Monday, May 23, 2011

big fat storage in an extreme hurry!

This morning I posted a "tweet" and a picture [http://jcuff.us/mjic9f] of a box o' disk drives that arrived at the office:


By later on in the day our team email list was updated:

from      Chris Walker 
to        Research Computing Operations List
date      Mon, May 23, 2011 at 4:53 PM
subject   Re: [Rcops-list] storage *cough*

Mike, Jerry, and I just replaced all but the systems disks, no problem.  


Thursday, May 19, 2011

do you hate meetings? try iphone relay: there's an app for that!

Do you hate meetings?

Yeah, who doesn't right? They drag on, cease being relevant and gobble up huge amounts of time, effort and resources.

It is true these pesky meeting things really eat into our day. So we had a random idea here in research computing. We have a bi-weekly all hands style meeting to get and give updates to the team. We are a pretty diverse bunch. Ranging from bioinformatics specialists to systems engineering, hpc analysts and folks running large scale museum collections informatics, amongst others in software engineering and scientific application development. As much as we all love to talk about what we have done, there are times when things really do drag on a little (my good self being one of the main offenders!).

So we decided to try out our random idea. It works like this:

1.  Start the meeting on time!

2.  Set up an iphone clock timer for two minutes

3.  Each person holds on to the iphone 
    - then discusses their topic and gives their update

4.  When the timer runs out, or if complete: 
    - pass the iphone to the next person round the table

5.  That individual then resets the clock does their two minutes

6.  Repeat until all folks get their turn



[any opinions here are all mine, and have absolutely nothing to do with my employer]
(c) 2011 James Cuff