July 2003 Archives

14.. I suck

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I can't even do the simplest of perl programming. I can't for the life of me work out why almost identical code will work in one situation, but behave completely differently in another. Just figured out one part of it. Needed a slosh in the right place (as opposed to a slash). flipping

That and a madhouse day patching servers like crazy and setting up info so that staff can do it for themselves also. http://www.microsoft.com/security/security_bulletins/ms03-026.asp has the potential to criple half (more than half actually) of the computers attached to the internet. So long as our servers are ok, then I can sit back and laugh at the ensuing chaos.

And there's only 14 days to go. Haven't decided what I want to do yet. Whatever I do, I'm sure only half a dozen people would turn up.

/me goes off to continue being depressed in private.

15.. fzzzz

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more fizzing involved tonight
party at cia to celebrate/commemorate 20000 enetica domains, carl leaving, end of ar vweb, end of financial year, enetica first birthday etc
much alcohol and food was involved.... all good.. :)
/me flitters off to check ebay and go to bed

16.. flipping

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Had such a suck couple of days at work. Spent most of yesterday trying to get windows 2000 reinstalled on someone's machine after it looked like it had gotten corrupted and was blue screening. Handed it back and it was all good.

This morning I get a phone call that it's still blue screening >:(
Or when trying to login it would just hang. Tried to format the partition and reinstall, but it said the partition was damaged and couldn't be formatted. yay. Decided to abandon the disk and put in a replacement. Will dissect the other one some time to see if it's just a partition problem or a problem with the disk itself. So another day wasted.

That and everyone else was dumping crap onto me also. I'd thoroughly had enough by 10am.

Then my net connection was down for 2 1/2 hours tonight. Thanks Request. Not. Just when I had sat down to get some work done. I felt rather lost, although it did give me an opportunity to get my flat somewhat tidier :)

I think I'm just going to go crash

Like spending two evenings in a row with your parents and managing not to kill either of them.

Or finding the season finale of ER on a video tape that you didn't realise you had, so not missing it after all.

Or that The Mole has started up again!

Little things like this are the sorts of things that easily amuse me.

Which is good, because my flat looks like a bomb has hit it because I've been out for most of the weekend.

Bexley House

Trekked out to Strictly Aquariums today to get another light for the big fish tank. They didn't have the "purple" lights to fit my tank, but they had some "marine blue" ones. It'll be interesting to see how the plants grow under this light. The display tanks they have at the aquarium have fluorescent objects in the tanks because they fluoresce really nicely. I'll have to see if I can find anything around here to put in the tank.

After that I went out and had a look at the house my friends are interested in buying. It's a pretty cool house, with a stack of living space. It also turned out to be a bit of a family gathering, as many of their family also came out to inspect it.

Now I'm off to do family stuff. So much for getting any programming done this weekend :)

Titanic goes for an awfully long time on TV with all the ads. And it's way past my bed time and I have to run around all over Sydney tomorrow.

Snow Conditions

Does anyone want to go skiing? The guys I went ice skating with the other week are talking about going skiing again, but of course they'd never invite me and I don't think I could bring myself to ask if I could go. Especially not without someone to go with. *sigh* <wonders if I'll ever get to go skiing again>

As I was driving home tonight, I saw parked on the side of the road a car with the number plate "NEWHAIR". I did a double take, and looked again to make sure I wasn't imaging it. But yes, there it was, a number plate of 7 letters, something we just don't have here in Australia. As I was pondering this, wondering since when did Australia have seven letter number plates, I pulled up behind a van, literally 200m up the road, with the number plate "FOREVER". OK so now I was totally spun out. The writing around the main text was very fine, so I could only read the text at the side which said "AUS" but not the text at the bottom.

Has anyone in oz seen these plates around?

* the icq server is broken
* received the first piece of spam to my notes address that I think I've ever had - and this to an address that I've had for five years. The end of an era.
* the cia support mail (and in fact all the other company's support queues) are a total disaster. And I'm just sitting here looking at it going, well sucked in.
* Channel 9 never aired the final episode of this season's ER. Or if they did, they aired it at a different time and I've missed it
* The amazon swords in my big fish tank are dying from lack of light. Need to get a new tube as soon as possible
* The amazon swords in my little fish tank are dying from over zealous snails. Have decided to eradicate the snails, beginning with the biggest ones
* Friends of mine may be buying a bigger house (which is further away from me :( )
* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire arrived off ebay yesterday, only three more to get now
* remind me never to have kids
* my tummy hurts and don't know why
* it was a fantastically warm and sunny day today, and tonight there was a lovely breeze that was so not cold. I think Sydney is going to skip winter this year
* the icq server is still broken

