Monday, May 31, 2004

Well, the results are in on the big May secondary technology hoohah. The space estimator was broken, and following recovery instructions from the vendor corrupted the logs. It is a poor craftsman who blames his tools., a quote from E. Philip Malarkey, CEO of Tinkertoys.


Saturday, May 29, 2004

Car in the shop today, tires now, brakes later. Paging Commander Cody. Actually this car has been the most reliable ever owned. Brake replacement exactly 100% better than previously owned cars.


Friday, May 28, 2004

Memorial Day weekend is off to a nice start. I even got a few things done around the house without anything being destroyed or wrenched out of place.


Wednesday, May 26, 2004

I got done with work early but it didn't do any good. Spent the evening getting stuff ready for my daughter's summer, and chasing after financial information for my mom. She's in an assisted living facility, and my sister will be moving out of town soon. More fun.


Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Surprise overnighter from my daughter tonight. What's up with the ex? Paging Dale Gribble, need to investigate.


Monday, May 24, 2004

The grooviness continues. We saw Shrek II last night. Funny. At work, the inferior technology instance stayed down, like a ... cheap inferior technology instance. Some of you guys what talk good help me with these.


Sunday, May 23, 2004

More Brain Squeezings, Please
I've added Homer's Blog and Brain Squeezings to the list. Here are a couple of divorced tech guys also. I'll tell ya, blogging comes in a distant fourth behind chasing the kid(s), supporting life-and-death-of-the-company projects (aren't they all!), and etc. in the great pandemonium of life.

Also, any Firesign Theater blogs out there? I don't think they've held up well over the years, but they sure were formative, or deformative in my life! Far out, Catherwood.


Friday, May 21, 2004

End of Week Blog
And it's about time too. A pretty decent end to a rotten couple of weeks. I've got my kid tomorrow, which will be marred while I make nice to her mom's congregation. The recovery is under intense scrutiny by the vendor. I've got to move on to other technical issues next week.

As I get older it seems to take less time to recover from these "system emergencies". But it does tend to reduce one's time to chasing after your kid and keeping up with the wild world of databases. In fact, it can slice your time to ribbons.


Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Whew ... I got the team the database they needed on a different instance. It looks like this is a really bizarre recovery, per the vendor. Now I can de-Kahnify.


Tuesday, May 18, 2004

As the recovery continues, I find myself morphing into Kahn from KOTH from last Sunday. Gulp.

What Rolls Down Staris?...
Yes, now in the third week of recovering from a bad log file! Second technology or not, do NOT purchanse log (files) from Ren & Stimpy!


Sunday, May 16, 2004

It's been a pretty good weekend. But I'm always shaky after all the backups for a database have been eaten by shaky software, bad implementation, or the dog.

I'm starting to read again. Picked up another Larry McMurtry book. I like his books when he writes about writing. I tried writing a book once. That is the most demanding job I've ever undertaken! English was always my worst subject. But being a techie it didn't matter too much. Besides that, I talk gooder now.


Saturday, May 15, 2004

I've been thinking for a long time that a modern, jet-age DBA on the go such as myself would be better off in a condo. Less time needed for maintenance, etc. I was at the Post Office getting stamps today and saw some attractive condos, right next to a newer office park. I don't think condoization is such a hot idea any more. If the demands of Techdom make me condoize, I don't want to look out the back window at some other poor slob sweating it out throughout the nights and weekends because of some other arbitrary project deadline.


Friday, May 14, 2004

I'm tired. End of week. Too much left over stress re: the kid. The adventure continues on secondary technology recovery. DBMS's are like cars: some are GTOs, some are Porsches, some are Edsels, and this one is Commander Cody's Hot Rod Lincoln: breaks are good, tires - fair.


Thursday, May 13, 2004

Lousy tape management software on the secondary technology lost backups! Or at least says it can't find 'em.

As noted yesterday, the ex has gone to the last minute about a lot of things for my daughter so she can dump the blame on me. This is a very bad dress rehearsal for High School, and beyond.


