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14 Feb 2006 (updated 18 Feb 2006 at 07:16 UTC) »

Today I got my new license plate. Woohoo. Ch1x0r. Yeah.

I had to go into work. Sometimes, I lose it there. There's a guy who made a programming joke, because I was the only one who got it, he calls me codie now.

Sometimes it makes me wonder about this guy who is struggling with *nix commands.

Who died and made him root?

It's really scary in a sense and very pathetic and sad in another.

The questions are like this:

How do I use the find command?

Me, thinking: What can't he find?

How do I make a symbolic link?

Me, thinking: OMG! why! what did you do? and if you can't figure out how to do one, maybe... you aren't the best person to be performing this task...

What is the utility to get the ip address?

Me, thinking: We are SCREWED!

I don't know how to restart tomcat. One week passes....

Well this is bleeding edge technology, noone really knows anything about this...

Me: Well, actually, you see...you need to do this...and this... in that particular order...

But... My ULTIMATE favorite was the chic who demanded that the /bin directory be moved! OMG! She was so upset when someone said no. She started getting loud and was like freaking out.

I was like, whoa.

So, about three weeks later, the perfect opportunity presented itself. Someone had moved the trash can in the aisle. She came by looking for this guy. I say to her, "NOW WHO MOVED THIS BIN!" "That JUST WON'T work there!!!"

ok, so I'm learning to be a beeotch. But I just could not help it.

I worked at this one place recently, where they were taking phone calls for over a year, thinking the error was with their application.

Uh, it was a server issue. I figured it out in one day. And, uh, get this... I'm the tech writer. No, seriously. I'm like, can you fix this error...

error #...



So I can get the SCREENSHOT for the documentation. Thanks.

100s of man hours were spent on this one thing. No wonder the QA manager quit a couple months after I was hired. Hey, whatever dude.

So I said to my recruiter, listen, don't place me in any proprietary places. Understand that it is difficult for uniquely qualified individuals to work in such an environment.

Law school apps are due this week. I better get cracking.

I actually thought it might be interesting to see how the proprietary people handle *nix. I never help them, because, well, I'm the tech writer. This is going to make for a good book!

25 Jan 2006 (updated 25 Jan 2006 at 05:58 UTC) »

Today, I ventured outside. Went bring in some paperwork for getting into law school to my profs

This really materialistic jerk hit me with his brand new 2006 White Ford Mustang. He was only 20. Hey, I can deal with a speed demon, but this guy was just rude.

He was speeding and was one of these really horrible materialistic Business Admin students who isn't good enough to get into the program at the Main campus and is going for the one at East, probably going to try to pass that off as a Business Administration degree from "just" ASU.

In a fight between a 2003 Chevy Blazer and a 2006 Ford Mustang, where the Mustang is speeding, the winner is:

The SUV.

I had a touch of paint from his car. He had a dented hood...With a touch of paint from my SUV - on the hood.

Wow, January already? Spent the holiday in Connecticut. It was nice. Went back to work. Started playing with Glade today. I had test how to link a help file (chm = created with docbook) to an app at work, and I actually used this microsoft app. I was really disappointed because I didn't get to write any code. :(

So then I was like, hey, what is this, you mean... I can write apps without hard coding?? Well, that seems so lame to me but I'm playing around with Glade now.

Got Tomcat to work on the Debian. Wasn't too bad. I guess something inside of me is just screaming "CODE!!"

Yesterday, I took the LSAT.

I'm going to law school. Finally.

Something I should have done 3 years, but for my lack of desire. It all happened when I couldn't help myself in a probate matter. I actually did more than the lawyer, but, my hands were tied due to distance and financial matters.

But then, one day, my mother informed me she was doing some translating at the court for a japanese kid who was in jail and had nothing but a Public Defender. The case was this: someone used this kid's email to send a nasty letter to the school teacher. The kid insists he didn't do it. The person who did it confessed but... they are still going after this one guy as an "accomplice". She wouldn't give me all the details.

I thought of this 17 year kid in jail. I thought, "that PD doesn't know jack. He's going to rot." Then I started thinking about the kid who committed suicide because he was afraid of going to jail because he got into the school network. I started to think about Chip, Dima, and even Kevin. I wondered, "who will help them and this community?" The answer came to me:

Let justice begin with me.

I know who I am and I know I will not be one of these underhanded lawyers. I have made a solemn vow to give myself reality checks!

The most amusing section of the test was the writing sample. There was an argument and the conclusion was... the only way to solve the decline in morality in business is to teach ethics courses in college.

