Sandra Henry-Stocker

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Sandra Henry-Stocker has been administering Unix systems for more than 30 years. She describes herself as "USL" (Unix as a second language) but remembers enough English to write books and buy groceries. She lives in the mountains in Virginia where, when not working with or writing about Unix, she's chasing the bears away from her bird feeders.

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30 years as a sysadmin

Ack!  What's using up all my disk space?

Ack! What's using up all my disk space?

Finding what's using up your disk space goes more smoothly if you're ready to run a series of helpful commands

LaaS (Linux as a Service): What to expect when you build a Linux server in the cloud

LaaS (Linux as a Service): What to expect when you build a Linux server in the cloud

Linux servers in the cloud -- cheaper and better than ever.

Review: The GNU Make Book

Review: The GNU Make Book

Here's a book that could teach you more than you ever thought possible about make. One of those Unix utilities that I took for granted all these years, make is actually a lot more versatile than I imagined and quite a bit more...

Checking last logins with lastlog

Checking last logins with lastlog

How would you like an easy way to determine the last login date for everyone on your system and prepare a list of those accounts that have never logged in at all? If you don’t know the lastlog command, you might be delighted with...

Statistics Done Wrong: The Woefully Complete Guide by Alex Reinhart

Statistics Done Wrong: The Woefully Complete Guide by Alex Reinhart

no starch press 2015

Eloquent JavaScript: A Modern Introduction to Programming, 2nd Edition

Eloquent JavaScript: A Modern Introduction to Programming, 2nd Edition

Marijn Haverbeke no starch press 2015 Want to learn one of the primary languages of the web? JavaScript might be just an excellent choice and Eloquent JavaScript just might be the best route to proficiency with this language....

Unix: Showing tasks by run state (sysvinit)

Unix: Showing tasks by run state (sysvinit)

A quick way to see what runs in any run state

Unix: Showing tasks by run state

Unix: Showing tasks by run state

A quick way to see what runs in any run state

Digesting Log data - part 2

Last week, we looked at a script that digests log files by making clever use of Perl's impressive implementation of arrays. This week, we look at a pared down version of the same script, paying close attention to performance and...

Digesting log data

Reducing voluminous log data to a size that can be read and understood in a matter of minutes can make the difference between systems administrators having the time to review log data on a routine basis and only reviewing it when a...

Apple Defaults to OS X

Apple Computer Inc. is making its Unix-based OS X the default operating system for all new Macintosh computers, a move that no doubt pleases Sybase Inc. The Emeryville, CA developer of enterprise-class software recently announced...

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