Friday, April 25, 2003 - FTC tries to shut down spam e-mail operation - Apr. 17, 2003

This might actually have an effect on some of the spam laws trying to be passed. The biggest issue is that the spamming company used a deceptive subject, and children may have received this porn spam. Time will tell, but it might be the beginning of a reduction of the crap in my mailbox!

Monday, April 21, 2003

too funny. I really can't wait to hear what he says when they catch him...

Friday, April 18, 2003

Well, it's been 3 days since I managed to blog anything, sorry if you've been coming back and finding nothing new here...

This week has just been hectic! We're in the final prep stages of this project. Just doing some fine-tuning, documentation, and training manuals before we put it all into crates for shipping. Our biggest concern is forgetting what all we had to do to make this thing hum, when we finally get it back on the ground and unpacked!

I'm still working on the photos from last weekend. There were a bunch, and trying to get rid of all the redundant and crappy ones takes time! We're taking the weekend off, so I'll work on it some more (between naps!)

Speaking of pics, I've made a screensaver that you'll be able to download and it will automatically pull pictures down every day and use them for a screensaver. I'll make a link to email me and request to sign up. It's a free download, and you can buy additional photos to add. Very cool thing! The link will be over there <----------, so watch for it this weekend...

More later!

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Been a couple of days since I've been back here, hope people didn't give up on me updating this!

Shelley left yesterday, and we had a great weekend while she was here! We spent Saturday and Sunday in NYC, seeing all the sights we could in that brief time. I'll get some pictures up later today.

In the meantime, here's a funny website to keep you occupied!

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

Ok, so only a few people knew what a babelfish was... READ people READ! =)

Obviously I didn't get a chance to blog (btw, blog is just a geeky term for posting to this website, just fyi) ... (btw... BTW = By The Way, FYI = For Your Information (unless you're Italian, I just learned today, it means something else... something not nice...)

...where was I? oh yeah...

Today was our first demo of the abilities of the network we're building. The outfit that is looking at this is called SEEBRIG, and if you're interested:

To everyone that I haven't adequately described what I'm doing, basically I'm handling the network administration of a communications network that includes a satellite uplink, HF and VHF radios, and wireless 802.11b networks. Interspersed in the network is digital and analog phones, and field radios/phones. SEEBRIG is a big political pot, with seven countries putting in money AND their own .02, which makes quite an undertaking, and quite an achievement. The network part includes and Exchange server (for email), Dell PowerVault (480 gig network area storage), two servers at both posts, with a sat link between the two and a third point to Turkey. That's about as descriptive as I can be without being both boring and revealing (some parts are company secret, some are government secret).

Have I lost you yet?

Anyway, the demo was resounding success. All of the questions were answered, and the theories proven. Even had a few surprises that made a few of the Turkish military guys go "hmmmmm....!"... not an easy feat, I'm told...

So, I'll post some more indescribably vague pictures, so you can at least have some concept of what I'm dealing with:

Anyway, it's late here, and I've still got a few things to do before I can go to bed. Shelley will be here in two days (YAY!), then we're going to NYC for a couple days. I'm sure we'll have a lot more pics to show off when we get back!

Love to all, thanks for checking in with me!

Monday, April 07, 2003

Just a little weather report...

At 7am this morning, it was about 40 degrees, with a few clouds... at 12:20p :


Like the Babelfish thing? Bonus points to whoever knows what a babelfish is ...
We're bracing for 6-8 inches of snow here, but our demo is still slated to begin on Wednesday. If I haven't mentioned it, we've got a lot of the brass showing up here (come hell or high-water... or even snow...) this week, and we'll be showing this system over the course of the next couple of days. Needless to say, things are going to be crazy around here in the next 96 hours....

...but that's ok, because Shelley will be here on Friday! =)

BTW, remember how your mother always told you not to look into the sun... here's why:

Sunday, April 06, 2003

Still not sure why some things in HTML are acting so weird.. but I'll play with that later...

I wanted to post a few pics, just to check usage...

This one is a background I'm working on for our systems in this network.. all my design! =)

Saturday, April 05, 2003

ok.. time to start posting something
of consequence here. I've got it up and running, going to be playing with the
template a bit, but I think it's to a point where it's useable. Now I'll just
start letting those who would care, know that that it's here...

Today we made a LOT of progress
on the project (partly attributable to the fact that we were the ONLY ones working
in here, as opposed to usual weekday activity), and are starting to make it
look a lot prettier. Right now it looks like a large robot threw up... (sorry
for the imagery).

I also spent a little time working
with a satellite phone rig. This unit is for when you're in the middle of nowhere,
and need to talk to central about aligning the dish. Considering that you're using satellite bandwidth for
the call, it runs between $3-25/minute (so they kinda frown on personal calls).

I got my toolkit the other day,
and I've just got to get a picture of this thing online... it's an amazing collection
of tools.

Also set up my netadmin laptop for
this whole thing. Wireless and touchscreen, with SolarWinds
Engineer Edition installed. Anyone reading this that is even remotely geeky
should be drooling a bit... That's all I've got for now, I'll try to blog something
before I pass out tonight...

and btw, while I'm thinking about it:

Network Management is a lot like herding cats... I'll let you all ponder that for a while...

Thursday, April 03, 2003

End of another day. I'll be playing with this more this weekend, and will start giving people the address...
Ok... I just upgraded to Blog*Spot Plus to get rid of the ads, and to add the ability to do a few other things. I'm going to start using this as an easier medium for everyone to see what I'm up to.

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Civilian shooting toll may climb

No kidding. And you just can't help but wonder what the hell a busload of women and children were doing driving at a military checkpoint, in a country where the women aren't allowed to go to the bathroom without permission from someone.