Month: July 2011

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It comes in Three’s

That’s how the saying goes, and I’m really, really, starting to believe that. Here’s my tale; get a beer and have a seat.

On the last day of my trip the US, Tara and I were going to have a little Skype session in the morning before I had to catch my plane. I got up a little early to make sure I was showered, shaved and generally looking my bestish. A few moments before we were supposed to start the call, I get a call from Tara. She tells me my parents are there(which is a little odd, but) and that the basement flooded.

Oh joy.

Seems that the washer didn’t stop filling with water, and Tara had started a load the night previous. So it had been filling all night, and therefore over flowed, and spread out into the basement. For those that haven’t been to our place, the basement is kinda divided into two sections(the furnace and water heater are pretty much in the middle of the basement). There’s the side with a bed and two exercise machines, and the other side with all the old baby clothes, my office stuff/toys, paintings, pictures, older books, paint supplies, electronics, and everything else we had stored down there.

Guess which side flooded. Yea.

So Tara and my family spend the bulk of the day moving stuff from one side to the other, and throwing out some old boxes that just got soaked. Oh, and renting a shop vac to suck up all the water. Then I get home(an hour late because of a storm) and Tara and I sort through some of the remaining stuff before we both pass out.

So that’s one.

If you hadn’t noticed(and lucky if you haven’t), most of Ontario has been in a heat wave for the past week. It’s been pretty manageable because of the AC, and it’s been getting reasonably cool at night so we didn’t have to run it 24/7. This reached it’s peek this past Thursday. It was supposed to get to 40 before the humidex, so Tara and I decided just to stick it out and stay in doors.

Throughout the day we notice that the temp is getting higher and higher inside. I remember someone mentioned that the AC will not cool the inside more than 10 degrees lower than the outside, so I was thinking that it was just getting bloody hot outside. I was wrong. Tara popped her head out doors and told me to come look at something. She looks at me and says, ‘should the fan be spinning?’. Yes, it should be. And no, it wasn’t. We figure this out after 5pm, after all the repair places have closed. Our option would be to call a 24/7 ‘emergency’ repair, and we didn’t really want to go that route.

So we packed up everything and headed to my parents nice cool house. They were away at the time and had no problem with us staying there. But Liam had a problem being there apparently, and just couldn’t sleep. The morning came too quick and we returned home to call someone. On the upside, they were able to come early(like 10am) and it was just a capacitor. Cheaper than it could have been. Much cheaper.

So that’s two.

Number three is kinda silly, but here it is. As I was going to start this post, I got an error stating that Live Writer couldn’t find iertutil.dll and I should reinstall. So I tried to uninstall, and then tried to repair the installation, and it said that sorted it. And I rebooted. Then it told me that Explorer couldn’t start because it couldn’t find another DLL.

So I find my XP CD and plop it in with the theory that I could do a repair. Well, the CD gives me a blue screen. Time and time again. I download Ubuntu(latest) and try that. The live CD portion doesn’t work. 10.4 did, so I do that, and download a copy of both DLLs and copy them into Windows.

It get’s past the first DLL error, then has a new problem with the other DLL.

Ugh.

Then, being the brilliant person that I am, I remember that there is one additional computer in the house that is running XP, and that’s the other work PC. I upload both DLLs, download them both in Ubuntu, and boom, it works.

So not as drastic as the other two, but it’s still a three.

Hopefully that count’s, and a real three doesn’t try to zoom in and replace it.

It comes in Three’s

That’s how the saying goes, and I’m really, really, starting to believe that. Here’s my tale; get a beer and have a seat.

On the last day of my trip the US, Tara and I were going to have a little Skype session in the morning before I had to catch my plane. I got up a little early to make sure I was showered, shaved and generally looking my bestish. A few moments before we were supposed to start the call, I get a call from Tara. She tells me my parents are there(which is a little odd, but) and that the basement flooded.

Oh joy.

Seems that the washer didn’t stop filling with water, and Tara had started a load the night previous. So it had been filling all night, and therefore over flowed, and spread out into the basement. For those that haven’t been to our place, the basement is kinda divided into two sections(the furnace and water heater are pretty much in the middle of the basement). There’s the side with a bed and two exercise machines, and the other side with all the old baby clothes, my office stuff/toys, paintings, pictures, older books, paint supplies, electronics, and everything else we had stored down there.

Guess which side flooded. Yea.

So Tara and my family spend the bulk of the day moving stuff from one side to the other, and throwing out some old boxes that just got soaked. Oh, and renting a shop vac to suck up all the water. Then I get home(an hour late because of a storm) and Tara and I sort through some of the remaining stuff before we both pass out.

So that’s one.

If you hadn’t noticed(and lucky if you haven’t), most of Ontario has been in a heat wave for the past week. It’s been pretty manageable because of the AC, and it’s been getting reasonably cool at night so we didn’t have to run it 24/7. This reached it’s peek this past Thursday. It was supposed to get to 40 before the humidex, so Tara and I decided just to stick it out and stay in doors.

