Wednesday, November 23, 2011

If you don't capitalize your units properly, I'll hunt you down and give you a scowl.

People that don't capitalize units are the scourge of the earth. I know this is a bit basic for a blog about Systems Administration, but I have to explain this far more often than I'm comfortable with. Seasoned admins should universally share this pet peeve. When your high school Chemistry of Physics teachers were yelling at you to use a lowercase m for milli and a capital L for liter, he or she wasn't being pedantic. It matters. A lot.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Firefox: Doing everything right...except the important stuff.

I'll preface this by saying that "the important stuff" is clearly subjective. My background is as a mixed Windows/Linux server admin with mainly Windows clients. If you're an all BSD, Linux, or OS X shop, then this isn't really going to apply to you. Sorry about that, I still think you're important if it makes you feel better!

What is one of the most important things to consider when evaluating a piece of software? Simple: manageability. Sometimes manageability means different things to different organizations, but the general premise is the same. How many man-hours will this require for proper deployment, management, and maintenance and are those man-hours worth the benefit that will be gained from the application being evaluated. One of my biggest gripes is when software vendors don't provide a good management platform for their software. Usually this is limited to small specialized vendors, but occasionally a big name enters this arena and I can never understand why. This brings me to today's topic: Firefox.