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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Why scripts are better than politicians

Unix tips: Saving time by repeating history

Unix tips: Saving time by repeating history

Clever use of history commands to help you move faster on the Unix command line.

Making your command line more helpful and fun!

Making your command line more helpful and fun!

You can do a lot more with your command line font colors than turn them on and off. How about picking your own colors? How about customizing your prompt so that it balks when you make a mistake?

The artistry of top

The artistry of top

The top command's many options allow you to be creative when you're looking into system performance

30 years a sysadmin

30 years a sysadmin

The profession -- and everything it involves -- has changed dramatically, but has been (and still is) a fun ride.

18 cardinal rules of systems administration

18 cardinal rules of systems administration

Holding yourself to this set of rules will help to keep your systems running smoothly and your users happy.

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

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

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

Establishing your virtual presence on the cheap

Establishing your virtual presence on the cheap

I was excited to see what Double Robotics has accomplished with their telepresence robot, especially when one showed up on an episode of The Good Wife. Double Robotics’ device (see http://www.doublerobotics.com/) is making it...

Unix: Beyond Owner, Group, and Everyone Else

Breaking out of the traditional owner/group/world way of managing file permissions, setfacl and getfacl provide a lot of flexibility and fair share of complexity.

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

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