Email is a fantastic tool, when used correctly. It almost never is. Rikki Endsley asked me if I’d like to write something for USENIX ;login; logout, and it happened to be right after processing a slew of terrible email: people sending two-line replies at the end of several hundred lines of text, inexcusable top-posting, HTML-ized email sent to lists that reject HTML email (rightly), etc.
Practicing a little courtesy when doing email takes a little extra time, but it makes it so much easier for the people who have to read your email.
Anyway, here’s the piece (in PDF form) over on the USENIX site, please give it a read!
What Every Admin Should Know About Email »
One of the best system administrator conferences around, hands-down, is USENIX LISA. Also, one of the longest-running admin-oriented conferences to boot. I’ve been going to LISA since 1999 or 2000 (off and on) and I’ve always enjoyed the talks, the hallway track, and the general atmosphere at the event.
If you’re going to be attending LISA next week, in lovely Washington D.C., you’ll not want to miss the Fedora booth on Wednesday and Thursday. Note that you can score tickets to the exhibit hall even if you’re not attending the full conference. Sign up for those on the USENIX LISA website:
The hours are:
- Wednesday: Noon to 7:00 p.m.
- Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
You’ll notice that’s not a huge amount of exhibition hall time, but more than enough to drop by and talk shop with fellow Fedorans.
Also, we have a Birds of a Feather on Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 and that will include snacks and drinks. Don’t miss that one, it’ll be a great opportunity to talk about what’s going on in Fedora, what’s coming in the next release, and plans for Fedora 21 and beyond.