Julie Duty 
Wednesday, 21 July, 2004, 01:00
It's official ... Julie's going to jury duty and she ain't happy. I'm hoping they tell her to go home and don't put her in the jury box (or whatever they call that thing).

We delivered 50 of those computers to their destination (Rochelle, IL) today. That place isn't that far, and it only seems a little smaller than Des Plaines. I could actually imagine living there, unlike Milledgeville, which has a population of 1200 and lots of farms and stuff ...

I'm working on custom error documents, but the .htaccess file doesn't go. I'll have to find out why this is, because my error documents rock the freakin' house.
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Monday, 19 July, 2004, 01:00
Small update ... my celly's ringtone is tha shiznite so I have uploaded it, and it is now available on the files page. It's only available for Samsung phones that support MMF, though ... I'm not sure how to convert it to other formats, so if anyone else knows, drop me a line. Oh, wait ... the "mail" page isn't up yet. Wait until the "mail" page is up, then drop me a line ;-)

I've gotten kind of sick of vi, so I'm dumbing the site down with some emacs until I get the motivation to get my hands on UltraEdit. I cannot believe I followed Prof. Theys's advice and used emacs, but what can I do, there's no pico on this system!

In other news, my mom busted out some 1337-fu and unlocked her cell phone. Now, if only she could do it with that Sony Ericsson T230 she has laying around ... she'd probably be the only one in the state (country?) with an unlocked Sony Ericsson T230 with Hungarian menus.

Update on the TV situation ... Best Buy gave us a call and informed us that the RCA TV isn't repairable, so they gave us store credit, which was used to buy a 32" Sony FD Trinitron TV. I know, I hate Sony, but they have great tubes. Now, for some reason, I can't get the VCR to work over the co-ax cable here in the basement. I'm not sure how to keep the VCR hooked up to the projector using RCA cables and to the TV via co-ax. I'll probably figure it out soon enough ...

My cousin drew me a fat ol' frog, it looks pretty sweet. I'll post it eventually, along with some more albums ... well, as soon as I gather up enough pics for more albums ...
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Thursday, 15 July, 2004, 01:00
So I've changed web hosts now to TDH, mainly due to the fact that the ever-so-awesome Mike Lee hooked me up. Of course, now I have to either write my content-management system, or I have to get a text editor that has SFTP support (i.e. UltraEdit 10). Until then, I'm SSH-ing in and using vi. Pity me, for I am ... uh ... using vi.

We're building a 114-system order at work now. We've completed about 35 so far, which isn't bad for the first day of assembly. Of course, we must power each individual system up to test the components, but it's hard to boot into an operating system when the client has password-protected it. There are 5 different configurations within this order, each with its own respective software config. Thus, we have received 5 hard drives from the client, each with said software config. The machines are to be Ghosted from these hard drives, which isn't a problem ... it's the lousy password that is. I was able to get around the first set by using the Windows XP "Administrator" account, mainly because people very rarely put passwords on that account ... unfortunately, the subsequent images do have passwords, so I'm kinda hosed until the client calls and gives me the passwords.

Last Tuesday Best Buy decided it would be nice to deprive the basement of its TV ... instead of replacing it under the 4-year extended coverage plan we got, they opted to send it in for repair. Bummer. Oh well, I hooked the TV up to the projector, which is bloody amazing. It may not be absolutely huge, but we're talking an 8-foot diagonal screen here. Beautiful. This screen also plays host to a Playstation 2 and a Nintendo 64, and will eventually have an old-school NES hooked up to it as well, just for old time's sake.

Okay, I'm sick of vi ... that's it for now ;-)
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Sunday, 4 July, 2004, 01:00
Yesterday was quite entertaining ... first of all, I learned where the Brat Stop is, so if I ever need brats I know where to go. It's just behind the cheddar curtain, so it isn't too far, but I only know how to get there on the side-streets.

Speaking of side-streets, Dan test-drove a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII yesterday. I'll leave the gory details out (you can thank me later, Dan) and say ... that car is fast. I may have been sitting in the passenger seat, but when Dan got the car going it was a feeling similar to when Jeff got the Trans-Am going. There are a few differences between the LanEvo and a Trans-Am, though ... LanEvo = factory rice, Trans-Am = RWD American V8. Don't get me wrong, the LanEvo is a nice vehicle, and the seats (holy cow, the SEATS) are bloody amazing ... but you all should know my opinion of Mitsubishi Motors by now (if not, you won't see it on this web page).

So today the fireworks are going off at Orland Park. I don't understand this. The 4th is tomorrow. Chicago's fireworks are being displayed tonight so that people from the suburbs can watch their city's display on the 4th. Could Orland Park be saying that their fireworks are equal to or better than Chicago's? How many other suburbs are doing this? And, furthermore, will Six Flags Great America's fireworks all go off on the ground again?M

I got to drive a U-Haul truck on Thursday. The 7.3L Diesel V8 truck was filled with those 82 computers (and 8 more, making it 90), a bunch of monitors, and keyboards. The town we delivered them is called Milledgeville, population 1200. It's hella small, just outside of Dixon, which (I think) is smaller than Des Plaines.

I got my arse into Accounting 500 after e-mailing the powers that be ... now I have to see if I can get into Finance 500 or IDS 500 or something along those lines ... more grappling to come soon!

Site news ... the third color scheme, Blue, is up. So if you're using a decent Web browser (read: anything but IE) you should be able to switch between the 3 colors. The default (Evolver) is green, Revolver is gray, and if you don't know what Blue is you should be slapped. I have received requests for purple and red as well, so this site will be a freakin' rainbow before you know it.
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First Gallery 
Saturday, 26 June, 2004, 04:00
Okay, so I've stuck the first gallery of pictures onto the pics page. I'll be adding more as I go along, which should be pretty easy given the script I'm using. It's actually very short, and is w3c compliant (after some slight modifications, of course), which means it should display the same way on all Web browsers.

Things have been somewhat busy lately. We finished an order for 82 systems on Tuesday so I got Wednesday off. Julie and I went to her local Honda and Toyota dealerships. I kind of liked the Honda Element, but the Scion tC (which we saw at the Toyota dealership) was uber-sweet. It may not have a ton of horsepower, and it may be wrong-wheel drive, but it's one sweet vehicle for the money. The Scion xA was also a cute little car ... I found myself looking for a place to stick the wind-up key.

I got accepted to UIC's business school. That is totally sweet. The Student Access System is horribly confused, though; I can't register for MBA courses. I'll just have to pester the appropriate departments until I get my way ;-)

Two alternate stylesheets are in the works. You can switch between 'em if you have a browser capable of such behavior ...
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