Category Archive: Work

Oct 10

If you can pass the test, you can beat the rest.

Yesterday, I learned a few Linux tricks I didn’t already know followed by everything about ZFS and the nitty-gritty of how Dattos work that I didn’t know, not one bit. Today, I learned about bare-metal restores and some troubleshooting tips, then I took a test. I feel sorry for the guy who has to grade …

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Oct 09

Getting Here Is Some Fraction Of The Fun

I woke up at 3:00 yesterday. I woke up at 3:30 today. Well, 6:30 today, but my body clock says 3:30. It’s all very disorienting. The flights weren’t so bad. Getting through security at PDX went normally, the flights were early, there was only one bit of confusion as gates were scrambled around last-minute for …

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Oct 07

A Series Of Metal Tubes

I like seeing other parts of the country. I like the idea of seeing other parts of the country. I’m not so keen on using air travel to get there. Tuesday morning I board a plane bound for Connecticut (well, Chicago… where I’ll catch one for White Plains NY… you get the idea) so I …

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Apr 16

Let sleeping ducks something-or-other.


We went to the Hillsboro public library for an all-staff photo shoot. I took a picture, too: These ducks were still asleep, though. I was so jealous…

Apr 15

Technical Versus Management Problems

While searching for a way to make MediaMonkey write “now playing” data into Lync 2010’s “What’s happening today” note field (clearly, this is critical work-related tinkering) I ran across a link to an argument with someone trying to solve a problem the wrong way. To illustrate, I’d like to tell a short story about one …

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Apr 04

Vendor Support Hell

There’s nothing quite like opening a new support ticket with a software vendor, providing all the details they normally ask for right up front, including a ZIP archive of all the pertinent diagnostic logs, and getting back a response which is the tech-speak equivalent of, “So when did you stop beating your wife?” Which is, …

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