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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
answered Why can't you fsck a mounted partition?
Jun
22
comment CentOS 5.3 Random Shutdown?
I added some instructions on disabling the shutdown in response to the power button. That would be something to try.
Jun
22
revised CentOS 5.3 Random Shutdown?
Added instructions on disabling acpi shutdown.
Jun
22
answered CentOS 5.3 Random Shutdown?
Jun
22
revised NFS mount “hanging” when accessing from a server on a different subnet
Added more details, tcpdump output.
Jun
22
comment LVM snapshots as a backup strategy
There's a few points in your description which I think are incorrect. In current versions of LVM, if a snapshot becomes full, it's simply marked as unusable and needs to be deleted. I/O on the device does not get halted. Secondly, when you delete a snapshot, no data is copied back to the original volume. Essentially, when you write to the live volume, the original blocks are first copied in to the snapshot, and then the live blocks are updated. Then when you drop the snapshot, it's just a matter of removing the entry from the device mapper. No copying required.
Jun
22
answered IT pitfalls in movies
Jun
22
answered Is it important to reboot Linux after a kernel update?
Jun
22
answered How do I master the UNIX find command?
Jun
22
revised Is system administration easier than programming? Does it pay the same?
edited tags
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.