Happy Veterans Day 2020

“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” – Douglas MacArthur

Helpful: Internet Outages

Mohit Lad and I easily go back at least 10 years and I have been a big fan of 1kEyes since its inception. This is a public view of some of the capabilities of the tool. Its a tool that I run to often when things are amiss. https://www.thousandeyes.com/outages \Mm

Big Pivots, Bright Futures

This afternoon I had the absolute joy and honor of presiding over the graduation of our first Step it Up America class at Fiserv. For those not in the know, Step it Up America is a program that reaches out to Veterans and offers them a chance at pivoting from their current jobs and circumstances into Information Systems and Computer Science careers. It is an absolutely amazing program centered around some amazing people. Our program centered around Mainframe Operations and Mainframe Systems Programming. For the young men and women who were in the class, it was a rigorous 20+ week hands-on course. This program is not for the faint of heart. It requires a real dedication and commitment. The class …

Teams Comes to Linux

As many of you know my primary machine for both work and fun is a Linux box. For most work related things I just use the VMWARE Horizon client to get what I need done in my normal work environment. The reality is that my life resembles a frantic split-brained set of efforts that require me to bounce between Slack and Teams and the native Linux guy (me) has gotten aggravated with the additional steps required by not having a native Teams client. Granted, its a small aggravation. But an aggravation nonetheless. Thankfully Microsoft released a native Teams client for both .Deb and .Rpm crowds. The elimination of small aggravations is like chocolate for the soul. You can find the …

A quick pose with Shreya Shah the mastermind behind our Diwali celebration

Diwali 2019

Diwali came late to the Terrell Mill campus at Fiserv this year. For reasons too numerous to mention, our celebration slipped past the actual Diwali holiday into the following week. But that delay did nothing to dampen joy and celebration as we observed it at work. The Festival of lights is an Indian holiday that celebrates good over evil and usually lasts for five days. So we had to make up for a lot of time in the celebration. Organized by employees and our Asian Resource Group, the day featured an incredible catwalk of people dressed in traditional clothing, more food than you could possibly imagine, and of course…dancing! With Indian music videos playing on all the screens, crowds gathered …