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Comment Re:It depends on what you mean by "online" (Score 1) 201

Oh, I graduated. Actually, the resume looks pretty awesome...until you start asking questions. That's when you start noticing that sickly-sweet smell of something "off" just beneath the surface, out of sight.

These work references...how does one go about getting them? Would they be managers? Sympathetic co-workers?

Comment Re:It depends on what you mean by "online" (Score 1) 201

I'm at the point in my career (five years in technology at a large investment bank) where I kind of need to be getting another degree to move on and up. The problem is that I messed up my undergrad degree from a very good university to such a degree that I can't see any responsible university worth its salt letting me into its online masters program.

Is there any way to "rehab" your educational credentials so that you can get into a masters program?

Comment Re:I've been having a go... (Score 1) 107

I didn't mind it too much...I managed to find a wife, start a family, have a hobby shop and write a book while I was in the system.

The key is to not become addicted to the fat paycheck. It's hard for some people to do, which is why they stay in and subject themselves to the stress for years on end. I saw far too many people with empty million dollar Manhattan apartments to fall into that trap, so when the wife got a teaching job in another part of the country in my sixth year, I packed up and left. We bought a house, have enough left over for our kids' college educations, and keep family-friendly hours now.

There are tradeoffs for everything, but if I had a chance to do it all over again, I can't imagine what I'd do differently.

Comment Re:I've been having a go... (Score 1) 107

Top grade banks. Look to get hired as a quant, not a techie. Starting salary in the US was $160K flat, plus bonus when my college friends were doing it a few years back. Things have cooled off a bit since then, but it's still possible -- especially with a finished masters or half-finished doctorate.

Comment Re:Definition of Linux is...muddled (Score 1) 685

I've read the handbook, thanks. While it's good for your desktop, it just doesn't work for a cluster. See my response to laffer1 above. Packages aren't enough, especially when you need to customize what you're installing.

If I'm doing it wrong, I'd be interested in changing my ways -- what should I be doing differently?

Comment Re:Definition of Linux is...muddled (Score 1) 685

This. I should have been clearer right off the bat. When I say "package management" I really meant software management. And since I like to keep things updated, that means ports on FreeBSD. Which, for a non-trivial deployment means cron-ing compile scripts, a staging area for /usr/local, and NFS exports to all my worker machines. For a small operation like mine (10 machines), it's a headache I'd rather not have to deal with.

I'm not dissing FreeBSD here -- it is a great operating system. I'm just saying things could be easier.

Comment Re:Definition of Linux is...muddled (Score 1) 685

I'll check it out -- thanks for the reference.

I don't manage a lot of servers (10 in my little farm, maybe a 100 jails on those 10), but configuration management and software upgrades have become a bit of a chore. I've taken to simply committing /usr/local/etc and /etc to an svn repo for each host, making edits on my dev box, and then having a periodic script "pull in" the necessary changes from the repo. It works, but occassionally I look at the size of the repository and get kind of scared... surely there's a better way to do this?

Comment Re:Definition of Linux is...muddled (Score 3, Interesting) 685

Yeah, I looked into it a couple of months ago. It looks like a good start, but there are a few problems, at least from my point of view:

1) They appear to have knocked out the FreeBSD userland and replaced it with a GNU one. Nothing wrong with that, of course; the problem is that my "stack" (random scripts, and actual project code) assumes a FreeBSD userland. This is probably my fault... I should look into making my code more portable.
2) It's pretty sparsely developed. I don't expect corporation-backed support a la Redhat, but active forums and plenty of FAQs would be nice for any distribution I decide to use.
3) Finally (and this is strictly personal preference) architecturally, I like where the FreeBSD userland is/is headed. Clang/LLVM, ZFS, jails... all good things. I'm not if/when these things (or their equivalents) will ever make it into Linux.

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