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I suffered a catastrophic containment failure on the dashboard donuts in my truck today on the goat trail that thinks it's a road to Petersville. The donuts are still ok though, its just the containment.

And I'm betting less than a dozen people will actually know what this means. The end of an era comment is because the containment system in question has been in place since May of 2003, and finally came apart today.
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I'll be working on a data center move with a client tonight. Its going to be an all hands thing, the client's entire IT Dept plus all the breakfix techs and engineers from my shop as well as reps from IBM, Dell, and several other vendors. This is the first data center move I've done, there have been the usual "We're building a new data center and copying data from the old servers to the new ones in the new data center" but this is the first "We're going to unrack every server in this data center and move it to the new data center in the other building." that I'll have worked.

I've been in the IT industry for 17 years now, and this is a first for me...the last opportunity I had was when IAI moved all their gear out of the old Bank of America space into a Colo room at ATU(now ACS). Unfortunately they didn't tell me I was working that one till the day before and I couldn't get leave so I could work all night(I was still on Active Duty then). That was back in '99 some its been 10 years since the last opportunity to do this came up.

Tonight is going to be "interesting". Atleast we got the services of someone from my company whos sole job is moving datacenters to coordinate all this(yes, as a company we do this often enough that we have a guy at headquarters that ONLY does DC moves for clients)


Jul. 20th, 2009 07:12 am
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40 Years ago....the world changed
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Awhile back I realized that I hadn't had to reboot my workstation lately. I forget what reminded me about it but I found it somewhat unusual because normally I'd be dinking with my workstation enough to need a reboot about every 21 days or so. Instead I realized that i hadn't rebooted in about 90 days. I took it as a sign that work was keeping me too busy to mess with it and forgot about it. Till the next time, when I realized that I hadn't rebooted in over 200 days. I was sort of impressed by that, but again moved on and forgot about it.

Next time I looked? I was at 300 days and thinking, "Damn, I bet I can get to a year." Unfortunately this was not to be. Last night a svchost process crashed and took explorer with it, and I was unable to relaunch it or determine which svchost process it was and had to finaly reboot since a workstation without a shell is next to useless.

Total uptime?
Uptime: 348 days 2 hours 17 minutes 11 seconds. Sooooo close.

Kinda cool

Sep. 19th, 2008 12:19 pm
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The BBC is tracking a shipping container for the next year, just to see where it will end up.
They painted their name on it and put a GPS tracker on it. I think the project would be both more and less interesting if no one knew it was "The Box" myself...having the huge name and logo on the side of it is a sure way to make sure that it gets used first and sent interesting places.
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Recently the milk jugs at Costco changed shape. I was puzzled by it, but then looked more closely at the design and realized that it let them stack the jugs better and use less space.

What I didn't know, was that it was actually an attempt and making a more "green" milkjug, by both reducing shelf usage as well as reducing packaging material. The spout needs work though.
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I just finally got around to canceling my old hosting for the first domain I ever purchased. I've had it hosted at Wyenet for I believe 7 years now. Unfortunately over the years the performance went downhill to the point that I pulled photo hosting off them and put on a new domain I registered and hosted at It only lasted a year there before I decided that having different hosting scattered all over the place was getting ridiculous and got a VPS with and consolidated both all my domains as well as my mothers into it.

What was interesting was that my domain was so recognizable that when the cancel order went though I got a call from one of the senior partners asking if there was anything they could do to retain my business. He attempted to talk up the new network they'd been moving customers to(they had been a reseller of CI Host for the longest time but got tired of losing business due to overloaded servers there) and offered help moving my account there.

I had to stop him there to tell him I'd gotten a VPS and had consolidated all my domains, but did tell him I'd keep him in mind in the future. He said to stay in touch and they'd be happy to cut me a deal should I wish to return in the future. I may look into it too, the VPS is ok, but now that I don't have any significant photohosting(smugmug is doing it all) I am not sure I need a full up VPS(esp since the one I can afford is rather ram shy).

I just found it interesting that they considered my domain name so noteworthy.

EDIT: Actually it was 8 years to the day almost...last Friday was the 8 year mark.


Nov. 19th, 2007 11:44 pm
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I bought my new laptop April 19th, and I just did the first upgrade to it. I think that may be a record for any system, 7 months from purchase/build to upgrade. In fairness I only replaced the 100GB drive with a 200GB drive, and 7 months ago you couldn't get 2.6" 7200 RPM drives in anything bigger than 100GB.

I spent the weekend installing applications and updates and you name it to get the laptop ready for use on Monday...there is a downside to using your own hardware rather than company issued. I also built a VM for corp use...that will run Outlook and the couple Corp apps I need and then everything else I'll do my my laptop directly. guess it was a good thing I maxed out everything when I bought the laptop...because it handles it all nicely.
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I was reading this article(linked off slashdot) and spotted a gem from a user in it.

And our favorite, from an outraged Applied Materials user's actual e-mail:

"Were you aware that at my current salary of roughly $90/hour, the requirement to log in/unlock my laptop computer more than five to eight times a day, including mistyping, takes up to 20 minutes per day, 2.9 hours per week (I work 7 days a week), 145 hours per year (I take 2 weeks off for vacation).

