Monthly Archives: July 2013

Happy SysAdmin Day!

I’ll have a bigger, real post next week, but I just wanted to wish those one or two people who might follow this blog to have a great day. May your ticket queue be small, and your projects be successful!

The Interview

I wish this post title didn’t coincide with a movie of the same name, despite the fact that both are about job opportunities at Google.

So yeah. Now that I’ve admitted my job opportunity to my boss I feel more comfortable blogging about this. I will have to write myself an IOU for 2 blog posts – one about ComicCon and the other about my recent adventures with a Raspberry Pi.

In two weeks I fly up to Mountain View, CA for a 5-hour interview. I don’t think even the Engineering positions at Sony had that long of an interview, but I am looking forward to it. I just hope I have some time to decompress and recompress between ComicCon ending Sunday and my flight leaving Monday morning. I hear my hotel room will have a Rubix Cube and/or Etch-A-Sketch in it… I think I’ll be alright!

During my most recent phone interview at Google I didn’t put my best foot forward – I didn’t vocalize my thought process enough, I stumbled through a couple technical questions I really should know better, and I didn’t demonstrate my ability to prioritize and make quick and effective judgement calls. But somewhere in there I guess they must have seen my Diamond in the Rough skillset; I am really looking forward to sitting down and bumping elbows with some interesting IT/tech leaders, whether or not I end up with a job offer after the experience.

TechNet

Microsoft recently announced that they are discontinuing TechNet Subscriptions. For the uninitiated, these are annual packages for ~$275 that gives you unresetricted testing/development licenses for every MS operating system, as well as most software (e.g. Office, Sharepoint).

With that package, I’m able to run a home lab for professional development. It enables me to have my professional career also be a hobby at home without breaking the bank.

The big counterpoint from Microsoft is that virtually everything they offer can be run in Evaluation mode, giving up to 180 days of free access. My problem with that is that my lab well outlives the 180 days. I don’t want to have to set up a brand new lab every 6 months because the time I take to set that up is going to seriously cut into whatever time I had set aside to do new things in the lab. Microsoft is removing incentive for the IT industry that supports it to continue doing so.

On the bright side, maybe next time I set up a server for something I’ll be learning a lot more about CentOS!