[09:45] Yes it's a bank holiday and yes I'm in work. I took off the last bank
holiday so it's only fair that she takes this one off. She nearly didn't as
there are all kinds of things happening with the DoD that could have required
her attention. As it is I have a note from her which I think she did on
Saturday (she came in) which should allow me to do everything necessary to
stop her from needing to come in today. It's a bit of a shame I can't take
the afternoon off because there are friends coming to town today and everyone
else has the whole day off. Still, maybe I can duck out earlyish. It looks
like a lovely day, too.
If you're wondering how the interview went then I'll try to give you a bit of
a run-down. I got changed in here (don't think anyone saw) and cycled over to
the place as gently as possible. The previous interview candidate was just
leaving so I pretended to be just another visitor for some reason. Spent some
time drinking water while the panel deliberated over that candidate then was
shown in by Shaun.
The panel consisted of people I knew so it was a fairly relaxed affair. The
introduction to what the place did was first, even though I knew 99 percent of
it. The general question came next which I think I did fairly well on. I know
my Oracle knowledge is a bit slim on the ground (read: fairly useless) and so I
completely fluffed up the few Oracle questions I was asked, even though I think
in one way I got the easiest right, kind of, rather than not knowing the answer
at all. Serve me right for reading the 9i documentation rather than anything
else. Anyway, the only sticking point from my side is the pay. If they offer
me the job I'm going to have to ask if they can push up the pay to the next
scale, and if they can't it'll be time to hit the accounts and see what's what.
I think I came across fairly well, the opportunity is tremendous but the down
sides are fairly numerous too. It's a poser and no mistake. Elaine having a
good job would probably ease some of the decision (as she could more happily
contribute a bit to the running of the house). I'm looking forward to having
her in the house. It's going to be a whole new part of my life and possibly
the best yet. I won't deny that it's also going to be very weird given what's
gone before in my past experiences, and there'll be hiccups, but when someone's
willing to do what Elaine's doing you have to accept that there's something
special going on and it deserves to be given the best possible shot at
[09:55] For the moment I'm going to get my head around the mail merges I have
to do so that when it comes to doing them this afternoon they go quickly and
by the numbers. Maybe then I can get out of here and actually have a social
life while the sun's shining.
[13:00] And there we go. All mail merges done, all stuff squared away, the
right tapes in the machines and generally everything seems to be where it needs
to be so I'm going to eat my lunch and get the flock out of here.
[12:45] Well today is interview day. Obviously I don't feel like I've done
enough revision/boning up on Oracle or Solaris/linux, but then you never really
feel like you're going to nail an interview; there's always something you've
forgotten. About the only thing I can say is that if I don't get offered the
job, I still have a well-paid one I can be getting on with and there's bound to
be another one along eventually.
Otherwise I've been dealing with the Databases of Doom (MS Access) this morning
as this is a non-PFY day. She's got Monday off too and there are some
important things that need doing. I need to get in contact with her between
now and then to make sure I know what I'm doing.
[14:30] Getting close to time to change from BOFH-in-shorts to
DBA-applicant-in-trousers-shirt-and-tie. The things we go through. If you're
watching you may see me in a state of undress. I don't really care, you
probably don't either.
[15:20] Afternoon all. Another one of those days, I'm afraid. We started the
major rollout of Meeting Maker 8 still without any long-term license
registrations and still with the denial of service problem I discovered a few
weeks ago. Some rapid resposes from someone at MM have furnished us with a
trial period extension for another month so we can get on with getting people
to use it at any rate.
Otherwise we've been dealing with supplying items for various meetings, messing
with databases and generally trying to work out where things are going. I
spent lunch time with Shaun discussing things database and financial and having
a think about how easy it might be to take a less well-paid job for a few years
while having Elaine help make up the shortfall on mortgage payments.
Incidently I filled in and submitted my tax return last night (or was it the
night before?). All you gits who keep buying my T-shirts have cost me a ton of
tax again this year. I still think there's something deeply wrong about paying
tax for your own creativity. Still, it happens to everyone.
