Archive for July, 2008

Quote of the day:

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July 31st, 2008

“Drinking alcoholic beverages can cause birth defects.” ‘You mean like drinking may cause you to have babies?’

Quote of the day:

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July 30th, 2008

“When the time comes and I am dead and gone, I want to be burried face down. That way, anybody who didn’t like me can KISS MY ASS!!!!”

Some very funny stories…

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July 9th, 2008

So my friends and I had a very good time this past 4th of July. There are some pictures on my gallery here. I feel compelled to quickly post a couple stories that had us all in stitches.

Story1: So William had blown up the last car I bought him and needed John to pull it back home from the side of the highway. A day or two before John pulled the Jeep, William had jumped all over him for opening the screen door that faced his living quarters on the back porch because one of the cats had gotten into his room. So a few days later, John gets off work from the drilling rig and was pretty hammered drunk, so he came on over to get William and go get the Jeep. John, in his state, decided to barrel up the stairs, kick the dog door in the bottom of the screen door in, stick his head through and yell:

“Meow…MEOW Mother Fucker, I’m a cat!”

Story2: So this guy Earl apparently just shows up one day in John’s back yard one day and decides to live in the small travel trailer John had lovingly gutted and re-finished with linoleum and a few couches. At first John didn’t seem to mind, but as time went on John got progressively more fed up with the situation and decided it was time for Earl to leave. So one morning, John gets up and decides ‘Fuck it’ and rather than go out and have a stern talking to with Earl, he backs his one ton Cumins turbo diesel up to the back, hooks on and proceed to go ditch surfing at speeds in excess of 50MPH. After John gets tired of this, he returns the trailer to the back yard thinking surely Earl will leave.

Story2 part2: So a few weeks later, Earl is still in that damn trailer. John realizes that ditch surfing with trailer and squatter in tow was too subtle of a hint, so he grabs his circular saw, runs up to the trailer, cuts a hole in the side, sticks his head inside and yells:

“You better look out Earl… some CRAZY mother fucker is going around and cutting holes in the sides of trailers around here…”
and then walks off.

Epilogue: As you might can tell, Earl was not the sort of person that could take a hint and true to this, after John moved out of that particular trailer park, Earl lived on in the small refinished trailer with a now busted axle and one more window then the manufacturer intended. For all I know, Earl is still there and the new owners are trying to come up with more and more creative ways to dislodge Earl to this day.

Stay tuned, as there are many many more stories that I will be posting over the next few weeks….

I knew there was a good reason why I left Rackspace…

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July 2nd, 2008

Holy shit, I haven’t seen anything this comical in a long time.

http://www.techcrunch.com/wp-content/rackspace-income-statement-full.png

While actually grossing 140m more in fiscal ‘07, they netted 2m less than the previous year. Way to go guys!

Here is a neat little exert from from their S-1 that Merrill Lynch made them put in:

  • We may be unable to manage our growth effectively
  • Our physical infrastructure is concentrated in very few facilities, and any failure in our physical infrastructure or services could lead to significant costs and disruptions
  • We may be unable to hire and retain qualified employees to support our growth strategy
  • Our business is affected by changes in the state of the general economy, and a slowdown or downturn in the general economy could disproportionately affect the demand for our services
  • We may not be able to compete successfully against current and future competitors

Current and noncurrent debt: $62.9M

“Services we provide are subject to failure resulting from numerous factors, including: Improper building maintenance by the landlords of the buildings in which our facilities are located;” I.E.: we don’t own any of our facilities.

Failure by us or our vendors to provide adequate service to our equipment.

We do not own the facilities occupied by our current data centers, but occupy them pursuant to commercial leasing arrangements. The initial terms of our existing data center leases expire over a period ranging from 2008 to 2015, with each having at least one renewal period of five years. Upon the expiration or termination of our data center facility leases, we may not be able to renew these leases on terms acceptable to us, if at all.

Wow, so one of their leases is up this year…

For more fun and excitement, you can read the full S-1 here:


http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1107694/000119312508091225/ds1.htm