*waves*

Jan. 24th, 2015 05:42 pm
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Hi all, I've been very quiet on here the last couple of years - it's been one thing after another, frankly. Back in NZ for 19 months, lots of good stuff going on there, but back to Oz in the end because the commuting got a bit much. Got my job-before-last at my old work back, and it's been challenging - work politics have gotten worse, if anything, but at least I'm in a purely technical role.

I'm enjoying Canberra a lot more this time round, due to a settled relationship (plus some other lovely people in my life), and the joys of air-conditioning when needed.

Still doing my grad dip in Information Design, very slowly. Hoped to finish this year, but the 2nd-to-last course I need to do isn't till the second half of this year. Couldn't do it last semester due to a nutcase work schedule. Oh well, at least my plans for an alternate career are still progressing.

Yay

Jun. 13th, 2011 11:27 pm
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Some good news finally: someone I've been online-friends with has finally kink-propositioned me (after a few months of build-up), so I've got something to look forward to there.

This is good, because my other two regular kink partners are both unavailable (for different but kind of similar reasons) and I was feeling a bit despondent about that. And my usual inability to go out and chat up random people doesn't help - I attended a BDSM event a couple of weekends back and was basically unable to speak to anyone other than the bar staff. Still, it was good to check out a really well-done bondage scene. The drawbacks of attending events where I know NO-ONE.

Anyways, yay good news - we had an excellent chat over coffee for a few hours yesterday, and it seems that our various needs and goals are very compatible. I'm still not really going there with d/s, but that doesn't appear to be the most crucial thing required on the menu in any case.

In other news, I've had follow-ups with two more jobs, with a video conference interview on Thursday, but I'm not going to get too excited about that. I've had 3 sets of meaningful contact from recruiters and none of them have panned out. Well, I'm assuming not - if they ring for a half-hour's conversation and then I don't hear from them for a few weeks, it's not looking great.

Also, while I expect to take a big pay drop returning to NZ, there is a lower limit I'm not keen to go below (because I think even a decent desktop support person would earn it). It also doesn't help that I'm not up with the very latest Exchange stuff, nor do I know much about server virtualisation (well, I do know how to create basic virtual machines and so on, but I'm hardly a guru, nor have I done formal training in it). I had one job knock me back because I'd get "bored" with my experience. Frankly, I'd be happy with a bit of boredom right now. Sure, it may mean I won't stay in a boring job forever, but if you expect most people to stick around in a particular role in this industry for more than 3-5 years by default, you're going to be sadly disillusioned.

Work stuff

Dec. 1st, 2010 11:12 pm
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I've spent the last couple days working on a technical problem, and the satisfaction I've had in finally sorting it far far far outweighs any enjoyment I've ever gotten out doing my actual job. I don't find solving the issues that come up in supervisory work at all interesting, challenging (except in the negatively-challenging I have no idea how to tackle this sense) or even faintly satisfying.

On the other hand, purely technical work was boring me a couple of years back.

Perhaps if this job was more like a traditional team-leader role than junior management ... It's hard to say, but these recent events have been food for thought.



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Got most of it worked out, but one of my team members is a fucking useless bastard. I wanted to strangle him today. Forget the fucking excuses - yes, I know shit has happened and we're busy - but we haven't patched our Windows servers in SIX fucking MONTHS. It's unacceptable. I've only been nagging for it to be scheduled for the last THREE.

It must be said I'm glad I'm not living with anyone right now. I'm too fucked off to be civil to anyone. Meh.
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There's one of the (straight) chicas at work who I semi-flirt with. She's very cute and cool. But straight and married. She does semi-flirt back (she's the personable and cute type with everyone, so no big). Nice way to pass time at work, but I did wonder if I was being overly charming around her to get that quality of interaction. However, I met her hubby the other evening, and I nearly LOL'd out loud. He's like the guy version of me. Similar hair, nose, glasses, height, geekiness and sense of humour. Ok, he's a bit more slender (she is nicely rounded) and doesn't have tits out to there. And obviously possesses other accoutrements. But that explains the semi-flirting, heh heh.

Last weekend she got the start of a back piece done, and today she was showing it to those who were interested (not gratuitously). It's going to look fab. She already has a small tattoo on her wrist (you know, nice and all that), but this back piece is her entire back, not the small thing I thought it would be. And it's very very groovy and is going to look amazing once the colour is in. So, I thought she was cute before, but I was really struggling to furl my tongue back into my head during the show-and-tell today.

