There's Too Much Blood in my Caffeine System

November 21, 2007

I've never been one to do things in half measures. Growing up, my tree-house had 3 stories, a deck and indoor plumbing- if you can call a garden hose run up a tree "plumbing".

Softlayer has been a good fit for me because we're not used to doing things in half measures here either. Within the last two months we've announced the addition of Passmark certification, Rescuelayer, Urchin, StorageLayer, EVault Backups, Load Balancing, KnowledgeLayer and even a new datacenter.

All of these things require countless hours to implement. There's development to be done, as well as testing, building, re-testing, documenting, and then some more testing. These things can stack up on you pretty fast if you're not giving them your full attention.

In this 100mph lifestyle, I have found that there is one friend that I can count on to never let me down. My friend will always be there when I need him to get me through the hard times.

That friend is caffeine.

In previous blogs we've seen how dependant our Sales team is on their caffeine fix, and it's no different for the Support team. However, we're much more versatile with our means of intake, and it's important to keep a well stocked fridge to keep everyone happy. Nothing can ruin your morning faster than coming to work to find that the supply of caffeine has been depleted overnight. The vast emptiness of the refrigerator echoes your cries of despair, and your mind scrabbles for a contingency plan. Wasn't there a 7-11 close by? Does Starbucks deliver?

There are as many methods of caffeine delivery as there are species of beetle, but here are some of our favorite ways to curb the insanity:

Monster – The undisputed king of the castle. Monsters disappear faster than we can chill them, and it doesn't matter what flavor we've got.

Upshot – These little guys will pick you up and shake you, and in a serious way. They've got a lot of kick for being as small as they are, which means that you can down 3 or 4 of them without knowing what you've just done to yourself. Plus, they're easy to hide from your caffeine deprived co-workers when they're on the hunt.

Coffee – Believe it or not, we're not big coffee drinkers in the Support department. Still, there's nothing quite like a hot cup of joe to get you going.

Soda – We keep a well stocked supply of various kinds of sodas for when we're all out of serious caffeine. They're usually the last to go, but they get the job done.

Caffeine has helped me through so many late nights and pressing deadlines that I can't even look at it as a vice anymore. It's evolved from a crutch to an extra set of legs.

Now if you'll excuse me, I think I hear the coffee pot percolating.

-Jeaves

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December 15th, 2007 at 5:30am

I apologize in advance that the first part of my comment does not have to do with the main topic of caffein-ation, but rather my amazement of how many services SL has rolled out in such a short time. First of all, kudos, but more importantly, as a customer, I wish I knew about them closer to the times they were released. I only discovered this blog a short time ago. (Thank you BTW.) Suggestions: I'd definitely sign up for a monthly newsletter, or even an RSS feed for the press releases.

Now onto the important topic of caffeine. Yes, as a geek in the IT biz, I can attest to the powers of my daily doses of coffee. I just worry a bit as to whether I'm overdoing it. But hey, so far it's keeping me going and then some. After all, just look at the timestamp on this comment!

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December 15th, 2007 at 5:30am

I apologize in advance that the first part of my comment does not have to do with the main topic of caffein-ation, but rather my amazement of how many services SL has rolled out in such a short time. First of all, kudos, but more importantly, as a customer, I wish I knew about them closer to the times they were released. I only discovered this blog a short time ago. (Thank you BTW.) Suggestions: I'd definitely sign up for a monthly newsletter, or even an RSS feed for the press releases.

Now onto the important topic of caffeine. Yes, as a geek in the IT biz, I can attest to the powers of my daily doses of coffee. I just worry a bit as to whether I'm overdoing it. But hey, so far it's keeping me going and then some. After all, just look at the timestamp on this comment!

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