"So, in effect, the security requirements for my laptop are costing the company more than $13,000 per year. When you multiply this for even 2,000 laptop users, your 'need for protection' is costing the company more than $26,000,000 a year. Can't we just turn it off and save the company money?"

Kind of gives new meaning to the phrase, "You do the math," doesn't it?

The first response that came to my mind, to demonstrate WHY there is 'need for protection' would have been to walk to the exec's computer, sit down, and send an email to his boss announcing his immediate resignation.


Jul. 3rd, 2007 07:56 am
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Yeh...if you don't do much with it, and sorta forget its there, a Windows server can get some surprising uptime.


PsInfo v1.73 - Local and remote system information viewer

System information for \\DeletedToProtectTheGuilty:
Uptime: 1095 days 10 hours 19 minutes 35 seconds

For the math challenged, thats 3 years without a reboot. I don't recommend it, but its still sorta impressive.
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There is a Cyclone in the Arabian Sea working its way north towards the coast of Oman. Cyclones are nothing new...but Cyclone Guno is the first recorded Category 5 cyclone ever seen in the Arabian sea. Interesting in its own right, but its current track has it entering the Gulf of Oman right about now, and thats not happened in recorded history. Guno has dissipated to Category 3 now, and by the time it finishes sideswiping Oman and makes landfall in Iran it is projected to have dissipated to a weak Cat 2 or a strong Cat 1 storm.

I've been trying to do some reading about cyclones/hurricanes in the Arabian Sea/Indian Ocean...but everything focuses on the eastern side of the basin and all the cyclones that impact India and Bangladesh. Its so unusual for a cyclone to run into the northwestern area of the basin(there are maybe 4 recorded storms like that, and none of them were strong enough to even earn names) that there are no models for prediction and the forecasters are having to make educated guesses as to storm surge areas and wind damages.

The almost ironic thing is that for as impressive and unusual as this storm is, its just like the South Atlantic Cyclone Catarina that hit Brazil in 2004....No one is talking about it except the weather geeks.

Tracking Links


May. 20th, 2007 01:17 am
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Getting directions
1. go to <>
2. click on "get directions"
3. type "New York" in the first box (the "from" box)
4. type "London" in the second box (the "to" box)
5. scroll down to step #23
6. Laugh..if you find it amusing.
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Lessee....Steamboat Springs is 6728 feet elevation. I drove up and over the I-70 and though the Eisenhower Tunnel which is 11,158 feet elevation, and ended up in Golden, elevation 5674 feet. I'm amazed my ears aren't killing me now

I do believe that 11,158 feet is a new record for me...first time I've ever been that high. The previous was about 9,000 feet when [ profile] gows and I drove north up past Steamboat Lake near Xmas of 2005.

Coming down the east side of the mountains felt like it was a long continuous drop the whole way. Sorta interesting. I did a bit of reading on the area, and now I wish I'd been able to backtrack up though the Loveland Pass...that cracks 12,000 feet there


Feb. 2nd, 2007 12:08 am
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You know...I really hate JigSaw Puzzles. Especially when they have names like Thinkpad, Inspiron, Latitude and the like.



Dec. 30th, 2006 10:02 pm
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You know..I had forgotten just how much FUN it could be to just toss a fast lens on my camera and go shoot whatever came across my path.

I had missed that
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Well...I now have my computer operating at 100% for the first time in about 2 years.

Sometime in the last year and a half, the DVDRom drive died such that putting a disk in it would cause the system to hang till it timed out. Andwhen last I cracked the case, I reversed the floppy drive cable. These were both such low usage items that I've ignored them for the last 2 years or so. But, last night, since I had the case open...I replaced the DVDRom drive with a new one, and reversed the cable. At the same time i installed another 800GB of disk drive...and now have 1.25 TB of drive in my main workstation.

Hopefully this should last me another year or so, but at the pace Ive been shooting....who knows. :-)

Idle minds

Nov. 28th, 2006 02:14 pm
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This is the result of someone's boredom one day. And I'm sure said person never intended scanning and posting to the net when they handed the paper to me in amusement.

BUT!....I'm strange like that, hung onto the paper until I found a scanner...and scanned it.

And now I present....
Boredom )
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Well...I took the MS 070-270 Installing, Configuring, and Administering XP client exam today. And much to my surprise, I passed(seriously, the questions were so oddly worded I was fully expecting to fail).

So, I'm now MS Certified to play with these XP boxes I've been running for the last 4 years. heh

2 down, 2 to go, then I'm an MCSA.


Oct. 4th, 2005 08:41 pm
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I was talking to [ profile] kokuten about Compusa having 4 port USB 2.0 cards for $20 and thinking about getting a few just in case, and he was saying no, we don't need'm. Later I'm installing my Bluetooth dongle on the back USB ports because I've filled about all my front ones...and as I do this he's shining a flashlight on it so I can see.....I'm now out of ports on the back of my PC, and about out of ports on the front.

I looked at him and told him "Remeber those cards? I'm getting one for my workstation now." He chuckled and told me to get a USB 2 hub, and I pointed out that the card is actually cheaper right now. heh


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