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[#] Wed Nov 02 2011 12:27:30 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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A client called today, tone of his voice on the edge of histeria:

He: "Our server rack arrived today! The other IT guy says you will need 2-3 days to set it all up... How are we supposed to be working in this time?! We can no rest for this time, we are serious business and need to work!!! You need to tell us these things in advance!"

Me: "First of all, I refuse to take any blame! We (me and the other guy) were discussing this in the beginning of the year, you then stopped requesting it [because they are misers and it would have meant investions] and last week I am told by accident that you already ordered a server rack! Second, we were planning to do this in the christmas vacation time, since nobody would be in the office then!"

He (tone back to normal, with hints of shame): "Well, yes, ok, I understand that. But we can not wait until christmas, we need it now." [For reasons you wouldnt believe: The whole IT equipment is "housed" in a default metal rack with some wood construction. This takes up too much office space and is too loud, so they wanted a server rack which is smaller and less noisy. Now, we just throw in the mess of cables and towers into the rack...)

Me: "Ok, we could do it on a weekend, if you leave friday early. And I can't and wont guarantee that it is done by sunday evening, it might take until monday noon or longer. In theory, this is an easy job, but Murphy will always get you when you are too selfassured."

He: "Ok, we can leave early, I will see which weekend is good and call you later today"

He didn't call until now...

My main question is: Why are people expecting rapid and perfect migrations of their most mission critical servers being done without any downtime and with amazing grace?! Without notifying me in advance that this will become urgent soon and that I should prepare... and without asking how complex and timeconsuming this is?

I spent hours earlier this year, researching for the best and cheapest server rack for the bunch of misers and how to do pci-passthrough in order to virtualize the servers...

My rack would have been halve as expensive and it would have fans included, now they don't have fans, since they are too loud anyway. Also, I will have to come up with some ad hoc solution for circumventing the pci-passthrough problem. I would also have added more raid, more virtualisation and replace the server distro with something with much more ease of use and comfort so they wouldnt need to nag me when they want to create a new user...

 (Sorry for length, needed to ventilate my frustration ;) 

[#] Wed Nov 02 2011 19:41:53 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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whew, no fans. refrain from closing the doors ;-)

[#] Sun Nov 06 2011 09:47:15 EST from Sig @ Uncensored

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Today is Day 6 of 12-hour immersive language training.  I am so damned tired of speaking Russian.

[#] Sun Nov 06 2011 12:33:06 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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<laughs>  Just be happy you're not in the 24hr/day one!



[#] Sun Nov 06 2011 23:09:10 EST from Sig @ Uncensored

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Once upon a time, but Fort Lewis now.


[#] Thu Nov 10 2011 13:27:51 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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So I went into the upstairs break room to heat up my lunch and go eat at my desk.

One of my friends that works downstairs in the production floor comes up to my area and asks, "Alright, who has that stinky saurkraut?"

me: "Whoa, you can smell that all the way downstairs?"

him: "Yeah, we can smell it at the SMT machines..."

Mind you, the SMT machines are over 260ft away from the microwave I cooked my food in, and there are two flights of stairs and three doors in-between.

My lunch: Corned Beef and Cabbage with potatos, carrots, saurkraut, and a wheat roll.

[#] Sat Nov 12 2011 11:41:15 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Sounds like you got all the right ingredients

[#] Sat Nov 12 2011 12:32:46 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Ahh...  So how does Ft Lewis compare with Monterey?

[#] Tue Nov 15 2011 01:04:17 EST from Sig @ Uncensored

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Poorly if you're not from here. I'm from here. =)

[#] Tue Nov 15 2011 10:07:03 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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<laughs>  Well, in that case: Ni puxo, ni pero!  :-)

[#] Tue Nov 15 2011 10:14:20 EST from Sig @ Uncensored

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Today is the last day of actual class (only from 0830 to 1830 today), and then we have two days of language testing.  I'm reasonably confident I can maintain my previous levels (and resulting monthly bonus), but we'll see.  It's hard to stress over it.  I'm more concerned about transitioning back to my day job, which involves very technical, very precise applications of English.  I don't feel qualified, at the moment, to edit anyone else's work in any language.

(And спасибо большое!)

[#] Tue Nov 15 2011 10:26:12 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Heh, I'm with you there - when I first came home from Moscow it took me months to stop dreaming in Russian.  To this day, if I get really tired or frustrated I have trouble coming up with the precise words in English because the Russian language is so much more rich etimologically.

And pozhalusto.  ;-)

[#] Wed Nov 16 2011 00:09:56 EST from Sig @ Uncensored

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I suppose really, I was supposed to say 'k chortu,' but I'm not up on the expressions much.

Interestingly, my SSH client on my Android phone handles Cyrillic just fine, but PuTTY (in its default configuration, at least) chokes horribly.

Language proficiency testing tomorrow and Thursday. Going to try to take Friday off and reacquaint with my kids.

[#] Wed Nov 16 2011 06:09:52 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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yeah, putty (still) needs to be forced to utf8, but you can save that as a default. I think the setting is under appearance. Always annoys me when I need umlaute...

[#] Wed Nov 16 2011 10:29:15 EST from Sig @ Uncensored

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Yup, works just fine now. Of course, INPUT in cyrillic is borked, . I can live with that. If, for some odd reason, I really needed to input a Russian phrase, I could use the web client.

[#] Wed Nov 16 2011 15:39:30 EST from athos-mn @ Uncensored

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I've been casually looking for another place to work lately - since I'm currently employed I feel OK with being picky. I just had a second interview with a company I was interested in, until they gave me a rundown of their typical week: 50+ hours of billable hours every week, which doesn't include the time working that isn't billable. And my throwing away of any kind of personal life is supposed to get me to want to switch there? Crimony...

[#] Wed Nov 16 2011 22:07:09 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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You didn't interview with my current employer, did you?  ;-)

[#] Fri Nov 18 2011 09:23:06 EST from athos-mn @ Uncensored

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You know, the more Eli and I talk about having a kid, the more I agree the The SubGenius Foundation. Too bad it's not getting any better.

[#] Mon Nov 21 2011 14:59:04 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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50 hours is less than a third of the week. There are 168 hours in a week.
That's like having more than two thirds of the week off!

[#] Tue Dec 13 2011 15:29:39 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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What I wish I could send to certain people without getting fired...

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