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TweeterTags – Organize the Chaos

Associations, Geek Stuff, General Interest February 7th, 2009

Twitter is an interesting ecosystem.  Tweets on every topic under the sun (and some that aren’t) are flying by at an ever increasing speed. 

Some people in various groups of interest have tried to reign in some of the chaos by coming up with lists of people interested in various topics (like my PowerShell Twitterers list).

The problem with these types of lists is that they require some work to maintain and can quickly become outdated.  Here’s where TweeterTags comes in to play. is a site that allows you to tag Twitter account with your areas of interest.  By tagging yourself, you make it easier to find other like-minded people and make it easier for others with the same interest to find you.

TweeterTags exposes a RESTful api, and Jeff Hicks quickly wrote a script (Get-TweeterTaggedUser) to take advantage of it.

Thanks to Jonathan Noble and his associates for this innovative site!

I’ve tagged myself, how about you?

Event Update – OLFU

Associations, Geek Stuff October 5th, 2008

Recorded: October 2, 2008

Your Host: Steve Murawski

Show Length: 07:05

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I’m joined by Jesse Trucks, who is a Director of LOPSA,  who wanted to give us a little bit of information as to what will be happening at the Ohio Linux Fest University, which is training held the day before the Ohio Linux Fest. One thing that did not get mentioned, along with the cost of the courses, lunch is included. 🙂  


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Tell us about your best technology implementation

Career, Feedback, Geek Stuff, General Interest, Special Topics September 18th, 2008

OK, so last week I asked everyone for their war-stories on worst technology projects/implementation experiences.  Let’s turn it around and ask for your best experiences.

Tell us your story.

What was the worst piece of technology you ever had to implement?

Career, Geek Stuff, General Interest, Show Stuff, Special Topics September 11th, 2008

We wanna know.

I threw out this question on episode 66 of the podcast; What was the worst piece of technology you ever had to implement?

Drop a comment and tell us your story.


Philly Tech Guys

Geek Stuff, Philly Tech Guys, Podcast, Podcasts, Show Stuff August 4th, 2008

I had the opportunity to participate in the very first Philly Tech Guys roundtable podcast this past Saturday.  Mike Smith from the Mike Tech Show organized and produced the whole show and it was great.  Steve Cherubino from the Podnutz and Podnutz Daily podcasts rounded out the cast and we had a good time talking about independent consulting and handling issues related to being the go-to geek for family and friends.

We hope to do this monthly and Steve has setup a Philly Tech Guys site where the show will likely move.   The next Philly Tech Guys show is scheduled to record on September 6th, 2008 live at Podcamp Philly 2008.  Paul Muller from the Caffination podcast will be there as well.  The show will be streamed live on and I’ll post the exact time as soon as it is known.

Mike released the audio as show #199 through his podcast feed.  Take a listen here.  You can also watch the show as recorded on  I’m the doofus in the red shirt with the antique laptop.

Geek President

Career, Geek Stuff, General Interest, Promote Us July 25th, 2008

Well, as if work and home life aren’t hectic enough, now I’m apparently running for president.

News3Online Breaking News

Many thanks to Cali Lewis at GeekBrief for the link to the site.

Keith’s Podcast List

Geek Stuff, Podcast, Podcasts July 22nd, 2008

Steve and I were discussing on Episode 59 which podcasts we consume.  Here is a list of the shows on my iPod (Broken down as audio or video podcast) and I have included links to the shows site where I can:



If you have a favorite show, post it in the comments and share with your fellow listeners.


Windows Server Staging Procedure

Geek Stuff, Networking, Security, Servers June 26th, 2008

My apologies for the long delay in getting this out. This is a sanitized version of my Server Staging Checklist for Windows 2000/2003 servers. I use this as a guide when staging new servers to prevent missing those little detail tweaks. The original document was developed as part of a comprehensive set of policies and procedures at my former company to promote standard server builds throughout my line of business. I used our corporate server groups document as a basis and modified and added to it to suit our environment. You may have different requirements in your organization, but hopefully it will serve as a foundation for you.

Let us know your thoughts and suggestions about the document through feedback here on the blog or email the show at Feedback [at]

Windows Server Staging Procedure

Sysadmin/Scripting Meme Update

Career, Geek Stuff, Scripting June 18th, 2008

I talked about it a bit when we recorded Episode 55 (soon to be released), but the Sysadmin Meme has really taken off. Admins and scripters from all areas are responding and calling out their associates… I’ll update this as I see come across more.

In no particular order:

  1. Shay Levy
  2. Hal Rottenberg
  3. Marc van Orsouw
  4. Richard Siddaway
  5. Rolf Masuch
  6. Andy Schneider
  7. Jacob Saaby Nielsen
  8. Paul Muller
  9. Jonathan Noble
  10. James O’Neill
  11. Kirk Munro
  12. Jeff Hicks
  13. Rick Savoia
  14. Darren Mar-Elia
  15. David Moisan
  16. Paul Sylvester
  17. Joel Bennet (Jaykul) – taking it back on the dev track
  18. Oisin  Grehan
  19. Joe Richards
  20. Brandon Shell
  21. Don Jones
  22. Greg Shields

Thanks again to everyone for sharing their stories!

Keith’s SysAdmin Meme

Associations, Career, Geek Stuff, General Interest, Scripting, Special Topics June 16th, 2008

OK, here it goes.

How old were you when you started using computers?

I was around 12 or 13 when I started playing with computers. I saw them in Popular Science and was fascinated with them. I then pestered my parents for my first PC for Christmas and my dad finally took me to K-Mart where I had to choose between the Texas Instruments TI/99-4A, the Timex Sinclair 1000, and either the Commodore Vic-20 or C-64.

What was your first machine?

My first computer was a Timex Sinclair 1000. I remember my friend getting a Commodore and being jealous of the color graphics. My second and real springboard PC was a Radio Shack/Tandy TRS-80 Model 4 with 64 kb RAM and dual 5.25 floppy drives (360k each!) We had Tandy TRS-80 Model II and 3’s in my school district so I went with what I knew. My dad had IBM PC’s at work and showed me an ad for an IBM (Peanut, I think) and I decided to stick to the Radio Shack brand. I still have both of these units somewhere in my parents attic….along with all the other old stuff I’ve talked about on the show. My first x86 PC was a Bondwell B210 286 laptop with a 40 MB hard drive.

What was the first real script you wrote?

Hello World loop in Basic on the Timex Sinclair 1000……Isn’t that what everyone writes? I went on to write an inventory control system in BASIC for the company my dad worked for. I coded on the TRS-80 and then printed it out. A typist transcribed my code onto an IBM PC and then I came in to troubleshoot the problems. No reading floppies cross-platform in those days. There were subtle differences in the BASIC compilers back than for disk I/O and file handling. Sadly, this old geek can still remember that BASIC stood for Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code.

What scripting languages have you used?

Basic (No, not visual), Pascal, COBOL, and Fortran. Pascal will always be my favorite. Top down design rocks. If you haven’t declared it….you can’t freakin’ call it. That’s probably why I’ve had so much trouble grasping the object-oriented languages. Later on into today, it’s been DOS batch file scripts, SQL, Kixtart, and the occasional dabble into PowerShell.

What was your first professional sysadmin gig?I took a part-time job in 1987 doing data entry for free magazine subscriptions (International Computer Network) while going to community college for Comp Sci. When they found I had a tech bent, they started using me to do after-hours system tasks on the two mainframes we had (Tandem System I and Tandem System II). Load tapes for backups, load printers for labels or other print jobs, etc. The one thing I remember is the wide carriage printers in the data center. Before each type of print job, I had to run a paper tape with a series of holes punched in it through a reader on the printer. This would set up the printer for the type of job to be printed.

If you knew then what you know now, would have started in IT?

Definitely. During my college years, after I gave up on programming as a major, I focused on being in the financial markets. After a couple of years, however, things changed and I took on MIS as a second major and veered back towards IT. Mostly the change was in the industry. I wasn’t cut out to be a programmer locked in a hermetically sealed mainframe room, but that was the only college curriculum at that time. Once MIS and broader IS/IT curriculums came around it fit me better.

If there is one thing you learned along the way that you would tell new sysadmins, what would it be?

Everybody knows something you don’t. Talking to them and asking them is the only way to find out what it is. In return, share everything you know. Nothing is more counterproductive than having knowledge and not sharing it.

If I could add a second item, it would be; Nobody knows everything. If you think you do, it is time to get out of this field. You need to enjoy constantly learning new things because this is an ever changing field.

What’s the most fun you’ve ever had scripting?

I guess the scripts I am most proud of are the ones I did for Y2K at my old job. They had these old scripts using this Novell Netware add-on pack that allowed them to transfer files between a Novell NetWare server and a SCO Unix server. The Add-on pack was not Y2K compliant, so I replicated the scripts using FTP and DOS batch files. There are only one or two facilities still using these scripts, but thy are still there 10 years later.

Who am I calling out?

Paul Rj Muller at the Caffination Podcast

Justo Morales at the Pepe Show Podcast

Rick Savoia of the The Force Field Podcast

UPDATE: Paul and Rick have both responded. I’ll have to reach out to Justo and kick him in the asterisk. You can find Paul and Rick’s responses at the following links:

Paul’s Response

Rick’s Response