25 Mar 2000 egad   » (Journeyer)

The Week in Review
Disclaimer: I despise M$ Windows in it's many different forms. Unfortunately I'm the "Network Administrator", which means I have to make sure *all* of the machines work, including the NT boxes.
  • Started off slow and easy.
  • All hell broke loose when one of the NT workstations in the office blue screened on boot. After a little searching on Deja.com found the solution. After a couple of tries to rescue the machine, gave up and did a reinstall. When Jay asked what happend I succinctly replied "NT shat on itself." Which earned a good laugh. So I spent a day and a half installing NT and all of the other utilities that the Graphic Artist that used the box needed (most of the time was waiting for the machine to reboot after every piece of software was installed.)
  • Told my super cool new idea to the database guy at work. I had to modify the plan very slightly before he was sold on the idea. What is the idea you say? A distributed database borrowing ideas from xml and DNS. I'll hopefully have a better explanation soon on my website...
  • We got a new rack at work. We promptly put 5 machines into it that were mostly purchased from Penguin Computing for various clients. One of the boxes was a homemade contraption that has a Mylex RAID card and two Pentium II proccessors in it. We attempted to install Red Hat 6.1 onto the box and it bombed out on making a swap partition every time. A little bit later we did an install without swap, and the machine booted fine. Then we attempted to add a swap partition. Rebooted again to make sure the swap worked. Everything worked out until it started inetd and then the whole thing stopped (no oops messages.) By this point it was Friday night and I was super tired.
Media Buys
This weeks purchases:
  • Chemical Brothers - Brothers Gonna Work it Out
  • Mr. Bungle - Disco Volante
Both were to replace CD's that were stolen/lost forever. Forunately one was free since I've bought 20 CD's from Ye Olde Local Record Shoppe.

Saw the movie "Final Destination" this week. My vote Creepy and Suspenseful, but in the end it was pretty much a formula horror type film, with occasional hokey parts.

TigerT Rules!
I finally got around to updating my CVS copy of the Gimp. Also took a look at TigerT's site which I haven't looked at in a while.

I found the tutorial he gave at The Bazaar last year and tried it out. That guy makes art so accessible to people like me. That is so great! So I embellished and experimented with the base design that he overviewed. I added a tree using the IFS tool, and a cloudy moon with a little blurring and the map object plugin (image.)

Man I've forgotten how much fun the gimp can be.

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