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A “sinterklaas” poem to our users

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Tonight and this weekend, we are upgrading our Livelink document management system.
Tomorrow is also “Sinterklaas”, and it is traditional to send eachother lame poems as part of it.

So here is mine to all the users, to get them to log out on time:

Sint en Piet zaten te bedenken

Dat pakjesavond er is voor geschenken

Weet je wat het NOB in het schoentje vindt?

Een NECTS Release 1.2.1 met de groeten van Sint


Zo’n update door te voeren kost heel veel duiten

Daarom vraagt Piet aan iedereen om zo dadelijk af te sluiten

Zo hoeven de IT-ers niet lang te wachten

Om jullie Livelink pijn te helpen verzachten


Dus gaarne zo spoedig mogelijk af te loggen

Zodat het systeem dadelijk niet zal ontploffen!

Een voorspoedige reis naar huis, en wat betreft pakjesavond: geniet!

Heel veel groeten van de Sint en van Piet.




Sent over Citrix to all logged-in users:

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Logging on: GrefTek

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

I see Jem beat me to the punch, so I’d better post fast to minimize damage.

I am a friend of Jemimus and I am also a (somewhat) fluffy admin. When Jemimus moved his tech blog from geekswithblogs and moved them to a wordpress install on my Linux box we kicked some ideas around, which resulted in me becoming a guest blogger.

I work for a company, which is the biggest internet publisher in the Netherlands, where I currently fill the role of consultant/project manager and have a lot of experience as a systems administrator for the same company. My field of expertise lies in the realm of the open source applications and operating systems, large webfarms, (complex) web applications and even complexer networking environments. I deal with a lot of complex IT projects.
I also used to be a webhoster until recently and am still very active as a coder, writing simple web applications whereever needed.

What can be expected from me, subject wise? Well, mostly internet-related posts, focussed on trends, policy, managers  and rants… a lot of rants (mostly about security- and user-related issues). In my current position there is plenty to write about. As such I hope to complement Jem’s interesting posts with mine to make things an even more interesting read.

Interested about me some more? Just take a peek at Just don’t surf away, or else Jem will give me a savage beating. 😉

Guest blogger! Greftek

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

I have my first guest blogger on this blog! My good buddy Greftek!
He works for a Dutch internet company as a consultant, and his expertise covers such topics as Linux, Linux, and the color purple!

He shall shortly introduce himself, but I thought I would start with the most professional picture I could find of him.

greftek by greftek.

Phasor Burn: The Official Unofficial System Administrator Oath

Friday, April 10th, 2009

This is basicly a report of something the Phasor Burn blog linked to.

Very nice blog btw, and he linked to my related rant on there, thank you for that 🙂 The original is from an alt.sysadmin.recovery post from ’99 by Mike Sphar, and it deserves reprinting:

I am hired because I know what I am doing, not because I will do whatever I am told is a good idea.

This might cost me bonuses, raises, promotions, and may even label me as “undesirable” by places I don’t want to work at anyway, but I don’t care.

I will not compromise my own principles and judgement without putting up a fight.

Of course, I won’t always win, and I will sometimes be forced to do things I don’t agree with. My objections will be made known.

If I am shown to be right and problems later develop, I will shout “I told you so!” repeatedly, laugh hysterically, and do a small dance or jig as appropriate to my heritage.

I am not sure its in our own best interest to actually show we feel rather self-satisfied at times when things do go wrong, but we all feel it of course. Sadly, within the complexities of corporate politics, its sometimes quite hard to show clearly how your the disregard of your advise is directly to blame for the issue at hand. But when our moment comes, savor it, but savor it privately 😉

Friendfeed Sysadmin Room, Twhirl FF support, and Pretend-Sysadmins

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

So not long after I complained that there where so few System Administerors on the social media scene, Friendfeed introduces “Rooms” and immediately Adnan takes the initiative and makes a Sysadmin Room.

The uptake was pretty damn fast, probably partly due to Adnans blog being part of the Planetsysadmin collective. (why am I not on there yet?! )

So, lets hope admins posts “adminy” and interesting there. Adnan and me are off to a good start, at least.

Meanwhile, I realised I now had a treasure trove of Sysadmins to add to Twitter, which has been a really succesfull strategy so far.

I was immediately struck my a number of things though. Why is it, that I wanted to follow these guys on Twitter, and not just solely on Friendfeed, where they already where?

Well the awnser to that is very very simple: Twhirl. Or more to the point, their completely crappy implementation of Friendfreed support, at least at the moment.

I am reffering mostly to the lack of any kind of filtering, the fact that FF and Twitter are still two seperate streams, double Twitter posts, and the lack of FF comment collapsing/expanding.

But to get back to my original action, the adding of the Sysadmins, as it turns out, many people that added themselves to the Sysadmin Room, turn out not to be Sysadmins at all. Rather any are developers, or web-entrepeneurs. At least that is how they discribe themselves on Twitter. I have filtered who I add to Twitter accordingly 😉