March 13, 2009: Late Friday Again

I got to sleep in a little late this morning because it was Friday and because I did not get paged out at all.

This morning was pretty busy but by lunch time I had enough of a break that I was able to come upstairs and actually hang out with Dominica and Liesl for a while.  Dominica had a chance to actually work on her class today.  She is almost done with her third course.  Just two more lessons left to go after today.

This afternoon my “new” Hewlett-Packard Integrity RX2600 server arrived that I won on eBay on Sunday.  It came in a very large box on a palette which is a bit of a problem because we now need to figure out how to get rid of the palette which is rather large and in the way.

The server is pretty awesome.  It looks like it is brand new.  Even with the cover off there is no real sign of dust.  It has dual Intel Itanium 2 1.5GHz processors with 6MB cache per processor and 10GB of RAM.  The server did not come with any hard drives so I had to order those separately today.  I ordered two HP/Seagate 72GB 15,000 RPM Ultra320 SCSI drives that I will install and use in a RAID 1 configuration.  This will be an extremely fast server once I have CentOS installed on it.  I am very excited to get to try it out.

I was able to get away from the office a little after Dominica had started to eat dinner so I mostly got to eat dinner with her tonight.  Our replacement BluRay for Don’t Mess with the Zohan came today so we were able to watch that.  It was a really dumb movie and yet entertaining.  There were some really funny parts as their often are in Adam Sandler movies.  We enjoyed it.

We needed something to watch since I could not go to bed as the work for the office was not yet done (again) so we looked through Dominica’s movie queue from NetFlix and found Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life which Dominica has never seen (or else it would not be in the queue.)  So we put that on and she tried her best to force herself to watch it even though it is completely not funny in the least.  What a horrible movie.

I spent the evening building a RHEL 5 Linux server on VMWare Server 2.0 to use as an OpenVPN server and a Nagios monitoring machine.  This is my first time installing either of these on Linux so I got to do some learning tonight which was nice.

I got stuck working on late hardware maintenance for the office until just after have past midnight.  I am really getting tired of all of this really late night Friday night work coupled with insanely early Saturday morning work.  I have to be working before seven in the morning tomorrow!  That is only six hours of sleep at best if I could fall asleep instantly once the work was done.  It is far too little sleep to be scheduling week after week.

It was a little after one when I finally got in to bed and I did not fall asleep for a while.  Tomorrow is going to be an exhausting day.  Alarm set for twenty after six in the morning.  Then deployments for my team in the Middle East.  Once those are done it is time to do some serious cleaning because Dominica’s parents are leaving Frankfort early in the morning as if they were going to work so that they can be down to Peekskill for the weekend to see Liesl.

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