"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Workplace consolidation

Work has been very interesting this week.

I was informed, in an extremely off-hand manner, that it was a definite that we would be moving operations of our primary building to another -- probably over to the photography studio building.

That building is mostly factory floor space, filled by a press and a book bindery. The office area is taken up by the photo studio, and several smaller office-worthy (read: carpeted, not near heavy equipment) areas. We have several large printers we'd have to move over, not to mention all the people: Pre-press, CSRs, development.

We aren't even sure where we'd put the servers at this point, but we have a few ideas. Our current building is incredibly nice, and the CTO who was responsible for the goodness there is in charge of this move as well, so I'm not too worried about the final layout being not-usable. Hopefully we can get development cordoned off somewhere, as our other co-workers can be very loud (and engage in tapeball warfare at random times).

While I think that consolidating the business into one building is a good move, this isn't going to be a lot of fun.

If nothing else, it forces me to do a number of things that I've been kind of spinning my wheels on, like moving our MX and DNS machines to our colocation facility.

I also ran a quick inventory today, and it came out to about 49U of rackable gear, with about a dozen mini-to-mid-tower server boxes. That doesn't include the tape robot, or the tape archives themselves.

I guess it's a good thing I refactored the LAN last year. This would have been an enormous pain in the butt with the old setup, instead of just a pretty big one. :-)

January 29, 2004 1:16 AM

Swipe me a gig of DDR memory, would you? Claim it got lost in the shuffle.

Posted by: kitten at January 30, 2004 4:22 PM
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