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bio website kamilkisiel.net
location Vancouver, Canada
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I've been Linux user for over 10 years, and been computing since around age 11. I got my start in programming by learning Perl on my Debian machine in high school. Since then I've learned numerous languages including C, C++, and Python. I've also dabbled in Java and assembly.

I have a bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, Canada.

I've worked in Japan as a CAD software developer in C++ on Windows. Not my favorite environment, but an interesting project never the less.

I'm currently employed by a Vancouver-based biotech startup working primarily on systems level projects but doing my fair share of software development.

My favorite programming language is Python and I use it nearly every day. My recent interests lie in virtualization, hpc, and large-scale systems management. I'm an active contributor to the Bcfg2 project.


Jun
22
revised Is system administration easier than programming? Does it pay the same?
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Jun
21
comment UPS and power strip interactions?
Does that also exclude rackmount UPS + PDU? Typically the UPSs are placed at the very bottom of the rack due to weight, then you need some way to give outlets to servers unless you want to run a whole bunch of really long power cords :/
Jun
20
comment Best system administrator accident
A good reason not to rely on "cd" in any kind of script. Always use the full path expansion.
Jun
20
comment The perfect server room?
As someone who has rolled a loaded 30U rack on to a truck, it's definitely not something I would want to do ever again for any reason. It really messes with the elevators having that much weight on the rack, and the moving companies aren't equipped to deal with it, even if they are. We tried this when we were moving offices and I have to say it was the scariest experience of my professional life, watching the rack containing all our expensive equipment getting loaded on to the back of a huge truck and bouncing around on the pavement in the process. Better to unrack your gear and move it.
Jun
19
awarded  Organizer
Jun
19
comment What to do about “SCSIPressurePathManager: new active path available” errors?
Please read the ServerFault FAQ: "Please note that Server Fault is not for general computer troubleshooting questions; if you paid for that desktop hardware, and it's your personal workstation, it is unlikely that your question is appropriate for Server Fault."
Jun
19
answered Cost effective and frugal SAN solution for under $5000?
Jun
19
answered How do you remotely administer your Linux boxes?
Jun
19
comment Open Directory Failover
That's been pretty much our experience as well. Doesn't seem to work as advertised :(
Jun
19
comment iSCSI Target RAID Array Recommended for MacOS X
There's not really anything that's MacOS X specific in the product, and they don't have anyone that seems specifically knowledgeable in the platform but that hasn't really seemed to cause any pain for us. I believe the globalSAN initiator has been certified to work with the LeftHand products.
Jun
19
comment Xen start hangs on waiting for root file system
Sounds reasonable. You should accept your own answer to mark the question as answered.
Jun
19
answered iSCSI Target RAID Array Recommended for MacOS X
Jun
19
comment Xen start hangs on waiting for root file system
What does /var/log/xen/xend.log give you for that domain?
Jun
19
answered How does one deploy server monitoring software on the Mac?
Jun
18
comment How do you manage your Mac workstations?
I think DeployStudio and ARD look like they'd be the next logical step up for a deployment like ours. I know a lot of people mentioned Puppet and we already use Bcfg2 for configuration file management, but I find a system like that is less than ideal for package deployment.
Jun
18
accepted How do you manage your Mac workstations?
Jun
18
comment Accidentally formated external usb harddrive (500GB) with bootable iso (1GB), how can I recover my data?
Looks like some great software! I've never heard of this before, thanks.
Jun
18
comment Why keyboard keys are not in alphabetical order?
I don't agree that spacing the keys out would actually make you slower. If anything, using keys that are further spaced apart allows you to type faster since you can use alternating fingers and can be already pressing the next key when the previous is on the rebound.
Jun
18
comment What do you call the main component of a computer system?
I prefer b0x or bawks.
Jun
18
answered Random Number Generation