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Living Room / Re: Back from Donationcoder past....
« on: September 12, 2017, 08:35 PM »
I definitely intend to.  Anytime I can give back here, I will do what I can.

Living Room / Back from Donationcoder past....
« on: September 04, 2017, 05:07 PM »
Hello all!  Been a long time.  I just checked my profile and it looks like the last time I was on, at least regularly, was over 4 years ago.  :-[

Crazy 4 years, though.  After I got my new position at work 4 years ago, I was too busy to really come back to the boards.  About a year and a half later, I got laid off, and then a new position in a growing software company where I am a DevOps Engineer.  For those who don't already know, that basically means I am part time sysadmin, part time code deployment guru for our company. I love this new position (Well, not new anymore. I have been at it for 3 years in October).  In this position, I install, configure, and maintain hundreds of servers, push services, websites, and database scripts all over the place, and lately have even gotten heavily into automation scripting and some lighter programming.

I want to put out this shout out right here to Donation Coder as a whole, and Mouser in particular as it's founder, because it is here, where I really started learning about scripting and programming.  I learned the languages, in school, but it was here that I learned how to work through actual code issues in the Code School.  I never got very good, but it was a basis that made me able to get into automation scripting very efficiently, and for that, I can't thank this community enough.

I don't know how often I will get back to say hello and participate again - it may be another 4 years for all I know; but I just wanted to say thank you while I am here.

Wow.  2 posts last December kept me out of the official Lost Sheep list.  Before that, I was out for over over 2 years (2012)...Oh well, that is close enough, isn't it? 

So what took me away from the posts in 2012?  Can't really say.  Just sort of wandered away I guess.  Maybe that was when I had my lateral promotion (if you can call it that) at U. S. Steel.  Don't recall.  Either way, they let me go a year and a half later during their draw downs (even now they are closing plants around the world).  I was pidgin-holed in a dead-end, silo position I hated (but I convinced myself wasn't all that bad because the pay and benefits were substantial - not to mention 15 years of service towards a pension - who still offers that!?!).  Woe be to me if I overstepped my boundaries into someone else's silo (which I did regularly - probably what led to my dismissal).

Anyway, thanks to the grace of God, I landed a new job at a Software as a Service company for the healthcare industry as a Devops engineer and I LOVE it.  The hours suck and the pay is on the low side of average, but otherwise it is pretty much my dream job.  I get to put a lot of time into learning scripting and have been doing mostly bash and powershell scripting.  I also do a lot of work with MongoDB administration and VMware.  For me, that is pretty much a perfect work environment; well except for the MongoDB stuff - that was a *bonus* that I am currently in a love/hate relationship with.  At least it IS interesting though.

Unfortunately home life has suffered some because of the aforementioned sucky hours.  Still, we get to see each other every day, if not all at the same time, so it could certainly be worse.  Between work, home life (read chores), and church; I have little time left for any leisure activities and spend them mostly with the kids, so sorry I don't get here much, but I do stop by on occasion. 

(Okay, okay, I am not really sorry at all.  Like others, I wish I could be here as well as doing the other things, but since I can't, I chose family over the forums and I am not sorry at all that I choose to prioritize my life that way.  If I know anything about most of the people here, I would say you aren't sorry about that choice either - well, maybe some are, but not most of you  :P :Thmbsup:)

N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: Ideas Wanted!
« on: December 01, 2014, 11:34 AM »
Finally made it back with what I think would be a great least for the Linux users out here.  A sed trainer/tester.  SED uses regex expressions extensively, but most/all testers I have found show the regex as not matching, when (in fact) it does.  I don't know if this is because it is a different version of regex, errors in the tester, or something else. 

Ideally, what I would like to see is something where you point to a file to upload (or paste it in if it is a windows utility, which would be fine) then type in a sed statement.  It would then show what the output would be without actually altering the file itself.

This idea came from a lot of Linux scripts I have been writing for work lately - scripts that must often alter existing configuration files.  sed is a perfect tool for this, but it takes extensive time to research the proper regex to apply, only to find out it isn't exactly right.  Moreover, once I DO find the right regex expression, making sure the replacement (most commonly), or other sed action, reacts properly is more trial and error.

For those unaware of the ever-powerful sed utility in Linux, this seminal work by Bruce Barnett provides a great detailed overview:

That said, reading it and doing it correctly (remembering all the rules, exceptions, switches, etc) are completely different, even when working with it on a regular basis.  Hence a tool that would test, and perhaps even suggest solutions to find targeted text could be imminently helpful to linux scripters everywhere.

Been a long time since I posted, but I had to come back and post for this one.  It is too close to my experiences.  If it must be windows, I can't help you much, but if you are willing to stand up a linux/unix server (runs on Macs too), Dovecot is a winner.  Fairly simple to setup, low resource usage, runs great, support for both large and small use cases, designed for IMAP (though fully supports POP3), and VERY strong on security.  It's only drawback is it is ONLY for contact management, no calendaring, etc.  All that is handled by the client side, which means no synchronization between clients.  Of course if that is what you are looking for.....

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