Archive for the ‘Computers’ Category

Removing some old SPAM

Posted: January 3, 2008 in Computers

So, as part of moving hosts, I was forced into looking at the comments table, only to see about 15,000 SPAM comments sitting on this blog.  I KNEW they were there, they were from an old blog engine that I used before WordPress, that did not allow me to moderate comments.

As most of you know, I moderate now, and the only reason a comment doesn’t get approved is because of SPAM.  I don’t believe in censorship, provided your not just repeatedly flaming me.  But, if you made comments a while ago, I might delete it by accdent.  Sorry, there are 15,000 of them, and sometimes a legit one slips through the crack.  In better news, since changing to the new system almost two years ago, absolutely NO spam has slipped through.

New Year, New Host, New Features

Posted: January 2, 2008 in Computers

Well, as most of you have no doubt noticed over the past week or two, this blog has been down, along with all other sites that I have a hand in hosting.  Basically, the old servers crashed, best I can tell.  I tried working with the host, filed several trouble tickets, and got basically nowhere.  So, I decided that combined with the SQL server being tempramental at times, the time not being set right on the server, etc, that it was time to get a new host.

After nearly a week of the old host being down, they have finally come back up, and I am currently working on getting all old files from the old servers, and moving them over here.  MNEnergy.com (home to Energy 87.9) is back up and running, and the blog is also back up.  MNXMFan.com is slightly more complex (more tables, bigger database) so it might be another day or so before it is back up and running.

Also, you might notice some changes.  First off, yes, as of right now you are being redirected to blog.mnxmfan.com/wordpress.  This is due to the way things are setup at the moment, and might change as I am not sure how I feel about redirecting.  But with that change, we have finally been able to upgrade WordPress to the newer version.  With that brings several changes, mostly backend, but for one there is now a post calender, tags, and more fun stuff on the right hand side of the screen.

In addition, you now have the ability, through each post, to share it with whatever social network you choose.  Just click on “Share this” within any post, and a list of custom generated links opens right in your browser. 

We hope this new host, www.servmatix.com works out well for us in the future, and due to being on what appears to be better and more up to date servers, I hope to bring you all kinds of new features, along with the same boring drivel you know and love!

The year has seemingly flown right by me, as it’s quickly coming to a close.  I say quickly, because as we all know December goes by rather quickly. 

Perhaps its because of the week and a half cold that I’m just getting over, or the fact that I have been in school for around 10 hours a day this semester, but I for one welcome the end of the year.  For me it means graduation, a step upward from where I was before.  When I start the new year, I will be employable in the IT field, and with any luck, I will also have a job lined up. 

But I will also be sad to see the end of the year approach.  I will miss going to classes, or hanging out with all those people that I have met at school.  It’s been 2.5 years there, and there are some great memories, and some not so great memories.  But one thing is for sure, I am going to miss the 40+ minute commute each way to go learn some stuff with some overall great people.

But, such is life, constantly changing.  And there’s some big changes coming up in the new year.  Stay tuned!

Black Friday Madness

Posted: November 23, 2007 in Computers, Friends, Fun

So this year, I decided to actually participate slightly in the madness known as Black Friday.  For those of you outside of the states or who otherwise don’t know what Black Friday is, let me tell you.  Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving.  See, for a long time, it has been tradition for many people to start their Christmas shopping on the day after Thanksgiving.  It is called Black Firday, because that is the time that many retail businesses actually show a profit for the first time all year.  Kinda sad when you think about it, huh?

Anyways, I had been needing to get a flash drive for a few months now, since I broke mine sometime back in September.  So, having said that, I checked the ads for all the sales about a week and a half ago, and found a great deal on a 4 gig flash drive from Circuit City.  It was somewhere around $25 after tax.  Anyways, I decided to go out there and pick one up.  The Circuit City nearby is located accross the street from the mall, so I should have already known it would be a zoo.  The parking lot was absolutely packed, and people were just grabbing any spot they could find, marked or not.  I went in, and battled the crowds (pretty sure some fire codes were being broken too, but who knows) to get to the back of the store where the flash drives were located.  And, at 11AM, there was not one drive to be found (at least not in a reasonable price range).  Granted it didn’t look like there had been many to begin with, but I was frustrated with myself, and the situation.

