It's been over a year since I updated my blog.
Seriously. My last post was on March 19th, 2009. Carry on. Nothing to see here.
Seriously. My last post was on March 19th, 2009. Carry on. Nothing to see here.
So I had been using Apple's iDisk service since back when it was the free iTools incarnation. When they switched it to .Mac back in 2002 and started charging for the service, I was happy to give them my credit card number to continue using the service. I have been a paying customer for nearly 7 years now. Well the credit card number I had given them expired, as they are apt to do after 7 years. I didn't realize this happened since I had long since switched to gmail as my primary email account. I have all my various email accounts funneling into my gmail account so I never noticed that I stopped getting my @mac.com email. Well today I realized my (now MobileMe) subscription had lapsed when I tried to access my iDisk and it wouldn't mount. Apparently this is the first time I've tried to access it in a couple months. When I logged into me.com it gave me an account "reactivation" page. So I dutifully filled my new credit card number and info. With my account reactivated--woohoo--I mounted my iDisk and then to my absolute horror found it completely empty. SEVEN YEARS OF DATA GONE!!!! That data on my iDisk pretty much only existed on my iDisk. Foolish me, I trusted Apple with the data I didn't trust my own harddrives to keep safe. After spending 20 minutes trying to figure out how to contact MobileMe support I finally found the "webchat with a support representative." Adrian (my support rep) chatted me that since my account was inactive for 30 days everything was deleted from their servers with no means whatsoever to restore it. No backups--nothing they can do. I'm SOL. Yes, thats SEVEN YEARS OF DATA GONE after only 30 days!! I paid them $99 a year for seven years, and because I didn't pay attention for just 30 days, they murdered all of my data. I wish Apple would have paid me a fraction of the loyalty I have paid them all these years. Apparently 3 iPods, 1 iPhone, 7 powerbooks/macbook pros (plus one more for my girlfriend's mother), 4 paid OS X upgrades, a handful of iPhone apps, and dozens of songs on the iTunes Music Store weren't good enough.
Upon searching my gmail inbox of 539 unread emails, I discovered that Apple did send me two emails letting me know that my credit card info was invalid. They contained the phrases "Please update your credit card information in your MobileMe Account to avoid interruption of service." and "If your account cannot be renewed, your access will be restricted to email only and will be turned off completely 15 days after expiration." I never would have equated "interruption of service" or "access will be restricted" to ZOMG ALL YER DATAS WILL BE GONE FOREVARZ!!!!!!!! I seriously can't believe it's gone. Even Blizzard doesn't delete your World of Warcraft characters when you cancel your subscription. Why? Because they know you'd never come back if they did. Needless to say I have canceled my newly reactivated account and will watch carefully to make sure they refund my money, or I guarantee you I will be calling Visa to block the charge.
This comic by Penny Arcade and the accompanying article pretty much sum up my feelings about Twitter. It is just too much information. The signal-to-noise ratio is just far to low for me to stand it. The frequency that people generaly update their status line in Facebook is just about right for me. Once every few days is often enough. Of course that is completely thrown off when people forward their twitter updates to their Facebook status line. It bothers me so. You people know who you are. Just stop it. If I wanted to know what flavor of jelly you are putting on your toast for breakfast, then I would subscribe to your Twitter stream. But I don't, so please don't make me.
That's right, do a search for Paul Baker and I'm finally finally finally the first result. I kick ass. U-S-A! U-S-A!
Update: Silly OfficeMax took down the Elf Costume site so none of the links work any more. :-(
Click the image on the right to see me do a little dance. Rachelle pointed me towards this gem of the Internet and says that one of her friends actually worked on it. Anyway you can upload a picture of your self, resize a polygon over your fac and--whallah--you are and elf. I love it! I've got some more Christmas spirit related posts coming soon including my experience on the Holiday 'L' Train. Oh yeah and here are some more FeedBurner folks done up as elves: Rachelle, Beat-up Chris, and Happy Chris.
Nicole told me to blog something because she's bored at work and I'm supposed to amuse her. So I dunno if this is very amusing, but it's all I can come up with right now.
Anyway at the end of my block is "European Auto" mechanic. Their shop is always full of exotic cars. But usually exotic only means Ferraris and Porsches. Last night though on my way home I was confronted with a glorious site. Sprawled across the sidewalk was a Lamborghini. It was beautiful. After I wiped my drool off it's luscious blue fender I ran home to grab my digital camera so I could take the following blurry pictures of it and the Ferrari of the same color parked next to it.