Throughout the day we notice that the temp is getting higher and higher inside. I remember someone mentioned that the AC will not cool the inside more than 10 degrees lower than the outside, so I was thinking that it was just getting bloody hot outside. I was wrong. Tara popped her head out doors and told me to come look at something. She looks at me and says, ‘should the fan be spinning?’. Yes, it should be. And no, it wasn’t. We figure this out after 5pm, after all the repair places have closed. Our option would be to call a 24/7 ‘emergency’ repair, and we didn’t really want to go that route.

So we packed up everything and headed to my parents nice cool house. They were away at the time and had no problem with us staying there. But Liam had a problem being there apparently, and just couldn’t sleep. The morning came too quick and we returned home to call someone. On the upside, they were able to come early(like 10am) and it was just a capacitor. Cheaper than it could have been. Much cheaper.

So that’s two.

Number three is kinda silly, but here it is. As I was going to start this post, I got an error stating that Live Writer couldn’t find iertutil.dll and I should reinstall. So I tried to uninstall, and then tried to repair the installation, and it said that sorted it. And I rebooted. Then it told me that Explorer couldn’t start because it couldn’t find another DLL.

So I find my XP CD and plop it in with the theory that I could do a repair. Well, the CD gives me a blue screen. Time and time again. I download Ubuntu(latest) and try that. The live CD portion doesn’t work. 10.4 did, so I do that, and download a copy of both DLLs and copy them into Windows.

It get’s past the first DLL error, then has a new problem with the other DLL.

Ugh.

Then, being the brilliant person that I am, I remember that there is one additional computer in the house that is running XP, and that’s the other work PC. I upload both DLLs, download them both in Ubuntu, and boom, it works.

So not as drastic as the other two, but it’s still a three.

Hopefully that count’s, and a real three doesn’t try to zoom in and replace it.

Business trip

Sitting at the Charlotte airport, waiting for my flight to board. I’ve been lucky and was able to take an earlier flight home as there’s really nothing left for me to do here.

I’ve been in Charlotte since Sunday, and it’s been stupid hot all these days. Tara and I checked WeatherEye before we left, and it was supposed to be 47 with the humidity. Ugh. When you walk outside, it’s like you’ve been placed into a pressure cooker. It’s a wall of ugh as soon as you go out. I was hoping that I would be indoors for the most part, but the travel to lunch/client building was all on foot, and kinda killer.

It also doesn’t help that my nice shoes tried to kill me at one point. Seems I haven’t broken these in well enough and have killer blisters on both feet. But now I’m in sneaks and it’s all good.

Yes, it does sound like I’m complaining a lot, but there’s been a lot of good on this trip to counter. I’ve met with the clients, transferred some knowledge, and generally feel good about this new role. I’ve also met the rest of my newish team, and they’re a high energy crowd that’s totally dedicated to our success. I think working with them will be a pleasure. I’m lucky that I don’t have to travel often. It’s not something I signed up for and it’s not something that I really want to do at this time.

Charlotte itself is a lovely city. Round about the same size as Ottawa and just as clean and friendly. In fact, I’ve never been anywhere where people have been so nice. But the drivers don’t signal. That drives me just a little batty.

I managed to get some sushi while I was here, but it was all you can eat, and buffet at that. It was freshish, and for $9 I couldn’t complain too much. But I did eat a little too much and felt it. 😦

Tuesday morning was a nice Skype call with Tara and Liam, a great way to start my day 🙂

Then I got a call from Tara this morning saying that the washer didn’t drain and partially flooded the basement. But it was only the side with all our stuff in it, not the other almost empty side. It’s time for a new washer. Not that we have the money for that, but that’s just the way it works.

I can’t wait to get home(I’ll post this when I’m already home as there’s no free wi-fi at the airport this time).

So, that job

Tara left a nice message on facebook about a new job opportunity for me. For those that I talked to in person, they know what it is already. For the rest, here you go 🙂

I’ve been offered, and accepted, an interim position as the Premium Support Manager for a large company in the US. This position should be for about 6 months and it’s a huge opportunity for me to shine and be noticed, in the right way, by the right people.

It’s a big leap for me from the tech support position that I’m used to. But this is a good thing, I needed more of a challenge, and well, here it is.

It requires me to do weekly/monthly meetings and status updates to the client. It requires me to monitor software changes across the board to make sure that it won’t interfere with the software we’re currently supporting. I’ll be asked to make recommendations for software upgrades and answer general, and not so general, questions that the client might have.

This will be a big test of my time management and people management skills. I will have to get things done before people actually ask for them(as such) and know who to talk to when. I’m also being asked to make myself available 24/7 for just about anything.

Yea, that means I’m now going to be tied to my cell phone. Kinda wish I had one of them there smart ones. Mine’s as dumb as rocks. Oh well.

So right now I’m in the international terminal of the Ottawa airport, waiting to go south. I hear it’s going to be warm. Very warm. But weather eye isn’t working at the moment.

Anyway, I’m off to meet clients face to face. This has been a challenging account, and a huge risk for me, but one that will pay off.

I’ll be back on Wednesday night, and will miss my family just a little 😉

Wish me luck. I’m sure I won’t need it on this trip, it’s just the rest of it.