2017-12-16 6:17 AM
In keeping with Marilyn's thought of "is there a day for everything?" Yes, apparently so.
I only wish Rob posted on Saturdays because I'm sure there is at least one story of kids dipped in chocolate (or worse) at his house.
Amy is coming home this morning; has a hair appointment and would like a new phone. I imagine we will be going out for tacos after her errands.
Wishing you a beautiful, chocolate covered Saturday Masters. chocolate covered tacos? ick.
Nice picture by Sara Boynton. Her books were always favorites of my girls.
I'm in the early stages of a software update that includes 400+ programs and 520+ million database records. My hands are a little shaky as I type. It's times like these that I seriously question my job and ask if it is worth it. I try not to worry about it but in the days leading up to today I become more and more flaky. Last night as I was leaving the grocery store I was headed to the entrance, noticed at the last moment, switched to the entrance, and smashed into the rail dividing the 2 doors. My mind is elsewhere until the update is done.
Should I survive today, I have a 3-mile race tomorrow afternoon.
How long does an update of that size take? Best case scenario? I hope it all goes well - tomorrows race will be a nice way to decompress from today.
I was thinking 6-8 hours if no glitches. The first step is the worst because it is fully automated and if something fails I have to start from scratch. In olden times, everything was manual and you only had to restart whatever step failed.
But the automated part finished in 50 minutes so things are looking up. I was guessing an hour or 2 for that step. Now I just copy back in all the data and test everything. I don't know how long it will take to copy 500 million records, but I have split it into 5 pieces so maybe I'm looking at only 4 hours of work today.
This is my first really big update since we got our new computer last fall. The power it has is off the charts. So I could be done sooner than expected. A computer like this would have filled an entire building floor 15-20 years ago. Now it sits in racks in a regular room.
In college the computer had its own building. Students today would think I was kidding saying we set aside one entire building for hardware. Not to mention the 3" thick stack of IBM punch cards to run a program.
I remember those darn cards. And if one was out of order, the whole program stopped and you had to figure out which one was out of order.
You two must be pretty old.
I never had to use punch cards in college.
We had a new system where you keyed your program into a terminal.
(In grad school I did have one statistics class that made us feed our data in with punch cards.)
Yes I am old!
Got it done. It took about 6 hours, but that includes the prep work and validation after the fact. So better than expected.
2017-12-16 1:06 PM
Woo hoo! Now you can relax.
I like chocolate covered marshmallows, cookies, candy, fruit, nuts, ice cream, and cakes. There I think I have it all covered!
We are going to decorate our tree today. The forecast called for 100% rain. And I was mentally prepared for that day. Umm...where is it?
Dave, I hope the install continues to go well.
Good luck to Amy with her hair cut and shopping for a new phone.
Enjoy the day.
oh yeah, the chocolate covered cone from Dairy Queen!!
My husband actually had a small one last night and he enjoyed it. Not me, I am holding out for 4th of July!
Sandra Boynton! Her critters are all so cute.
Sitting in the Denver airport waiting to wing my way home and pick up my Squirrel tonight. Excited to finish the last of the remodel and get the remaining things put away and start enjoying my new home.
Chocolate covered anything is probably pretty good.
As usual, no workout.
I'll probably change that in May. Until then...
Does anyone on the forum know how to write using calligraphy? I think this maybe my 2018 project.
It's a cold dreary day and I am watching the Hallmark Channel. Man those movies get me every time!
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