Showing posts from 2018

I taught myself a thing today

My job was created as a response to communication issues between two different school district departments.  Basically, the curriculum department and the tech department needed a translator and someone to manage the systems that were solely the responsibility of the curriculum people (read: programs that were purchased to be integrated without understanding the work load or taking into account the capacity of the tech department). I love my job.  I declared myself neutral territory and put up my own "flag" in my office.  I also get to learn about all the things.  Today, I learned about cron jobs. Automated jobs and/or scheduled tasks are not an unfamiliar concept for me.  However, Linux is not something I've spent a lot of time with.  I do have administrator access to the server where we house all that automation, but "break everything" wasn't on my to-do list for today.  Instead, I installed an Ubuntu 18.04.01 virtual machine to poke at.  Then I dug out

Hello World

I'm going to start off saying that I've never tried to maintain a blog before.  So, this will be an interesting experiment to say the least.  Please consider the following my brief introduction. My name is Mariah Sexton.  I was born, raised, and still live, in Fairbanks, Alaska.  This blog is going to be a scattered collection of thoughts about technology, career advancement in a remote location, and my future aspirations. My first real "grown up job" was as a service writer at a car and truck repair facility.  After several years, I transitioned to FAA regulated records maintenance.  I went back to school, and quickly discovered that a single income and student loans was not a feasible way to support a household with two kids.  In 2009, I took a job as a manager at a small independent computer repair facility.  After passing some initial certifications, I worked as a bench technician combination manager.  From there I transferred to a Computer Technician position