So, I decide to go check out Best Buy on the off chance they might have one on sale.  Sure, it might not be the one I want, but hey, I’ll check it.  Now granted, the Best Buy in my area is located kind of out in the middle of nowhere, but still was rather busy.  With that said, the employee’s were very helpful, and they did indeed have a drive on sale.  Not as good of a deal as I would have gotten from Circuit City, but I still picked it up for under $40 after tax.  Keep in mind that these drives run around $70 normally, as it is the 4GB model.  I was able to walk up and get checked out right away, so I was happy. Next year I’ll pass on the whole black friday thing.  Yeah the deals are good, but at what mental cost to us?

After that, I ran away from most civilization, and met up with Rose and her fiance Mike for some lunch and Ice Cream, so the day certainly was far from a total loss.  At least I got to meet up with some friends and have a good time talking about how we are all avoiding Black Friday like The Plague next year.

So, its been almost a month since my last post.  Sorry, things get rather hectic around here with school, and work, and my rather active social life. 

Anyways, to update you on a few things:

The podcast I tried to start up is officially cancelled.  I’m sure it had potential, but I simply do not have the time to research the topics and get new shows recorded enough to make it worth your while.  Perhaps once school is done and I have a full time job, things will settle down, but as it stands now, I’m hardly home for more than a few hours on the weekdays, and usually so wiped by that on the weekends (and let us not forget the social life) that I am not motivated enough to do it.

My car broke down.  Yup thats right.  Well, not break, but it was still a $2500 repair by the time all was said and done.  Fuel injectors went bad on me.  Not too bad considering I’ve had the car now for 4 years, and I’ve only put about $4000 into it in total, but it still hurts to spend that much at once!

Because of the car breaking down, I’m picking up more hours at work.  I’m a workstudy at school, so I don’t get too many hours, but I can pick up as many as 20 hours a week, or up to $1500 this semester in total pay (at 8 bucks per hour).

I still have yet to smoke a cigarette since I quit on October 1st.  It hasn’t been all easy, but I’m commiitted to making this time work.  That should help with that $2500, you’d think, but I want to recognize extra spending money because of it, so I am more motivated to not start again, so I won’t be putting it towards that.

I haven’t been getting to the gym three times a week yet, but November will change that.  I’ve been tired because, as I’m sure some of you ex smokers are aware, quitting affects your sleeping habits and schedule.  I seem to have those issues worked out now, and will probably start up again either tomorrow or Saturday on the whole workout plan.  I got a new MP3 player, because I managed to break my old one, so there is even more motivation, and if I get in 13 times per month, my insurance company reimburses me $20.

I’m still working on upgrading this blog, but my host is still having some issues, so we shall see if I can get that done in the next few weeks (time permitted, of course!).

I am considering completely taking free time away from myself and starting my career a bit early.  I’ve got some feelers out there for jobs, so if the right one comes along, I may very well start working before the semester ends in December.  It’d be tough, but for the right job it would also be worth it to torture myself for a few weeks.

The plan is still to move out sometime this coming spring, and with degree in hand, it shouldn’t be that hard to find a job to make that a reality.  I’ve been noticing more job openings as of late for my career path, so thats good news.  This summer was pretty dry, and evidently the few places I applied for decided they still wanted to see proof of my graduation, which will happen in December.  The one exception to this rule is a job I found out about that is in Burnsville which pays right around what I was looking for and does not require that you have a degree.  (Its posted through school, so they probably know they are getting someone who is GOING to have a degree anyways).

Apperantly, I broke my about me page, so I will work on getting that back up.  Which is a good thing, because I now also have a facebook page, and it would be nice to have a one stop shop way of finding my online persona.

Anyways, thats all for now, I have some opinion posts that I would like to materialize, but I’ll have to wait and see if I can get the time to sit down and write them.  I have a study group that meets tomorrow, so I better get off this thing and start transitioning to bed here.  

Upgrade Rollback….

Posted: August 9, 2007 in Computers

So, after fighting with quirks on the upgrade for almost a month now, I have decided to roll it back to the version I was using before.  Most things are unchanged, but you might notice that a few things along the sidebar have changed. 

Not sure why the upgrade didn’t work, but I’d put money on me not having the best version of PHP or MySQL installed would probably be the case.  Not my server, so I can’t change that, all I can do is ask the host to upgrade!

Testing new feature.

Posted: July 19, 2007 in Computers

Yet another new feature, podcasting.  This isn’t a podcast, but its still good, because I made it.

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