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New Borderlands DLC!


Just got the new DLC tonight, Borderlands: Claptrap’s Robot Revolution.  Seems good so far, though does feel a little wrong killing Claptraps.  I will probably have more later, just want to share this little easter egg.  Found this at the top of a building in Tartarus Station.  When I saw it I had to find a binary translator to see what it said!

Steve the Bandit!

FYI, it says “Steve the Bandit”.

One Province, Two Countries, Nine States, 18 flights, -40 degrees, 16500 miles


Just to give you an idea of what my job entails, its my duty to help get the hardware ready for the customer.  This entails installing/removing hardware components, operating systems loading, installing applications, racking and unracking hardware.  In 2009 I just happened to be racking equipment in New York City, Los Angeles and Calgary.  2009 was a busy year to say the least.  All were for business except the trip to Portland Oregon.  Here is a graphic showing all the flights I took in 2009, as the bird flies, it was about 16500 miles of air travel.  And boy are my arms tired.

In February I went to setup a small environment for my company.  Its a pretty standard setup, a switch, couple of firewalls, KVM, hand full of  servers and a NAS (Network Attached Storage).  I went back in March to move some equipment that we had located in another data center that we were moving to our new location.  First time I went I stayed out by the La Guardia Airport in Queens.  It was about an hour subway ride to the data center in downtown Manhattan.  When I went back the second time they put me up in The Hudson, it was about a block away from Central Park.  It was pretty nice but the room was tiny.  In the hotel room mini bar, you could by not only liquor but also candy bars, gummy bears and iPod chargers.  One thing I did like about NYC was the street food.  From the assorted roasted nuts, pretzels, pizza and hot dogs to what I think was some kind of Middle Eastern/Indian food (that was delicious).  The smells of these foods helped drown out the not so good smells of the city.

Next on my flight plan was a trip to Portland Oregon to my cousins wedding.  It was a somewhat last minute decision to go, but I needed a few days off work so I scoured the nets to find flights and hotel rooms.  After a night of itinerary planning I settled on one.  The next day I received a call from the booking agency (Travelocity if I remember correctly) telling me that they were unable to book the flights that I had purchased.  After about an hour on the phone with them the only thing they could find was twice as much as the previous package.  Ended up canceling everything, at one point we were on a three way call with my credit card company removing the charges.  Looked a couple of days later and found something for about the same price as before but had to fly through Houston for part of the flight.  Not that big of a deal just makes for long traveling times.  The wedding was actually in Washington just across the Columbia River, about 30 miles east of Portland Oregon at a place called The Skamania Lodge.  It was a small wedding as both sides of the family lived pretty far away.  His side mostly from Kansas and her side, just a little bit farther, from Taiwan.  It was a beautiful location and ceremony, if you like mountains, trees and water.

Next up was a leisurely visit to sunny Los Angeles.  And when I say leisurely I mean most unequivocally not at all.  I stayed in downtown LA at the Westin Bonaventure and even had a view of the Hollywood sign from my room.  Fun Fact: It is the hotel that Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the movie True Lies,  rides up an elevator on a horse!  I arrived at the data center at 9am, the racking and cabling of our equipment only took a couple of hours.  A similar environment was installed in LA to that which was put in NYC.  But that was only part of the fun.  We had taken over management of an existing environment of about 20 or 30 servers and networking equipment spread over three racks.  It was my job to completely re-cable and organize the networking and power cables, be hands and feet for our guys back in KC that were helping transition over to a new subnet.  Finally finished cabling and testing at 6am, it was a long day.  Spent the next day or two tidying up cables and tying up loose ends.  Didn’t get much of a chance to explore Downtown LA except 5 block route from my hotel to the data center.  They say that New York is the city that never sleeps, I would have to agree with that.  Not sure what LA would be then, when I was heading back to my hotel around 1am on a Saturday night (Sunday morning) there was almost nobody driving or walking around downtown LA.  It was sort of creepy.  After I got up from sleeping off my 20 or so hour day I ate at an Asian place in the hotel and got a bowl of noodles about the size of my head.  It felt like I had a hangover from being in the data center with 65 degree air blowing on me and standing up for 20 hours.  The spicy noodles and pork helped clear my head.  The bottom 4 floors of my hotel was sort of like a shopping mall.  There were shops, lots of places to eat, fancy restaurants, a liquor store, night club, jewelry store, and even a brewery (yes, I even had a few of their beers).  In fact I did all my eating and shopping in my hotel which was nice since I didn’t have a car.

To be continued… ahy

Firefox dual monitor fix


The latest versions of Firefox only remember which monitor they are on if you close Firefox while it is not maximized.

So the procedure to get Firefox to open maximized on the monitor of your choice in dual monitor setup:

1.  Un-maximize Firefox window
2.  Position un-maximized window on monitor of you choice
3.  Close Firefox window
4.  Reopen Firefox window
5.  Maximize Firefox window
6.  Close Firefox window
7.  ???
8.  Profit!

Now Firefox will open maximized on the screen you chose.

Highway Shenanigans


I was driving down the highway the other evening when I came upon a cop that had pulled someone over.  As is the law now I moved over the left lane and drove past, but the car infront of me decided he was too good to do so.  About 3 minutes later a cop car comes flying up behind me in the left lane pulls infront of me and flips on his lights and pulls over the car infront of me.  Since we were both driving the same speed, and going the speed limit, it made me chuckle to think he was getting pulled over for not changing lanes.

gainfully employed!


I have recently started a new job with GSI Hosting as a Data Center Support Technician.  I am part of the Implementation Team.  Our duties include gathering the hardware specified by the customer, be that ordering new parts or using existing.  After we have verified the correct hardware, we load the requested operating system, our main two in use are CentOS and Windows Server 2003 and a little Ubuntu for load balancers and firewalls.  We do the basic configuration of the servers and after that we put the servers in the racks.  If a server needs any hardware upgrades or has any hardware failures we are responsible for the timely repair.  This usually has to happen in the middle of the night.  When a server is no longer required we are also charged with decommissioning a server.  Before the server can leave the rack, it is subjected to a Department of Defense approved wipe of the hard drives, this being a complete write to hard drives seven times over.

The company is primarily a managed and unmanaged web/data hosting provider but also offers colocation services.  We also provide whats known as compliant hosting to customers that need to process high security data, such as credit card and bank data.  This means our sites are very secure electronically and physically.

That is the quick and dirty intro for now, I will get into it more in the future.




Here are a few free applications that come in handy from time to time. I will add to the list as I think of others.

Folder size in windows explorer:  Foldersize

Keystroke launcher:  Launchy

Customize XP installs: nlite

Temp / Fan / Voltage monitor: Speed Fan




Don’t hold cheese in you hand while trying to cut it… it could have been bad, but the cheese survived.

if (BEE == FEMALE) { sting(eman.temple); }


I was watching my dad tend to his honey bees today. I was standing about 10 feet away when all of a sudden a honey bee flies up and stings me right in my temple. Didn’t even give me a warning fly-by. Just wham, right in the side of my head. I guess the only solace is in the fact that when they sting and their stinger gets pulled out they die. That bitch. (Worker bees are female by the way.)


if (sms == unlimited) {google(sms++); }


Here are some links to make use of SMS, Google, Gcal and Gmail: