For I while now I wanted to complete the Linux Foundation Certified Sysadmin exam and this week I did it. Yay!

If you’re a linux admin then this will not present too much difficulty to pass it. The LF certification page explains what domains and competencies will be tested and this can be used to prep for exam if needed.

The exam format is really cool, you get a console access to a linux vm (several choices of distros) and you are asked to do various sysadmin tasks. Nothing too complicated but might be something you don’t get to do too often.

I truly enjoyed the tasks and I learned a couple of new arguments to commands while doing them (you are free to use the man pages during the exam).

You get 2 hours to complete the tasks and that still allows you some time for readig man pages if needed.

For my preparation I spent two evenings reviewing the required domains and competencies and I passed the exam with a score of 92%.

Try it, it’s fun and interesting and at the end you get to add something to your resume.

Surface 3

So I recently bought a Surface 3. Yes, I know. My home network has been a mix of OSX, iOS, Linux and FreeBSD devices but now it will also have one Windows machine.

Surface 3
This is also my first time buying a computer that runs Windows.
The device itself is quite awesome, I really do like it and especially at that price point where it competes with an iPad. It’s a very capable device if you can live with Windows running on it.
In fact I’m writing this post on it. I also owned the first Surface RT and that was garbage. But with Surface 3 things have changed.

The form factor is good, the screen is great and battery life is decent. It has no trouble playing videos, browsing web, editing office docs and of course, you can run putty and manage your unix boxes. It can do anything, it’s just not super fast when it does it.

This Surface uses an Intel Atom quad core SoC. It has 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB storage (not and SSD though but some other, slower kind of flash). You can expand the storage using a microSD card (yes it will be a bit slow) and you can plug in any USB device you want.

But most importantly for me – you can charge it using micro USB. Yes, you need a capable charger, with a 1A charger it does take quite a while but if you have a 2A charger then it is much better.
And of course micro usb means – charge it from your battery pack, which means use it on the long flights/trips which is great.

Overall quite happy with it.