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Through the valley and the shadow

Through the valley and the shadow
Originally uploaded by ABMann.

I had one of those nights yesterday where I want to scream "I am NOT AN IDIOT!" as loudly as possible.

Firstly, my team just rewrote a very large and very important piece of functionality regarding merging patient records. My senior QAer and I spent most of yesterday testing it. At quarter to 6 he found a tricky little problem that we needed to address lest we leave a huge hole for many problems on other teams.

The immediate solutions we came up with were not good, involving massive rewrites of the code. We grabbed the developer and talked about other options that didn't require so much pain. Now, I'm not familiar with the code as they are. The developer wrote it and my QAer has been testing nothing but it since he started here. I've had about a year of it and not consistently. So my ideas were outlandish and birthed from incomplete knowledge of the functional code and external application impact. EVERY idea I had was immediately shot down with, "Oh god, we can't do that." or "Why would we want to do that?" or "That's just a terrible idea."

After about 10 minutes of this I got frustrated and left. I'm not sure if I looked angry when I did. Hopefully not (sorta hopefully) as that would be bad form for a TL. We'll see how they treat me today.

Second, I spent two hours at barriques working on a side project related to all this. I'm trying to make a test case generator in Excel's VB editor. I need to take List B and randomly assign items from it to List A. I was banging my head against a wall trying to get a conditional into a Do Loop when I realized the conditional I needed COULDN'T be put into a Do Loop... after two hours of work.

By the time I got home I'd figured out a better way to do it, namely trying not to have fail safes and make the thing idiot proof. Since I'm the only one using it, I can assume I'll know the right way to build the lists. but fucking hell, last night sucked.

I came home and spent another few hours processing some photos from the weekend to make myself feel better. At least I know I do that well.

This photo: After tandu's ordination was complete, he was sitting while the other guys there confirmed two new members. I snapped this shot between them. I emphasized the natural lens blur a little through a layer mask and lens blur filter. I then made like half a dozen solid color filter layers set to >5% opacity to get the warm gold hue that may or may not be noticeable in the PNG. PNGs suck for subtle coloring and bit depth but prints of this photo will be very nice.

And tonight I'm finally getting an external hard drive and making backups of my Aperture library. Hard drives are cheap. I think I can get 300gig for about $100.

Blah blah blah 9 inches of snow to accumulate blah blah weather sucks.
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tandu From: tandu Date: April 11th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can get you a 500gb HD and an enclosure that uses the USB port for power, for about $130. Let me know, I was thinking of getting one for myself, and getting 2 doesn't add to shipping.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 11th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
YES. When can I expect it. :)
abmann From: abmann Date: April 11th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
And how do you super hard drive powers?
tandu From: tandu Date: April 11th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
It draws power from the PS2 port, so it might not work on a laptop. I have to check my laptop and make sure I HAVE a PS2 port. Might have to find another enclosure.

I can have it here in 3 days. (UPS Ground).

Total will be: $143.90

abmann From: abmann Date: April 11th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whoa.. Crazy... I know my MacBook doesn't have a PS2 port. That won't work. :(

Is there a USB only enclosure? I don't really care about extra plugs. Eventually this is going to be a wireless drive sitting on my Airport base station.

Also, does your dealer have USB splitters?
tandu From: tandu Date: April 11th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I found a USB only powered one, same price. It's an IDE drive, that OK?

I have a USB splitter I'm not using, that you can have if you want it. It's USB 1.0, though. Do you need 2.0?
abmann From: abmann Date: April 11th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure the implications of an IDE drive. Will that make a difference since it's going into an enclosure anyway, which will be hooked into my MacBook?
tandu From: tandu Date: April 11th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Crap, it's a 2.5" enclosure, not gonna work for the 3.5" drive.

All the 3.5" enclosures are $40+ Bumps the price by $20

Mac's usually use SCSI drives, so I'm not sure if an IDE drive will have the right drivers to run on a Mac. It's a hardware issue, and I'm not sure if the Mac OS will be able to translate/handle it.

I found an enclosure at another place, but it takes an external power adapter. That OK?
abmann From: abmann Date: April 11th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hmm. So, my current external hard drive is a 3.5in that I pulled out of my old PC. It is formatted for Windows and my Mac has no troubles reading and writing data to it. I'm guessing I'll be OK even though I'm unsure if it is an IDE drive.

If not, I can try to sell and/or return it.

I'm fine with an external power adapter. :) It's probably similar to my current one.

When can I get you the money? It'll have to be cash as my money Market doesn't all me to write checks less than 250.
tandu From: tandu Date: April 11th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Call me tonight, and we'll work out the details.

Please delete post when you get the number. Thanks.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 11th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I see no phone number. You can email it to me. wringland (AT) gmail etc
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