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Posted on 2005.06.20 at 10:55
Current Music: The Carpenters 25th Anniversary CD
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Windows users are retarded:

So there was some domain-swapping going on this weekend, and some boxes apparently cached DNS. This one guy calls me, "The samba share on box1 is missing. The share name is 'samba_share' and it's not there. I logged into the box and couldn't see it."

So I take a peek at the smb.conf file. Yes, the name 'samba_share' is mapped to /filesystem/subdirectory. I explain that we could have named the share, 'ignorant_user' but that didn't mean that the physical directory would actually be visible on the box. He tells me, "Well, honestly, I can't connect to box1 either."

I asked him, "You do understand that's a completely different problem altogether don't you?" He admitted that he did. So I log on to, yes, a windows 'server' (I hate using the term server to describe a windows box.) and can map instantly to said share using IP. I tell the customer this. "Well, you've crippled me, but I suppose I could do that to sneak a few jobs in."

"CRIPPLE YOU?" I exclaim, "I've just freed you! You are no longer bound by name resolution! You can now work more quickly and more efficiently. I've enabled you!"

So he says, "Well, I'll try this....slash slash, box1..."

"NO!" I interrupt - use IP.

"I will, I'm just double-checking that the name won't work."

"That's the reason you called me, is it not?"


My new favorite cat, 'Q':

SomeBritInMass (9:36:45 AM): Q's a nice looking cat. Q from Star Trek?
EricHowton (11:05:14 AM): Q has six toes on each foot
EricHowton (11:05:37 AM): He can turn doorknobs and sip a mug of coffee.
SomeBritInMass (11:09:03 AM): what a cat.
EricHowton (11:12:45 AM): The only thing he can't do is read the morning paper.

The Higgliosaurus Corner:
No HIGGS! news today.

Oregon is Beautiful!
My favorite picture Dan took of Oregon while he was there:

The full size photograph of this can be found on his server here:
Dan's Trip to Oregon, Picture 0134

Not that I'm conceding our earlier disagreement concerning your interpretation of the reason for using SWAT, but I did relent and just work over the sonofabitch by hand in the smb.conf. It's just easier that way sometimes.

I'm homeless. What a drag. Now I just...walk the earth, like Kane in Kung-Fu. I spend my nights in the following shelters:
1.) ADC
2.) Tony's
3.) David's
4.) My folks
5.) Wichita, Kansas
Now that's just pathetic!

Watched a John Water's film last night, "Cecil B. Demented." Pretty good if you're into that sort of thing.

"A bride without a head!"
"A wolf without a foot!"

Sung to the tune of "Dancing Queen" by ABBA:
Danzigfried, young and sweet, only 23.....

The music of the day comes supplied by: My mother's car! Since mine is in the shop.


vember at 2005-06-20 23:34 (UTC) (Link)
Windows users ARE retarded, that's so blatantly obvious it gets tiring to hear - but you provided a new amusing-tech-support-anecdote, so you're back in the good graces of the judgmental (nameless) world... don't mind me, being odd.

Q is awesome. Your kitty?

And wtf, Wichita? Isn't that in the sandbox part of KS (aka the entire western 4/5 of the state)?
vember at 2005-06-20 23:40 (UTC) (Link)
ps - Q might be part Norwegian forest cat, which means his ancestors sailed with the vikings and mixed genes with the American kitties a loooooong time ago.

They get little tufts of fur on the tips of their ears and fur that curls around to protect the inside of their ears (from the freezing cold of Norwegian forests, donchaknow), tufts of fur between their foot pads, longer hair in the winter (longer than lotsa long-haired cats, sometimes), and 6 toes on their feetses, just like a lynx. Raa.

Now I'm babbling about cats. I'm sure interesting to have around, right? :P
ehowton at 2005-06-21 00:47 (UTC) (Link)
ehowton at 2005-06-21 00:41 (UTC) (Link)
If memory serves, over 50% of the entire population of the state of Kansas is in the greater Wichita area. And seeing that Wichita is approximately 300,000 people, that doesn't speak much for the rest of the state. I actually didn't start dating my wife until I determined that Wichita was in the nearest part of the state to Texas as one could get...

My cats are Daisy (full Maine Coon), Mleko and Speedbump. Daisy is living with Tony, and Mleko and Speedbump are staying with my friend David, who owns Q, Odo (Daisy-like, but 35lbs), and Shuggey (Manx).
vember at 2005-06-21 06:46 (UTC) (Link)
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