Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Review: Into the Wild

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. I seldom do this with any book, but I'm going to give up on this one half way through. This was a tale of some deranged young man who wandered around the back country trying to... do what I'm not sure --- find himself? Eventually he hikes into the tundra of Alaska without so much as a good pair of boots and, surprise, winds up dead. This is a fine story and would've made a good magazine article. But it gets stretched out into this tedious affair of comparing this nut job to every other nut job who ever lived off the land. A history of every John Muir wannabee that wound up dead. Not terribly interesting actually.

A guy from my last job loaned me this book. I need to get it back to him somehow. Interoffice mail isn't going to work. :-)

Monday, December 04, 2006

First Day

Survived my first day at RHD with only a minor headache. I actually got to solve an interesting technical problem. A new OWA server wasn't behaving. I found the problem related to back-end servers having different Exchange version than the front ends. See this article for the geeky details. It's nice to see already that the technology here is familiar and yet just different enough to be challenging. One thing I have to give RHD props for is their documentation. Excellent. I built a new server today. While installing Exchange was no big deal, their antivirus product was unfamiliar to me. No problem following the well-illustrated step-by-step instructions my predecessor left behind.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Black Creek Greenway

Found this greenway trail and rode my bike the complete 14 miles. Starts in Cary, goes out to the RDU overlook in Umstead state park and then over the new pedestrian bridge over 440, ending at Meredith.