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#130: 03-02-2018 @ 09:11:33 am
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Misharum KittumMisharum Kittum

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At least you're talking about branches, so it sounds like you've got git or some other source code management system in place so rolling it back will be a comparatively easy process! And also you know how to do that. We have a guy here who just doesn't understand git and causes problems with it constantly for our devops guy who manages git.

Unfortunately, today is that devops guy's last day! Which means I'm losing my Linux application counterpart. The company has been terrible about replacing people that IT needs for the last several months. If something goes horribly wrong with Docker, AWS, git, or Ansible in the near future, I don't know how to fix it. I can figure it out, but it'll take time. More time than it should because they just don't take replacing talent seriously.


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#131: 03-02-2018 @ 09:20:36 am
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If something goes horribly wrong with Docker, AWS, git, or Ansible in the near future, I don't know how to fix it. I can figure it out, but it'll take time.

I like git but this XKCD is also entirely accurate.

If someone's fucking up repo's then prepare for a not fun time. If he's just committing things where he shouldn't... well less of a pain but it'll still be a pain.


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#132: 03-02-2018 @ 10:02:03 am
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We use Mercurial here, which is similar to Git, but different enough from Git that it makes SourceTree work with it, but not work great with it.

It's weird because we use the Atlassian Suite for Bug tracking and deployment schedules, but we use Kiln powered mercurial for our code repositories.  Not sure why.

In any case it sounds like what happened was my cohort designer on this project was asked to fix something and he did so on our latest release branch and default.  He was then asked to also put it on the older release branch and apparently just... merged?... the newer release branch into the older release branch, thus breaking the ability to build that branch.  We then somehow managed to fail to notice this had happened for 3 days, so stripping back to that point would undo three days of combined development work from the whole team, and our Senior Programer doesn't think that'll fix the situation.

I have to think my cohort thought he was grafting his changes into the fix, or maybe was being harried and didn't think things through, I'm not sure.  He normally knows better than to do that...

In any case it sounds like that Release branch is fsked, so for now our instructions are just to "be careful."


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#133: 03-15-2018 @ 02:05:19 pm
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Fun work story!

*Project Manager (PM) assigns me a bug about one of our test items not looking right in iOS*

*I go back and forth with the PM most of the day about not being able to view the item.  Turns out the item was from last fall, we're currently showing spring tests, PM had to change settings to make the item appear.  Assigns me the task again.*

*I investigate the item.  Due to test security I will not describe the item to you in detail, but it includes a data table where some cells have checkmarks.*

Me: "These are probably SVGs that are improperly declared so iOS doesn't like them.  I'll inspect them and see what's up."

*Inspect checks.  They are not SVGs.  They aren't images.   They're text.*

Me:  "Oh, that's interesting.  I didn't know our content writers knew how to use our icon fonts!"

*Investigates further.  They don't know how to use Icon Fonts.  Instead they used our new Item Authoring Tool to somehow inject an inline CSS call for font-family.  With it they declared a custom font.  Wingdings.*

*Wingdings*

WINGDINGS

*I proceed to share it with the office.  Even people not attached to our team start laughing that we're seriously talking about someone using Wingdings on a very serious test item for a very serious state assessment that we're going to have to send back to the person who wrote it with the kind message of "please don't inject your own fonts into items."*


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#134: 03-15-2018 @ 04:02:29 pm
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That's absolutely hilarious.


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#135: 06-26-2018 @ 09:17:49 am
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Misharum KittumMisharum Kittum

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Oh man, what a weekend. I got pulled into some power maintenance at a datacenter. Another team wanted to install a couple UPSes (Uninterruptible Power Supplies), and since I have servers there that are plugged into the same power feeds, I needed to be involved at the end. Here's the simplified version of what happened.

So I show up late Sunday night, shut down everything of mine except a pair of hyperconverged VMWare clusters (running everything production of mine, and a good chunk of theirs), and we begin.

All my VM clusters have dual power supplies (as did most things at the datacenter), one plugged into power feed A and the other into power feed B. So no problem to swing feed A to UPS A, make sure things are fine, then do the same for feed B. The first half goes fine, but as soon as we unplug feed B, UPS A shut off and everything lost power.

Once we got things off the UPSes and back on the power feeds directly, the team that sized and purchased the UPSes checked their logs. UPS A overloaded and turned itself off to prevent damage to itself and the equipment plugged into it.

It has been a crazy past day-and-a-half getting everything back to normal since then, but thankfully nothing disastrous came of it. Most things were functional before we opened Monday morning.