Did I mention that Elaine has a job interview? I did, didn't I? Anyway, I'm
still pleased as anything and still hoping very much that she gets a job offer
from them. Other than that I think I'm going to try and duck out of here
early today and head over to the beer festival. Not to drink beer (don't
actually like the stuff) but for the interesting cheeses, the hog roast and
some of the ciders.
[11:05] What is it that means when one of my users tries to get a plugin to
work with IE and it doesn't work, but when I do it, it does. I'm getting
rather annoyed with this now. I guess that's cryptic, but frankly I don't care
at the moment. I'm a bit tired as I woke at 04:00 this morning again for some
reason. I was probably hungry. Anyway, I'm in work today and trying to get
[14:15] Today won't be a total washout if I don't do anything else today as I
think I've solved a disply-and-print problem that was the main point of the
above paragraph. For some reason turning off browser integration for Acrobat
Reader seems to have made it start working, which is nice. I think I'll do
some more reading on Solaris this afternoon. Oh, damn, I need to install some
Meeting Maker clients and get something sorted.
[26/05/2004 10:10] After taking home some Solaris course material last night to
remind myself of some of the more esoteric parts of the operating system I made
myself some food and went to bed. Around 03:30 I was praying to the porceline
god, again at 05:00 and not feeling great at 07:00. Food poisoning of some
kind. I spent most of the morning in bed and was staggering around for the
second half of the day before settling in front of the laptop to learn a bit
more about administering Oracle. I know more about initialisation files,
server parameter files, control files, instance makeup and security than I did
before at any rate.
What perked me up more than anything else was the news that Elaine has a job
interview with a company here, on the Friday after we move her down here, which
is really really great.
I lasted until 22:00 before heading to bed after a little toast and water. I
don't actually remember putting my head on the pillow.
[12:35] Talk about a fun and crammed weekend. Elaine arrived on Friday, early
due to swift action on train platforms. We were both fairly tired but had an
enjoyable evening. I walked down to the station and then given the wonderful
weather we walked back again.
Saturday morning we were woken early by the sun. I really need some better
curtains for the summer months. Or some blackout material that still lets air
through. We decided that it was time to go punting for the first time. We
grabbed a bus in to town, picked up some food and grabbed a punt. Given how
early it was the river was deserted and we made good time upstream in the sun.
Stopping for lunch I let Elaine have a go and despite what she says I was
impressed with how well she controlled the punt. We didn't hit the bank, which
is a good start.
As the day moved on I took us back and we caught a bus home again to relax.
The only problem was that on opening the front door there was more than just
the usual leaflets from the Conservatives asking me to vote for them. In fact
there were two pieces of wood that looked like they'd been pulled from a fence.
The were lying right inside the door. From what I can guess someone with small
hands (a thieving kid) had put his hand through the letterbox and tried to trip
the Yale lock with the wood. Suitably worried we headed out for a curry with
Keith and triple locked the front door (leaving through the garage). Keith had
a spare BS3621, some chisels and a hammer so, after admiring his clean and
be-shelved garage and a pretty good curry which left me barely able to waddle,
let alone walk, we headed home.
The following morning I put Elaine on my bike and ran all the way to Homebase
(about 2.5 miles) to pick up some more locks, some shears (for the hedge) and
some drill bits). After some water and a Calippo and the shopping I ran all
the way back again. Good exercise, if a little hot.
I have to admit up front that Elaine did most of the stupendous work on the
mortice lock we fitted in my front door. It took quite a while but at the end
of the day we were left with a really rather well-fitted lock and a door that
can't be opened anywhere near as easily by miscreants as it could be before.
Now all I need to do is something for the garage door and I'll be a happier
Funny thing. I got a job interview offer this morning, which is cool. Oracle
plus Solaris. More on that later on, but I'm hopeful and a little wary about
the changes it might make to the way things are. In other news Elaine has nine
more days of work to go (including today) before she moves down. Last stop for
current life. All change, please, all change!
[15:30] I'm worried that if I get offered this job it won't be paid enough to
cover what looks like rising interest rates (and hence mortgage repayments). I
wasn't particularly worried until this morning when the news hit that there'd
been some talk of it. Never mind the fact that rates may not double and
instead may only go up to 5.5%, that's still a hell of a lot more than what I'm
paying at the moment and with less money in my pocket every month it becomes a
bit worrysome. Right now I guess I don't need to think about anything other
than doing well at interview, but on the face of it it may take me a minimum of
five years to even get back to the same point on the salary ladder I am right
now, let alone improving my prospects any further. Elaine moving down may
offset some of the increase, but still it's all a bit worrying.
