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September 30, 2004

A foggy day

Air temp 49, ground temp 59 = FOG. I can't see 150 feet across the courtyard, but I expect it will burn off in a few hours as soon as the air heats up a bit. I have another busy day in store, but not too bad, really. Katie never showed up for the pitch-in lunch yesterday. Too bad, to, it was one of the better ones - lots of food with an emphasis on deserts! Got to see some former employees who have moved on, but returned for the feast.

I notice a lot of squirrel activity lately, so I guess this means Winter is actually coming. You can't miss the rapidly shortening day-length, We are losing about two minutes a day now. How I hate getting up in the dark!

September 29, 2004

Always the way . . .

I sit down to do a simple hardware/software install on a client's PC and what do I find? It is running old Windows 98, and it is infected with some stupid worm. It also has some spyware in residence, Gator (GAIN) I think. So a simple twenty minute job is turning into a three hour tour.

September 28, 2004

The moon is full . . .

watch your ass! The barkers are out inforce today. I've only been out for about an hour and I have met three already! Beware!

September 27, 2004

Wireless Routers

I think my favorite of the moment is the Netgear. It is the easiest to configure, yet gives you a range of options - more than you really need for most applications. I like easy when easy works.

I think it is a reaction to spending 15 or so years working with Oracle. Oracle is the opposite of easy in any sense of the word! They try, I will give them that, but there is so much legacy involved it is impossible to be direct about some of the simplest useful attributes - like a random number generator, for instance.

Oracle can do the job, but some of the arcane constructs you had to come up with to do something simple was what amazed me. On the other hand, if you wanted software to work, Oracle filled the bill.

September 26, 2004


I got around to installing XP SP2 on this machine. I sent away for the CD rather than doing the download, but I think it did the download anyway. No trouble so far, so I think it will be OK for a while. I will go and try to print from another computer on the net and see what that does - always a source of problems, remote printing. As long as I don't have to install Citrix I will be happy.

September 24, 2004

Friends don't let friends vote Republican.

Things you have to believe to be a Republican today:

Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion.

Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony. (and capitalism)

The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.

A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation or interference.

Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton. (and ________...)

The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.

If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.

A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then demand their cooperation and money.

Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to all Americans is socialism.

HMOs and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at heart.

Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.

A president lying about an extramarital affair is a impeachable offense.

A president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.

Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.

The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but George Bush's driving record is none of our business.

Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio host. Then it's an illness, and you need our prayers for your recovery.

You support states' rights, which means Attorney General John Ashcroft can tell states what local voter initiatives they have the right to adopt.

What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but what Bush did in the '80s is irrelevant.

Feel free to pass this on.
Friends don't let friends vote Republican.

September 23, 2004

All set for England.

Forked over the big bucks yesterday and got the plane ticket for the 8-hour haul. I decided to take the later flight leaving ORD at 9:55 instead of the usual 8:20 flight. The last time I got bumped to that flight, I found out that it was practically empty - always a good thing for pax and crew in the short term - and that I actually slept a bit, which is a non-happening for me. I e-mailed Lydia, et. al. and informed them to start the official countdown - 30 days - until I get there.

Oops! Britney Spears Still Only . . .

. . . does anybody really give a flyin' . . .

Oops! Britney Spears Still Only A Miss

Britney Spears has not done it again after all - she failed to legally tie the knot with dancer Kevin Federline.The couple did not file a marriage licence after their wedding in Studio City in California last Saturday.

However, the Oops!, I Did It Again star is scheduled to file it next week.The 22-year-old superstar told People magazine: "I know we're not completely legal until we file the licence."But in a real sense, a spiritual sense, we're married."Federline, 26, said the delay was caused when the couple moved their wedding date to September 18.They originally planned to get married on October 16, but word had leaked out.As a result of the date change, he said their lawyers did not have time to complete their pre-nuptial agreement."The details aren't anyone's business. But it wasn't any big deal," he said.The couple have 10 days from the date of the wedding to file the licence.

September 22, 2004

I think I have figured it out now (thanks anyway, MCBK!)

I want a border around this text. It is not exactly what I want it to look like, but It will have to do. It is better than nothing at all, so I will keep it.

Ok, ok, so make a liar out of me.

Well, it looks like that blogroll is back to normal. It pingeth once again. The official URL of the nez sez is now: (http://www.nezbitthecat.com/) not (http://www.rwhowell.com/nezbitthecat/) - the second will work, but blogroll won't update that one. The little hearts are the right color and size indicating an updated blog. They look a little misshapen, so I might tinker with it again if I get the time later on this afternoon.

