NaNoWriMo and System Administration

November 1, 2010

So, I hear that November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). As I understand it, one is supposed to actually write that novel everyone always says they’re going to write, or at least 50,000 words of it, all in one month. Now, I’ve never been much good at fiction, but I used to write here more often. Seems a good excuse for me to start again, especially since I almost didn’t get a post up at all last month!

My work situation has shifted, slightly. I still work for Disney at the same office with the same people, but now I’m more of a sysadmin kinda guy, which is pretty spiffy. I’ve always liked that kinda stuff, so now I get to do it for serious instead of just screwing around with it. I’ll be managing our internal Windows and *nix development systems, many of which I already have some familiarity with. I’m working on learning about an authentication system called Likewise, which lets Unix and Mac-type systems authenticate against Microsoft Active Directory servers, which will simplify our username situation a lot. I’m also learning about CruiseControl and Hudson, both of which are continuous integration tools. Neat stuff.

All for now. Will post more soon, etc.