[11:45] Stupid users.
A Word document that has tables in it is not 'a database'. Saying such will
confuse my barely clued secretaries who then proceed to confuse me when they
say they're sending a database that can't be open by a Mac user at the far end
with an ancient copy of Word for Mac.
In other news I'm throwing out old equipment here and generally tidying up.
New printers are being installed and I'm binning or giving away deskjets as
fast as I can. If anyone has a solid citation for the need to
install DNS on every DC in an AD-integrated DNS ADS then please, let me know.
While I have a system set up that gives no errors and is all happy and stuff,
not knowing quite why is annoying and doesn't sit well with me.
[13:35] Bloody annoying installation thingy. It's taken me over an hour to
get a USB printer working correctly. I have no idea why HP think it's sensible
to package Tomcat with their printers these days to provide 'web access'. Bah!
Apparently I'm also having lunch at 15:00. I have no idea why.
[13:50] This morning has been fairly full. First off the PFY added the freshly
reinstalled server back into the ADS (successfully) and we watched the
replication topology work itself out nice and smoothly (if a little slowly).
I then headed off for an hour's worth of getting things sorted and came back
to find that the four printers I ordered yesterday (which was buggered up
slightly) had arrived. I'll be setting them up this afternoon.
[16:15] One Windows 2000 positive thing is more than balanced out by a Windows
2000 negative thing. I'd decided not to reinstall DNS on the server we just
brought up. Only this seems to be causing problems somehow. I don't really
want every domain controller to be a DNS as well, but it may be the only way
unless someone knows of a reason why you can't point a DC at another DC running
DNS and have RegisterDnsARecords 0 in the registry and it still not work.
[17:30] Well it looks like installing DNS on the DC has fixed it. Wish I knew
[11:20] I need to learn how to worry less. I find something to worry about and
it takes over much of my thoughts for the next few hours, etc.
[12:40] However, problems with a secretary's Office installation has taken up
all my remaining morning time (stress, stress) so I'm off to lunch. More this
[16:35] Absolutely nothing has happened this afternoon apart from a nice sunny
lunch time and some problems ordering some printers from Misco. Still, that
seems to be sorted and they should be arriving tomorrow. That'll get rid of
three of the remaining ten deskjets in the building and hopefully leave us
paying less overall for new ink. I'm hoping to go kiting this evening in the
sun as well as staying out to get some stargazing done (not sure on that last
bit yet). Hopefully food-shopping too, while I have someone with a car at my
[15:20] It's been a fuzzy day today. The weather's been pretty good and I had
a nice long lunch outside in the sun after getting some money for another
psychology experiment, but I've not really got much work done, to be honest. I
think it's the heat, and the humidity. I was going to go for a cycle this
afternoon after work, but I'm not sure I can be bothered at the moment.
The RAID array rebuilt last night in just under two hours. There's no way to
control the rebuild rate (did I mention that before) on the PERC 3/Di
controllers so you just have to plug and wait, really. This afternoon I'll
mostly be doing draft policy documents for the use of laptops, personal
software and some of the computer rooms we have in the building.
[14:45] Caught a sequence of well connected trains home from Sheffield this
morning and was back in the office by 12:00. I worked out why no-one had been
seeing journal updates for the last few days of last week too. Sorry about
that. I ahve a meeting in a bit so I'll fill you in on whatever I have in my
head at the moment.
When I arrived in Sheffield on Friday I checked my email and found that I and
others had been fooled into paying money for licenses we were told we had to
renew when this was in fact not the case. I sent some emails to the PFY in the
hope she'd get something moving today (she did, we're getting a refund).
Saturday was all about relaxation, in the end we did go for a walk around
Graves Park (which is much larger than we thought).
