Good bye 2010, hello 2011

Happy New Year!!!

2010 was a very challenging year for me, the failing struggle to adapt to a end user environment steeped in bureaucratic procedures, to changing jobs and getting stiffed by HR.

Well, all were not lost, as I won air tickets to Japan, got to see how things are really run in a security agency works (24hrs’ CTU is really FOS), the headaches in PC migration.

For the second time in 3 years I get to change, a core switch and for a bonus, user access switche and two racks.

Next year to setup a functioning DR center with a recovery time in a day, rather than weeks. On the family side, go home early to spend more time with the kids and wifey. Run more than 2 races.

Enough of me rambling, enjoy your long weekend safely.

A troika of errors.

Does everything happen in threes? It all started when I used an older version of procedure to perform a certain function. A silly but not uncommon error. What happened next was simply astounding.

To unrolled back my mistake, another application database need to have a few tables cleared out. Since I am not familiar with this application, I let my colleague to perform this task with the application owner. What can go wrong right?

They cleared out a wrong table. A table which I am told is very critical. The only way to solve this is to restore last night’s backup. Unrolling back the database transaction log was not advisable as it would end up at an unknown state.

The database restore process was interesting. The backup software refuse to restore to an alternate location on another database server. In the end we tried to restore the database offline with a different name.

Big mistake.

The restored database nuked the current database, that we trying hard to preserve. Subsequent investigation revealed that the restore problem was caused by the backup software client account configuration. Some thing that has been running for the past 2 years.

There are days were it is a good idea to stay in bed.

National Geographic’s Photography Contest 2010

This is an annual photography contest.  I think it just closed on 30 Nov.  They are inviting readers to vote for the pictures.  If you are spending time surfing the great expanse of the Internet.  This is definitely worth your time.

This just a sample.

Is that a spaceship or a cloud? Although it may seem like an alien mothership, it's actually a impressive thunderstorm cloud called a supercell. Such colossal storm systems center on mesocyclones -- rotating updrafts that can span several kilometers and deliver torrential rain and high winds including tornadoes. Jagged sculptured clouds adorn the supercell's edge, while wind swept dust and rain dominate the center. A tree waits patiently in the foreground. The above supercell cloud was photographed in July west of Glasgow, Montana, USA, caused minor damage, and lasted several hours before moving on.
Is that a spaceship or a cloud? Although it may seem like an alien mothership, it’s actually a impressive thunderstorm cloud called a supercell. Such colossal storm systems center on mesocyclones — rotating updrafts that can span several kilometers and deliver torrential rain and high winds including tornadoes. Jagged sculptured clouds adorn the supercell’s edge, while wind swept dust and rain dominate the center. A tree waits patiently in the foreground. The above supercell cloud was photographed in July west of Glasgow, Montana, USA, caused minor damage, and lasted several hours before moving on.

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