in memorium

November 29, 2001 under Life

Instead of updating everyone on the status of my life and website, I’d like to take this time to offer condolences to Chico and his family. Chico’s dad passed away yesterday. The following is the write-up that appeared in the obituaries in the Timmins Daily Press:


The family announces with sorrow his death at the Timmins and District Hospital on Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at the age of 55 years. Beloved husband of Judy (nee Ruddy). Dear father of Michael Cecconi (wife Jennifer) of Sarnia and Kristopher Cecconi of Timmins. Loving son of Doris Cecconi of Timmins and Bruno Cecconi of South Porcupine. Dear brother of Jo Caughell (Bill) of Timmins, Pat Ciccone (Alvano) of Timmins, Rick Cecconi (Debbie) of Timmins and Louise Maynard (Dan) of Sutton. Brother-in-law of Gloria Ricard of St. Catharines, Myrna Charette (Paul) of Timmins, Bernie Ruddy of St. Catharines and Peter Ruddy of Timmins. Randy is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Randy was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 88 as well as an active member of the Timmins Professional Firefighters Association. He was employed with the Timmins Fire Department for 30 years and retired as Acting Chief Fire Prevention Officer in 2000. Randy was a friend to everyone and will be loved and remembered by all who knew him. Funeral mass will be held on Friday, November 30, 2001 at 12:00 noon from St. Alphonsus Church. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, remembrance donations to the Crohn’s and Colitis Society of Canada would be greatly appreciated. The family will recieve friends on Thursday from 6-9 p.m. at the MIRON-WILSON FUNERAL HOME, 150 Balsam St. S., Timmins.

🙁

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big swap

November 22, 2001 under Computers, Hardware

The new hardware has arrived. Dena got me a new 60GB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus from FutureShop for my Windows XP Professional partition. My old 20GB Quantum Fireball is now being used as both my Windows page file and RedHat Linux 7.2 partition. I’m a partitioning freak, this I know. As for my old 2.6 GB Fujitsu drive, I haven’t figured out what I will do with it, yet. Like I said before, eBay is probably my main option. Unless anyone out there would like it for a fair price 🙂

Pat finally got his brand spankin’ new computer last week. He bought from Dell; good choice 😉 My website is getting close to being completed however helping Pat and setting up my system pretty much from scratch has slowed things a bit. But like I said before, I will have this site totally completed by Christmas. In the meantime, enjoy what’s here now and, as Pat would say, send wisdom.

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stay tuned

November 12, 2001 under ChrisBellini.com, Computers, Hardware

Anybody notice anything different? Yup, updates folks 🙂

A nice new Maxtor or Seagate 60GB 7200RPM EIDE hard drive looks like it may be coming my way soon. I’ll probably use the new drive for Windows XP Pro, and use my 20GB Quantum Fireball for the XP page file partition and RedHat Linux 7.2 partitions 😀 It’ll be sad for me to get rid of Windows 2000 Pro; it’s been the best Micro$oft operating system up to this point, in my opinion. But Windows XP is supposed to be likened to Windows 2000 Service Pack 3, so I may like it. If I don’t like it, I’ll just spend more time running Linux. I wonder how much I could get for my old 2.6GB Fujitsu drive on eBay; it’s currently my very dedicated page file.

Life is good so far. My Calgary Flames are finally off to a good start; it’s been a while. New hardware is imminent. Played a bit of UT this weekend and got booted off some servers by sore losers 😀 And I’ve actually found time to update this site. It’s almost done. Stay tuned…

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don't tell tripod

November 1, 2001 under ChrisBellini.com

Sssshhhhhh. I’ve actually been updating this site. Don’t tell anyone or Tripod’s server is gonna crumble under the traffic [note the sarcasm].

Yes, some new stuff is being uploaded. More to come, as long as Unreal Tournament and Quake III Team Arena don’t take over my life any more than they already have. I am seeing why other software engineers out there don’t write any code for the fun of it in their spare time. After doing that for eight hours a day, staring at more code that I’m not getting paid for doesn’t seem worth it. But there have been complaints that I’m not finishing the site as quickly as they’d like to see. You know who you are. It’s tough but I’m a trooper, so the updates are on the way 🙂

In other news, I managed to figure out how to hack the ads in the latest version of ICQ (ICQ 2001b Beta v5.15 Build# 3634). It didn’t seem like they were really trying to safeguard against this like in previous versions. If you want to know how to get rid of the ads in ICQ, e-mail me and I’ll enlighten you 🙂 It still was no where near as easy as getting rid of the ads in MSN Messenger which we use at work as an IM solution with our Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server; changing a few settings in the Registry is all it takes.

Finally, thanks go out to Barry for making me do some independant learning. He came to me last week with a question. “Where’s a good place to get a CGI counter script for my website”, he asked. I replied, “I could whip ya up a Perl script quicker than you’d find a script site”. And so I did. Hardly a programming masterpiece, all it does is open a text file with a count value in it, increment the value and then write that value back to the text file. He didn’t want to display the count on the webiste; he just wanted it to keep a running total so he could look at it on his own. We decided to call my Perl script using an SSI (Server Side Include) similar to the following:


<!--#exec cmd="/cgi-bin/counter.cgi"-->

But it didn’t work. It didn’t even seem like the script was being called since no error messages were being returned. Odd indeed. After doing a little research about the Apache web server platform, I discovered that administrators can disable #exec cmd and for a good reason. In theory, you could run anything with #exec cmd provided you knew your way around that system’s directory structure. So in the end, I learned to use the following “safer” method of runnning commands on a remote system:


<!--#include virtual="/cgi-bin/counter.cgi"-->

🙂

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