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I just put the book away; Conscieness explained by Denett. Why? Because I marvel at the complexity and depth of the human mind, even such a simple one as my own mind. It took me 10 years to regain the awe for nature after 5 years of dissecting it at university. One quote at the start of chapter one made me think about that: "we kill to dissect". My dissecting days over, at least, on phenomena of the living world.
Let me dissect a problem with software anytime. Scalpel please...

 

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Well, you never believe this. I got send home last week to compensate for overtime. 1 week dolce va niente as the italians say, the sweetness of doing nothing. So no overtime with this log, just a corny movie with Steven Seagal and some kind of bio-weapon. For some strange reason our hero is not infected while around them they are dying by the truckload. oh wait... it is a native american thing. Silly me. Must be my genetic engineering background that made me so cynical. Ah, and there is a level 5 biohazard lab close by in the mountains of Montana! Why didn't i think of that. Oh well, doing nothing seems to need some getting used to.

Tancque

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I should not have mentioned that is was slow on the late-working front. Our TSM-database has sprung a leak, and we are restoring the backupsystem. Indeed, Quid qustodiat ipso qustodes. Time enough to contemplate the simple fried potato or chips, preferred takeaway food of our proud Dutch overtime tradition. The Dutch fries are the golden average between the thin and long French fry and the much shorter and thicker flanderian fry or Vlaamse Friet. Flanders is supposed to be the origin of the chip and theirs is three times as thick as a French fry and fried well done, as opposed to the English chips who are the same size, but soggy with strategically placed black crunchy bits. The English prefer their chips with vinegar (which is probably why they are soft and soggy), the Belge with sour mayonnaise and the Dutch drown them in sweet-creamy mayonnaise, combined with tomato ketchup and sliced onions ("Special") or peanut/sate sauce ("War sauce"), curtsey of our colonial past. The taste of the French fry is mainly determined by the crust, the English Belgium by the potato and the Dutch take the best of both worlds. Very popular by the younger children are the "kreukelfriten" or cringed fry. These are normal fries cut into a sawtooth like pattern, to increase crunchy surface area. There are also fries made entirely out of mashed potatoes. The potato mash is pushed through a sieve directly into the hot boiling fat, creating a smooth and long curly fry. A little bit too smooth for my liking but there is no discussing taste. And a good Dutch "snackmeal" is of course combined with deep fried, overly spiced meat of suspicious origin, but that is for another overtime....

Tancque

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Fortunatly it has been some time since my last overtime-posting. But now my collegue is away on vacation and the work is piling up. Tonight a company requested standbye assistance for a migration of a messaging software which our company develops. It has become a complex application since its conception in the mid 80s, during the 9600baud era, and I'm not quite sure that I have enough knowledge to help them. The developers have assured me that if they follow the script nothing can go wrong. I know that developers have the urge to oversimplify so that statements does nothing to take my worries away....
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Well, this seem to be getting a tradition. Overtime -> write in ./ journal.
It has been some time since overtime but the holidays are over, so the incidents are up. This evening tried to replace a motherboard on 1 of our own servers, but the guy how builded the machine did screw the board in place with so much force that the screwstubs were wedged into the board itself, making it impossible to replace it without tearing the board in 2.. And I can't blame him for it because he left last week to another job. To quote the great philosopher Johan Cruijf: "Every advantage has a disadvantage". So I let the board be, and tomorrow we'll bring in the powertools.

Tancque

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And again, the overtime clock is ticking. My esteemed collegues are gone, one actualy being hold up at the airport in Hawaii where he celebrated his honeymoon! So it is just me and of course today is the day a server had to crash. An Asus serverboard freaked out, not even reaching POST. Started the disaster recovery procedure, but the hardware is different, and it is a microsoft 2003 server so I can not restore the OS, only the data. Have to rebuild all the applications.....And reading slashdot underwhile. Tried Meta-moderating, but I find it difficult to moderate without the context of the articles. Tancque
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Sorry about the subject, but there is no such thing as "too easy". I have absolutely no idea what to do here, but while I'm here waiting I might as well kill some time and maybe improve my english. It is way past 17:30 now and I'm waiting om some developers who "suddenly" had trouble with an asp application. As a sysadmin we only allow "user" access on production machines for developers so we do most of the debugging on production apps, and guess what: the debugger found an DLL and an object that nobody remembered using in this code... So they are fixing the problem and I'm reading slashdot, while the overtime clock makes me rich. Ah, they just called and found that the licence on the component was expired. It is good to be right. ;-) Tancque -- Smoke me a kipper! I'l be back for breakfast

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