Pandemic Journal, Day 476

Tapering off the prednisone hasn’t slowed the dreams yet – I had an interesting and detailed dream last night where I was in Rio de Janeiro for a work assignment that was long enough to need an apartment. But the locks on the door of the apartment they’d given me didn’t work properly so I was reluctant to leave my stuff there; my colleagues convinced me to go down to the market with them anyway, and we had a terrific time. I woke up before I learned whether I’d been robbed or not.

I’m in the process of upgrading this server to a newer version of Ubuntu Linux; the easy way to do it requires just one command, do-release-upgrade. I’m doing it the hard way, building a brand new system and installing all of the packages I need (as well as copying my data!). That’s taken most of the day, and I’m (of course) 80% complete – the latest glitch came up just after dinner when I discovered that MySQL had changed its default character encoding and all of my pages looked wrong. It should be an easy fix, but I’m not going to work on it any more this evening.

I really thought I was going to get the entire migration done in one day – I guess I was a silly goose!