Late career UNIX engineers refuse to concede on decades long debate.

MELBOURNE, VIC, AU In an exhausting debate that surprised no one, the two eldest UNIX administrators at Coral Reef Logistics once again used the majority of the monthly project meeting to continue their decades-long, passive-aggressive rivalry centered around the use of Emacs or VI. Ross Knight, Senior Solaris Administrator, wearing his well traveled “CDE is the window into the Sun” cardigan and trademark leather moccasin boots, interrupted fellow senior engineer Bill Walsh presentation by taking to the head of the room to proclaim, per his usual theatrics and little evidence, that “efficiency on all of the company UNIX systems would improve tenfold” by removing the “bloated, operating system of a monstrosity known as Emacs”, claiming that the mere existence of this “offensive, peeling foot skin of an application” slowed down the systems so much that “we’re absolutely hemorrhaging money”....

February 2, 2022 · 3 min · M.P. Labelspace

Mainframe Engineer makes annual emergence to corporate IT forecasting meeting. Sees cloud slide declares another year of LPARs and JCL

LONDON, UK 2-Feb-2022 The 2nd of February, a day that is associated with a large rodent predicting the weather in the United States has a significantly different meaning at investment powerhouse Thames Financial and Wealth. On the 2nd of February the senior It staff and the finance and budgeting department hold their annual forecasting meeting that decides the IT direction of the company for the upcoming year. This is also the only time of the year that mainframe architect Phil Sutawney emerges from “the cave”, a dark and dreary data center space that houses the company’s mainframe - a system that Phil built at the beginning of his career in 1978 and has kept a stranglehold on for the better part of 45 years....

February 2, 2022 · 3 min · M.P. Labelspace

Network Engineer finds 'long lost' change control binder her company misplaced 17 years ago.

ACCIDENT, MARYLAND 31-Jan-2022 Mary C. Lagge made a startling discovery last week in an IT storage room while looking for spare T1/E1 WIC cards. “I was rummaging around for parts and underneath an entire shelf of new Nortel equipment, I came across the coveted red change binder that’s been missing for 17 years. Nobody thought it really existed it’s been lost for so long” she explained. The documents Lagge refers to are titled “!...

January 31, 2022 · 2 min · MAC Twain

Engineer comes under fire for not requiring masks on his prefixes.

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NEW MEXICO 29-Jan-2022 Billy Ray Johnson has become the center of a developing controversy over mask usage in the network he manages. Johnson works for well-known food processing company Mystery, Inc. Mystery requires mask usage on all company prefixes. Johnson has a different perspective, however. “Look, I’ve tried every mask possible on these things, /8, /24, /29, hell I even tried a /31 and they just don’t work - everything still pings....

January 29, 2022 · 3 min · MAC Twain

Datacenter facility adopting containers no longer has available parking for staff.

SACRAMENTO, CA 26-Jan-2022 System Engineer Barry Atrik at Nofault Hosting Services says that he “was excited by the possibilities when asked by management to move their services into containers”. Barry, a perennial go-getter known for not just his indomitable work ethic and willingness to “jump in with both feet, immediately”, but also his ever-present waist pack which as been described as “not unlike the Tardis, bigger on the inside” and “holds seemingly everything under the sun” immediately arranged for two dozen shipping containers to be delivered to the facility in order to containerize their systems....

January 26, 2022 · 1 min · Dsap Bisync