Thursday, May 29, 2008

Office Shirt

After always being left out from getting any company event shirts, I decided that the only way I that I was ever going to get one was if I made one myself. So, I did and wore it to work today.

As I am a one-man web department, I decided to design the shirt with that in mind. So, I took the company logo and put "web development team" on it. (I can't put a picture here because I'm sure my company would not be happy about that).

The funny thing is that everyone wanted to know where I got the shirt. Some asked me how they could get one. I told them that they have to be part of the web development team to get these shirts. If only they knew the power of CafePress.com.

"The iPod has Landed" or "Another Sleepless Night"


I was just checking my Amazon.com account to see how far away my iPod has to travel to get to me, and I was surprised to find out that it has already arrived to my home. I wasn't expecting it to arrive so soon. In fact, I just received the shipping confirmation yesterday. (I wonder if it got stalled in the email server). I thought I had a few more days of waiting left to do, but now I'm not complaining.
With the iPod waiting for me at home, I'm probably going to be staying up all night long trying to get it synchronized with my current music library. I am hoping that this unit already has all the firmware updates on it so that I don't waste any time doing boring stuff like updating the firware. I'll probably be working on getting my movies on the device. I already have the software that I need. The only thing missing was the iPod which now here.
If you're thinking about driving by my house to steal my iPod package, please think again. I already called my neighbor and told them to pick up and hold it for me. By the way, they are NRA members and they would love to have a reason to play with their new "thirty-aught-six."

Dilbert

I love Dilbert.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

iPod Madness

Sometime during the weekend I decided that I needed a new iPod. So, I grabbed all the loose change in my car and headed for the local CoinStar machine where I managed to turn my change into an Amazon.com gift certificate for $58.17 to help finance this purchase. Plus, I did some computer work recently that is going help make this expense a little more palpable.

My reason for wanting a new iPod is related to my current iPod adapter in my car. Since I've had that adapter, I usually leave my old iPod in my car. I rarely remember to disconnect it and take it inside so I can listen my tunes. After a while, I started missing having my iPod around. Sure I could listen to music on my computer or on my mp3-enabled phone, but it just wasn't the same.

Now, I'm waiting for my new iPod. I chose the modest black iPod Classic with the 80gb capacity. I figured this would hold my 20GB music library and leave some room for video clips which my old iPod did not support.

So now, I'm dying of anticipation. I just can't wait for the bloody thing to arrive.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Untooning Jessica Rabbit

It's a bit creepy but I found this video of someone transforming the cartoon image of Jessica Rabbit into a realistic image. It's about 10 minutes long but I think for all you Photoshop junkies like me, this stuff is amazing to watch.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Got My Stimulus Check

After work, I went to the ATM to checkmy account, and to my surprise, I found an extra $600 dollars. It turned out that my economic stimulus check had arrived earlier this week according to the notice that mailed to me that I later found this evening. I was expecting to get the money as early as next week but not this early. Either way, it was a good end to a pretty good day. Work was busy but productive and we didn't have any of our sites go down from a web attack.

Now, I'm trying to decide if I want to put the money in my savings or actually go out and buy something that'll make me happy. It's actually a wonderful problem to have. Either way I go, I eventually win.

Paper cuts

I just finished folding a bunch of event programs and I managed to get a small paper cut. I hate paper cuts. They sting and make my typing really slow. What is worse is that I'm out of bandages and have had to resort to Mcguyverizing one out of office tape and a moist towelette.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Life Update

There's so much going on right now in my life that I am starting to feel really stressed out.

Work has been crazy with all the web attacks happening. My regular web work is piling up and my deadlines are coming at me with a vengeance. It seems like no one cares about the time I have to devote to making our site secure. They just want their projects done. I'm doing my best but I feel like I'm wearing out. I'm dreading the holiday weekend because I have a feeling our site will be hit and I won't be able to contact our hosting company during that time.

My personal life is also going insane. I plan to move in a few months but I haven't had the time to do the research I need to do to find a nice place. I'm saving my money for the move but the price of gasoline is really hurting me. I think we're getting close to breaking the $4 per gallon price in this area in the next few days. I'm considering getting an apartment that is closest to work. They're not pretty but it may save me some gas money. Don't ask me about my social life. It's still dead. I still haven't found my rice-eating, video game playing, somewhat techie, American girl. So the quest continues.

My car is nearing it's 25k check up. I'm guessing I'm going to have to do that sometime next month. The whole thing will probably cost me the rest of my limbs that the gas company haven't taken. At the moment, I am enjoying the iPod adapter in my car. It's made my car into a stereo on wheels.