She was telling me that hubby was a bit squicked about rubbing in cream into the freshly tattoo'd and raw skin (he's fine when it's past the scabbing stage, apparently) and it was a bit awkward doing it herself. I was sooooo restrained and didn't say, "I WILL!" No, I made a wee joke about vicarious sensitivity and casually strolled off. Such self-control. Honestly, I amaze myself. ;-)

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It must be said that working a 12 hour day - on the first day of your period ... when you inexplicably do not have any Neurofen in your bag ... when the shop you are able to duck out to at lunchtime only stocks poxy paracetomol, which barely takes the edge off ... when your dinner was a bag of potato chips, since there were no muesli bars in the snack machine ... when three projects underway today all had cock-ups of various dimensions - really sucks monkey balls.

Home now, finally, after taking 10 minutes to locate a taxi, since the pavement where the rank is usually situated was closed. The taxis, however, were queued over the road, with nary a light to be seen. How the hell are you supposed to tell if they're on duty - assuming you're lucky enough to spot them - with them lurking in the dark that way?

Still, home, finally, with ½ a gram of ibuprofen in me, which will undoubtedly be kicking in any time now.

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My manager gave me a very positive mid-year review. He wasn't all Pollyanna, but he said that this kind of move (especially trying to organise a team with some difficult components) can encompass a learning curve of a couple of years. Other people find him difficult to deal with, but I personally have always thought he's very fair (if a bit loose-cannonish sometimes); in any case, he appreciates what I'm doing.

Yay.
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Handed in two assignments today. One of which being a presentation (not a very structured one, but it still required chatting up the tutors), while the other was a group assignment that I needed to put the finishing touches to.

One more assignment next week and then the two exams. I'm feeling very under-motivated about the exams, but c'est la vie. If I pass, it's all good.

Work is starting to settle in a bit for me. I'm still horribly under-organised, but one can't change the habits of a lifetime in 5 minutes (hah, although I've always been great at organising in some contexts). I do think I'm getting better, though. Another 6 months to see if I'm feeling more in control, and I'll know whether this will pan out. I'm feeling sufficiently in control of the people, mostly (although one staff member is giving me gyp) - it's the self-organisation and developing bureaucracy-fu that are the tricky parts. One thing that's useful is that I've never disdained bureaucracy-fu, unlike some techies - I've always thought it's a great skill. It's figuring out how to develop missing processes and do my own stuff in a timely fashion (and yes, uncertainty of how to approach doesn't help) that I find hard.

On the upside, and also in terms of dealing with people, other teams I have encounters with seem to respond to me well. I seem to have better-developed social skills than I thought I did - I'm so accustomed to thinking of myself as fairly introverted and socially-unskilled that I fail to notice that I'm actually not that bad at spotting political agendas nor charming people (actually, determining the best approach) in ways that are appropriate for them. I get on well with my boss, which I know he appreciates, although I also know he's being patient with me in terms of results. I need to start producing some substance for him shortly.

Since I won't be bogged down with study over the next few months, and I'm going to reduce my course load by half next year, I certainly hope I can start coughing up the goods.

Miscellany

Jul. 12th, 2009 09:07 pm
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Sometimes things work out well: I am going to be in Melbourne next weekend, and work is paying for it. Of course, it's at the price of an all-day meeting on Friday with our branch manager (all the teamleaders and managers in the branch, plus three people from the programming team that sit outside his office door, god knows why). Still, yay short break!

Sociological Images has tons of interesting posts, but I liked this one that describes the essential cultural difference between Australia and NZ. Forget the ethnic makeup, NZ's more Pacific focus, the relative differences in how women are treated (although Australia is catching up, or, NZ is slipping) -- no, the major difference is that people in NZ spend nearly twice as much time a day eating as Australians do (ignore the "correlation" with relative obesity rates on that graph). I knew I liked my leisurely lunches, but I didn't know it was a cultural thing. Heh.

Another cool post on the blog is about a guy called Kasmeneo, who buys his clothing from anywhere in the department store, whether it's menswear or ladieswear. "That’s also my personal statement regarding equal rights - they include the right of clothing choice. What you see here is what I wear everyday, at work, in town, for shopping, whatever." So, he posts about his outfits on his Flickr, but I'll link the the Sociological Images "Rejecting the gender binary in fashion post" that has lots of pics and a discussion. A message, and pretty cute - his style definitely works for him. What else is needed?

