Author Archives: Grease Monkey

About Grease Monkey

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

Consulting and Contracting

I was a 1099 employee for a local Consulting “broker.” Basically, we could use the company name and pick your own gigs. I had a few lined up helping another consultant with managing School systems. I’ll get back to the … Continue reading

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Software Distribution

My OS/2 experience allowed me to land a gig with a regional bank doing Software Distribution (and installation) over their private banking network. This was sometime in 1996 and the Internet was not yet widely used or secured. The bank … Continue reading

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My Second Start Up

Sometime in 1991 I got in contact with Gary and Phil. They were working on a new idea and needed some programming done. Fax machines were extremely popular. 1990 Census data was coming available. We had contacts at The Ohio … Continue reading

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My First Start-up

Impact Resources: I started in 1989 when they had outgrown their first office condo. I had to work from home for a few weeks as there was no room for me in the office. I had my trusty PS/2 Model … Continue reading

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If you need to watch “your” people work, you’ve failed.

Remote workers are not a new concept. According to every news outlet this is the first time in history people have “had” to work from home. Let that sink in… had to work from home? I thrive on it! I … Continue reading

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Hadoop Irrelevance

Has Hadoop gone the way of COBOL? Still used by some crusty installations, but past it’s prime for relevance? I was a cloud skeptic. I still am, but…. The world has embraced cloud. For reasons beyond my understanding, it is … Continue reading

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Dear Samgung, Google, LG and other Phone Makers

STOP MAKING PRETTY PHONES! I am so sick of hearing about beautiful design, stylish curves and all glass. WTF do you think this is? A Beauty contest? Pretty phones break really easily. Plus the first thing I do to my … Continue reading

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Rebuilding the site

I’m working on a rebuild of the site. If nothing else, I like being able to look up some of the old articles. I might even post some new ones. ~~ GM

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The Data Cluster Administrator

This was written and intended to be published on May 31, 2017. Sorry for the delay? Hadoop Admin, Elastic Search Admin, GlusterFS Admin, etc. What’s the difference? Subtle details regarding Peer Elected Leader vs Dedicated Leader, etc.; but at the … Continue reading

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Progress and Setbacks — Hadoop 3.0 breaks things

241 properties have been deprecated in Hadoop 3.0. Is that enough change for you? Dozens of sites have dedicated space to discovering and explaining all the new goodness in Hadoop 3.0. I haven’t read any that discuss the problems that … Continue reading

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