Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.

4/29/2003

Airtoons

Filed under: Fun — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is in the early morning or 7:15 am for you boring, normal people.
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An oldie but a goodie!

Okay, so you’ve probably seen Airtoons by now, but I needed a laugh today, so…
Actually, a friend sent this to me the other day because I was falling asleep at lunch and he thought I needed something to wake me up. These things are hilarious! And, some of them are in bad taste, so if you’re a minor, be warned! If I remember right, they were inspired by a scene from Fight Club where the “cult” members replace the regular in-flight emergency instructions with something like these. In both cases, the effect was enough to make me laugh until I hurt. Very dark humor, but very humorous anyway.

4/28/2003

Hardware Mods

Filed under: Art,Fun,Fun Work — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Rooster which is in the early evening or 6:36 pm for you boring, normal people.
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Totally cool site!

Okay, this was originally on Slashdot, but it’s well worth repeating for anyone who didn’t see it before. Hardware Hackers is a massively cool site that has all kinds of hardware hacks and mods.
The case mods are my favorite. They have an all wood case and a steel and glass case that look awesome! If I had any skill at that kind of manufacturing, I’d make custom cases, too. Simply amazing design work.
Some of the other stuff is cool, too, but nothing beats those case mods, for my money.
Anyway, enjoy!

4/27/2003

Blog Bloat

Filed under: Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,News and Current Events,Personal — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Dog which is in the evening time or 8:31 pm for you boring, normal people.
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There’s more than 100 entries here now.

It just struck me, as I was signing in to the blog software, that I have more than 100 entries in this blog now. That’s pretty amazing, to me, anyway. Of course, I’m not sure how many people really read this blog, besides me, my wife, my daughter and my mother-in-law. And, I’m not quite convinced about my mother-in-law, either. But, as always, I conduct myself as if I’m always being watched. After all, since I appled to federal service once, I could, in fact, be under surveilance. Well, in theory anyway. Hey! Work with me on this one!

Anyway, it’s pretty cool, to me, that I’ve had that much to say. And, it’s cool that blog software has come so far since I started doing all this.
To start your own blog, check out MovableType.org.

4/25/2003

Nostrodomos Predicts French Faux Pas?

Filed under: Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Fun,News and Current Events — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Sheep which is in the early afternoon or 2:23 pm for you boring, normal people.
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I don’t normally go for this sort of thing, but…

Aw, what the heck, it’s Friday!
According to the Sacred Texts website, Nostrodomos wrote, in the 18th quatrain of the First “Century”:

Because of French discord and negligence
an opening shall be given to the Mohammedans.
The land and sea of Siena will be soaked in blood,
and the port of Marseilles covered with ships and sails.

Now, I don’t know about the rest of it, but “French discord and negligence” sure has caused a lot of “openings” for the “Mohammedans” in Iraq. Kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

4/24/2003

Anonymous Blogging

Filed under: Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Deep Thoughts,E-Mail Entry,News and Current Events — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Snake which is mid-morning or 10:46 am for you boring, normal people.
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Blogging for the paranoid.

At least, that’s how I see this new service at invisiblog. And, actually, that’s how they sell it to the public, too. Of course, in the FAQ, they readily admit that they’ll sell you out if anyone puts any legal pressure on them. I guess that’s to be expected in today’s litigious society. After all, why should they protect your privacy? What have you done for them?
Really, isn’t that what this is all about? Protecting one’s own posterior? I mean, really, who would go to jail for a principle these days? Not me, I can tell you that for sure. Especially not to protect some nut-case who’s pissed off the government or big business. Then again, those kind of rabble-rousers are the sort that actually founded this country… Still, who needs the hassle? Right? So, that’s why they recommend using MixMaster, which is an anonymous remailer. With that, one can post somewhat more anonymously. Of course, now we’re starting to get into more hard core privacy, so only the most dedicated need apply.
And, that, my dear readers, begs the question… Who needs this service? What can someone possibly post to a blog that is so dangerous that the blogger needs to worry about their identity? Well, I can think of several things, some of which are actually legal, but fewer are both legal and moral. So, yeah, there’s the political activists that will want this. (Read that as, “Nut-case, type A”, original recipe.) And, then, there will be the “sexually oriented businesses” that will want to use it. (Read that as, “Nut-case, type B”, extra crispy.) The truly sad thing is, if this runs to type, it will be the “adult” industry that pushes the technical envelope on this, just like they did with things like secure transactions and streaming video. It’s a sad, sick world, isn’t it?

Well, maybe the cypherpunks will prove me wrong. Either them or the Libertarians.

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4/23/2003

New Micro Drives

Filed under: Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Geek Work,News and Current Events — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is in the early morning or 7:16 am for you boring, normal people.
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This is unbelievable.

