Episode 2 — Francis Kayiwa
Today, I'm chatting with Francis Kayiwa, a Senior Unix Administrator at Virginia Tech University Libraries.
In this episode
Telecommuting via robot; how Francis got into system administration (and library school) by way of a Kenyan computer club and his dormmates’ advice; late ’90s computer science curricula and why things are better now; why Docker is the new hotness (and containerization can make your life than virtual machines do); learning from your social circle; documentation as hospitality; what Francis’ favorite operating system is and why (spoiler alert: it’s the one that makes him swear the least); and administering lots of servers at once with an Ansible playbook.
- Double Robotics — and you can check one out in person if you’ll be at LITA Forum in Minneapolis November 12-15!
- Harvey Mudd College computer science and some of the media coverage of how it overhauled its program to attract more women majors: NPR, Quartz, NYT
- The Rogers Adoption Curve
- Quinn Norton, “Everything Is Broken”
- The Access Conference, where @redlibrarian (Sam Popovich) and @archivalistic (Sarah Simpkin) presented on virtual collaboration
- Examples of documentation we really like: Ansible, Django, Django REST Framework, Stripe
- Becky Yoose’s Write the Docs preconference at Code4Lib 2015
- YAML — we mentioned this in the context of Ansible, but it’s also part of the infrastructure of this web site, which is based on Jekyll and GitHub Pages
- Chef and Puppet, other tools for orchestration/IT automation