On another tangent, about how bodies are represented in the media, the documentary Dreamworlds 3 is an excellent look into how women are portrayed in music videos. While there have always been gratuitous representations of women (and limited ones of men) in music videos, it's gotten progressively worse and worse over time, until I personally can't bear watching music TV these days (not that I have a TV, but you know, gyms and the like). There is a full, but small format and watermarked stream of the doco at the link, and it has some great discussion in it. Definitely worth watching.

And on a more cheerful note, space/time continuum kitteh, and the OMG most hilarious kitteh-pwns-hooman pic evah (I don't check out the Cheezburgers regularly these days, but they've been on a roll these last few weeks).

ETA: Extra bonus YouTubeness in the form of Rick Miller performing Bohemian Rhapsody in the styles of the "25 most annoying (male) voices in the music industry". Hilarious.

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Yet another problem with the Canberra mail server today, exactly the same as last time, and involving the same user's mailbox. However, since last time I had moved his mailbox to its own separate database, with its own set of transaction logs on a separate disk, I cannot for the life of me understand why transactions relating to his mailbox filled up everyone else's transaction log disk.

I suspect there was something going on with his EA's mailbox, since there were a few transactions relating to both her and his mailboxes just before everything went haywire. Her mailbox was still in one of the other databases. It isn't any longer, and neither is any other Blackberry user's.

It took me hours to move the 100 or so mailboxes, due to the ridiculous size some of them are. Also, no-one should have frigging 3000 Calendar items in Outlook, much less 5000 ...or 7000. A simple Calendar item is around 4KB - with copious notes and attachments, they can get much larger. 7000 x 4KB (let's be generous) is 27MB. A normal mailbox quota in our organisation is 80MB. No wonder these idiots keep whining for bigger mailboxes. (And yes, we send out advice urging users to clean out their Calendars regularly - we even sent  one out two weeks ago).

I'm very tempted to recommend a policy where Calendar items more than 13 months old get cleared out automatically. We'll still get some with 3000 items, but there aren't that many people having 10 meetings a day nearly every day of the year. I'm also going to implement a policy where Deleted Items more than 30 days old (or maybe 60) get cleared out. It's amazing how many people think it's an extra storage area... and who often labour under the misapprehension that Deleted Items somehow don't count as part of the mailbox quota.

Squished

Mar. 16th, 2009 11:44 pm
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Well, it must be said that I've had better support interactions with Microsoft in the past. Before anyone feels tempted to laugh derisively, Microsoft professional support is usually pretty damn excellent. It's better than Red Hat support, which we don't pay very much less through the nose for.

We've had a problem with our mail server transaction logs filling up the space that normally lasts 5 days in less than 2 hours. Once the transaction log disks get full, the mail databases get dismounted. It happened twice on Friday, and then again this evening. On Friday, I contacted MS support, they got back to me with an engineer in about 10 minutes, we ran through the general stuff, and I supplied some examples (actually hundreds) of the problem logs. Things were working fine after the second occasion, so I downgraded the alert to "urgent" and we had a quiet weekend. I expected them to find some kind of cause for the logs filling up so quickly.

Cut to today, when the engineer tells me that they couldn't find anything particularly odd about the logs we'd provided. This was strange, since we had inspected a number of them ourselves on Friday, and found that each and every one of the 10s of gigs of problem logs that we looked at was making reference to one particular user's mailbox. We thought that his Outlook might have been causing issues, so one of the things we did on Friday afternoon was take him offline. I pointed this out to the engineer, and he goes away and comes back with "...Oh, yes, that is odd that it's full of all one user's transactions" ! So I really don't know what he was doing with our logs before then.

Anyway, it happened again tonight, and the "bad" user was emailing (and references to him were filling the logs). We had disabled the Outlook setting that we thought might have been causing the problem. I moved his mailbox to a new area where he had his own private database and own set of transaction logs, so if it causes problems again, it won't stop mail for the other 1000+ users. I then had the bright idea of inspecting his mailbox, and found a message sitting at the top level of the folder tree - that is, outside of the Inbox, Sent Items and all the other folders. Exchange mailboxes are not designed to hold messages outside subfolders! I moved the message back to a sensible place, and perhaps the "corrupt" mailbox was causing the problem. I've seen people inadvertently drag-and-drop messages to this location before, so maybe that's what triggered the whole thing.

