May 31st, 2005

Extreme close up.

One of those days...

So around midnight I was chatting with ladymalone, starting to think about crashing, when my phone rang.

It was my boss - he was getting a message from the main UPS that it was low on battery, meaning the power must've been off for a while. I live closest, so I hustled myself in.

When I got to the office it was obvious what was up - three poles up the road from the office was a cluster of cops, utility trucks, and tow trucks. Power was out downstream of that pole for a fair distance. We figured out later from the UPS logs that around 22:33 last night someone's night took a major turn for the the worse, when they slammed into that pole hard enough to down some of the wires. I walked over before the car was removed - small white hatchback it looked like, and the nose was stove in real good.

So my boss (Paul) and the other two guys in ops (John and Vadim - well, Vadim is kind of part ops, part development) came in as well. Power didn't come back on until about 05:04. We then went about making sure all the machines restarted - and, of course, on the most important machine one of the RAID disks didn't come back so we had to swap it and rebuild it. John and I also walked around and powered up all the machines in the building to make sure they all came back so there won't be any nasty surprises when people come in.

One of the KVMs shit the bed, so we had to swap that. And another machine also seems to have had an unhappy RAID disk, so that was swapped. All in all everything seems to be OK, the bank machine for the payment system is running a check on all of the data and we can't turn it back on live until it is happy with itself. But that's it.

But this kind of fucks my day up. I'm supposed to look at my house at noon to make sure all the work has been done, and before that I'll need to go to Home Depot for an outlet tester to do said checking. I can't really go to sleep until after that, and I'm really tired. I can just see this fucking up my schedule for the rest of the week. :-(

Oh, and one of the cops noticed me driving through the parking lot and kindly let me know that my registration expired in like NOVEMBER. So I need to figure that out. I could've sworn I renewed it, so I'll have to check my credit card records. If not then at least I can renew painlessly online. At least he didn't cite me, he was really nice about it.

This is just life. It happens. It actually isn't so bad, and there is that quiet feeling of satisfaction when you just do what needs to be done and get everything back before anyone else shows up for the days work. Some nice teamwork last night. And we've all been officially told, just now in an email, to feel free to call it a day for Tuesday because we did our time last night. :-)
Anime MZ

Blog syndication - KBlogger & Dean Edwards

KBlogger is a blog site associated with Klixxx magazine. Klixxx is aimed primarily at the adult webmaster market, but it has some decent info for all webmasters.

kblogger is the feed for the entire KBlogger site.
kblogger_mz is the feed for 'Digital Soapbox', which is my KBlogger blog.
kblogger_tdavid is the feed for TDavid's Blog on KBlogger, which is mainly tech related
(There are many other sub-blogs there, if you want others split out just ask me and I'll make the feed here. If you do it yourself, please follow this naming scheme for sanity's sake.)

I also added a feed for Dean Edwards's blog and links: deanedwards_wl
Dean is known for creating several useful web development tools, but is most famous for this outstanding IE7 JavaScript library, which brings standards support for CSS to Internet Explorer. This is a *godsend* for anyone trying to do standards compliant web development, since IE6 has such terrible support for the current standards. Using this library allows you to use most of today's standards as supported by good browsers, like Firefox and Opera, and have it work in IE6 as well.

This is the combined feed for his blog and links - I can add the feed for just one or the other as well if anyone wants.

Edit: I discovered dean_edwards already exists as a feed of just his blog, and on request deanedwards_lnk now exists as a feed for just his links.