Category: General

Consultant-induced panic…

The customer I’m working with has it’s ups and downs.  They are insane but flexibile is the best way to put it. The storage admin and I have a good working relationship.  He says he likes when I’m around because no matter how much he’s learned he learns more.  (The famous quote is “Can you …

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Donating consulting time…

Yes, checked the regs, it is tax deductible. Ok, riddle me this.  A standard non-compete keeps you from working for a customer you consulted with as a part of an assignment. I wonder if said non-compete would prohibit doing volunteer work?  Current customer is a non-profit and if I’m officially off the clock I’m thinking …

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I’m now 4 days from (Surprise!) Unemployment

You know – the two week notice clause in the contract is there for a reason people. Live it, learn it, love it. Any suggestions?

Consulting woes….

Where is the difference between providing a “value-add” service and just being abused?  Last week I had a request that I be on-site over the weekend for some failover activities. What they left out of the request for extra time was: A> These failover activities were not related to the migration I was contracted for. …

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VMWare Workstation 6.5 – First Look (well mine at least)

Ok – I’m a *BIG* VMWare fan.  If nothing else it allows people like me to run datacenters on a single host if necessary. Workstation has come in handy, but for the most part I’ve only used it for building testing environments on my laptop. That is, until now.  Enter the “Unity” desktop.  Version 6.5 …

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VMware fun….

Consolidated everything down to one server and stuck the server on a wire-bakers shelf in the corner while I replace my crappy 30U cabinet with a brand new 42U cabinet. Here is why I don’t like to run *ALL* of my VMs on one host.

Recruiter calls…

Well – in this…..less than perfect economic environment….  It’s nice to know the recruiters are still calling. Had a couple though who tried to use the recession as a reason to throw *REALLY* low-ball offers at me… There was a great artcile in E-Week, saying that The High-Tech Industry Added 91400 Jobs in 2007. Now …

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Symmetrix, Celerra, Centerra, Oh My!

For the last few weeks I’ve been on the periphery of an engagement.  Disk Extender.  Not one of my favorite products but in the interests of full disclosure I have only seen it from the outside, in. When I was working for the fake non-profit a while back, we were evaluating long-term storage.  You know, …

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A random thought about using BCC –

Just a random thought not pertaining to any specific event whatsoever: To whom it may concern. If you’re sending a note to multiple people, you might consider using the “BCC:” option to keep people from getting a list of names that they have no business having…

Partners vs. Not Partners

Oh well, it’s happened a few times to date, but it happened again recently. I joined an internal customer con-call a while back and got through the initial design only to be told that the customer doesn’t like partners working on their projects. Like I said – it’s happened a few times.  The strange thing …

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