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Yin can be a real bitch

Posted on 2008.03.02 at 11:16
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Giacchino - The Incredibles

A confluence of events (as is usually the case when we step back and take an 80,000 foot view) contrived to both create, and, in a mighty heave of chi at work, also destroy. I don't strive for balance, though I often encourage others to. On the contrary, neither is it a matter of 'do as I say, not as I do' as I tend to lean toward a more optimistic lifestyle. It wasn't always as such. For example, I wasn't patriotic when I joined the service. It wasn't out of some misplaced sense of duty, or wanting to serve my country. It was more out of a mixture of boredom and necessity. And a desire of tradition; to walk in my father's footsteps. What on this earth is just black and white? No, I became patriotic when I discovered what we had as Americans by spending time overseas. Its so easy to take it for granted when you never leave your mother's teat. And its these reminders that I am but the sum of my parts. So when I say that betwix MySQL & USB this weekend, Windows & linux, hardware & software...I've wanted to swear off computers forever and become a monk.

Perhaps one of those ale-making Monks in Belgium?

There are pro's and con's to everything. And nothing is ever as simple as just writing it all down. And these activities go back months. Years maybe. And its not a lateral timeline either. As I mentioned above, it was more a conflux of diverse and numerous pressures all bubbling to the surface which allowed for both the creation of my knowledge-sharing weekend activities bringing technologies together, and the unleashing of an avalanche of difficulties which resulted because of it. Suffice it to say, we're moving the right direction with things, and I will continue to unveil the master plan as it solidifies.

World Domination starts at home.

Part of this endeavor replaced my 22" NEC CRT with a 19" Widescreen Monitor. The NEC is in Maximum PC's Best Technology Items Ever. It was at the pinnacle of CRT technology (right before LCD's were actually able to start supporting decent gaming Frames Per Second that drax0r and I purchased these items. Massive, impressive boxes. I've used mine everyday since I purchased it in 2005, and couldn't imagine living without it. I usually keep it at 1600x1200, but its capable of much higher. In another example of disparate, simultaneous events, both the...unusual size & layout of my office coupled with the glass-top desk had me at a disadvantage with my behemoth monitor, and my boss gave me an HP 19" flat panel monitor for my laptop. I was impressed with the picture of the monitor, and its small footprint and announced that I would trade my $500 CRT for a 19" FP (lehah got one of these baby's a while back so I know he's familiar with the output of these monitors). drax0r was immediately interested, as he wanted side-by-side 22" monitors extending his desktop to an incredible 3200x1200! He bought me a 19" Widescreen Samsung SyncMaster 920nw at Sam's Club yesterday, and dragged The Beast home.

It's so far away!

At first, the FP looked funny sitting there. Unimpressive. And it took quite a bit of tweaking with my xorg.conf to get my resolution and fonts playing nice with each other. I'm also so very used to spreading windows and apps equally side-by-side and top to bottom (1600x1200 is a lot of real estate). Learning to utilize only the width is awkward, and scrolling is increased 10-fold due to the narrow nature of widescreen. On the plus side, its a very nice picture and very light.

I'm hoping drax0r posts a picture of his new "Command Center."

mr_dowg and glowdowg had a gathering at their house as well this weekend. Through all the difficulties every day brings by simply having children in your house, we made it - and perhaps it was just me, but it seemed to be the most sober of any number of parties I've been to in quite some time. The host had browned five pounds of ground beef and when they opened the kitchen, like vultures we swooped in for the kill. Yes, I killed myself some tacos. Those taco's needed killin.

And what better place to gather for a feeling of family, than in the kitchen?

Then mr_dowg pulled a rabbit out of his hat. He palmed me a Monster sticker! I saw it, I saw him - but words, they didn't come. I was speechless! So many questions...How? I'll let him tell you the story, but suffice it to say, it ended up on my car. (He also provided me with a Monster temporary tattoo, which I wanted to immediately put on my forehead for the duration of the party, but when I nodded toward him and demanded, "Lick my forehead!" so I could apply it, sadly, he refused :(



mr_dowg at 2008-03-02 18:49 (UTC) (Link)
Well, last nights gathering was a very good time indeed! I am glad that you liked the Monster products, maybe at some time I can get us all some more. It is a very interesting story ow i came about having those Monster products. I got the idea of temporary tattoos to show off our love of all things MONSTER. So, I went searching on the internet and in the process I ended up on Ebay looking for auctions of Monster things. I found lots of fun, interesting things that I would like to have but what caught my eye was one for 10 Monster temp tattoos and 5 good size Monster stickers! I put in a bid and for a couple days I was the only bidder on that auction. Then one day we checked and 4 other people had bid on it and I was now losing the auction. So....I told Glo that I would up my high bid to $10.00 and that I would not go any higher than that. A day or so later, Glo got the confirmation email that I had indeed WON the auction and was now the proud owner of the Monster products listed above. It was great and hilarious at the same time! I never thought that I would win it, I just bid on it to see what would happen. Well, I waited all week hoping that they would come in the mail before our little get together this weekend so I could surprise my fellow Monster addicts with them! I am glad that they all liked them.....someone got out of the house without theirs though because they are sitting on our organ in the entryway!
ehowton at 2008-03-02 19:49 (UTC) (Link)
The other day, my car was running sluggish, so I pulled over on the side of the road, popped the gas cap, and poured 16oz. of Monster into the tank. She ran as if she were supercharged!
glodowg at 2008-03-02 19:51 (UTC) (Link)
I would like precise directions for getting the M sticker in the middle of the rear window. How many measurements were taken? How many remeasures were involved?