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#136: 02-10-2019 @ 07:46:39 pm
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I didn't remember this topic getting to have over 100 posts in it.

Fascinating.

 

Anyway, so this is the third weekend in a row where 4 or more hours of my weekend were lost due to work calling me.

  • Three weeks ago I left the office late on Friday knowing that I was waiting for material to finish fixing something that came up at 4pm.  When that didn't materialize until Saturday morning I spent another 4 hours then working on it.
  • Two weeks ago I was reached out to while "on call" for other work by people who do not have authority over if I work on the weekend or not.  The only reason I was able to be reached was because I was being vigilant for my "on call" status. I was even running Dungeons & Dragons at the time they reached me.  When I told them "I am not available" they triggered a storm of emails and texts to my team lead.  He ignored them, but I still lost hours of my weekend to their demands for attention before I got the clearance to turn their work into a Monday morning issue.
  • This weekend my parents are visiting.  We were about to head to dinner last night when I got a text from my team lead asking me to weigh in on a new complaint from the same people who caused issues two weekends ago.  I missed out on dinner with my family to ultimately confirm the problem was on their end, but come to the unfortunate realization that next week will have to be spent figuring out how to modify our code so they stop making problems like this.

I don't feel like typing out the details of what's been wrong, but what's particularly rough about this is everytime it happens I keep thinking

"I should be in Brazil right now..."

I can tell that my team lead is thinking the same thing.  He keeps being very grateful and gracious for my help, and I think he's getting increasingly anxious about my imminent departure because of how much the last 3 weeks have proven to him how dependable AND effective I am to his team.  I know his fellow project folks feel the same.   It's a shame they weren't the ones I had to convince to keep my job.  A shame for them.


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#137: 02-11-2019 @ 06:23:40 am
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That sucks, especially missing dinner with your family! My work at least comps me time for situations like that. The past two weekends in a row I've had roughly 6 hours of off-hours work that needed doing, so I got to take very short days on Friday each time. This week I've got roughly 12 hours of work to do on Saturday, so I've got Thursday afternoon and all of Friday off.

This post was edited by Misharum Kittum on February 11, 2019, 8:24 am


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#138: 02-18-2019 @ 11:27:55 pm
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So, rare positive work experience post.

For some bizzare reason (winter? overtaxed healthcare system? admission/transfer policy changes?) this has been one of the busiest weeks in the hospital both on the admitting end and the discharge end. I'm on swing shift - dedicated admitter. I typically average 1-admit per hour, minus frills and 'down time' so . . .call it 7-10 admits or so per shift.

In my entire career, thusfar, 12 is the most admits I'd ever done solo. And that was in residency while moonlighting one day.

This week? I shattered that record with 15 admits. But I've followed that up with 13,13,12.

And the bizzare part is .. . I'm actually OK. Like, I'm doing the same quality of admission and all, but. . .faster. It's like I've got adrenaline and 'fluency' in the system and my own workflow. I've got a spring in my step and a song in my heart. Also, the night doctor I was working alongside and I are straight-up buddies. Like, we joke about all sorts of topics, co-workers, etc. . . but then keep putting on our customer-service faces and "can do" attitude when it's time to get **** done instead of bitching about the workload to others.

It's fantastic.

 

Craziest part though? I've been goign to the gym post-work even though it's like midnight to 1-am after a 12 hour shift and then lifting and/or treadmilling a half hour. I striaght up have no idea where all this energy is coming from, but I am loving it.

I just hope work calms down soon so I'm not *required* to be operating on this badass level.

 

Anyway; I'm out. Peace

-AHMAD


#139: 02-26-2019 @ 10:06:07 pm
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So in my work, we have a 90 day turnaround time for reports.  If we were full staff, it would be 60 days, but 90 days is the current cut-off for issuing a report.  As a supervisor for the fellows, I try to let them know when I'm going to be out of the office for extended periods of time so they can prepare their reports for me to review in a timely fashion so they can make their 90 day turnaround time.

I am going to be on vacation for 1-1/2 weeks in March, and one of the fellows has two reports that hit 90 days basically the day I come back (during which I am cutting cases, because that's what happens when you go on vacation when you're understaffed).

I let her know mid-January that I was going to be gone so she could plan accordingly.

Yesterday, when I supervised her again, I reminded her of this fact, and let her know that if she got me the reports by end of day today, I'd probably be able to get to them before Friday so they could be dealt with before I ended up in the fucking desert of the Southwest US where I have no ability to do anything work-related.

Her response:  Oh.  That's not happening.

I tried. -_-;;


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