May 19th, 2006



My job is to build galinda822 a computer for her home office. She's going to order DSL, we already have a monitor, and we're working on making her desk. In previous posts, I've identified the parts we need for her computer, and they run about $125. Then we can get started. However, in a stroke of brilliance this morning, I've decided on something far more fantastic for her future home-office: The Mac Mini.

That's right. With bidding starting ~$150 on eBay these days, she can surf the web in style and free herself from the bonds of XP. I don't have to build anything, either ;) Anyway, I'm pretty excited for her, and I hope you are too! And, no Tom, I will NOT be installing Opera for her. She'll be using Safari, and is prepared to ignore your every comment on the matter. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

My weekend just got a lot busier. I'm receiving a FedEx shipment of an HP wintel server to rack-mount this weekend to expand the quickly diminishing space of our existing email server. Fun, fun! Oh yeah, the wife doesn't know about that yet. And seeing how tonight we're drinking margaritas and grilling for movie night, I sure as hell hope I'm able to answer the front door by 1000 tomorrow.

At home I run Photoshop CS on my 1200x1600 display. That's a lot of real estate. Imagine my frustration trying to finish up projects at work using Photoshop Elements on a 1024x768? Grrrrrrr.

So, I've pretty much decided I'm going to do everything I need to do on my linux box. I'll use my laptop for Outlook and the few times I need to launch IE. That's really about all it's good for. The linux box is an unbuntu install on a Dell Optiplex SFF with a 3GB P4, half a gig of RAM and a 7200rpm SATA drive. I couldn't ask for a better box on my desktop here at work.

Yahoo! Mail gives me 2GB for my email space. Each site I've been at gives me nearly unlimited email space. The company I work for however, a technologies company, gives me 110MB, and bitch if I don't archive. Nice. You know, I would archive - if I hadn't had 10 computers across 4 accounts the last six years. There are some things I will never understand.

Got to de-rack a Solaris box and tear into it this week. The highlight of my week, as usual; back to my roots. The power-supply had blown and I will likely be here this weekend replacing it.





Unlike a true palindrome, this one reads 321 FUTS REPOORT MROTS A NALP ANAMA which, loosely translated: this guy just rocks!

Thanks to stuf123 for providing this outstanding caricature of yours truly, as Stormtrooper, officially my new favorite avatar. Many, many posts from now, if you require his site again, just follow my LINKS area to ehowton's spaces and his is the first link under my "Custom List."

From his Yahoo! 360 blog:

Steve R is one funny guy - but you pretty much have to have a sense of humor yourself to appreciate him. He's generous and taleneted and will always have your back in a fight. Steve R enjoys soundtracks and halloween and works as many hours as an IT Professional...

I met Steve on The Score Station (where, to this day he can be seen on chat occasionally) enjoying many a soundtrack together. We share love of Pixar movies (ok, he is an animator...) and an overabundance of desktoys. Mine slant towards sci-fi, his slant towards super heroes, and currently - he's winning.

Now that I live in Saint Louis, and have met astro, our friend stuf123 is just a few hours away, and my dream (I HAVE A DREAM) is to one day, meet the man, the legend, stuf123.

He'll do yours for $200 cash or payment in cases of Nerd (tm) candy!
oh, and I promised him I'd say this: