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Posted on 2015.07.15 at 00:00
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Photo: http://unix.bris.ac.uk/2013/08/21/forcing-cssh-to-use-ipv4

Back when I was running linux on my work laptop, I could cut my workload in half by using efficiency tools such as Cluster SSH, which allowed me to open a terminal on multiple hosts simultaneously and send concurrent commands. This was especially helpful when performing repetitive tasks, such as global password changes. I even had a little script I could copy & paste into the cssh console to get me into whole blocks of servers at a time.

Of course the requirement to use tools which only run on Windows (as well as a whole host of other supportability issues) led to me to finally relent and use an official operating system. However! I still had my ace in the hole with a linux VM on my desktop so I was still able to utilize cssh on the sly. Until I was no longer able to bridge the virtual NIC through VPN.

After a particularly hectic week of work plus weekend surprises, I volunteered to help the new guy with password changes, because that sounded nice and calm. That's when I learned there really is something to be said for, "repetitive tasks." About 50 boxes in, the tops of my hands started burning. Now, maybe its my age - I'm getting a little long in the tooth for rote data entry - but it was so bad I actually considered hydrocodone. I almost never take that stuff unless I absolutely have to.

So instead I bought some of these goofy supports and wrapped them tightly around the tops of my hands after some liquid Advil and a topical analgesic. Lowered my office chair to the ground, reclined it, and managed another 50 boxes pain-free. We'll see how the next hundred go, but I'm already considering replacing old-reliable with a backlit ergonomic keyboard (like this one, because I have Office[Max/Depot] store credit, and its the only backlit ergonomic keyboard I could find - what I wouldn't give for a backlit Logitech WAVE).


suzanne1945 at 2015-07-15 13:40 (UTC) (Link)
Poor, baby! Looks painful. Your post reminded me of an old Merle Haggard song Mike sings--"Working Man Blues".

Lyrics http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/haggard-merle/workin-man-blues-499.html
ehowton at 2015-07-15 17:20 (UTC) (Link)
The third stanza made me a little nervous, Cause I'll be working long as my two hands are fit to use...
jobu121 at 2015-07-15 20:58 (UTC) (Link)
Love the backlit keyboard.
ehowton at 2015-07-15 21:33 (UTC) (Link)
I have three, currently. My favorite, the Razer Blackwidow, my next favorite (the one pictured), which is a Saitek [MadCatz] Cyborg v5 (you commented on that one), and my newest - which is nice, but doesn't individually light up the letters, so is just a tad useless, a cheapy named Blackweb.

I bought my kids the Steelseries Gaming backlit keyboard (and one for myself) when I found them on clearance, but I didn't like the non-standard location of the zero on the numpad. Made using 10-key rather awkward.

Also quite happy that both my laptop's are now backlit as well.

Edited at 2015-07-15 09:33 pm (UTC)
jobu121 at 2015-07-15 21:06 (UTC) (Link)
Why do they not allow you to run Linux on your work laptop?
You still working remotely for CSC?
ehowton at 2015-07-15 21:23 (UTC) (Link)
Common Operating Environment - for supportability and security.
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