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It kinda makes me feel like an idiot when I spend 2 hours hunting down a problem in a webapp upgrade only to discover it was due to the difference in how windows and linux handle slashs.

Windows demands c:\webapp\install, linux like all unixlike OS's wants /usr/webapp/install, so when the app wants c:/webapp/install and I don't know this it causes...issues. Atleast now I have stage 1 of the upgrade done, now on to stage 2.


Sep. 11th, 2010 07:32 pm
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Formatting a pair of 1.5TB drives takes way too long, and I don't really want to think how long its going to take to copy all the data off the old 500GB drives back onto them. On the flip side, It only took about 2 hours to diagnose that the reason for the near immediate shutdown of my PC after powering it on was thermal in nature. Turns out the CPU heatsink/fan had come somewhat loose, and the thermal goop was bad. I'm just amazed I still had a bit of goop around to regoop it with...I haven't done any desktop work in several years.
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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)
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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.


Sep. 16th, 2008 01:08 pm
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[ profile] kokuten's birthday was coming up, and I couldn't think what to get him. Then I remembered a new handle he'd been starting to use in some places(ok, a lot of places) and decided to get him that as a domain.

So, he got for his birthday :-) He seemed pretty tickled with it when I sent him the email this morning.


Sep. 12th, 2008 01:10 pm
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I got the lens I rented. Its impressively large and drastically changes the handling of the camera(its REALLY front heavy). I think this one is going to be a "On the tripod" only one, atleast till I get used to it. 3lbs doesn't sound like alot, until you pair it with a 3+lbs camera and vertical grip and then hold it up to your eye for several minutes..then it starts to get VERY heavy very fast.
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This is an incredibly cool slow motion capture of the shutter on a modern DSLR in operation. Let it load and then scroll your mouse along the red bar on the bottom to see.

Small world

Sep. 8th, 2008 07:22 am
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So I'm trying to wake up this morning and catching up on news and whatnot and I refresh slashdot. One of the new articles is a story about Weta Digital, the special effects shop in New Zealand that did all of the Peter Jackson movies.

I start reading the article, and a name jumps out at me. Seems that Adam Shand is moving up in the world, as he's now the acting CTO there.
(the old IAI people on my FL will know him...for the rest, he was a senior sysadmin at Internet Alaska)


Aug. 26th, 2008 09:05 pm
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I managed to go get my mailbox key on the way home from work, so I was able to get my package.

I did indeed get the 17-55mm lens...and WOW. I got a great deal on it...several hundred dollars off for a lens that for all appearances is brand new. It even came with the full nikon box, all accessories and manuals, even the little bag that Nikon ships with every lens that virtually no one ever uses.

Its going to be interesting getting used to it, since even though its got a shorter focal length than the 18-200, it actually weighs more. Virtue of being an F/2.8 across the whole sweep instead of an F/3.5-F/5.6 on the 18 200. I need to take it out and test it out really soon, since the wedding I used as the excuse to buy it is on Saturday.
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I was debating renting a longer lens for the Road Lottery, and was looking though since appears to be perpetually out of stock of EVERYTHING Nikon.

I was thinking about getting a 70-200mm f/2.8 and a TC-14E II teleconverter to go with it(takes it out to 280mm and F/4 or so) and on the bottom of the page for the TC-14E II I read the following comment by the company.

Please folks: If the lens you want to use this with isn’t listed above, don’t order it. It doesn’t work with the 80-400. It has never worked with the 80-400. Its not going to work with the 80-400 when you try it. Nor (I swear its happened) will it work well with a 12-24.

I started laughing at this. I can see someone really hoping it might work on the 80-400, but why on EARTH would you try and use a teleconverter on a 14-24? The thing is a specialty lens and I can't imagine ANYONE that has just a 14-24 and nothing else that could cover the 24-40mm range you'd get. There are probably a half a dozen lenses that cover this range, and most of them are less expensive than the TC-14 is.
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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.
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So back around Decembers time-frame, my remote access to my home system stopped working. I was swamped busy, so I tossed up a VNC app(not what I usually use) and used that for the brief bits where i needed to get into my home system for something.

Today, I was at home and kept getting phonecalls/txts/emails for work and I finally got fed up and fired up my laptop so I'd have access to my corporate VM and tried to remote into my laptop(I prefer viewing the 17" laptop display on my 24" screen...easier on the eyes) and discovered that ANY sort of remote access, even within network, was not working. Puzzling that, since I haven't made any reconfigs in awhile. So I start diging...and discover that there are now Deny rules for the remote control app I use that are preventing traffic in or out. And I didn't set these either

Very weird. I blew away the entire ruleset and let it create new ones and now remote access works perfectly. Strange that it grew deny rules without me telling it to, but I guess its better than sprouting up systemwide allow rules.


Nov. 20th, 2007 12:38 am
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So I finally broke down and bought a new tripod. My old one was a spotting scope mount, and was getting old and wobbly and not very much good as a stable mount. So my PFD was going to go to get me one...and its taken me about 2 months of hunting and reading and research to decide on what I wanted. I ended up with a Gitzo GT-3540LS Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod and a Really Right Stuff BH-55 LR ballhead and L bracket.

They arrived today(glad I'd stayed home since the tripod was signature release only) and I've set them up and played with them a bit. I was disappointed to see that I'd figured wrong and at full extension the tripod and camera ended up with my eye level being about an inch below the eyepiece. but then someone said "So how does it fit when your boots are on?" heh...oops. Its a perfect height for me..I look right into it.

The overall package is NICE...light but sturdy, easy to control, adjustable as hell. I am I just have to get a carry case for traveling with it :-)


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.


Oct. 8th, 2007 10:56 pm
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QOTN last night., me addressing the house at large.
"Yeh, I'm brainfried and need something mindless to do, so I'm going to install XP and get that last PC he left rebuilt."

I've lost count of the number of times I've installed XP somewhere, as [ profile] kokuten its as close to a meditative zen act as I get these days.
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After the way this week started off, I needed a laugh.

Have a looksee....


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.


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. 17th, 2006 09:58 pm
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I was wandering though Fred Meyers tonight, and walked past a display of Oregon Scientific weather instruments. As I walked past, one of the instruments caught my was a simple indoor/outdoor wireless thermometer, marked down to $15. I didn't even think about it and just snagged it. I've been looking for a thermometer that isn't going to get broken or knocked off the porch for ages, and this one should fit the bill nicely.

EDIT: And glancing over to see that the temp has just climbed 20 degrees in 10 min, means its time to open the door and tell [ profile] kokuten to take the sensor out of his pocket and hang it back up.


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