I went to Bedford with Debbie yesterday all afternoon. That was the last of their remote locations which needed to be set up with ADSL. Then she and I went to "The Uptown" in Bloomington for an early dinner. Delicious. They have switched to using paper napkins, though, hmmm.

September 21, 2004

Well, now I've done it!

It seems that I screwed up my blogroll. All you are supposed to have to do is copy and paste some code into the proper template, but nothing seems to work. Grrr! I suppose I will fiddle with it on and off for the rest of the day until something happens that looks like a blogroll. Damn!

September 20, 2004

A Bit of a Manic Monday

But, nothing one cannot handle.

The WX is beautiful, coolish, bright cloudless sky, crisp air. It is supposed to warm up later on. My first client had a stuck firewall. He installed some kind of update over the weekend and the firewall reset itself. I put in a "rule" allowing his computer to "see" his entire LAN address range, so that ought to take care of it - until something happens again.

Off to do some more report design for the boss of ny client's organization. I enjoy a good report design; the more I do 'em, the better they get.

September 19, 2004

Hey Andye . . . go nuts!

Sunday morning

Very quiet here this morning. I have had some time to do some random maintenance tasks to my server and found out I was almost out of disk space in the OS partition so I moved some stuff around. I also deleted some unused, but installed packages freeing up some disk space. I also uploaded a few car pictures to buzznet.

Blogroll is not notifying me of updates. I think this is the result of their recent migration. I get errors that it can't find the "pinger". If enough people complain, they will get it taken care of soon.

September 17, 2004

FQ TOPIC: Posession.

FQ1: What is your favorite posession made mostly from wood? Metal? Plastic?

Wood: Antique clock from Germany
Metal: Poot (1983 VW Rabbit GTI)
Plastic: Various Computers

FQ2: What is your favorite posession colored mostly red? Blue? Green?

Red: Poot (inside)
Blue: Lots of clothes
Green: More Clothes and my little garden

FQ3: What is your favorite posession looking mostly soft? Sharp? Fragile?

Soft: Couch I got from Katie
Sharp: Set of Wusthof knives
Fragile: Fujifilm digital camera

FQ Net Worth: If your nine prized posessions listed above were stolen, what do you estimate the total cost would be to replace them?

About $40,000


I don't care what the weather man says, it is a bit more windy than usual this morning - gusty. I think it is the after effects of Ivan's fringes lapping over Indiana. I have to catch up on things I missed doing because of the whole day in Evansville last Wednesday, so I have work waiting for me to get moving. I am starting to get into a traveling frame of mind because of an up coming trip to England in just a little over a month. That England voyage gets harder each time with the airlines running out of money always raising the ticket price. If the plane is full I am dead. I need any and all extra room I can get to last out the 8 hour trip. The noise canceling headphones I used last time were brilliant, so I will get a new battery and use them again. I have bought some new luggage so that the wheelie bag I check is about a third larger than the last one, and I have a new carry-on which is a little smaller than the one I have been using - which I am glad I am replacing because it also got peed in many years ago by a certain orange cat!

September 15, 2004

Tuesday is choose day (on Wednesday night)

Tuesday is chooseday

either leave your answers or a link to your webpage with your responses.

    Would you rather:
  1. watch a known mob hitman kill your friend, turn them in, and have to go into the witness protection program OR keep your mouth shut?

  2. Turn them in, bastids!
  3. kick an old man in the groin OR burn an old lady's only wig?

  4. Burn the wig, but remove it first.
  5. eat grape-nuts cereal with live roaches in it OR ice cream with earthworms?

  6. Don't like cereal much, so ice cream for me.
  7. be united states ambassador to Afghanistan OR Iraq?

  8. Iraq. What a mess!

Evansville Sorted!

Debbie and I just got back about an hour ago. No real difficulties with the ADSL hook up in the office. Debbie had some problems with some furniture not being delivered though. It is a 3.5 hour drive each way so it was a long day. Debbie is sweet company, though, and we just chatted on about our families and general stuff and time passed very quickly. We get to do another road trip next week to Bedford, only about 1.5 hours each way.

