Software Engineer


· by jsnby · Read in about 2 min · (352 Words)

I’m anxious today. Tomorrow we meet our real estate agent and a home inspector at the house we are hoping to buy. The place was built in the late 80’s and the HOA is on the hook for any structural damage, so it can’t be that bad, but I keep getting this feeling like we’re going to find something that’s a complete deal breaker.

We have a machine at work that is probably close to 6 years old that is on its last legs that I’ve been tasked with migrating to a new machine. The box is down one power supply already (from 3 to 2) and we can’t source any replacements due to the age of the machine. Unfortunately, the box was our primary long-term archive machine and is a cluttered mess. Moving the data isn’t too bad, but cleaning up some of the old processes is a nightmare. It’s a race against time as any power outage or brown out will probably cripple the machine (last time we had a brown out we lost 2 power supplies…how’s that for finding out the batteries in your UPS are shot).

The new machine that I’m moving stuff to has ~3T of local storage configured in a RAID-5 array and is also backed up to tape periodically and shipped off-site. One major problem I’m running into is the amount of bandwidth out of the building to our datacenter. The old machine was only backing stuff up for 1 of 3 products, but the new box has to back up all 3, so I’ve been shipping almost 500GB of data down from our datacenter.

Back to tomorrow…I’m going to take my camera, a tape measure, a flashlight and a notebook so I’ll at least have pictures of the place and measurements for appliances. I can’t wait for the whole process to be over. I’ve been up late every night (more due to schoolwork than anxiety) and I’m probably giving myself an ulcer with all the coffee/stress.

At this point, I’m just babbling, so I’m going to shut up now and get back to work.