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Production Support Tastes of Soot and Poo

Friday, September 24, 2004 at 4:46 AM

Actually in the office now, following a reboot of that same old server mentioned below, which brought it back up unaware that, say, it should allow any kind of remote access other than pings.

Of course, when I physically came to the server it seemed fine, in fact it could somehow then be accessed remotely from other servers. Nnnngh.

Quite tired at the moment. Had about 4 hours kip.

You know, if I was at Uni still, I'd think now would probably be a good time to do a show. I'm glad I'm not at Uni still :-)

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Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at 11:22 AM

So I can go to bed now finally!!! Oh, hang on, I've already been, haven't I?

Ah that's right, is a bsr and falls over just when you need it :-)

Finished my shift at 3am, just got up about 15 minutes ago and it looks like everything ran smoothly for the rest of the night! Woooh!

That's it, really. I think I had something more interestnig to say at 3am but I've long forgotten what it was!

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But first, I must caress this roosty kettle...

at 2:47 AM

There's something very very wrong that's been on Weebl's Stuff for a while now, but I only came across it on Friday night. Salad Fingers sounds like it might be quite funny, perhaps a bit stupid.

It's not - It's wrong.

And you have to see it.

There're four episodes of Salad Fingers, all found here. Do watch it, but don't complain to me if you have nightmares involving spoons, rust, ovens and handpuppets.

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Zed's Dead, Baby. Zed's Dead

at 2:40 AM

Ah... what a classic Pulp Fiction is. I haven't seen it for ages and so had only really remembered a few key scenes ("everybody be cool...", the O.D. scene and that horrible, horrible gimp sequence), but as the film progressed in its (at the time) pretty original "all around the shop" way, I kept remembering that there was an excellent scene coming up.

I have to say this: Samuel L Jackson, I salute you. He's such a legend in that film.

Anyway, hell, what am I blahing on about? You've seen Pulp Fiction and you don't need me giving my vague opinions on it! Please forgive me, I've been up 21 hours now and I'm starting to ramble a tad to relieve the loneliness (strangely no-one's on IRC and there's no one emailing me(!)).

So... almost at the end now, 15 minutes left and then transferring the baton of overnight prod support fun to my team leader. The tiredness has really only crept up on me over the past half and hour but right now I could damned well do with a kip.

(To server) Just... stay... alive... please...

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Aw, that was nice

Monday, September 20, 2004 at 11:56 PM

I like Pleasantville. Very, er, pleasant, unsurprisingly.

William H Macy rocks in it too. AndReeseWitherspoonIsDamnedFineAsPer

Righty... choice between Pulp Fiction and Donnie Darko next... I think I need a "something to keep me awake" film, so I reckon Donnie "Pat's Fallen Asleep To This Twice Before" Darko is out of the question.

Bring on the Pulp Fiction goodness! Can I have some of your tasty beverage to wash this down?

(Keep going Mr Server, keep going, you can do it! Just... don't.... break... again...)

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at 9:55 PM

One Down...

..gawd knows how many to go. It went down. I made a phone call. It should be back up soon.

In the meantime, I'll start watching my DVD of Pleasantville I think.

Just after I get me a beer ;-)

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at 9:36 PM

The Night Shift

I love digital. But I miss real data... the kind you can hold in your hand, the kind that you really feel, the kind that doesn't become inaccessible due to a file server falling on its arse repeatedly.

Sadly, working in a Server Team, I don't get to appreciate this "real data" as much as "digital". Normally that's fine (after all how many times have you moved pr0n mp3z warez important company information across the world in a few seconds via post???) but when things go tits up with digital, everything stops.

One of our file servers at work fell over the other day and our team have been doing a lot of diagnosis, disaster recovery and other such great things over the past few 24 hour periods, in between wandering down to our company's data centre and pressing the "restart" button on our server a number of times.

Why'm I boring you with this information? Because, as you might guess from the title, I'm doing some work overnight tonight... on this lovely server.

Turns out there are some, uh, shagged bits of the disk on the box. To get all the files off it ok, we need to find the broken bits and leave them alone. Sadly, the broken bits cause the server to crash when you access them.

Not the sort of thing that can be done during business hours. Also, not the sort of thing that takes a few minutes. So, here I am, at home, watching Liverpool get beaten by The Scum (Man U) with my work laptop; keeping an eye on the server and ready to call the people in the data centre to ask them to hit the big red (*) power button on our server.

I'm working 9pm-3am. I've already done a full day's work today.

It's going to be a long night.

* Actually it's about the size of a 5p piece and is black with a tiny green LED in it, but that doesn't sound so good

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Friday, September 10, 2004 at 10:57 PM

Old School Friends

Met a couple of old school friends tonight.

That doesn't sound so important, does it? Well, on the face of it, it's not. But for myself and my mate Gareth (who were both in the same class at Secondary School and still keep in touch), who were down at our local tonight, it was.

It's... just... odd. In a lovely way. People who I kind-of-knew from 8 years ago come bounding towards us in our local in a really friendly way to say "Hi!" tonight. They've changed SO MUCH and suddenly it feels like I knew them so well a long time ago whereas I don't think I did so much... although oddly now it doesn't matter. We're connected, because we both had the same experience at the same school so long ago.

It was a lovely experience, although very odd hearing about some other people from school who've now got married / settled down / travelled for over a year... makes you look at your life in a different way.

I guess the point of this blog is to say that, perhaps now, I'm going to start looking at things differently.

But it could just be the Stella talking.

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Friday, September 03, 2004 at 10:19 AM

3 Year Anniversary!

I've been at Ford Financial for 3 years today. From now, I'll've been in full time employment longer than I was at University.

This feels very strange. I feel very old.

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