Showing posts from October, 2007

Another server upgrade

Getting ready for the holiday season means beefing up our infrastructure around here. So, I got to order a new box for Memcached. It was even a simple server, just two dual-core processors with dual 250 gig drives from Sun running Enterprise Linux.

What's fun about it, though, is that it has 32 gigs of RAM from the start (once I drop the chips into the box, anyway) and is upgradeable to 64 gigs. Now that's fun. I figure that going from the 4 gigs on one server we were running last week to 4 gigs on 3 servers we were running this week to 2 gigs on 3 servers plus 30 gigs on a dedicated box we'll be running in a couple weeks means we're going to be set for some serious growth. Now it's time to plan for a happy holiday season. At least our website shouldn't go black come black Monday.

How well will this work?

I'm not a headset fan. I'm not a phone fan, either. So I'm playing around today with a bluetooth headset on my PC, seeing if I can get that to work with Skype. If it works well, the radio show on Thursday should be interesting. I could wander around the office and talk if I so choose. Could be fun. :)

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3

I've had a few days off for some testing, and that gave me some time to reflect on what I'm doing and what I had hoped to accomplish by this point of my life.

I never really got into the usual hero type hopes as a kid. I rarely, if ever, dreamed of being a police officer, firefighter or in the military. My dreams were much different.

I wanted to be a mad scientist. I even enrolled in ChemE at UNL, which I didn't realize until recently was part of that mad scientist dream. But as I started taking those classes, I realized I didn't really have anything I wanted to do with that career path... I just thought it sounded interesting (I was wrong there) and I had heard it paid well.

Along I went into Management Training at Radio Shack. That was pretty short lived, too. I realized that the 70 - 80 hour weeks that were expected at the time for under $20k/year salary as a starting manager wasn't really what I wanted, and I ended up getting kicked out shortly before completing t…