A few years ago -- 2014 maybe? -- we were in the early days of distributed teams and were spread across three timezones. Timing was awkward. So, many of us would start our day from home to join calls and meetings. This was, for us the beginnings of regular telecommuting. To help ease the communications… Continue reading The Panacea-Tool Incident
Ever. Let me clarify. While CPU Load has value, it's interpretation depends on a thorough understanding of what it's actually indicating and why. It's no longer meaningful as performance indicator, because it suggests a physical CPU's ability to keep up with some processing load. This is easily grossly misinterpreted and misunderstood. Why is this a… Continue reading CPU Load Isn’t A Performance Indicator
Then there was the one about the overbuilt-solution. We were a "Microsoft Shop". Windows NT4 was in full-swing. Virtualization was in its infancy. Leadership discouraged the exploration of "best of breed" solutions. Making things more useful by simplifying them wasn't permitted. This often meant that the alternative was interpreted as "not Windows."Windows was "the only… Continue reading The one with an overbuilt solution…
We've had a pretty rough week, this, at the office. A number of small issues, several still unexplained, have affected various aspects of our production systems -- ultimately affecting our customers.Another engineer was asked to describe one of the rather long outages for upper management. He sent only this:"We experienced a stage one resumé-generating event."Lots… Continue reading Brutal Week, Appropriate Quote
...feels a little bit like this.