|I took the bus, and the bus won
||[Feb. 24th, 2005|08:48 pm]
So, I tried out the sacramento bus system yesterday. Hopped on at csus at high noon headed for midtown. Half an hour later, I arrived at work, hopping off at beautiful L and 29th. It was an alright trip; I kept myself amused by texting people from my cellphone and being in awe of the cushy seats and occasional seatbelt.
I got out of work slightly before five, and walked four blocks to where the bus picks up headed towards csus, on J st. As I arrived at the corner, the bus shoots past, so I'm stuck waiting for the next one, which should be in around 12 minutes.
18 minutes later, I get on the bus, and remain on it for forty-five minutes. It's rush hour, there's an accident on J st and 34th, and the engine fails near csus, and requires the driver to beat on it for a bit.
Contrast this with TAKING THE FUCKING CAR, which takes about six minutes to get to work from csus, 12 if I get crappy parking. The return trip takes about 15 minutes to csus, or about 40 heading all the way home. So, yeah, blinding flash of the obvious: buses suck.
Public transportation will continue to suck until it can get you to your destination faster than driving would. If only light rail wasn't limited to 55mph. Which leads into my rant about light rail not being close enough to csus to bother using unless you bike to the station.
As for work, I got a kudos already for a detailed report I sent in about network security, and how exactly theirs isn't. Tomorrow, I send in the report about disaster recovery planning, and try to get an implementation of routine off site backups.
I make it sound like they are stupid. They are not; it's just that everyone in the dept is so overworked the basic things are set up once and not touched until there is something wrong enough with it that someone noticed, and in the meanwhile sixteen patches were released that prevent [really bad things] but haven't been applied.
I fought with the backup system today; I KO'd it in five rounds. Two hours work, three reboots, one set of pliers, and 57 files recovered. Go me.