Today, I gave an intro to wiki class at work. Ever since I moved the Unix group’s home page from a wad of hand-edited HTML files to wiki, it’s been a far bigger hit than I expected. There are now nine teams using wikis for their documentation or interested in migrating, and I expect there are probably a few more that will be converting soon. It’s great to be able to feel that I’m making a bottom-up difference at work, and that open source (not to mention Wikipedia) is touching a few more people who might not otherwise ever feel it.
Tag Archive: Work
Yesterday, I was surfing through the “24” tag on del.icio.us when I found a site that had the ring that CTU uses in several formats. After I remembered that I have the exact same phone at work, I decided to see if I could get this ring on my desk phone.
What’s the attraction behind printing things out? The new guy at work has printed at least a dozen emails this week, and also printed several of the documentation pages out and posted them in his cube. When I’m showing him something, I’m sure to say “This has a Wiki page. You can just copy and paste these commands I’m running, just like I’m doing right now.” But he has to write down every command I run on a big ol’ pad of paper.
I’ve been trying to stay virtually paperless. I take notes on my PDA instead of dead trees. I do have a notebook handy in case I need to do something that requires it, like diagramming an application or environment, but I rarely have to use it. I kinda feel like the wasteful habits of my co-worker are invalidating my good intentions. Looking around me in the last week, I’ve seen a lot of desks covered in stacks of papers, and I’m finally realizing how common this is. Why do so many people need paper copies of everything, when they just end up being unused clutter?
The aforementioned major deploy went out this morning. It went well. More than 5000 man-days culminated in a very smooth site rollout this morning. I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders.
Remember a few months ago, when I said that we had gone with SuSE instead of Redhat? Apparently, before we could sign a contract with Novell, Redhat turned around and told us “We want your business. We will match any offer Novell gives you.” So although nothing (still) has been totally resolved, it looks like we will be going with Redhat for our Linux needs. It’s been a long, wild ride, but it looks like we’ll soon finally have enterprise support for the roughly sixty servers under my domain.