Thursday, May 29, 2008
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.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
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
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
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.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
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 . . .
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
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).
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Here's the link: http://www.motherthejob.org/index.html
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Saturday, May 10, 2008
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....
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.
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.
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
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
Monday, May 5, 2008
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.
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!!!!