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A Short Dry Spell

It’s been a couple of weeks since I published anything here, so I wanted to just provide a brief update. I know that posting something about why I haven’t posted something isodd, I guess you could say. In any case, a number of factors—some personal, some professional—have contributed to why I haven’t been able to generate some useful new content in the last couple of weeks. Of course, there are blogs that go for months between posts, so a small gap of a couple weeks isn’t really a big deal. After over 8 years (I started blogging in May 2005), I think you can rest assured that I have no intention of shutting down anytime soon.

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Technology Short Take #34

Welcome to Technology Short Take #34, my latest collection of links, articles, thoughts, and ideas from around the web, centered on key data center technologies. Enjoy!

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Reducing the Friction: Processing E-Mail, Part 2

A few weeks ago I published a Reducing the Friction blog post centered on helping to streamline the tasks involved in processing e-mail. (Recall that there is a distinction between managing e-mail and processing e-mail.) In this Reducing the Friction post, I’d like to revisit the idea of processing e-mail with a slightly different take: using text expanders to streamline composing and replying to e-mail messages.

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PuppetConf 2013 Ticket Giveaway

What is PuppetConf 2013? PuppetConf is the annual operations conference hosted by Puppet Labs. This year the conference is in San Francisco on August 22 and 23, and will be focusing on the themes of cloud automation, DevOps, and continuous delivery. All in all, it looks to be quite an interesting event.

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Reducing the Friction: Processing E-Mail

E-mail is the bane of efficiency for a lot of professionals, especially IT professionals. In this Reducing the Friction post, I’d like to share a few tips or tricks that might help making processing e-mail a bit easier.

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Thinking Out Loud: The Future of VLANs

It’s interesting to me how much the idea of a VLAN has invaded the consciousness of data center IT professionals. Data center folks primarily tasked with managing compute workloads are nearly as familiar with VLANs as their colleagues primarily tasked with managing network connectivity. However, as networking undergoes a transformation at the hands of SDN, NFV, and network virtualization, what will happen to the VLAN?

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Reducing the Friction: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

One thing that I personally have found extremely helpful in making common tasks easier—a key aspect of the “reducing the friction” idea I’ve been discussing—is the use of keyboard shortcuts. In this post, I want to talk about how you might be able to maximize your use of keyboard shortcuts to help improve your personal efficiency.

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Resources for Networking and Network Virtualization

Good friend (and now colleague) John Troyer asked me via e-mail if I had a “reading list” for networking and network virtualization. I didn’t have a formally-prepared “reading list,” so I just shared with John some of the resources that I personally use. John’s response was: “You should blog this.” So, here it is—a list of resources for networking and network virtualization.

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The Symbiosis Between Automation and Engineering

A little while ago Steve Beaver wrote a post titled “Is Automation Killing The Engineering?” In the post, Steve ponders whether the increased use of automation in today’s data centers is killing engineering knowledge. The argument, as I understand it, says that because tasks are becoming increasingly automated, data center professionals are increasingly less knowledgeable about how things actually work. But is this a valid argument? Is automation killing engineering?

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Reducing the Friction: Automating File Management

One of the key things you can do to help improve your efficiency is “reduce the friction”—make common tasks easier, simpler, faster. (This isn’t my phrase or idea, by the way, but I’ve forgotten exactly where I first saw it.) In my last Reducing the Friction post, I talked about how I use AppleScript to help automate part of my blog publishing process. In this post, I’ll share how I help automate some common file management tasks.

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