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Apr. 10th, 2005 @ 12:12 am But at least I had Saturday off ...
Current Mood: tiredtired
In my packing and tossing, I came across a bunch of old 5 1/4 inch floppies. No idea what was on most of them, though the MSDOS 5 Upgrade did amuse me.

In one of the sleeves, was a yellow NCR form, something made me pull it out of the trash and see what it was, and then I remembered why I saved it.

It was my copy of a time sheet for the week ending Saturday May 17, 1997.

I kept it because it's a reminder of the week I worked 70 hours!

Sun 8
Mon 10
Tues 10
Wed 21 hours (!)
Thu 11
Fri 10
Sat 0 (So I slacked off, sue me)

I remember that after a full day Sunday and a long day Monday, I needed some rest so I got an OK to come into work late on Tuesday. When I did I discovered that my manager has decided to help me with a simple DNS request. Except he'd corrupted the configuration file, and the whole system was down. Hard. Including the company DNS!

I worked on it frantically for 3 hours, (Backups? what backups? I was just a contractor, I didn't set policy, but the next week I made a recommendation on a backup system, and they bought it!), but it was so hosed that I finally gave up, recreated an empty configuration, and then started manually adding in all 1600 or so customer domains. It only takes a few minutes to add a domain and populate it, but when you have that many to do, and for some reason several of them are crashing the service, it really drags on into the next day!

I ended up grabbing the source code for a more recent version, compiling and installing it, then porting things over.

All and all it kept me there for 31 straight hours, for the life of me I can't remember how I got home that day, er night.

Ah those were the days.
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Date:April 10th, 2005 09:33 am (UTC)
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Except he'd corrupted the configuration file, and the whole system was down. Hard.

Urk! Years ago, I once performed a simple piece of programming, set it running overnight and then went home. It tore through the University of Sussex's entire server system, deleting everything in its path - the week's research, for instance. They got the material back, but someone got fired over it - I'd done something legit, but it hadn't stopped where it should have done because the system hadn't got the appropriate checks and balances.

I should have stopped being popular but actually everyone was very sympathetic.