As I sit here at the co-lo waiting for one of our database servers to sync so we can put it into the cluster I realize it's been a long time since I posted. So here I am posting. I'm up to $18.75 for my Lent 25 cents per swear word thing. That means I've said a bad word let's see 18 divided by 4 that's umm... uhh... what the hell is that? Wait that's not right. It should be 18 times 4. That's umm 40 plus 32 and another 3 for the 75 cents. Yup, 75 swear words. Or curse words if that's how you say it. Kinda like I say coke but some people say soda or pop. Let's see what else is going on with me... Illini won last night that was good. Sopranos was awesome last Sunday. Just awesome. I can't wait for this Sunday. I thought Big Love was decent enough for me to watch it again on Sunday. OMG as I write this, my partner in crime over at FeedBurner who is also at the co-lo but at a different cage just said: "Because, its like an explosion of heavy jewish nerds back here." HAHAHA!!! Don't get me wrong, I love Jews. I dated one once even. But I was back there so I know what he's talking about and it's just funny. And as he said just after, "(I only say that because it adds comedy, and because I see the are all wearing Yarmulkes)" We aren't racist I swear. Or is that religionist? I never understood that. I grew up my whole life thinking Jewishinity was just another religion. And then at some point it became a race too. Perhaps it always was a race? I don't really get it. Can't we all just get along? See doesn't that make me not racist? You know what's funny? I said above, "what else is happening in my life" and then I talked about TV and Sports. Not actually anything *I* am doing. Hrmmph. Oh I know! I made Knight-Champion (Rank 9) in World of Warcraft this week. How about that?! Gawd I'm a dork.
Well I finally upgraded to Moveable-Type 3.2. I was still running the very old 2.661 version from like a billion years ago. The main catalyst behind this move was to get my self better acquainted with MT3.2 for an upcoming project I'll be working on at FeedBurner. But the real reason I've been gearing up for it and the best reason is to finally shake away my old RSS 0.91 feed and replace it with something respectable. Yay! Finally there is formatting and links and pictures and more doo-da la-la-la-la laaaaa la-la-la-la! in my feed. Now it actually warrants being burned. I'm not happy with the new color scheme, but then again my old look was utter crap too. And I'm not really any kind of a designer so I guess I'm stuck with it unless someone out there wants to volunteer to make it awesomer.
You wanna know why the news media is putting news pieces like this together? Because they are scared. They are losing viewers to video/computer games at a steady rate and it's unlikely stop. God forbid they produced a show worth watching, or when they did actually kept it on the air (ie Firefly) to get us to watch. No instead they have to use scare tactics to try to keep people from playing games and we will have nothing left to do but go back to watching the boob tube.
So I bought a new phone on Friday. Anyone that knows me knows that I have been without a cell phone for over a month. The story of how I lost it is really quite lame. I'm pretty sure I lost it at Skippers which is this greasy place across from the Pita Inn by work. Anyway it was an otherwise pretty good day. I was enjoying a gyro. On the way out the door from the place I casually slide all the garbage off my tray into the trash bin. As I did this I went, "aww crap I just threw away my red basket!" You know those red baskets you always get at fast food places when you get a gyro or hot dogs or something. The red baskets where there is always a sign above the trash cans saying, "don't throw away baskets." Anyway I threw mine away by accident. Then later that evening I went to make a call on my cell phone and to my surprise I did not find it in my pocket. Ding dong! I never managed to find it any where I looked, which was everywhere. So the only conclusion is that the red basket took revenge by pulling my T68 in with it. I'm such a doodoohead.
