Bye Gnome 3, Hello Cinnamon !

Howdy all!

Few weeks ago I was once again crying about how I do not like Gnome 3 (normal and fallback modes). Once again I went searching for a shoulder to cry on but suddenly remembered reading something about MATE and Cinnamon in some Linux magazine.

Found some screenshot of both and saw that both had some potential to them so I decided to try them both.

Well, to make a long story short I now have Cinnamon configured on my Laptop and Workstation. I love it !

Large shout out to the Cinnamon team, Cinnamon truly rocks ! 🙂

Bgrds,
FOG

Changes (that time of the year again !)

Howdy all,

Well, about this time last year I changed jobs (leaving one service provider for another).

My work changed from being responsible for a large shared hosting environment with a little bit of consulting on the side to being almost a 100% consultant. For a while it was quite fun, got to work with some of my old favorites (Checkpoint firewalls etc..) and other interesting things. But being the operations person that I am I knew that this would not keep my mind busy for too long. So after spending some time thinking about what I wanted to do right now I decided to find a job at an enterprise (not working for a service provider for the first time since I started doing IT back in 1999:))

I will start there in about 2-3 weeks. Cannot wait !

In other news I managed to reach the age of 30 ! Had some friends over last Friday night to celebrate/cry with me. Haven’t had this much fun for a while :).

Bgrds,
Finnzi

Fedora 17 – Preupgrade works like a charm :-)

Howdy all,

Decided to update my home workstation to Fedora 17 this evening. Ran the upgrade with the preupgrade tool and everything worked out of the box 🙂

There were some changes due to the migration to upstart so autofs did not start after the upgrade but except from that problem everything worked fine! Grats to the Fedora team for another quality release.

Everything looks pretty similar to the Fedora 16 release except for small details here and there. I was a heavy Gnome 2.x user and was pretty upset when the first Gnome 3 release came out…found the interface changes to be terrible but after checking out some alternatives I always ended up back with Gnome. Love it today and hope the Gnome team keeps up the good work.

I might do a clean install later on and try out btrfs….it seems to be developing into a very capable filesystem.

Bgrds,
FOG

Tablets…..

Howdy all,

I have been thinking abut what tablet to get for some time. The Android onces seem fine, good hardware etc. However I have had a Samsung Galaxy S2 for some time and it has been giving me loads of problems. Those mostly seem to be around buggy software so I decided to go for an iPad.

I am writing this on my brand new iPad 3 and so far I must say that I do not think I made a mistake. As someone who has never owned a iOS device I was very happy with how all the interface seems consistent (as in Android it is most of the time extremely fragmented) and everything seems to just work out of the box.

Only time will tell if I will regret this decision but so far I am happy 🙂

Around two years ago when Apple was announcing the iPad I thought this form of computing would not catch on. I thought about this when I was wondering if I would get a tablet or not but tablets seem to have there place in the computing world. After around 24 hours of use I find that when watching TV I really find that i rather reach out for the tablet then my laptop *so far*.

Well, let’s see if I will call foul after a month 🙂

Bgrds,
Finnzi

CCA on XenServer 6.0 !

Howdy all,

Just passed my CCA on XenServer 6.0.

Hopefully this will be the start of a certification frenzy ;-)…..I’ve yet to finish the ICND 2 amongst some other certs 😉

Bgrds,
Finnzi

Discovering Twitter !

Hi all,

Just discovered how brilliant Twitter really is. Never been so quick to find answers to technical questions before ! 🙂

I use TweetDeck as a desktop/mobile client….you should really try those out.

Bgrds,
Finnzi

 

Still alive !

Howdy all,

I’m still alive…just been busy with life, work and everything 🙂

Going to do some changes on the site and hopefully become a little more active.

Bgrds,
Finnzi

Rebel yell…..changes?

Howdy all!

Been a long time since I last posted something. I’ve been quite busy with life/work/play.

This summer was pretty cool, a lot of motorcycle riding and just good old fun with my friends & my son. Found out I like heavy metal more then I could imagine, went to Eistnaflug (a 4 day long heavy metal fest at Neskaupstadur, My hometown). Saw quite a few bands there (Skalmold, Solstafir, Alice in Chains cover band and many…maaaaaaannnyyy more :).

So, in short, motorcycles, leather, mud, rain, rock/metal, hiking, beer and sun ruled my summer!

Since I was already playing a rebel I decided to part from Skyggnir/Nyherji where I have been for the last 10.5 years as a helpdesk operator, technician, network admin and at last, a sysadmin and consultant and move over to Skyrr/EJS to become a full time Network Administrator. I will start there at 1. December. The thought of leaving this company and the bunch of people whom I have worked with for the last decade is pretty tough but I really think this is a good time to switch to another workplace and learn something new.

So…since I have not been in touch with network equipment for the last 4 years or so I knew i had to brush up on my skills and decided to go for CCNA certification ASAP. A friend at Skyrr threw some books at me so I spend most of my free time reading for the exam….

The next 6-12 months will be pretty darn exciting and I am looking forward to have some new challenges thrown at me. However …again, it’s hard to part from a company where you have been a large contributor to and to part from the people who have been (almost) my second family for a long time.

But ….the winter is coming and I have to move my motorcycles to garages around town to keep them safe from the winter here in Iceland. However I am sure I can ride my Suzuki from time to time when the roads are not too “ice-y” 🙂

Well….off to fight my way through life!

Bgrds,
Finnzi