New Systems from NetApp

NetApp announced last week the new A200 and A700s All Flash FAS systems.  They’ve announced that their platforms are complete for 2017 with these releases.  Each of these systems are capable of 24 internal SSD’s and have newer CPUs and a lot of memory.  Biggest thing to remember about these systems are they are meant for configurations where connectivity is not as important as density.  There are less ports to utilize on these systems as say the A300 or A700.


Here’s NetApp’s page about the new All-Flash FAS (AFF) systems:

Learning Python, Part 2

So, I’ve decided to switch gears in my Python journey and take a more academic approach.  To that end, I enrolled in the excellent edX program and I’m taking MIT’s 6.00.1x Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python (  We’re on week 2 and it’s been a great way to learn programming and eventually Python.  They take a more computer science approach, teaching you how to think like  a programmer rather than just typing in stuff.  As you can imagine, being an MIT course, it’s pretty challenging already.  The first problem set used a lot of logic and required us to think about what was actually going on in the program.

I’d highly recommend edX as a way to enhance your professional knowledge, or just pursue something you’ve always liked and want to know more about it. You can take the courses for free, or pay for a verified certificate.  I’m considering the certificate, as I think an MIT course could be a good thing to put on my resume!

Learning Python

So, I’ve decided to start working on my Python skills.  I’ve always been a code borrrower, using others’ scripts and modifying them to fit my own needs. I imagine this describes a lot of you out there.   It’s always easier to edit other work than create something on your own.  Like anything in the Linux world, there are a lot of resources out there, both free and paid.  I found a good subreddit about it here:

Based on that, I’ve decided to go through the course at Learn Python the Hard Way.  I like his approach of repetitive lessons.  Also, he stresses using the command line, rather than an IDE.  The initial exercises are really basic, but I’ve been slogging through them and I’ll update here with my progress.

First blog post

This is my first blog post.  I figured I have opinions on technology and what not, so I thought I’d share them.  I hope you either enjoy them or find some value here.  Thanks!