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Amazon is having a time-limited sale today that includes the new edition of The Practice of System and Network Administration. This is a good way to get the new edition at a deep discount:

Follow this link. It should be somewhere on this page.

The deal is only available today (Tuesday, 22-Nov) from 12:05 PST to 6:05 PST.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Book News

Christine Hogan and I will be co-presenting a talk at Usenix LISA '16 entitled "Stealing the Best Ideas from DevOps: A Guide for Sysadmins without Developers". Full details are on the LISA website. The talk will cover a lot of the devops-y material from our newest book, the 3rd edition of TPOSANA. We'll be doing a book-signing shortly after the talk.

In addition, I'll also be teaching two half-day tutorials: "Personal Time Management: The Basics for Sysadmins That Are Overloaded" and "How to Not Get Paged: Managing On-Call to Reduce Outages".

Links to all of this here.

If you haven't registered for LISA yet, do it now!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in LISASpeaking

You do? Then you should attend SESA '16 in Boston, Dec 6, 2016. For more info go to https://www.usenix.org/conference/sesa16 (I'm particularly looking forward to Nicole's opening keynote.)

Posted by Tom Limoncelli

The Kindle edition of the 3rd Edition of "Volume 1: The Practice of System and Network Administration" can now be pre-ordered. Previously you could only pre-order the paper and PDF versions.

The new edition will be available on November 4th, 2016. It includes 22 new chapters, 6 updated chapters, and thousands of updates all over the book. The new edition is nearly twice as long as the previous editions. We worked hard to make this the best edition yet.

Here's where you can pre-order the book:

If you are more interested in service operations, web operations, and SRE techniques, you may be more interested in Volume 2: The Practice of Cloud System Administration.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Book NewsTPOSANA 3rd Edition

The September/October issue of ACM Queue Magazine has a column I wrote about how to search random data. In theory the best you can do is a linear search. I came up with 10 ways to do better.

http://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=2984631

Computer scientists should be upset that I write these things.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in ACM Queue Column

The "Early Bird Registration" deadline is November 10, 2016. After that, the price goes up. LISA is Dec 4-9 and you can register here.

I'll be teaching 2 tutorials and Christine Hogan and I will be co-presenting some talks. We also are planning a book signing during the conference. We'll announce the time/location when it gets closer to the event.

Presetations:

SESA'16 (2016 USENIX Summit for Educators in System Administration) is colocated with LISA. Tom and Christine will be attending (watch this space for more info soon)

Posted by Tom Limoncelli

My talk "DevOps Where You Wouldn't Have Expected" will be live-streamed from PuppetConf on Friday, Oct 21 at 2:30pm PT / 5:30 ET.

The talk happens to summarize the major points of Chapter 1-4 of the new edition of The Practice of System and Network Administration, which is due out on November 4, 2016.

You need to pre-register, which takes time. Please preregister early.

A full description of the talk is at http://sched.co/6fk7

To register and watch the live-steam visit https://puppet.com/puppetconf/livestream/signup

P.S. The unofficial title of the talk is "Punk Rock DevOps".

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

One of the most anticipated DevOps books in years is about to start shipping! DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, & Security in Technology Organizations by Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois, and John Willis is the practical guide to doing all the wonderful things that The Phoenix Project talks about.

I've received an early copy of the book and it is excellent. It is very down-to-earth, practical, advice. I'll write more next week when I've had time to read the entire thing.

You can pre-order it directly from IT Revolution or via Amazon.

Check it out!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in DevOps

[Disclaimer: I do not work for Google or Twitter; I have no investments in Google or Twitter. ]

Update: 2016-09-25: Someone pointed out that a better title considering what I'm saying is, "Google should save Twitter as an act of charity".

Google should buy Twitter. (link to rumors here)

Twitter isn't a good "MBA runs the numbers" acquisition. However could be used as a showcase for GCE. It would more than justify itself. In fact, the financial losses might be off-set by the marketing value it provides to GCE.

As part of integrating it into the internal Google stack, they should require their engineers to rebuild it on the Google Cloud Engine platform. GCE scales crazy-good. Twitter has a history of scaling problems. If Google could run it on the Google Cloud Engine, and show that it scales, it would be great advertising.

Google needs GCE to succeed (but that's for another blog post... or you can read Appendix B ofhttp://the-cloud-book.com .. especially the last few paragraphs.)

How difficult would it be to rebuild Twitter on GCE? I think it would be easier than you'd imagine. Every talk I've seen by Twitter engineers at conferences is about technology that (and I don't mean this with any disrespect) is reproducing something in Google's stack. Most of those technologies being re-invented are available in GCE now, and the rest really should be. In fact, if they aren't available in GCE they should be. The project of porting Twitter to GCE would generate a list of high-quality feature requests. Interestingly enough, the re-invented technologies don't seem to be as scalable as Google's original. Oh, and it seems like a lot of people re-implementing those technologies at Twitter are ex-Google employee so ... you have that.

Sadly the few Google executives that I know think that Twitter is a joke, nobody uses it, and isn't worth saving. I disagree. I think it is "the world's chatroom". If you think Twitter "doesn't matter" then why does every news program, TV show, and billboard list a Twitter handle? (Hint: they don't list G+ handles... does G+ even have handles?)

So, in summary:

  • Google should buy Twitter.
  • It would help save this important resource that the world finds very useful.
  • It would be the best showcase of GCE evah.... which is something Google needs more than the revenue of Twitter.
  • Sadly Google executives dis Twitter as a niche application that a very small number of people find compelling. (Spoiler alert: I think they're wrong)

I wonder what will happen.

Tom

NOTE: This article was written by Thomas Limoncelli and included no involvement by current or past co-authors or friends.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Rants

Pearson is doing their annual "Back to Business" sale until Monday, September 19. You can save 35-45%, which is a big deal IMHO.

The Practice of Cloud System Administration is 35% off, or 45% off if you buy 2 copies. Buy one for yourself and get a copy for a friend for their birthday. Just use this link to receive the discount.

You can also get a copy of the Cloud Administration book plus the new 3rd Edition of The Practice of System and Network Administration (when it ships in November) and save 45% if you use this link and enter offer code "B2B".

These offers end on Monday. Act now!

(NOTE: I'm not saying our books are great birthday gifts. However think about it this way. What's the worst that could happen? If your friend is offended and never talks to you again at least you'll have more time to read your book. Isn't that what you wanted in the first place?)

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Book News

 
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