Careful, your contempt culture is showing…

I recently (I say recently…about 6 weeks ago…getting new blog posts out takes a while these days!) came across a tweet from someone I used to follow (who I’m now blocked by) that they thought was utterly hilarious: I, however, did not. I really really hate this kind of joke. And I’m probably more sensitive to it than most. I’ve… Read more »

Women’s stories from the tech trenches – and how *YOU* can help!

(Warning: this is post is LONG!) I gave a talk with this exact title at Ignite the Tour in Sydney, on 14th February 2019. It was a 15 minute lightning talk, and I barely scratched the surface of what I wanted to get through – but something is certainly better than nothing! So I then submitted it as a talk… Read more »

The two words an IT admin should *never* utter…

It’s mid-afternoon. The phone is silent. The job queue is pretty empty. You’ve done the project work you wanted to get done for today. “Jeez it’s quiet!” Don’t ever…EVER…say this. All you are doing is risking Murphy’s Law to come along and whack you up the back of the head with an unexpected hardware failure, or a VIP who’s managed… Read more »

Bring on 2019!

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…2018 (and, truth be told, 2017) was pretty full-on and hectic for me. Being on maternity leave, watching a tiny human continue to grow into the adorable (troublesome!) gremlin toddler she is now, navigating my return to work, going back part-time, balancing work and home… It’s been a fun time. Stressful as all hell, but fun nonetheless! And I haven’t… Read more »

PND, PPD, PDD…whatever you want to call it, it’s absolutely fucking abysmal

PND

Long time no write! My sincere apologies for being so lax on the blog posting, but as you should hopefully be aware, I went and spawned a child process! This explains, in part, why I haven’t been as active as I usually would be. Why I’ve been a bit quiet on here, on Twitter, on Slack, on Reddit, on IRC…I’ve… Read more »

Spawning a child process – from development to production!

      Hands free mum! Sitting at my PC with bub 🙂   A post shared by Jess Dodson (@jess_girlgerms) on Aug 26, 2017 at 8:58pm PDT A warning – this post isn’t going to be technical at all (despite the title!). It’s going to be quite confronting because it’ll go into (somewhat) gory details around pregnancy, birth and… Read more »

Seriously slack…and seriously sorry!

Hi – just a blanket apology for being completely slack and not doing a new blog post in a while (even though I have about 20 drafts!) and not keeping up to date on here. Just looked at it and have seen it’s been nearly THREE MONTHS. That’s just ridiculous. I’m super sorry. No excuses, just a few reasons why… Read more »

“Explain Yourself!” – Explaining What We Do, While Trying to Keep Everyone Happy

This post contains all the material that I used in my Ignite Australia 2017 [email protected] talk (and I did an interview about it as well!). I received a few requests to either post this online or for myself to give this talk to helpdesks/service desks. If you want to use this yourself, I have absolutely no issues with that –… Read more »

The ethics and morals of operations – how much access is *too* much?

A discussion in 2016 on Twitter & in /r/sysadmin made me pose this question: “How much access do you consider is too much? Is there such a thing as too much access? How much access is actually needed to do our jobs?” Not only that, but a few situations recently have given rise to the fact that a number of… Read more »