By Alanc-Oracle on Sep 13, 2004
Had relatives in town this weekend, so we went to places that, even though they're a short drive, we only get around to visiting when visitors come - The Tech Museum of San Jose, San Francisco's House of Prime Rib, and Oakland's classic Fenton's ice cream parlor. It was a nice break from the usual routine and hectic pace at work.
Of course, I wasn't completely idle this weekend - I worked all weekend long, or rather got work done. We're moving to a new lab and consolidating our servers to a new machine, so while we were out and about, I had file system transfers running between the old machine and new, thanks to the magic of VPN. I started them in the morning before leaving and moved on to the next round when we got home. Managed to reduce the server downtime for this to just a couple of days, most of which no one was working anyway. (We could have done better if we needed to, but this worked out as about the right balance between the effort we were willing to put in to reduce the amount of time and the pain we were willing to suffer from the downtime.)