It was a good time! I do agree though that everyone stayed very sober and everyone was gone by 10:30 - that was a shocker. I blame all the offspring. I do believe that is the crankiest I have ever seen all our children... next time we'll have to plan a bit of young entertainment.

Also, we forgot to toast the passing of the wall. Perhaps a quick get together with toasts all around.... sad day at the Dowg home...
ehowton at 2008-03-02 19:58 (UTC) (Link)
You never cease to amaze me ma'am - and I would've loved to have spent more time in your presence, but you were wildly popular last night...I ended up instead trying to get mr_dowg to lick my forehead, but I digress. You never cease to amaze me, whether its your awfully effective ultimatum (you should've seen all 12 of them there, on the floor watching movies quietly - it was downright spooky) or pointing out that the sticker was amazingly center on my car, which in actuality, its a little to the left of center, and I manipulated it in Photoshop to get it be dead on balls accurate to borrow a quote from Mona Lisa Vito.
Cat Who Likes OpenBSD
bsdcat at 2008-03-02 20:06 (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps this is a difference between sysadmins and programmers... at this point in my career, I would be lost on a single 1600x1200 display, much less a single 1680x1050 one. I've relied on multiple monitors to get work done for the last 7-8 years, whether it meant having multiple whole computers with one monitor apiece (at one point I wrote software to share my clipboard between two computers because I read email on one machine, and surfed the web on the other), or using synergy to let me pretend I was using one computer, or (finally!) having multiple displays hooked up to the same beast.

Now, at work I have two 21" CRTs at that oh-so-perfect 1600x1200 resolution. Every inch of both displays is constantly in use, whether I'm goofing off or working. At home I've got one 17" 1280x1024 display and one 20" 1680x1050 display, for (effectively) 2960x1024. It's not as big as what I have at work, but it's generally acceptable for the stuff I do at home.

I am contemplating buying a couple of big LCD displays for the office, though. I'm sick and tired of dealing with Dell CRTs: they don't seem to last more than a year before they start fuzzing out, getting jittery, or doing other things that make my eyes bleed. I've been at this company almost three years, and I've seen at least half a dozen CRTs die (and try to take my eyes with them!). A few of my co-workers have gone to further extremes: one has three 20" LCDs on one stand, one has a couple 22" LCDs (one of which is pivoted to be 1050x1680, and is devoted entirely to database queries), and then there is the one guy who has two 30" monsters (mostly for reading email).

By the way, there is a world out there beyond Monster. Have you ever tried a Mana Potion Energy Shot? Holy hell, that stuff rides you like a pony, no shotgunning required.
ehowton at 2008-03-02 20:50 (UTC) (Link)

In a perfect world, I would be Mr. Universe from Serenity. But I've tried to downsize - really I have. Getting rid of boxes, keyboards, monitors...to the bare minimum. But that's only at home. At work, I have three monitors and two computers. And people wonder why I don't see them on AIM.

If I recall correctly, your buddy purchased those monitors himself for work. My place of work has moved away from CRT's which has been a very nice upgrade indeed (we had the same Dell 21's you speak of).

I even have one of those Sun flat panels for my SPARC ubuntu box. Now that's spoiled!

And the emergence of tabs has also helped unclutter the workspaces. First tabbed browsing, now tabbed terminal windows. I love them!

That is the second time you've sent me a link to the Mana drinks - but I can't find them in North Dallas! I shared it with my WoW-playing, Monster-drinking hetero-lifemate, and he's been looking for them as well.
Nick Dangerous
nickdangerous at 2008-03-02 22:22 (UTC) (Link)
Damn you. Now I will have to buy one. Still using a 19" SuperScan Elite 751 .22 DP CRT. Its remaining days are numbered.

Agreed, Yin can be a real biotch.
ehowton at 2008-03-02 23:19 (UTC) (Link)
$189 at Sam's Club ;)
Nick Dangerous
nickdangerous at 2008-03-03 00:32 (UTC) (Link)
La la la la la I hear nothing. Nothing I say!
galinda822 at 2008-03-03 04:20 (UTC) (Link)
You boys and your toys! :)
Speaking of which, I'll give you 3 guesses who just purchased the Apple TV!

I've had my Samsung 19 inch FP practically since I got the Mac. I love it!
Been using that old FP you used to use in the office here. Hate it!
ehowton at 2008-03-03 15:18 (UTC) (Link)
You boys and your toys!
I am man, hear me write a program to roar for me.

I'll give you 3 guesses who just purchased the Apple TV!
The Apple Pusher?

I've had my Samsung 19 inch FP practically since I got the Mac.
Yes. And now that I think about it, I wonder if I didn't first make my claim to drax0r back then, after seeing yours and how little space it took up on the desk. I bet, in all honesty, you were the reason I have one now. Widescreen is a odd bitch, though, let me tell you. Your 19" monitor is rather square making it look VERY LARGE. The widescreen aspect-ratio makes my 19" look rather tiny in comparison.

Been using that old FP you used to use in the office here. Hate it!
It sucks because it only does 1024x768.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-03-03 05:51 (UTC) (Link)
Just remember. It's not the size of the monitor it's how you use it.

Of course mine is still bigger than yours though!!!

Edited at 2008-03-03 05:52 am (UTC)
ehowton at 2008-03-03 18:35 (UTC) (Link)
Nice head.
Elizabeth Krumbach
princessleia2 at 2008-03-08 17:42 (UTC) (Link)
Great, I'm now officially the last nerd on the planet to use a CRT :P
ehowton at 2008-03-10 03:06 (UTC) (Link)
Well, you and drax0r with his now dual-22's...I've been pressuring him to post a picture of it!
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