Day 1208 – Catchup et. al.
I’ve been working. I’ve been working on web stuff that could only be charitably described as within my job’s purview. I’ve been working on changes to the way my department does its business. I’ve been working on changes to the status quo. Will this cure disease? No. It might, by some stretch of imagination, save a few trees, but nothing i’m doing will have much of a benefit beyond my little world.
Not too long ago i learned a perfectly serviceable xServe was to be taken out of service and salvaged. I saw this as my one chance to not only expand my job from the mind-numbing state it has evolved to, but also to make a genuine contribution to the overall level of online sophistication of the institution that pays my mortgage.
Through teamwork the xServe was re-directed to my department. I applied for and was granted a DNS entry and a public-facing IP address. My boss ok’ed purchasing the current version of OS X server (honestly a mixed blessing) and i’ve spent the past few weeks tinkering and reading and testing and reading and breaking things and fixing things. I’ve spent nearly every moment over three weeks noodling about with a host of open-source applications and trying different solutions and looks and feels and a host of geeky items nobody in my department cares about. But i’m not kidding when i say “it’s all good.” Nobody really knows what the the man behind the curtain does. And until something goes wrong nobody even cares.
The URLs i list here may or may not be functioning a week from the date of this post, but that’s ok… nothing other than change is permanent (despite the best efforts of humans in Boise to resist change at any cost).