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ICON-O-CLAST n [ML iconoclastes, fr. MGk eikonoclastes, lit., image destroyer, fr. Gk eikon image + klan to break] 1: one who destroys religious images or opposes their veneration.2: one who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions.
-- Merriam Webster Dictionary

Hi, I'm Linda J Laubenheimer, Generalist, Know-It-All, and Iconoclast.

Our society is trapped in between several religiously held beliefs onhow things should be done.Many of these boil down to:

Neitherapproach really meets the needs of a technical society.Read more aboutwhat I think it means to be an iconoclast in the computer industry here.

I've Now Joined The Blogging Herd

Since I am so full of commentary and opinions, and have all of this nice webspace, I've decided to start blogging.Iconoclast Blast (General Tech) and The Other Hand (Reviews)It even accepts comments, but they're moderated to screen out the porno link spammers...


Have A Look At My Resume!

I am now looking for a new longterm position.I will happily consider any opportunities you might havethat need a multitalented geek who likes to play with the toys.I tendto enjoy jobs that seem to be going well and good geeky fun, and I worklong term.My primary field is system administration (Linux, Solaris,NetBSD), and I also do perl programming.I also firmly believe in documentation and cross training.
(Resume in ASCII Text andPDF,formats, too.)

Having had a long period of unemployment, I finally satdown and wrote up my rant on Unrealistic Recruiters and Job Ads.It's not pretty, but serious recruiters might take a look at it to get a sense of why their desires for applicants aren't being met.

Oh, by the way, The "Ability To Lift 50 Pounds" Is NOT A Sysadmin Skill.There are very few cases where it is actually required, the rest are an excuse for discrimination.Also, it might surprise you What A Person With Hemiparesis Can Do!


A Perl of great value...

Yes, I'm a Perl hack.Its philosophy of "there's more than one way to do anything in perl" fits in with my distaste for the rigidity of thought that is often found in the high tech field. There are even more perl links on my links page (although some may have died), plus...
  • Perl code snippets!
  • PixStrip For stripping those peskygraphics references out of weblogs, assuming they are all in a variant ofthe same "pix" or "images" directory.
  • This site has CGI access!You now get to try some stuff...Test WhereIs a web based in/out board for workgroups

Sysadmin Toolkit

Geek bonus! Free programs, scripts & stuff.As I clean up andupload some of my scriptoid bits out of my toolkit, they'll behere.I haul these around from job to job, so you might as well havethem too.


How-To & Crib Notes

When I figure out things, I like to note them down for others, too.Sohere are some crib notes and how-to guides that I've tossed together.


Consulting Services

I've been a contractor for so many agencies and diverse companies thatI am will accept consulting jobs, either in my "free" time or when I ambetween regular, long term jobs.My rates vary depending on what you needme to do and how urgent it is.I am willing to negotiate for largerjobs.

Please note that there is a 50% surcharge for "emergency" and"rush" work.If I have to lose sleep, it costs more.Also be awarethat "on site" work may incur travel charges (billed at the standardmileage rates plus parking fees and tolls.)


Find Anything Helpful?

Consider sending me some money!Work is thin in this area (SF Bay Area - not the best place to be in a tech slump), and I need all I can get to keep my landlord and creditors happy!I take PayPal.


Miscellany...

Want to know what I look like?Here's my mugshot and a few stats.Just another chubby nerd...

E-mail me withquestions, comments, snide remarks and job offers. Remember toreassemble the email address before sending.

Here is the obligatory page of interesting links.

See my Amazon store

Get informed about what is happening to the US: [Safe and Free: Safe and Free: Safe and Free in Times of Crisis]


Why Too Kay?Here and Gone!

Y2K disasters were a no-show.I'm glad.However, we aren't out of thewoods yet, (especially in California) and won't be.Why??Because anytime we are totally dependant on an infrastructure we are vulnerable tofailures of that infrastructure.This was the real "lesson" ofY2K.Then the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina drove it home another lesson: We shouldn't depend on "the government" to bail us out in event of a disaster.This includes human caused disruption (i.e. terrorism and/or government overreaction).

Do you want to put aside supplies for a "disaster", butare afraid you'll turn into some sort of survivalist whacko with a bigenough arsenal to supply a small army?Check my Y2Kpage for some rational discussion of the subject, and why generalpreparedness is a good idea.


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