fun fun fun

I’ve been horribly busy the past week. Wednesday we shut down most of the Austin datacenter. Thursday, movers showed up and packed most of the Austin datacenter. I drove to Houston (3 hour trip @ 70mph) that afternoon, and spent Friday at our headquarters in Houston setting up my new office and getting the systems from Austin back online. I finally got back home around 9:30 Friday night. I go back tomorrow (Monday) morning, and depending on how tired I am, will either spend Monday night in Houston and drive back Tuesday, or if I feel good enough, drive back Monday night.

As I mentioned before, I turned 30 on November 5th. Over the past few years, I’ve started feeling old. At times I’m not as alert or don’t feel as “sharp” as I did at say, 21. My memory’s not near as good as it used to be. I’ve started researching memory enhancement techniques and psychology, and bought “Your Memory: How it Works and How to Improve it” by Higbee based on reviews I read at Amazon. I should probably ask Kathryn for recommendations on general psychology/brain books for “normal folks”.

Over the past couple of days I’ve turned one of my mini-ITX boxes (built around VIA EPIA V10KA motherboards) into a Windows system to use for working from home the next few weeks until we get moved. It works surprisingly well (1Ghz VIA C3 CPU, 1G RAM), and the only limitation I’ve found so far is the onboard graphics is limited to 8M of shared memory – so no 1280×1024 24bit color. I’m limited to 1024×768 for now. I need to find a PCI-bus, low-profile nVidia GeForce card of some sort that will fit in this case.

Anybody in the Austin area want a free 9-inch mono VGA monitor? I’m now using my spare 18″ LCD on my setup desk and workbench, and don’t want to toss the tiny CRT if someone can use it. Speak up, and pick it up, and it’s yours.

When we shut down the Austin office at work, all of the older PCs were given to the employees. I grabbed a Dell system (P2 450Mhz, 256M RAM, 20G HD, CD-ROM), called “hormel” in a former life, that was our very first anti-spam test server for sentimental reasons. I’ve also got a dual P3-500Mhz Xeon box that will probably be a testbed for Solaris 10 x86 when I have time.

More to come later.. For now, I’m doing laundry and prepping things in advance for the trip back to Houston tomorrow.