I spent about 30 hours or so over the break framing my basement. We’re building a utility room, a spare bedroom, a big TV room, and a bathroom. I used Chris’ power hammer to fire nails into the concrete through the sole plates. That was about the only fun part. My back hurts.
I got a nice acoustic guitar for Christmas from Jenn. Now all I have to do is learn to play it. I still remember a few things from my ancient guitar lessons when I was a kid, including a bit about reading music. I also have the modern conveniences of websites with a zillion guitar tablatures on them, like Ultimate Guitar that weren’t around when I was a kid. I’ll be able to practice using music I like, instead of Baa Baa Blacksheep and I Saw Three Ships, so learning will be a lot more fun than the first time around.
We’ve been working with Novell on a support ticket regarding problems we’ve been having with moving GroupWise users to new post offices on Linux from old ones on NetWare in GroupWise 7. Everything goes fine, except that the user has to re-enter the online password in the caching GroupWise client before it will sync up after the move. This is annoying because the password is buried several clicks deep in the GroupWise client, and is beyond some of our users to pull off reliably. That means we’d have to visit a lot of desks to get the move done, and we have nearly 600 GroupWise mailboxes (with about 520 left to move).
Novell couldn’t duplicate the problem in their labs. They asked for move logs, which I provided. They couldn’t determine the problem from that, so they asked me to copy a user database before and after the move and send those to them. I have to find a willing user to move, backup and move their account, have it exhibit the problem, and then collect the moved database. So far I haven’t been able to meet those criteria. With it being so close to Christmas I have a feeling I’m going to have to wait until January before I can provide Novell with the next data they need to work on the problem.
We went to Jasper Sunday afternoon and snowboarded (Mack skied) all day on Monday at Marmot Basin. There were no crowds or lines, and lots of snow. The top was very windy, and we only ventured up the upper lifts a couple of times, once up Eagle Ridge and once up the Paradise Chair. The temperature was fine at about -10, but with the strong wind up at the top were there aren’t many trees was a little much. The rest of the day we enjoyed ourselves on the runs off the Eagle Express chair. We took some good photos, some of which I may post later. It was well worth the trip and a good use of my nice little Christmas bonus.
Our x4500 server arrived today, after a couple of courier kerfuffles last week. It was much smaller than expected, and it’s amazing that 48 standard 3.5 inch drives fit in a 4U chassis. We’re still rubbing our hands together around here thinking about what we’re going to be able to do with 24 TB of disk space. Unfortunately, we’re still only thinking about it, because (not unexpectedly) we still have to get plugs to allow us to plug the 15A 240VAC power supplies into our 30A 240VAC outlets (left over from when we had the bladecenter in our office). Until then, we can’t power it up, we can only sit and admire it’s shiny silver bezel with the lovely hexagonal ventilation holes.
The kids played three games in a tournament at Spruce Grove today. First game they played shorthanded, with no subs, against their sometime-teammates from Spruce Grove, and took a bit of a kicking. The second game, they played a Calgary team, I think, and did a bit better, but didn’t win. The third game they played against a coalition of Okotoks, Canmore and High River, and they were leading for at least half of the game. That one ended up as a tie, and Mack scored his first-ever tournament goal. Emily got a couple of goals and many assists, including the assist on Mack’s goal. Unfortunately, the other goalie seemed to have Emily’s number, and saved about five of Emily’s shots on goal. Oh well, it was fun and they worked hard, especially in the second and third game. I think that since they train together with some of the Spruce Grove kids, they are too easygoing when they play them.
Well, I couldn’t resolve the password-mangling problem we’re having with GroupWise user moves from NetWare to Linux servers, so I submitted a tech support ticket today to Novell Support using our premium support account. Hopefully they can help us with this.
I took the day off to go snowboarding with Jenn and the kids at Rabbit Hill today. The grade 4, 5 and 6 kids went with the school, including Emily’s class. The school doesn’t let grade 4 and 5 kids snowboard, and since Emily’s a boarder, the only way we could work it so that she could snowboard was to go ourselves and be responsible for her. That was OK with her, because then she didn’t have to have a lesson, but instead got to ride the almost empty hill numerous times while her classmates stood in lines on the bunny hill and learned how to snowplow.
Mack came too, and since he knows some of the kids in Emily’s class, once the lessons were all done he found some kids to ski with. Emily even went with him a few times, and I’m disappointed that I didn’t see them but they even rode the t-bar up together.
Jenn and I had a good time and got tons of runs in thanks to the complete absence of lines. We did a lot of switch practice, and we both even managed to link a bunch of turns riding switch. Some day when I can afford my kitewing, I’ll be ready for it!
For some reason, our vendor couldn’t figure out how to courier the server for 10 blocks to our office so we’ll have to wait longer for our 24 TB of storage.