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Apparently I have 8 Google Wave invitations (even though I haven't figured out what to do w/ it myself yet). DM or e-mail me your e-mail if interested.
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This morning an e-mail from Microsoft announcing their Bing search engine was in my Hotmail Windows Live account. It had been filtered by their automatic spam filter into the Junk Mail folder.
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Good thing: my laptop's hard drive seems to be okay. It's currently in a USB enclosure and I'm copying it to our server at home.

Bad thing: The laptop itself appears to be hosed. Most likely the drive interface. The thing was a refurb when I got it and that was about three years ago, so it's had its run.

Good thing: We've ordered a replacement laptop for me from Dell.

Bad thing: The replacement isn't scheduled to ship until December 26.

I'm tempted to borrow the smaller monitor in Toni's office and take it and this server down into the living room, except for the fact that I need it here in my office when I'm studying/writing/doing research at home. Looks like I'll be offline a lot until after Christmas. Whee...
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It seems my laptop doesn't want to boot this morning. After the HP splash screen, "A disk error has occurred. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to continue." Lather, rinse, repeat. The short drive test in the HP setup thinks the drive is okay, so I smell a corrupted boot sector.

Came into work anyway, but when I go home I need to dig out the HP CDs/DVDs/whatever that came with the thing and fix it this afternoon.

A few things for school (papers to read that I'd pulled off journal sites, a small Excel sheet or two) and my Outlook .pst file hadn't been backed up to our server at home yet, but other than time spent getting the drive up and running, it shouldn't be a major setback. At least as far as information loss is concerned. If it's more than a bad boot sector, I'll order a new drive.

Still. Bleah...
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...when a program works upon first draft, right after typing it into the editor.

Now for the batch file to get it to run a few hundred times on a few hundred different data files...


Jul. 3rd, 2008 08:42 am
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I don't know why but I was rather tickled walking through the department corridors earlier to see at least four computer monitors in the various display cases with an error on the screen.
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1. Adobe makes a web site with a glaring negative in its terms of use. Later they admit it was a mistake and promise to fix it. From everything I see on my flist, all at Adobe are forgiven.

2. LJ makes a change in service that is also negative, and also later admits it was a mistake and does fix it. From my friendsfriends page, all at LJ still need to be strung up or backed against the wall.

WTF? Is this just a difference with the specific people I have on my flist? That they have brains? ;-)
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(Appropriate, anyway, when used incorrectly.)

Having the correct search window up is critical. Using regular Google rather than Google Scholar can be a bad thing when looking for pulsating cumulus.

Pulsating is not a word that should ever be used in the regular Google window when at school.



Aug. 8th, 2007 11:15 am
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Why does it frighten me to learn that, at least here in my lab at school, the Red Hat hardware detection and config tool is called Kudzu?



May. 25th, 2007 03:51 pm
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As suggested by Toni, since it is the language I use most, for the next time I have programming/coding questions. From one of the best scifi shows ever, Futurama, of course. ;-)
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...but I may have to look into this one a little more. :-)

Break Time

Mar. 25th, 2006 04:59 pm
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Finished my C programs. And, yes, [livejournal.com profile] elmegil, you can smack me as you threatened because I did take more than an hour. Primarily because, in finishing the first one I had to finish, I ended up needing to put in a bunch of break points to print all the variables at various stages to see where one of them was getting munged. Turned out I was making an error in precedence and needed parentheses around a pointer variable I was decrementing. Oops. The last one, providing solutions to a quadratic equation, went much more smoothly - cranked it out in about 20 minutes.

Since Toni is leaving around 11:00 or 11:30 or so tomorrow morning, I'm putting off starting studying for my calculus test until after she leaves. I'll have all afternoon tomorrow as well as Monday and Tuesday evenings - I'm done with everything else homework-wise I have to do this week before Wednesday.

Have a mild headache, too - stupid head still acting somewhat like a barometer. Too bad I can't take advantage of that and, based on how I'm feeling at a particular time, be able to say the current pressure is 1002 hPa or something. :-)

Just put The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Extended Edition in the DVD player as background and am just vegetating while waiting for dinner in a while.

LotR reminds me - the WMO should add the name Sauron to the hurricane name rotation. Then we could see the Eye of Sauron. *ducks* ;-)
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How many years has it been?

While taking Toni back to work after lunch today, I mentioned that I had another mail account at IUPUI on the CS department server I'll be using for my C class projects, and I should create a .forward file for that account.


It just came out of my mouth without hesitation. How the hell did I remember that?

And then a few minutes ago, while logged into said CS server, I perused my home directory with ls -la, looked at my .profile with a cat .profile | more command, and then used vi to make my .forward file. I did need my vi reference card a couple of times, but still...

I haven't touched Unix in at least six years.

I'm not trying to brag - these are all simple task, anyway. I'm astounded more than anything. I hope concepts related to my coursework all continue to come back so easily.
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That is, unless anyone has a better suggestion.

I have this several-page application for another fellowship through the American Meteorological Society. It's an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) document. There are spaces for writing essay answers to a few questions, and the instructions indicate to use the space provided, not a separate sheet. I don't have access to a typewriter, and no Word doc or similar version is available. I have the full version of Acrobat, but adding large chunks of text to an existing document doesn't seem to work very well. Exporting from Acrobat to a Word doc version completely mucks up the formatting. I just had a brainstorm and tried to open the PDF in Adobe InDesign (the successor to PageMaker) - no go. Won't even read it.

So, I thought, just for the hell of it, to try to open it in PhotoShop CS. It worked! I have to throw a new layer of white underneath each page as the white of the paper is imported into PS as transparent, but that's easily done. One thing I don't like, though, is that, when I print from there, the existing text looks fuzzy. I tried importing at 72 dpi and 300 dpi and it didn't seem to make a difference - PS must import the text as rasterized rather than as vectors. If I have to do it this way, though, at least my own text that I add in PS will be sharp.

Anyone have any alternative suggestions?


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