David N. Blank-Edelman

David N. Blank-Edelman

SysAdmin

Boston, Massachusetts

Areas of Expertise:

  • sysadmin
  • perl
  • system administration
  • network administration
  • security
  • creativity
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing
David N. Blank-Edelman is the Director of Technology at the Northeastern University College of Computer and Information Science and the author of the O'Reilly book Automating System Administration with Perl. He has spent the last 25 years as a system/network administrator in large multi- platform environments, including Brandeis University, Cambridge Technology Group, and the MIT Media Laboratory. He was the program chair of the LISA 2005 conference and one of the LISA 2006 Invited Talks co-chairs. He delights in finding how creativity can further the field as demonstrated in his off-the-beaten-path invited talks and tutorials at various conferences and speaking engagements.

Automating System Administration with Perl Automating System Administration with Perl
by David N. Blank-Edelman
Second Edition May 2009
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

Perl for System Administration Perl for System Administration
by David N. Blank-Edelman
July 2000
OUT OF PRINT

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Photo-Development Challenge Results #2: Statues

May 22 2015

It's been three months to the day since I posted "Photo-Development Challenge: Inspire Me and Others With Your Artistic Interpretation", and I'm mortified that it's only the second set of results that I'm finally getting around to sharing (the first having been "Hillside Temple Buildings" 2½ months ago). In retrospect,… read more

Ask the Readers: Will higher interest rates make you save more money?

May 22 2015

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. Interest rates are expected to rise later in 2015. What will you do with this information? You could make the case that you haven’t missed much if you didn’t keep your money in a savings account over the last few years. But still,… read more

Four short links: 22 May 2015

May 22 2015

GM: That Car You Bought, We’re Really the Ones Who Own It — GM’s claim is all about copyright and software code, and it’s the same claim John Deere is making about their tractors. The TL;DR version of the argument … read more

Four short links: 22 May 2015

May 22 2015

GM: That Car You Bought, We’re Really the Ones Who Own It — GM’s claim is all about copyright and software code, and it’s the same claim John Deere is making about their tractors. The TL;DR version of the argument … read more

A “have-coffee” culture

May 21 2015

Download a free copy of Building an Optimized Business, a curated collection of chapters from the O’Reilly Web Operations and Performance library. This post is an excerpt by J. Paul Reed from DevOps in Practice, one of the selections included … read more

A “have-coffee” culture

May 21 2015

Download a free copy of Building an Optimized Business, a curated collection of chapters from the O’Reilly Web Operations and Performance library. This post is an excerpt by J. Paul Reed from DevOps in Practice, one of the selections included … read more

Cultivating change

May 21 2015

Attend Cultivate July 20 and 21, in Portland, Oregon. Cultivate is our conference looking at the challenges facing modern management and aiming to train a new generation of business leaders who understand the relationship between corporate culture and corporate prosperity. … read more

What today’s fitness technology means for tomorrow’s office

May 21 2015

Contributing Author: Claire Niech Attend O’Reilly’s Solid Conference, June 23–25, in San Francisco. Solid is our conference exploring how the collision of software and hardware is fueling the creation of a software-enhanced, networked physical world. At 5:37 a.m., Nina’s alarm … read more

Cultivating change

May 21 2015

Attend Cultivate July 20 and 21, in Portland, Oregon. Cultivate is our conference looking at the challenges facing modern management and aiming to train a new generation of business leaders who understand the relationship between corporate culture and corporate prosperity. … read more

What today’s fitness technology means for tomorrow’s office

May 21 2015

Contributing Author: Claire Niech Attend O’Reilly’s Solid Conference, June 23–25, in San Francisco. Solid is our conference exploring how the collision of software and hardware is fueling the creation of a software-enhanced, networked physical world. At 5:37 a.m., Nina’s alarm … read more

"This is one of those books that make me wish I had a time machine, so I could go back and give it to my past self. I think back to the hours and hours I spent gritting my teeth and picking through all sorts of documentation, whimper- ing, 'Why will nobody tell me just the basics of this stuff, nicely and clearly? Surely if I had a basic understanding and maybe an example, I could beat this to death with a Perl program smoothly and elegantly,' and I hope that the next person stuck in this situation has a copy of this book."
--Elizabeth Zwicky, ;login: The Usenix Magazine, October 2009