So I'll see if Microsoft can actually confirm that possibility tomorrow. Hm. I would like to know that we've actually "fixed" the problem, and also have a reasonable idea of where to look first if we encounter this kind of thing again. And how it might be prevented, if possible (for example, they could fix Outlook so that those potential drag-and-drops to the wrong place can't happen).

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Heh, I had a feeling I relaxed a bit too soon after the week-of-direness.

Things I planned to do today
Things I actually did
Have a niiiice sleep-inWake up at 6am due to email problems
Have a leisurely breakfastTell everyone the problem is with the server storage system and sleep a couple more hours. Wake and eat breakfast
Clean my disgusting flatGet told it's not the storage system
Wash copious dishesGo to work, and find out it is the storage system, but get Microsoft in to help prove it
Soak one set of sheets with white vinegarDecide to move non-working databases to working storage. Have problems unmounting databases due to busted storage system
Do 2 loads of laundrySpend another 6 hours at work. Have bag of salt and vinegar chips and coke for lunch
Get an hour-long professional massageAm told the supposedly non-busted storage system is now , um, "fixed". Am amazingly calm.
Have a tasty lunchStill have problems mounting databases due to inconsistencies caused while trying to unmount
Pick up new bookshelf
Microsoft help me fix it
Put crappy bookshelf in spare room
Find out Blackberries still arent getting mail; fix them
Assemble new bookshelfSend lengthy email to all concerned
Put more books in new bookshelvesGet home and stuff muesli bar down starving throat. Dinner (ramen) and beer are coming
Cook tasty dinner and consume it and beer

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...especially when you still don't know what caused the Exchange server with the greatest amount of users (ie. the Canberra one) to hang. No serious errors in the error log, and yet it took 40 minutes to reboot. Hmmmmmmmm.

I know, it's because I gave the go-ahead yesterday to have our test environment built so we can prepare for our upgrade to the next version. It knows its days are numbered. Muahahahaha!

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Got home a wee while ago after a looong day (I had dinner before jumping on the buses to get home - at least I only had a 10 minute wait at the interchange this time).

Today was full of much frustration with people having problems with user accounts (for managing applications) and instead of telling me what the actual problem was, I spent two hours trying to solve an "issue" (which wasn't actually an issue) that was totally irrelevant. I will now not assume that because people are techies, they can actually explain what the actual problem is they are trying to solve - coming in on something after they've been on the wrong tangent for hours is an exercise in futility.

Add to that the fact that the procedure that MS recommends to fix daylight saving on Sharepoint for Australian timezones this year doesn't work at all, and really, I didn't achieve much. Except have my wonderful womanly blessing from the Goddess™ two days early, and make this FAIL LOL to feel somewhat constructive:

stockmarket woes! )
I've submitted it to FailBlog, but we'll see what happens.

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...for the stonking big expensive piece of testing software we are about to purchase.

If you're in a phone conference with me and my boss, and I explain which platform we intend to use, it is really stupid saying that you're not sure how supportable the Linux version is, because you haven't installed it before yourself and actually everyone in Australia is using the Windows version. It was quite hilarious watching your sales guy in the same room as us cringe mightily, but didn't really give us the best impression. I'm also quite sure that your huge multinational hardware/software vendor firm would be interested in your view of its supportability on one of the platforms they explicitly say they support.

Might I also suggest that any implementation problems you've encountered might be more to do with people trying to shoehorn tomcat/Jboss onto Windows systems? Ok, it runs ok, but not as nicely as on *nix systems (in my experience, at least, not surprisingly because Jboss is owned by the largest Linux distributor¹). In other words, don't argue with the customer, unless you have actual grounds to do so. Hopefully you'll actually have time to read the Linux installation documentation supplied, oh, by your organisation, before turning up to do it.

¹If you look at the Jboss wiki, guess what? 2 out of 34 are running the server component on Windows. This might indicate something.

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I'm trying to upgrade and migrate a crucial rostering system at work - did I mention I'm not just the email administrator any more? no, I do lots of things now - and it's been a pile of fun.

To install a new version of the software, we need to install the old one and then run an upgrade - there is no new install package at all. The old version is written in some ancient version of VB - I suspect VB4 - and requires you to do fun things like manually registering OCX files, installing services by hand, and editing both INI files and the Registry. It uses DEX for the rules calculation stuff... a product that was initially developed in the early-90s, I believe. The data is stored in an SQL database, which is fine other than the quaint way the middleware component wants to write stored procedures to the master db on the server, not just its own db. Writing things to the master db is really not that desirable when a server is hosting literally dozens of databases. What happens if some other db decides to call its stored procs the same name and store those in master as well? Just ridiculous.

