Ottawa Valley SAGE

Providing a forum since 1998

Jan 7, 2009 - 1 minute read - Comments

Lack of backup shuts company down

For those who haven’t heard about going the way of the dodo: Lessons from this incident abound: Choosing a sysadmin (what kind of sysadmin thinks that RAID = backup???) Managing IT Dealing with fired employees that have the keys to the kingdom

Dec 24, 2008 - 1 minute read - Comments

Vacations that are not

Today I was mostly left alone. Gotta love vacation. No progress on the rework of my computers, but I guess that’s what happens when you get caught up in the last throes of a dying year. Now I have to figure out how to take a day off the first week back :) On the plus side, I should be left alone for the rest of this day and tomorrow at least.

Dec 24, 2008 - 1 minute read - Comments

December Meeting

I know, the meeting is long past. I did want to say that we did in fact have a meeting and that we were having a social meeting. Dinner at Ceylonta 19:00 to 21:00 bring a guest.

Dec 20, 2008 - 6 minute read - Comments

IT is not a place to cut your budget.

It’s amusing in a way. For years I’ve been sounding off on how any well run IT shop is not a profit center for a company. It doesn’t have to be a major drain on the resources, but IT is not a place to make money unless you sell IT services, but then your own IT is still a cost center. A good IT shop will reduce your cost of doing business, but it does take investment in the function.

Dec 20, 2008 - 2 minute read - Comments


Wow, I’m on vacation. No exotic destination this time, unless you consider the flights of fancy from reading lots of sci-fi, fantasy and more tech books and journals than I’d care to think about. Time to get my house in order as they say. I have about 3 years worth of neglected projects sitting around and I’m overwhelmed with the possibilities - where to start? I have 15 issues of Make: to inspire me, 2 microcontroller prototyping systems, VoIP servers, web servers, specialized computers, steampunk, etc.