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07 May 2008 @ 11:26 am
A long inactive volcano in southern Chile erupts this month, and what do we get?
Supah-sweet volcanic thunderstorm imagery
22 April 2008 @ 04:44 pm
Sometimes I enjoy the peace of rebuilding a computer. Just deleting the existing partitions and reinstalling the OS from scratch. No work requests, no meetings, no network adjustments or assignments, no fires to put out, and no users nagging me for some trivial answer to what must mean the end of their very ability to breathe if I don't assist... just a simple system rebuild. It's brainless anymore. Entering the CD key, adding it to the domain, installing drivers, installing applications, configuring the interface... it's rarely a problem, and none of it tasks me with anything more than the need to double-click here and there.

To hell with users. I wish most would find themselves a fire and go die in it.
16 April 2008 @ 02:06 am
Well my revised SKBC footwork document just ended up being a lot more work (at way too late a date) than I had anticipated. But it turned out quite well, if I do say so myself. Now, to bed.

Edit: Here's a link to the final pdf - http://french.frii.com/~thor/SKBC-footwork.pdf

Anyone reading this is welcome to download, read, and print this as you want. I only ask that no one yet re-distribute or link to it. I'm sure I'll be putting it on e-sam after SKBC anyway.
23 March 2008 @ 05:35 am
I Jugged in Spring War 2008 and all I got was this lousy red card.
17 March 2008 @ 10:39 am
Gateway, the computer manufacturer: to hell with them. Straight to the seventh level, I say.

Some time ago, maybe 6 months(?), Gateway changed their entire support site. And by "change" I mean" did away with almost entirely by outsourcing it". Let me backup a little: we have some Gateway PC's at work (obviously). They're all on the older side, as we've been ordering exclusively from Dell for 4+ years now (which I grow more and more appreciative of each day). I just rebuilt one of the Gateway systems we have, and installed XP upon it fresh. Now I need drivers for it. This is not an unusual need to have in the computer world. The best place to find those drivers used to be online at Gateway's support website. That is no longer the case...

As I noted earlier, Gatway outsourced their support. And I absolutely hate it. It's not as if I was particularly thrilled with the Gateway's support site prior to the outsourcing, but at least I could go to the gateway site, search by serial number and find drivers for the product I was working on. That is no longer the case, and goddamn if it doesn't make finding drivers a nightmarishly complicated process. The MPC site has a search by serial feature. You know what it does for Gateway systems? Fails. Completely. Good job, MPC. And good job Gateway at selecting a support outsource that actually works worse than the original Gateway site did. That's takes talent right there.

It wouldn't bother me that they outsourced if it worked. Sure, it's an effort to cut costs and save money. And it's not like Dell hasn't outsourced some of their support. And as much as I don't like getting tech support from India (on the very rare occasions I need to actually talk to someone), at least Dell's support site is still (by all appearances) in-house. And even if it's not: is still works. I can find what I need from them, usually quite quickly.

In closing I'd like to say: Fuck Gateway, and fuck the MPC company they outsourced to.
06 March 2008 @ 09:14 pm
I'm so geek, I broke it.

108% Geek

No, I didn't change any of the code. No, I didn't cheat. I just think the page broke while I was taking it (it asked me a few of the same questions twice).

I refreshed the page and took it again, scoring a 95% that time. Which is still pretty damn geeky, but at least it's within the realm of mathematical possibility.
29 February 2008 @ 10:45 am
Words can not do justice to the imagery contained within:

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22 February 2008 @ 05:23 pm
I thought it only appropriate to partake in this meme, since I've responded to so many others. These will be 10 of my fav movies, and quotes found in IMDB for them. Most of these are straight-forward. But God help you all on a few of 'em.

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12 February 2008 @ 10:08 pm
I just had an oven fire. There was no food in the oven. There wasn't significant grease, residue, dirt, or mess in the oven either - it was decently clean. No, it was an electrical fire. The heating element shorted/melted/broke/whatever, not necessarily in that order. There was a very significant electrical arc from the element to the floor of the oven as the broken part of the element was glowing white. Not just at the tip, no it was white / yellow-white for about half a foot.

I immediately turned off the oven. The arcing continued, much to my dismay (those elements must have some capacitor or the like they draw juice from). The arcing lasted another... 30 seconds or so? I was literally grabbing the extinguisher as the arcing stopped. The element kept it's white glow, which slowly faded to yellow, and then to a bright red.

Obviously the stove is fooked. My hope is that the only problem is the element itself, which I should be able to replace. What irks me is that finding parts like this for appliances seems to require a degree of some kind in applied "stupid parts archeoreseach". I swear to shit, the goddamn online sites don't reference shit when you're looking for this kind of thing. Oh, and GEs parts site? Yeah, it's a bit on the fucked end of the spectrum. First the site doesn't respond, then when it does it doesn't actually list our model. Oh that's swell. As in "bloated".

A google search of our make and model comes up totally empty, I shit you not. So I'm left with a conundrum: either the model listed on the unit is somehow wrong (making it a non-existent model), or google is wrong somehow and has failed me. Let me say that last part again... Google. Is. Wrong. Since when does google fail at anything?

Why does this kind of thing have to be hard? Find the model info, search GE's site, get the part number I need, buy or order. Nope, not the way it works.
You know, I have this pending murphy-like feeling of doom that I'm going to spend a bunch of time finding the part, pay for it, install it, just to find out the whole oven itself is now devoid of life.