Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Week so far

Howdy, checking in with unrelated news from several directions:

Work: Moodle 2 project is under way, tomorrow I meet with a learning advisor to choose his courses for the trial next Semester 1. Training plans are started, publicity will start soon so academics know what's coming. I've arranged training rooms in the Library. The first production servers are set up, but they still need some tweakery when Paul returns next month. Ongoing, as we say.

Work 2: our current Moodle 1.9 is getting some really embarrassing go-slow episodes. Web pages are taking 30 seconds to load, files don't save; an all round Bad Thing. I'm in all day contact with the IT server team about this, but so far we don't have an answer. We've changed the load balancing, put 2 servers back in the pool (we now have 5 web servers, 1 database, 1 files), but no joy. Next step is more RAM for all 5 front ends, from 4 to 8GB. It's witchcraft, though, we honestly don't know why servers are waiting so long for files, we're just trying everything we can think of - one thing at a time.

Work 3: We'll be moving to Level 5 of the James Hight (Library) building in Ocober, so the "decanted" Commerce people who have to leave Law have somewhere to go. In the meantime, students today held a good humoured demo about the merger of Law and Commerce. Jeez, I thought those departments were already joined at the hip.

House: This weekend we move everything out of the kitchen and the garage. Plans will evolve as we do it, I'm sure. Fletchers/EQR move in on Monday 17th for two weeks. We'll eat from the microwave and the barbecue.

Boat trailer: Minor rust dealt with by angle grinder and Zinc-It spray. Big rusty bits will be cut out and replaced next week. We'll be sailing in about 3 weeks.

Plans: We are going to a retirement seminar in December. I suspect they'll say "Too late!" but we'll see. Both of us are starting to see retirement as an option, I must say.

Biking: tomorrow and Friday.

That's all.

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