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Epic Data Courier

What is Data Courier?  If you worked with Epic or some other enterprise level software, most likely you did not do all your modifications or configurations or customizations in production.  Right?

In fact, you may have

  • a Proof of Concept environment,
  • a Development Environment, and
  • a Production Environment along with
  • mirrors or shadows for Disaster Recovery or
  • ETL for Reporting and possibly systems set up for
  • Training or Internal Education.
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Virtualization, Vagrant, and Docker for Development

How would you like to take virtualization to a new level?  To create virtual machines, each perfect for whatever software you are trying to develop?  What if you messed up big time and wished you could just get your computer back to the way it was before you did anything and start over?  What if you could do that in a few seconds or minutes at most?

Vagrant can help you do that.  That is, if you want to create whole virtual machines.

But what if you wanted to create several light-weight servers that shared an operating system image?

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University – Campus Blessing Revival

A Campus Blessing Revival is needed, whether it is to be a mainstream campus club under the control or authority of those in charge of the university or whether it is to be an underground club to protect against being unduly controlled and prevented from doing what is right in the eyes of God.

If the club is to promote faithfulness to God, it cannot promote homosexual behavior, adultery, or sin in any form.  It cannot be led by sinners since no sinner can lead a person to be faithful to God any more than a cheating preacher can lead others to be faithful to their spouses or God.

But, revival is necessary, and university/college influence is critically important in making a difference in this world.

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October 2013 – Thanks to God and Loved Ones

A year and a month ago, my wife gave birth to our baby boy, David.  Eileen suggested naming him after my little brother who passed away in 2008 to Congestive Heart Failure at 39.

I’m in the office now, and cannot spend time writing, but I needed to jot down something quickly just to push me to start writing again when I’m off work.  There is so much to be thankful for.  My parents are still with us and are still a great blessing.  My work is sustaining us, and I work for a great hospital with great friends for coworkers.  So, it would seem life is about as good as it can get.  Yet, I feel hungry to make a greater contribution to the world I live in.

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Three and a Half Years Administering Epic

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Daniel J. Dick

 

Stuck in Fresno away from familiar lucrative and challenging IT positions, I wanted to return to the Bay Area or another more metropolitan area.  But my aging parents  needed my help.  My brother passed away in 2008 and my sister lived near Los Angeles while my daughter studied Cognitive Science at UCSC.  So Eileen and I felt bound to stay in Fresno.

Then a recruiter called.  Recruiters typically call.  However, this recruiter asked whether I could live and work in Fresno.  That was ideal!

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My Visions, Dreams, Passion

Long ago in a far away place…Ok…

Sixteen or seventeen years ago, a lady came to my workplace and gave a seminar called “Making Your Dreams Come True”.  I walked into the room, got my name tag and my three ring binder and sat down.

What did I get myself into?  “Making Your Dreams Come True”.  When do the Cinderella and Rapunzel dolls come out?  Can I sneak out and go back to work?  I’ve read books and gone to seminars on positive thinking, possibility thinking and all that.

Well, for some magical reason Forrest Gump comes to life and the dim wits who really believe in this Cinderella stuff are the ones who succeed.  It’s the “smart”, enlightened ones who fail.

So, why is this happening?  Are some people just lucky?  Or are some people just too stupid to know when something won’t work ?

The Bible says in Proverbs 29 v 18, “Where there is no vision thepeople perish

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Email Using Exim – Bye, Bye Spammers

I just  spent a week in email purgatory.

Sendmail was a great email server.  It served millions of people for decades.  But, email technology has matured.  Or perhaps it has merely been simplified.  Or perhaps complexity for the sake of generality has been exchanged for a simple foundation with complex appendages to address security, performance, and scalability.

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Unix: Forward to the History

Ever watch “Back to the Future”?  Ever live “Forward to the History?”

Sick of being imprisoned in a C-panel reseller’s account I longed to return to my long familiar Linux / Unix command prompt.  I got a VPS from Ubiquity.  It was the right thing to do.  I know I was falling off the wagon and who knows where indulging an old addiction might lead?  But, my daughter was proud of me.  In fact, she was the one who recommended it.  My addiction was Linux.  Solaris.  AIX.  HP-UX.  It ran through my blood like heroin through the veins and brain cells of a drug addict.

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Services Dying? Keep Them Alive With a Perl Script

Have you ever felt frustrated with your Unix services that keep shutting down in production unexpectedly without notifying you?  Would you like to have a script that might help restart those processes and notify you of the problem?

This little helpful Perl script might help.  Or it might help you see what happens when a long time Unix system admin learns enough about perl programming to be dangerous.  Even so, this script works well for me.

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My Unix Journey

People Collaborating When Linus Torvalds came out with Linux in 1991, I had nearly a decade of Unix administration and C development experience.  And my first brush with Unix came out of my own curiosity while I was a COBOL and PC programmer/analyst for Fresno Unified School District in the early 1980’s.