Although I hate Macs, I do appreciate the original simple design of the iPod. I have a 20GB fourth generation iPod which meets my needs. The new ones have too many bells and whistles. I just wanted a music player which is why I haven't upgraded. The one I have works perfectly with my VW's sound system. Sometimes, I don't even want to get out of my car after I drive.

I'm struggling to learn ASP.net. It's nothing like classic ASP. The learning curve is set at a higher level. I talked to my boss about getting some training and he seemed receptive to the idea.

I think I'll end this on that positive note. I'm getting sleepy. Since no one really reads these posts, I can afford to leave out some stuff.

Until next time. ByteMonkey signing off . . .

I Hate Macs


Apple markets their Macintosh computers as being stable systems compared to PCs. Well, I just had one of the mac computers die on me at work. It seems as though the all mighty and fancy mac hard drive has died on the machine which was only used for light print design jobs. (It had Photoshop and InDesign on it). There was nothing on the system that was tasking it so much that the drive would die. So, don't believe the marketing hype. Be smart. Be frugal. Buy a PC.

Happy Moment

Caught up with an old friend yesterday. I hadn't seen Cristin since July of last year and it was a welcomed distraction from all the chaos that has been gunning for me. She and her mom bought me dinner at the Ale House which made the whole moment more awesome. Free food is always awesome. Plus, I got the news that her sister is having a baby which also awesome.

Shooting Themselves in the Foot?

According to PCWorld.com, the drama of SQL injection attacks happening around the world continues with a new twist. Now, it would seem that Chinese is attacking themselves. Click Here to read the article.

I Am Tired

I'm tired. I really am. In the last few weeks, I've been staying up late doing all sort of research on preventing web site attacks and adding new code to the site. With everything that I read, I know it's only a matter of time until the site is hit again through some other vunerability that no one has thought of.

I'm guessing the lack of sleep is starting to get to me. Yesterday, I got all preachy, forgetful, and somewhat cranky at work.

Right now, I just want to curl up in my bed and sleep for a few days.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

No Taxation Without Representation

I don't care if you voted for Obama or Clinton, but the fact that the Democratic party elections doesn't count in Florida isn't going to be counted because the Republican state government set the elections early is really making me mad.

It's not like the voters had a choice. The voters were just told when and where to vote.

Now, if the government plans to disenfranchise people, then I think Floridians shouldn't have to pay federal taxes next year. Why should anyone pay for a government that they didn't want to support? Didn't America once declare "No Taxation without Representation" to the British when they didn't get their vote?

Monday, May 19, 2008

Site Attacked

It's never a good day when one of your web sites gets hit by a SQL injection attack. Aside from the hassle of restoring your backups and posting back anything that was lost, you still have to deal with patching the whole where the bastards got in.

It's a never-ending battle. Someone pisses in your garden, and so you make your fence higher. Later, someone builds a taller ladder to climb over your fence and takes a shit in your Begonias. In response, you get a guard dog to hopefully bite their ass, but then someone finds a way to feed your dog sleeping pills. Then you do something else more elaborate and then at some point someone manages to get over it and messes up your work.

Unfortunately, I know that there is no bullet proof system against such attacks. It's just a race against time to see how fast and high you can get your wall up as the bad guys are racing to build their ladders.

As for me, the whole experience is ulcer-inducing. It's as if someone raped my child and I'm helpless to do anything about it. The rapist is still out there and because the law won't let me be a vigilante, I can't kill the son-of-a-bitch. If my integrity ever does fail, I think my retaliation will be ... "epic" to say the least (and at this point, my integrity is really wearing thin.)

All I can say is that I'm thankful to God that we have back ups. Also, my site is apparently as susceptible as the City of Boston and the Veterans Affairs' web sites. They too took similar hits.

I'm really really tired of this shit happening. I wish the Government would step in to do something. They claim to be tough on terrorists... well... you've got cyber-terrorists running rampant and the govermnet is just sitting on their asses doing absolutely nothing.

All in all, I feel helpless and I feel angry. Heaven help us all if I decided to retaliate.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Money in My Car

So, I decided to "deep clean and sanitize" my car today. I try to do this once a year to collect all the loose change in my car and then take the them to the CoinStar machine at Albertson. Then I usually buy something techie at BestBuy or Amazon.com. If I can't find anything techie, the money will go towards my beer fund.

Judging from what I found, I'm pretty sure there was more than ten dollars in my car. I'll post back the exact amount after I do my deposit to the CoinStar.

Sunday Fun

Well, it's another Sunday and we all know what that partly means: Laundry Day. It's a good thing too. The scent of cigarette smoke is lingering on the clothes I wore last night. So, I'll be doing this for a good part of the day.

