"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
Throw it away.

Things that broke today:

  1. Several workstations randomly stopped seeing the AppleTalk network.
    • I fixed this by going into Network Browser, then back into Chooser. Unfortunately, one of the machines continued to just lock up when a server was accessed. Then it stopped. Just randomly. I've jokingly said that Macs (OS9) are things that sometimes Stop Working, and will then Start Working again without reason. Now I'm not joking. Fuck Mac OS <X.
  2. One of the Linux fileservers has been randomly locking up in the middle of the night. I haven't had a chance yet to diagnose the problem, but it's probably Reiser eating itself.
  3. Another Linux fileserver locked up this afternoon, corrupting various netatalk databases, causing more hacov than I really needed today.
  4. We got the drive for the ancient accounting system back from the recovery company. It isn't bootable, which means I get to screw with DOS.
  5. The RIP system we use to turn files into other types of files (a five computer system, all told) ate itself this afternoon. The client software would lock the Mac (OS 9) up when it was run. Reinstalling the client software fixed the problem.
  6. The previous fileserver, a HP NetServer, is dead in the water due to a busted keyboard port. This is stupendous.
    • When the NetServer a month ago, it was because the RAID5 array had been running in a degraded (one disk dead) state for perhaps a year. Then a second disk died. So we sent it in to get the array recovered. It came back, no problem, except that all the metadata is now gone, probably hidden somewhere on the root drive on the NetServer itself (I assume Windows would keep that information there, and as there are no dotfiles on the recovered disk, I guess I'm born out there), but I can't get at it because I don't have the fucking keys to the machine, and obviously it won't boot without a keyboard when the array is fucked.
    • I can edit the files manually in resedit, solios informs me, but there are over a hundred thousand files. I guess I get to learn how to script on OS 9 . Though, I can't think of a reason I couldn't do this on OS X... Hm... Monday.
  7. Yet another workstation is owned by something or other. Awesome.

I could go on. And on. And on. I was so full of rage by the time I left the office, I decided it would be a good idea to walk the 20 blocks from the train station to my apartment in an attempt to wear myself out. Unfortunately, I decided to walk down South St., while listening to NIN's "All That Could Have Been" way too loudly.

So now I'm tired, full of rage, and my ears are ringing.

Rock. Star.

September 10, 2004 5:07 PM