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Oh computers. How I loath your necessity
On Friday evilevi brought me a new computer for work. Starting at noon on that day I used the Microsoft Migration Wizard (windows + R> Mmigwiz) which moves your settings, desktop and personal docs to a shard drive (or something similar) adn "restores" them on your new machine. Simple, right?

Well, I made two big mistakes when starting the utility.
  1. I forgot that VMWare 5 stored all my active images in my Docs adn Settings folder.
  2. I started this in the afternoon.

First off, virtual machines are VERY LARGE files - multiple gigs of data. Compressing and moving these files would take a ton of work and processor power. Now, I have 7 virtual machines active on my VM each of which has at least 4 snapshots - these are essentually imges of the virtual computer in varsious states of install/app stucture I use to do my job. Meaning that each of my virtual machines is actually many mini virtual machines which maches these VERY LARGE files VERY MUCH LARGER files.

5 hours later and it's only 50% done when I go home on Friday. Yay!

Get to work today and hope adn pray that I can restore everything quickly and do my job. tHe migration wizard finished early this morning from what I can tell. The server systems team wipes the directories we use to migrate our settings every night and my files were still there (lucky, lucky, lucky). So I rearrange my office, install the new desktop and start migration.

It's been going since about 7:30. Sigh. Maybe it'll get dome before I leave today? Maybe I can get work done? I'm currently sitting in a conference room hoping no one has meetings in here today.

In other stuff, this weekend rocked. Saturday was the Epicnic with good steak and lobster. There ws a ton of stupidity involving the bus schedule. But it worked out well enough that Fox and I made it to slavetopurple's birthday debacle in Milwaukee. Crazy mexican food and spies.

There was a fair bit of drama, some coming from me who is completely uncomfortable and disgruntled by loud, obnoxious crowd of drunken bachelorettes. I got much better away from the noise and people later that evening.

The other stuff I'll not get into. But it was a good night overall. Though the gas station donuts sucked. Made me a little queasy.

Sunday, like millions of other peopler, I spent with my nose in HP7. tHis was purely for my own safety. I figured I'd see dozens of spoiler posts and news feeds today, which held mostly true, and I didn't want to deal with that. Yes. Purely for my and your safety was it that I read for 10 hours straight with breaks for food and urination and The Next Food Network Star.

I want to write. I have photos to edit. And have a particular itch. Now just to get out of work alive today and all will be peachy. :)

(yeah, I really dislike the post interface now that I've actually had to use it. It's back to all LJ clients for me when my workstation is ready.)
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assfingers From: assfingers Date: July 23rd, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I've had those donuts.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 23rd, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Only buy Krispy Kreme from a gas station. The sugar shell keeps it from sucking.
assfingers From: assfingers Date: July 23rd, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

what did you have at the safe house?
did you win at the puzzle, exit through the phone booth, and/or look at burt reynolds' dong?
abmann From: abmann Date: July 23rd, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had a manhatten (ostensibly), a white russion and The Silencer. I got hungry well past the kitchen closed.

The girls dong-viewed. All ten of us left via the phone booth.

assfingers From: assfingers Date: July 23rd, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Depending on where you were sitting, you may not have noticed the puzzle. One of the walls is the world's largest mechanical puzzle.

Only one of the specialty drinks, though? For shame, Mr Man, for shame.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 23rd, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've already had two great spy-tinis. I wasn't really interested in many of the other ones. Too much fruity, not enough get-drunky.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 23rd, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also - apparently Burt has been re-painted.
slavetopurple From: slavetopurple Date: July 23rd, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you came along on Saturday, thanks for being a part of my crazy adventure. And hope we were able to direct you toward another place with margaritas you like.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 23rd, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
bow-bowhn nan na na nahhh


bow bow bahna nan nan na naaahhh


kingfox From: kingfox Date: July 23rd, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, first thing I do on any new install is throw the VMWare machines off to another drive. Those things are beasts.

I'm responsible for setting up virtual machines for troubleshooting and administrative tasks, every time someone asks for one I have to politely explain to them why they're not getting it from our network drive but instead getting it shoved onto their hard drive manually by me. "Last time we kept them on the SAN, the head sysadmin wept blood."
abmann From: abmann Date: July 23rd, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Evil freakin' beasties. What really irks me is that I had selected only those I really needed. Most of the ones sitting in my Doc/Settings folder I didn't need.
aletheia_speaks From: aletheia_speaks Date: July 23rd, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

The bachelorettes. How could I forget? :P The only entertaining part of their presence was watching those two guys try desperately to score with ANY of the women and take endless pictures of girls' cleavage. Okay, maybe that was more obnoxious than entertaining... :)
abmann From: abmann Date: July 23rd, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. That sort of scene pisses me off a whole lot.
slavetopurple From: slavetopurple Date: July 23rd, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was pretty much the beginning of the end of the fun section of the evening. Sigh.
annan_dum From: annan_dum Date: July 23rd, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
But did you FINISH HP7???

I did. Took me longer than I wanted because there was this wedding that interrupted everything, but at 3:30 Sunday morning I finally closed it, completed. *sigh* It's like the after-Christmas feeling, a mingle of satisfaction, wistfulness, and sadness.
Now I'm going to read it again. :-)
abmann From: abmann Date: July 23rd, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
'course I finished. I'm just not talking about it until everyone has had a chance to read it.

I'm going to go back and re-read 6 and then maybe 7 again. I forgot a lot of what happened in 6.
annan_dum From: annan_dum Date: July 23rd, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

I think you're wise not to talk about it...

...but what about that THING! You know, when that THING happened??? Or the STUFF that occurred in that one chapter?! Could you believe that STUFF? Oh my Gods that stuff blew me away.


I re-read the whole series in honor and finished the last chapter of 6 just before opening 7. It made a smooth transition that I felt heightened my enjoyment of the last book.
This was the only HP book that didn't make me hungry. All the others, with their talk of Hogwarts feasts, would make me hungry. This one...not so much.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: July 23rd, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I heard a reviewer on NPR this morning talking about HP7... He didn't give any plot away, but he did say that it finally picked up in a particularly clunky chapter full of deposition...

I was amused.
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