I’m now a LFCS

logo_lftcert_sysadminSo, I’m now a Spanish-speaking, law-talking, Linux-administering guy. On Friday, I sat for the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator exam. The exam runs in the browser. On the left-hand side of the page are a set of questions and sub-questions. There are 25 questions in all and you’re allotted two hours in which to take the exam. On the right side of the page is  a terminal window that connects you to a virtual machine. You do all your work on the virtual machine. You get to choose whether to take the exam in a Redhat-like environment or in a Ubuntu/Debian style environment. Basically, you’re asked to fix or change or install or configure things and you do the assigned tasks and demonstrate that you know your way around the system.

I took the Redhat 7 version of the exam. It took every bit of the two hours to finish. I passed, but not by much. It was a really challenging exam and I was pretty wiped out by the time I finished.



Timebridge: scheduling across organizations

Timebridge (http://www.timebridge.com/) is a web-based calendar service that works in conjunction with your Exchange/Office365 or Google calendar. The nice thing about it is that it can sync with your Office 365 calendar or Google calendar without installing any additional software. It is similar to Calendly, which is what I currently use for this sort of thing, but it has an outbound meeting feature that Calendly lacks. Not surprisingly, the Timebridge folks think that their product is superior to Calendly.

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My super-old tutorial on generating random exam numbers

Law school is all about anonymity when it comes to exams. This means that each student generally needs a random exam number that is used in lieu of the student’s name on exams. A few years ago, I did a YouTube tutorial on one way to generate random exam numbers. I thought I would throw up this link to it just to make it easier for me to find in the future.

As usual, this isn’t my idea. It’s based on the excellent tutorial here — How To Sort A List Randomly In Excel.

And, in case you’re wondering, those are not real student names. They come from the lovely Fake Name Generator.

Turning off iCloud document storage

This is a quick tutorial to show you how to turn off iCloud drive storage if you’ve accidentally turned it on. Why would you do this? Perhaps you’ve decided that you’re not comfortable storing documents in Apple’s cloud, or perhaps you’ve hit your storage limit and you don’t want to pay to increase the storage available to you in iCloud. If you do want to purchase more iCloud storage, see the tutorial here. If you just want to learn more about iCloud, you can visit Apple’s home for iCloud support.

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