Lacey Endeavors

Originally posted at Which-Crafts

Lace Close-up

I know I have mentioned this to a few people in person, but I haven’t gotten around to mentioning this here.  Helen, Maria and I had a little run in with insanity last month. There is a really long and fairly amusing story  - but the long and short of it is that we are running a KAL (Knit-along.) It is a Lace knit along, not based around a specific pattern, just based around knitting lace for the summer.

We got started organizing it a little over a month ago, and already we have a pile of sponsors and prizes (Helen has done an awesome job procuring these for us.)  We have a Ravelry group and a Blog and I am pretty excited about how it is all coming together. Its called Seasons of Lace - and if you are interested you are welcome to join us!

Even though I am Mod there, I am really quite the lace newbie. I have 2 lace projects on the needles right now. One of them I am doing in my own made up pattern - but I am not very far along on that one. This one is someone else’s pattern and is the one that i am working on primarily.

This is the Strangling Vine Lace Scarf. I got off to a rocky start, there is a bit of a discrepancy between the written pattern, and the chart. But once I worked it all out and put some stitch markers in everything smoothed right out.

I am knitting it in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool - which I love love love! I bought this yarn to be Aibhlinn, but after I started knitting, it really was just about the most boring thing ever - and you needed to pay just enough attention to it that it wasn’t even “mindless” knitting. So Riiiiip! Its been a few thing in between, but now its found its happy match.

Its time for the Craft Circle with the Really Long Name

Originally posted at Which-Crafts

Its that time again!

Craft day is this Saturday - May 24, 2008.
Time: 1pm till ya’all go home
Place: My living room - if you need instructions please email me at web at alyse daht org
What to bring: Yourself, your brain and mouth (we like to talk), your craft project, your sense of humor . . . All people and craft projects are welcome (invite a friend!) - scrapbooking, knitting, crocheting, beading, origami, programming, cross-stitching, spinning, furniture re-finishing etc. We’ve seen it all! If your project requires a table, let me know, and I’ll have one setup for you.
What to bring take 2: A food item to share, craft day is also a bit of a potluck
What I provide: A Pet free, but not dust free environment, many chairs and couches to sit upon and generally good compay. I’ll have fresh bread (home-made) and probably cheese and a few other things. I provide water and a random assortment of soda for drinking. There is also generally someone who can help with knitting and crocheting projects.

If you hang around for dinner, we’ll probably order in.

Please come, and bring your friends, just RSVP to let me know how many to expect!

More information on my house and events at my house, and directions available at my home page.

Looking for Advice about Backups

I am now doing quite a bit of the IT work for my office, and one of my first important orders of business is to setup a backup plan - because there isn't one. Unfortunately I am a little out of the loop on these things, and most of the info I am finding on the internet relates to situations much larger than ours or much smaller than ours. So i am going to put a bunch of details under the cut and I hope that someone out there might have some advice. We have 2 servers both are Windows Small Business Server 2003. We don't have host mail, or anything databased that needs a special agent. Server #1 has about 200GB of space and about 30GB are currently used. Currently the only thing we keep there are administrative documents. After I have a backup schema, we are hoping to use up quite a bit more with a stockphoto library. Server #2 (RAID) 1TB. Most of it used. This is where we keep our project files. Many of them don't change regularly, but some projects are quite large and take up a lot of space. Backups for us are about Disaster Recovery - we do long term file archiving on Optical Media and store disks in fire safes. We want to be able to take our backups off-site fairly easily. I was thinking a monthly rotation and a weekly rotation. But we don't really need longevity in the backups. We are concerned about the amount of time it will take to back up our 1TB+ . Our window to run the backup can frequently be quite small, as people are often working late, and coming in early. We also have a much smaller concern as to and how much time it might take to restore a file that needed to be replaced. Speed is frequently of the essence here. Any ideas, thoughts or things I need to look out for? thanks!!

Ruby / Ruby on Rails?

Does anyone out there know anything about Ruby and or Ruby on Rails? The last programming I really did was so long ago that there are more than 1 set of double digits between me and that long ago age. But now I have a few projects that have been nagging at me, and I keep hearing good things about ruby, and I am very fond of some of the web applications that I have seen programmed in it. I have a sneaking suspicion that most people take on Ruby after many years of programming in other platforms. Is there a way in for a newbie?