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Self-Destruct Sequence Initiated

Posted on 2007.06.19 at 22:15
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Gank'd from vember; Outcast Genius:

Your Score: Pure Geek

39 % Nerd, 56% Geek, 17% Dork

For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.

A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.

A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.

You scored better than half in Geek, earning you the title of: Pure Geek.

It's not that you're a school junkie, like the nerd, and you don't really stand out in a crowd, like the dork, you just have some interests that aren't quite mainstream. Perhaps it's anime, perhaps it's computers, perhaps it's bottlecaps, perhaps it's all of those and more. Your interests take you to events and gatherings that are filled with people you find unusual and beyond-the-pale, but you don't quite consider yourself "of that crowd." Instead, you consider yourself to be fairly normal.

Which, you are.

Congratulations! You're the one on the RIGHT!

Thanks Again! -- THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST

Speaking of being a geek, I created my first Solaris 10 Container today. We're using them here at work, and I needed to get myself up to speed. We have a V240 in which I stuffed a couple of 36GB drives in to use as a zone independent of the base 72GB drive's to create an O/S for two discrete servers in a single box. Of course we each have a SAN partition as well ;) I said aloud to a coworker that I couldn't think of any reason to run virtual instances on my personal box, and he explained how he was using them on his:

  • He has an external IP for his Global Zone with only port 22 open, running Secure Shell.

  • He has an external virtual IP for a Small-Zone Container with only port 80 open, running apache on a read-only file system.

  • He has a database server running in a Small-Zone Container with no external IP, nor open ports.

This configuration allows no damage to the web server if its exploited, as its a read-only file system, the database server can't be exploited - yet he can run as root across a private IP to the web server, and if he needs to update either of the other two servers, they're mounted read-write on the Global Zone! How cool is that?

I think I'm going to do that.

The car is dead.

They've already completed the $262 60,000 mile check-up, and replaced the $250 Mass Air Filter which indicated to them something other than that was wrong. I already owe $562 on the car, and it's still broken. They want to pull the engine ($265) and possibly replace the spark plugs ($121), the coil ($233), and/or the injectors ($191). Another $860 if they do them all.

Did I mention the oil cooler is leaking? The part alone will cost me $900. This was their top-of-the-line wagon, the LW300, and it only has 62,000 miles on it.

The car will be paid off next month.


photogoot at 2007-06-20 04:51 (UTC) (Link)
Car problems make me angry!

What the hell is up with the endless menu of lets try this at the Saturn shop? What ever happened to expertise, skill, diagnosis, or just plain good old shade tree mechanic common sense?

In the future may I recommend the American made Toyota Avalon... I have the inside track on a one owner cream puff for you ;-)
ehowton at 2007-06-20 14:19 (UTC) (Link)
I should think that you Jedi would have more respect for the difference between knowledge and... wisdom.

The service people rely on the computer to tell them what's wrong with the vehicle. When the computer is unable or unwilling to do so, the end result is what we have here. Remember, The more idiot-proof you try to make something, the stronger idiot you create.

It was quite the decision to make. We're expecting to purchase a home within the next few months, and we certainly don't want a whopping brand new purchase on our credit report. Furthermore, next month we're out from under a $500 monthly car payment for the first time in five years. WHY WOULD WE WANT TO IMMEDIATELY GO BACK TO THAT? However, to spend the full $2800 on what I essentially consider getting the car outta hock so I can sell it seems a bit...well, extreme.

Ergo, we're going to pay the $1400 bill and see how long it lasts. If it lasts another 60,000 miles, I'll be happy. If I pay the $1400 and it has another catastrophic failure before I buy my house, I'm going to have it towed to right outside the showroom floor and set the son of a bitch on fire!
photogoot at 2007-06-20 05:09 (UTC) (Link)

I knew I was COOL!

39 % Nerd, 8% Geek, 39% Dork

For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored less than half in all three, earning you the title of: Joe Normal.

This is not to say that you don't have some Nerd, Geek or Dork inside of you--we all do, and you can see the percentages you have right above. This is just to say that none of those qualities stand out so much as to define you. Sure, you enjoy an episode of Star Trek now and again, and yeah, you kinda enjoyed a few classes back in the day. And, once in a while, you stumble while walking down the street even though there was nothing there to cause you to trip. But, for the most part, you look and act fairly typically, and aren't much of an outcast.

I'd say there's a fair chance someone asked you to take this test. In any event, fairly normal.

ehowton at 2007-06-20 14:47 (UTC) (Link)

Re: I knew I was COOL!

39 % Nerd, 8% Geek, 39% Dork

Yes, well...I figured as much.

Still, its part of the reason I call you friend.
galinda822 at 2007-06-20 13:11 (UTC) (Link)

Your Score: Joe Normal

26 % Nerd, 43% Geek, 43% Dork

ehowton at 2007-06-20 14:59 (UTC) (Link)
I'm surrounded by normalcy!
galinda822 at 2007-06-20 13:14 (UTC) (Link)
That sucks about the car! Sorry!
No extended warranty huh?
This is why I always pay extra for it.
ehowton at 2007-06-20 14:58 (UTC) (Link)
I almost always get the extended warranty for my vehicle - I put in excess of 30k miles annually on it. This was our 'low milage' car. Highway miles. This car is driven an average of only 10k miles a year. No force in the universe could have suggested to me that this car would self-destruct in 60,000 miles.

Yet, here we find ourselves.

You also use your extended warranty as a financial tool and leverage in your negotiations as you trade cars often. We generally drive a vehicle until we no longer can. That time usually extends past 60,000 miles however.

Perhaps its time to reevaluate?
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ehowton at 2007-06-20 16:49 (UTC) (Link)
irulan_amy at 2007-06-20 15:45 (UTC) (Link)
52 % Nerd, 56% Geek, 30% Dork

I think that cars are destined to do that general. Um, except for my car. Yep.
ehowton at 2007-06-20 16:16 (UTC) (Link)
My Father-In-Law won't buy a vehicle unless it has at least 100k miles on it. Geek.
drax0r at 2007-06-20 17:02 (UTC) (Link)
65 % Nerd, 86% Geek, 69% Dork
ehowton at 2007-06-20 17:36 (UTC) (Link)
100% Freak.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-06-21 06:11 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, you are purely a geek. I recommend investing in a BMW. Mine is now 5 years old this month!!!
ehowton at 2007-06-21 14:15 (UTC) (Link)
That's incredible dude. How many time have you driven it now? Twice?
Elizabeth Krumbach
princessleia2 at 2007-06-26 00:27 (UTC) (Link)
Your Score: Modern, Cool Nerd
56 % Nerd, 60% Geek, 26% Dork

Just as I thought ;)
ehowton at 2007-06-26 00:44 (UTC) (Link)
I knew you'd out-geek me ;)
danzigfried at 2007-06-27 05:11 (UTC) (Link)
Thats funny, my Satrun ALSO self-destructed after it was paid off. What a disposable little gem of a car!

The only thing better was trading it off for a 2005 (Brand-new at the time) Jeep Cherokee Laredo (Gas-guzzling, sub-quality-riddled pos) that my wife talked me into. 'We need a larger vehicle' she says.

You know what I say? 'Never again'.
My next car was already picked out 3 yrs ago...im just waiting for 'my turn'. Small, roomy cars, all the way. Im married, have kids, work in IT....who do I need to impress??

BTW...here are my vital stats:

43%Nerd 26%Geek 13%Dork
ehowton at 2007-06-27 05:33 (UTC) (Link)
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