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They say if you play a Microsoft CD backwards, you hear satanic messages.
Thats nothing, because if you play it forwards, it installs Windows.

Nice little gem.

Anyway, I’m very much looking forward to moving at the end of this month. Tonight we’re lining up the trailer, a storage unit, and a truck reservation. Weekend before this past one we went to the Northeast for the holiday and I swapped vehicles with Michelle’s dad. Been riding around in a Wrangler, which I really like. I could see myself in one of those someday, someday when I don’t live in the city anyway. So, I have no need of a hitch installation since the Jeep is all equipped (hence the swap). This weekend we’re renting the trailer and driving some family furniture back up there to store. Lots of driving…

The main thing I’m looking forward to is redefining my time. I’m keeping the same job, but in a way it will be totally new and different. For one, I’ll be able to go into the office at will without drastically affecting my schedule, and also, our CTO moved to another job a few weeks ago so I’m technically boss-less. Our tech team is pretty self-managing but still the CTO is absolutely critical. I’m on the replacement hiring committee and it will be interesting and hugely important once we find the right candidate. (By the way, if you have any leads, shoot me a mail at work — jmiller -at- echoditto -dot- com).

I’m hoping to be able to blog regularly and do lots of other things I’ve been procrastinating or otherwise shelving. I probably DO have the time now, but it’s convenient to be able to blame it on driving (on average) 500 miles/week. In actuality I’m looking forward to having the same schedule day-in and day-out. It will be nice to not have to plan my bedtime and evenings and mornings days in advance. Then I can keep my days interesting with their content instead of having to plan a couple hours of radio/podcast programming and call that variety.

Some weeks I really do feel like this. I’ll be glad when I can get my work time under control — most days I do about 100 things over the course of the day. Interesting, last night I joined SAGE, the System Administrator Guild, which I’ve been wanting to do (yes! real-life guild). I browsed around their site a bit and found some interesting stats about sysadmin:

- work about 9.5 hours/day and 5 days a week
- off-hours work is required (78%)
- wears a pager full-time and is not paid for it
- has an “atypical” day once a week or more
- have 3x as much time spent in meetings than on security
- best days include fewest interruptions, making users happy, and catching up on work

I find that to be be pretty true, however I don’t think I’d trade it for anything else. It’s all about balance and the great challenge of keeping it running and I find it to be awesome. I spent time last night after midnight working on the mail server and then this morning upon first waking. Definitely a challenge, but then without that it wouldn’t be interesting, now would it?

A co-worker asked me if I get asked a lot about European common currency — as I mentioned in my first post here. I guess my thinking was that I’m really a news junkie at heart and I love to take in information about the world around me and what’s happening. Does anyone else wish they could spend a lot more time out of their day to write about it? I see Terrance’s blog and the amount of material covered and I’m totally in awe. Someone invent me a dictate-o-matic blog! I really love writing and pondering so, as per my excuse, I’ll kind of promise (to myself, more than anyone) more of that in the very near future.

Did anyone else misread this? Hmm.

Well, time for work.

{ 3 } Comments

  1. Matt | July 12, 2005 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    I think you should record a podcast on your 500 or so miles per week, and post it every night. Then you dont need to take the time to write things out, and we all love your sweet voice.

  2. Justin | July 13, 2005 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Well, I’m no Boo, Sweet Boo, but I had actually thought of that. However, it would pretty much go like this:

    First Hour: early morning NPR news, as heard on the radio, but with more static, and changing stations three times to continue to keep in range
    Second Hour: the sound of first and second gear, rapidly alternating, punctuated by occasional yells of “Asshat!” and “Freaking start merging, asshat, the lane’s going away, did you not SEE THE SIGN!?!”
    Last half hour: interesting content as I drive through Arlington County with little traffic.

    I don’t know… think it would be a hit?

  3. Matt | July 13, 2005 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    perhaps start to mentally prepare your daily show the first couple hours, and then record a concise 15 “Best of Justin Miller” minutes for the adoring public. Celebrity is a bear.