bung! all disk is burning.
This server had a hard drive failure last night--a pretty impressive
one. It was just the OS disk, the user data is fine, but the OS disk
was a mirrored RAID, meaning it was two hard drives containing the
same data, and they both got completely screwed up (presumably in
exactly the same way). I'm glad everyone's data is okay (though I
myself had a backup at home from Friday).
Life is always good, but at the moment it's fun, too.
- My DSL activated at almost exactly 5pm yesterday. It's nice to be
able to look stuff up and talk to my friends again.
- I am incredibly annoyed with my ex-housemate, to the extent that
I don't really want to talk to him for a while. He left me a ton of
trash and other crap to deal with at the house, on top of all my own
stuff; partly I'm annoyed that I have so much stuff, but also
pissed at him for being an inconsiderate flake, however big-hearted.
- On the bright side, Freecycle people will take a
bunch of stuff, and ex-housemate will certainly be paying the cost of
removal for the rest of it.
- I am so glad I quit my job. It's worked out particularly well
with the nonsense still left to do at the house.
- Totally psyched for the new job, and for going to Mexico. And
probably to Portland for a few days, too.
- I love love love my apartment. Everything is what I want,
how I want it to be. It's mine in a way no other place has been, and
I'm finally able to live by myself without a trace of mental
- I have no television, and I do not miss it at all. This year I've
been noticing how dissociative TV is, and I'm happy to replace it with
books and the Internet.
- To my great relief, my motorcycle fits in my carport with my car
with plenty of room to spare, for riding both in and out without
moving the car.
- Kat brought me a lucky bamboo as a
housewarming gift (which isn't actually a bamboo). We like Kat.
- I'm realizing how odd it is that I've been at a point in my
career where the honing of my craft is less about writing code and
more about thinking smarter on wider levels. It's something I've
always leaned toward, but the transition really happened at Danger, as
I was responsible for thinking in an integrated, systems-oriented kind
of way, more so than most folks there. So I'm reading books, and
actual coding has become slightly less interesting, which gets awkward
because if you don't keep up with implementation technology because
you're busy designing, then (a) it's hard to talk to and gain respect
from people who are mostly implementors, and (b) you can't do good
designs that account for the capabilities of new technologies. And all
this because engineers who are good at implementation usually end up
migrating towards design, because it's fun.
I'm pretty optimistic about this for the new job, though, since there
isn't exactly a team in place: I'll be both design and implementation.