Sunday, even though the weather was absolutely stunning, we went climbing at
The Edge. Hey, if we had a rack, a few ropes and the ability to to lead
climbing at Lawrencefield or Stanage we would have done, as it was we had the
wall to ourselves, which was nice. It was also nice not to have to rush around
in an effort to be at the station in the evening. All in all the weekend was
really rather nice and an opportunity to let off some pressure that'd been
[17:40] That meeting went on far longer than I was comfortable with. If there
hadn't been biscuits I might have fallen asleep, as it is I'm off home now to
see if I still have a home, or if it's been burgled.
[11:35] The disks I swapped around yesterday and now rebuilding on the machine
that's recently been RAIDed. Only it's a 50GB array and there's nothing on it
yet. I can't cancel the rebuild for various reasons so I'm stuck watching it
happen and twiddling my thumbs. I do have a CD to burn with Virus Scan 7.0 and
some MP3s though, while I wait.
[13:40] RAID scrubbing takes too long. I've had lunch, I've got W2K Adv.
Server installing and the office is tidy for Monday. I'm out of here in 20
minutes. Have a good weekend.
[13:30] It's been an OK morning. Thus far nothing has currently gone wrong
with the downgraded server I did last night. As a reward I went via Sainsburys
on the way home and bought some good food to have. Because I was tired this
ended up being one of their really nice 'cook it yourself' pizzas, some good
cheese, some chorizo and a few other things.
[13:55] So when I got up this morning I was feeling in fine fettle, and not too
worried about how things were going to be looking at work. Happily nothing had
gone wrong. We dcpromo'd the server that's getting RAID (that started the
whole sorry debacle) down to a member server around 11:30 and have been waiting
for the ADS to settle down before we start the reinstall. I've also been
arranging masks for the Ball Elaine and I are going to and working out how
we're going to move her down here soon. I love my dad, he's great for things
[14:20] Had I more driving experience I'd do the driving myself, but a full
van, on a motorway? Nope, not this time.
[17:55] The PFY and I have been juggling hard drives all afternoon to make
sure all the servers have the same spindle speed and access speed drives in
their RAID5 arrays. This is far less traumatic an exercise than what I was
doing earlier. We've also installed RAID in the Power Edge 2500 and found
enough 10K U160 disks to make a four disk RAID 5 array. We also have two
spares in the event any disks die in any of the (now) four RAID servers. We
should buy a few more spares, but not right this moment. I think it's about
time to go home and entertain now that the rebuild on one of the machines we
just did a swap on has finished.
[10:40] When I arrived this morning I wasn't looking forward to opening the
event logs on the servers I'd been working on last night. The server I'd done
the rolled-back Embedded Server Management firmware upgrade on was fine. The
NT4 server that I'd rebuilt the array on was also fine (remember I put the old
ArrayManager software back on before going last night), so I think the drive I
swapped out is actually fine and I'll be putting it back in come the move to
Windows 2000. Unfortunately the server I'd done the planned upgrade of
ArrayManager, driver and firmware (for RAID also) was throwing up timeout
errors all night. I advised everyone I was rebooting and tried newer versions
of driver and firmware. Thus far everything seems to be OK... We'll have to
wait and see.
Happily there are no Microsoft patches to be installed this month (I'll bet
there are some mid-month) so all I have to deal with is a printer that doesn't
recognise that its toner is actually an HP one.
[12:10] I've just filled in a job application. Not sure anything'll come of it
given the kind of people who'll be applying for the post beside me, I'm not
even 100 percent sure I'd do the job very well to begin with (and end up fired)
but I'm damned sure I'd learn pretty quickly. All I know is that it's getting
time to leave here and I want to go somewhere where a) I can learn again, b) is
fun and c) I can support something that gives me a sense of achievement.
Actually it was time to leave two years ago, but then I was a little
preoccupied at the time.
I'm delivering a modem to someone at lunch time, it's the second one I've
passed over but it helps me too in a round about way, so it's all to the good.
[14:10] Everyone's having problems today it seems. Maybe this is balancing out
for the fact Microsoft aren't sending many patches out. I need to drop the
RAID controller firmware, drivers and ArrayManager software back to the
original versions this evening. I can't do that until everyone's gone home
either so it kind of screws up the whole day. I only hope the machine doesn't
screw up in the meantime.
