matt | September 28, 2003
Sort of a screwed up day. I wanted nothing more than to putter around the house, but the new 320GB SDLT drive for the server came in on Friday, so Liz had to put it in the server today (Sunday). I figured we'd go out to breakfast, then go to work and do it, and then Liz wanted to go to WalMart to try and swap her phone at the Cingular booth.
Well, the restaurant was packed, so we just went to work first.
I pulled the cover off the box to see if the drive rails were in there (there are slots for them). They weren't so I went down to look for them. I come back upstairs and she starts to yell at me for taking the side off the case – she touched the box and it turned off. I flipped out. If you can't pull the side off a running computer, you need a better designed computer (I strongly recommended a larger case, but was overruled). Then it wouldn't turn back on, until we unplugged it and left it off for ten minutes; I think she thought we broke something. I just think that the power supply sucks. (Again, NOT what I spec-ed – I wanted one that costs twice as much and can handle higher temperatures while maintaining it's power delivery characteristics. But, this was approved by the board manufacturer, and I couldn't find technical reason to dispute their selection, so we let it go. Meanwhile, the server has shut off in the middle of the night once before, and now when we touched it. It seems to be temperature related.)
So, anyway, I flip out, apologize, all good.
Then, we go out to breakfast, and get detoured because of the fucking fireman's parade. I complain that I hate these things, and Liz tells me I had a sad childhood because I didn't learn to appreciate stuff like this. Like what? A bunch of fireman who'd rather be at home having a beer waving on noisy trucks as we all sit in the rain and wave back?
So, mild annoyance. But, we park the car, then walk over to the restaurant only to find out that it's closed.
Walk back. Go to WalMart. Now, I'm pissed because I just wanted to stay home, and she's pissed because she didn't ask me to come, I volunteered. The thing is, if the day had gone well, I wouldn't be pissed about having to go out (okay, maybe a little, because I feel like I've been going nonstop for about a month, because I spend all my “time off” running errands. So, we are basically annoyed at each other the whole time.
Then we get to WalMart, only to find that the Cingular booth is empty. Fitting end to a day, eh?
But, Liz and I made up. We both said some hurtful things, but in the end we made up and called it even.
Anyway, I was back by 3 and ended up being able to do a little relaxing – laundry, computer maintenance (new SSH, sync-ed my homedirs).
Armageddon was on today, and it got me thinking how little a lot of this shit, how all of the above, just doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. I suppose that when all is said and done, and it comes to the end of the day, what matters is the life you've led, your honor, the people you've loved, and the people you've called friends. All the other shit, the fights over stupid things, they just don't matter much, do they?
In the news:
Remember the Reliance on MS being a threat to National Security that I was talking about here? Well, he was fired because The values an opinions of the report are not in line with his company's views.
Groklaw has a great article on SCO's business plan. It's an interesting show of how marketing goes, and how investors should know a bit about what they're getting in to.