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Been a long time

March 10th, 2013

Well have not written or ridden in quite a while  I was notified or a really good deal on  frame and fork combination around Christmas time so I went ahead and pulled the trigger.  A had test rode this frame a half dozen times and it seemed like one of the funnest bikes I had ever ridden.  So here it is.  Just a short shake down ride after putting it together.

Rode with my favorite ridding partner.  She was busy working on projects so was a bit reluctant.

pre ride blues

But we really had to do this one thing

Peddle Damit

The freshly built ride

New Niner RIP9

An old trusty steed.

Titus FTM

All to soon we are feeling like this!


A rest at the top of the hill

A bench with a view

Love the trails

She is a beauty

Spring tackiness.

One more turn....

Maiden Voyage

First Ride

A bit of Mud

Mud on the new bike

A good day for a ride with my favorite riding partner.  Like the way the new bike rides will have to see how this works out.  Have not ridden since October hopefully we get on the trails more in the next few months.

Here’s to sweat in your eye

Astroman – Lyrics

August 18th, 2009



Here I come to save the day

A little boy inside a dream just the other day
His mind fell out of his face and the wind blew it away
A hand came out from heaven and pinned a badge on his chest
It said Get out there, man, and do your best ooh…

They call him Astro Man
And he’s flyin’ higher than
That faggot Superman ever could

Oh, they call him Cosmic Nut
And he’s twice as dense as Donald Duck
And he’ll try his best to screw you up
The rest of your mind
Oh, regard my baby, come on!

Astro Man, flyin’ across the sky two times higher
than that old faggot Superman ever, ever could
Ever could, yeah

There he goes, there he goes
Where he stops, no one knows
There he goes, there he goes, ya…
He’s tryin’ to, tryin’ to blow out the rest of your mind
He’s gonna blow out the rest of your mind
Talkin’ about lookin’ for peace of mind
Astro Man will leave it in pieces
Have you put our trouble behind him, yeah
Make you fly around in pieces
Yeah, blow out the rest of your mind
Astro Man will blow out the rest of your mind
He’s gonna blow out the rest of your mind
hoo-hoo, ye-ye-ye-yeah… blow out the rest, blow out the rest of
your mind

Moved the Server Room

May 2nd, 2008

Last weekend moved close to 60 servers from one server room to another and changed their IP addresses.  This allowed us to consolidate two rooms into one.

Headquarters needs our spare IP’s so we are consolidating all our IP’s.  Over all went quite well.  8 Web-servers, 7 License servers, Clear-case, Backups, NIS, DNS, etc…

Big fun.

Solaris ZFS

March 25th, 2008

In the process of migrating a NFS server from Solaris 8 to Solaris 10 and to new hardware. In that process I have discovered that ZFS is quite nice. I had been using Solaris Volume Manager, but now that I am using ZFS I do not want to go back to SVM.

ZFS is very simple to work with. Creating, deleting, moving filesystems is very straight forward. In addition NFSv4 has some additional features to deal with security.

Getting closer to my final project. I am ready to transfer data. Testing is complete. Final transfer of data has been put on put on hold until Engineering completes their project.

So I am moving my backup library from an old subnet to the new server subnet and onto a faster media server. Whoo hoo.

Mid Feb

February 12th, 2008

Not much to say. 

The guy next door keeps yelling at people on the phone.

Moving data on a server. 

It is Tuesday and I already need the weekend for a good bike ride or something.  Dang.

Fat and Fairly Happy

December 20th, 2007

Free food again at work today. So far the holiday season has been good to me. I am full both 6140’s are on line and the Brocade Switches are up. Next problem is – the 4800 will not boot of the cdrom. Getting closer.

Back to the grind

December 13th, 2007

Have not posted for a while. Been working long hours replacing an NFS server, setting up the Raid Arrays, New SAN Switches. Have hit a bit of a road block that is starting to where me down and shake my confidence. Sometime I think Sun deliberately makes some stuff difficult. Love the hardware and the OS, but dam sometimes they drive me nuts.

My ankle is doing fairly well and I have started to get back on the rock and riding my bike.

I am writing this because I have been stuck in a phone conference since 10 AM.

China Impression

October 8th, 2007

[Mudworm’s notes: Strom wrote this part  when he was in Beijing and never got time to finish it. Now he is back to his busy work, it becomes less likely he will have time to continue writing it. I decide to go ahead and publish it so that his effort would not go wasted.]