I woke up this morning wanting tacos and I've decided that I'll be "running for the border" sometime today. Maybe after I'm done with laundry, I'll go to TacoBell and drive around town for a bit. This will give me an another excuse to listen to my music in my Ipod-powere car. I just have to remember not to be driving around for too long since the price of gasoline has making my wallet cry for a while now.

I don't have any tech calls this weekend so I'm relatively free to do what I want. So far, it's been a good weekend for me. I really believe that in order to keep yourself sane that you sometimes have to take some time to let go of all your problems and have a good time.

Beer Helps To Focus

I know it's late (or early 3:45?), but I needed to post something before I lost my train of thought.
So, my weekend festivities are somewhat over. I say 'somewhat' because I haven't decided whether to continue tomorrow having Monday being a work day and all. For the most part, I realize why I stopped going out. I usually burn too much of my money and drink a little too much than I should.

If I Twittered everything that happened so far, then the following list would be most of the entries. At some point my thumbs were inebriated so I couldn't text. But I would say it was fun. Some highlights for the curious:
  • Had the radio on my car fixed
  • Had my ipod integrated to my car
  • Had free dogs and burgers at a health fair
  • Had dinner and drinks at Crabs with my friend Rodney
  • Quickly toured the boardwalk
  • Took Rodney back to his place cuz the bloke doesn't drink (yes. weak. I know)
  • Got a call from some old friends from waaaay back.
  • Drove back to Pensacola beach to meet up with old buddies.
  • Second tour of the board walk.
  • Some drinking was involved.
  • Drunk cute girl grabs my non-existent ass. (either that or she was trying to get to my wallet)
  • More drinking was involved.
  • Discovering that I am louder than I sound in my head when I have had one too many: Priceless
  • Watched someone get arrested and decided it was a good time to wind down.
  • Sobered up a bit.
  • Drove home. Got sick.
  • Blogging to capture the moment and now crashing into bed.
  • Swearing to God that I won't do this again. Good times.

Friday, May 16, 2008

It's Friday!

It has been one long tortuous week at work and I am mentally exhausted. I've gone through literally thousands of lines of web code just to implement some new security measures for the company web site. I am very sleep deprived and tired. The only thing keeping me awake is all the caffeine that I ingested during this trifle time.

Work has progressively become more intense for me. I have more and more projects coming in and there doesn't seem to be enough time during the work week to do it. It's a good thing I don't have a life because this week alone, I gave up all of my nights to squeeze in more hours to work on the web site.

With all of this, I have decided to unwind this weekend. As soon as the office clock points to 5 o'clock, I am going on my trip to Margaritaville.

Blog Weirdness

Something strange happened to my blog. When I went to view the site this morning, it was missing a few posts. I have reposted everything and I'm hoping nothing crazy like that happens again.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mario Kart Wii Racers

Now that I have Mario Kart Wii, I'm curious if anyone is out there setting up some friendly races among members of the Utterz community. Can someone post back if they know if this happening already? Thanks. ByteMonkey signing off.

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I Forgot About "Mario Kart Wii"

With my busy world, I have totally forgotten to mention that I bought Nintendo's Mario Kart Wii last week and have been enjoying it ever since. I love being able to race people from around the world and I truly believe that this is what Wii games were meant to be.

If you have a Wii and your thinking of a new game to get, then I strongly recommend getting Mario Kart. If you already have it and you're interested in racing me, then send me an email at bytemonkey at mail.com. (I thought about posting my Wii number here, but I already get too many weird emails about viagra and cheap software that I've decided against it).

Dodging the Draft at Work

At our staff meeting, I learned that I wasn't on the list of people being drafted to work in the health fair that my office is running this weekend. They said that they had enough people working the event and I wasn't really needed. Now, I'm curious to find out if they really have enough people, or if my office has finally had enough of my monkey madness. I guess we will see.

My Brain Hurts

For the past two hours, I've been building a web site that I promise to a friend as their wedding gift, but now I have hit a snag. It looks like the hosting that my friend got doesn't like the ASP code that I am writing and the directory where the database needs to be is somehow restricted. If I can't get this custom content management system to work, I fear that I might have to revert to doing the site as a pure HTML site. .

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Fighting the Laundry Monster

As I begin my weekly battle with the Laundry Monster, a random Google search into the subject led me to this photograph. It's an art piece from a web site titled "Mother: the Job". Since, it's mother's day, I thought it would be appropriate tribute to share this site to the world!

Here's the link: http://www.motherthejob.org/index.html

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Happy Mother's Day!

Everyone! Call your mom and wish them a happy Mother's Day after you're done posting on Utterz! To all you fine mothers out there: Happy Mother's Day!!!

