May 07

New Job

I guess that I’m now start­ing up this blog again I should state that I have a new job since the last time.

Because of the volatil­i­ty of the tech indus­try my pri­or com­pa­ny, RockYou let go about half of their staff and being one of the last ones hired I end­ed up being one of the ones laid off. I end­ed up with my new com­pa­ny VMware short­ly after. I’ve been here for a lit­tle over three years work­ing in the Cloud Automation Engineering group.

The spe­cif­ic group that I work for works on a prod­uct that basi­cal­ly installs appli­ca­tions into a cloud. Seems sim­ple but when you con­sid­er that most cloud appli­ca­tions are run­ning mul­ti­ple parts in mul­ti­ple vir­tu­al machines and that each one needs to be con­nect­ed to the oth­ers, instal­la­tion quick­ly gets com­pli­cat­ed. It may require installing one part up to a cer­tain point to get its con­nec­tion infor­ma­tion, paus­ing it, installing anoth­er part giv­ing it the con­nec­tion infor­ma­tion of the fist part, and then resum­ing the first part again with more infor­ma­tion. Multiply that sce­nario by 10 dif­fer­ent parts and things get tricky fast. But if it were easy then I would­n’t have a job. 😉

The prod­uct is vCloud Automation Center or vCAC.

Jul 09

New blog location

I just fin­ished mov­ing my blog from Blogger to my own host­ed site (carkees.net). I was­n’t going to get my own site but my wife want­ed to make some pic­tures and oth­er infor­ma­tion avail­able to oth­ers and to have our own site to show off our Halloween dis­play so I decid­ed to go ahead.

For bet­ter or worse I went with host mon­ster. I can’t remem­ber why because I reg­is­tered the domain and cre­at­ed the site months ago but just now got around to set­ting it up. So far every­thing has worked well. I made one call to their ser­vice desk and got through to a live per­son in under one minute. She was very help­ful and did every­thing that I asked (which basi­cal­ly meant recre­at­ing my account because I had messed some­thing up ;-). So far I’m hap­py and the rates seemed rea­son­able.

I decid­ed that if I’m going to have my own site I might as well host my own blog so I moved every­thing over from Blogger (prob­a­bly the sim­plest move I’ve ever been involved in).

Still no one knows about this blog but that’s OK as I was­n’t ready for them any­way. Once I get up to blog­ging more than once a month (or year) we’ll see what we can do.

Mar 13

My Pig Ripley Part III

Well its a mir­a­cle. Everything seems to be OK now. All of the prob­lems have just dis­ap­peared. One day she’s in pain and dis­com­fort the next she’s run­ning around and play­ing like a young pig. No more shots!! She’s gained back every­thing that she had lost and is as far was we can tell com­plete­ly fine. No lumps, no can­cer, no infec­tions, no cysts, noth­ing.

What a relief but I real­ly wish that it had hap­pened soon­er and that I did­n’t need to put her through all of the pain. Sometimes hav­ing pets sucks but then you see them play­ing and you think that maybe it was worth it.

Jan 13

My Pig Ripley Part II

The last month has been stress­ful for Ripley and us. She start­ed to have prob­lems going pot­ty so we took her in again and they decid­ed that she need­ed to have a hys­terec­to­my because of the can­cer. So they did and when they had her open they dis­cov­ered that all of the growths that had been there before were gone. The only thing left was a sin­gle lump which had moved. According to the vet can­cer does­n’t move. So he bioposied the lump (and her blad­der which I’m not hap­py about) and fin­ished the oper­a­tion.

So the tests are back and she does­n’t have can­cer. Yay! But now we don’t know what has been the prob­lem for the last few months which means we were treat­ing the wrong things! I’ve been giv­ing her shots three times a week and I prob­a­bly did­n’t need to. Now because of the pot­ty thing we need to give her sub­cu­ta­neous flu­ids. More shots! Argh! I feel so bad for her because she does­n’t under­stand. All she knows is that it hurts. When we go to give her the shots she gives us this look like “why dad?’ It’s break­ing my heart.

It would be so much eas­i­er if she act­ed sick. Except for the dis­com­fort at the time she goes pot­ty she is hap­py, perky, and loves to run around. And then I have to pick her up and give her a shot. She no longer likes me because of this which is also painful. I just want her to be hap­py. She’s so sweet and inno­cent.

Dec 19

My Pig Ripley

RipleyThis is my guinea pig Ripley. Unfortunately she is dying. She has can­cer. The last few months have been hard on my wife and I as well as Ripley. She is hap­py and acts nor­mal­ly about 95% of the time which makes us hap­py but the oth­er 5% is unpleas­ant. The can­cer metas­ta­sized from her ovaries though out her body and has begun to affect her uri­nary tract and intestines. Every time she has to pee or poo it caus­es her dis­com­fort. Sometimes it seems very painful. To top it off we have to give her antibi­ot­ic shots three times a week to hold off infec­tions brought on by the caner invad­ing her sys­tem.

So what do we do? Do we look at it as she’s most­ly hap­py and do the best we can to make her remain­ing time as enjoy­able as pos­si­ble or do we say that she should­n’t suf­fer and that she should be put to sleep?

When is the dis­com­fort too much? Deciding the fate of a poor inno­cent and unaware ani­mal seems wrong but if we don’t who will? The thought of her dying in agony is unac­cept­able yet I don’t want to short­en the bright points. I real­ly don’t want to make this deci­sion and yet I don’t know of any­one I would trust to pass this respon­si­bil­i­ty on to.