Posted by: GeekHiker | March 3, 2007

Why do I do this for a living?

So it’s a beautiful Saturday here in LA.  Slight Santa Ana condition (where the winds blow out of the east and send all the smog and particulate matter out over the ocean), so it’s clear and just about that perfect 72 degree temperature.  Absolutely perfect for hiking, eating at an outdoor restraunt, or kicking it in the backyard with a good book.

So, of course, I’m at work.

Why?  Because Congress decided to move back Daylight Savings Time.  And, of course, none of the computers in the world are ready to calculate a different day to start DST, so they all have to be updated.  Servers, workstations, software, all of it.  It’s kind of a mini Y2K.

The best part for me was that one software vendor, who told everyone that they were unaffected by the change (since the software pulled from the system time), suddenly realized last Wednesday that, oops, you do need to patch up their software to make it work properly.  Brilliant, guys, you’ve only had a year and half since the president signed the bill to figure that one out.

So here I sit, in the server room, updating servers, while a beautiful day rolls by outside.

Well, at least the MP3 player shuffle just pulled up “Footloose”, so maybe it’s not all bad…


And, of course, the company that waited until the last minute, their patch didn’t work, so I have to in early Monday morning to call support.  Figures.

But at least I got home early enough to go to the beach and watch a fantastic sunset… too bad I left the camera at home.  D’oh!



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