Rough Book

random musings of just another computer nerd

Month: October, 2002

Photo Album nearing completion

I have been able to generate thumbnails. All I need to do now is spawn a window with a larger version of the image… that and a few cosmetic aspects. Like how the colour fades in and out? Pretty neat huh? 🙂

KazaaLite

Ok, so I’m late on the scene. It’s obvious. I got Kazaa Lite. Bye-Bye Spyware! I also got this ready-made HOSTS file that points all those stupid ad URLS to a bogus IP. Hahaha! No more stupid ads. They just open up witha page not found error. Also, I don’t see dumb banner ads on pages either. Take THAT! Stupid ad companies. HAHAHAHA! I HATE YOU ALL! (I mean ad banners)…

Kazaa is retarded

I decided to try out Kazaa. It’s so lame. It’s got a ton of spyware on it, and when I remove it, it says “You have uninstalled a part of Kazaa that is required to run the Media Desktop”. What a load of bull. Dumbasses.

A home for a kitty

We had a kitten for about 4 days. It was half grown and just about the friendliest and most docile cat I’ve ever seen. My roommate and I would have kept it, except I’m extremely allergic to cats – I sneeze, my skin gets ichy and my eyes start itching and watering. It’s not fun at all. But anyway, we had it for about four days and we let it run around our house. It was an awesome cat. We thought it was a lost cat because I’ve never seen a stray this friendly. Anyway, today (actually yesterday) we took it to Arizona Humane Society so that someone could adopt it. I hope he lands up in a good family. That’s a nice cat… *sniff* I miss it already!

Photo Album still WIP

I know the Photo Album pops up with a list of all albums, but it is still work in progress. You might (and most probably will) notice this page crashing. Sometimes this window might open up with the borders screwed up and none of the links showing. That’s because I broke the back-end or I’m working on it. Sometimes the links won’t work. That’s because I broke the Javascript files or I’m working on them. This entire website is WIP so you’ll probably notice a lot of that. I have to sleep now. Need to shorten my assembly code again.

My very own UNIX box

Happy Happy Joy Joy! I’ve only got the actual network and server configuration left. But almost everything else is done! FreeBSD is running with the KDE desktop and it looks SO TOTALLY KICK-ASS! Man, this is the BEST!

Installing FreeBSD on my newly built server

Ahhh… I have two computer screens in my room. Now it positively looks awesome. Also, my room is 10 degrees warmer than the rest of the house and there is a gentle roar from the many cooling fans. Well, it proved to be quite a task setting up this machine. Not that it was hard, but I ran into a lot of “issues”.

First, I found out that my processor from my old piece-of-crap HP was that slot kind – the kind that SUCKS. So I had to go get a new processor. Turns out they were out of Pentium III’s. Nobody stocks them anymore. So I had to return my old board, and get a new one. I also had to get a new processor – a Pentium IV @ 1.7 GHz. I thought I’d replace the 1.4GHz I have on my alienware machine, but it turned out that the board was different. But then trouble started.

I put the (old) processor back and the PC wouldn’t start. After 3 frustrating hours, (I fell asleep for like 30 minutes) and due to help of a few of my friends (Gouri and Suraj), the problem was traced to some bent (ouch!) pins on the processor. Finally, we got the processor seated right and my system was good to go. I also sliced my finger open in the process. Oh yeah, don’t trust the manuals. They tell you to put the processor a certain way, but that way is WRONG. Either that or my stupid processor had the dot in the wrong place. How lame is that?

Next, I had to put my server together. It was pretty easy. It started up on the first try. But the HDD and Power LEDs weren’t lighting up. I followed the directions on the mainboard manual, but apparently they were wrong (yet again!). So I connected it my own way and it worked.

I booted up with FreeBSD without any issues. I ran into problems when it said “Write failure on transfer (-1 bytes written 26404 bytes)”. I was like WTF? So I restarted it and tried doing it over again – same result. I searched on Google and some one said they had traced the issue down to the CDROMS. I have my old HP CD-ROM and CD-RW. I was booting off my CD-R so I switched it over the CD-RW. Worked fine! 🙂 Of course, I still have to set up my network… That should be interesting. I’m gonna have Marc help me out…

When Geeks Get Drunk…

They only get geekier. That’s my revelation. My CSE 421 program is a bloated and ugly thing. I am trying to make it smaller.

A Lot

A lot has happened. As you might have noticed, vivin.net and vivin.com were both down for a while. That’s because Marc’s ISP decide to make the intelligent decision to change his static IP. That resulted in some problems. Marc finally fixed it. So here we are.

The Photo Album should be up probably next week… this week is hell. PHP has been compiled with gd support so it’s going to be a breeze.

421 is a lot of work. ARGH!!

I got half of my signing bonus from the Army. After taxes, I have $2,802. I’m not touching it. I’m putting it in savings. But it’s so awesome to have that much money!!

Went to Garba last night. It was awesome. A whole lot of fun. Didn’t do too much garba, but had the dandia going for well over an hour.

There are some other things I wanted to write, but I can’t remember them at the moment… I’ll write them later… Oh yeah! I bought a motherboard for the server I’m building. I only have the case, harddrive and RAM left to buy…

Stuff at my unit

Had drill this weekend. It was alright. Went to Florence and had a lot of crap to put into the database. BORING. Slept out in the open at night. Those Army sleeping bags are awesome. They keep you real warm. I woke up in the middle of the night wondering where the hell I was. Then I suddenly remembered. It was about 2am, and the stars looked beautiful. Florence is way the hell out there and there are not many city lights. So you can see a lot more stars. It was really pretty… I fell asleep looking at them.

Four new things are happening at my unit. First, my section chief SFC Herring is clearing out to an EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) Unit. This really sucks, because he was an awesome section chief. I met our new section chief, SFC May, who seems to be a real awesome guy – former marine.

Second, I am getting promoted in December to E-4 rank. This means that I will be a Specialist – SPC Paliath. Among other things, I’ll be making more money.

Third, they might be transferring me out to another unit. This is because there are two people, me and this other guy, doing the same job (PLL [Prescribed Load List] Management). So they want to move me over to B Btry (Battery). I told my Commander and my 1SG that I’d like to stay, since the unit is 5 minutes from ASU and 20 minutes from my home (walking). It’s really convenient. They said they’d relay that to the Battalion Commander and also put in some words of their own. The final word is up to the Battalion Commander though. I hope I don’t get transferred. I like it in C Btry… I’ve made a lot of friends there.

Finally, there is another Indian guy in C Btry. This brings the grand total to (drum roll please) 2 desis in C Btry. I haven’t met him – he’s a Second Lieutenant. Which means, I will be addressing him as “Sir” and will also be at the position of attention while talking to him. He’s 2LT Tripathi. Will probably talk to him next drill.

Well, that was my weekend… I’m doing 421 now (no surprise)… going to sleep in a bit. I’ll finish the rest tomorrow.

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