I'm taking further definite steps to leave Pittsburgh, heading east to Philadelphia. It'll take some getting used to a new city; I like that in Pittsburgh, my perception of the area can easily flip between "nature with some city in" and "city with some nature in it". Philadelphia won't be like that, I don't think. I don't know yet if I'll be living in the suburbs or the city proper.
Currently I'm looking for a good job to hold down for about a year; there are things I could do remotely (either in the region or on the national level), but I'd probably be happiest working in a university. Current targets: UPenn, TJU (was hoping Drexel would be an option, but there are no good open jobs there). Anyone who has leads in the region, feel free to send pointers; with my savings and experience, I can afford to be picky.
As part of closing down my current job, I've been teaching another local wizard the basics of administering Emulab. We started with the plan of installing virtual servers for a test run, but it turns out that system performance is good enough that the management servers can (probably) run permanently under VMWareESX. I'm jealous of the setup and intrigued at the "virtual port" setup which connects it over 802.1q to a given port on a correctly configured Cisco switch. Maybe we're finally at the point where all servers should be virtualised; the benefits of easy snapshots/rollbacks/etc are too great to be ignored if the performance is good enough.
To tiptoe into Israeli/Palestinian politics again,( Collapse )
There is still a large backlog of things to write about, but it is very late as I finish this, and I am tired.