Live blog: Saturday 10/29/11

4:39pm – All the guys are pretty much gone.  I called my boss to tell him what was up and he said I was good to leave for the day! OH SO HAPPY!  Thanks for following along, and yeah, I’ll have another one tomorrow as well, hopefully will end much much sooner!

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ENDLESS! haha

3:47pm – So remember those longer network cables I needed? I found some! After most of the old office has been cleared out, there are just the items that are being shipped off site to be destroyed or to Birmingham. And in the middle was a garbage can full of network cables. So of course I sifted through it and found some cables long enough for the server at the new office! I know it seems like a small win, but I was just happy to find them! Now if I could just find some zip ties or velcro rolls then we’d be in business!

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3:09pm – I am getting a TON of steps today. Haha. Went back to the new office to drop off a big shredder that was left back in the old office. It’s a shame that all of this stuff is just going to be sent away and possibly destroyed. I really hope that it is repurposed for other organizations, preferably non-profit ones. I want to look into what they do with all of this stuff. I mean in just this move alone there were dozens of printers and monitors and such that I’m sure someone could have used. It is so nice in San Francisco today. I wanted to go for a run this morning but damn, it is still dark by 7am! Might have to use the workout room this time. I’d love to go outside for a run up and down embarcadero, but it just becomes a safety issue at that point.

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“Ton” just got scared

2:33pm – I’m at the new office and the guys who are going to ship all the old hardware and destroy it has made good progress. They are putting everything on their pallets and are going to be ready to go and have everything out by tomorrow. The guy said he’d be done by 1pm tomorrow. That would be nice! Meanwhile, I really don’t like the cabling job we did on the server in the new office. I just need to get some longer network cables and zip ties and I should be good. I learned my cable management skills from Potter. Or is it my attention to detail? Ok…it’s more like OCD. haha

1:33pm – Had to head back to the new office first to check on some stuff and to get the blood pressure reader to send back to the home office. The program is called Virgin Healthmiles. It is a really cool wellness incentive program that my company has.

12:25pm – Don’t worry I’m still alive. Was at the new building trying to troubleshoot a couple of things. Apparently the blue-screened workstation isn’t going to be used by anyone. WHEW! So they will rebuild later. It’s nice to be there because no one is there except the construction guys in the hallway. Also had some thing come up with another project while I was here. Luckily I know the application enough to figure out what’s wrong in a reasonable amount of time. At lunch now at Subway. I actually just needed to pee because the bathrooms aren’t ready at the new building. But I knew I had to eat lunch too. Of course there was no bathroom at Subway, but I still have to pee. Is this TMI? Sorry, it’s all I got right now, unless you want me to talk more about servers and workstations. And even those topics i don’t know a ton about…how ironic. You just got hipstered. (I’m losing it…)

9:41pm – First fire to put out. Blue screen of death on one of the workstations in the new building.

9:15am – This would be one hell of a garage sale!

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8:59am – So my boss asked me to come to San Francisco and help out with an office move. It was sort of last minute but of course I wanted to show my team skills, and this would absolutely qualify as “taking one for the team”. I flew in yesterday, took a taxi to the hotel to check-in real quick, and then walked over to the old office. By the time I got there, everything was everywhere – printers, keyboards, computers, monitors, etc. They were separated into their own sections of cubes but man was it a mess! All of these “extra” hardware is planned to be shipped off to another company to be destroyed or repurposed or something, and obviously the newer hardware along with the users’ “desks” will be moved to the new location. Now where does the server admin work come into play? There is one server, one network device, and some other network appliance that needed to go from the old office to the new office. So I needed to wait until that made it over to the new office. It was literally 20 minutes of work, and that was it, and I had to wait 4 hours for it! Kill me!

So here we are today at the old office with the company that will be taking away all the old hardware. I’ll show a picture soon. And there are only 4 guys to do all of this. I asked the lead how long he thought it would take, he said he really thinks that this would be a 3 day job, and not 2. That isn’t good news…

In the meantime, before I take a server rail through my brain, I decided to start up a live blog so I can at least do something while just waiting here. If you don’t see an update from me every hour or so, check the server room, I may have hung myself with network cable.