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Whew.. what a weekend. we got NGS working , released, and a game running.. I also got wordog.net back in place and the game running, but I need to learn a bit more about classes to really understand the code.. The display is buggy. Oh well.. I still have a million and one things to do and a bunch of notes to go through. Managed to get some housework done over the weekend. (didnt do anything for the holiday)

Development of the affiliate software is coming along slowly right now, need more info from the client, however I think I have enough to run a pre-alpha test on the scripts and see if I can tighten up the code a bit. we'll see.
started studying more Linux .. need to get a little more in-depth to take some things further and develop a few handy macros that I have in mind for my specific purposes... since I do quite a few script installations, I'd like to make a set of commands into a macro using just a couple of variables, which would grab and install a given tarball into a given directory on a given webfolder, with all needed permissions already set.. but that would rely heavily on the permissions being properly set in the tarball itself. Hmmm....

THE CODE: Last night, came home from work to a half dozen requests varying from minor bugs on some code I am running to a request to look at and debug a cgi script or re-code it in PHP.. gawd, sometimes I LOATHE AIM.. I wish I could set "away" selectively or put someone "on hold" until I get around to them.. if I close the window, they pop up right in the middle of what Im typing (ticks me off), and if I minimize the window, that stupid flashing alert drives me nutz.. I suppose I could disable the flashing window when minimized, but then I'd forget that they had a problem.. and p*** them off.. so many issues, trying to discuss them all, accomplished absolutely nothing last night.. zip, zilch, nada...

I got so frustrated with it all I almost deep-sixed the server and everything to do with coding.. one of the warning signs of impending burnout.. SOOOO.. I am taking a few days off, and absolutely REFUSE to discuss code or server issues, much less look into them, until this holiday weekend....
PERSONAL:

finally getting health insurance this month.. about time! maybe get something done for my back problems..

1 Jul 2003 (updated 1 Jul 2003 at 15:11 UTC) »
WORK ... is a 4-letter word... working on cars can be a pain in the *** some days (yeah Im a mechanic in the real world) I sure do hope I can find some funding sources soon to get back to school.. My back problems are really killing me.. it's to the point my left arm is almost always feeling like I got a shot of novocaine in the shoulder- numb shoulder down.. affecting my performance on the job.. cant afford medical bills, Hmm cant afford anything actually.... Mechanics are sadly underpaid! For all the training(40 hours plus a year) investment ($2000.00 a year in new tooling, $15,000-$60,000 total investment) and headaches (modern cars have as many as 30 on board computers, networked and multiplexed, making accurate diagnosis a huge headache, in addition to the HIGHLY limited accessibliity- ask me sometime how to get to the generic electronic module on a ford escort.. you'll need lots of band-aids)and Experience (18+ years for me, master certified, etc, etc.) 20-25 grand a year isnt much of a salary anymore...

server: my first love.. finally got this thing running smoothly again (after almost 72 hours downtime- tech support on cheap remote servers really IS lousy- you get what you pay for) and finally getting things back in place. I got to remember to send zaldun the info he needs for the projects...

Hmm spent some time here trying to figure out how to get myself noted as a project developer and/or contributor to the Nova Gaming System project.. no such luck..

my first exposure to a blog- interesting stuff.. finding lots of good info here.. and interesting projects.

Talked with Zaldun about 1.5 hours in regards to a banner roation/timer/account credit script for the affiliate software.. (he's doing the JavaScript, which I know very little of)

He has some rather good ideas, and is a great asset to all I do...

HMm.. talked to Mom tonight.. they miss me.. I've been in Miami since November now, and love it. Amazing that a country boy can move to the big city and enjoy it..



Just read iamsure's article- excellent advice....although I guess I'm biased.. being that I am kinda intimately involved with NGS...

Well I guess thats all for tonight.

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