Well the first thing that I noticed leaving the airport is that people yell more here than other places that I have been. Here is a list of a few other items that struck me. The groves of trees along side the road grow on grids. Traffic is one notch higher than you can imagine. We drove by where they are putting in a new freeway. Not such a big deal but that fact that there was not a single piece of heavy equipment around did. This was a location where two freeways came together so There were 50 to 100 feet up. also the scaffolding seemed to be made out of old pipes and bamboo.

Labor has to be cheap here. Saw a man with a three wheeled bike transporting at least 15 5 gallon jugs full of water. He was 40 or so, his bike from a time gone past, the chain hung down and was close to dragging on the ground. Two guys where putting in a hand rail, hack saws and a file. Traffic was unbelievable for miles on end.

Went to a well known tea house and watched a show and drank tea. The taxi dropped us around the corner stating he did not know where it was. Thankfully Mei speaks Mandarin and with a bit of persistence we found it. After the show we rented a three wheeled electric motorcycle cab. He was going to give us a special tour to show old town China. Just before heading down some dark deserted alley Mei gave him a stern somethin, somethin and we spun around and headed toward the hotel. He did not seem real happy when he dropped us off and Mei paid. We went to the Night Market and picked up some meat on a stick. Whoo hooo. On the way to the Tea house, I notice some gal on a bike got tagged by a car. Her elbow looked damaged. The guy that hurt her had stopped but seemed somewhat disinterested and no one else stopped they just stayed on the horn till they got by. Other bicyclist just looked at the situation as an opportunity to get quickly across the intersection.

Wicked tired finally got back to the hotel. Slept till 3:30 then neither of us could go back to sleep. Hit the breakfast buffet bright and early. This was really good. First thing I noticed getting off the elevator was the smell of bacon at that time I thought of America. Hmm, is that good or bad? I do not know. Second was that all the plants in the lobby are real, even the large ones.

The coffee was perfect for me which meant that the likes of Gilbert and Lane would have hated it. I also notice that hardly anyone one else was drinking it. Other things of notice. Most all the older guys eat with their mouth open. Their was one Chinese guy using a fork. Of those that used chopsticks some used finesse and some used the head down plate up and shovel technique.

Headed out the the Forbidden City. 7 taxi’s sat across the street none wanted to give us a ride. So we started to walk only had to go about a half block before Mei hailed one down. We ended up at Tienanmen Square where we met Chis, a gal from Kansas, she was also headed there and decided to hang with us for the day. Well to take a step back for a moment when we were dropped off Mei went into a shop to check on bus tickets to the Great Wall. Some guy kept yelling some into the store. There was a security guard, cop, army (whatever) right beside him. The cop looked to be about 18, skinny, really looked like kid. This guy older and bigger kept yelling finally as the cop walked by him the guy yelled from about 18″ from his ear. I noticed the cop’s face drop a bit, he took two steps. turned, took one step toward the guy put out his hand and laid it on his shoulder. The loud mouth shut up and took a couple of steps back.

R&R at the Yosemite Blue Butterfly Inn

September 9th, 2007

Went up to see Ron and Liz at the has to be one of the nicest Bed and Breakfast around Yosemite and definitely the nicest in the area.  Ron and Liz are excellent hosts and it was increadibly relaxing.  We opened the door to the deck and went to sleep listening to the Merced River.  The best night of sleep that I have had in quite some time.  It is located in El Portal right in the middle of the Yosemite view lodge.  Stop by check it out.  Definitely worth a stay.

 Awesome job Ron and Liz


September 8th, 2007

Friday I was still recovering from the power outage.  This was my first one to do solo, since the rest of the UNIX Admins left.  We use annex boxes to get a serial connection to our servers.  A nice simple solution except they seem to be loosing their defaultroute.  I was working on one logged out then went to login and could not.  Had to find a box that was on the same subnet as that annex box.  I also had not powered up the Sunfire 4800 by myself before.  Took me a little while to figure that out.  Then the primary library for my backups did not want to come up.  5 reboots later and a bit of finagling and things were running.   I still have one license server down so I have something to look forward to on Monday.  Got home around 9 PM and Mei had a wonderful dinner ready.

My toes are turning purple but at least it is not lookin like a puffer fish.

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