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On the same trip to India, I found myself in the position of delivering a training session to a room with incredibly varied backgrounds and skill levels. Some folks had never edited a file on the Unix command line before. Others just wanted...

I recently took a trip to Kolkata, India to train users and administrators of an Apple / Inquiry compute cluster there. The slides I developed for that trip may be of general interest, and so I'm sharing them here. The intent of these...

Apple provides a GUI for setting up the IP address and authentication information on the LOM. The problem, for me, with using a GUI for something like this is that it's nearly impossible to script and automate. When I'm setting up a cluster...

Just passing along the URL to a pretty informative video showing Deepak Singh's talk at a recent NYC area Hadoop World conference. The presentation contains quite a bit of bioinformatics/IT background that some readers here may already know but the Hadoop and large-scale dataset processing...

The problem addressed here is the same as the previous two, except that the remote administrator won't open up *any* ports in their firewall. Machines on the customer's network can connect out onto the internet, but there is no direct way to connect to...

In a previous post I described how and why one might set up a very simple ssh tunnel in order to access a web server or a remote desktop server on a machine with a restrictive firewall. This post goes one step deeper, showing...

A basic introduction to ssh tunnels: As a first puzzle, assume that a friendly administrator gave me an ssh account on her web server. However, her organization's security scheme only allows me to get to port 22. I can ssh in, but...

Here is a trick I use a couple of times a month to get finicky compute nodes in a Apple compute clusters to correctly bind to their LDAP / Open Directory master. This started working as of OS X 10.4, and to my knowledge...

Slides from an invited talk to a group of Pharmaceutical IT folks. The topic was very broad, "trends and changes in what I've seen." We used these as a jumping off point for a couple of hours of conversation. Direct link to the slides:...

Talk slides from the 2009 PRISM Forum SIG meeting on "Biomarker Discovery" have been posted here. The talk was a short one and pretty non-technical - aimed at listing out some of the key problems and focus areas in environments where the scientific protocols and...