ISP troubles…grrrrr. This past Sunday and Monday, Rogers was trying my patience. I guess they were your typical run o’ the mill connection problems. I could only stay connected for a few minutes at a time. I’d lose my IP, my computer would forget the DNS suffix and subnet and my cable modem would report errors. After two Net-less days, it appears that everything is fine now. Many of my fellow Rogers patrons have complained that their service leaves a lot to be desired. I’m not sure if it’s the neighbourhood I live in or if it’s something else, but I’ve been lucky (minus Sunday and Monday). I’ve consistantly had an average downstream rate of 900 KB/s for the past year or so. And now that Rogers controls what’s left of @Home in Canada, I hoping performance and reliability will improve. We’ll see.
For those who can’t quite make out what Barry wrote on that piece of paper, it says “Chris Bellini is da man”. Aw shucks 😉
I think I’m rested up from our trip to Marquette, Michigan last weekend. During this past week, I have had zero chance to update all of you faithful ChrisBellini.com visitors as to what I’ve been up to. This week at work was mildly crazy. I’m still working on developing and coding database forms for our Microsoft Exchange 2000 server (will it ever end?!) but I also wore a security hat. Don’t worry folks, no criminal activity to report. It’s safe to say that it was
a case of paranoia on the part of our ISP/web host. Hey, it made the week pass by a little quicker than usual.
Dena has decided what she’d like to see on her section of this website. She would like a place to share her thoughts and vent some anger towards everyday annoyances like bad drivers and poor mall-walking manners. It’s better that she uses the Web to do this, than focus that kind of energy on me 🙂
Dena and I have just returned from Marquette, Michigan. Her grandfather had heart surgery last Friday (01.18.2002). So far he’s doing well
and should be released from the hospital tomorrow. I’d write more, but I’m half asleep due to the 9+ hour car ride between Kitchener and Marquette. I’ll write more in the coming days after I wake up.
Today is the day I strike fear into most Windows users’ hearts. For starters, if you are using Windows 9x/ME/XP, click here. If you’re using Windows 2000 or NT, click here instead. Assuming you click on the appropriate link and have your OS installed on your C drive, you should have noticed that a Microsoft End-User License Agreement popped up. Where did I get this from? Your hard drive, of course. If you look in the directory C:\%windir%\system32, where %windir% is the name of the directory that Windows is installed in on your system, you should find a file called eula.txt. Open that file up in a text editor like Notepad. Does it look similar to the text that popped up when you click on one of the above links? It should, because that’s where I got it from. Creepy :0 Just think of the possibilities. I’ll present other security flaws in the near future.
Now I want to rant. Certain Canadian bands that get popular in the US sux0rs! I recently read a Rolling Stone article from AvantGo on my Handspring Visor. This article was an interview with Chad Kroeger, lead singer of Nickelback. In the article, which can be viewed here, Mr. How You Remind me is a total 70s rock star cliche. He also has the nerve to put down the Matthew Good Band. Now I’m not a huge MGB fan, so this isn’t a case of someone bashing a favourite band of mine. His perception is that because MGB sell a tonne of CDs in Canada but can’t do the same in the US, that they’re jealous of Nickelback. I hate bands that gain a little popularity in the US, a la Our Lady Peace, and come back to Canada with egos the size of a stadium. At least when I hear an MGB song on the radio, I know who it is. When I hear a Nickelback song on the radio, I have to be careful not to confuse them with Creed, Default, Puddle of Sh…er Mudd, or any other horribly sub-par Pearl Jam rip-off. Mr. Kroeger should remember that if it wasn’t for a band like MGB, a record company talent scout might not have ventured to Canada’s west coast to check out their music scene. This is how I remind him…. 🙂
Yesterday, I posted an article from the Timmins Times in which Chico was
interviewed and gave his expert opinions. Today, I’ll put Pat in the spotlight with his first contribution to the Brock Press; Brock University‘s
student newspaper. Yes, this is the first article he has written for them. I’d list the URL but apparently it’s so top secret that only a
screeshot is allowed at this time. The last thing I want is the Brock police beatin’ down my door at 4AM because I posted a URL that is
currently shrouded in secrecy 🙂 I’ll post a URL when I’m allowed. Click on the thumbnail below for the larger version:
Pat is l337!
Oh, and to shut Barry up…he’s the one who sent me the GIF. You can find out all about Barry at Andelusia.com. Once again, that’s Andelusia.com. One more time,
his URL is Andelusia.com 🙂
[edited @ 14:42 on 01.16.2002]
I had to work for it, but I got it. The URL for Pat’s article is:
The Brock police have been called off, but a new type of enforcement should be brought in. Brock‘s website kind of sux0rs 😐
Hey, it’s snowing! It’s actually snowing. We were supposed to get freezing rain last night, but luckily we didn’t. Keep the snow coming 🙂
Chico is famous. Read this breaking story in the Timmins Times:
In less than a month, the new Local H album comes out. It’s called “Here Comes The Zoo” and it’ll be released February 5th. I haven’t been anxious for an album’s release since the Butthole Surfers put out “The Weird Revolution” back in August (Dena loves the way that album sounds in the car). What are Local H like, you ask? They don’t dance, they don’t lipsynch, they don’t have a DJ in the band, they don’t rap, they’ll probably never be on the cover of a teen magazine, they don’t have their own action figures, they’re not rich and famous, they don’t make videos that portray themselves as rich and famous people, and they don’t need other people to write songs for them. They do, however, rawk; think of a mix of Nirvana and Guided By Voices.
