Sandy follow-up and more

I got cable service back yesterday, so I’m pretty much back to normal, at least as far as utilities are concerned. My goals for today were modest — I just wanted to get my laundry done, pay some bills, run a couple of errands, and then relax and watch some TV.

At work, over the last couple of days, we’ve been working on a web site to allow people to search for open gas stations in the area. Getting gas has been a huge problem here in NJ since the storm. The web site is live at http://findgas.org/ now. Unfortunately, it’s been popular enough that we had to make some adjustments, lest the site take down our main web server. Not really what I wanted to be doing today, but not a big deal either. In hindsight, we should probably have put the thing up on AWS, on a self-contained EC2 instance. Live and learn, right?

Meanwhile, I decided to take a shot at upgrading my main desktop computer (here at home) to Windows 8. I was originally going to go through and uninstall some old software first, but in the end, I decided to just start the upgrade and hope for the best. I didn’t even do a backup first, which is something I may regret later. Either way, it’s running right now. Previous experience from my laptop upgrade would lead me to believe that it’ll take an hour or two to finish.

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