I’ve had a heavy workload for the past few weeks which means work has been quite hectic — and the reason why I’ve not been online in the evenings of late — but today was particularly ridiculous.
Within 10 minutes of getting into work, I had a dead system on my hands. The Dell we use for our internal job/client/supplier management system had managed to corrupt itself. To be honest, it’d been giving system errors since I started nearly 2 years ago so it’s done well to hang on this long, but it couldn’t have picked a worse moment to bomb out on me.
I managed to get into Windows and recover data, so only time was lost, but I can’t believe it took me most of the day to get it back into a fit state. I spent a good hour trying to figure out how I was going to get the right drivers without a) knowing the individual hardware component info and b) no working ‘net (because the network adapter wasn’t configured) only to discover that Dell has an excellent driver/support system. I entered in the service tag and got the full list of drivers despite the system being plenty old. Well impressed there.
Reinstalling XAMPP was quick and painless as ever, but the SQL backup was so large it kept timing out. In the end I managed to split it up into chunks and get everything back in that way, but God knows I wish I’d remembered about BigDump.
On top of all that, I managed to injure myself 4 times. I smacked my arm on the door of a colleagues car, and my knee on the dashboard (low dash, long legs). I then cracked my head on the underneath of my desk as I was plugging my KVM back in, and as I instinctively pulled my away from the desk I walloped the side of my face/eye into the corner of my PC. I seem to have escaped the black eye, thankfully.
I need a holiday, and vodka. Not necessarily in that order.