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  • 13 Aug 2015 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    The LOPSA Board held its annual Face to Face meeting where the old board passed on the leadership of LOPSA to the new board.  Your officers for the next year are:

    • President: Ski Kacoroski
    • Vice-President: George Beech
    • Treasurer: Matt Disney
    • Secretary: John Boris

    For the next year we decided that our primary focus will be on providing education and training at the regional and local levels for current system admins that would like to improve their skills or need to learn a new skill. Skills include the 'hard skills' like learning a new technology and important 'soft skill's like contracts, time management, people skills, etc. We feel that one area that is not being served by existing services such as Serverfault and Google Search are the more complex 'how to' architecture questions such as how to design an architecture to support a particular set of requirements that require more depth and detail than a one paragraph answer.

    While the board has several ideas how to facilitate education and training which we will be sharing with you over the next 4 weeks, we also want your ideas.

    • How do you improve your system admin skills?
    • What can LOPSA do for you to make it easier to improve your skills? *
    • What kind of skills are you interested in improving?

    Please think about these questions as we will be sending out a short survey within 2 weeks to get your feedback.

    Thanks for supporting LOPSA!

  • 30 Jul 2015 10:30 PM | Anonymous
    LOPSA is pleased to announce the winners of the its SysAdminDay contest sponsored by Ansible, SiliconMechanics, Opengear, and Druva. And the winners are:
    Maya Karp won a $100 Apple gift card and Tshirt from Opengear for her entry:
    "I work with the systems teams at DreamWorks Animation. Being a SysAdmin for  me, is about conquering my own insecurities. I come from an artist background with no formal education in computer science at all. I always felt unsure  around computers, much less Linux. I became a SysAdmin to build my confidence  and grow. I know have an Ubuntu media server at home and run all three OS.
    Truly, I believe the difference between a job and a career as a SysAdmin is attitude. I come in curious every day to learn something new. In this field, the change far outpaces anyone who is not voraciously learning. My career goal  is continually raising the challenge and curiosity bar as I progress- being a SysAdmin has been an awesome way to stay curious and challenged!
    There once was a shell within Linux
    Whose returns were feeling like gimmicks
    Whether up arrow or tab
    It was all becoming drab
    Every day, every minute
    Was just another init
    Until Red Hat saw the symptom
    And changed over to system ... D"
    Jennine Townsend won a Raspberry Pi 2 Ultimate kit from Silicon Mechanics for her entry:
    "Almost a billion seconds ago, my mentor taught me that system administration is at its core:
    Manage the hotel 
    Clean rooms, sheets, hot water, roof
    Prevent guest murders.
    Norman taught me a few other things, too, but that analogy that I have recast into haiku has informed my approach ever since."
    Patrick C won Laptop bag from Druva for his entry:
    "To me being a S.A. is being the dependable when there is no doubt a situation could be fixed. There is no such thing as 9-5pm in a S.A. job. It is expected that you handle the highest priority matters with the know how and spending zero money to accomplish said tasks. One might say we walk on water at times, especially if your racks are close to a pump room. Smiling and being cheerful when really you know we're all screwed. Most of all doing the best you can at the job at hand, even if it's the light bulb in the server room.
    To me working with so many aspecs and variables any other job wouldn't make sense being a career. With the S.A. career path you could start with the intention to work with NASA and end up at a yogurt factory supporting the same systems. To progessively move forward and self educate is what makes this  a career. Always looking to learning new things daily. To think we have careers in a industry that can change in a week is mind blowing. You can call us what every you like but the career will never change just the job at hand."
    Peter Ferriola won an Ansible book and prize pack from Ansible for his entry:
    "To me, being a sysadmin means taking the tedious things people have to do with systems and making nobody have to do them again (at least not regularly). If people don't really remember a problem a few months later that used to plague them every week, I'm doing my job."
    Thanks to all our members who entered the contest and again to our sponsors for their support of system administration, LOPSA, and this contest.

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