A 1.5 Gigabyte drive that’s less than an inch in size! It’s actually a kind of older story, but, still, when I read it I was shocked. Imagine a Palm, say, that had 1.5 Gig of storage. Or, if you’d prefer, imagine a Pocket PC with 1.5 Gig of storage. And forget about things like laptops. They’ll be replaced. Think “wearables”. Think about a belt that has 1.5 Gig of storage and a monocular video display. This is just science-fiction coming true.

Wow.

4/22/2003

Nina Simone

Filed under: E-Mail Entry — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Snake which is just before lunchtime or 11:10 am for you boring, normal people.
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A jazz great passes.

Nina Simone was a far more remarkable woman than I realized, until I read her obituary at MSN.com. I knew her from a movie called Point of No Return, which was an American remake of La Femme Nikita. The American film starred Bridget Fonda as a street kid trained to be an assassin. Her character in the film listens to none other than Nina Simone. In particular, there is a scene that involves her “I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl” that is quite memorable.
In any case, Jazz fans will know her better and appreciate her more fully than I did. I was, however, quite sad to hear that she’d died and thought I’d mention it.
I hope she passed peacefully.

[ Posted by mail via mail2mt.pl ]

4/21/2003

Palm OS Easter Eggs

Filed under: Fun,Palm — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is in the early morning or 7:22 am for you boring, normal people.
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Who has time to find these things?

Not me, that’s for sure. But, the nice folks over at PalmGear.com have compiled several so called “Easter eggs” found in the Palm OS.
Here’s a couple of my favorites:
Inch Worm on some Palm OS models

Go to Prefs. Make a # using Graffiti. (That is a dot, then a backwards N, kind of like a small h with a BIG hump…) Wait 10 seconds or so, because inchworms take time, you know. There he is! He is made of a bold o and bold underlines and slashes. He will stay there until you move on to another app, and he even survives a power off/on cycle!

See the Taxi!

1. Go to Preferences
2. Choose General
3. Draw a circle, counter-clockwise, above the Calculator button
If you do this correctly you should see an easter egg appear.
4. Exit Preferences and go into any other application.
5. Hold down the page down button and draw a line from the middle of the Graffiti input box to the left of the screen, right between the Applications and Menu buttons.
You should see a taxi run across the screen. To get the taxi to come across the screen again repeat step

Giraffe game

Start the Giraffe game. While you’re playing, tap the Help button. Once you’re in the Help screen, draw the ‘#’ character. This is done by tapping the Graffiti text area once and drawing a backwards N(draw down on the left side, angle up from left to right, and down again on the right side). You should see a dancing palm tree appear. That’s all there is to it!

4/19/2003

Search Engine Results

Filed under: Career Archive,Fun Work,Geek Work,Personal — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Sheep which is in the early afternoon or 2:03 pm for you boring, normal people.
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What search terms get the best results?

My site is fairly well optimized for Google on the terms “CNE Resume“. It’s mainly what I do. My primary area of expertise is Novell Netware and I am a Certified Novell Engineer. But, that’s not all I do. I know a little Linux and, of course, the never escapable WindowsNT and Windows2000. I even have a little experience with WindowsXP, though it’s just the client side. So, while it makes sense that my resume is optimized for Novell products, I’d like to reposition myself to be more of a generalist Network Engineer.
Right now, I show up on the first page of a Google search for “network engineer resume houston“, but not for “network engineer resume“. I suppose I should be happy. After all, I don’t plan on leaving Houston anytime soon, but it just isn’t good enough for me. I need to be on that first page for “network engineer resume”. So, I’m going to work at it. I managed to get that top spot for “CNE Resume”, so I ought to be able to get it for “network engineer resume”, too!

4/18/2003

More Novell in the News

Filed under: Certification,Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Geek Work,News and Current Events,Novell — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is terribly early in the morning or 6:55 am for you boring, normal people.
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Well, I guess I’m right on topic this week….

On Sunday, I questioned how long Novell, and Netware, was going to last. Well, it seems that with BrainShare, Novell’s user conference, this week, Computerworld was asking the same questions. They ran two articles: NetWare community insists their NOS will live and NetWare Stalwarts Remain Loyal Despite Dwindling Market Share. So, it seems that I’m pretty much in the mainstream of Novell Netware enthusiasts. But, like a lot of other Network Engineers, I’m looking toward other solutions, like Linux, for instance. Well, guess what? So is Novell! According to this article, also at Computerworld, Novell adopts Linux as NetWare migration path! I guess Linux, and the Linux+ certification, really isn’t a bad thing for me to do at all! (On a side note, this story got a mention on Slashdot, a news website for geeks. The posting is here.)

I guess I really have been in this business long enough to see the writing on the wall. Go figure.

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