1) DVD or VHS? DVD
2) Best Literary/Movie Villan: Voldemort (Harry Potter) or Sauron (LoTR)? Voldemort
3) Meat: rare or well-done? Rare
4) High Speed Internet-Cable or DSL? DSL
5) Women: 1-piece bathing suit or Bikini? I have a 1-piece
6) To be fair--Men: Boxers or briefs? N/A
7) Beer or Liquor/Wine? Both have their uses
8) Coke or Mountain Dew? Coke
9) In honor of my 10/18/03 nuptials: Morning or Afternoon/Night Wedding? Probably afternoon
10) Carpet or Hardwood Floors Carpet
11) American cars or foreign? Well duh, American cars *are* foreign :)
12) Cutest TV Twin: Mary-Kate or Ashley Olsen? Both look the same to me...
13) Coffee: Caffeinated or Decaf? ewwww hate coffee
14) Thought-Provoking Question of the Week: Computers: Do they make life better or worse? Why? Depends whose life. I wouldn't have my job(s) without them

Again I've been asked not to do the support mail, basically because it mucks up the stats *sigh*

At least they haven't gone and lopped my head off by removing my access, I just need to not do stuff that will make a difference to the stats.

Argh I wanted to be in bed half an hour ago :(

Service Pack 4 Setup Error

An error in updating your system has occurred.

Windows 2000 has been partially updated and may not work properly. It is recommended that you use your Emergency Repair disk to repair your system. To do this, insert the Windows 2000 Setup Boot Disk into the floppy drive, restart your computer, and then select the Emergency Repair option.

ok at this point you know it's going to be a long night. The mouth goes dry. The stomach feels queasy. All you can do is call James and beg for help. On ISP production servers downtime is not an option.

So I read out the error but there's really nothing out there about it. One post from someone who just tried reinstalling it and it worked. Another about some incompatibility with a piece of software we don't run.

So we tried just reinstalling the service pack. This time it decided it would install with no further errors. So we let it reboot. Two minutes later and it starts pinging again which is a good sign, however nothing is working. Web isn't responding, neither is anything else. This is where the real panic sets in. I was all set to go into the exchange to kick it, when suddenly it comes back (about 15 minutes later all up). According to the event log it had been running a consistency check on the web drive. Major sighs of relief are released. We rebooted it again to make sure it was all good, and it was.

Tempting fate, I then ran a quick backup of the system, then ran windows update to get the two post sp4 critical patches. Again it rebooted ok, and everything seems to be working. I think I can safely go to bed now.

I've probably ranted about this before, but I'm rather annoyed with Aqua One. They deliberately make their aquarium hoods a non-standard size so that you have to buy "their" fluorescent light bulbs. Stinks if you ask me. And of course noone actually sells the replacements because they're non-standard size. So I'm down to one light, which I'm sure the plants aren't appreciating.

I lost my last Danio yesterday. And I think I'm down to 10 neon tetras in the big tank, and 7 in the small tank (one died from there the other day). May soon be time to start thinking about replacement fish. Although I saw the cutest little angels today, and I wondered if mine could ever have been so little :)

27.. fzzzzzzz

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whoops missed the post.. better change the time on that...
had dave over tonight and we got pleasantly drunk
thanks dave *hugs* appreciate it

28.. wierdness

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Terminator 3

Strange kind of a day today.

Had a meeting at cia which I thought was just a regular meeting, but it turned out to be how I was going to fit in to the place again. Even after it was all over, I'm still not exactly sure what my role should be. And now things with Carl are just weird, and I don't feel all that comfortable with it. It was easier when I was pissed at him, now I think it's the other way around and it's just not good.

Then raced off and saw Terminator 3, which was not bad, but not as good as T2 I didn't think. Plenty of cool action though, especially the stuff with the crane :)

Pretty much a nothing day today. Busy, but nothing much happened.

I was somewhat intrigued with this, although I don't think I could ever come up with anything even remotely worth reading. I have enough trouble writing a few dozen words in this blog every day. I might ponder it for the next few months though.

and I don't think it has anything to do with the glass of wine I had 5 hours ago. We just had a four hour annual owner's meeting for our block of flats. Talk about children bickering. Three people that didn't turn up to the last meeting (that was cancelled due to lack of quorum, but perhaps they put in proxy votes) came along rather upset about a few things, and it all ended up in swearing and name calling. It was all rather unpleasant, and not something I'm used to. Then we had a show-and-tell out the back where the Moreton Bay fig tree is tearing up the driveway, garages and even the building which changed the atmosphere markedly, as everyone then had something in common to be on the one side about. The second part of the meeting was a whole lot more civilised than the first.

It also looks like I might be getting my own support queue to look after at cia, so that'll be kinda nice. It'll just be for the windoze support .. although they're yet to set it up for me.. maybe after the team meeting on thursday..

