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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Changing lanes

In the backyard
Originally uploaded by mricon
Man, with all this microblogging and facebooking going on, I rarely get around to updating my actual blog. I guess it's only to be expected.

In less than 3 weeks' time I'll be leaving my position as lead programmer for McGill's web team and starting another job as a Senior IT Security Analyst for McGill's IT Security department. It's a bit of a departure from what I have been doing for the past little while, but not that drastic of a change. Security is an integral part of being a web programmer and a sysadmin -- and I had a chance to have my butt in both those chairs in the past 4 years at McGill.

Actually, one of the reasons why I wanted to switch was because slowly but gradually the McGill web team has lost its sysadmin privileges, and I rather miss being able to tinker with Linux. For example, I almost made everything work under SELinux at some point (which necessitated writing a few policies of our own), but unfortunately SELinux is not something that is supported by the central sysadmin team. Perhaps it's something I can tackle in the future. :)

And just overall I've been feeling like I've been stagnating doing the same old web stuff year after year. I feel like it's time for change. The new job will probably a bit more stressful than my old one -- but I say bring it on. :)

In unrelated news, Lev is turning 9 months this weekend. He's excited about it, see? :)

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