The three of you who have been following this blog for awhile have probably noticed that around February of this year, the number of topics I’ve blogged about has dropped pretty significantly. That’s because I left my jack-of-all-trades systems engineer job to take a position as a systems integration lead with Time Inc., a position dealing primarily with the difficult tasks of systems automation and configuration management.
While I love the job, and have a great deal of fondness for the people I work with, I do have to say that the amount of new technology I’ve gotten exposure to has been fairly limited. Though I’ve learned a lot about how a really well-oiled machine runs things, most of my technical posts have been about the somewhat generic subjects of Puppet and Linux, and they haven’t been as varied in scope or dimension as I’d really like.
However, I’ve just accepted a position as Systems and Storage Manager for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where I expect to be spending a lot more time working with the open-source community and working with a team to develop clever solutions to the problems faced by many cash-constrained IT organizations. Being that we have a mission to better the world through scientific research, what better place to contribute to open-source?
(CSHL has a long and storied history of contributions to open-source software, likely dating back even further than Lincoln Stein’s still-used CGI.pm CPAN module).
Expect a lot more good stuff on this blog towards the end of the year as I get to finish up several things I never thought I’d have a chance to (IBM SAN data recovery, I’m looking at you).