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  1. Wow. As a sysadmin myself, that really hit the spot. I can’t wait for the next episode.

    Comment by Alex Holden — October 28, 2005 @ 12:19 pm

  2. You misspelled “modafinil”. HTH. HAND. Sorry for the bitchy spelling flame, but I’m afflicted with Assburger^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hperger Syndrome and spelling errors tickle the back of my brain until I correct them. (:

    Comment by RobW — October 28, 2005 @ 1:25 pm

  3. We heard the beginning of this story in East Lansing this Summer. Is it done? Do we get to hear how it ends in this series?

    Comment by Bill Hart-Davidson — October 28, 2005 @ 9:15 pm

  4. The story’s not done, but I’ve started writing on it again, so it’ll be in the can before long. Did 2k words yesterday on the Eurostar and plan on doign 4K more next week going and coming back from Chapel Hill. That should wrap it, more or less.

    Comment by Cory Doctorow — October 29, 2005 @ 9:45 am

  5. Oh my God! The CN Tower!

    Samantha was going to write about this happening, and now you did it before her. (Not that I have any idea where she is at the moment, haven’t heard from her for years).

    Hard to imagine a Toronto in that state… which brings me to… *sigh* I miss walking through the streets of T.O…

    Comment by Gard — October 29, 2005 @ 1:03 pm

  6. Liners: Blogniscient, Can’t Stop the Bleeding, Operatic Strunk

    The Business Blogging Seminar’s over. Here are Flickr’d photos and tongues in cheeks. Speaking of the aggressive Forbes article, the discussion is done. Bloggers are not America’s founding fathers. That is silly. Cory Doctorow starts podcasting a new s…

    Trackback by Blogebrity — October 30, 2005 @ 5:06 pm

  7. The “After the siege” podcasts were already pretty good, but the first episode of “When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth” really got me hooked, especially since you’ve done a really good job of making it attractive to us geeks and nerds, without being superficial.

    I really hope you have to travel a lot over the next few weeks, because I desperately want to know what’s going on in Toronto and how the sysadmin’s will survive once all the Pizza delivery guys are dead… ;)

    Comment by citizen428 — November 1, 2005 @ 1:21 pm

  8. Cory,
    I first caught your podcasting of “Siege”, and I wanted to say “Way to go!”. The modern short story is seeing a revitalization thanks to writers like you. Great job, and I can’t wait to hear the next installment of “Sysadmins”.
    Your streaming audio also reminds me of the radio serials from the 20’s and 30’s… it gives the story a great flavor. Keep it up!
    -Tim, in Philadelphia

    Comment by Tim — November 1, 2005 @ 3:56 pm

  9. i loves it!! i really does :)
    reallly really like all the stuff that I have managed to get hold of.. listened to “after the seige”, which had me refreshing iTunes every day in anticipation of the next episode. Then I listened to “Down and Out in the Magical Kingdom” read by Mark Forman. Which I liked even better, especially after he stopped the paragraph, tune, paragraph, tune thing..
    And with SysAdmin… you have really surpassed yourself… :) by far my fav as yet.. i got itunes refreshing every hour purely cause of this story..
    you getting it published in any form? i would be straight down the shops to buy a copy… got space in my bookshelf ready for it ;) anyways. Keep up the great work…

    Comment by 71m — November 8, 2005 @ 6:06 am

  10. Hey, 71m! Thanks so much — yup, the story’s gonna be published in issue 2 of Baen’s Astounding Stories, a new electronic, DRM-free, pay-for-download sf magazine that’s launching shortly.

    Comment by Cory Doctorow — November 8, 2005 @ 7:04 am

  11. This has been good stuff, Cory. Looking forward to seeing how this all wraps up. And to see if everyone finally gets to take a shower. Eesh.

    By the way, the comments form doesn’t like my domain name (which I can’t even type in here). I swear it’s not pornographic, only Italian.

    Comment by Adam Rakunas — November 8, 2005 @ 7:07 pm

  12. Greetings from Germany:

    That is great start for your new story —
    I’ve just finished “After the siege” and now I’m hooked to the sysadmins.

    Comment by Kay Friedlein — November 10, 2005 @ 4:07 pm

  13. Thanks for the interesting story. But – jeez! – learn how to record audio. Your first installment of this story was so overmodulated that it nearly blew out my headphones (and my ears). The background noise isn’t a problem; it’s just the recording quality. Even something easy and cheap like the Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio would help.

    Comment by Plurp — November 10, 2005 @ 4:37 pm

  14. Haha, yeah Cory, some of that good ol’ Sony soft is what you’re looking for…
    I love a sense of humor.

    Comment by Tim — November 11, 2005 @ 11:25 am

  15. Very good, the only thing I don’t like is the stream of names of technologies, acronyms and names of companies, gets tiring if you hear those same names at work and slashdot every day.

    But thankyouverymuch, good story. :)

    Comment by Me — November 11, 2005 @ 2:18 pm

  16. Excellent work — nice to have some fiction that’s properly technically savvy as well as a good listen :). Waiting for more.

    Comment by MsJaye — June 8, 2006 @ 4:26 am

  17. Agree about the quality. It was way too loud and seriously clipping. Could be your recording sw, but I think you just need to step back a couple of inches.

    Helpful hint: if you can actually _taste_ the microphone as you’re recording, you’re probably too close. ;-)

    Comment by Drew Thaler — June 8, 2006 @ 7:51 am

  18. Cory,

    Incredibly cool. You convinced me that I MUST listen to audiobooks, a format I dreaded until I downloaded your reading of this short story. You almost got me crying with the “2.0” part… Being a nitpicker, I have to complain about the audio quality, maybe a better microphone or some editing would help you clean the audio a bit.

    Now where’s part two?

    Comment by jagripino — June 8, 2006 @ 1:49 pm

  19. Fantastic! Finally, something both awesome and not dumbed down. Rock on!

    Comment by Rocket Propelled Geeks — June 29, 2007 @ 1:45 pm

  20. Is the link for the first part broken? :?
    Links for the rest seem to work fine.

    Comment by FuTuR3 — October 9, 2007 @ 1:16 am

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