Exit, Stage Left

So, the current gig is not what I expected when I interviewed. While the people working there are dedicated, intelligent, and hard-working, the fit is not right for me. Iโ€™m going to rhetorically vote with my feet and go elsewhere โ€” in the words of the immortal and beloved Snagglepuss, โ€œExit, stage left.โ€

Starting November 21, I will be transitioning into a new roll. The new gig is a home-coming of sorts, as I will be re-joining GTI at JPMC here in Houston, but in a different role then I was before. The new position is in more engineering/architecture than the old one, and it promises to be a lot of fun.

No travel, alas, so no chances for pictures from far-flung parts of the globe for now.

More Random Things

As Fall has according to the calendar, but mother nature has something to say about that. We are going on something like 13 days where the low does not get below 72F. Ug.

The Fall sports have started back, with all three doing something. Soccer, Volleyball, Tae Kwan Do, and Wrestling. A very mix bag, to be sure.

So, over the summer, I took part in the Windows 10 Free Upgrade on the kids machine, which turns out to be a bit of a mistake. The box is a Compaq desktop with an AMD CPU from about 5 years ago. Even with 16GB of RAM, it started running very slow, until Tuesday, when it rebooted by itself and then did not restart. I was planning on upgrading it at the start of next month, so of course, it fails now and I am forced. But, at least I had done research, so I could just order it in a few seconds.

I may give a review of the machine in a bit, as I am getting another to replace another aging desktop which is acting up.

Random Mid-Summer Updates

Wow…summer is almost over. Three more weeks until school starts again.

Need to spend more time putting pictures up from some of the trips we have done. I think there is time to squeeze another visit to the beach before school starts up, but we will see.

One of the projects I have worked on is taking over web hosting for an organization I volunteer with. The old hosting was with a former member at his hosting company, but he is retiring as of the end of July, so I stepped up to host it. Some of the code used has not been updated in a while, and one of my first projects on it will be to wrap it into a more modern frame-work so other people can help support the site.

In other random news (hence the title), FreeBSD has released on schedule FreeBSD 11.0B3. I heard in passing on BSDNow that this release might work on the ThinkPad x260. If you remember from my last post, that I was in the market for a replacement machine. Well, I found a really good deal on an new-in-the-box x260, and picked it up for around 1/4 the retail. The only thing it is now missing is a back-light on the keyboard, but I am okay with it for now. Battery life under Linux has been awesome without any tuning. I can easily get 10+ hours in my testing, and I have not run the batteries dead yet. The only two issues with FreeBSD on the x260 that I know about is the lack of suspend/resume (general issue with Skylake), and the fact the Intel 8260 wireless card is not yet supported, but it seems like someone is working on that!

At some point in the near future, I will have to reconsider the mail situation. Do I really need to roll my own, or can I use a third-party?

Time to call it a night. Catch you next month!

SpaceCity Comic Con 2016

Many, many, many years ago, I went to a comic/game convention in Austin. This was pre-internet, and really pre-console gaming, so the games were all table top type. Steve Jackson Games was prototyping something called ‘Car Wars’. Pretty cool stuff.

But, I never really had a chance to go back to one. Until this year. This past weekend, we went to SpaceCity Comic Con 2016. It was a hoot. Learned a few things (pay for the tickets at the door, as the line was way shorter; don’t leave the food area with food and expect them to let you back in; silly things like that).

I also took my camera with me to get pics of the kids, and I tried to do some shots of cosplayers. Not bad for my first attempt. The results are here.

And May is almost over

The month is almost over, and again, this site is quite. Sorry about that.

Last week, I was in Austin, TX for OSCON 2016. The show was fun, and it was the first time in over 5 years that I was just an attendee instead of a presenter or booth worker. While OSCON seems to be targeted more for developers and the DevOps scene, there were a few things I could use in my current Ops role.

Speaking of current Ops Role, I have transitioned to a new group at $EMPLOYER. I am now in the HPC (High Performance Computing) group, still as a Senior Linux Administrator. While most of the job is the same, the HPC group uses a global file system, and I have never played with one of those, it is learning time for me! The group has had some transitions in the last 12 months, so there is a lot of digging in to find out what is where, what is working, and what is not. The users are doing good work with the systems, so it is more of how can we manage the system better and faster, and react to changes better/faster.

On the photos side, I have not gotten back into the swing of things, and I need to set a goal, and go for it…and stop making excuses. ๐Ÿ™‚

The motorcycle is down, and I guess I have not found the time to work on it. I think I know the issue, and it requires a little work. With Ride To Work Day in less than a month, I should get busy and get the bike back up and working.

And in the geeky side, I think I am going to switch over to using MarkDown like all the cool kids, as it does seem easier to use than RST…

Why, hello there

Happy Leap Day!

Another month has gone by, and things have been busy. In addition to all the normal crazy that is life with kids, I have been elected to the kids pre-school board of directors. Now, the oldest two no longer go there, but the youngest will be there another year, any my term is three years, so there will be a bit of time when I will not have a kid there. They did ask me before, but that was years ago, and I was not in a position to be able to do that back then.

In other, but more geeky, news, February saw me running FreeBSD as my OS for the month. There was only one thing in which I needed Linux for, and it was something I know I could do under FreeBSD, but I had not set up my machine to run that program yet. Will I keep it up? Probably, although the lack of supported sleep on the current laptop, an Acer C720 Chromebook, is a major downer. I may need to see if I can do something about it, as it appears to work fine under Linux.

Where did the time go?

Wow…end of January already? Where has the time gone?

We are already three weeks into the Winter Volleyball season, and the team is doing great. Going into last Friday’s game, we are undefeated, and in second place out of 7 teams.

This weekend, the boy and I did the sleep-aboard program on The USS Lexinton, and he had a blast. I did not get a chance to take too many photos, but I will see if I can get some up.

Everybody is doing well, and school is keeping them busy, which is good.