For the last 21 years give or take a few months, I’ve been a “field” consultant. That means that in all that time, I’ve done IT consulting for customers, traveling the world or locally to their offices to help them implement solutions that work for them, the first 10 as IBM, the last 11 at Microsoft. It also means that in all that time, I’ve never had a dedicated full-time permanent position to make IT work for one specific company. And it also means that I’ve never had a real office.
Now, I’ve taken a new position at Microsoft at headquarters in Redmond in the IT department helping to make their networks more secure. This means that travel is all but gone – no more business trips, no more leaving on someone else terms. It also means a relocation to the Redmond area. I have already started the position last month and we are in the process of working out the details for selling the Virginia house and moving all of our stuff out West.
Now, I’ll get to experience the rainy Pacific Northwest in all of its glory.
Most of you may already know, but for the three of you that follow my blog (who probably already know since I’ve told you or you’ve been tolling Facebook and know by lurking there), I will be posting some more verbose updates here on our progress across the country.
More to come shortly!
I’m done with the “cleanup” of my site – which entailed updating links and adding photos to the site that were missed in the upgrade.
In the course of this I noticed that the last post is #700. I’ve had a lot to say over the years – some good, some boring. But, it was nice to go back and read many of the things I had posted.
Also, you may notice that I have removed the old photo gallery. I did this for a few reasons. First, my effort to “cloudify” my sites by removing them from my home server resulted in no place to put that particular gallery. Second, the software for that gallery application had become unmanageable on my server and needed to be changed or removed. Third, I’m no longer comfortable having all those pictures out there with the amount of unauthorized use of copyrighted material going on. My pictures had been “reused” a few times without my permission.
So, it’s gone. What’s left are some few items that I chose to post and write about. The bulk (over 5,000) of the pictures, though, are now offline.
After dealing with power outages, being hacked, and now WordPress updates that break my server, I’ve decided to migrate my blogs up into the cloud. Yes, the cloud. Some are going to wordpress.com for hosting, but this one is now hosted in Azure as a web app. I’m doing this a kind of a training experiment so that I can learn more of how it works. Plus, it’s a good comparison point to see how wordpress.com is hosting theirs.
Hopefully, this will free up my web server resources and allow me to pare down my internet service costs so that I don’t have to pay for business level service just to host.
I do have some cleanup to do as some links may not work properly. Please be patient. 🙂
Obviously not anymore, but the day before Thanksgiving, after hearing the UPS battery warning telling me that it was time to replace it, I decided … well, it was time to replace it.
So, I invested in a slightly more powerful UPS unit and got it home. I shut down the host server, unplugged it from the old broken UPS, removed the old UPS and replaced it with a new one, plugged everything back in and… nothing. The switch worked but the server was DOA.
Seems it gave up the ghost right at that moment and the power supply just died. I ordered a new one and presto, we now have a web site again. This time, I’m ordering a backup power supply – especially since the server supports hot-swappable redundant power supplies and they are only $39 a piece. I think they were much more when I originally bought the server.
The box came this evening and I simply inserted the new power supply and plugged it in.
It’s simple when it works… and frustrating when it doesn’t.
Last month, I flew to Singapore. I have a new airport and a new country to add to my list.
Why? Because I’m crazy. I want to make it to 1 million miles this year, so I had booked that trip last year in order to get over 21K miles. Well, that trip is now over and done with and I’m that much closer. I’m within 12K miles and should get it this year – which is the bad news. That means I’ve been travelling again.
Not quite as fun as I remember.
I’d like to stay home for a while now…
After a bit of a hard drive failure on one of my servers, the web site is back up and running. It looks like I’ll need to upgrade one of my servers’ RAID controller cards to something a bit more stable – and with current drivers.
I’ve got one on order. 🙂
… but not a new state.
Today, I’m hanging out in Anchorage, Alaska. I’ve been to Alaska before, but it was many years ago – like almost 3 decades… and we arrived by boat. I was 7 years old and it was summer – the sun almost never set.
Now, though, it’s winter – or pretty close to it, and the sun didn’t show up until almost 10AM. Not that I can actually see it, however – it’s too cloudy outside. I was hoping that I would get to see some Northern Lights, but that was not to be. 😦
Now, I have a new airport to add to my list bringing the total to 93.
After doing a little road trip this weekend, I’ve now added the last state in the south, Alabama, to my list of states I’ve been in.
Before, my travel map looked like this:
Now, it looks like this:
Next, I need to do two more road trips – one to Maine and one to the Dakotas. That’s now 43 out of 50 states (and Guam) I’ve been to.
I just added more miles to my “lifetime” pool. Now, I’m just under 940,000 – only 60,000 to go. In my old job, that would have been just another year of flying somewhere every week. Not so much now.
In order to speed up the “Million Miles” I talked about earlier, I took a mileage run to Guam and Tokyo – that added almost 19,000 miles in one swoop. So – that added two places to my travel map and two new airports to my list as well: GUM and NRT.
I’ll write more about the trip later.