Let’s say you have a server. This server is full of people and books and lots of other stuff. Now let us say that the building that powers your server has something wrong with it resulting in frequent power outages. These power outages occur typically when the building is not open to the public. These power outages constantly put a drain on the UPS batteries that kick in when the power goes out to the point where their charged lifespan is not nearly what it should be.

Essentially we’re playing Russian roulette with our servers. Last week the system finally managed to find a bullet.

Ok, not a problem. We have backup images? Oops! No we don’t. A previous outage (in February) took our backup service and it never came back. Pulling out some major trickery (with the aid of Microsoft Tech Support) our IT guy manages to pull the important database information off the D: partition of our raid array (the C partition and our whole OS is toast, I seriously don’t want to think about what would have happened if we lost the D:). Once we’re sure we have the data we begin to restore our system from old backup.

This takes nearly 48 hours. Once we have a viable OS and “stable” server we contact the support staff for our ILS (Integrated Library System, which store and records all the people, books, and their interaction) vendor so they can get in restore everything. Which they do…except they don’t add in any of the data we salvaged from the server (meaning our system was missing a month’s worth of data). We contact them again and they realize their mistake and have another go at it….and do it wrong again. Finally on the third try they manage to get it right.

At this point the library has been running checkouts and checkins in an offline mode (it logs the transaction for upload once the system is restored, handy but not perfect) for 4 days. By the time everything is back in, we’ve reconstituted the multitude of reports that make the whole system run it is roughly 3 o’clock on Friday afternoon. We finally bring everything online and upload the transactions (with a multitude of errors) and are finally back up and running.

Of course there are plenty of inconsistencies as a result of those errors but they are at least manageable. I should also mention that we’ve had power outages 3 more times since Friday and our phone system just came back today. We apparently have some sort of Magic Power Device ™ on order from our electricians that will tell us why the main breaker keeps getting tripped. In the meantime we are left in the wind and once more spinning that chamber.

Now I’m getting the hell out of Dodge for a couple of days. Tomorrow I head north to the icy climes of Boston to enjoy 3 days of geeky nirvana with some friends at PAX East 2013!

I’ll be back next week with some reviews and hopefully some thoughts on my 5th PAX experience (2 Seattle, and 2 Boston before this).

"I was lost in the pages in the pages of a book…"

**Cough** **splutter** **choke** Dusty again. Well here we are. So I never got that last update up…..oh well. I’m far too lazy to summarize what’s been goin’ on over the last few months so just content yourselves (if there are any you) with knowing that from June 28th through July 10th I was in France enjoying the summer and sights of, first southern France, and then Paris.

We saw some pretty cool sights, not to mention the fact that we stayed in a chateau in the country (partly built in 17th century, the other part added in the 19th). We toured a castle in the south of France, saw the sights of Paris including the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, and Notre Dame.

Unfortuneatly France also reminded me that I tend to get confused about the worst sorts of women. In previous cases ones out of my league or in this case…well in this case just about everything doesn’t fit. As the french say, c’est la vie.

Relax, I’m not gonna start opening these extremely infrequent postings with ‘dear diary’ any time soon but I had to say something somewhere lest I carry things ’round my head and my head alone. So dear strangers it is with you I must share my burden of thought. Now, let me move away from hyperbole and melodrama into realms far more normal (though whose to say either of those things aren’t about as normal for me as everything else).

Hopefully I’ll post again soon (seriously this time). Maybe I’ll even post some pictures over on photobucket so you too can see some of what I saw. And maybe, just maybe, if I’m not too lazy and I can decipher my own handwriting I’ll post some info from my hand-dandy little moleskin. I figure with the bits and pieces of downtime I get here at work, and with the longer period of downtime coming later in the month, I might actually work up the energy to post something.

Anyhoo that’s it for now peoples, stay tuned non-existant reader for another not-so exciting journey along the sightless wanderings I call my life.

Keep on rockin’ and all that.

Ferrante out.

PS- I swear, this Mac I’m using won’t let me use the spellcheck button. Sorry.