So everyone is aware that our daylight savings time changes are different this year than last right? Three weeks earlier for the spring and three weeks later for the Fall. Why? Because GW had someone tell him that would save energy and make him look like a hero. Or some such shit.
What I'd like to know from any of my tech savvy, obsessive compulsive types (I'm looking at you, d2leddy
*grin*) is whether anyone has done a cursory cost analysis on the amount of money it's costing US companies to patch all the systems that are not aware of President Moron's decree. I wonder how much we'll be "saving" in energy costs vs. how much we're spending to make all our computers deal with it. I know that we're having to shoehorn in at least a week or more of work to try to patch all our systems - Solaris primarily - and all our applications to deal well with the change. We've got several services that rely on keeping their time synchronized to function correctly, so not only do we need to patch our NTP servers, DB servers, fileservers, etc, but we will have to investigate whether we need to patch our the host of applications that run on those servers - Oracle, web apps, Java containers, and on and on... just to deal with this stupid stupid stupid change.
I've got so much to do on my plate it's not even funny and this particular task makes me stabby.
It doesn't help that my perspective is uber-skewed after being on call this week. Whether it was Mercury in Retrograde, my own negative, hateful thoughts about the company or just random chance, every little funky problem that could possibly come up did. Mercury is especially high on my shit list because all the problems had to do with miscommunications. Monitoring applications not seeing things they should, network connections failing, e-mail problems, synchronization problems, etc... each one more random than the last and 90% of them being things that no one else in our company has a clue on how to fix.
Tonight, and for the next 14 days, I'm not on call. If things calm down a bit at the office, I should be recovered from this on call period by this time next week which will give me a week of relative sanity before I start again. We have apparently had an offer accepted for a Junior Sys Admin and are waiting to hear back from a Senior one - which would put us up to 4 people in our group instead of the 2 we've had for the last few months, but still not the 5 senior folks that we are allowed to have. It will get better, I know it will. But right now, I'm frazzed.