I made Julie jittery 
Sunday, 17 October, 2004, 01:00
I got Julie a Sony PCG-V505EX ... find out what that is yourself ;-) Her reaction was the WIN, she got all jittery and stuff.
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Getting my priorities straight 
Saturday, 16 October, 2004, 01:00
So the Dell guy came out and replaced my Inspiron 600m's motherboard with a Latitude D600's motherboard. That still didn't fix the problem. Something is very wrong ... my poor laptop won't charge its batteries :-( I've been on the phone with Dell twice today, meaning I have only rehearsed my presentation once today. I need more practice. I also need to make the little movie that I want to put into my presentation ... that should be interesting. If I were to upload my presentation to this website (which I probably will), it'll take up a few megs.

I got Priority Number One done today, by the way. Priority Number Two is now upgraded to Priority Number One, and it involves Perl programming. I hate Perl. It doesn't even run right on my site, which is why I'm still using PHP and hacking out my own CMS of sorts ;-)

Did I mention Dell's on-hold music really, really sucks? It's repetitive. It sounds like (and probably is) a 30-second loop of the same basic tune. I have also heard how to access System Restore under Windows XP at least twenty times.

Anyway, after 45 minutes (second call), I've scheduled another appointment. Wheeeee. I want to get this damn thing fixed.
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Small rant 
Friday, 15 October, 2004, 01:00
It's difficult to get any work done when there are other jobs to do. You set some goals for when you want to get something done, and then other things just happen to be scheduled in for you to do and those goals can't be realized by the time you wanted. When it takes a certain amount of time for me to do something, I can't just drop it and come back to it later. I want to finish the job as quickly as possible so I can move on to the next thing.

Of course, Priority Number One becomes yesterday's news when it comes to certain people. I wanted to have a couple things done by Saturday, but some other thing popped up right in the middle of my trying to accomplish those things, and that goal had to be put off. Of course, I'm probably going to catch hell for this, but how is it my fault? I am told to focus all of my attention on one particular task and if I stray even a little bit, I get bothered until I get back to it. But then, when I have a deadline to meet, whether it's self-imposed or not, I want to stick to it so I know it's done correctly without any interruption.

Julie, that little rant there had nothing to do with you so don't worry ;-) It also had nothing to do with school. I'll leave what the rant was about to you, the readers.
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Midterms are over 
Thursday, 14 October, 2004, 01:00
So now that the midterm is out of the way, I can focus on more important things ... I don't know what of the top of my head, but I know there are other important things to focus on.

Turns out that the charging module on my laptop's motherboard is shot. Also turns out I have nearly 2 years of extended warranty left on the beast! w00t! Off to Dell it goes ... as soon as I can find the original invoice ;-) No matter, it is probably filed away with all the rest of the invoices ... problem is that the place it's filed away has no electricity and it's kind of chilly and dark out ... and I'm too lazy to go get it now ... so I'll leave it there until tomorrow.

Debates are on in 20 minutes ... I've got to combine a bunch of PDFs into one and upload it before they start.
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Random stuff 
Wednesday, 13 October, 2004, 01:00
Got my Accounting assignment back today, and my score was higher on this one than on the last one: 89/100 instead of 82/100. That's good for me. See, I always figure that if I don't get the highest score right out of the box and improve on each assignment, it'll make me feel better. If I feel better, everyone around me feels better, and then everyone laughs at my stupid jokes.

I received the laptop battery I bought on eBay and my laptop detects it, but I am having a bear of a time trying to get the bloody thing to actually charge. I posted in the Dell support forums so hopefully they can help me out.

Joseph Michael finally got his C5 ... it's a 50th anniversary convertible. I drool at the thought. Those are nice cars, but there is one point I disagree with him on, and that's the presence of retractible headlights. It's a gimmick. It's gone. I'm a fan of regular headlights that are just stuck to the front of the car, pointing forward. No need for an extra mechanism to make them come up, no disruption to the aerodynamics at night when the headlights are up, as minimal as it might be.

Speaking of high-school buddies, if anyone knows what happened to Steve Burkland, drop me a line. I asked Joe and he doesn't know. Neither do Jeff or Bob.
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