Monthly Archives: July 2002

I don't believe it! There she goes again!

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BBC News Poll gives us the top three annoyances on the web:

  1. Popups
  2. Spam
  3. Porn

Well, duh!

And they really bothered to report this? Must have been a slow day.

Well, off to go visit Mike and Angie.


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Got in my new copy of Primalscript!

Now I can go to town on recoding parts of my website to work the way I want them to work.

Then will begin the arduous task of recoding my site from ASP/SQL to PHP/MySQL – No real reason to do it just to give myself a new challenge and see if I can port the code easily.

I guess it should be noted that a friend of mine told me that I wouldn’t be putting so much energy and effort into the coding if I was involved. He may be right, but since I am not at the moment, why not?

Random piece of wonder. . .

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Very cool piece of new technology from a John Deere subsidiary.

The Plustech Walking Forest Machine

This thing can walk on six fully articulated legs, turn in less than it’s own radius, walk forward, backward, sideways, and diagonally. The operator can adjust the clearance from his control console. And the console is fully contained in the joystick.

This will be very good in areas where we have logging and want to minimize the environmental impact. This vehicle can slip between trees and do what is necessary without tearing up the surrounding area.

One thing I am sure of. . .

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I am glad I am not the Dell dude!

I would have to kill myself.

I am sure that the actor who portrays the Dell dude is probably pretty intelligent and fun to be around, but DAMN is his persona annoying!

One more thing to add…..

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My father sent me a funny email. Had to share it.

Band of Roving Chief Executives Spotted Miles from Mexican Border

San Antonio, Texas (

Unwilling to wait for their eventual indictments, the 10,000 remaining CEOs of public U.S. companies made a break for it yesterday, heading for the Mexican border, plundering towns and villages along the way, and writing the entire rampage off as a marketing expense.

“They came into my home, made me pay for my own TV, then double-booked the revenues,” said Rachel Sanchez of Las Cruces, just north of El Paso. “Right in front of my daughters.”

Calling themselves the CEOnistas, the chief executives were first spotted last night along the Rio Grande River near Quemado, where they bought each of the town’s 320 residents by borrowing against pension fund gains. By late this morning, the CEOnistas had arbitrarily inflated Quemado’s population to 960, and declared a 200 percent profit for the fiscal second quarter.

This morning, the outlaws bought the city of Waco, transferred its underperforming areas to a private partnership, and sent a bill to California for $4.5 billion.

Law enforcement officials and disgruntled shareholders riding posse were noticeably frustrated.

“First of all, they’re very hard to find because they always stand behind their numbers, and the numbers keep shifting,” said posse spokesman Dean Levitt. “And every time we yell ‘Stop in the name of the shareholders!’, they refer us to investor relations. I’ve been on the phone all damn morning.”


The pursuers said they have had some success, however, by preying on a common executive weakness. “Last night we caught about 24 of them by disguising one of our female officers as a CNBC anchor,” said U.S. Border Patrol spokesperson Janet Lewis. “It was like moths to a flame.”

Also, teams of agents have been using high-powered listening devices to scan the plains for telltale sounds of the CEOnistas. “Most of the time we just hear leaves rustling or cattle flicking their tails,” said Lewis, “but occasionally we’ll pick up someone saying, ‘I was totally out of the loop on that.'”

Among former and current CEOs apprehended with this method were Computer Associates’ Sanjay Kumar, Adelphia’s John Rigas, Enron’s Ken Lay, Joseph Nacchio of Qwest, Joseph Berardino of Arthur Andersen, and every Global Crossing CEO since 1997. ImClone Systems’ Sam Waksal and Dennis Kozlowski of Tyco were not allowed to join the CEOnistas as they have already been indicted.

So far, about 50 chief executives have been captured, including Martha Stewart, who was detained south of El Paso where she had cut through a barbed-wire fence at the Zaragosa border crossing off Highway 375.

“She would have gotten away, but she was stopping motorists to ask for marzipan and food coloring so she could make edible snowman place settings, using the cut pieces of wire for the arms,” said Border Patrol officer Jennette Cushing. “We put her in cell No. 7, because the morning sun really adds texture to the stucco walls.”

While some stragglers are believed to have successfully crossed into Mexico, Cushing said the bulk of the CEOnistas have holed themselves up at the Alamo.

“No, not the fort, the car rental place at the airport,” she said. “They’re rotating all the tires on the minivans and accounting for each change as a sale.”

I would like to nominate our CEO to join the CEOnistas.

Now I know how much of a geek I am . . .

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Just got this email in from a friend.

And G-d help me but I lost it laughing.

There are 10 types of people…
those who understand binary,
and those who don’t.

But what about the other 1000 people?

Got the results back from my personality profile.

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Your Temperament is: Idealist (NF)
Your Keirsey Temperament Description

All Idealists (NFs) share the following core characteristics:

  • Idealists are enthusiastic, they trust their intuition, yearn for romance,
    seek their true self, prize meaningful relationships, and dream of attaining
  • Idealists pride themselves on being loving, kindhearted, and authentic.
  • Idealists tend to be giving, trusting, spiritual, and they are focused on
    personal journeys and human potentials.
  • Idealists make intense mates, nurturing parents, and inspirational

Idealists, as a temperament, are passionately concerned with personal growth and development. Idealists strive to discover who they are and how they can become their best possible self–always this quest for self-knowledge and self-improvement drives their imagination. And they want to help others make the journey. Idealists are naturally drawn to working with people, and whether in education or counseling, in social services or personnel work, in journalism or the ministry, they are gifted at helping others find their way in life, often inspiring them to grow as individuals and to fulfill their potentials. Idealists are rare, making up no more than 8 to 10 percent of the population. But their ability to inspire people with their enthusiasm and their idealism has given them influence far beyond their numbers.

