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Closing in

on so many things at once, I’m having trouble to keep track of what matters most. Well, at least it kept me from writing any dedicated posts – long enough to feel a lack of new information.

One important change is that I won’t be a tutor in my favourite living place Pfaffenhof anymore. The last couple of days I arranged everything that is needed for a final transition – bank account, phone, duties and loads fun will be transferred to several of the old newcomers geezers in 48G aka “the cage”. Doing so really was a latecomer considering that I have left my former accommodation in August 2008.. At first I thought and hoped that it would prove possible for me to go back there on a regular basis to be able to put things into perspective for my successors (of course also because I miss the place), but time has proven me wrong – another approach had to be established.
The last years have been a great ride. I met lots of people, gained intimate friends and learned just so much – mostly about myself and how to cope with daily life, but also with people which has proven time and time again as somewhat useful^^ This period has formed me and will never completely be abandoned from my consciousness; the memory will always be present.

Then I started consolidating my own debts and the credit vouchers I gave out. Ultimately this will earn me some nice profit bring back some long lost money if everything works out and everyone is going to pay. What I have learned here is that most people tend to have a different personality when it comes to money – lucky for me my resources have recently grown quite a bit, so I don’t have to adjust to this new information.

On the blog side I have written a few lines of PHP code to include the server uptime(currently 187d – which is only limited due to the recent power failure) and I generated a musical tag cloud from my last.fm profile. Long due was a favicon – now I deployed one for web and feeds.

Looking at my server, something had to happen soon – since my SPARC/Solaris10 setup is growing constantly, mostly in hosting an increasing amount of web applications(3x Drupal, 2x WordPress, 2x Rails) but also doing a job as file server and probably soon again as mail server, I felt a decent need to find myself a working backup solution. Lucky me that I recently bought a 1TB harddrive for my Mac; meaning that at least one of my machines finally has an autonomous, automatic and failsafe backup mechanism – Timemachine. All that was left for a server-side backup was to write a little Bash-script that aggregates all data and configuration, zips these up, sets a timestamp and deploys the resulting file to the web – while my Mac waits for a new arrival and simply downloads it to the local disk which is automatically being backed up again. In a matter of an hour I achieved a customized double backup for my server; without any costs, with full transparency and available hardware. Others might prefer commercial solutions like Amazon S3 – I like to be in charge over my own data myself, preferably. Besides; if I wanted a more professional setup – I would turn to ZFS and storage directly connected to the server(probably via iSCSI). But since I’m not residing just 10m above my server anymore and my solution really fulfills all my needs, I won’t have any bad dreams on this topic.

On what was most important in my last week I will only comment briefly, but I have paid a visit to Weimar again. We had a lot of fun and we have spent great quality time together – at least that’s how I remember it; you never know(; I’m very much looking forward to our next happening.

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Recap of just a very normally crazy day

Several things were more interesting today than any normal day would be. The first thing to mention is that today is the first day of my life to work for 39chf net(35US$, 26€) an hour which should have probably been the most exciting part of my day, but actually it has been far from holding that title.

One influence that covered my newly found monetary income was the fact that my best friend Falko began working at our software company just today – which is going to be a  very welcome diversification in day to day life; also because we haven’t seen each other for quite some time now. It helps that he will sit on the same table with me(;

Now I’m going to start with the real good stuff. Coming to work for the first day of the year, I came to realize in several meetings that even tough I haven’t been given the tasks until today, I am already friggin’ late in absolutely every project that I have to put up for in the future. Our marketing has promised deliveries that should have stayed in some peoples dreams just a bit longer..

The next thing I know is that even tough I am working 70% now, I found myself before 14 windows – connected to four computers at once, trying to fix that terrible mess. Where’s the catch? I already have been working constantly for nine hours even tough I shouldn’t even work six any given day..

Another catch is that now I finally reached my bedroom and it’s already 2:15AM which is kinda lame since today I wanted to sleep more than the four hours that I had the night before. And why is that? Because I hung with my new room mates; that’s why. Something about two hours passed on our first meeting on who should do what and when concerning bath, kitchen, the garbage and these things – I quit the discussion by taking into account that I’m going to hire cleaning personnel. As one might imagine we socialized afterwards and I have had the pleasure to take a first evaluation of the two dissertations my two new computer science buddies are working on; and it has been a blast. Some time has passed since I had such a deep discussion about the potential of neuronal networks, implementation of kohonen propagation, optical character recognition and pattern foretelling. The good thing about it is that soon I will have the pleasure to propagate their work in a color of deep red*mew*

All in all, this day has been great – even though I will only get something around three hours sleep now, my throat aches since a week like it is going to explode any minute while having no voice at all and I absolutely had no time to work on some very important even more time critical tasks, this has been just a normal crazy day of my life.

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