Which ones do you read and advise to other system administrators?
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Since every modern System Administrator should be using a feed reader, here's my selections from Google Reader [NOTE: These are RSS feeds, not the standard viewable sites themselves!]:
System Administration and Storage:
- Boiling Linux and Windows - http://feeds.feedburner.com/BoilingLinuxAndWindows
- Everything Sysadmin - http://www.everythingsysadmin.com/atom.xml
- High Scalability - Building bigger, faster, more reliable websites. - http://highscalability.com/rss.xml
- Kevin Closson's Oracle Blog: Platform, Storage & Clustering Topics - http://kevinclosson.wordpress.com/feed/
- Last In - First Out - http://lastinfirstout.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
- Observations from a Tech Architect: Enterprise Implementation Issues - http://rss.ittoolbox.com/rss/eai-implementation.xml
- Services for UNIX - Interoperability - http://blogs.msdn.com/sfu/atom.xml
- Standalone Sysadmin - http://feeds.feedburner.com/standalone-sysadmin/rWoU
- StorageMojo - http://storagemojo.com/?feed=rss
- The Lone Sysadmin - http://feeds.feedburner.com/lonesysadmin/mkpe
- Planet CentOS - http://planet.centos.org/atom.xml
- Red Hat Errata - https://rhn.redhat.com/rpc/recent-errata.pxt
- Debian Security - http://www.debian.org/security/dsa-long
- Schneier on Security - http://www.schneier.com/blog/index.rdf
- Techdirt - http://feeds.techdirt.com/techdirt/feed
- LWN.net - http://lwn.net/headlines/newrss
- Slashdot Firehose Stories - http://slashdot.org/firehose_stories.rss
- TechCrunch - http://feedproxy.google.com/TechCrunch
Others that are important and popular among sysadmins:
- Cool Tools - http://feeds.feedburner.com/CoolTools
- xkcd.com - http://xkcd.com/rss.xml
- ThinkGeek :: What's New - http://www.thinkgeek.com/thinkgeek.rss
- The Daily WTF - http://syndication.thedailywtf.com/TheDailyWtf
- Official Gmail Blog - http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/atom.xml
- The official update feed from the Google Apps team - http://feeds.feedburner.com/GoogleAppsUpdates
- What Would Tyler Durden Do - http://www.wwtdd.com/feed/atom/
I'm subscribed to the following in my feed reader:
- The Blog of Ben Rockwood - excellent Solaris blog
- Commandlinefu - subscribe to one of the 3 or 10 vote feeds for useful command line tips.
- Unix admin corner
- Sun Bigadmin updated feed - occasionally has some useful links, but there is a lot of noise
- Daily Vim - Learn your editor and learn it well
There are a few others I have in my sysadmin category, but they may not be generally applicable. I'd also suggest reading a lot of sites that would be considered 'sites programmers should read' - hacker news, programming.reddit etc., but then I tend to have an interest in both programming and systems administration.
On a regular basis? None.
In the end, most sites just end up being a time suck (like Server Fault?)
For some light reading you can't beat BOFH ;->
Why slashdot.org of course!
For when you just need to know that you're not the only one...
No one has mentioned Microsoft's Sysinternals Blog, which has the best advanced Windows troubleshooting information anywhere.
I read Hacker News. The name is misleading, as it rarely has any hacker news, but very informative stories on every tech-subject imaginable.
Of course this site !!!
Ok ! I'm leaving =====>
I have gazillions of technology and vendor specific feeds in my RSS reader. Too many, perhaps.
Those that haven't yet been mentioned and are relatively generic:
I highly recommend Ars Technica in general, but a daily digest of the Server Room forum on their site is just awesome:
Just tons of great info, especially on VMWare etc.
I subscribe to several of the planet aggregators.
- planet sysadmin - http://planetsysadmin.com/
- planet sysadmin - http://www.sysadminblogs.com/planet/
- planet security - http://planetsecurity.bacarospo.net/
- planet Ubuntu- http://planet.ubuntu.com/
- planet Debian - http://planet.debian.org/
- planet network management - http://planetnetworkmanagement.com/
If you want to keep an eye on security issues you can check out:
HackADay is one of my favorites! It is good for killing time at work.
The "Serious Hardware/Software Crap" and related forums at Something Awful I've found to be a source of solid advice, both for sysadmin and coding questions.
The Joyeur blog, by Joyent. Sadly they don't seem to be posting much content these days. Are they even doing the podcast anymore ?
I usually visist OSNews to see whats going on in the OS world (allthough it's a bit Linux-aimed)
For getting a grip on the technology, digital life, and political zeitgeist, you might try popurls. The site is nicely designed and gives a reasonable way outside of a feed reader to grab quick look at the state of things. The advantage over a feed reader is that there is less of an urge to "deal" with everything and get it out of your "inbox" because there is no "inbox."
I've cut back on my RSS reader dramatically. Mostly it's web comics, which is about 8 or 10 sites now.
I try to follow high quality content sources and interesting people on Twitter. Most of the blog authors I had in RSS are on Twitter and link their latest post. A lot of colleagues, friends and acquaintances I know in Ruby on Rails and Web Operations are on Twitter, and post links to blog posts, news articles and other sites I find valuable and interesting.
It's like getting a "best of" without having to sift through all the crap. Other people did it for me. It's the ultimate in laziness.