Well, I seem to have returned. Like so many others around here, I kept up with my journal entries really well for a while, but then real life rudely interupted, and I've been bad about it lately. I'm hoping to do better, though. ;-)
Well, on Wednesday, I quit my job. Been there for three and a half years, and during an argument with my boss, I realized I had absolutely no desire to work there anymore. So I told him to take me off the schedule and that I was leaving the company.
And I'm feeling great about it. ;-)
Now, what has to be the most amazing thing, which almost caused me to fall out of my chair, about an hour after I got home from quiting work, I got a call from a company asking me to come in and interview for a recent opening they had. Is that out there, or what? I've been walking around waiting for lightning to strike me or something, because things like that do *not* happen in real life. Not in my life, anyway. ;-)
As if that wasn't good enough, I've managed to land two additional interviews for next week, with the possibility of a third. I only wonder why I waited as long as I did to quit. I think it's one of those things where you just get really comfortable, and it's more convenient to just keep doing a job, even if you don't like it much, than to deal with finding another one.
The only major downside is that I'm prolly gonna have to go full time, and I don't know that I can find a job that will work around my schedule as well as my last one did. So, the couple of classes I'm taking during the days might have to get dropped and retaken later. Not good, but such is life.
The Lightning Strikes...
I should have just shut up and been happy. Now I'm paying for it.
A week or so ago, I upgraded my Debian box to XFree86 4.0.1, using the experimental Debian packages. Everything worked great. Life was good. The only odd thing, is that on starting up X, if I started an Eterm, it took about 60-90 seconds before the text would be displayed. And if I started an X-Chat session without waiting a minute or two, X would crash on me. Oh, well, minor issues.
Today, I upgraded to the newest Debian package for X-4.0.1. Then I started my Eterm, prepared to wait a bit, and without thinking, I started up X-Chat. As previously mentioned, X died on me. However, this time it didn't just crash. It crashed and burned.
As of now, I can't get my monitor to display anything. Upon powering it on, it will enter powersave mode within 3-4 seconds. I've tried everything I can think of, including going so far as to hook it up to a seperate working box (the one I'm typing this on, in fact) and it will not stay out of power save. I've got this terrible feeling that something in that last crash managed to hose my monitor for real. My monitor should still be covered by warranty, but if anyone out there happens to have any ideas at al on fixing this without sending it in, I would really like to hear from you. Please e-mail me at <topher at zyp dot org> with any suggestions. The monitor is a Panasonic PanaSync S70. Two years old, prior to this, ran absolutely beautifully, without a hint of trouble.
Okay, as if my monitor dying wasn't bad enough, it gets worse. I just got a phone call, at 12:15 am. It was one of those stupid recorded message phone call things, and the blasted thing was an advertisement. Unfortunately, the caller ID came up blank, and *69 wouldn't give me the number. I'd love to report that company to the Better Business Bureau, because that is really a bad thing when someone does that. We're talking after midnight, here. Sheesh.