While many people spent the summer looking for lost episodes of the walking dead, I immersed myself into the lost episodes of geek history.
I have been downloading and watching videos on the early days of computers and the internet from the Internet Archive (Archive.org), a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to a wide variety of information. The the Doug Engelbart Institute has the outline of the two day Vannevar Bush Symposium on their website which includes links to the video archives from the 1995 event available online at the Internet Archive. The Vannevar Bush Symposium in 1995 was the ultimate geek convention. I know not everyone is going to run to the Internet Archive to download the 1995 Vannevar Bush Symposium, but I hope by discussing the event at GeekHistory it will stir up some thoughts to make a few people want to learn more.
I have watched dozens of YouTube videos on famous geeks. I am fascinated by the inventions and innovations from the modern industrial era in America. It is amusing the myths and misinformation surrounding various inventors and inventions, most notably the famous inventor Thomas Edison.
Vacation road trips explore GeekHistory
Earlier this year we visited the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. One of the exhibits allows you to interact with inventor George Westinghouse and ask him questions about his many achievements including his rivalry with Thomas Edison. The exhibit stirred up many thoughts and a renewed interest in the myths and legends surrounding Thomas Edison.
The 16th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day is Friday, July 31, 2015.
As we pay tribute to the heroic men and women who keep your computer workstation working and your network running, take a few minutes to understand the role of a system administrator
The many tasks of the sysadmin
A system administrator, or sysadmin, manages a computer network. At Smart Technology Info we reflect upon "The System Administrator and the Power User" to illustate how a sysadmin thinks in terms of managing systems rather than individual computers
The sysadmin maintains various generations of desktop computer hardware and workstation operating systems. They support various desktop installed software, as well as internet based computer applications. They're expected to know what applications work well with which web browser, and what plugins are needed for every website.
They may also be responsible for the local servers and network operating systems as well. Their many network duties could include monitoring internet security, and making sure the wireless network is functioning.
Depending on the size of the network the sysadmin may setup and maintain various user names and logins. They make sure end users are using proper procedures of accessing the network, and they are not wasting network resources watching silly videos not related to work.