July 16th, 2013


Monday Monday

Not so bad. Team meeting this week was at 10. Now that we don't have Europe to conference in, all meetings will be at 10.

Made some progress with the complicated script, but not enough.

Lunchtime I dropped in at Fry's to see if they had the 4-port SATA RAID controller I wanted, and they are woefully behind the times in that area. They also seem to have bought mostly Sabrent brand items for all the PCI cards, which I got burned with on the USB cards.

Home, read Ande's book on the patio with cats. Then BASFA, which was a full house and much fun with many non-regulars. Also long - ran till 10.

Online, bought a Littermaid Mega litterbox, the SmartScoop is noisy and I've had to replace the receptacle bags every other day, practically. That's probably because both cats are using it, neither has touched the crystal one since I put in the clumping litter one.

For those who are interested, when I first got the crystal litter ones, there were huge advantages:
- There is a kit which includes a box lined with something waterproof and easy for the rake to slide over
- The crystals absorb a lot of moisture, so pee disappears and poop dries out before it is raked into the container section
- The boxes lasted 2 weeks, and were easy to dispose of.

The quality of the boxes has gone way down, the lining has major bubbles in it, rakes squeal across
The quality of the crystals has gone down, they don't absorb as much
Boxes have only been lasting a week +/- a day

And Kaan is too big for the box. Pumpkin was not as "tall"

Re-installed the NovaStor backup software. Was pleasantly surprised when it offered to make up for the backup it missed. Was unpleasantly surprised that it started making a full backup, when what it was supposed to do was an incremental one. The diff being about 18 hours. I'll have to set it up again and start with a full backup, but not tonight.

While I was messing with the USB card, I saw that there were not enough SATA ports left on the motherboard to support a 4-disc RAID array. There was enough power, and enough disk bays, so all I need is a 4-port SATA card, which explains the visit to Fry's. And my sporadic web search at work in between test passes.

Two messages on LinkedIn from long-time friends.

Plans for tomorrow:
Maybe go to Audio Design during lunch to have a couple of things fixed with the alarm

Head, Meet Wall

Spent the work day being thwarted by what turned out to be bugs in the automation framework. Automation Guy is good at recognizing when I have broken his system, and fixing it as soon as he has a free nanosecond.

During the long waits between runs, I found a reasonably priced SATA controller and ordered one.

Lunchtime was at the installer's, they fixed the problem where the alarm armed itself when the trunk was open, and they said they moved the valet button to a more accessible place, but they lied. Back at work I found it, they hid it near the floor by the driver's side door. Impossible to reach easily. I will have to fix their fix.

Went from there on a search for the ESPN magazine's body issue, Safeway, CVS had nada. Barnes & Noble has the most amusingly magazine section, thanks to their customers' policy of treating the place like a library - one where you re-shelve what you took, in some place other than where you took it from, extra points for WTF creativity. I found a single well-read one tossed in front of "O" magazine. The peons at the register had no idea how to find out  if they had any unread copies. 

After work, the UPS store had a pair of cell phone batteries and a pair of Tevas. These ought to fit, being a size smaller than the ones I am wearing.

Am in the Starbucks across the street, where two units of extreme eye candy are making the baristas die of cute. They have seats at the bar, and look almost as good from the back as they did from the front.

The sun has dropped down below window level, and this place's sunscreens are a joke. Time to head home.

Plans for tomorrow: