March 9, 2017: SaltStack Work Day

We had thought about leaving for Palermo today, but I was getting so much work done that we decided that it would make more sense for us to wait until tomorrow so that I could focus on work stuff today.  It is Thursday and overall pretty slow, which was great because it allowed me to focus on my work of converting some stuff from traditional server scripts to SaltStack, which went great.  By the end of the day I was able to get an entire NextCloud 11 deployment on Fedora 25 setup which worked beautifully and was able to build a full production server with zero effort, automatically, by the end.

It was a busy day of work for me, but not much else was going on.  I was upstairs in the office for nearly the entire day.  It felt great having a quite day to do real engineering work.  I had a lot of fun.  It’s been a while since I have been able to get into real engineering work in this way, very hands on.  Feels good to be doing hard core system design work for the team.

I put in a very full day, going from first thing in the morning until pretty late at night.  Late in the evening Dominica came up and we put Star Trek: The Next Generation up on the projector so that it could run while I was still working.  That worked out really well.  I was still quite productive, but we still managed to hang out.

We have been all packed for two days, so really nothing to do to be able to leave tomorrow for Palermo.  We are planning on taking the bus in the morning.  It is about five hours travel time to get to Palermo on public transportation.  A good chunk of that time is because we have to get from Noto to either Siracusa or Catania before going on to Palermo.  Our city is far too small to have direct connections.  If we lived in Siracusa, even though that is not really much closer to Palermo, it would only be about four hours of public transportation to get there.  And from Catania, even less as there would be no transfer at all.  There is a price to be paid for being rural.  That’s a huge vote for living in Catania – it is a decent sized city on its own and it sits directly on the main line to Palermo making it absolutely trivial to go back and forth between the two cities, both being cheap and being fast.