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Month: February 2021

Ouch…

Posted in Blog, and Thoughts

Bought tickets and two popcorns / sodas for Thursday's showing of

Bought tickets and two popcorns / sodas for Thursday’s showing of “Raya and the Last Dragon”… Ouch.

I find it funny how the theaters are all “COVID killed us!” — maybe, but $75 for two people to see a flick with popcorn and soda might have something to do with the low attendance numbers as well…

Busy…

Posted in Blog, Computers, and Work

On the home-front, between finishing the move and unpacking, being down with the flu for a week, cleaning up the old townhouse, and offloading a gun safe and cast iron cookstove the previous owner left behind — I’ve not had a lot of spare time this week.

At work I’ve been trying to drive a transition to cloud-based services versus a server-room full of antique servers and busted thirty year old AC units… Which went from ‘easy with a bit of figuring out’ to ‘unbelievably complicated’ because other departments got involved.

So, while the other departments fret and worry about the unbridled horror that is change, I started moving the external-facing web servers to hosted solutions.

The main company website is just a WordPress site, so migration to another WordPress install isn’t exactly rocket surgery. And I got this done and operational on a test environment Wednesday.

Of course there’s more to this than just moving some data; the world needs to know where to find that data and the DNS for the domain is complicated; Google Workspace integration, Zoho MX record tomfoolery, and an entire class-C address space full of can’t be down for any time at all or it’s curtains for the free world services.

But, because the new host is out of my control and may do network things at random without asking for my input, I decided it was best to let them handle the DNS because they can adjust it to compensate automatically… So I did all of the configuration and whatnot, and then waited until after hours on Friday — when traffic is historically the lowest — and switched the DNS at the domain level.

And at about midnight last night the global DNS settled out and things transitioned…

Of course that’s when I discover that a bunch of stuff in the website we paid some marketing company to half-ass was all statically linked to some CDN somewhere — so for the next hour I was running mysql queries to iron out the link bugs.

Then there was the problem where the contact form marketing insists on having in the footer of every page was freaking out at the varnish cache and melting down the server from Ajax calls to refresh the form content… So I re-wrote the form handler to not worry about the cache because I don’t use Google Captcha and don’t need to do weird post tricks to appease the mighty “G”…

Then the PDF poster they were using on the site got mad because the PDF data and the display plugin that was displaying it were now from different servers, which caused a browser error — so now the site is just displaying PDFs as a page versus an fancy dialog box.

In the end at about noon today I not only had the site running 100%, but performance-wise it’s testing better than it ever has.

I probably should have just re-written that marketing company abomination years ago…

Update…

Posted in Blog

One of my favorite parts of moving is finding all of the really cool hole in the wall places near where you moved.

Yesterday I found a Shipley’s Donuts just down the street, and picked up a half-dozen glazed for my roommate and a large coffee for myself.

Today’s adventure took me to a place called “Doug’s Day Diner” where I picked up breakfast… Gotta love a place that has over a dozen ways to make an egg — including several ways just to scramble them. And you can literally order your bacon soft, regular, or crispy.

I went with my usual; biscuits and gravy. The gravy is pretty good, even if it could use a bit more sausage, but the biscuit is phenomenal. The scrambled egg was pretty good as well!

My roommate hasn’t gotten to his yet, so I’m not sure what his verdict is… Even though I wait until I hear his shower running before I go to get breakfast, and it takes a half an hour to pick up and return with said breakfast, he’s usually still in the shower when I get back.

I’m former military; if I’m in the shower for more than ten minutes it usually means I’m ill — which handily offsets the water bill for his ‘Hollywood’ showers.

Speaking of the roommate, he’s been down with some sort of flu bug for a week now. This, of course, has my boss/cfo worried that it’s a case of the zombies — so I’ve been told to not come into work for a while and that the roommate needs to go get tested for the controllavirus…

He drove over and got tested yesterday, and I’m assuming the test will come back positive… I’m pretty sure a hangnail would test as covid these days. I mean, there have been some fairly high-profile test fails in the news — like someone testing a soda and it coming back positive.

And it appears covid cured the common cold as the flu numbers this season are pretty much zero — because everything’s coming up covid.

Ehh, whatever. I don’t mind working from home, and once again I have a new home to figure out while I’m here. 🙂

Annnnd — scene.

Posted in Blog, and Computers

As of yesterday afternoon I’m officially moved.

After dinner at “Cheddar’s” down the road, I spent the evening getting my bedroom and office set up, and after an exceptionally restful night’s sleep — I’m ready to tackle another day at work…

Got the battle station all set up in the office, which has a mere five windows and looks out on the forest. I’ve spent the better part of an hour this morning just listening to the birds out there.

Now for the first video meeting of the day…