New record load average

December 10, 2008

Never seen a load average that high on a system that doesn’t have runaway processes and isn’t being misused.

user@host:~$ uptime
13:45:52 up 7 days, 22:13, 20 users, load average: 7.78, 7.33, 6.61

Munis says it was up to 10.1 a little while ago. Thankfully, the new more powerful replacement is literally in the mail.

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Check in comment from 2am. Coincidence????

November 25, 2008

dumb mistake – used the wrong varriable

HT to my poor coworkers who were working to the wee hours to get our redesigned homepage working almost immediately after getting the graphics from the designers.

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Code Check In Comment of the Week

November 13, 2008

Oops… <actual comment on what was done>

Kids,

Test your shit, even when you’re in a hurry.

Love,
Martin

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Probably funnier in context

September 30, 2008

Taoism + Henry Ford = tons of shitty rock & roll

My colleague Martin on how imported (and poorly understood) Eastern religous concepts effect music.

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Tech Koan

August 27, 2008

Is it still Windows if it doesn’t have stupid security holes?

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Artistic License

August 15, 2008

Is calling a rap song Cultue Shock artistic license or poor typing? I honestly can’t decide. Kind of like it as artistic license though.

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Who really does the work?

August 5, 2008

I don’t normally believe that your blog is a good place to talk about your boss – good or bad – but when said boss lives a self-consciously transparent life available (and viewed) world wide over the internet, I think the rules change.  My collegue, Martin Mushrush, has an excellent post on his blog – an open letter to Mr. Sivers – in response to some of this public commentary from our-boss-until-yesterday, Derek Sivers. (No, we weren’t fired.)  Derek is probably best known in the tech industry for his very public migration from PHP to Rails and back to PHP (7 reasons I switched back to PHP after 2 years on Rails) and to independant musicians as for his wide variety of advice on success as an independant musician. (ie. here and here) While Martin is addressing a specific situation, some of his comments about sharing the credit are useful fodder for all of us in software industry.

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Sometimes code hurts…

July 25, 2008

I got my start as a sys admin at a company that was in heavy competition with Ticketmaster (as in, the Justice Department asked us for data when they were investigating the possibility of Ticketmaster being a monopoly[1].)  All of my early programming and admin mentors likewise worked at companies that were competing with Ticketmaster.    So, I have to say, I felt a pang when writing this code fragment yesterday:

'cleared_for_ticketmaster' => 'true'

[1] The investigation was suspended in the early stages.  I suspect this was because they were also in the beginning stages of the Microsoft investigation and thought it might look like harassment if they investigated 2 companies where Paul Allen was / had been a principal.

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Mr Beaver’s Data Center Disruption Tactics

July 17, 2008

Happy Beaver

Beaver Vandalism

Krrzztt

Data Center B[lack] Out

2 Weeks, 3 power outages of up to 6 hours, and counting. Thanks Mr Beaver. Thanks Pacific Power for putting the power lines that feed this area along the Columbia River Slough.

Pretty much all I’ve done is help systems and processes recover from power outages.  (Oh, like you have every system on power filtering UPS’s with automatic generator cutover and a lifetime supply of generator fuel even when it doesn’t make economic sense.) We’ve only lost one PC and one disk, so far. It could be worse, some of the airport landing lights are on the same circuit and have no backup power at all. The power company is now rerouting the power lines away from the beaver.

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I’d think it was a virus!

July 17, 2008

 My friend Cloe’s answer to the question “Would you buy a hidden track on an online music site?”

Musicians, listen up!  With very limited exceptions, hidden tracks should only be available on physical media.  The digital equivalent of hidden tracks is free tracks available for download on your website.  If you do have hidden tracks, listing your track list as tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 makes it clear that you either have a hidden track (in which case it’s NOT hidden) OR you can’t count – either way you look stupid!

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