Work Backed Up

     I am behind in pretty much everything including sending account expiration notices.

     In March I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  At the time the only symptom I had was mild burning in my feet but after they started treatment it turned in to frequent body-wide from the neck down burning hell.  Also allodynia where touch becomes pain.

     This varies in intensity quite a bit.  Some days pain is minimal and I am pretty functional, others it makes sleep impossible until it’s light out again.

     If you call in the morning and I am unavailable, this is likely why.  In that case please do leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.

     I have made great progress in getting my blood glucose down.  I’ve gone from an A1C value of 13.5% to 8.4% in two months.  My doctor said this is quite possibly the fastest reduction he has ever seen.  So I’m making progress.  I am working towards getting it down to 6.7% or below at which point hopefully my nerves will begin to heal.  That is a very slow process as nerves grow about a millimeter per month.

     In the meantime I am working with doctors to better manage my neuropathy pain and improve my functionality and struggling to catch up with work.  So please be patient with me, I’m not ignoring you, just a bit overwhelmed with health issues.

Old Shell Server Up

     The old SunOS 4.1.4 server, ““, is back up.  There is a bug in SunOS where sometimes the kernel will continue to operate and service things like ping but will not schedule time to user tasks any longer.  It was stuck in that state.  The only way to fix that is to reboot. Unlike the virtual machines, the only way to do that if I can’t login is to drive down to the facility.  That was made fun by 3-out-of-4 lines of I-90 being closed.  Thank you Washington Department of Transportation!


Old Shell Server Down

     The old “” shell server is currently down.  It is in a state where I can ping it but can not login.  I will need to make a trip to the co-location facility to correct this so it will be several hours.  In the meantime, all of the Linux based servers are up and available for your use.



     OwnCloud is presently down and is in the process of being upgraded to version 9.0.2.

     Owing to the upgrade to PHP7 before upgrading OwnCloud, it was not possible to do this in a graceful manner so a complete re-install is necessary.  I am still getting basic things like authentication working.  Please be patient.

Out of Office 11:30AM – 1:30PM

     I’ll be out of the office from about 11:30AM to about 1:30PM to get a workout in.  Need this to fight diabetic neuropathy.  Had my first workout in 7+ years yesterday and had my first good nights sleep in about three weeks.  Also had second lowest fasting and after meal blood sugar levels since I started measuring so I know my body really needs these.


     The counter problem seems to have mysteriously fixed itself.  Disabling and re-enabling the PHP plugin then clearing the cache got things working again.


osTicket PHP 7 – No Joy

     Our ticketing system was broken with the upgrade to PHP 7.  We’ve been using osTicket. Their documented requirements are PHP 5.3 and up, well, PHP 7 is “and up”, but their code is not “and up to it” just yet.  I tried the very most recent release candidate, still doesn’t work under PHP 7.

     So I’m looking for a new ticket system that is PHP 7 compliant.  Any suggestions appreciated, send to

Web Server Bogged Down

     Something put a high load on the web server this morning to the point where I was unable to login and even investigate.  Upon rebooting operation returned to normal.

     The fact that this happened on a Saturday just like after I upgraded to Ubuntu 16.04, and at about the same time, has me wondering now if the same thing that happened today didn’t happen then and it wasn’t just coincidence that I had upgraded to 16.04.


    Our counter is broken at the moment because the php code plugin for WordPress that allows PHP code to be executed in our page was broken by an update. We are awaiting a fix.