Playing Server Administrator

by Terry 4/20/2009 11:29:00 AM

I am participating in a series of meetings this week to prepare for the installation of a host of HP products within my company. I am basically a software developer with a penchant for Windows Server. For now I get to play the role of Server Administrator for part of the initial implementation of the development environment for the HP tools. This is because my company believed, originally, the implementation would be entirely on Linux based servers. It turns out that HP’s Operation Orchestrator (OO) needs to be installed in part on Window based server in order to fully support Windows workflow feature and *nix features. The *nix OO installation only supports *nix features. Go figure.

It turns out, I am the ‘most available’ to fill the role and it gives me good exposure to the product, Operations Orchestrator in this case, as we introduce it to the company. I am already slated to work on the development of integration interfaces for OO to connect it within the company. My role as server administrator allows me to get an early introduction to the tools and environment.

(Note: I am work under general non-disclosure agreements, with some allowance to discuss what I work on or with. I occasionally have specific assignments which I cannot discuss in any way. It is my personal policy to not explicitly mention who my employer is. I refer to my employer as simply my company or employer.)

My company has had various rounds of layoffs over the last year. I feel fortunate to be part of a committed project, to which I am just transitioning as opposed to transitioning to unemployment like many of my counterparts. It is a learning experience – in the life-skills sense. Being a software developer, in a way, my specialty is learning and transition. I have made a good living implementing change in significant ways. This assignment is no exception and it serves as a grounding life lesson. Change is the only constant, live with it, learn from it and grow with it. It is very Zen.

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Save Our Rails

by Terry 4/14/2009 4:32:00 PM

I am flattered that I have readers to share this with.

Hi Terry,

The Woodman Lodge, Snoqualmie's historic steakhouse and saloon is hosting "Save Our Rail," for the Northwest
Railway Museum in Snoqualmie, WA on Thursday,
April 30 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

We're going to try and raise $25k to help rebuild tracks that were washed away during the flooding earlier this year. The dinner also includes a train ride through the valley. For more information, go to http://www.woodmanlodge.com/railway.htm.

I would appreciate your help in letting your readers especially those in Snoqualmie know and come support your local Railway Museum.

More information is attached. If you have any questions, please feel free to email [contact info removed, TDL]. A short blurb in your blog will be extremely helpful. Thank you in advance!


Best,
Veronica

I have never visited the Woodman Lodge. I expect I will someday. I periodically enjoy the Railway Museum in Snoqualmie. It is slowly improving over the years, in part because of increased funding support and the growth of the city over the last decade. About a year ago I briefly stopped at the museums Conservation and Restoration Center. I would love to have space like this for a garage/lab/shop. I was impressed. I hope the Railway Museum continues to grow as a local attraction. It is a fun walk through history, particularly the technical changes.

The city of Snoqualmie, like many towns in western Washington, sustained a fair bit of flood damage over the winter. I am glad the museum and downtown in general were not to heavily damage. It could have been much worse.

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“If I can get one kid to say, ‘ooo, science is cool,’ my job is done.”

by Terry 4/2/2009 3:17:00 PM

See the article:

Cascade View students enjoy fun-filled night

I got more press than I had hoped, and the quote expressed exactly my thoughts, considering all the activity and distraction, I am happy it came out as clearly as it did. I will need to figure out how to follow up on it.

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Kaitlin Dissects a Frog, Tyler has a Bath

by Terry 4/2/2009 11:27:00 AM

Midweek is always busy. Yesterday, Karen and I met Kaitlin after school to join her in an after-school science class. Kaitlin dissected a frog. We had a great time. Kaitlin, at age nine, surprisingly had no issue with the work at hand and dug in enthusiastically. I was terribly hungry by the end of the class and the smell of the preservatives for the frogs made dinner afterwards interesting. The smell sticks with you.

Afterwards, Karen, Kaitlin and I took Tyler, our pup, to training class. Tyler got about an hour of puppy play time, while those people-who-like-to-think-of-themselves-as-owners underwent training. Tyler has been very good at training us to give him treats. All things considered, Tyler is making it easy for us to learn how to be good dog owners.

Kaitlin and I gave Tyler a bath when we arrived home. Tyler does not like bathing, but we are slowly getting better at it. The only problem we had was bribery and reward. Tyler had buckets of treats at the training class and Kaitlin hand-fed him dinner when we got home. By bath time, Tyler had no interest in being bribed into or rewarded for enduring the evils of fresh, clean water. Somehow we managed.

Tonight is Tae Kwon Do for Kaitlin and me. I help in her class then bring her home and attend my own class (as a student, not to teach). We are practicing with the Sai for the first time in about a year. It will be fun to see what I remember. Of all the weapons we practice with, the Sai puts more holes in the mat than any other. I have heavy, steal Sais and I have fortunately not dropped them on my feet – yet.

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I am a software architect, actively practice and teach martial arts and live in Snoqualmie, Washington. I have an amazing daughter who is the jewel of my life.

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