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    50m3 r@nd0M +h0ugh+s fr0m Joe

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    by joseph moore ·

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    • #3238838

      Back at TR

      by joseph moore ·

      In reply to 50m3 r@nd0M +h0ugh+s fr0m Joe

      Hello. Many things have changed over the past year for me. I plan on being involved again here at TR. Maybe not quite as much as I used to be. For 3 years, I was answering 10 to 20 questions a day at the Q&A forums. I like to think my obsession with everything IT helped out some folks with some freaky problems.
      But while I was at the top of my game with computers and this crazy IT world, the rest of my life fell apart. I’ll get into some details later on.
      But for now know that all is going very well, I’m happy, and I can see the sunrise again. No more darkness. No more despair. No more loss.
      So, I think I feel like lending a hand again.
      I’m new to the whole blog thing, so I’m not sure if I’m gonna like it.
      But I’ll give it a shot.
      So, look for me around the TR site some, and I’ll post updates here.
      I guess I should get back to it and look for a question or two to take care of.
      Bye for now.

      • #3237607

        Back at TR

        by smorty71 ·

        In reply to Back at TR

        Awesome! Welcome back.

      • #3237373

        Back at TR

        by maxwell edison ·

        In reply to Back at TR

        Joseph, welcome back — and I really mean it. I must say that I often wondered about you, and I can assure you that your absence was noticed by more people than just me.

    • #3237450

      Darth Vader’s Blog

      by joseph moore ·

      In reply to 50m3 r@nd0M +h0ugh+s fr0m Joe

      I’ve been reading this blog every day for a month now, and it looks like today’s the last post:

      http://darthside.blogspot.com/

      Yes, Darth Vader has a blog! But it is a very well-written novel, basically. It is from Darth Vader’s perspective, starting from the time period of Empire Strikes Back, and going forward into Return of the Jedi. The entire premise is that once Anakin put on the Vader mask, he never stopped being Anakin.
      Yes, he enjoys “trachea crushing”, but he also still misses his mother, and wants to love his son, Luke.
      A very interesting read.
      You will love Vader’s managerial problems, and how he works with his subordinates.
      Or crushes their tracheas.

    • #3237392

      Help support the Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon!

      by joseph moore ·

      In reply to 50m3 r@nd0M +h0ugh+s fr0m Joe

      The 12th Annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon is the largest single day of community service in Chicago. 8,000 volunteers will paint, plant and clean up schools, parks and social service agencies throughout the city, and I’m one of them! This year’s event takes place on Saturday, June 11, 2005.

      In addition to volunteering for this event, I am also collecting donations to support Chicago Cares’ year-round community service initiatives. I hope you will consider making a donation to support my efforts and make a difference in Chicago.

      If you have any questions, please click on the following link for info, and for a funky skelleton image!


      http://chicagocares.kintera.org/faf/r.asp?t=4&i=100641&u=100641-79229997&e=298436262

       

    • #3232182

      Disturbing Dilbert comic

      by joseph moore ·

      In reply to 50m3 r@nd0M +h0ugh+s fr0m Joe

      Ok, something about the Pointy-Haired Boss Man’s smile just creeps me out:


      http://www.dilbert.com/comics/dilbert/archive/dilbert-20050517.html

       

      • #3242421

        Disturbing Dilbert comic

        by lost_one ·

        In reply to Disturbing Dilbert comic

        I start me day reading Dilbert and try to apply it to my work.

      • #3181173

        Disturbing Dilbert comic

        by canitbe ·

        In reply to Disturbing Dilbert comic

        I had that very same feeling. Funny thing, I have that feeling about most managers in general.

