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7 remote work discipline tips for the sysadmin

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Using protocols such as Secure Shell (SSH) and Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) have allowed me to work from home for the better part of the past twenty years. It's not the tools, the work itself, or the distance from your target hosts; it's the discipline required when working from an alternative location that you need to conquer. And, if you're a system administrator with a few years on your resume, then you know that managing us is akin to herding cats. In other words, discipline is not really our "thing."

When I first began working from home in 2001, the concept wasn't new to me. I had set up remote work environments for many of my business clients starting in 1996. At that time, users had computers equipped with modems that dialed into a server also equipped with modems. Once connected, remote users could perform their jobs exactly as they did when they sat at their office desks.

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An SRE's guide to Memcached for building scalable applications

  • An SRE's guide to Memcached for building scalable applications

    Memcached is a general-purpose memory-caching system. This means it is designed to save (or cache) answers to questions that take a long time to compute or retrieve and are likely to be asked again. A common use case is to accelerate the use of a database: for example, if we expect to need the list of "names of all people who are on team X" repeatedly, we might put this data in Memcached rather than run a SQL query each time. (Note: Memcached is occasionally referred to as "memcache." We will stick to the full name throughout this article.)

    Caches are helpful for building scalable applications and infrastructure, which is at the core of being a site reliability engineer (SRE). This article looks at what it takes to operate Memcached effectively.

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