Impromptu training from the sysadmin09 Mar 2012
Today I gave some impromptu training at $WORK; the approximate topic was "Saving State in Linux". I've been meaning to do something like this for a while, but it was prompted by a conversation yesterday with one of the researchers who kept losing work state when shit happened -- Emacs window arrangements, SSH sessions to other machines, and so on. I found myself mentioning things like tmux, workgroups, and Emacs daemon mode...and after a while, I said "Let me talk to you about this tomorrow."
So today I found half an hour, decided to mention this to everyone in the lab, crowded into a meeting room, set up my laptop and the projector, and away I went. For a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants first attempt, I think it went relatively well. Best idea: asking people for questions. It hadn't occurred to me that people would want to know more basic stuff like "How do I split windows in Emacs?". I'm never sure what people already know, so I don't want to bore them...
- Be more organized
- More notice for people so they can prepare questions
- Let the vi people know if it's going to be Emacs-heavy
In other news: finally converted my SVN repos to Git yesterday in a fit of pique. The big three -- my org-mode stuff, and the two Cfengine repos (Cf2 and -3) -- are already in use, as in that's where I'm checking stuff into. The rest (Nagios configs, for example) are being done as I get to them. It's really, really wonderful.
Family: holy house o' plague, Batman!
- Last Friday my older son pukes, stays home from school
- Last weekend my younger son comes down with bronchitis, demands compensation for being forced to take antibiotics
- My wife comes down with some kinda virus that makes her nauseous for a week
- I'm still fighting off a sinus infection
- Wednesday, my older son pukes again apropos of what we don't know
Gah. We're getting the house boiled next week. (Update, March 13: too late; I puked on Friday night and spent Saturday moaning in bed; my wife did the same thing Saturday night/Sunday. FUCK.)
Also? There's a Planet Lisp. Who knew?