[17:30] The server hasn't done anything since 12:12 to make me think I need to
downgrade it, but damnit, I'm not happy. I just need everyone to go home and I
can get it back to a point where I know things work and I can leave it alone
for a while. Until then I'm going to be nervous and unable to start playing
with the new RAID kit for the other server. Looks like another late evening.
[18:05] Right, I'm going to be here until 19:00 this evening, at which point
everyone should have logged off and I can start work.
[10:50] I was famished last night when I got home from giving blood.
Incidently it was probably the best session I've had to date. The nurse was
OK with my irrational needle thing and stuck it in quickly and professionally
before telling me it was her first day on the job. The drain wasn't terribly
quick but within my tolerance limits. There were also loads of good looking
women all around doing the same thing so it was a pleasure to lie there.
Elaine SMSed me just as I was feeling a bit paranoid about the needle hurting
and gave me just the boost I needed.
Food-wise last night Cormac cooked bacon tikka masala which was really quite
nice. I'll have to make that myself sometime soon.
[18:50] Busy afternoon doing all kinds of things. I've upgraded a couple of
things and as a result we appear to have a pending RAID disk failure. I'm
tempted to leave things as they are for the moment but maybe I really should
replace the disk. I don't actually know what's wrong with it, but it looks
semi-serious. For some reason I can't seem to just whip it out and put another
in. Time to investigate.
[19:30] I'm so sure I've buggered something up somewhere. I'm an idiot.
[19:50] ETA of 20:16 for the rebuild to finish on the NT4 server. I think I've
fixed the problem on the W2K box where I upgraded the firmware and driver with
the install of ArrayManager. I know I planned this carefully, it just
looks like the best laid plans of mice and sysadmins don't always come to
fruition. The fact that I've managed to pull things back together again is the
one thing that I'm pleased about. I'm a bit worried that the machine I've
replaced the disk in is giving errors on the other two disks in the array of
three. Now either there's nothing wrong with the disk I've just pulled,
there's something wrong with all three disks or there's something up with the
RAID card or the new software. For the moment I'm just going to replace this
one disk and go home and see what happens in the morning. This machine's due
for a reinstall soon, but not just yet. Maybe it's something to do
with the work I've done on the other disk. I'm tending towards the new
software not playing well with NT4.
[20:50] Rebuild worked. Still getting errors. Have decided to rollback to
the old version of ArrayManager for the moment. The machine's being rebooted
soon anyway. The old version doesn't appear to be giving errors, so maybe it
was a version incompatibility. Either way I know how to do a RAID rebuild on
a live server with hotswap now, which is good. I'm going home.
[12:35] It's wonderful when you can Fool some
of the people some of the time, and with such a literary bent, too. It was
a good weekend with Elaine here. Friday was spent decompressing after the week
and in the end we went to bed fairly early. Or did we watch something, you
know I was so tired and worn out I don't actually remember. I do remember that
it was nice to have someone in the house again. Now that Elaine's handed in
notice on her flat we're looking to have her here for the beginning of June
which is pretty much one year almost to the day after we started seeing each
other. I think it has a certain sense of appositeness to it.
Saturday we were up at a reasonable time and after getting in to town and
buying some supplies were on the train for Guildford around 14:00. The trip
down was fairly uneventful and the only strain was the walk from the station to
Donna and Jon's house. The party was relaxing, the food (especially the
sausages) great and the company fun, as always. I was introduced to FarCry
which I've now downloaded the demo for and intend to play for the next couple
of evenings. It needs a bit of a beefy PC though, which I think I can supply.
Elaine and I stayed over at Dunk's after the party began to wind down. Elaine
got some 'furry lovin'' from Monty and Amber (Dunk's cats) before we went to
bed as well as some in the morning. Dunk dropped us off at Twyford station
for the return journey and we were back at the house for about 14:00. After
some food and relaxation we headed back to the station once more for Elaine's
trip back to Sheffield.
Two minor things of note over the weekend; one was that the place I go climbing
nearby has decided to close its doors to public sessions, which sucks. The
other was that I got to make someone's day by giving them Elaine's bus ticket
on the way home. Striking back against Stagecoach any way I can.
Today I've currently been trying to fight against the rising tide of paperwork
here and have managed to bin an imperial buttload of out of date and unneeded
stuff thus far. I may get around to some work this afternoon. I'm also hoping
Elaine gets some joy on her wisdom teeth which appear to be making a more
concerted attempt to appear this time around.
