Yes, I am bad at this. Never claimed otherwise. But I am going to try again.
Quick status update. Still at the 'Park. Still doing what I do. We've overhauled just about the entire production now. All artist workstations have been update to the new Mac Pro (fuckers are tiny and FAST). We gone Mavericks across the board to mixed results. Some things are better, others are much much worse. The network throughput bug I found in 10.8.4 is gone. The Finder refresh bug is back. And we updated our LDAP/email server to Mavericks from OS X Server 10.6.8. And I must say, DO NOT EVER DO THIS.
If you absolutely have to use the Fisher Price equivalent of a enterprise server OS, say because maybe you have so much legacy data that the idea of having to start over from scratch on a linux box makes you nauseous, do yourself a favor. Do NOT migrate your old server to the new OS. Set up a fresh new server and re-create your users from scratch. And just say good bye to any legacy data like emails and such. The problems you will inherit due to very shoddy migration scripts and processes make it actually more painful then if you'd just gone to linux after all. Ah, the joy of hindsight.
So, where does that leave us. We are up and running. Aside from the Mavericks Server ickiness, everything else has been migrated off to linux boxes, specifically CentOS 6.4 on HP Proliant servers. I must say I'm impressed with the build quality and design of those Proliants. Very slick. We've also switched our tape backup workflow from a NDMP based LTO 4 setup to 10G ethernet LTO-6 based one. And it's kinda faster. Kinda? But by dumping NDMP we can get much more granular backups and finally get back to TRUE incremental backups. Yay!
And that's it for the studio. As for me, I'm still vacillating on what I want to do for a side project. I'd love to develop a turn based strategy game, but the more I delve into what all it would take the more my brain hurts. Alas, I can't seem to find a game out there that is in need of someone with my skill set that captures my interest. Such is the price of being a fussy lil bitch I guess.