … Continue reading

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Green Field Linux

There were only a few things that had been determined. We were using SuSE Linux, we would (eventually) have Active Directory for Authentication/Authorization and were running on HP/Compaq servers. We started with physical, book style systems and used SAN for … Continue reading

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Data Center and Linux

I got my first Linux CD ROM in 1995, Walnut Creek from 1994. My previous experience with DOS and CP/M left me longing for true multitasking. I had a few web hosts over the years but nothing super serious. I … Continue reading

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The Big Idea(s)

During the dot com boom, I was working in the software distribution world. At the time the world was worried about running out of IP addresses. I was irritated by this as IPv61 had been around for quite some time … Continue reading

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