Was a bit scared about going to cia today, but it was all good. There'll probably still be stuff for me to do, and team whatever may adopt me. Either someone is lying about all of what happened, or there's been miscommunication somewhere. Whatever the story is, I probably won't be doing cia support anytime soon. If anything I'll most likely be working on little projects for Vic. Feeling a whole lot more positive about life than a few hours ago.

1. Do you remember your first best friend? Who was it?
Yes. Donna Bonnefin. We were best friends from about Kindergarten through to year 2 or 3. Then she dumped me for Kerry Williams. I saw them once after primary school; that was fifteen years ago.
2. Are you still in touch with this person?
No, see above
3. Do you have a current close friend?
Close friend or best friend? I have about 3 close friends, one best friend.
4. How did you become friends with this person?
Met them while they were working in commed and I was doing my honours degree
5. Is there a friend from your past that you wish you were still in contact with? Why?
Sometimes I get vague feelings of nostalgia when thinking about people I used to know. But I suck at keeping up with people.

Yesterday I was feeling completely miserable having been fired and it being a Friday night and facing the prospect of spending it home alone. I was absolutely dreading having to go home so I hung around at work til relatively late. Still not wanting to go home, I icqed dingbat and invited myself over for a couple of beers. What was going to be a quiet night getting tipsy ended up being a 22 hour marathon. After a few beers, we wandered up to the pub for half price cocktails, where we met up with Chris's neighbour and her friend, and also his flatmate and his girlfriend. We had dinner and then stayed at the pub til 4am drinking and playing pool. I crashed out on the couch. Around lunch time (actually it was closer to 3pm) we all met up again at a cafe up the road for a meal (not sure whether it could be called breakfast or lunch or afternoon tea). Finally just before 5pm I left to come home.

I totally adore Chris, have done for years. He's one of the nicest guys I know. Pity there's no reciprocal interest.

Well, it seems I am out of my part time job. Oddly enough I was fired by the other support guys rather than management, although it was management that inspired it. The story goes something along the lines of: with me doing all the cia support, it's not giving a true indication of the amount of work that the other guys have to do, and so they can't make their case to management that they need more staff, because I'm doing so much work. Now if you can see the logic in that, then congratulations.

It's kinda hard to write here cause none of would make any sense without knowing the background. But basically this is a job I've been doing for 6 years, and it's suddenly been taken away from me just like that, and I feel rather lost. The future right now is all very uncertain. It's true I did have a two month holiday from it last year, but I never had the feeling it would be permanent. This time it feels a lot more real.

Everyone I know that knows the situation would say it's for my own good. I suppose that is true. There won't be the stress of coming home late and then having to sit down and do the support mail. There won't be any need to care about the systems or the customers after hours when noone else does. But the problem is, I do care. I'm quite convinced I care more about the place than any of the people that actually work there. Which is totally illogical in itself since I have no share in the company.

I always wondered that if I didn't have cia to keep my mind occupied at night whether I'd think about uni work instead. We'll find out I guess. Probably not though. cia was a hobby, different to real work.

So who knows what my future there will be. Vic hinted last night that maybe we could think of something for me to do. I truly hope so.

36.. strange

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In a weird mood at the moment. On strike until the little matter of a bonus is sorted out. It's not like it's even much - probably on the order of $50 if I've calculated correctly. But it's the recognition of a job well done that I want. Anyways, enough of that.

1. Strawberries or blueberries?
Both are good
2. "Legally Blonde 2" or "Terminator 3"?
Terminator 3 without a doubt. That reminds me, must go order the T2 Ultimate Edition brb
3. Hamburgers or hot dogs?
Hot dog, with tomato sauce and American mustard
4. Boating or hiking?
Both are good
5. Suntan lotion or sunblock?
I call it sunburn cream, go figure
6. "Big Brother" or "The Amazing Race"?
Amazing Race for sure
7. Beach Boys or Jimmy Buffett?
Beach Boys I guess
8. Grow your own produce or buy from supermarket/greengrocer/farm stand?
Grocer, I live in a flat!
9. Drive with car windows/top down, or with air-conditioning on?
Windows down unless it's really really hot (air conditioning takes a lot of power away from my little car and a lot of petrol)
10. Go away for vacation, or stay at home?
I love to travel, so I'd prefer to go away, but I also like getting things done at home, and used to adore the three month holidays I got at uni when I could do whatever I liked for weeks on end

eek I just stopped the video and the tv is crystal clear.. I've just been watching a tape of last night's episode of Brides of Christ, which is on channel 2, which we don't get good reception for. It was somewhat painful trying to watch it through all the snow and lines, I think I'll have to get someone to tape the other episodes - there's four left, turns out I only missed the first one.

