Category Archives: Random

Munich Marathon 2013

For the first time, I will participate to a marathon on October 13th and in order to make things matter, I will run it for a charity.

I am member of Round Table 50 München,a service club for young men aged 40 and younger. All “tables” in Germany contribute to a so-called “National Service Project”, which this year is dedicated to the renovation of an abandoned open-air pool to transform it into an adventure camp for underprivileged children and teenagers in Kaub.

This video introduces the project and shows the first renovation works:

See http://www.rtjugendcamp.blogspot.de/

Please go to http://www.hmarcy.com/munich-marathon-2013/ in order to spend money !

Red Hat Certified Engineer

When starting at Red Hat as a solution architect, one of the things on is expected to do is become Red Hat Certified Engineer.
This certification happens in two steps. The first exam is the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) exam, and the second is the actual RHCE exam. You need to pass both successfully to become a RHCE. Although I was a RHCSA for a couple of weeks now already, I failed at my first attempt (as do 60% of all participants !) at the RHCE, and only last week did I get my RHCE.

This certification is made of a couple of hands-on tasks. Unlike the LPI, which is a multiple-choice questionnaire and where luck can play a role, you  actually need to really know how things work with the RHCE,which makes it so interesting and challenging.

Now that I am a RHCE (which can be verified) I will continue with other courses, next one will be the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization class to become RHCVA (Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator). You can see below the entire curriculum that leads to the ultimate title, the Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA)

Update : I get my RHCVA last week. Again, it was a hands-on exam with standard tasks for administrators (i.e. setup a complete virtualization environment with management server, hypervisor, etc.). My next goal is the EX436, clustering and storage management !

The FAZ cares about its readers

I really like the FAZ, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (“Frankfurt general newspaper”). As its name says, it is based in Frankfurt and has a national audience in Germany. It is quite conservative and has a strong focus on the economy, which is why I prefer it to, for instance, the Süddeutsche Zeitung (South German newspaper, based in Munich).

As I was browsing the website faz.net, I read an article about Nicolas Sarkozy called “Sarkozy’s truths” published on October 28th. The article mistakenly mentioned that the work time reduction to 35 hours a week in France had been voted when Francois Mitterand  was president, although this had been done in 1997 when Jacques Chirac was the head of state.

I took the freedom to send them an email to correct that online and heard nothing from them… Until someone (thanks Cécile and Mom !) noticed that the paper had published an erratum signed under my name on November 11th in its paper version and told me. I was really surprised because I never thought it would be published. I thought they would correct the online version and move on, but  I officially published something in the FAZ now 🙂

The conclusion of that is that the FAZ is accurate in its content, but should reward the attentive readers by telling them that they were published !

webOS open-source !

HP’s CEO Meg Whitman has just announced that the webOS code will be open-sourced ! This is great news for the open-source community after the Odyssey announcement. This means two things : either HP takes open-source seriously and hopes to revive webOS through that move, or it prefers to drop the development entirely to the open-source community. I would tend to the first solution for two reasons : first, HP controls the update servers for all devices and hence a majority of webOS devices will remain updated through HP channels. Second, if HP wanted to drop webOS entirely, they would have sold it to another company (such as Amazon, who is eager to sell tablets).

WebOS was already based on Linux and on open-source software stack (with, for example, a standard Linux kernel, LVM, etc.). This change will benefit the community with a great component for UI development, as well as webOS users, who will benefit from more applications and a broader ecosystem in the future.