[16:05] Off to give blood.
[12:40] This morning I've created some kind of monstrous mutant script that
binds batch scripting together with Visual Basic and LDAP manipulation to do
something quite wonderful and automated to do with user creation. I really
wonder how other sysadmins cope without resorting to scripting at some point
in their lives. I just wish I got to do more of it, with more funky things.
As it is I can now create users, set up printer accounting and give them SFTP
access to their home directories all from one command. The rest of the set up
is done with registry files on login and GPOs. I think it may just about work,
if I don't forget anything.
We still need to do some dry runs, but we can't do that until the RAID parts
arrive for the server and that's going to be at least another week. In the
meantime I should order another copy of ARCserve and find out where our
PCounter license is.
Other than that I'm finally going to get down to looking at Meeting Maker as
well as popping in to town in about twenty minutes to buy Jon and Donna's house
[14:35] Well, I slightly screwed one of the servers just as I was about to go
to town so I'll have to do that later. I got it fixed, but I have no idea how
it was broken in the first place. I also rebooted a couple of the other
servers to deal with patches that apparently hadn't been applied by
Elaine's due here some time this evening so I'm going to be staying in work
late and going straight to the station to meet her. I think I'll pop out, get
the present and then come back. Makes the most sense and saves me a bit of
money in the long run.
[18:10] I have the present (dashed in to town to get it in in the rain and then
back here to work again), I have directions printed out and collated (we like
Multimap) and now I'm just waiting for Elaine to ring me in a few hours to say
she's close to town and I can cycle to the station to meet her. She's eating
chips at the moment (greedy woman) and I'm starting to feel hungry.
[20:15] I'm tired, it's late, she's on her way. I should ring and find out
where she is exactly so I can time my cycle through the rain.
[09:45] Well the recording of 'Think the Unthinkable' was a low-key but fun
affair. While it was a chance to see someone I've not seen in a year or so it
was more about the comedy. They recorded two episodes, but I'm not sure when
they'll go out.
This morning I've already had to deal with someone who lost icons for their
Eudora, someone whose Mulberry isn't sending mails to large groups and trying
to get on with Meeting Maker again. Don't even get me started on my journey in
this morning which consisted of watching a very small girl on a bike nearly
kill herself under the wheels of a white van, bad driving by a very heavy beer
delivery lorry and stupidity from a cyclist who not only failed to respond to
my imprecations, but who then proceeded to cycle through a heavily
used red-lighted pedestrian crossing.
[12:15] Right, off to do two experiments and have some lunch. I need to get
someone a housewarming present too, but that'll have to wait until tomorrow
lunch time. Elaine's got a migraine again today (although it's the first in a
long while). Hope it dies down soon. With luck moving down here should get
rid of some of the stress she's feeling and they may decrease in frequency.
[15:10] Great. Interest rates have gone up again. This means more mortgage
payments. Smashing. No really. And just when I'm thinking of taking a pay
cut to get a better job. Wonderful. This means I may need to think about some
upcoming plans and perhaps make some slight changes.
[17:05] Perhaps stupidly I've just taken my first tentative steps into the
realms of ADSI, Windows Scripting and visual basic. It's horrible but it just
might be what I need to automate adding users with certain attributes, to an
OU, with the right settings.
[19:45] That has to be the most enjoyable and productive couple of hours I've
had in a good few months. I designed, I wrote, I tested and I bugfixed a bit
of code that should make the user migration from NT4 to W2K almost painless.
There's still a lot more to do but I think it's going to be a whole lot easier
now I've got my head around this part of it. Unfortunately I now have to go
home and do a mountain of washing up and think about the fact that this is the
second week on the trot when there's been no Thursday session at my place. I
think most people were getting tired of it to be honest. I wonder if I'll do
[11:40] We're replacing all the backup tapes at the moment (it's about time)
and I've decided to leave the PFY to do the labeling as my handwriting is
terrible. I don't blame using a PC all the time, I just have scruffy writing.
I'd thought I might go climbing this evening in London but I forgot I'm going
to a recording of 'Think the Unthinkable' at The Drill Hall instead. On the
up side I get to see some people I've not seen since University or a few years
later, which should be cool.
