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A sad baseball night.
Friday, September 30, 2005
Both the Astros and the Yankees lost last night. Going into the 8th it was tied 1-1. The Cubs scored 1 and Berkman answered back for the Astros with a 2 run shot. I watched Lidge stroll in and went ahead and moved toward the entrance where I came in behind home and watched him pitch from there. I thought for sure it was over with Lidge in but he gave up 2 runs and the Astros fell 4-3.

As for the Yanks, I pretty much just got to see the scoreboard on the left field wall but between one of the innings I got up and found a TV showing a lot of the games and got to watch Wang load the bases and Boston go up 5-1 in that inning. Jeter hit a 2 run shot the next inning and no more runs scored and the Yanks lost 5-3.

Both teams only have 2 games left and for the NL - either the Astros or the Phillies are going to get the Wild Card spot. The Astros have a 1 game lead so if they win these last 2 games, they're in. The Yanks and Red Sox are tied for 1st in the AL East. If both teams win 1 of the remaining 2, the Yanks would win the East because they would have won the season series against Boston 10-9. Both teams right now are 1 game ahead of the Indians for the Wild Card spot so depending on what the Indians do against the White Sox, the Wild Card is either going to go to the loser of the Yanks - Red Sox or to the Indians. I can't remember a more down to the wire finish for any baseball season.
posted by David Jones @ 10:23 PM   0 comments
Arrived in Houston
Today starts my week off from work. Made it to Houston without any problems (the traffic here though...wow). I have a friend down here getting her Master's in Genetics and it'll be nice to see her some while I'm down here. Tonight I'm heading out to watch former Yankee Andy Pettitte pitch against the Cubs and tomorrow we're going to see my favorite baseball player and former Yankee, Roger Clemens, take the mound for what might be his last regular season game. VERY excited about the two games.

Sunday I'll be flying out of Houston for Orlando and going to Disneyworld with 8 family members. It'll be an enjoyable week off (especially if the Yanks hold off the Sox) and it'll be very nice to get away from work for awhile.
posted by David Jones @ 4:48 PM   0 comments
Racquetball redemption
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Tonight was the first night Geoff and I have been able to actually both have time to go play some racquetball in a month. With work, the place we go play at the University being closed while getting ready for the new semester and some other things that have come up - it's kept us away too long. Last time we played I got owned and really wanted to put up a better showing tonight. I think I did. Went 2 for 3, with the scores being 15-5, 15-10, 5-15. The last game my returns were horrid and he got a lot of easy points. Hopefully it won't be another month before we get a chance to get some more games in.
posted by David Jones @ 10:44 PM   0 comments
Roger Clemens (can you say "eight-time Cy Young winner")
ESPN article.

I think a lot of the voters were wanting to be able to vote for Clemens - with him being 43, having an incredibly low ERA and still having a good record even with the extreme lack of run support he gets - and I think they now have that little push to do just that. My sympathy and prayers go out to him and his family.
posted by David Jones @ 10:30 PM   3 comments
Sports weekend
Sunday, September 11, 2005
We took 2 of 3 from Boston this weekend. Today's game was close - Giambi hit a solo shot in the 1st and the final score was 1-0. Each team allowed 3 hits so not much offense going in the game. I'm glad the Big Unit was able to have a nice outing again. Lately he seems to be pitching like what we expected when getting him in the offseason. We're only down 3 games now but the bad news is we go to play against Tampa Bay who we are a terrible 5-11 against this year and who are 24.5 games out of first. One would think we'd be better than 5-11 against them.

On a side note, the Dolphins won their opener against the Broncos 34-10 while the Titans got killed by the Steelers 34-7. It was ugly. Vandy beat Arkansas to go up 2-0 on the year (the world is coming to an end) and Notre Dame made Michigan look terrible as well. Lots of upsets in the college football world - which makes it that more fun.
posted by David Jones @ 3:41 PM   0 comments
Space: Above and Beyond
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
I'm normally not a big fan of television shows, preferring movies over tv, but there are a few shows out there I like. I've watched the Prison Break episodes so far and, while it's no 24, it could turn out to be a really good show. Smallville is another along with The Simpsons, of course, and ones likes NewsRadio (gotta be my favorite and can't wait for the rest of the seasons on dvd), Seinfeld and the first few seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

There's also been a few short-lived ones I really liked such as Andy Richter Controls the Universe and two from back in the mid-late 90s; Roar (which you can catch on the Sci-Fi channel) and Space: Above and Beyond.

I remember watching Space: Above and Beyond with my dad back when I was a sophomore in High School. I had mostly forgotten about the show until channel surfing one day during my last year or two in college and the Sci-Fi channel on Thursday's would have a mini-marathon of it showing 3-4 episodes back-to-back. I've been waiting for it to come out on dvd ever since and would do a google search every so often to see if I could find any info about it coming out but could never find anything but rumors. Thus my surprise when looking through a Best Buy add I saw that it came out today. Being a good fan, I had to go pick it up and while there I also had to get the newest Dragonball Z movie - can't believe I'm addicted to that cartoon...

