New theme, eh? I need to work on customizing the graphics, but that’s really a minor issue. The old theme, while interesting, was actually getting a little annoying on the old optical receptors. Dark is good, but the neon pseudo-aurora was making it look a little to 80′s.
Krelian had some issues about a month ago after a storm, and I ended up having to do a major upgrade. We’re now running with a quad-core @ 2.3 GHz, 4 GB of RAM (no change there), and an Antec 500 watt PSU. After a little flakiness on the power front (I think the molex was loose on the MoBo – things got better after I yanked and re-seated it), we’re good to go. I think on the next round of updates I’m going to drop the current 80 GB IDE boot drive in favor of a similarly-sized SATA SSD. <fred_rogers>Can you say ’10 second boot time’, children? I knew you could.</fred_rogers>
Things are progressing mostly well on the work front. The monitoring migration is largely done and so now we’re working on moving people from our old ‘backup’ platform to the new one. Why the air quotes? Well, the old platform is a SAN hooked to a tape robot, but due to how the thing’s configured, it’s really more like a glorified USB disk than a real backup. The new system is marginally better, but I’m not completely thrilled with it yet. At least it does incrementals instead of a full nightly every night…
We’ve also moved our best and most promising NOC tech up to Engineering. Sadly, he mostly handles provisioning work, but it’s still a far cry better than having him work on relatively low-level tickets.
The house is coming along nicely, though it too still needs work. That’s the joy of home-ownership, isn’t it? It’s an endless battle between you and the house. The other week some friends and I built out a large-ish platform in the crawlspace to use as a storage area. It’s made of pressure-treated lumber and OSP, so it should be fairly rot-resistant. Not the way I originally wanted to do it, but it was considerably easier than using cement (and far cheaper to boot).
Am taking a brief vacation in the beginning of next week. We’re going to Charleston for a couple of days, during which time I’ll actually unplug for a while. I wish I could say I was looking forward to it more, but I just really find it hard to be excited. There are a number of reasons for this, including but not limited to 1) the fact that I’ve already been there a couple of times, 2) it’s a 7.5 hour drive on I-95, and 3) it’s going to be expensive.
In other news, I’ve been playing Arc Rise Fantasia lately. It’s a solid game, but the voice acting is really distracting. Would it have hurt to have people who put some passion (or at least skill) into their lines? Oh well. That’s the only bad thing I can say about it, so I guess it’s doing pretty well so far.
P.S. – Holy shit. I haven’t updated since January. I really should try to do this more often…