[11:50] Otherwise, the speakers the PFY went to pick up are here now, I've got
some stuff to do and have arranged some more lunchtime mini-experiments.
These're five pound-a-pop things where I go and look at pictures or listen to
sounds and do what the experiment dictates and someone gets a Master or a Ph.D
out of it. Many of the experiments have a medical background and could be
used as part of the research into cures for things like MS. Or at least I hope
so. I'm still waiting to do some of the big ones like fMRI scans and things
like that. I just think that as a healthy individual I should have a go at
helping other people have a good life too.
[17:00] An afternoon of faff and twaddle. I have managed to cross off
some thingd for the impending user move that was beginning to worry me, as well
as downloading and preparing the ground for the Meeting Maker trial service I'm
going to be running soon. I can't say I've accomplished an awful lot this
afternoon but it's been one of this bitty ones when you don't have enough to
In other news I had a productive lunch with Shaun which may lead to an
interesting future in a few weeks/months. Elaine gave notice on her flat in
Sheffield today. I can't imagine how odd it must be to decide to up and move
to another city when you've actually settled. I had the advantage of not
being settled when I moved from Manchester to here. To leave your job and
stuff must be really strange.
I'm off to London now, probably back late this evening. Still, should be fun.
[10:15] I was set to leave on Friday when I passed by the Library and noticed
that all the machines there were able to see one of the Administration shares.
This shouldn't be the case. I realised it was something left over from the
changes I'd made to the profile of the restricted user and had to spend a
further forty minutes correcting my gaff. It looks like everything's OK now
though. Silly me.
I'm still waiting on Dell to ring/email me back and tell me whether they can
get hold of a RAID Enabler Key for my PowerEdge 2500. I mentioned it last week
as something they said they don't make any more, even though they appanrently
do. It's becoming more essential that this machine be reinstalled soon and
takes over fileserving duties for one of our clusters of machines. Hopefully
something will happen soon. We've also just started to hear about the
opportunity to purchase new Dell machines at a very cheap price per unit.
[10:40] Oh, we saw Kill Bill (vol.2) on Saturday night after walking back from
the train station. While it definitely had some wonderful moments, I found it
dragging on in places where it could have benefitted from tightening up and
[16:20] On the way to the train station last night with Elaine we looked out of
the bus window to see someone playing a guitar from inside of a street bin.
You know, those black ones with gold paint on them that sometimes have the
city's crest on it? Freak.
[17:55] Bah, new account rep. at MISCO swears blind we're not allowed the
cheaper delivery costs we've been getting for the last two to three years.
Silly woman. I'm also looking for information on where I can get a grant or
similar to help with my loft insulation. For the moment though I'm off home
for the evening. I would have gone climbing, but I'm shattered.
[04/05/2004 - 09:40] A pretty great weekend all round really. Elaine arrived
on Friday but missed a bus to the house and ended up giving me some time to
get some fresh air before she turned up. Saturday was spent climbing in
London, going to Tokyo Diner for dinner and then falling asleep on the train
home. Climbing was pretty good, I think I'm getting back towards where I was
before I stopped going to The Castle. With a few more weeks I should be back
to where I was. Sunday we took a trip out to Wimpole Hall and Farm with Shaun,
Linda and Tom. They liked the place and may be taking Tom back as he gets
older to see the animals at the farm and enjoy the mud. The weather cleared
nicely and it was a chance to wander around and even carry Tom for a while in
his all singing, all dancing papoose. There are photos, so I'll stick them up
later if I get time. On returning we stayed round at Shaun and Linda's for a
quiet, relaxed barbeque in the back garden before being driven home. Almost
the perfect day.
Monday was absolutely dire, weather-wise so we walked to the Co-op and got
soaked, bought lunch and dinner and walked back, getting soaked again. With
the heating on and TV to entertain we relaxed and looked through some job
adverts for Elaine's impending move down here. We're not sure when, but it's
going to happen.
Given the state of the railways we got Elaine to the station for 18:00 and on
to a train so she'd get home at a reasonably sane hour. I went home and tried
to prepare myself for the morning. Security rang at 22:36 to tell me the front
door had failed, again.