"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
Just a cigarette.

I'm pulling a night shift today. Coming up on the end of it now. As soon as Adamk gets into the office, I'm outta here. Gratingly, I only got a third of what I wanted to accomplish done...

1) Install firewall at colo.
2) Get a current image of the production data at the colo, so we can start syncing it again.
3) Swap DHCP/DNS servers on company LAN.

Only #1 got finished. I had to wait two hours at the colo, spinning my wheels, waiting for their freaking arp tables to update. Two hours! To update the arp cache!

#2 is still running right now. Hopefully OpenBSD's ccd are portable between machines. If they hide device info on the system, at least I didn't really waste much time. If I have to drag another machine down there, I will. Four hours later, it's at 210G of 280... sigh.

I didn't get back soon enough to do #3. I wanted to be back here by 0300. I rolled back into the parking lot at 0500. Awesome.

There was some grungy looking guy standing outside the back of the colo building, too, smoking pot. The colo is out in the middle of nowhere, at the ass-end of this business park behind a Wal-Mart.

As I was dragging the firewall into the building, the guy yelled at me: "Yo, I jus' smokin' a cigarette!"

"Sorry?"

"Just a cigarette!"

"...ok."

I hate New Jersey. Two more days!

February 9, 2005 5:46 AM