A Hacker’s Vacation

[Head in the clouds]I took this week off work to enjoy a Hacker’s Vacation. That is, I’m planning to spend a lot of time hacking on my computer.

It’s more than that, actually. I desperately need some time to put my life back in order and catch up on things that I’ve been neglecting, such as housework, email, this website, hard drive spring cleaning, my Tchou Tchou’s website, the Swing website, a new server, and various little projects I have going on. Slowly, I’m getting parts of it all done. I’ll have to carry on some of the tasks later, but at least this week will give me a good foundation to work with.

The biggest thing I want to hack on is my brain. As I mentioned above, I’ve got a new server and I need to spend some time learning how it works. I’m intimately familiar with FreeBSD, but since it’s a virtual hosting solution, I’m constrained at this point to use Debian GNU/Linux on the new server. Since I’ve been using Ubuntu (which is based on Debian) on my desktop for over a year, it is fairly easy to manage. But there are lots of server-related configurations and tasks that I need to nail down for good security and management.

For general Linux information goodness, I’m following a set of tutorials from the IBM Developer Network entitled the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) exam prep, described as a “series of tutorials to help you learn Linux fundamentals and prepare for system administrator certification”. I’m not intending to write the exams—just learn the material. I’m finding that the tutorials give very good background information, covering things in enough detail to explain the process. I can then, of course, delve into the man pages and other documentation to learn more.

I’m enjoying it so far.

3 thoughts on “A Hacker’s Vacation

  1. Allan Clark

    Hey man… I wish I could take that kind of vacation, but my blog is coming back into order finally. I should have the layout chooser functionality designed soon (allowing viewers to choose a non-glowing-green layout), but right now I’m javascript-beautifying the date fields automatically. … if I can get that going.

    Debian is rather orderly, but gets stale, and the maintainers have a different objective than I do…

  2. Darcia Hoover

    I just read about your hacker’s vacation where you were to spend lots of time at the computer emailing people. But alas, that week you did not email your favourite sister one time. For shame.

  3. NineThreeNine

    lol at above…

    Sounds like the right type of vacation to me! If I tried though something always turns up and I end up doing something else… Always good to learn more about different Linux distributions too.

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