Archive for the 'IT Administration' Category

The NEC ND-3620A and cdrecord

October 24th, 2007 Posted in IT Administration, Linux / Unix | Comments »

When most hope was lost, a firmware upgrade brought results. After resolving a character set problem with cdrecord through a downgrade, I received a “0x30 Qual 0x05 (cannot write medium – incompatible format) Fru 0x0” error and thought the problem was with the DVDs that I had just purchased. The DVD burner identified itself as […]

Two HDs Down, and Another One on the Way

October 16th, 2007 Posted in IT Administration | Comments »

A Seagate drive and Maxtor drive failed over the week. Now that Maxtor is Seagate, I’ll be sending both drives to the same company for replacement. I can only hope that they return drives that are remanufactured or better, before the Seagate drive that is currently knocking away in my desktop fails.

Transitions

July 14th, 2007 Posted in IT Administration | Comments »

Transitions are always difficult.

Configuring the Mouse Scroll Wheel

May 10th, 2007 Posted in IT Administration, Linux / Unix | Comments »

Having packed my stuff just in case the Griffith Park Fire of ’07 drew closer to home, an opportunitity was created to rearrange my workspace. Rearranging my computers has allowed me to connect a keyboard and mouse directly to one of my principle development machines. I have been interfacing with the machine through VNC up […]

Effects of Explosions on Schedule Goals

May 7th, 2007 Posted in IT Administration, Team Management | 1 Comment »

The completion of a task was scheduled for 3:30pm. We have been pretty good at estimating the time that tasks require, and we have exercised practices that helped ensure that we meet our schedule predictions. We were fairly confident that we were going to complete our task at the desired time, until the lights flickered […]