Charles Brown

just a simple blog

PS:194 – After the dust settles…

The last 2 months alone I haven’t felt like me. At all. I feel like a machine just going through a list of instructions and getting done as much as I can squeeze in, taking every moment and filling it with work, tasks for others, and then more work.

Right now I’m trying to get in a blog post for an audience of maybe 2 people, I’m working on migrating 250+ accounts from 4 servers into one big boy with some great enhancements. I’ve got some pie (perl pie) lined up amazing one a single line of text can do.

I haven’t drone’d, photo’d, movie’d, walk’d or anything else I can think of that makes me me, except the sysadmin part, and I didn’t even get flowers on Sysadmin Day! Really just drained. Really tired. Really stressed.

The plan is to finish this pile of work – I do have to change some 200+ MySQL passwords tonight it seems because the upgrade is coming from such old SQL and I don’t work with the customers I’m moving, so no one knows how to do what I have to do, which is basically edit wp-config of about 200 wordpress sites, copy the password, change it on MariaDB (new engine, SQL compatible) – but once ALL of this is done, I’d love to get some more “me” specific time, a time-lapse, a drone flight, a trip to the beach to help a certain nephew setup a 3D Printer, Watch Give a Mouse a cookie 300 more times with Lilly (wild 2 yr old!)

Going to wrap up this post, going to go grab a snack I think, if I remember past hitting post.

PS:39 – Raspberry Pi 2

Well got an early birthday present of a Raspberry Pi 2. I’ve looked at some projects including a NAS for projects. Currently, I’ve got it set up as a LAMP setup to do some web dev.

I have been looking at though making a smart mirror! There are some projects using the Pi as a brain for a delightful display that shines through the mirror – super cool idea and who knows may make a nice gig to sell on Etsy or something similar.

Loving it so far, have it running headless in the other room, but lovely to have a low footprint for a system and next to nothing in power, even runs on battery power so may make a storage system for the truck! Lots of options!

 

Writer’s Block

I’ve been wanting to write lately, but what to write?

I am back on a kick in which I’ve said to myself:

“Self, start a website”

And yet, I have 3 current website projects for customers which I have yet to complete. Some are hold ups on “approvals” others are ones I’m stuck and trying as hard as I can to complete.

The desire is on my heart though to create a website which is helpful, one that works in the realm of Q&A, providing visitors with a portal in which to have common tech questions answered.

“But where is the money?!”

Well I set out to answer that question, and did you know there are bloggers out there posting about their passions, expertise, and even just helpful tips who make anywhere from $3,000->$10,000 a month? Well I didn’t either, but I’ve found a ton and their sites are actually fun to read!

I am leaning more and more towards the project, may not be the BEST use of my time, but at the end of the day, I think I’d enjoy it.

The personal blog isn’t as much as a huge desire for me anymore, I still want to try and do a post a day to provide a personal outlet – but I’d like my posts to be more than just a place to vent.

For now, keep checking back – maybe something random or a picture of a cute kid now and again 🙂