I like this new .plan archive I made. It lets me write more of these ramblings o’ mine. Lucky you 🙂
I did what I said I would. I developed a nifty little Perl script that makes my chore of taking care of this .plan file a lot easier. It’ll do for the meantime. In the the near future, I plan on implementing an XML-based version of it. Yes, I need an excuse to dabble with XML 🙂 Assuming all goes well, I’ll give away the source code in the Downloads section. There may also be another addition to the Downloads section. A few months ago at work, I developed a mass e-mail utility for our company to use. It’s similar to the products offered by Lyris. My dilemma is whether I should release the source code for this. Last week, an interested company (who does not compete with us) contacted me in regards to purchasing the mass e-mail utility that I developed. So people are interested, but I developed it for the company I work for. What to do, what to do…
Well, if I have any more ideas for projects I’ll be sure to let you know 🙂 Mark my word; my name will be mentioned in the same breath as famous computer scientists such as Donald Knuth and Bjarne Stroustrup. I know…that’s not likely anytime soon, but you gotta think big 😉
To end on a good note, it kinda sorta feels like winter today 😀
In my last .plan entry here, I welcomed everyone back. It was my first .plan enty of the new year and I was glad to be back from the holiday hiatus. Now, I must say “welcome back” again. I’ve just begun to reinstall my Windows XP Pro partition. Why? Hard drive problems can be a pain. Norton Disk Doctor 2002 detected errors with the NTFS indexes and MFT on Sunday (January 6th). It appeared to correct them after running a chkdsk, but after rebooting it detected the same errors. This process would always repeat. Then my Windows XP Pro CD was scratched so I had to replace that. Dena and I got by thanks to my RedHat Linux 7.2 partition so checking e-mail wasn’t a problem, even if we are a little behind in replying 🙂 It’s been a period of bad hardware mojo around me. Barry had hard drive problems as well along with his cousin’s computer (which Barry relies on for Internet connectivity). Even at work, our IT guy has seen lots of hardware fail before his eyes latley. This is scary stuff, folks. I’m affraid to even be close to a microwave right now 😉
In other news…it’s effen warm. Why? It’s January and in Kitchener today it’s 5 degrees Celsius. Hell, in Timmins right now it’s 1 degree Celsius. That’s not right folks. It’s obvious that we’re harming our environment. That’s even scarier than that bad hardware mojo that’s going around.
On the technical/geek front, I will introduce a new archiving method for these .plan files of mine that you’re reading right now. I’ll develop a nifty Perl script that will organize them by month or something like that. Also, Dena and I are in the market for a new TV. The DVD player that she got me for Christmas required a TV with A/V inputs and none of our TVs have them. When I setup PayPal on this site to accept donations for the software I’ve developed in my free time, maybe we’ll get the TV 🙂 Yes, PayPal on ChrisBellini.com is on the way! What an exciting time we’re living in, minus the deteriorating environment and bad hardware mojo…
Happy Holidays and Happy 2002!!!
I’m back from a short absence. I was in Timmins from December 21st to the 31st visting family and friends. Good ol’ Air Canada got me there and back, safe and sound. The security procedures at Pearson Airport were much stricter than before. It was a bigger pain in the ass but I’m glad they did it. I still haven’t figured out why I had to turn on my Handspring Visor after passing through the metal detectors, though.
It was nice to visit the north to relax and socialize. I ran into a lot of people that I haven’t seen for a while and it was good to see them. Of course, I saw a lot of people that I wasn’t all that excited to see, as well. That’s to be expected, I guess. I ate a lot. When my parents’ are paying for the food, I have no problem with making a pig of myself 🙂 I figured I should eat more since I was told that I look too skinny by way too many people. I have a metabolic rate that hasn’t slowed in 25 years. It’s not my fault 🙂
Highlights? Nah, the whole trip was a highlight. It was just nice to relax, hang out and not have to think about code, Mastercam or Microsoft Exchange Server development. Krista Presseault’s stag was ok, but was not what Chico, Pat, Barry and myself had thought it would be. In a way, it was ok that it didn’t turn out the way we imagined 😉 It was nice to see my cousin, Paul and Marc Seguin (who I sat with on the plane to Timmins), too. But it’s nice to be back in Kitchener with Dena, who made it back safely from Crystal Falls in our uber car. In four years, we have not had the chance to spend Christmas together, but she got me a shiny new DVD player this year 🙂
Well, I should get to work on finishing up some more sections on this website o’ mine. I’ll organize the .plan archives a little better, too. Stay tuned…