Decided to post only when I've got something to say about technical stuff because I figured I was helping make the signal:noise bung.
So the first step was getting Perl for windows (yep, still no Linux on the box... don't ask) - which took 3 days to get because I have a slow link which drops out for no apparent reason after a random period of time.
I feel like I'm living in the stone ages and trying to speak with people who travel the stars.
And I still have nothing to offer in terms of code...arg.
A funny thing happened to me at ...
... one of my client sites yesterday. We have a box we've been trying to get going for waaay too long. It was finally at a point yesterday where I could restore the data to it from an IDR backup tape and voila! So I'm talking to the install guy who's very proud of what he's done, including taking a test backup of the newly installed OS.
He replies: "The _new_ machine".
Calmly (as panic rises in my heart) "Yes, I know what you backed up _from_ - what media did you back it up _to_ ???"
"Oh, the tape that was next to the drive".
That would be my clearly marked recovery tape! Marked on the tape, on the box and the data itself is labelled. He had to "ok" the overwrite which (if the Alerts list is to be believed) _also_ clearly labelled what was on the bloody tape.
Neither the fellow in question nor anyone else at my client's site could see that he'd done anything wrong.
I now have to do boring backup things (again, with no media... for those of you who've been following this saga rt) outside business hours before I can get back to the point that we should have been at yesterday morning. And (so far) they don't want to pay for it either.