PS:350 – The week that didn’t stop!

Oi! This was one of those weeks that while I’m excited about extra hours for consulting, I’d just as soon be done and sleeping!

I have 3 more tasks on the docket this evening, finishing a quote, a server, a piece of software.

Honestly? At the rate I’m going I think I’ll get 2 out of 3 unless I get a large boost in what I’ve got coded already. It’s glitchy, to begin with since I’m working with a really hard to work with the codebase. For instance, I’m having to embed javascript into javascript, to produce something that would have been easier and made the site function better if they simply avoided javascript in the first place.

I’m all for progressive coding ideas to give a real-time experience, no refreshing, however, honestly? for what this site does it should have been flat PHP generating HTML no buzz, no fluff, just HTML.

Now, this week will eventually end, but hopefully, I can get some rest before a busy week ahead.

PS:349 – Enough is Enough.

Tuesday was a bit of a blessing, and a little bit wake up call.

Really blessed to have customers who appreciate what I do. I really am. Doing this over 15 years I must say it can become a grind that is heartless sometimes. No passion. No joy. No love. I’m tired of customers running my business by how they want to run their business.

Today I buckled down into the billing system cleared out garbage and garbage accounts. Folks I’ve reached out to before and gotten nothing and today out of about 15 accounts I sent notice to, 1 reply and this guy was ready to help, apologetic of his overdue status. We have a call in place tomorrow to sort things out (and I have some research to do as to what’s failing so we can fix it!).

Lots of changes, and really working to get a real presence for Thrust Networks, not just a 5 year coming soon page. Really want to kick things up a notch and get it done. Just finished a server deployment for a customer, and now to fine tune two websites for another! On my way!

PS:348 – Tech Burnout?

I’ve done tech forever. No really. Even as a kid it was taking apart this, or that – then it was computers. I like to really just fiddle and work with things, I may not have a degree – but honestly? I could probably get one just for the fact that I’ve used things for so long, I probably know them just about as well as someone who studied, because I have – daily.

So here I sit typing on a computer I built, it’s not supposed to be able to run this OS, but it does. OSX home built machine and it does the job. But lately, tech has started to honestly bore me a bit. I have dived into a world of creation using 3D Printing, looked at laser engraving, screen printing at one point, and photography both land based and aerial based.

Video editing is a newer joy, I can still edit a mean photo – but honestly lately I just feel so adrift in the world as to what I’m going to do, and I know some of it is simply I’m exhausted and burnt out, not a real “break” in ages, doing the family man thing doesn’t always leave room for “me” time to just chill. It’s: change a diaper, clean a potty, give a shower, get meds, take temperatures, go to class, pick up this, go there, etc. so while I do have a job, my other job is Dad/Husband.

Some moves coming up soon which are going to leave me missing my space here. I have a TON of room, but the space I’m moving to will soon be smaller for about a year or so if all goes as planned, but it means even less room for trying to have “my space” and that’s a bit to swallow for now. Sure its a “year-ish” but how I wish it wasn’t.

I need to find a way to recharge on a regular basis. Some more me time, so time that isn’t all family or all work because 90% of the time that’s what it is. I need to draw some more boundaries with customers, get some more clients growing, and really just find a day to really rest. Not just say I’m resting, but actually unwind, unplug, and do my best to be me vs. always on, always connected, always working on no sleep and high stress – Me.

Maybe then, the burnout will slow and I’ll find a passion and a greater desire for tech again, as it is, I’m thinking tonight I’m going to clear off 80-90% of the random apps I don’t need on my iPad, and maybe same on my phone, and maybe breathe life into my Nexus 6 as maybe more of a daily driver vs. the iPhone – then again, I may just go to bed, it’s nearly 2am.

PS:347 – Dying Drive

Ugh. A customer had a broken computer, the drive is failing hard. Currently hooked up with the NAS doing a full RSYNC of everything – it made about a 1/3 of a pass and the drive shut down.

They had Carbonite running so there is a solid backup, but that leads to the bigger issue, their backup server. It’s not running! It cleared 44.4GB before it completely ate it, and as of posting it’s at 53GB of +300GB of data restored. I’m not sure why they don’t make it run off BitTorrent or something, spread out the data as I’m sure its replicated – but it is what it is!

I’ve let the drive chill some today and going to do one more final pass before it’s done, but a great feature for this NAS is having shell + USB access drive access, makes it SUPER easy to backup to! I’m thinking of suggesting an ASUSTOR AS1002T for their office! That way we can disassemble the BIG beast and retire it, save some power, and make it easier to keep running.

For now, it’s back to evening projects! May have to wrap early as I have a small girl who isn’t tired and keeps trying to snuggle a sleeping mom who has to be awake in a few hours.

PS:346 – Budgets!

It was a rough summer, that’s all I’m going to say about that end of budgeting – but here today, looking at the expenses of last month, some fat to trim.

The joys of running a business I suppose, but too you never realize how much a small child can need in a month, apparently she likes to eat 🙂 but honestly just a busy month that required a bit more out and about than planned, so some tweaks here and there and hopefully lead into the last quarter of the year a tad leaner.

I’ve taken some money too over the last few months and invested it into Crypto Currency, a good idea it seems as my buy in price for litecoin alone was good as it’s had a good spike recently, now to see if it holds!

Overall found some I could cut, and one of which I am going to try and work on over the next 3 days and see if I can work it out, as it’d cut a BIG bill each month – so when and where I can save it seems good! For now, it’s nearly 1:30 in the morning, must get some rest sooner or later, as I know my Monday while others are off will be busy since I’m not off, and they’ll have website questions! 😀

PS:344 – The NAS Project – Ready!

Done! Fully converted from 2 Drives (RAID1) -> 3 Drives (RAID5) – Took about 2 days, and this time ZERO use on the NAS, just wanted it to be chugging on core data.

So the real world tests begin. I’ve got the Mac Photos app using the library stored on the NAS, so even right now have it downloading all of the photos off my iPhone to see how long it takes. 2057 photos to import, so at the end of writing this post (which I’m doing in chunks, working on other things) I should have a rough idea with the help of a handy-dandy-stopwatch app 😀

Software upgrade on this did improve the UI greatly, happy with the overall smooth functionality, however one thing I’m bummed about and I haven’t reached out to support yet is the remote access. It does say you can remotely access your NAS, however, I’ve kicked my ISP provided Router/Modem into bridge mode, and it still won’t connect. Very odd – so one thing on the to-do list.

Apps so far I don’t have anything I really need. The core reason for this NAS was storage in-office, and while it does offer some LAMP builds and such, not where I want my dev to live.

Once the overall setup is done, I do want to do some real world speed tests, it’s not the fastest going at 90-100MB/s Write/Read – but we shall see what I’m getting on that with a Gigabit hook up network wise but accessing it via Wifi (5Ghz).

As I wrap up here 16 minutes passed and 53 videos/photos copied from my phone. Bear in mind, iPhone 7+ which has big photos, and I shoot everything in 4k video – so could be big stuff, but the network is chugging along:

Again more real world tests in sustainable speeds vs. lots of smaller files soon. For now? Wrap up and sleep.