It's Monday and I Hate You

Somehow I knew when I woke up this morning that today was going to be a crappy day. Maybe it was some kind of psychic metaphysical thing. I spent all day answering email and running from meeting to meeting. And then I stayed at work late to finish something I supposedly should have had done on Friday. Oops. I would have had it done sooner if it were not for all the meetings!

I never thought I'd be the type of guy to have to run to meetings all day, but yet here I am. How can people schedule so many meetings? Don't you people have families? I tried blocking off my entire calendar once, but it didn't help. They just keep scheduling meetings on top of other meetings! WTF?

root@sentry:~# userdel susan

Well, it's done. Today my divorce was finalized.

 obsid@sentry:~$ su -
root@sentry:~# userdel susan
root@sentry:~# :-(
-su: syntax error near unexpected token `newline'


Steve: 1, Fire Safe: 0

A few years ago I received a small fire safe as a gift, which I've used since then to keep important documents, photographs, etc. I typically access the safe so rarely I never bothered to memorize the combination, and instead kept it on a document hidden in a dresser drawer in the bedroom (yeah I know that's smart, whatever). Well, guess what, the combination went missing and I needed to get inside. I know Susan (my ex-wife) accessed the safe a little more than three months ago just before she left. That's the last time I saw that document with the combination.

I looked everywhere, but the combination was nowhere to be found. So naturally I assumed Susan must have accidentally taken it with her. A couple months ago I emailed her and asked her to look for it. After reminding her a few more times (typical) she finally sent me a text message today saying that she looked everywhere, but couldn't find the combination. Crap.

But now I really needed to get in there to get things for my new employer, like my SS card and stuff. So, I decided to try to crack it open, except I don't know how to do that. I first tried to drill a hole to see if I could see the knob thingy and maybe discover the combination from there (like in the movies).

It's amazing how easy it is to drill these things. They're just a thin sheet of soft metal and a bunch of insulation. But unfortunately that didn't work because the knob is all self contained and it would have been pretty messy to try and figure out where to drill.

So then I tried to go for the external hinge and maybe knock the pin out.

Wow, that's a pretty shoddy dremel job, even by my standards. But I was safe-cracking, not carving a fricken statue. Anyway, that didn't work out too well either. Half-way through cutting I remembered that the safe has rods inside that lock on both sides, so attacking the hinge was a bit pointless.

Eventually I just took a crow bar and ripped the door off. That worked surprisingly well. It took about 10 minutes, but I just had a wimpy 12" crowbar. If I had a larger crowbar it probably would have only taken a couple minutes.

Steve won this round.

So, I opened the safe and got all my stuff out. Inside I also found the document with the combination on it. Awesome.

New Job

For the past two years I've worked as a contractor at the Linux and Open-Source Software Lab at Microsoft. When I first arrived in September of 2005, I joined a unique and slightly dysfunctional crowd of Linux and Open-Source experts whom they affectionately called the "penguins". At the time I was working with a number of other contractors, and a couple program managers - one of whom was Daniel Robbins, the creator of Gentoo Linux.

But many moons and many projects have come and gone since then. I've written quite a few papers, presented many demos and generally touted the awesomeness of open-source software to some of the most intelligent folks in the industry. And while many of my colleagues have moved on to other things, I've stayed and somehow weathered all the inherent wackiness one might expect from being a lonely Linux penguin in a sea of sharks.

But I'm not quite finished yet. Today I accepted a position as a Program Manager at the OSS Lab at Microsoft. The job pays a bit more (duh), involves more work stuff, and is generally your typical tech job. But it is really a good place to be. It is a great opportunity to keep working with Linux and open-source software in the one place where I know this kind of work is actually making a difference. I'll try to stay away from the Kool-Aid®.

I've finally done it.

Well, as you can all clearly see, I've finally joined the ranks of the bloggers. I'm not all that certain how this will work out, whether I'll maintain the blog or even write another post after this one. But, I'll give it a shot.

Over the years I've occasionally tried hacking out a little home page for myself, but they all came down eventually. My home page for the last 8 years has actually ended up looking like this. Sure, it isn't pretty, but it's reliable and low maintenance. Hmmm, kinda the opposite of my ex-wife...