February 2014 meeting recap

Our latest meeting fell right on the heels of the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE), which many of our local members had attended. Tom, Mac, and I all spent time at LOPSA’s booth in the SCaLE expo hall with Dan and Ski, touting the benefits of LOPSA and recruiting new members. It seems to have been a rousing success, with quite a few people joining our ranks.

Following the weekend conference, our San Diego chapter met on Thursday (as usual) in the offices of Websense. We also had tacos catered from Rubio’s, sponsored by Alex Wenz at TechTalent. 13 sysadmin-type folks showed up, including 6 who hadn’t been with us before, even though it was a particularly rainy evening and the venue was at the bottom of a hill (it was feared that boats might be required to attend).

I gave a talk on “Git for Sysadmins,” where I discussed git basics: frontend commands for interacting with repos and the backend data structures that those command manipulate. A good deal of discussion ensued, focusing on converting from other version control tools to git, and how we can use git to collaborate on projects with others. Here are my slides, in case you’re interested (also with my presenter notes, if you think that would be useful).

Next month’s meeting will be on Thursday, March 27, again at Websense. Chris “Mac” McEniry will be giving a talk on “Linux Performance Tools” (find more details and RSVP on our Meetup group). Here’s Mac’s synopsis:

It’s 3am and your production website is “slow”. Welcome to the wonderful
world of troubleshooting on Linux.

Here’s a whirlwind tour of the standard system tools to try to
understand what “slow” means, where the “slowness” is coming from, so
that you can ultimately see why it’s slow and how to fix it. Focus
will be on how to invoke them, reading their results accurately, and
connecting that with the subsystems that are impacted so you can
appropriately focus on what changes you need to fix it.

We hope to see you there!


I studied music theory in college, and I approach most everything with a theoretical and analytical bent. These days I work as a Systems Engineer, managing computers and networks for a network security company.

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