We got it up and running after quite a bit of angst with replicating the old server's installation of the middleware, and restoring a copy of the old database from backup to the new SQL server, albeit with a different name. After running a few simple tests from a client, we then tried to run a crucial import procedure that picks up personnel data from SAP. The middleware component connects to a drive where SAP has dropped its data (by means of a quaint batch file), and also to its own database, and then runs a compiled executable  (nothing so transparent as a script to process the data, because then we might see what it's doing) and some of the stored database procedures to jam the SAP stuff into the database. Now, getting the thing connected to its own database on a remote server was fun anyway - after we sorted out the master db malarkey - because it requires you to configure an ODBC connection to the new database on the middleware server AND run the middleware client once and configure the new connection information again, which it drops into the dreaded INI file.

Our import kept failing at the point just before it updated the data into the database. I got the ODBC tool logging the SQL output passing through it, and found that it referenced the OLD database connection information about 10,000 lines through the import job... just before the failure. Now, remember that it had read the ODBC connection information and the INI file to connect to its database to do the stored procedures and various queries for processing the data -- when it came time to jam the information back in, guess where it was reading the connection information from? No, not the ODBC. No, not the INI file. It was reading it from a field inside the database it was already connected to.

GAHHHHHHHHHHHH!

That import connection info field happened to be configurable from inside the client (not the middleware) GUI, so we didn't have to futz around inside the database, but why why why it's even an option is totally beyond me. The clients and the middleware are only ever connected to the one database, so where on earth else would you be importing the data to? And since you can't run the import without being connected to its own database, and you can only be connected to one database at a time...? (Exporting it in a configurable way makes sense.)

And this is just trying to replicate our existing install. I am soooo waiting for the actual upgrade, which requires that we install the .NET framework on the middleware server... V2 and V3 (I mean, WTF?), and then run no less than 6 conversion scripts, two for the database and 4 for the middleware and clients. Again, they can't provide us with just a new fresh installer and perhaps a db upgrade script.

Still, we're getting there. Also on the exciting things actually working front, I have a version of Trac and Subversion installed on a Linux server to manage source control in our organisation, and it's all working great, complete with Active Directory authentication and reasonably granular directory permissions. I just now have to break the news to the SOE team that no, they cannot have a separate Trac project for each and every application they maintain. Of which they have scores. They can consider their applications as components of a SOE version. So there. Because I'm not going to sit there and twiddle with zillions of little projects constantly. The next thing is to see if we can mirror the Subversion repositories to a remote server for DR purposes (and have it update itself constantly). Eeee!
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...not to mention my PMP. But at least I have backup sounds on my work PC if I forget to bring my tunes.

I have a colleague who sits right next to me, who eats like a pig. Well, he actually eats like someone of his nationality, and it involves much slurping, chewing with mouth open and licking fingers. It drives me insane, as well as grossing me out. And he's a small guy, and eats constantly. At least every hour on the hour.

But I can't put on my music to drown him out today. WOEZ. It's 10:10am, and he's been eating something since 9:15. I really don't need this kind of penance first thing on Monday morning!

Speaking of cultural differences with food, though, I admit that I am far from being perfect. I can't make myself slurp Japanese noodles, although I haven't eaten them in Japan (yet). Also, I had a Japanese flatmate who didn't slurp, and she said that she thought it was "lower-class" to do so noisily. When in Rome, though...

If someone is of European descent, it's one of those things that I find very diffcult to keep politely quiet about. Not everyone has the same upbringing as I did, but keeping one's mouth shut while chewing is one of those rules that is adhered to (and broken) at all levels of the class hierarchy. I also blame American TV for encouraging the notion that it's cool to engage in long periods of dialogue while masticating - is it something they teach in actors' school? "Hey, show those punters you're really eating! Do big chomps! Open that mouth really wide while you're chewing! Talking at full bore while you're doing that shows masterful actorly skills!"

I have to say that it's a dealbreaker for me, if I'm interested in someone romantically, and they eat excessively badly. I am not a stickler for table manners per se - since I'm pretty crap myself, unless I'm in a formal setting - but watching food revolving around someone's mouth and hearing the entire process at volume LOUD just makes me want to vomit. Blech.

