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Oct 29, 2010 - 3 minute read - Comments

eBooks, LISA countdown, LOPSA

I’m going to add a few eBooks (PDF at the moment) to the downloads section. These are GFDL or marketing papers, so I don’t see an issue. They may have some value to you, so feel free to download and have a look.

LISA ‘10 starts next Sunday. That should be a lot of fun and a lot of late nights and early mornings. It’s certainly a busy conference and there is so much to do/see/attend. I’m hoping to at least make a few tweets during the day and maybe even a few blog entries in the evenings between sessions. I’m not sure how well I’ll do, but if I don’t actually post it here, I’ll probably not bother. This way I feel some obligation to pass on info.

I suspect there will be a LOPSA annual community meeting like there has been previous years. I’ll be attending, got to wave the flag for the profession, even if I’m the token Canadian there. Hopefully there will be some new action on the front. I keep forgetting to attend the monthly IRC chats, so I don’t stay on top of it. The mailing list has been rather busy recently and there have been a few good discussions. If you are on the lists or are interested, they should be archived via a link at

What other items… I’m experimenting with DokuWiki as a technical documentation system for managing data center documentation. I hate writing the stuff up and then having to make it pretty for someone to print out, and DocuWiki has a book exporting module. I haven’t tried it yet, but I have hope. I prefer “living docs” to hard copy and this might be the answer I have been looking for. There are a few others, so I may have to investigate several I was interested in another wiki that currently escapes my attention and I hope I can dig up the emails I had sent about it over a year ago at $DAYJOB. I’m in the process of writing up some BCP docs and I figure that since I’m doing it for my own use, once I have it all together I’ll turn it into a wiki so it’s easy to maintain. That will probably only last as long as I’m doing the work, but at least I’ll have another semi-useful skill/tool to add to my bag of tricks. The best part of this is that it uses flat files and directories rather than a db, so it’s portable and easy to maintain even on a laptop. Anybody have another method/tool/whatever? I’ve done the drupal thing and a wordpress thing for tech docs and while they work, I don’t think they are quite the right tool. Still looking for the right answer.

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