Just saw last Thursday's ER too, which was hard to follow because they did "night shift" and "day shift" in parallel. Had to pay close attention because a lot of things that happened in the night shift parts had earlier events linked to in the day shift parts. And Romano told Elizabeth he loved her ... awwwwww :):)

And while we're on TV, they're doing a 10 year reunion for 90210 which is about to start.. I have to admit I used to watch that show. I watched it for about 5-6 years but skipped the last season or two because it was just getting too ridiculous. Actually I think I stopped watching it when Donna finally lost her viginity. egads.. I didn't realise it went for 10 years! yikes!

38 Days to Go

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Carl at cia turned 30 today. Striker turns 30 in 31 days. Kazza turns 30 in 38 days.

Funnily enough it's not depressing me as much as it has done in the past. I think I'm just in denial at the moment, not wanting to think about it. You may hear more again soon.

24 finished tonight, was not bad. It certainly picked up a lot after the bomb went off. The whole Kim thread was enough to make you want to rip hair out, but the rest of it was pretty good. Although I'm sure all of them went the full 24 hours without ever eating or going to the toilet :)

Meanwhile, I'm feeling a bit fuzzy, so I think I'm going to go to bed.

Just as much as Friday nights rock, Sunday nights suck. There's that awful feeling I get when the sun goes down that the weekend is nearly over and I haven't gotten as much done as I should have.

I used to get that feeling a lot more badly when I was still at school/uni because usually it meant I hadn't done enough homework/study/assignments, and it was going to bite me hard the next day.

It's not so bad anymore, but there's still the power of association. Not to mention being alone which is never helpful either.

Countdown begins tomorrow.

I've noticed that sometimes when it's fairly cold here (like 12C) my weather pixie is still rather scantily clad. I've also noticed that the moon is upside down. Well today I found this page which has a guide of what the weather pixie wears.

Below is the range of clothes mine wears:
Blonde Pixies

I went and tried to find a few random sites round the world to see it in real life. Somewhere in Canada I found the one with the green parka (-23C), and in Vietnam I found one in a swimming cossie (33C).

I also found reference to the fact that yes, in fact, the moon is not turned upside down for us Southern Hemisphere users. Oh well.

Other than that, I'm having a nothing day, just doing lots of cleaning (my room, gamera, mailboxes, etc)

1. What were your favorite childhood stories?
Tin Tin, Asterix, Mr Men, Dr Seuss, Roald Dahl
2. What books from your childhood would you like to share with [your] children?
Well I'm not planning on having kids, but if I did, see above
3. Have you re-read any of those childhood stories and been surprised by anything?
er, not really
4. How old were you when you first learned to read?
I think I could read a little by the time I got to school
5. Do you remember the first 'grown-up' book you read? How old were you?
I don't know about "grown up" books, but the first book I ever read that had relatively explicit sex in it was "The Hindenburg Disaster" by Jeff Rovin when I was about 15

Just wondering .. as noone has commented for a couple of weeks.. :P Is my life really that boring? ok, maybe better not to answer that ;)

ok then, since I have nothing better to talk about, here's today's idea from Blogideas.com:
How long do you think you will live?

well according to the stoopid quiz I did a while back, I'm going to live to be old. But I'd actually rather die young.. or youngish rather - maybe around 65-70. I couldn't cope with being old and either in pain from chronic disease or with no short-term memory.

But, with the amount of fat/cholesterol I eat, I wouldn't be surprised if I had a heart attack at 50 and got it all over and done with really quickly.

blah de blah

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Suck day at work today. For no real explanation, just felt grumpy with everything and everyone. Must be the weather. I did burn my first ever dvd today tho.. 40 minutes to burn a 4.7gb disc.

Then tonight we were supposed to have an owner's meeting but it ended up getting cancelled due to lack of interest. But it did give me time to catch up on a few videos I hadn't seen yet.

Gonna wander off in the general direction of bed

1. Lemonade or Ice Cold Beer? Shrug, either
2. Swimming pool or beach? Pool - you don't get sand in your cossies that way
3. Long weekends here & there, or a 2-week vacation? 2 week holiday
4. Destination: Acapulco or Hawaii? Never been to Acapulco .. Hawaii was average. Waikiki was covered in broken coral and Sunset Beach has a concrete base
5. Destination: Mountains or Beach? Probably mountains
6. Hotel/motel/B&B or camping? Motel - I like clean and a soft bed, but also as cheap as possible
7. Carefully planned vacation, or play it by ear? I like trying to cram as much as I can into a holiday to get my value out of it
8. Sneakers or sandals? Sneakers
9. Air-conditioning or fans? Air con is good, although I don't have it in the flat, just in the car
10. Concerts in the park or baseball games? Who outside the US goes to baseball games in summer anyway?

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