Back to the grind
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Morning watch, 8 bells (8:28 am)

Here's to hoping I can finish all eight laptops by the end of the day... Though I'm not holding my breath.

I have a headache this morning already, I hope today goes easy on me.

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Laptop day
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First dog watch, 3 bells (5:48 pm)

Well, I only got through four laptops today, that leaves eight for tomorrow. How am I ever going to finish them up??

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Twelve Bugs of Christmas
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Forenoon watch, 8 bells (12:26 pm)

For the twelfth bug of Christmas, my manager said to me:
Tell them it's a feature
Say it's not supported
Change the documentation
Blame it on the hardware
Find a way around it
Say they need an upgrade
Reinstall the software
Ask for a dump
Run with the debugger
Try to reproduce it
Ask them how they did it and
See if they can do it again.

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Laptop Extravaganza
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Forenoon watch, 8 bells (12:24 pm)

Our laptops (all twelve) got in today, ahead of schedule. Now I've got to clean all the junk software that Dell puts on them and install our software, etc. Lots of fun, this will take me all day today and probably tomorrow, too.

We had a nice video card go bad today, I pulled it from AS's computer last week, and something must have happened to it on her desk, because when I reinstalled it (at her behest), it no longer worked. I don't know what she did to it... More work for me.

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ROTK and Church
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First dog watch, 2 bells (5:06 pm)

Today LH and I talked about our experiences at Return of the King this past week—she went with her whole family to the all-day screening of all three movies in a row. I was very jealous. It was neat to hear about how red-carpet the treatment was, discounted food, free refills and pizza, etc. I really enjoyed seeing the movie last week, but was so tired I'd like to see it again to make sure I didn't miss anything. I suggested it to L, and we're going to try to see it again sometime between Christmas and New Years.

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Friday Night KungFu
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:55 pm)

Well, class was cancelled Friday night—JTP was going to see The Return of the King with family. I can't blame him. We were going to hold it Saturday morning, then he remembered he had to work, so with such a difficult schedule around the holidays, we decided to get back at it the week after Christmas. That'll be better anyway. I'm excited to get back in it, after the weight (and size) that I've lost, I've found that my kicks are much better, and I'm a lot more flexible. With all the racquetball lately, I'm in much better shape to take on the extra exercise. Plus JTP has learned a lot of things about the Choy Lay Fut system from his trips to Calgary for training that he's very excited about teaching, so it should be hard, but lots of fun, too. MP from work will be coming with me (at least to start, hopefully he will enjoy it as much as I do), and today SB (my neighbor) mentioned he wanted to get into some training.

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Spending Money
Afternoon watch, 8 bells (4:20 pm)

I've spent over $23,000 in the last 2 weeks here at work. It's nice to be in a fantasy world where I get to spend so much money. I just ordered parts for three sweet new systems, one is an Intel P4 3.2Ghz 800 FSB CPU with 2Mb of L3 cache, 2Gb DDR400 dual channel memory, 160Gb SATA/RAID0 hard drives, it is decked out. The other two machines will be 3Ghz with only 1Gb of dual channel memory. Only, heh.

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Christmas Gifts
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Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:25 am)

Meredith, the company we've partnered with (they own the Better Homes and Gardens name), sent us a Christmas package at work. They sent Chocolates (mmm yummy) and racquetballs. I got 2 purple racquetballs, since I've always played with the blue ones. They profess to have a "Pressureless Titanium Core". I wonder how they get all that metal inside the ball...

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Knuckle Pushups
First watch, 4 bells (10:19 pm)

These used to be Not Cool. MP discovered that they're much easier since we've been doing bench presses for the last 4 months. I did 10 slow knuckle pushups with fists shoulder-width apart right after my bench presses and it wasn't anywhere near as hard as it used to be to do them. I told MP it was definitely a blog-worthy event.

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Comment Policy
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Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:43 am)

I have a new comment policy, NO HTML will be allowed. Just text. I don't think HTML tags are very necessary there anyway, and it stops whichever country next decides to SPAM my comment area from leaving links to advertisement sites.

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Jacob:1, Italians: 0
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Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:37 am)

Well, last night some Italian chump posted SPAM to my comments area. I know because I reverse-traced his IP—did he think I was stupid?

So I banned him and about 65,000 hosts around him (a big subnet), and for kicks banned all Italian domains from my website as well. That ought to show them.

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Morning watch, 3 bells (5:53 am)

Well, after my 1:30 meeting yesterday, I was finally able to leave. I left around 2:40, got home about 3pm and hit the sack. I woke up around 11pm and had nothing to do, so I went back to sleep. Got up at 5 this morning and I feel worlds better than I did yesterday. MP and TS both left the office before 8am yesterday, I was the only one that worked (of those of us that stayed out all night). And I worked 9 1/2 hours.

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Elusive Meeting Times
Forenoon watch, 7 bells (11:34 am)

Migrating meetings.. we all hate them. I hate today's since it has moved form mid-morning to mid-afternoon, and I can't run home and take a nap for fear of zonking out for several hours too many.

Zonking is the official term, by the way.

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Long-Distance Hits
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Forenoon watch, 6 bells (11:28 am)

I got some hits from several Chinese friends in Taiwan. Check out the screenshot of one of the hops! It goes through some small island I haven't bothered to look up yet, then to Hong Kong, then Australia, then back to Taiwan. What a trip for those little packets...

The stack of yellow dots on the upper right (hidden) side of the globe are actually this area (where I live). Dots are placed for every router a packet passes through in the approximate geographical position, although this is not always accurate.

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Web Visits, Part II
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Forenoon watch, 6 bells (11:21 am)

Well, I think the Mexico one may be EP, my dad's friend in Argentina. I traced the IP back through Mexico and on down to Argentina. Cool, eh?

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