Office update: Drywall is up, mud work in progress

All the drywall has been installed.  They started “mud” work on Tuesday — where they fix all the little spots, like the screw holes and other imperfections.  With Thanksgiving on Thursday, they left a little early Wednesday, and one guy was in for a few hours on Friday.  Work will resume on Monday.

With any luck, they’ll be able to start painting on Tuesday or Wednesday!

New office: 1,200 feet of wire in 260 square feet

This time, I wanted to “do it right”.  So, I’m going to have two 15-amp circuits, one for each side of the office, with 4 outlets spaced every 4 feet or so.

There are 3 network lines and 4 phone lines, with outlets spaced every 6 feet.  I did cheap out and go with Cat 5e wire instead of Cat 6.  But I should be able to run Gigabit Ethernet everywhere in my office.

Four cables per outlet times 10 outlets works out to a LOT of wire.  1,200 feet, to be exact.  Not counting the ordinary power wiring…

Quayle Consulting begins expansion project

Construction started yesterday on a new space for Quayle Consulting operations.  The new space, approximately 300 square feet, will allow office and laboratory functions to be co-located.  The existing office area will continue for accounting and office management functions.

The new space will include an internal Gigabit Ethernet network, with connection to remainder of the existing facility.

We’re excited on finally getting started!  Pictures to follow…

Simplify, Simplify…

I started down the PC road with PC-DOS 1.0 — the first version of DOS, distributed by IBM. My mom owned a real IBM PC/XT, and I bought one of the first IBM PC/AT’s (serial number 356).

Over the years, Microsoft has come out with: MS-DOS, Windows 3.1 (I skipped this one), Wndows 3.11, Windows 95, Windows 98 (skipped), Millenium Edition (skipped), Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista (skipped).  Windows 7 will be out soon, it’s already in wide-spread beta.  Of course, the required hardware continues to grow exponentially.

I’ve “repurposed” cast-off Windows PC hardware to run Linux, starting with RedHat 5.  Most were HP Vectras dumped by CheckFree Corporation on their annual equipment refresh. The employees and I (I was a consultant) would drag them out of the dumpster and divide the spoils.  I now have a CentOS 5.3 system with 3 TB of storage running on a Dell XPS400.

About a month ago, my primary Windows XP system was freezing every few minutes.  I knew it was time to reinstall Windows and all my applications again.

Since I had to install something, I decided to Install CentOS instead.  I have a tiny Windows XP partition running under vmware because some software isn’t available for Linux, such as Sage Software’s ACT! and its sync software for my Palm phone.  I also have an application to track my time as a pilot for the Civil Air Patrol.

It hasn’t been easy — I still can’t scan on my HP printer from Linux.  And I haven’t found a Linux application that can do a good job editing PDF’s.  But, in all, it’s been a reasonable conversion.

The future?  No more re-installs for me.  Maybe I can eliminate that Windows partition someday…

“That’s Why I’m Here”

I’ve begun to say, “That’s why I’m here” when people thank me for just doing my job. Most people are surprised when I say it. A company can issue a mission statement, but a company really needs people who are on a mission,

One of my goals is to make a reasonable income with which to support my family. That truly is the reason I’m here. Yes, my wife and kids would survive without me, but I’m here to love and support them. And, in return, I receive their love and support.

I believe that supporting my clients will provide that reasonable income and more.

Now, ask yourself, why are you here?