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Career

Thank You SoftLayer / IBM Cloud

It’s been a fun, challenging, and unforgettable journey at SoftLayer / IBM Cloud. I’ve enjoyed working on a multitude of projects, big and small, that push the Data Center Operations team to keep learning, keep improving, and keep focused on putting the customer first.

Working alongside technicians in Tokyo and Paris taught me that there’s always more than one approach to solving a problem. Everyone, from the newest recruit to the die-hard veteran, has something to contribute. Cloud and DC Operations is “the business of change”, and it takes a balance of fresh perspectives, ambition, determination, knowledge, and wisdom to roll with those changes.

This is my last week on-site before I take a short break and gear up for a new challenge. I won’t forget the lessons I’ve learned and friends I’ve made during my time here, and I want to shout a huge “thank you!” to my team, workmates, managers, HR staff and anyone else that makes IBM Cloud what it is.

Special Thanks:

Serhat Ozcelik – Your candor, trust, and pragmatism made me more objective and determined.

Enda McDermott – Thanks for your anecdotes, for getting straight to the point, and keeping each department accountable for the right work.

Jason Coneby– For the real-talk, and for pushing me to present and deliver my ideas on a global scale.

Mike Williams – For hitting the ground running, listening to staff at all levels, and empowering technicians through initiatives like the DCOPS Performance, Accountability, and Continuous Improvement Team.

Ben Lyndgaard – For your patience, attention to detail, and amazing project management.

Mansoor Nazir and all the Paris Team– So many big projects on the go and you somehow found time to make me and Vincent Lee’s visit to Paris a productive one. Thank you!

Great Memories of Paris – before COVID kicked us out!

Susan Klinkert– For the amazing work organizing my Paris trip from the beginning to the dizzying return when Covid-19 picked up. Every interaction left me smiling 🙂

Norman Pham– I’m confident that if all our documentation disappeared overnight you’d be able to dictate every procedure down to the tiniest quirk. You are the archetypal tech wizard.

George Comodromos – Another endless well of knowledge. Always friendly, never afraid to get someone out of the stickiest mess, and always “np”!

Good Friends and Good Eating!

To anyone I haven’t mentioned: you’re important too. Keep learning, keep improving, and keep a level head!

~Ben

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Python Scripts Tech

Folding@Home Team Statistics Checker

With COVID-19 on the rise, I’m helping fight back by donating compute power to the Folding@Home project. I run team x0ptis and we’ve completed over 400 work units this first month!

To make it easier to track my team’s progress, I wrote a Python script that downloads statistics and prints them to the terminal. Here’s a screenshot:

Example output screenshot of fah-teamstats.py

You can schedule it to run daily and pipe the output to a log file if you want to see how a team is performing/ranking over time.

If you’re interested in running or modifying it, I’ve uploaded it to GitHub at https://github.com/ratticon/fah-teamstats

Let me know if you find it useful! If you want to contribute to my team, Download the Folding@Home Client and set your team id to 236098. Thanks!

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Raspberry Pi Projects Tech Tutorials

Tutorial: Train Departure Board with Pi, Python and an LCD

In this tutorial I explain how to build a train departures board using a Raspberry Pi, an I2C LCD, Python and the Tokyo Open Data for Public Transportation API.