Poor snow

March 13th, 2010 at 12:31 pm by Kobaz in Updates

There goes the snow… do do do doooo (to the tune of “There Goes the Sun”).  It’s like the weather decided to say “hey, I’m tired of winter, no more snow for you!”.  A week of rain on the prediction.  Oh well, at least we got to ski on the last good day, which was 3 days ago.  My brother and I tried out snowboarding too.  Lots of falling… much more falling then learning to ski three years ago.  I’m completely sore all over, my shoulders, back, my forearms, and all the little muscles around them.

I set up FreeBSD the other day, and I’m playing with ZFS.  It’s really really really awesome.  Whenever I get around to getting some more drives, I’m gonna convert cartman to be FreeBSD and ZFS rather than the LVM over RAID-1 that I have now.  ZFS is way more easy to manage and it has checksums of all blocks, online scrubbing, and best of all online storage expansion.  Probably by the next FreeBSD release they’ll have the deduplication support that’s in the Sun version as well.

I used FreeBSD back in the day (version 3.3 roundabouts). I was always annoyed at all the compiling that was needed to set up packages.  Upon rereading some papers on the FreeBSD way, and why they do things the way they do, I’ve come to appreciate the reasonings behind many of the design choices.  Linux has come a long way in the last 10 years but FreeBSD still has a bunch of cool stuff that Linux lacks out of the box… like jails and ZFS.  Cool stuff.

So what’s there to do on a rainy Saturday morning?  Putz with the snowblower carburetor, make chocolate chip cookies, and write some unit tests I suppose.


August 9th, 2008 at 6:08 pm by Kobaz in Updates

It’s been a bit of a while since I wrote last.  I figured I should write something.  The job is going well.  I’m always really busy.  I try and not stay at the office too long, but it hardly ever works out that way.

I’ve had this window open in my browser with the above paragraph for about two weeks now.  About once a week I go on a tab closing mission and axe out tabs that I’m done with.  So I came up to this tab and figured I might as well finish and post this entry.

Recent dates…  History Girl:  Met online.  I took her to the gym on a weekend.  She’s really into historical stuff and over chinese food we talked about how awesome the Tudors is.  I think we’re fairly compatible, but there’s just no chemistry.  Spunky Girl:  We met online.  She found me actually  We met up at the Troy farmers market after work.  She gave me some peaches and we talked about some random things.  I did a hike in the Adirondacks with her and a bunch of her friends and my friends.  During the hike I got the feeling we were in friend mode rather than date mode.  Later that week, friend mode was confirmed.  Doh.
Upcoming dates:  Teacher Girl, Pilot Girl, and possibly RPI girl.

The job is getting a little nutty.  Only myself, my brother, and our north east sales guy understand what needs to be done with the company direction.  The president has these great ideas for nifty projects, but that’s all they are.  We wind up working on productizing these pet projects rather than working on our core system.  He wants us to spend time on things we’re not going to make money on.  We have our main products that are half completed and are slated to be installed at customer sites, but yet the vp of sales and the president want pure sillyness.  The only way we can get anything done that needs to get done is to just ignore their requests.

What tends to happen is… 1) “great” idea emerges. 2) writing a “demo” is proposed.  3) everyone (except me and my brother) then want the “demo” to have all the features of a full-fledged product.  4) we work hours and hours on the “demo” 5) we miss deadlines on *very* important projects 6) customers get pissed off.

This is no way to run a business. The next phase is to basically say “sorry, but this demo is all we’re going to have time for”.  “We *can* work on the demo more, but then *you* will have to explain to the customer why we missed their deadline”.  I think that should shake some cages.

An update

March 19th, 2007 at 9:38 pm by Kobaz in Updates

Hi everyone. It’s been a while. I’m back home in New York. Back to my usual stuff. Did a few hikes in the High Peaks in January. My new job is working out quite nicely. Nice comfy office with a nice comfy cubicle. I’ve been trying to keep my three times a week climbing schedule. This climbing season at the gunks should be quite fun. I’ll be working on bagging some more 5.7′s, maybe even try a G rated 5.8?

I’m thinking about trying to get more into this blogging thing, it’s a good way to keep track of what’s going on, something to look back on when you wonder where all your time went. I’ll try and post some more of my projects that I’ve been working on as well.


January 5th, 2004 at 10:14 pm by Kobaz in Updates

Weeel, I finnaly got all my lazy bum and decided to put a site back up. Everything is pretty good, the lawsuit is progressing (very slowly), although I have no idea when we will get our computers back. Hopefully the jump server will be back this year, and if all goes well we should be expanding the buisness to some other cities shortly.