Monday, December 08, 2008

Waiting Books

I have a big list of books to read. Most of the books are sitting in piles around my study. Waiting to be read. Waiting to be picked up and read. Mostly just waiting.

Recent acquisitions include:

The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All by Peter Linebaugh.

The Captive Mind by Czeslaw Milosz.

Terrorism and Communism by Leon Trotsky with a preface by H N Brailsford and foreword by Slavoj Zizek.

Getting round to reading them. Slowly. Reading.

Test Department

Last weekend we went to London. In Rough Trade in Brick Lane we rediscovered Test Department's soundscape "The Unacceptable Face of Freedom".

I saw them do an Anti Apartheid Benefit in Wolverhampton in February 1987. They could only do an afternoon gig. That it snowed and there was a demo in town protesting the police killing of Clinton McCurbin in Next meant there were only about 20 people who braved the demo and the weather to see the band. They had the brilliant Sarah-Jane Morris guesting on vocals. Still one of the best gigs I have ever been to.

Here's some Test Department, but not from The Unacceptable Face of Freedom.

Couldn't get the sound to work. If you get any sound do let me know.

Stuckism in IT

Stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues again, or stuck trying to move a 240 gig database from an AIX server to a Windows server.

It's depressing doing a cross platform migration of Oracle databases especially where the table that's essential to our users is almost 200 gig and indivisible by design. And the export runs for two days and bombs out.

Our users only have to use the damn thing as a read only data source for 8 hours on Sunday while our computer centre temporarily has no power or communication links. And the pace of the export is like a sleeping tortoise walking through mud.

The reasons we have to struggle to put our production system on a Windows box and not use our disaster recovery site are too technical to list here but forward planning and infrastructure development are two reasons.

Sometimes I hate technology. The sheer monotony of it. Waiting. Try again. Fail again. Fail Better. And our emergency duty team of social workers will have an application to work with on sunday.