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Nov. 13th, 2007 @ 12:01 am
 I have to have one of these in my life......


Did it...... Nov. 8th, 2007 @ 10:39 am

In 8 hours:

6 Servers built and configured. Ready for patching and preparation for clustering in tomorrows shift.

Hmmmm 33 next week, must remember to do something fun to celebrate, being on night shift kinda blows for that.....


Current Location: Home
Current Mood: accomplished

FusterClucked........ Nov. 7th, 2007 @ 11:59 pm
So my boss says..."Can you fit in a couple of server builds - its kind of urgent, we need them for next week"....

"Sure" I say, a server build is no big issue, a few hours of waiting with a little bit of mouse clicking.

What he didnt tell me was that what actually needed building was 3 Clusters - 6 servers have to be built identical, and ghosting is not recommended....  

It can be done, and it will be done....tonight....just.....and documented as we have no cluster build document yet, until I write it. But 6 Dual processor, quad core servers pounding out heat isnt doing anything nice in our poorly air conditioned office..... 

And to make things worse I now find that I need to slipstream SP2 into my Win2K3 64bit source before I start......
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: Q107

More personal stuff... Sep. 20th, 2007 @ 05:22 pm
Wow, what a difference the last 48 hours has made. I have had something confirmed to be true that I suspected and hoped to be true.  The lift this has given me is incalculable, as I feel so much better in myself.
Current Location: Work
Current Music: Kim Mitchell - Love Overtime

More pain.... Sep. 18th, 2007 @ 10:11 am
Well probably. In my continuing mission to sort out my life I have gone and joined a gym to try and get back in decent physical shape. I am hoping this process will rub off on the rest of my problems and help improve my overall quality of life.

Just getting shown round and all the signup process today, but it is a good start.

I know I need to do this, over the last few years I have probably put on about 60lbs. I used to be in good shape, climbing regularly, motor racing when funds allowed. Then things changed and whilst I didnt get lazy, my lifestyle did. Now I am itching to resolve this, call it a mid life crisis if you want (Yes I do want to get a motorbike again - is that a symptom?) or maybe just wanting to return to the good times.  

** Starting at 246lbs lets see how I do.

It is a small world, the girl who showed me around, well it turns out her parents and grandparents work(ed) for the same company as I do, but on a different site.
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» Life Decisions
I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that I made some very wrong decisions  five years ago, and the need for me to address this is coming to a head. It is affecting my sleep, and I am throwing myself at my work with no provision to recharge my batteries. To put not too finer point on it, I have to  sort it out or burnout.

Looking back on things, I can only see one good thing that has come of the decisions taken back then - my son. And whatever I decide to do next is not only going to effect me, but it will also effect him too, I think that explains my reluctance to deal with things before now. Maintaining the status quo was the easier option and whilst it remained that I took that path for his sake more than mine.

In the past few weeks, a point of light has appeared for me, growing constantly and pulling me in a direction that my head and my heart want to follow. But I dont want to make the right decisions for the wrong reasons - or vice versa. Propositions have been made that I want to take up so badly and I am finding it hard to avoid throwing caution to the wind and jumping in. To be entirely honest I can see that this is what will ultimately happen, but when I jump in I jump in deep and I want to be as sure as I can about things.

I know I have barely posted on here yet, and my whilst my friendslist is a few people whose journals I read regularly, they have no knowledge of me at all. I need a place to let this out even in a roundabout way such as this post. Any comments or words of advice and support are greatly appreciated. I may eventually start to put more detail to the story as it unfolds, along with posting other stuff from my excuse for a life.

I do want to clarify I have not lost / found religion, nor am I looking to. I am not contemplating suicide, nor have I done anything illegal. I am sure reading between the lines an intelligent person may be able to deduce my situation
» OK, lets try this again

Having seen recently that I havent posted in over a year, yet checking LJ daily. I think its time I started. I am adding people whose journals I read on a regular basis, maybe that may give me an incentive to post more.....we will see....


» Writer's Block: Music: My First Favorite Band
What was the first band you became a fan of?
 I suppose I have to actually give 3 answers here. I first became aware of music uninfluenced by my parents in England in about 1980 / 1981, not necessarily the best time or place to do this looking back on some of the acts around then.

One of the first bands I remember thinking 'Oh yeah, thats cooool' about was Adam and the Ants, the whole Highwayman thing they were doing at that time somehow got hold of my imagination as it was different to everyone else, and the music wasnt too bad either.

I so wanted to be an Iron Maiden fan at this time, I thought their cover artwork was amazing, and by default a band with artwork like that should be amazing too. But my parents wouldnt let me buy the records (I was 7 at the time). Iron Maiden fandom did come later though initially from continued interest in their album art, and it still persists to this day.

About the same time as all of this, I was introduced to the already extensive back catalogue of Queen. Their music reached right inside me and squeezed. Something I had never experienced before, nor have I since. There is something about the depth and layering of the music that got me every time, and still does right to the present day.That is as I remember it, it was quite some time ago and to many good and bad bands have come and gone since then.
» Update - whats that?
I really do not do a good job of keeping this updated. But then again I have a reason, working full time, going to school 2 nights a week, and on top of that my dad is in hospital in England facing major surgery in the next few days. Ah well - we plod on with life......
» Rant Rant Rant....
How to begin....to get this off my chest as it anoyed the hell out of me today.

Alongside my regular day job I run a small IT company, and one of the many functions we can serve is supply of computer hardware and software. A fact that my whole family and the in-laws know all too well.

On Friday a member of my wifes side of the family called me asking some advice about a strange smellcoming from his PC, after feigning suprise that I actually do know what I am talking about, we established that he had at least blown his power supply, if not other components too. It was agreed that I would source and replace the power supply. When this was done - not to my suprise the motherboard was dead as well.

I gave him a very reasonable price, which he then thought about for several days, and today he finally decided to order the part. A few hours later, he had the audacity to call me from a computer shop (i.e the competition) and ask me what board he needed. Fully expecting that if it was cheaper there to be able to buy that and I would fit it at no cost to him.

I felt cheap and exploited - even though the store in question could not match my price, at the end of the day I don't have a retail operation to support. I am not even going to make any money on this deal, as he is family, I only covered my gas for going to my supplier to get the parts and very little margin over the top of that.

Ah well, I can be comfortable in the knowledge that I can get him next time.....

BTW I can supply hardware and software by mail order to anywhere in Canada and the US, email canada6388973@rogers.com with your requirements for more details and a quote
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