    • #3238336

      Ah, weekend work!

      by joseph moore ·

      In reply to 50m3 r@nd0M +h0ugh+s fr0m Joe

      Here is is Friday afternoon, and while I’m sitting here eating a few Rice Krispie Treats (yum!), I’m doing a few pre-deployment tasks. I get to work all day tomorrow, helping out to roll out a new version of one of our public websites.
      Me, my tasks today involve some folder permissions tweaking on the FTP server, making some config changes to the clustered Crystal Enterprise servers, and adding some new Security and Distribution Groups to AD.
      This I’ll finish today, along with manual full backups of the production servers, in case the rollout tomorrow just really frags everything.
      Tomorrow, with baseball cap on, while having a death-clutch on a large cup of coffee (probably Blue Jamacian Mountain blend from White Hen), I’ll mostly hang out and be here when the few developers and/or project managers need me to reboot a server.
      I admit, it’s macabrely enjoyable to watch them all run around, squirm, and swear when their site upgrades don’t work the first time around. “Well, it works in devleopment and QA?!??!!”
      But it always seems like to me that every developmer Dev/QA environment is always tweaked and mostly scrambled. Production, we keep clean and operational. So yeah, when they move stuff to Production, there’s always problems.
      At least I’ll have my coffee.
      Wish me luck!

      • #3260450

        Ah, weekend work!

        by smorty71 ·

        In reply to Ah, weekend work!

        “Well, it works in devleopment and QA?!??!!”

        LOL! I’m guilty of saying that from time to time. Glad to see the whole QA vs. Live issue exists in other places.

    • #3260337

      Didn’t get the “today is DNS problem day” memo

      by joseph moore ·

      In reply to 50m3 r@nd0M +h0ugh+s fr0m Joe

      It all started Saturday night. My production rollout of Release 2.1 of a public website earlier that day went just fine. I was able to leave work at 1PM, go home, meet my girlfriend for an early dinner, then off to Revenge of the Sith.
      We got home at 10PM, and that’s when the DNS problems started. While I was at the movie, the Operations desk called me (like a kind movie viewer, I turned the tones of my phone off) and said that all of the company websites I monitor were coming up Red in the monitoring software.
      Can I check it out?
      Sure. I’ll try.
      So, visions of jedi roasting by a volcano running in my mind (or more like crawling across charcoal with one arm!), I fired up my laptop and connected over the VPN.
      Sure enough, the monitoring was all ablaze with red alarms. Everything that had a www or ended in .com was coming up as being offline.
      Turns out the fun was due to a misconfigured proxy server deployed by our sister company. Their proxy was using our internal DNS servers for resolution, and their proxy was doing a DNS story, trying to resolve something I’m still investigating (looking up a PTR record from a DNS server that rejects PTR lookups! How rude!!!).
      This also caused, into Sunday, e-mail delivery problems, since the SMTP servers couldn’t resolve the MX records for the other internal SMTP servers and Spam servers.
      So, a proxy server brought down e-mail, internal monitoring, and freaked out Operations, and ruined my RotS buzz!
      sigh….

    • #3235780

      Making a server while eating Rice Krispie Treats

      by joseph moore ·

      In reply to 50m3 r@nd0M +h0ugh+s fr0m Joe

      Right now, as I finish my last Rice Krispie Treat (yum!), I’m also building a new Win2K3 Standard server. New server for new price feed data stream application. What fun. Done this so many times over the years….
      It’s an IBM xSeries 336 server, so I’m using the IBM ServerRAID cd and the other IBM cd that does the actual work. I just had to check a few checkboxes, put the Win2K3 cd in for 12 minutes for the i386 folder to be copied to some temp space, and click NEXT a lot.
      Gotta love how people still think that server builds are laborous.
      It’s our little secret. Shhhh!!!!
      Think I need a soda to wash down the marshmellow.