Excerpted from Please Understand Me II by David Keirsey Copyrighted © 1998-2002, all rights reserved

The four types of Idealists are:
Healers (INFP) | Counselors (INFJ) | Champions (ENFP) | Teachers (ENFJ)

So how much of a geek does this make me?


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Looking at my last posting, I remembered what Derek and I were saying last night.

I am such a geek.

In fact I think I may be a geek squared since I am both a software geek and a hardware geek.

Of course most of my friends are geeks too, so that helps, but it also reminds me as to why I have so much trouble in the dating field. Now if I can find a bf who can tolerate the geek level…..well, let’s say I would be a very happy person.

Merf I am well pleased.

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Finished the autopsy of the dead server. Boy it was a mess.

I found possible MFT and MBR corruption/fragmentation, when SP6a installs it tries an update to the MFT which can possibly cause more problems if it not in good shape. The server’s BIOS and controller firmware was also severely outdated, which can help this kind of corruption/fragmentation. I don’t know exactly what kind of failure of SP6a occurred, but just these few things could have caused it to fail. There are utilities to repair the MFT, but they do not usually fix problems on a server that has a fully corrupt/fragmented MFT.

System BIOS outdated by two years
Array Controller 2DH (pre 221 controller old hardware with old firmware)
controller firmware: 2.08
current version : 4.44

The system partition mirror HDD was definitely bad (also showed MFT and MBR corruption/fragmentation). The OS showed a hardware failure whenever the OS crashed.

Best rule of thumb, update System BIOS, and array firmware before running SP6a on older servers. You can do almost nothing about MFT corruption/fragmentation because it is next to impossible to detect until it showing problems.

As a side note, a good article for MFT corruption can be found at:;en-us;Q228734

Happy place.

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Cooked a good meal.

Now I am really not interested in going to the office but I will make myself do it anyway.

Got more info put together for the site.

G-d I am good!

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We have had some strange problems with the core this week.

Actually ended up rebooting the core this evening. And a whole new level of chaos ensued.

I managed to bring 27 servers back online in 18 minutes without having to reboot them, and only 3 had to reboot.

Most of the server farm didn’t even blink – That was a good thing.

Hotfixed a couple of servers and may even have time for a power nap.

One question though, when did I become the person to call upon to fix our customer’s porno servers?

Darin: David, got one for you.

Me: What now?

Darin: has gone down again. We need you to get him up.

Me: Har de har har.

Funny how all the str8 guys will fall over themselves to fix the str8 boxes, but they just automatically leave the other boxes to me. Oh well.

Why do I even try?

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Oh, don’t mind me, I am just aligning my mental crosshairs.

That is how I feel right now.

When our wonderful Change Control people pushed three separate updates to an already edgy box on Monday night I was not too shocked when it blew sky high.

And of course I performed the rebuild.

Since this box was outdated and retired hardware, I even built a newer box that would better handle the stresses. But since the hardware had changed, we could not perform a System State Restore. So instead I performed a complete software build and prepped the box to have the content transferred over.

At Noon on Tuesday I handed the box over to someone else to handle the content deployment so I could get some dearly needed sleep (I had not slept in close to 48 hours). Needless to say I was a little irritated that the content deployment was not completed when I got back in.

Instead I got waylaid by the customer as I was preparing to leave this morning and spent most of the morning doing what had not been done the day before. I handed off the box again so I could go home and get some rest.

And so I get called at three in the afternoon and woken from a deep sleep to be asked “Where are the passwords documented?” After I told him to look where they should be (and he found them) he then actually asked: “Did I wake you up?”

No sh*t Sherlock!

So I will not have had too much sleep today. Hopefully I can get a nap before work tonight.

Well, good.

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Chatted with Derek () last night.

He got me started on a new comic Something Positive.

It is a riot. I have had a really good laugh from it. There are just too many parallels in my life.

Add to the fun that Andrew over at has a new review chocked full of his sarcastic goodness.

And finally Sandra’s comic for today made me laugh out loud.

I actually have a smile on my face today.


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This has been a frustrating evening.

For some unknown reason two separate servers have decided to self destruct.

Which leaves me to perform two simultaneous rebuilds.

Sometimes I really regret being the only Systems Engineer in the office who is qualified on both the hardware and the software and willing to work the most ungodly hours known to man.

I have got to get a life.

Back home

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Had a good Sunday.

Saw my father, saw my grandmother.

Had a good visit (not long enough but it never is)

Went to the river, had fun.

It will take a long time before things ever get back to normal, but at least it is a good illusion.

Well, off we go!

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Getting ready to head out to Waco for the day.

Going to take my father and grandmother out to lunch.

We need some good, normal times. There have been way too much grief and unhappiness lately.

Man, o man.

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Sandra has had people baying at her heels this week.

Just because she has decided to write something that people are not necessarily happy with.

Well, tough.

This is her creation, her art. She has the right to exercise total control over it.

I can see where she is coming from though. I would be more than a little grumpy with all of the lambasting and mock (hopefully only mock) threats.

I think I will wait until this evening when most of the dust has settled and send her a short email of encouragement. She deserves both the downtime and the kudos.


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We set one of our long time customers up with new servers. (Upgraded them from an NT4 platform to a Win2K platform).

Why the #%$@!@! did we only sell them 8 GB log drives for a server that is hosting a site that does 450 – 800 MB of logs per day?!?!? This is silly, ten days and the log drives fill up.

Good times

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Talked with Derek tonight.

Glad I could be there.

Glad to remember what a good friend he is.

Even better to be able to be there and listen.

Busy, Busy

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Well, Bri and Beth came by. They really liked the place.

We are talking about using my place for the next party (next month – must make sure I have the day off).

Cooking diner for Michael and Angie.

Life is pretty good.