Excuse the silence

15 Sep, '08

It's been blissfully busy at work over the last few weeks, and it doesn't seem like it's going to ebb any time soon. Me very happy!

It's been blissfully busy at work over the last few weeks, and it doesn't seem like it's going to ebb any time soon. Me very happy!

For the first time in a very long time I actually feel guilty for not updating the blog. I am genuinely busy and haven’t had a day’s rest for a long time. This is Good™ and I’m not complaining.

To put you in the picture, I have 8 productions all happening at the same time; one must be finished before the 20th of this month, another before the 27th and then two more in October, one in November with another in December an the pipeline is not finished! I’ve got more in the stream and I am sure that we will have to slot a few more productions before the year is out.

I loved this theme, I even called it Athari, but I reconise now that maybe the "regular" way of displaying posts on a blog is what most people want. Enjoy Athari2!

I loved this theme, I even called it Athari, but I reconise now that maybe the 'regular' way of displaying posts on a blog is what most people want. Enjoy Athari2!

That, and last week the server’s motherboard gave up which left us in the lurch. I didn’t have time to look at it but took it to a local shop to be seen to. As luck would have it, we couldn’t find the same brand of motherboard (of course!) so the OS (Linux) complained and refused to boot. As the drive has a lot of our sensitive data, I couldn’t afford to just wipe it out and start over again. I commandeered another workstation from the office and installed the server software on it, installed the old server’s drive in the hope that I could just boot up and copy the stuff across, but as I almost completely forgot Linux, and inundated with other stuff that is happening, I just couldn’t get my head around simply booting in rescue mode, mounting the old hard disk into a temporary directory and copying its data across. Well, after hours of opening and closing the computer, that thought finally registered and I am typing this as I hear the drives whirr by my side copying data to the new drive. Hopefully it won’t be too much of a palava to re-index the IMAP messages and we should be back up and running fully by the weekend.

That is, if the other bits in between allows me to with at least 2 shoot and a final edit scheduled for this week.

Enough of the boring whining. I just hope you understand as I am sure you will.

But as a parting present to all of those who complained about the theme and wanted the regular chronological full article display on the home page, well, I had a couple of hours in the weekend to tinker with the theme a bit and here it is…. I hope you like it.

Love ya!

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  1. Anonny says:

    8 productions at once … feels good, doesn’t it? All ze best …

  2. Salawi says:

    Mahmood, I recommend you David Allens’s “Getting Things Done” (GTD) book, it is worth reading.

  3. mahmood says:

    Thanks for the recommendation. I certainly will get a copy because time management and prioritising is something I do need now.

  4. Anonny says:

    In any client servicing business (no, I don’t mean customer service, I mean client service), the hard part is not creating a time-management system, it’s managing client demands so that they don’t disrupt whatever system you want to implement. They tell us that they’ll go elsewhere next time if you can’t give them their job by tomorrow morning, but a lot of the time that’s not true, or if they do they’ll often come back. But you probably know all this. For me, it was just a case of constantly reminding myself.

  5. Lorena says:

    Hi Mahmood ! Ramadan kareem . i just saw your video in alosra and was so nice to heard the azan again 🙁 I wish you a blessed ramadan for you and all yours ! 🙂

  6. mahmood says:

    Thanks Lorena, Ramadhan Kareem to you too (or should I say Eid Mubarak as it is close enough now?)

  7. Jeremy Bicha says:

    Thanks for switching your theme back to the chronological display. I like to think I was influential in your decision and ignore the others who complained with me. 🙂

    Glad to hear you fixed your computer. See if you used Linux at home, you probably wouldn’t have as many troubles with it. 😉

  8. BuZain says:

    GTD is amazing. I’ve been using it for sometime now.

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