Skip ahead a month and I finally got off my ass and stopped by the World of Wireless store on the corner of Lincoln and Altgeld which is like a block from my house. I took the day off from work to go golfing with my dad and sister, but that was in the morning so I had the whole afternoon free and it seemed like a good thing to do. Anyway, WoW has a little paper sign in the window saying they get all the best unlocked GSM phones in town so it seemed hopeful that I would be able to get the T637 I've had my eye on, but was only available from AT&T. So I stopped in asking for that and he said he was out but he was going to be picking some up later that night. We got to talking some more and he mentioned the K700i. He said he just got them in two weeks ago and I had to see it, as the screen was just amazing. And let me tell you it is! So I bought it. It does everything under the bloody sun. It's very 1337. And this also brings me up-to-date with the times as I now have a camera phone. Which brings us to the picture of the penguin you see here. This is the picture I took on my way home from the grocery today. I had the phone email it to me and it was in my inbox before I got to my door, which was only a block away from where I took the picture--OH SHIT! I just realized I forgot to put the hotdogs and O.J. in the fridge. Be right back!--Okay I'm back now. Anyway yeah...took a picture of this pigeon that tried to corner me by the mechanics on the corner. Alright I think I'm going to try to start taking a picture of something every day and then I'll blog about it. Sounds like a lot of phone. I mean fun. Whoa my brain is stupid.
P.S. Thanks to Liz for pointing out all the typos and grammatical errors in this post.
Snap! Can you believe that my bestest friend Savannah has had a blog for like five months and I didn't even know about it. Anyway Savannah, you need to feel better so you can be in tip top shape for number 9.
In other news, tonight at the Rosemont Horizon errr I mean Allstate Arena, here's hoping that The Get Up Kids and Motion City Soundtrack team up to beat the ever living shit out of Chris Carabarabaraba and Thrice. It's just so wrong that TGUK and MCS aren't even listed on the Ticketmaster page. Just sad.
It's about fucking time!
So I have been using Linux systems for over 6 years. I have had at least one Linux box of my own for over 5 years and I have been a full-time professional Linux server administrator for over 3 years. I just learned today how to increase the max open files limit.
echo 32768 > /proc/sys/fs/file-max
How did I never figure that out on my own? And why is it whenever I have searched for the answer I have always found stupid crap about
ulimit that never really solved the problem? How was this so easy yet so hard to come by in all my 6 years of dealing with Linux?
So I just bought 20 more shares of Lawrence Lessig's blog on BlogShares and then subsequently watched the the price drop 2 points. ACK! What's even worse is that I already had 20 shares that had already dropped 2 points from what I bought them at. Yeah so I've now lost $100 of the $500 you start out with. I suck. I suck a lot.
It looks to me like Dave Hyatt is talking about Safari in his not-supposed-to-be-about-safari blog. Shame on you Dave. Of course since the post is not about Safari in any technical sort of nature, I guess I'll let it slide this time.
I do know exactly where he is coming from with the fear of "brain are being overwritten" thing. I spend so much time at work trying to create the end all be all code library to handle everything from proximity searching to digital assets that I do believe my brain is being overwritten. I have the hardest time trying to go to sleep at night because my brain just will not shutoff. Even when I'm sitting in bed, my brain is still trying to code. I see code in my head. I'm constantly prototyping and implementing and re-implementing things in my head trying to find the best way to do something. I'll sit there in my bed for 5 hours trying to fall asleep. Of course by then I'm supposed to be up in a few hours to "go to work". As if I ever leave... Even when I'm not physically at work, I'm still at work.
And I do know my health is suffering. I caught a cold in November that still has yet to go away. What the fuck is that? I have had a cold for almost four months now. November just so happens to be the time when all this started...when I started to write Maytag International's DAM. Don't get me wrong, I love my job and I love programming. I'm just afraid what it's doing to me.
Came home tonight hoping to cozy up on the couch and watch this weeks episode of 24. Nope! My ReplayTV fucked up again. This is the second 24 episode that it crapped out on recording. Basically when you try to play it, the RTV "locks up" and it just sits on the Replay Guide screen. Eventually at some point it goes to a blank screen. Then after who knows how long, it suddenly starts playing the episode. Only problem is, it's now 40 minutes into it. DAMNIT DAMNIT DAMNIT!!! I love 24. I don't want to put up with this shit. I think I'm going to sell my ReplayTV on eBay and get a Tivo instead.
Since I couldn't watch 24 I decided to set up Movable Type on my website. Not too hard to set up, but I'm surprised they don't write some kind of install script to do it for people. Certainly easier than any other web apps I've tried to install. I also broke up and inserted all the old news on my website and my slashdot journal entries into the archive.
Drove home from work tonight with my laptop running MacStumbler. Found 11 access points on the way. Three are in the apartment complex a block from my house. Seven of the 11 were named "linksys".