Wednesday, May 12, 2004

I got a cryptic call from the summer camp where my daughter is supposed to attend. Her mom is supposed to apply for a scholarship for her. The caller said there was no such application, but the call was for some other kid. Very curious.


Tuesday, May 11, 2004

I'm happy to say that the Kansas State Senator to whom I wrote to confirm if the Call Center was real got back to me in 24 hours! Whinemeal, a simple inquiry about child support poundage to my own State Representative went unanswered for two years. And a letter to my State Senator about visitation enforcement has never been answered.


Sunday, May 09, 2004

Things look better today. Got together with the girlfriend last night for some drinks. I'm off work tomorrow. The attorney sez to bring up end of private school tuition with the ex when school gets out. This is actually pretty good. If there's any fallout from the secondary technology crap at least I'll know about it by then and know enough to avoid extending more $$$$$$$$ to those guys.

No good deed ever goes unpunished.


Saturday, May 08, 2004

Too much time on my hands! I did, however, recover two "lost" socks in the laundry. The summer is lurking, along with it some (hopefully) minor "discussions" with the ex. They may be minor, but are ever painful.


Friday, May 07, 2004

Looks like the Call Center is in Kansas, USA after all! Hotdamn!

That doesn't make the crappy table sizing estimator work any better, though.


Thursday, May 06, 2004

The "relatively minor" recovery drags on. Damn.


Tuesday, May 04, 2004

The stress continues at work. It goes against my grain to leave a database unrecovered but that is what I have on the secondary technology due to a corrupted log file. Fortunately I can re-initialize it. Also need to expand a tablespace but the friggin' test schedule is too tight for me to lock it for the ALTER.


Monday, May 03, 2004

The Flogging Will Continue until Morale Improves.

A really simple task on my secondary (i. e., not expert) technology today turned into a major learning "opportunity" when we ran into a bad log file. Fortunately this is not on a critical database. Boy, the decision for me to contribute my time to paper shuffling last week is really paying off now! I wonder if the paper shufflers that didn't want to do their jobs will do the recovery for me while I'm doing their jobs.

I was bummed out about talking to my kid about the heavy issues over the weekend, but this "opportunity" sheds new light on that. There are always a lot of "opportunities" at work. These will always get in the way of talking to my daughter. At least I got that talk with her done this weekend.


Sunday, May 02, 2004

This must be rush week for the Jehova's Witnesses. They hit up my mom at the nursing home and dropped by to visit me personally. They left when requested.

Did anyone out there see the movie "Evelyn" with Pierce Brosnan? That said it all about being a divorced dad, especially with a mom that's abusive. The feminazis must have been asleep on that one. He's still working!

I'm more coherent now, I think. The weekend is closing down, and my daughter will go back to her mom soon. We covered a lot of things that needed coverage. I discusses further schooling with her. It's pretty creepy talking about High School to a 12 year old. I don't think they should normally need that much information. But all the kids where the asshat judge remanded her are talking about private high school waiting lists, and she needs to know where she stands.

She stands to do damn well locally. She's smart and the high school here has all the AP courses she can handle. And I need to prevent the mess my friend ran into at the end of support. If I can't do that, I need to make sure she knows what is going on, without bad-mouthing mom. Third part fuckwads, on the other hand, are targets.

While she was shopping I browsed through the latest issue of MAD Magazine. It's pathetic what advertising and color printing have done to the American Institution.

Cappy has been irritable, and will continue to be so for the next week. I'm having a medical procedure a week from Monday. It's a normal procedure if you are planning to become an old geezer. But I'll be out of commission for a couple of days. This violates Gregg's Law of Systems Development: Always Work. Never Leave. So be it. After more than a score of years in IS this is going to happen from time to time. And you will take the lumps for it.


Saturday, May 01, 2004

Chimp or Genius?
The rest of the week was spent playing Chimp or Genius at work. See posting below. My daughter is ramping up pretty heavily to make mommy happy, so this weekend hasn't been fun. Also, too much shopping.


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