I refuted this 10 ways to Sunday. In the end, I wrote, there are other alternatives: Eliminate business entirely, or Eliminate Business Executives :)

Now, law school for 3 years. Then, when there are cases, as in the past, when people come for help, I can really make a substantial difference.

Whoa... is it already the end of November?

25 Aug 2005 (updated 25 Aug 2005 at 09:25 UTC) »

Wow, this book is really coming along. It is very difficult to choose which cases to include. I can include some at great length, but there is no way to include all of the people I know of that have been adversely affected by the DMCA. That would be... wow, huge.

I'd be interested in anyone's input at this point as to what to include. I'm taking yet another copyright class this semester.

I met with David today for 4 hours. He's great! We talked about the good old days in comp sci. He had such funny stories about Brazil. I'm glad he's back, even if it is only for another month. I hope to visit with him at least one more time before he leaves but I'm starting a new contract on monday. He helped me get a little focus and peer reviewed some of the book.

Wow this tech writing thing really worked out for me. My last job was not so great. I can say that, now that I quit. Mark left and they moved me from QA to Customer Support??? Like, whose going to find the defects now? But, since I quit on Friday, I got a contract in 3 days making substantially more money. It's only one month and will carry me until the end of the semester so I can take the time I need to finish this book! woot

Finally got Nicole to go rock climbing with me tonight! She's so afraid of heights. I said to her, how will we ever be able to go skiing or skydiving or even horseback riding if you don't get over your fear of heights! Her response was, you'll have to get Tess to go with you.

She's encouraging me to go out and meet more people, maybe even meeting and going on... a date? Like I have time for that! I know she's just trying to get out of doing these sport-like things!

Well, gotta get back to the book.

5 Aug 2005 (updated 5 Aug 2005 at 08:15 UTC) »

Well, I'm almost done with the DMCA book and the documentary is going well. WE still need community and haven't got much but I figure once we get some content on the site, we will get help, once they see what we've accomplished.

Tonight I found out someone had finished their trailer of a copyright documentary. I was devastated... until I saw it. It was nothing in comparision to ours. Nothing!

So, Again, I slowly truck along. Nate and Emmett have been very patient and working hard but after I read this comment by someone on that "other documentary producer" site, I thought, HEY, I WISH!

This is what the person wrote:

"I just got a truly inspiring idea from this short preview clip:

If you're a filmmaker making a documentary about free culture, instead of just going out and interviewing the "Lessigs" ('The Pear Shaped Men' as Larry would say), and adding remixed public domain/copylefted footage to illustrate the narrative...

Invite the world to submit original and remixed material for the documentary.

That, That, would truly be in the spirit of free culture. You'd be pleasantly suprised at what people would sumbit. Don't just do what everyone up to this point does when they document the emerging culture libré. Don't just interview Stallman and Lessig and fawn over Dangermouse. Invite the next Dangermouse to come out of the woodwork."

I want to be pleasantly SURPRISED!!!!!!

5 Jul 2005 (updated 5 Jul 2005 at 06:00 UTC) »

Tonight, I converted a bunch of mp3s to ringtones on Debian. A lot of fun, even though I had to use something I believe is more than likely.. not free.

First, Take MP3 Open in audacity or wavesurfer. Splice (30-45 seconds). Convert to 16bit, 8KHz, mono.

save as a ...shudder - wav.

use pvconv - Purevoice by Qualcomm.

./pvconv Filename.wav

Enter and tada - qcp file.

Upload ringer - I use sprint so go to sprintusers.com/focus

and hah! ringtone.

Lots of fun! Thanks to Daniel G. for the app. and info.

Also, wireless mouse works fine on GNU/Linux. It rocks.

Started a study on Fan Fiction and Copyright/DMCA. Coming along quite well.

Soon will have an awesome camera to finish documentary.

NETDEV WATCHDOG: eth0: transmit timed out

Well, this bug finally caught up with me. I didn't know what it was. And, since I had no other machines set up, had to go out into the world and find a networked computer to find out!

So, first, I said, well, let's try a live CD. That was painful. Though my friend Daniel had several he was willing to burn and give me, they didn't really help. I thought I could at least get online and get the module I needed, right, thinking it was a via issue. But you know, went back to Debian, and after I played around a little, ran modprobe * and unplugged. The thing worked fine.

That was a lot of fun.

The computer tech at work wants to try GNU/Linux. Maybe someone will get some use of those live CDs after all.

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