Anyway, can't wait to start watching Space: Above and Beyond because I never saw the last few episodes to see how the show ended. Hopefully it won't be a let down as it has years of hype to live up to. I think most Sci-Fi fans would enjoy it so check the link above and maybe you could always find it to rent to check it out.
posted by David Jones @ 10:14 PM   0 comments
MLB 2005 - update
Monday, September 05, 2005
A starter finally lost a game for me. Mussina got shelled by the Indians giving up 2 runs and then a grand slam to Matt Lawton. The offense tried to keep me in the game but Moose gave up a few more runs and the bullpen couldn't keep it close and I lost by 4. Making that the 2nd game I've lost. Moose's next outing he pitched a 7 hit shutout. 2 games later Vazquez (who the Yanks never should have gotten rid of - unless it was to get Clemens back) gave up 4 hits and 1 run in the first inning. He went the next 7 giving up 2 hits and striking out 8. Contreras just went 7.1 scoreless innings before giving up a run and picking up the win to bring my record up to 132-2. 28 more games of the regular season for me before the Playoffs.

The real Yanks took 2 of 3 from Oakland this weekend, which moves them 1 game up in the Wildcard race but still leaves us 3.5 games back of Boston for the East. We're 7-6 against Boston this year and still have 6 games with them which might determine the AL East champ. I think we could take 4 of the 6 but that still wouldn't give us the lead unless we can close the gap before those 6 games.
posted by David Jones @ 12:15 AM   0 comments
Domino moves to eServer i5 520 box!
Sunday, September 04, 2005
As of Friday I officially have everything moved over to our new 520 server. We did have our servers running Domino & LEI 6.5.4 on an iSeries 810 running V5R3. We were running 2 company's Domino servers as partioned servers, which wasn't bad but not effective for maintenance work, especially with our main business application also residing on the same LPAR as those 2 servers. Now we have 3 LPARs; 1 for each Domino server and 1 for the business system.

There were quite a few headaches in the move and several of them could have been avoided had I read some documentation instead of making an assumption. Shame on me - BUT, lesson learned. The assumption I made was that our new 520 box, running V5R3 as well, would need no additional software to make Domino & LEI 6.5.4 to work. This is not the case.

I had upgraded Domino and LEI from 6.5.1 to 6.5.4 in mid-July due to a lot of server issues that had sprung up from seemingly nowhere. I don't even think the IBM support people had a clue as to what caused our problems. 6.5.4 didn't fix it due to some issues with LEI but eventually we got everything worked out and the server quit crashing. When I did this upgrade we were still on V5R2 but shortly after upgraded our OS to V5R3 and everything worked great. This is why I assumed we wouldn't need anything additional to get it to work on the new box but installing LEI 6.5.4 on V5R3 requires 2 additional licensed programs; 5722SS1 (option 33), which will be on your OS cds, and 5799PTL - which is free but you have to order it.

I called up our IBM business partner and got the program ordered early Monday morning and asked to get it to us as fast as possible. The cd arrived sometime on Thursday so I went downtown that afternoon to get the program installed and get LEI up and running. I put the cd in our drive and after a few seconds, the drive ejects the disc. I put it back in, a few seconds later it gets ejected again. I checked the bottom for scratches or anything that might cause the drive to not read the disc but don't see anything so I try again. Same results. I'm fairly frustrated at this point seeing as how the LEI jobs haven't been running all week and the disc took 4 days to get here and I don't want to have to wait for a new disc to arrive.

I put the disc in my laptop and it reads it fine. Try it back in the 520 drive and it spits it back out. I try cleaning the disc but it doesn't help. I started getting rather angry but then realized we still had the 810 and maybe that drive could read it and I could just install it on the 810 and save the program to tape and restore from tape to get it on the 520. Put it in the 810 drive and it reads it fine. Instead of saying "Great, I can get this installed now", I give in to my stubborness and go back to trying to get it to work on the 520 drive. (I had already had numerous issues with the tape drives and bad backups - tape drives and I don't get along.)

Needless to say, it never worked on the 520 drive and eventually I decided installing on the 810 was the only way to go. So I put the disc back in the 810 drive and after a few seconds it ejects the disc like the 520 was doing. After trying to get the disc to read about 20 times, it finally stays in the drive and I get it installed on the 810. Back the program up to tape and restore on the 520 without a problem. I had a few issues with the IE/VNC part of the installation process but eventually that gets worked out and LEI installs without another problem. The entire migration took almost a week but finally got this part of the completed - just have to install it all again when our other 520 box comes in for the clustered environment in a few weeks. Yippee.
posted by David Jones @ 1:57 PM   3 comments
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