Friday, September 29, 2006

I know why my laptop got delayed.

With the big rash of sony battery recalls recently, I decided to see if my laptop was affected, and low and behold, this press release said that it is.

Now I get to wait for it.

A new router has been ordered and shipped. I'm trying to figure out if it'll arrive today or monday.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Continued delays and other things.

The laptop is delayed due to supplier issues and may not be here until next week (which will be a pain in the ass). At least I know.

A friend of mine asked me to download a series for him. It's progressing and will probably be done by the end of the week.

The router still hasn't been replaced yet, and that will be next week as well, since it costs over $100 to get and I don't have the money yet.

Money's still tight for paying the bills too, so that complicates matters further.

At least I can still get the second wireless antenna for my laptop.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Continuing to wait.

I've got the following things I'm waiting for:
  1. New router to replace this sub-standard one that I got as a holdover.
  2. New laptop that I ordered a week ago friday.
Luckily, the first one won't have to wait more than another week. The second, however, I have no control over.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Big mess going on.

Ok, rundown.
  1. The laptop which was supposed to ship friday didn't. I don't know when it will.
  2. The router we got to replace the WRT54G v1 was a WRT54G v5 and is not performing well at all. I don't have the money available to replace it with a real router (read: WRT54GL)
I hate this. It's annoying as all hell.

Oh and my dwarf in our D&D campaign is gonna die fast.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Router hell.

Yesterday my WRT54G version 1 died.
Power supply issue.

We got a WRT54G version 5 to replace it. I've overloaded it twice in the past 24 hours.

I'm looking into replacing it with a WRT54GL but don't have the money (yet). I'll keep the v5 and use it as a wireless access point or something similar.

There's another $100 down the tubes. Good thing I have money coming in.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Delays in the new laptop.

I got informed today that there will be delays in getting the new laptop. From the looks of things they haven't charged the card yet and won't until they are ready to ship it.

I hope they don't end up with multiple delays. That'll just piss me off.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Nummy Treasure

After a mad dash in our D&D campaign, we finally got to sort our our nummy treaure (ph4t l3wt, whatever) and get it divided.

There is some useful stuff, and we're not really loot whores, so we won't have one character hogging all the gear.

Friday, September 15, 2006

New Laptop

  • Intel Core Solo M 410 (1.86GHz)
  • 1GB of RAM (expandable to 4GB)
  • 80GB hard drive
  • DVD Dual-Layer Super-multi burner
  • 15.4" widescreen
  • 802.11G Wireless, 100mbit wired
  • Firewire, 4 USB 2.0
It'll be fun trying to smuggle it home.

Virus fun and a new laptop.

I had a guy on the street recognize me and ask me about a problem with a popup coming up advertising an antivirus program. Having encountered it before on my neighbor's computer I knew that it was a virus itself. He is going to go get the machine wiped clean.

I've also seen a new laptop I like. It's going to be a big upgrade from the current one (although not in hard drive) so I'm going to probably be using it more than my current one. I may even change my current laptop's role to something else.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Wireless messes

I've done several walkthroughs of the downtown area where I live, and have been disgusted at the number of open wireless access points in the area.
One of these days I'm probably going to go write up a news article about the concerns of wireless and get it into the local papers.
That way I may get contracted to help set people up with secure wireless.

I'll probably just rent out a space at the library or somewhere in the area to teach a class on it.
Good thing I can find the tools I need for it.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Still waiting.

I'm still waiting on the new version of the jabber server that I'm currently using. The big thing it adds is support for gateways to AIM, MSN, ICQ and Y!M.

Depending on how I can proxy things, I may enable that on my server.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Writer's block is a pain.

For those of you who don't know, I have a few active stories in writing.

Well, they were active until I got to a certain stage between two major points in them and got stuck. Trying to get past these points is a major pain, especially since I know where I want to go, just not how to get there.

Man it's annoying having characters who are so emotionally passive. It's so hard to write for them when things get to the point where emotional aggressivness causes instant progress.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Paper route progress.

Last week I picked up a 5th route, bringing my total papers per day up over 100.

Collection week is this week, and I get to figure out the new route and who to collect from. If I get a problem customer I will be hardball with them. I don't have time to deal with that.

I may write up an article about wireless network security for them, and see how busy it makes me.


There are a few things that annoy me.
  1. People who blame a computer program that is working properly for their own shortcomings.
  2. People who misinterpert a program design function and call it a bug.
  3. People who don't give any useful information when claiming there is a bug in a program.
  4. People who blatantly blame the wrong thing for their problems.
These are just the tip of the berg when it comes to annoyances.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The fun of D&D.

Last weekend, my friends and I started up a Dungeons and Dragons campaign.

Characters (so far):
Elf Fighter
Human Cleric
Dwarf Fighter (me)
Halfling Thief

Stats so far:
  • Critical Misses (hero): 2
  • Critical Skill/Spell failures (hero): 1
  • Critical Hits (hero): 3
  • KO/Kills taken: 1
  • KO/Kills dealt: about a dozen. (Only Kobolds and Goblins so far)
I'll be posting weekly stats, and will probably set up a kill counter site which will keep track of kills by character.

Trying to figure stuff out.

For some reason, it appears that I have more people on my route than I do papers to deliver. Additionally, I have to deal with one of the people I deliver to having an apartment number that isn't noted on my delivery sheet.

If that person calls to complain, I will discuss it with my contact at the office.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Yay for holidays throwing me off.

The labour day holiday today has succeeded in throwing my whole rythim out of whack. Not only do I have a really odd wake-up time now, but I didn't have any papers that needed to be delivered today.

With 2 people left to get money from on my main route, I should be fine for this week's bills.

Friday, September 01, 2006

New stuff going on.

I'm now into my third collection week for the paper route (about 6 weeks) and I'm doing fairly well.

Starting next week (tuesday since monday's a holiday) I am getting another route added, which will bring my total number of papers up over 100 per day.

Fun stuff.