Do you need formal qualifications to be a sysadmin?

Thought I’d write this to get my two-cents out there. As someone who has been on both sides of the fence, I feel like I’m in a good place to put this out for discussion. I see a number of sysadmins who feel they aren’t “good enough” because they have no formal qualifications. They feel “less than” because they don’t… Read more »

Fun and games with an insurance company…

The following details the dealings I’ve had with AAMI and outline the background of what occurred. The following is the correspondence (with some slight omissions to protect names/contact details) that I have sent to/received from both AAMI and the Financial Ombudsman Service regarding what had happened and just how many times they’ve screwed up over the last three months, as well as my… Read more »

The story behind the name…

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Not surprisingly, my online nickname/handle gets brought up fairly often – especially if I have to give my email address to someone over the phone – and I regularly get asked how I ended up with it. It’s an amusing, albeit not long, story and it’s stuck with me – because it was not only the start of my online… Read more »

30 before 30 – a look back

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So. That’s it. I’ve hit 30. My life is over! Only kidding. It does mean that my “30-before-30” is over. So this is a quick recap of what I’ve managed to get done…and what I didn’t quite manage.   1. Get healthy – STARTED! I’d like to say I’ve done this, but I think this is an ongoing “stay healthy”. My… Read more »

Getting certified – my experience getting my MCSA

I lurk on Reddit. A lot. I mainly sit in the /r/sysadmin subreddit, because there are quite a number of interesting articles and discussions that come out of it. One discussion that appears to come up far more often than most is certifications. What are the good ones to get, how to get them, good study materials, how to ensure… Read more »

Windows Updates in an Enterprise environment

I’m finding that a lot of my posts are based on things that I repeatedly have to rehash over and over again in other places – Reddit, tech forums, Twitter. This is no exception. I keep seeing people ask about managing updates in an enterprise environment. With that in mind, I decided that writing some high-level “This is how we… Read more »

“For a woman, you’re very opinionated…”

Very *very* short blog post, but seeing the response I received from Twitter (and for me, 10+ retweets/favourites is a lot, I don’t post things that are that interesting!), I figured I would share this. My mum tagged me in a photo on Facebook this morning. She said it was fitting for me and I most definitely agree: I honestly think… Read more »

A couple of IT things *everyone* should know

So, as usual, lurking on Reddit and a topic comes up about things that non-sysadmins (read: normal every day people) should know in relation to being a sysadmin. I thought this was interesting and a bit silly until I thought about it for a while – I’m somewhat amazed by the number of people who are working who have little… Read more »

I’m still alive!

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I made a commitment to try and post every 2 weeks as part of my 30-before-30. True, I haven’t posted in just over a month now, but I feel my Scandinavian updates more than make up for that! Blogging will resume later in the New Year when I’m not spending time lying in be reading books all day, consuming amazing… Read more »

Working from home – it can be done…if you’re not a jerk!

I’ve seen a lot of talk lately, as we’re coming up to the holidays, about working from home. This post is going to focus on IT workers because we can commute quite easily, no matter where we are. I’m personally all for it – I have a study of my own, with my computer and extra desk space for my… Read more »