Until today, I had never seen soda referred to as
pop in a grocery store. Didn't know that was what So-Cal called it.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Until today, I had never seen soda referred to as
Monday, June 27, 2005
After being without Internet for the weekend, I found my cable modem in a box on my patio underneath my air conditioner. So now I get to post my update. I guess I'll start at Saturday then go from there
Saturday was spent driving. I woke up at 5:45 and got ready for the long journey. I didn't really like waking up that early, as the last time I was up at that time I was going to bed; but I dealt with it. We (parents and I) stopped briefly in SLO to pick up some stuff I accidentally left behind when we were packing out. That done, we continued south. My hatred of LA was increased as we hit traffic on the 405. Honestly, how could anyone want to live there? How do you not go insane because of the traffic? On the trip down, I saw 3 or 4 separate accidents. One of these accidents was 10 or so cars ahead of me in traffic. Insane. Eventually, we got down to Vista and to my apartment. It's really a nice place -- a fairly large one bedroom apartment that had just been painted and had its counter-tops redone. It's a hell of a lot nicer than my apartment in SLO, but then again the rent's $965 a month, so it better be (and it happens to be the cheapest apartment we could find). I even have a little patio and outside storage. We eventually got all my stuff unpacked and furnished the apartment. The apartment looks kind of barren (especially the bedroom), but it definitely feels like home.
Sunday was spent putting the finishing touches on the unpacking done on Saturday. We went food shopping and did some other shopping for cleaning supplies and such
Today was my first day. It was pretty good, except for me not having much of a clue about what's going on. I came in and did the usual paperwork, then proceeded to build the computer I'd be working on. Apparently the one I was going to be working on didn't boot at all, so Mark (my boss) and I spent about an hour trying to get the motherboard out of the computer and off the tray it was screwed on. We then tried getting the new motherboard in the case (a Dell case), then gave up on it once we decided that there was no chance of it working without spending a lot of time working on it. Mark finally decided to get another case to put the motherboard in, and I got the motherboard all situated in it. I booted the system (an Athlon 64 3200+ with 2 gigs ram) and installed all the software I needed to do my job. I went to lunch with Mark while VS.NET installed. We went to George's, which Ole dubbed "Aperio's cafeteria". It's kind of a burger place that has a pretty good selection of food. I ordered a cheeseburger, which was pretty good. We talked for a bit, mostly job-related, then went back to the office. I finished getting my computer set up and started familiarizing myself with the program I'll be working on over the summer. As I found the documentation and help somewhat lacking on this piece of software, I was tasked at the end of the day to clean up and update the help document. So at least I have something to do tomorrow.
Friday, June 24, 2005
Keeping with what has apparently become an annual tradition, I had a hard drive failure yesterday. Ironically, it happened as my server was adding a disk to the degraded RAID I had just built. It was 78% complete. Had the failure occurred 20 minutes after it did, I wouldn't have lost any data. Unfortunately, it happened when the RAID was still degraded, so I lost everything on the RAID, which amounted to 140 gigs of stuff, mostly movies. In terms of amount of data lost, it so far has been my worst data loss yet. In terms of important data lost, it was probably been my best data loss. On the plus side, I got a new drive on rebate at Best Buy, used it to build a shiny new RAID that now holds my server's home directory, music and TV shows. And the failed drive was under warranty, so I get yet another drive for free. Apparently there's a benefit to aggressively using hard drives.
Saturday, June 11, 2005
So after dealing with my stupid goddamn wireless network card for about a month and a half, I finally purchased one that works. For those who didn't know, my wireless network card caused hard locks on my system pretty much every time I plugged it in to try and use it. I had originally thought it was Windows' fault, as Jerry tried the card in his system with no ill effects. The fact that the card worked under Linux supported this hypothesis. I knew it wasn't my laptop causing problems, as I borrowed Jerry's wireless card for quite some time with it working properly. However, the problem with hard locking resumed under Linux yesterday. This pretty much proved my hypothesis wrong, so I figured it was time to get a new wireless card. I purchased the Netgear WG511, which can be used under Linux with ndiswrapper. It was a simple matter to remove the old configuration for the old card and replace it with the new configuration for the new card. So now the new card works beautifully on my system.
I'm constantly amazed how much Linux has progressed in the two years since it last graced my laptop. So far, all the little problems that I used to have with it have disappeared. Copy/Paste now works properly, X can deal with me plugging in a USB mouse while I'm in an X session and have it work properly, and there are a lot more programs available. I made a list before I formatted my machine of programs I needed to reinstall on the system. So far, the only program that I couldn't find a replacement for was Visual Studio .Net. Everything else had either a port or an equivalent. So I'll probably end up using it as my main system, then use VMware when I need to use Windows.
Ok, this is the third goddamn time I've written this post. There will not be a fourth. Stupid fucking wireless network card has to magically stop working the minute I get home and hard lock my system. But I digress...
So I'm writing this back in ol' Hanford, CA (I'd say good ol' but I'd be lying). I can always tell I'm home by the smell of cow that fills my nostrils and the
Get the US out of the UN sign to the side of the 198. This officially marks the end of the Spring quarter and therefore the school year. Were I going to be in the Valley longer than 2 weeks, I might mind a little more than I do now. But I know that soon I'll be living it up in a much better climate.
