When the train comes, everybody rides!

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 rubber duck on your desk).

I finally found one the other day. The only problem was that..well, there wasn’t “a” rubber duck…apparently they come in flocks or something…

16 Duckies

So yes, I bought the whole kit and caboodle. Walking out of the store, I said to my wife that now I had to find a bunch of people who wanted rubber ducks, since there were 16 in the package, and my issues are 1-duck, maybe 2-duck problems at worst. She thought for a second, and suggested “Maybe your blog readers would like the extras?”. Brilliant!

So here’s the deal. I bought a pack of 16 ducks:

The whole flock!

The four large ones have been spoken for, so that leaves 12 little ducks. Since I’m guessing more than 12 people will want a duck, I’m going to have to give them out randomly. To help with this, I’ve created a 4 question survey. 2 real questions, along with your name and email address, so I can contact you if you win a duck. Please know that I will absolutely not give, sell, or relinquish-under-torture your email address. I’ll just use it to contact you if my random number generator tells me you that you get a duck.

I’m leaving the survey open all week, since I know not everyone has time to read every day, and I’ve been way too busy to post normally anyway.

By the way, you don’t pay shipping or anything. It’s a real, honest to God giveaway. Enter the survey, win a duck, and I’ll throw it in a (probably USPS, if you’re in the states) envelope and ship it to you.

Note: I make no claims about the troubleshooting prowess of these ducks.

It’s only a slow day on the blogosphere

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 says “You probably noticed that I haven’t been posting a lot lately”, because unless it’s one of a handful of people, I probably didn’t miss (or even notice) their lack of posts. I typically wake up to ~40-50 things in Google Reader, and I don’t have time to read all of those. I recall offhand that I was sort of worried about Bob when he went on vacation and didn’t post anything about it beforehand.

I guess I judge how busy someone is by the number of posts that they put out there, particularly bloggers who have a history of consistently posting good, solid entires. You can sort of tell that Michael has been busy, and I imagine that Jeff has been crushed with work.

Likewise, I have not been posting. AMANDA has been kicking my butt. It took a trip to #AMANDA on IRC for me to really wrap my head around the idea that she really should schedule the full and incremental backups herself, and that I need to let her do it.

That doesn’t relieve me of the requirements in the backup policy, though, so I’ve got to have additional end-of-week backup tapes, too, which means a second scheduled backup set for each discrete item. Anyway, a full AMANDA write up will be forthcoming after I get the solution in place and documented.

And to compound problems, I wiped out my only copy of the configuration I’ve been working on mid way through and had to recreate it. *groan*

So to summarize, I’m sorry that I haven’t been posting as often, though I’m touched if you noticed, and I don’t see my current workload slacking off, since my boss is taking vacation next weekend and I’ll be pulling double duty on occasion.