About

I have been working professionally as a Linux Sysadmin for the past 12 years. This includes working at several fast growing startups, two government departments, and a nonprofit. The bulk of my experience was obtained working as a Support Analyst at the National Research Council's Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (NRC-HIA), for the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC). I helped look after data acquisition servers, those being the web, processing, and storage infrastructure, used to maintain an archive of astronomy images, and derivative products, from both land and space based telescopes. I later transferred to Shared Services Canada (SSC), assigned to a national team tasked with looking after High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure for the National Research Council (NRC). Views on this site are my own.

The Mission

My mission is simple. I want to save you time, money, and effort. Due to the use of automation software and cloud infrastructure, the operations landscape is changing rapidly. You need only look as far as the latest job posting to see the writing on the wall. We need to adapt, or risk being swept away.

By researching and compiling simple, easily consumed screencasts, tailor made for sysadmins looking to learn about automation software (puppet, chef, etc) and cloud infrastructure (aws, openstack, etc), I save you the time, money, and effort of doing it yourself. I am also working on something called the "IT Blueprint", which is a set of common patterns, or best practices, that I think every IT department should use. The Blueprint lays out why having an internal wiki, source control, password safe, policies and procedures, etc, will make you, and your team, more successful!

Subscriptions FAQ

Subscriptions guarantee episodes are created and released on a regular schedule. This site is run by a single person, and it takes tons of work to create content, and keep the lights on. So, your support through a subscription really helps!

  • What does the release schedule look like? Four episodes are released per month, one free, and three unlocked via a subscription. Having an active subscription grants you access to all content on the site.
  • What do I get with a membership? Besides access to all content on the site, both free and paid content, you will also get episode transcripts, along with commands and code blocks shown in the episode. I will also provide virtual machine images which you can download, my hope is that it will let you play around with the demos I create during each episode.
  • What types of plans do you offer? Right now there is only one option, a $12 USD monthly plan, which automatically renews every month, until you cancel your account.
  • When is my credit card charged?
  • What about receipts? You will receive an email receipt when you first subscribe, and subsequent emails as your subscription is renewed, either monthly, or yearly.
  • Are my credit card details secure? Payments are processed through stripe.com, which is a major credit card processor, used by many extremely popular websites. I never actually see your credit card details, they are processed by Stripe,
  • Do you have a RSS feed for subscription based content? No, not yet. I am working on that right now!
  • Can I cancel my membership? Yes, you can cancel at anytime by logging into your account, and clicking "Cancel Subscription". There are no fees, your credit card will not be charged again, and your subscription will remain active for the duration which you have paid for.
  • Do you offer refunds? Yes. I try really hard to create content which you will find useful, but if you are unhappy, just send me an email, and I will refund your money.
  • What happens if you miss a week off? Subscription will automatically be credited with a one week extension.

Contact Me

Screencasting Toolbox

I have been asked, "what tools do you use", here you go:

Special Thanks

Heavily inspired by Ryan Bates, Michael Hartl, and Tom Limoncelli.

License

Please do not redistribute episode content. If you would like to do something with the text or videos on this site, please contact me. Episode text and videos should only be available through this website.