Monday, December 22, 2014

A year and then some

Okay, at least I do realize how many months it has been since I've last posted. Writing is harder to do when you don't have time to sit down. It's a good thing when I'm chasing Richard around. 

He's currently sleeping and I've just spent 23 hours going to and working at our data center. I remember that crazy week working for Borland without much rest when I was younger, MUCH younger. It took me the better part of a weekend to recuperate. Not fun at all. But glad to have done it as there were some crazy end of year tasks we had to do for our customers.

On the personal technology front, it has been a busy year. Wrote a media CMS using Grails, although thinking about rewriting it with node.js to learn more about node.js. That's one of the things I want to do next year. Maybe also switching databases to postgres. Have to update my Atlassian tools and renew the licenses.

Got a Chrome box for the TV downstairs, but it doesn't perform as well as expected. Will be returning that soon.

Upgraded phone to iPhone 6+. Initially thought that when the phone was introduced that it would be WAY too big, but after spending the last two days with it, I'm really liking the size. It doesn't look that big anymore especially when I use it primary like a tablet. I am getting older as the larger fonts do make it easier to read.

Upgraded our internal wifi to 802.11ac. Moved everything over to gigabit network, as our internet router was still 100 Mbps. Also upgraded our Internet speed plan to 300Mbps! Getting some amazing speeds upstairs where the traffic is cable modem -> router -> wifi router -> wifi bridge -> gigabit switch where the distance between wifi router and wifi bridge is probably 30 to 40 feet away from each other. 

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Got two new computers (3 if you count Li's) since last post: 2 servers plus a workstation. The servers are i7-3770K 32GB ram and i7-4770K 32GB ram. The workstation is i7-4790 with 16GB ram. Had to replace the workstation as the motherboard was fried. Funny thing was that I brought the computer into a shop to get it replaced and they had burned through 4 versions of the motherboard before realizing that the case was short circuiting the board. Glad it came back in one piece and it has been running smoothly since. The servers have not had any hiccups and really putting them through the paces. 

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