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Blog Published on 21 February 2015 Hits: 202

First off hope everyone has survived this insanely crazy Winter thus far. It's been  cold and snowy here in southern Indiana.  But so far we are making it thru. I'm a little sad to say we got snowed in and have missed Indy B-sides this weekend , but my little short range Ford ranger was able to brave our long driveway enough to get to the market at least so that's something..

 

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A few changes with Pricing and  services availability will be happening this year. Some stuff is going to go up, this is largely due to inflation. I have also decided to remove web design from my list of services, I feel it's more headache then it's really worth. I'll keep my current clients, but I will not be accepting any new ones. Unless it's  a very well defined simple project, I can not comfortably offer any fully integrated or e-Commerce websites , they take too much out of me and just managing the ten I have now is too much to add to the workload. 

Unlesss it's  a very well defined simple project, I can not comfortably offer any fully integrated or e-Commerce websites , they take too much out of me and just managing the ten I have now is too much to add to the workload. 

I would like to step up my  graphic design projects, Logo's, business cards, and print projects. These are fun and I feel I can deliver with a quality and  speed that I am satisfied with . 

I had some pretty neat project already delivered for 2015, A good friend is launching a new venture I'm happy to of been able to design his logo :)

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Bsides Indy and Nashville have and will e kicking off soon, and as stated in the last post, Circle City Con is gearing up get your tickets now for these  more intimate mid-Western infoSec conventions. 

 

 

Also I started a Tumblr blog for my artworks  here, please feel free to follow me there, and at my Deviant art account.  They will be up as I  rework this site, in a migration,  I'm still deciding if I'm going to go Joomla 3 or just redo the whole thing from scratch. to be honest I like the CMS functionality, but I'm not sure if it's work  getting burned by a forced migration again.. 

Welp Long time no update

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Blog Published on 06 February 2015 Hits: 190

Ok, we've been down for a while, and it's been a crazy winter season.

The good news is that I was able to complete a few fun Projects, some T-shirt, Logo, Print  and Webdesign for upcoming , and now past HackerCons. 

If you haven't signed up yet. Please check out,

 

B-Sides Indy
February 21, 2015
Indianapolis, IN
 
 
 
 
B-Sides Nashville 
April 11, 2015
Nashville TN
 
 
 
 
 Circle City Con
June 12, 2015
 Indianapolis, IN
 

Did a bunch of beautiful Ornaments , Painted Cookies that was a bit of trial and error.

Next year round ones only and I need to invest in Cookie Tins. 

 

 


The Bad news is the cascade of insanity that started the end of October, Matt also lost his job..

My hosting Company was sold. :/

I wish him all the best, but I really loved the people I was with and the person he sold it too sadly didn't live up to his promises. Things started going haywire, downtime increased

Things started going haywire, downtime increased ect. I hate downtime.  Everyone who hosts under me was moved  to a new hosting company at Christmas. I then a found out a week later the ticket that  claimed they had re-pointed the DNS didn't actually get done. So we had to have all the domains pushed to our register so I now have full control of the back end, to a degree.  I've always used semi-managed hosting that way if something goes wrong with the server I have upstream accountability if I am on another job and can not get to it. I know someone can jump in and fix it quickly. We have moved away from that model I now have control and yes I have good people I design, my Husband engineers. 

I hate downtime.

 Everyone who hosts under me was moved  to a new hosting company at Christmas. I then a found out a week later the ticket that  claimed they had re-pointed the DNS didn't actually get done. So we had to have all the domains pushed to our register so I now have full control of the back end, to a degree.  I've always used semi-managed hosting that way if something goes wrong with the server I have upstream accountability if I am on another job and can not get to it. I know someone can jump in and fix it quickly. We have moved away from that model I now have control and yes I have good people I design my Husband engineers, I will add an about us page, virtually we have it covered.. virtually.. any way I'll get to that in a second.

Once transfers were complete I thought I might get a little breathing room to work on a Commercial project. I normally don't like doing eCommerance websites for less than $15,000.00 there is a reason for this. They are an immense amount of work, more than most clients or small businesses really appreciate. websites can take months to get to behave just right and often I work with clients who aren't tech savvy and I have to do a lot of set up and content creation and populating. The other issue with eCommercice is *Things go wrong all the time*, I have to figure out coding and ways to keep the costs down , and a lot of the e-commerce backbones require very expensive plugins that Clients do not want to pay for. 

Well things don't always go as a planned, I took a job for a friend,  I thought we had worked out a happy medium that would allow us to do everything he needed with a smaller package, that ran on a simpler CMS with only a few lower cost plugins. and all was going well.. Untill the CMS we were using decided that they were discontinuing support for that version to force everyone over to their new version.. the version I had chosen not o use because NONE of the plugins or  packages I needed to use had migrated to it yet. :/

and all was going well.. Untill the CMS we were using decided that they were discontinuing support for that version to force everyone over to their new version.. the version I had chosen not o use because NON of the plugins or  packages I needed to use had migrated to it yet. :/

Now a lesson is what it's like to work in IT during mercury Retrograde.  To sum it up, it is a three week span that occurs 3 to 4 times a year when mercury appears o travel backwards messing all your shit up, and taking Murphy's law to WHOLE new level..

