Senior Engineer Opens P1 TAC Case.

When asked by TAC engineer Jacob Steely if he thought that a P1 for a brand-new site was really appropriate, Engineer Alain Diviau of Leopard Acoustics said “Of course it is, what do you mean? The entire site is down!”. Steely, a veteran TAC engineer with over 3 years of extensive customer facing experience and a respectable 3 CCIEs calmly informed the customer that smartnet did not cover a greenfield build of his new audiology building and that he could hire a VAR or professional services....

February 11, 2022 · 3 min · M.P. Labelspace

Small company struggles with modernizing or just firing the new guy.

“Of course we need to use containers!” Proclaimed Trevor Greeley, a recent hire into speciality shoe repair chain Scarpe Diem. “I was hired to modernize the IT in this backwards, old person footlocker!” Trevor boasts. “There is absolutely no reason that we can’t containerize everything. The point of sale system, DNS, DHCP, the inventory database, the phone system PBX, all of it. All we need to do is install a full rack of servers in each location with a router at the top next to the fiber patch panel - just put one in each of our 127 locations....

February 6, 2022 · 3 min · M.P. Labelspace

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