Friday, August 21, 2009

Back From Vacation and Man do I feel great.

For the first time ever I took a two-week vacation. How can a person who has 100s of database servers, 100s of web servers, and a system that supports 100K tps across 20 TB of data is able to take a vacation? Easy, I have a great team that is very competent in managing the platform by following our cookbook routines and guidelines for new application interaction with the databases.

Where did I go? I went to NYC-stayed in Tribeca and only ate Pizza, Hotdogs, White Castle and Hala Food from vendors that are nearly on every street corner. I also lost 6 pounds! After three months of half-ass dieting to prepare for my Pizza diet, who would have known that just going for it was the key to success! How did I do it? Well, first I walked to Little Italy, bought 2-4 slices, ate them, and then walked around the city. That is it. As a Database Dude, I do not do much walking except for when I am too tired to run on the treadmill for 20 mins. I was averaging around 10 miles a day for a 12-hour period walking around NYC taking pictures, enjoying the sites, eating, drinking, and then repeat. I even walked from Canal Street all the way to the Staten Island Ferry just because. Man it was great.
After NYC, I went to Puerto Rico for the second time. My family and I had a freaking awesome time. We went to the only US National Park that is a Rain Forest. Went to Vieques to the Bio Luminous Bay, where the single cell organisms light up when kinetic energy is applied to them. Went to Culebra, to Flamenco Beach – which is off the hook: much better than any other beach I have been to. Drove around the entire Main Puerto Rican Island stopping off in Rincon and eating every 3-4 hours.
I am fully rested and feel like a 20 year old again. So, expect a lot more posts. I think the order will be:

Migrate 20 TB of data into a new Format without downtime.
How to make Friend Queries work with a database.
Throughput increase from Asynchronous Queries.


kellan said...

And you didn't drop a line while you were in town? Tho in truth life is so crazy this month probably wouldn't have mattered.

We loved Vieques when we were there in 2002. Glad to hear its still great, be great to get back some day.

Anonymous said...

Why do you need a whole team to manage the number of servers you have? One competent person can manage a few thousand servers with time to spare each day.

Dathan Vance Pattishall said...

@kellan sry dude was so busy. I did think of you though :)

@anonymous - I use to think just like you then realized that I can do better work when I am rested. So, since other people want to be rested as well, we take turns handling pages. One person a week.

Anonymous said...

Nothing like the luminosity of single-celled organisms to put spring back in your step!

Though the sabrets would've been enough to do it for me...