S1E8: "On the Origin of Processes"

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2016-05-25 03:07:19 2016-06-07 01:30:00 aaron k.
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A (very brief and scattered) history of *nix operating systems, closed-source/proprietary software adoption in a business context (and how F/OSS software plays into that), various filesystems used as the default in several distributions, and the /proc virtual filesystem.


Starts at 9m07s.

  • Jthan is moving to CA to work at Apple as a Site Reliability Engineer (SRE).
    • He hasn’t gotten his NDA and other paperwork yet, so we don’t know if he can mention what division/department he’ll be in, but as soon as we get clearance we’ll mention it.
    • I mention GlassDoor, which is IMMENSELY enlightening.
  • Windows 8 at the very least causes high CPU load if the username has “user” in it
  • Microsoft planning to kill the Windows Live mail application.
  • Microsoft also pulls a webpage popup trick to get people to upgrade to Windows 10 in a, shall we say, less than honest manner.
  • The FBI warns about USB keyloggers disguised as phone chargers.


Starts at 23m08s.

I was drinking a PBR, Jthan was drinking a Colorado Native Lager (and Miller Lite)- and also mentions Lagavulin scotch, and Paden was drinking Buckeye Vodka again.

  • Closed-source software in a business environment (53m30s)
    • The article we refer to is here.
  • CentOS 7 default filesystem is XFS (1h06m03s)
    • The article Jthan mentions is here.
    • SUSE default filesystem for / is indeed Btrfs.
  • Procfs (1h13m47s)
    • This does a better job than us prattling on.

Sysbadministration Award

In this segment, we highlight system administration mistakes. Think of them as the IT equivalent of the Darwin Awards. (1h18mm10s)

A tech thought he brought down the entire network by resetting an AP to factory settings. (Spoiler alert: he actually didn’t do it, and it has a happy ending.)


  • I refer to Plan 9 as “Plan 9 from Outer Space”- that’s the (terrible) movie they got the namesake from. The actual name is “Plan 9 from Bell Labs”.
  • I was almost certain procfs was obsoleted. I think it may have just been the conntrack procfs component in the kernel, upon retrospect.


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Intro Apocrypha rsf click CC-BY-SA 3.0
Outro Tell Me About the Whistles BitBurner click CC-BY 3.0
(All music is royalty-free, properly licensed for use, used under fair use, or public domain.)



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