    • #3170137

      Playing “find the server” game today. Weeee!!!

      by joseph moore ·

      In reply to 50m3 r@nd0M +h0ugh+s fr0m Joe

      Ok, it’s one of those crazy days where you get assigned impossible
      tasks to perform, and everyone is waiting on your results in order to
      finish some even larger and crazier and more impossible project.
      Yes, in other words, the typical day.
      Today I was given a hide and seek quest by the accounting department.
      They wanted me to find a server with a specific asset tag # on it. The
      description with the tag # was the name of my NT4 PDC (yes, we still
      have a couple NT4 flat domains!). I thought this would be easy. Just
      verify the tag #s match, and then tell accounting that yes, we still
      use that server.
      They wanted to see if they could take it off the books, like we do when older servers are decommissioned.
      Turns out it wasn’t that easy. The asset tag # didn’t match. Plus I
      figured out that the tag # they want me to find was issued around March
      1999.
      I started working for this company in 2001.
      I checked  the server room and pretty well concluded that whatever
      machine with the quested for asset tag # must be a really old one,
      since other servers with slightly more recent tag #s are all either
      phased out or being phased out. You know, those 500MHZ PIII servers.
      They’re history around here, what with the 2.8Ghz Xeon Blade servers we
      typically pick up.
      So, I still have a missing tag #. I checked the rest of the servers and
      a good portion of other devices in our large server room (that was a
      couple of hours work right there) and didn’t get a match.
      So I get to go to our offsite DR facility tomorrow and see if the asset
      tag is on something there. Then once I (maybe) find it, accounting can
      change the description in their precious spreadsheet to match that
      intangible concept known as Reality.
      sigh….
      At least I found a bag of Cracker Jack. Yum! Candy! I love candy.

    • #3170953

      Oops!!!!

      by joseph moore ·

      In reply to 50m3 r@nd0M +h0ugh+s fr0m Joe

      Yes, the dreaded phrase in the IT world. It happened here at work today.
      A co-worker (it wasn’t me this time! Promise!!!) connected a new server
      into one of our older server cabinets today, and plugged it into an
      overworked power strip.
      He then turned the server on.
      And there was this POP sound, then silence.

      The power strip was rated for 12 amps (I think it’s amps, or is it
      volts; I always get that confused), and it apparently was already up at
      about that number. Bringing the new server online pushed the strip
      passed 12. Which tripped the breaker in the strip, killing power to
      it….

      And to the various servers plugged into that strip also!

      Hence, the Oops!

      Some of the servers were dual-powered, properly plugged into other
      strips, so they were OK. But some of the servers were older ones with a
      single power supply. And it’s those ones that brought up the alarm. My
      monitoring software suddenly started flaring red, with various servers
      being offline. They were older servers, but my machines just don’t shut
      themselves off like that, unless something bad has happened.

      So I went into the server room, found the servers that were registering
      as being unresponsive, and saw the lack of power truth. My co-worker
      was still in there; he was doing something else and hadn’t noticed the
      outage. I went over, unplugged his new server (I knew he was mounting
      the server in the cabinet today, so I pretty much had an idea what
      happened when it happened), and flipped the breaker back on.

      Voila! Power restored.

      I then took a few minutes, and made sure everything that went down came
      back up again. Monitoring software went calm green again, and we’re
      waiting around to pick up any of the pieces. So far, the only fallout
      was our Linux anti-spam servers went down, and one of them didn’t come
      up properly. SMTP on it was working, but the actual Spam filtering
      process didn’t. But that’s OK now.

      Welcome to Monday in the trenches.

      Pop!!!!

    • #3192139

      The Sky Is Falling Friday….

      by joseph moore ·

      In reply to 50m3 r@nd0M +h0ugh+s fr0m Joe

      Boy, today’s been fun, and it’s only lunchtime!
      Hardware failure on an application server (drive in a RAID1 failed) made a website unstable….
      A rollout of a new web server (that we finished at 10PM last night) for another website had to be rolled back…..
      Another application (that I don’t deal with, luckily) had bandwidth
      issues all last night, so those who deal with it are all grumpy
      today….
      Remote admins of a FTP site locked themselves out and had to wait until I came into the office to re-enable them…..
      And people are getting a QA environment confused with a Dev environment, when the two are mutually exclusive.

      I’m just glad I went and got a couple cheeseburgers. Plus some good Swiss dark chocolate.

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