31 December 2005

Nothing To See Here

It seems a long while since I’ve posted anything on here as to be honest there hasn’t been much incentive. Things are bimbling along quite nicely and I’ve had a lot to do to keep myself occupied. I’m off-work until the 10th of January, which has given me some time to do some of the things on my todo list. Item 1 was upgrade this blog to Wordpress 2.0 which was suprisingly easy. I was on 1.2 which required a complicated 1.2->1.5->2.0 upgrade path then a conversion of my existing template to the new theme system, but thanks to the guys that wrote this software I got it all done in under 1 hour. Go Me!

On the work front, we’re making a few minor changes. Over the course of the last few months we’ve built a new datacenter on the other side of the corridor and moved everything we own out of the old one into the new, with only minimal downtime. You can read more about it here, but the project is only 50% complete as we need to rebuild the old datacenter and move most of our production kit back into it to make way for a couple of £million of HPC kit over Easter. Go Us!

At work, I’ve been mostly playing with XFCE4 as a new Desktop Environment because I’m bored with Gnome and the amount of memory it hogs (which is a pain when you only have 2GB ;-) ). I’m still running Fedora Core 4, but I’m playing with Fedora Core 5 and RedHat Enterprise 4.3 on the side - I’ll probably put my Workstation onto FC5 when it comes out after I’ve created a much more minimal custom configuration - or I might just have a play with Gentoo - I haven’t made up my mind yet.

In Life, I’ve been working hard too. I’ve joined the Army Cadets as an Instructor and I’m now living as a SubWarden in Bernard Sunley Hall. These two really eat into my social life in the evenings, but it’s still great fun.

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