PS. My colleague has finally stopped munching. Peace is restored!
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A post I did on [livejournal.com profile] techsupport about a particularly egregious example of moronity that has come to light at work today.

In other news, I picked up my Irish passport today! Phew! No stinky long immigration queue at Heathrow for me - just the somewhat-less stinky long immigration queue. The fun part of it all was that the passport was sent registered post to my old address (I had provided a SASL for the embassy), despite the fact I have a 6-month redirection in place for mail from my old place. I rang the embassy on the off-chance today due to the huge delay, and it had been returned to them as it was "undeliverable".

I went to the PO once I picked up the passport packet (the embassy offered to put it in the post again - no effing way!), and the guy there was unable to give me an explanation as to why it hadn't been redirected. I asked whether he could input the tracking number on the registered post envelope into some system for, er, tracking information - apparently not. He was able to ascertain that it had been lodged at the GPO (which was actually the nearest PO to where I used to live) for a while - I'll go there tomorrow to find out what went on. Leaving aside the fact that my passport was going hither and yon all over Canberra for no good reason, what else that should have been redirected has been slipping through the cracks?
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I has internets now, of the temporary sort. I bethought myself that I should make the most of the mobility support officer at work being my Own Little Friend, so I scrounged a wireless internet card off him (of the type that is normally loaned out to the execs when they go roaming around). Since I'm on call this week, it's even legitimate. No per-site snooping, either. The card just provides 1GB of data a month, no auditing. Because execs never download porn, eh?

On the news front, I have nearly finished my Exchange server migration. It's going to be three weeks behind schedule when all is done, but the last two servers have been held up by a couple of weeks due to a) the thingummies that connect the server to the super-duper storage system were not ordered (duh! and this was after I said the server was exactly like the ones that currently exist and are attached to the SAN at present with their thingummies); b) half a week of one of those remaining two servers and the new one in Brisbane trying to throw a hissy-fit. No email for a couple of hours on Wed night and Thurs morning, and then another few hours without mail the next evening later while I tried to get the databases into a consistent state so backups would run.

On the somewhat-related-to-work front, the v. cute communications-coordinator chick at work has taken to calling me "T-Mac" (based on my name) and "dude" in our day-to-day dealings (in a gently-teasing kind of way). I am not officially out to her, but you know, not that I'd fool anyone with two eyes for more than two seconds either. I am finding these nicknames slightly cringe-making (do I start wearing fedoras and making outré hand gestures?) and yet endearing. Hmmmm. She's straight and is going to be getting married in six months. Then again, I had a cute straight colleague who had just gotten engaged in my last job... but she was a highly experimental young lady, as it turned out. Heh heh heh. Well, it makes the days pass a bit more pleasantly just as is. :-)

I have had my car modified to run on gas as well as petrol (liquid propane+butane mix, for you furriners). It cost $4000, and I'll be getting $2000 back on a government rebate. The conversion is worth about twice as much as the car is, but I'll feel much happier driving my monster on that basis. The particulate emissions are zero, the petrochemical smog-forming emissions are much less (substances like nitrous oxide and general hydrocarbons), and CO2 emissions are below anything except pure ethanol (and electricity, of course). At the same time, I got a dual-bore carb fitted, so it goes bloody excellently now. Extremely smooth acceleration, and I took it up to 90 miles an hour (145 kph) on the flat with oomph to spare. I went for a wee burn around... which was quite a bit more distance than I thought I covered, with flat straights, hills, windy and dirt roads, and it went fabulously and burned a quarter of a tank.

Finally, a meme ganked from [livejournal.com profile] saluqi and [livejournal.com profile] micheinnz because it's been ages:

another languagey meme )
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So, I've been moving the mailboxes of four of my servers so far. The most common non-default mail folder name is "Stuff". So there you go. I have to confess to having a Misc folder, but perhaps that is just a little bit effete.

Also, if you use Outlook, please don't keep more than 1000 items in the core folders (Inbox, Calendar, Journal). It slows down copy operations like fuck. Also, it'd slow things down when you open Outlook. You can create lots of little subfolders and file things in there, ok?

In other news, I've packed all my books. 8 cartons - I estimated the number of book cartons I'd need precisely, go me. It's not too bad, really - 5 of those were what I shipped back from England (look, if a book is the same price as a pint, what are you going to buy more of? Keeping in mind the fact I start puking violently if I have more than three or so pints, that is. See above re "effete". Perhaps I should start a group for effete - not faggy - butches. The faggy butches already have their own groups.)

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