One house: For Lease

As of today, our house is officially on the rental market. My sister-in-law (who is a fabulous Austin Realtor) has graciously listed it with the MLS Leasing service so it should come up on the various search engines.

Here is the full list of amentites that the antiquated MLS system can’t fit in their 250-character field:

  • Culdesac lot on quiet street, no through traffic
  • Large master bedroom with walk-in closet
  • 16″ slate-floor tile throughout downstairs with carpet upstairs
  • Crown molding throughout downstairs
  • 2″ blinds on all windows
  • High efficiency side-by-side GE refrigerator included
  • High efficiency Maytag Washer and Dryer included
  • Built-in microwave above gas stove
  • Large pantry in kitchen
  • Ceiling fans in all rooms
  • 30’x10′ covered porch on back of house
  • HUGE back yard, perfect for pets and/or kids
  • Large stand-alone storage shed in back yard
  • Broadband available through Time Warner (DSL not available)
  • Close to major employers: Freescale, IBM, National Instruments
  • Easy access to major roads: 620, Toll 45, Parmer, 183, Mopac
  • Close to lots of shopping: The Domain, Lakeline Mall, La Frontera, the Arboretum

Destination: Downtown Denver

This weekend Benjamin and I were in Denver to view the Johnson & Wales campus. We also put a deposit down on a 2 bedroom, 1 bath loft in the heart of Downtown. We’re on the second floor of the historic Boston Building at the corner of 17th Ave and Champa St. For a birds-eye view, check out this page – our building is number 19. We’re only a block away from the 16th Street Mall which is a pedestrian thoroughfare that runs the entire length of 16th Street, includes a free MallRide, and wifi. The light rail line that runs down the heart of downtown Denver runs down Champa St. and the bus line has a stop right in front of our building (good for transportation, bad for noise). Oh, and have I mentioned the fabulous bookstore within walking distance? Urban living, here we come!

Edit: Ooops, I meant building #19 in the link.

A Redpaper: I’m published!

At last, I was involved in writing a document for IBM that has my name on it! I’ve been the person responsible for writing and releasing the IBM Tivoli Identity Manager Tuning Guides for many years now, but since they are really a roll-up of information from a variety of sources, including myself, none of them have any names on them.

Over the past several months I’ve been involved in writing, contributing, and proofing a Redpaper titled Performance Tuning for IBM Tivoli Directory Server. The document came about as a ‘meeting of the minds’ of several IBMers who work with ITDS on a daily basis. My main contributions are sections 6.5 through 6.9 and the corresponding scripts referenced therein. These are the same scripts that we’ve been releasing with the ITIM tuning guides for quite some time now but were seen as useful enough to reach a broader audience. In addition, section 2.4 (and subsections) were based on some early versions of my scripts that were later enhanced by other IBMers. The other authors had no idea until our first meeting that the 2.4 scripts were initially created by me :)

The Abstract of the paper was taken straight from the original introduction which I wrote most of. What I find particularly funny is that the current text is a rewrite of an early draft from the other contributors. After trying to make sense of it during the first review, I threw my hands up in the air and rewrote the whole thing. While I am far from a good writer, I am apparently better than any of the other contributors (likely due to hanging out with mbock, jonobie, and quindo who aren’t allowed to find errors in the doc now that it has been published :).
Abstract behind the cut