Waiting for Debbie

We are gong to Evansville today to install ADSL in one of their field offices. It is a 3.5 hour drive each way, and there is nothing there worth going for. I hate it because if there were a direct way, it would take a bit over two hours (or less) to get there. But now, you have to drive to Terre Haute (another Indiana hot spot!) and then go south. At least Debbie is good company!

September 12, 2004

OK, it's no joke!

I actually felt this earthquake this morning while I was sitting at the computer. The only reason I recognized it as being an earthquake is because I'd been through it before around here. The old building I live in gave off a few cracking sounds. Nothing fell off shelves or anything. It was barely an earthquake.

September 11, 2004

OK, waiting for propagation

I have set up the apache server as best as I can. Not sure of all of the directives, but I have them all in place. The regular server is still working properly now. I am still waiting for the domain (http://www.nezbitthecat.com/) to percolate through the system. 48 hours is the usual time, but I am not sure of the exact time my ISP changed his name servers. Just keep trying the new name and someday it will work.

September 10, 2004

The Nez may be flakey

I am playing with the default configuration of my apache server to recognize my new domain name, nezbitthecat.com, but it is being a bit of a pain at the moment. Even when the new name takes effect, the old link should still work, it is all coming from the same pot. Bear with me, my skills in this department require a lot of trial and error, especially error!

September 08, 2004

Waiting for Amazon (again)

But this time I wasn't such a tightwad and sprung for the $3.99 extra shipping charge, so they shipped the book the very NEXT DAY after I ordered it. If it wasn't for Labor Day, I would have had it on Monday.

Basically, we live in a class society. You gotta pay extra to get the status quo nowadays. If you don't believe me, order from Amazon and select the free shipping option and see how bloody long you have to wait before they make a move. Or better yet, try and "cash in" some frequent flier miles - they have more restrictions and fine print that makes it just about impossible to get anything you want. Bastards!

September 07, 2004

Another day, another dolla.

Arrived at client number 2 to find a dead server in the rack. I diagnosed a bad power supply to be replaced tomorrow. I managed to leave out early to go pick it up.

The WX is turning really nice now after it has been hot and humid all of last week. The temp is dropping like a rock, and the humidity is as well with the passing of a cold front. Hopefully, the front will keep the remnants of whats-her-name at bay. Fall is in the air, the edges of the leaves show signs of age. The days are growing painfully shorter each day. I hate trying to get up in the dark, but that is how it is in the Winter.

I am in the mood for some bowties and pesto this evening. Yum!

The buzz on buzznet

We had a hardware failure on one of our servers because of that, some images are not showing up. All missing images will be restored in the next couple days. The site is now working on a brand new machine (better than ever). Thank you for being patient with our rapid growth.

We appreciate your support.
That is good to know. It has been a bit slow for a few months now, but just as good. I figured all the adverts slowed it down.

We've got to get back to the usual work routine today. Summer is over now and we're not allowed to wear white. Do I care?

September 05, 2004

Just another Sunday in the boonies

I was surfing the WX sites and got this radar pic of Frances. I have spoken to two friends in Florida and they are feeling the effects, but aren't bothered by Frances. That is such a perfect shot of the storm. You can see which the heavier precip in the NE quadrant and how it starts to pick it up in the south quadrant. As the moisture is dissipated the SW quadrant shows lighter precip. Such a cool pic!

Buzznet seems to be out of service this AM thus causing a few of my pages to stall. Maybe they are installing some new equipment to handle the increased user load they have now.

September 02, 2004

Amazon shipped

They can consider themselves forgiven.

September 01, 2004

Home again, home again, jiggedy-jig

My what a busy little September day this has been. Normally I see two clients a day, sometimes only one "regular" one I have a contract with, and sometimes three. Today - six! Not that I mind, actually, more money for the kid. Each job was only a half-hour or so, but it all adds up.

I called Ashley to wish him warmest regards, but I think he views birthdays much the same as I do - as non-days. My last celebratory birthday was my fortieth. Pretty much after that I try to ignore them. Since it is on New Year's Eve, it pretty much gets overshadowed by other hoopla anyway.

I have a new predator in my garden. I found this out there this morning. Maybe the squirrel was trying one for taste, but according to Joy, squirrels don't like tomatoes, so I am a little baffled.

Everybody's posting today

Must be a September 1 thing. It is my cousin Ashley's birthday, happy birthday Ashley. I have to take care of a stopped up sink. The pipes are connected to the new neighbor in number 8. I think he dumped some grease down the drain and clogged it up. Live and learn.