The CMS we were using decided that they were discontinuing support for that version to force everyone over to their new version.. The version I had chosen not to use because NONE of the plugins or  packages I needed to use had migrated to it yet. :/ This is also why everyone is getting upgraded shortly, and I'm seriously considering going back to  highly customized responsive templates  straight outta Dreamweaver  vs, using a prepacked CMS for a lot of things. So another ARGH moment in January.. Well at least it was a fairly small store, only 50 products X 4 colors each. so not too terrible. and even though I shouldn't of I moved it to Magento... the very backbone that scares me to death.. Because Magento is a fickle, fickle thing. but i have learned that with my other Magento installs and know how to  work it so I'm only pulling HALF my hair out fixing Magento issues. and again.  1.7 is apparently a LOT better than previous installs although Magento connect is still buggy as hell, I di ok I got 90% of the store moved  was getting imaged and media set up even got it to behave with a color selector. and found they had integrated an UPS and Paypal plugin. ok good this might be ok!.. Then I tried to install a theme by following the directions. LOL... and Magento did, what Magento does. it crashed and burned horribly.. ( YAY for doing 4 backups ). so once I had that up and running took a day for other projects and got up at 4 AM to start back on it.

The WORSE POSSIBLE THING EVER HAPPENED .

At 4 am, none of my sites would load..I tried not to panic I figure ok, well maybe the VM just needs a reboot and it was a bad update of something. so I contacted my husband who had already left for work.  and Put in a ticket at the host. By 5:30 AM I start getting the angry emails. I don't like angry emails. I'm not really a hard ass, I kinda have some anxiety issues so even though I'm not a push over it doesn't mean I haven't had two panics attacks working up the courage to  tell you yes, or no, or how much something costs, I'm really a people pleaser type personality and as long as I'm not feeling like I'm getting walked on I'll do most anything to make it work and I HATE, hate, HATE, HaTE, it when

By 5:30 AM I start getting the angry emails. I don't like angry emails. I'm not really a hard ass, I kinda have some anxiety issues so even though I'm not a push over it doesn't mean I haven't had two panics attacks working up the courage to  tell you yes, or no, or how much something costs, I'm really a people pleaser type personality and as long as I'm not feeling like I'm getting walked on I'll do most anything to make it work and I HATE, hate, HATE, HaTE, it when there is something that is out of my control.

Also at this Time Matt had gotten to a location with good cell single and from his smart phone was diagnosing the issues, so we had both attempted communication with the server at that point, and failed. Eventually, we got a response back at 7 am out time that the motherboard had died. Their is nothing I can do about hardware.  That meant our contact at the data center had to find a replacement.  By that afternoon they were able to secure a new server to move the hard drive too,  but issues happened making transfer and things hard, every possible thing went wrong , and by the second night they were able to get everything reconfigured to have things up and running. This  was great for about 8 hours. then of course the hard drive

This  was great for about 8 hours. then of course the hard drive died. The tech was back at it, trying to do backups  or tweaks, I'm a data admin though and he wasn't so when I hear backup In my mind I assume he has CLONED the drive, not copy, pasted things from it out of a virtual machine.... so when it was back up, we had made plans to  do a second series of backups and  move to new hardware on Saturday when everyone was home and could review our options..  

My backups never happened because the drive crashed HARD Friday morning.

So of course we had to start from scratch which was ok for 90% of my clients, I had backups from the  previous move and very little was done to those sites.. but the last one.. The last one is the one fret the worst over. They are active and their stuff is down and I'm  in tears over this. So we  restored it the best we could off an older backup.  

I had the tech FedEX me the broken drive. It should of been here yesterday. It of course hasn't shown up yet.. so it's probly lost in the twisting nether somewhere.  Matt has been tasked with trying to restore from snapshots to a THIRD VM. I've only just gotten my personal site back up because everyone else comes first. 

For moving forward, we are buying space at another data center to set up weekly rsync backups of the VM. 

And Mercury Retrograde doesn't end until February 12th. 


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I also mentioned that I'm in Classes.

Matthew Drove the ambulance, Jeff assisted with Bagging and Chest compressions while they tag teamed. I did some bagging in transit to the Ambulance, but mostly  made sure the path was safe and helped with lift assist and paper work . But it was a rough situation. The Paramedic described rightfully so, that location as treacherous, way out in the country down a mile long washed out driveway, in the rain, with steps not attached to the trailer. moving a powered stretcher up and down was difficult, while not stopping CPR.  I got the truck back to the station then  picked them up at the hospital. I'm taking both Emergency Medical Responder, and Fire Fighter Module A, mandatory. Matta and I were actually part of a team that got a STEMI award for saving a ladies life right around Christmas. She died on our call after the paramedics had arrived and  we made it possible for them to save her. 

I also did my Fire Fighter ladders class this weekend , that was scary. I had to hang upside down from a fully extended 24 foot ladder on the TOP part. 

Matthew  started a new job  in January after being out of work since October, he travels to KY and is living their part time now, and  we are still doing a lot of catch up on bills.

I would like to take the security+ and Linux+ online training, but I haven't quite earned the $250.00  I need to buy the classes. I would Gladly accept sponsorship  for Art trade, or if you have any projects you need done that is what the next little bit of income will be going towards.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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