As much as I bitched and moaned this past year (and there was a lot to bitch and moan about), I had fun, and I think this was probably the most enjoyable year yet. Even the oft-mentioned Spring quarter, with all its peaks and valleys, evens out to a mere
meh (though that's not entirely fair as we did some really fun stuff this quarter. Unfortunately the lows were pretty down there). But yeah, lots of fun times were had with really good people; and I don't think anyone could ask for much more than that. Kudos and thanks to Catherine and Tim, who graciously shared their apartment with us pretty much the entire school year. I may have slept in my apartment, but I lived there. Congrats to Joe, who's finally graduating (may have already graduated by the time this is posted). Hopefully he'll stick around next year so we can all still get together and do shit (Though I hope his sticking around will be the productive kind, not the
high school loser who drives around campus 5 years after he graduated kind).
Oh, and I suppose I went to classes and learned some stuff. I think they were mostly Computer Science classes, so I must've learned Computer Science-type stuff. I suppose that would explain why I wasn't able to dick around all the time.
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
I suppose that if Google supposedly knows everything, it'd know I drink to excess. These ads showed up on my blog when I was looking around for something. Unfortunately, AdSense's Program Policies prohibit me from clicking on my own ads, so I wasn't able to seek help.
Earlier today, I finished the last of my algorithms homework. That increases the probability that I'll pass the class dramatically. Here's hoping others do the same.
Monday, June 06, 2005
Some of you may be aware that I've been in the process of formatting my laptop this past weekend. My wireless network card was causing Windows to lock, so I figured that I'd try reinstalling Windows to see if that would solve the problem. But I also figured that I'd try giving Linux a shot again on this thing. After all, it's been 2 years since it last graced this machine, and Linux has become a lot more polished since then. Plus I have more of a clue about what the hell I'm doing with regard to Linux than I did 2 years ago. I'm installing Gentoo, which I'm familiar with as it's the distro running on my server. Unfortunately, it takes a very long time to get a working system. X took at least 3 hours to compile and install, and KDE has probably been compiling for another 4 hours. And this is with both my computers compiling. As a result, I have no graphical user interface that I can use for this computer. So I've been taking this time to reacquaint myself with the command line. I've been using links2 as my web browser and naim as my AIM client. I've been fortunate that these 2 programs are able to keep me linked with the outside world as I struggle to study biology. Because it's one thing to use the command line to do a simple task and return to the comfort of a GUI; it's a completely different beast to use the command line because there's no other option. How people got their work accomplished without going insane, I'll never know.
Saturday, June 04, 2005
And what a Friday night it was. Joe, Forrest, Jerry, and I bought a shitload of booze, including some 151, then headed back to Joe's for a little fun. We made flaming Dr. Peppers and got all around drunk. At about 10, we all decided to see Episode III, so we headed over to the downtown theater. Now at this point I was very, very drunk; and I somehow lost my ticket within the 20 feet from the ticket office and the door. I finally walked up to the ticket taker and asked
You saw me buy a ticket, right?, to which he replies that he saw me and that I can go in. Nice of him to do that. During the movie, Catherine calls to find out what's going on. I wasn't able to answer the phone in time, so I tried calling her back. Unfortunately, my phone wasn't designed with drunks in mind, so I was having some trouble calling her back. Eventually I called her back, told her what we were doing, then hung up. I walked back into the theater, sat down, and passed out shortly after.
When I woke up in my bed, I was very confused how I got there. I called Joe to find out if he had my laptop and backpack, and he told me what had happened after the movie. Apparently I did pass out during it, and Forrest had to poke me every now and then to make sure I wasn't dead. When the movie ended, they had to drag me out of the theater, call Andy to get me back to my place, buckle me into Andy's Explorer, and get me in my bed. I apparently threw up some when I got back to my place, and everyone made me drink a lot of water. They stayed at my place for about an hour to make sure I didn't die, and that was that. Class act that was. I appreciate them doing it. Apparently they calculated that I had about 16-18 drinks in that 3 hour period, which turns out to be a BAC of between .23-.27. Perhaps I should cut back on my drinking some.
Friday, June 03, 2005
Today marks the end of the spring quarter. As we speak, I have only one more class I must attend, after which point I'm free. Well, as free as one can be when one has to study for a final on Tuesday, two on Thursday, and one on Friday. And it came here just in time as I don't think I would have been able to handle any more of the ups and downs this quarter offered. Seriously, This quarter has been a huge fucking roller coaster, and I'm glad the ride is over.
This last peak/valley combination was perhaps the fastest one yet. Yesterday I got an email from Dr. Franklin accusing me of cheating on something. Now I didn't cheat, nor have I really discussed much of the class with anyone at all, so I knew that it would get resolved rather quickly. So my lab partner and I go to her office, and she asks us why our README file from the lab we just turned in looks identical to one submitted last year. I reply
It's a README. (for those who don't know, a README gives information about a program. Mine are usually about 5 lines long and rarely consist of more than 20 words). It turns out she got our README confused with someone else's, which makes me feel kind of bad for whoever turned in that README. They'll probably end up failing the class for cheating on the most unimportant part of the assignment. I mean, all you have to do in the README is put your name and the name of your lab partner. No creativity or thought at all is required to do this. But I digress. Everything's fine, and we're all golden. We get to lab about 5 minutes later, only to find out that we won some award on the lab we just got accused of cheating on. Specifically, we won the
Most Useful General-Purpose Instruction award. As a prize, i got a pocket screwdriver set. Huzzah for non-monetary awards.