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Fewer late nights now that I’m out of the lab

Thursday, August 25th, 2005 | LiveJournal Archives | 1 Comment

This is the first really late night I’ve had since I quit managing the lab. Today I had to get a new visiting asst. professor’s computer up before he finally snapped and started shooting people (I just found out he’s an ex-marine). Anyway, it should have been a simple process. Pull machine from the back, install archived image from the server, throw it in the office and walk away happy. I told him I’d have it done by 1:00.

Immediately upon setting up his machine and putting it in his office, it started rebooting. We started tearing down possible problems. We reimaged it, we swaped out the power strip, we swapped out the power cord, we rolled back the network driver, we unplugged the network, we reimaged it, we swaped out the mouse, the keyboard, the monitor, we reimaged it and updated patches, we reimaged it, updated patches, updated virus definitions, nothing worked. We finally decided that not only was it infected with virii, but all the images for that particular model were also.

Around 7:00 norelenCraig found another equivalent machine in the back. We put it in place, left the network unplugged and booted it up. It appeared clean, and only a bit out of date so we moved patches over via a flash drive. After making sure we had protected as much as possible, we finally hooked up the network and started running online updates. Its still running stable and I’m about to pull a new image of it for future use. I expect I’ll be done here in about 45 minutes.

So at any rate, I finally sent Heather home because while I don’t think I’m going to be up here that much longer, the dogs have been in their cages for about 12 hours, and that’s just mean. Wish me luck, folks, it seems to be finally in the home stretch.

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I think I’ve found a Nexus

Thursday, August 25th, 2005 | LiveJournal Archives | 1 Comment

there is a room in this building that I now believe is a nexus of anti-computer energy.

any machine that is placed in this room will quickly become corrupt and unable to function. at first it was just the resident machine. we pulled the machine from the room and completely rebuilt it. even now, it will not function. in its stead, I have replaced it with a new machine that ran fine in my office. now that new machine is acting just like the first.

the room is cursed.

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A meme while on hold

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think about what cities or towns you’ve lived in (not just visited) in your life, and post them in your journal:

  • Westerly, RI
  • Gales Ferry, CT
  • Ledyard, CT
  • Rockwall, TX
  • Muncie, IN (but not really)
  • Denton, TX

Another Day – Another Bullet in my Head

Thursday, August 25th, 2005 | LiveJournal Archives | 5 Comments

Its the last Thursday before classes, and while this would usually mean I’d be staring fondly off the third floor balcony over the lightwell, thinking what a nice ker-splatt I’d make on the concrete below, I have to say, I’m doing better than that this year. Since corwin75Steve and I traded jobs, I feel bad watching him stress, but I’m still not entirely stress free either. I’ve still got 20+ computers to distribute and a work room full of shit that needs to be dealt with.

Also, if you don’t read some other journals on my friends list, I should inform you that I’ve decided to go back to school this Fall. I’m going to start work on my MFA in Photography. Heather and I have been talking about it for a while and we weren’t sure where the money was going to come from. We finally decided that we’d go ahead and put the first half of the tuition on a credit card and pay the later payments out of our account. So I’ll be picking up the cameras and doing some serious shooting. Apparently the class has a crit every three weeks with an assignment of 20 perfect prints.

I may be calling for models so if you know anyone who doesn’t mind being photographed a lot and wouldn’t expect to be paid to stand around while I take pictures, I’d appreciate some help. I haven’t decided at all what I’m going to be photographing, but I though I’d just throw that out there. I used to have an online portfolio, but apparently it’s been lost so I’ll try to get some samples of what I used to do. I don’t do portraiture, but I often have people in my photos.

Anyway, back to the grind.

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