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Loitering at the Bookstore: Episode 768

So, here I am again at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore. I come here so often that this place almost feels like an extension of my home. It's like my personal library.

Before I caved in to opening up my laptop, I did managed to read a couple of computer magazines and part of the first chapter of some sci-fi book that I decided was horrible and therefore didn't warrant mentioning by name.

Frank Sinatra is playing on the Muzak system. I guess they're pushing his songs since he's getting a postage stamp. I think his music is lost and severely underappreciated by the young crowd doing homework in the store's cafe.

As for me, I'm just chilling out. I'll probably hit the comic book /graphic novels section in a little while and see if there's anything new. I'll probably hit the SF section again and see if I can rectify my poor choice from before. Maybe there's a new Orson Scott Card book I can page through.

Today has been exausting. Despite my efforts to not fix anymore computers, I got a call from someone begging me to fix their machine. I guess I'm just too good of a person because I used up most of what was supposed to be my free day working on their pc.

Hmm. My laptop's battery meter is bleeping at me. Looks like my battery is going out. Let me finish by saying that I am tired. I hope that tomorrow I can be less productive or at the very least be away from computers. I intend to do one thing productive and that is my laundry.

BTW. Don't forget to wish your mom a happy mother's day!!!

ByteMonkey signing off....

Some thoughts about moBlogging

I recently bought a small DC to AC adapter for my car so that I can plug /recharge my laptop whenever I'm roaming the town. It's been a very useful tool and I would definately recommend to any road warriors to have one in their car.


I just wonder, in today's technocentric society, why don't car makers just design a power outlet into their cars? Seems like a simple thing to do.

Blogging in the Park

I managed to snag a WiFi signal at the Bayview Park, so I'm taking the opportunity to post something (anything!) while I'm here.

I'm not really sure what is happening here at the park, but it looks like there's some kind of gathering. I'm guessing it's some church group having a weekend picnic. Most likely they are having some kind of Mother's day picnic.

As for me, I'm out and about running errands and fixing computers again. I'm begining to think that all the owners of the computers that I've had to clean this week may know each other. Most of them had the same kind of infection. They probably spread the damn thing through email.

All I can say to people is to make sure that you update your antivirus program daily at the minimum and keep your firewall running. If you turn them off for any reason, then try to remember to turn them back on. It only takes one infection to ruin your computer and your day.

Nonsense

Sometimes, I find myself having my hopes raised up so high that I start to think that this moment is the turning point of my whole life. I begin to think that my luck is turning and everything will be okay. Maybe. Just maybe. I, too, can live a happy normal life....

Then reality punches me in the groin and she exclaims, "Silly little monkey. Happiness shall never be yours."

Yes. Life and her sister Reality are bitches.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Friday Night Virus Killing Spree

It's Friday night and instead of having a social life, I'm out on two clean up jobs to scrub out some nasty computer bug that a few good folks accidentally picked up while trolling the Net.

All in all, I squashed the bugs and made some decent money, but I'm left mentally exhausted from cleaning up system registry entries, flushing start-up configs, and disinfecting infected browsers.

I think I'm going to finish off this post and go to bed.

It's a good thing my social life died a long time ago. Some might think this was a waste of a good Friday night.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Need Antivirus for the Poor


ByteMonkey needs your help to find a replacement for AVG 7.5 Free Edition since version 8.0 seriously sucks.

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Monday, May 5, 2008

The Monkey Returns!

After losing my blogging focus, the ByteMonkey is back on track. I hope to blog more often than before unless life gets in the way again. I may not voice post as much, but I promise to text at the very least.

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Feeding the Addiction

I just found out that if you subscribe to the Ultra Level (or higher) of the AT&T's Fast Access DSL, you can get free WiFi Basic service at different places around town.

Now I can use my laptop and connect to the WiFi at Starbucks and Barnes & Noble for free making my Internet addiction even more incorrigible.

You'll probably see this monkey at the Barnes & Noble at lot more because of this.

Just try not to ask me stupid computer questions while I'm updating my Facebook or Twitter page.

Happy "Cinco de Mayo!"

The Wiki says:

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "5th of May") is primarily a regional and not an obligatory federal holiday in Mexico. The holiday commemorates an initial victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The date is observed in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

A common misconception in the United States is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day; Mexico's Independence Day is actually September 16 (dieciséis de septiembre in Spanish), which is the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.


The ByteMonkey says:

Cinco de Mayo is the Alcoholic-American's celebration of having five jars of mayonnaise . . . some chicks named Tequila and Margarita are involved . . . where? . . . hey . . . what? . . . stupid dog? . . . GET OFF MY LAWN . . .trying to steal my mayo . . . i'm trying to sleep here . . . where's my churro??? . . . arggggh!!!!