Technology

Remember when the telephone was just bells, receiver/mic, rotary dial, and some wires going back to the telco?

This is what happens when you have a SIP phone with a VOIP provider.

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Cometary

I’ve decided I’ve become a comet. Not sure if I’m ok with it, but I’ve got a long orbital cycle to think about it.

Context from a private conversation yesterday with someone I worked with just over a decade ago :

Struggling with motivation to work, as the company gets larger and team structure changes.

I’m a comet. I have short blazing periods of hold my beer watch this and long long periods of cold contemplative silence watching the changes near the centre of the company.

Have let two others be more in drivers seat as we migrate to two new datacentres. Providing my effort more often in advice or here’s how you help yourself find that answer.

There are a few items I want to accomplish for myself (and the team) before I begin the search for the next thing. I have some lateral movement possible but not to my tastes. Probably going to try to time it so I reach my next sabbatical first. I’ve got 2.5 years until then.

On the other hand, I still keep this note from a manager and friend I had around the same time as the person I was talking with yesterday. She’s no longer with us, but her words are.

Her words, quoting back my words from early on at the company I’m orbiting.

I read and re-read them every time I get into listless dysphoria funk why-am-I-still-at-this-place moods.

The stress comes and goes, but I generally force myself into lower stress modes when I recognize it’s getting out of control.

Low Stress. Steady Money. OK People.

SysAdmin Work, at least in what I’m doing or can do at this place, is not terribly interesting to me any more.

But does that really matter?

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Changing VMWare Fusion 8’s vmnet1 and vmnet8 networking

I had a problem where I was unable to access some machines in the datacenter on subnet 172.16.16.0/24 from my OS X work machine.

Turns out vmnet8 was conflicting with the same subnet located at the Datacenter.

vmnet8 comes from my VMWare Fusion 8.x environment on the Mac, wherein I had some local virtual machines networking configuration for Internet Sharing “Share with my Mac”.

This was so they could leverage the vpn connection running on the OS X side of things and route over that to the Datacenter.

(You know the drill. Needing windows machines to admin bits of infrastructure because the vendors are behind the times and require windows only binaries for some of these things)

Here’s how I changed that conflict.

$ sudo vi /Library/Preferences/VMware\ Fusion/networking
$ sudo /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmnet-cli --stop
$ sudo /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmnet-cli --start 

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Heads you win, Tails you lose.

Talking to pre and post sales support engineers at $BIGCOMPANY that we just spent $BIGMONEY on shiny new equipment is a bit like flipping a coin.

Heads, they know their stuff and can help you out with best practices configuration as relates to your needs for your particular unique environment.

Tails, they are googling for docs, same as you are, and reading the same conflicting information presented from one search result to another.

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Contains No Added Celeb Endorsements

Prints, cards and more

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MEANWHILE… (28 years ago on the Nymphstar Fleet BBS)

Long long ago, in a time before dial up internet, there was a BBS in Calgary, Alberta, called the Nymphstar.

It ran on (to the best of my memory) an Apple ][, and had a 300 baud modem. The BBS software was custom. Users were grouped randomly onto ships. Each ship had it’s own message system where the crew could communicate. No other ships could see those internal message systems.

The sysop would read these and from time to time produce a fleet log that would greet you when you logged in. If you had been away for some time you may see multiple of these fleet logs scroll by to catch you up, before you could then participate in the shipboard messages.

I do not recall if there was a global message area. I do not think there was.

Depending on what the sysop saw was happening and felt like doing to mix things up, he would teleport crew between ships and watch their interactions.

This was a very unique experience.

Excerpts from the Nymphstar Fleet BBS Logs follow, Dec 1988 – Jan 1989

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Remember to breathe

Nikka Yukko Japanese Garden, 2016-09-24

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