Entries from March 2009

When the train comes, everybody rides!

Date March 30, 2009

The other day, I mentioned rubber duck debugging, a term with which I had been previously unfamiliar. Since then, I have wanted to pick up a rubber duck to keep on my desk at work, to help me to work through the more difficult issues I encounter (and because it's just funny to have a […]

It's only a slow day on the blogosphere

Date March 27, 2009

I subscribe to around a hundred blogs. I'm not going to list them all, because a lot of them probably aren't that interesting 75% of the time, and I've linked to most of the ones that continually post good stuff. It never ceases to amuse me a little whenever I read someone's blog entry that […]

Free Franklin Covey Planner Today

Date March 21, 2009

If you've been laid off recently, Franklin Covey is giving away planners to help you get organized in your job search. These planners are great for Time Management, and have really helped me keep track of my task list. Just thought I'd throw this out there in case you hadn't heard

Tape Labeling in AMANDA

Date March 20, 2009

Alright, I'm once again appealing to people with more experience than I have. Waist deep in learning AMANDA, I have questions about tape labeling. I'm attempting to find the best practices for labeling tapes, both physically (via barcode stickers on the tape) and the "logical" label written using the 'amlabel' command. Anyone who knows better, […]

Phone Support: What did you say?

Date March 19, 2009

If you've ever done any sort of support over a telephone (and I suspect that you probably have), you know that miscommunication can cause big problems, especially when you're having the other person type unfamiliar commands which cause headaches for you when they're entered incorrectly. I've always wanted to memorize the standard phonetic alphabet that […]

Excuses for scarce updates

Date March 17, 2009

I haven't been updating much in the past week, so I'll do a "blog" entry as an explanation. Last Friday I flew from Newark to Columbus, and worked all day from the office there in central Ohio. We had a Poweredge 1955 blade's motherboard die before it ever got to be in production, so that […]