with vacations like this, who needs work?

I took a day off today to get some stuff done around the house, and to put some new drives in the server that hosts this blog, among other wonders.

Once we got into the server hosting space, which was mildly exciting, things went downhill in a hurry:

I had 4 drives in my backpack, and 4 drives in the machine, but only capacity for 6 drives of this size (3.5″). I did not have the right kind of screwdriver to manipulate the front panel of the machine — and to fit the 5th and 6th drives, even, I would have to remove the CD-ROM and media-bay stuff. And get more sleds.

While I was removing the CD-ROM, and discovering that the chassis probably wanted an adapter of sorts to enjoy these new drives at all, I managed to stick my left pinky a little into the whirling maw of pain that is a chassis fan. That little mother was really spinning, because the impact sent a blade flying off the fan, and sent me to St. Mike’s to get a tetanus shot and have a doctor inspect my now-oddly-hamburger-like pinkytip.

So now I need:

  • 2 drive sleds,
  • possibly, some conversion kit to go from ’4 x 3.5″ drives plus media bay’ to ’6 x 3.5″ drives without media bay” on a Dell Poweredge 2950,
  • two new chassis fan modules,
  • someone to work the shift, control and command keys on my computer for a little while,
  • a picture of the blood spatter on the sticker that says “don’t put your finger in here when the power’s on, moron”.

And I’m totally going to need another day off at some point soon, after this mess.

(Oh, I also lost my book somewhere today, possibly at lunch, so I had to buy another copy.)