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Journal Journal: back online at home! 2

Well, PacBell has [kinda] come through for me. 24 hours ahead of schedule, my DSL line is now finally live. My only internet access away from work has been my T-Mobile/Danger HipTop/SideKick, which worked great the first week, but now I can't get a data connection unless i'm in the middle of the parking lot at home or on the road driving.

It's a bit funny to have to take a walk away from the new apartment just to be able to pick up my e.mail. Feels like my ol' BBS days and offline mail readers - get online, pick up mail, walk home, get kicked offline, reply to mail, walk to park, mail gets sent.

But the HipTop has come in handy; just wish the data signal was as strong as it was the first week i had it [i could put it next to my mail server at work, and it would beep before my 15-second pine->imap check would beep!]. Now it just sits there in 'voice only' mode; no data. But I get to read my e.mail on the way to work at stop lights.

So the new apartment is finally coming together. We had some major problems with the leasing office [which resulted in us not getting phone service for a week and half, which delayed the DSL service from being reconnected].

I'll have more details later, but for now, I'm just glad to be back in action. Life without a 'net connection just plain sucks. And that's coming from someone with a full-time job and a long-time girlfriend. I can't imagine what I'd do had this happened 5 or 6 years ago!

/vjl/ [remembering when he first got on the 'net with his Commodore 64]


Journal Journal: my new hiptop!

Well, I gotta say - this thing is pretty cool! I am typing this on my brand new hiptop. Typing might be the wrong word - this is the 1st time i've used a thumb keyboard. I own a handera 330 too, but I use grafitti, not the virtual keyboard. Typing on this little keyboard is very challenging, but I think I'll get the hang of it soon...

I'll have to do a more detailed review from a real keyboard this weekend once i've played w/ it for a while.....I'll keep you posted!



Journal Journal: Home sick today....

Well, today I'm staying home. My eyelids are heavy, after not sleeping much at all last night. And my jaw, for some wacky reason, is stiff as nails. Since Saturday night, my jaw has really hurt. I must have clenched it that night or something.

So I'm going to get some shuteye, do some cleaning and maybe some coding today from home. We start our move next Thursday, and there is still a bunch of Stuff to pack. Boy, I can't wait till the move is over with!

Ok, I'm off to bed...just thought I'd post a quickie...



Journal Journal: Hackin' away....

So here I am, 1:14am, on a Thursday night, and I'm about to set a new record for going to bed: it'll be the earliest I've gone to bed in over 2 weeks!

Fall quarter starts next Friday. As a result, I'm finishing up several projects that need to be ready, and out of beta, before fall starts. These projects are all PHP based, as that is my language of choice for coding all things w3-based.

I'm finding that being the only programmer in our school can be quite a challenge. While UCI has plenty of programmers, our small school, the School of Social Ecology, has never had a programmer before. Because of this, *everyone* has had requests for programs and interactive w3 sites.

So far, my first project has been to convert the entire soceco site into a php/mysql based content-management system, called EzEdit. EzEdit allows staff and faculty the ability to easily edit pages that they are responsible for. Faculty can upload their vitas, edit their publications, change their bio, etc. Staff can edit their pages/images as well as do some maintainence on some faculty [each department has a manager who oversees the faculty; some faculty don't like even touching a computer, so their department manager does all of the editing].

While all of this is well and good, I've got a *ton* of other projects at that magic 95% complete mark and am hurriedly trying to finish them. Though the licenses to all of my coding is GPL, I do not know if legally I can do that, since when I started at UCI in 1997, I had to sign a "all your code belong to us" deal. But then I left in 2000 to check out corporate america [prior to UCI, i worked as a programmer in city government]. Quest Software was that step I took, and it was very boring. So, 9 months later, I headed back to the poorly paying life of .edu [.gov and .edu are so similar it's hard to tell the difference]. When I started back up at UCI, though, they never made me sign a contract about my IP. Hmmm...

Now that i'm back in .edu, i'm anything but bored!

Maybe someday I'll finally hit the Big Burnout [already have had 4 burnouts], and just stick to what I love to do: photography. I do like working with computers, but not enough to spend 14 hours + a day doing it! [well, sometimes, but not 14 hour days all the time...].

Ok, it's 1:24am...I'm off to bed...amazing! The sun hasn't risen yet, and I've not had a diet coke all evening...a new record for the month of September! :-)



Journal Journal: So now it's a challenge... 2

So I've come to find out that people can't view my journal due to my funky userid [that i picked out ages ago!]. Because it includes the slash char, trying to get to my journal page is nearly impossible.

So it looks like I've got a stealth journal. Guess I'm just typing to myself now, then, eh?

Well, I should tell myself that I'm very late for bed, so I think that's what I'll do next.

More invisible journals coming soon. And *if* you are reading this, please do let me know; I'm curious how you did it.


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Journal Journal: It's movin' time! 4

Well, for my first entry [amazing: i've been a /. reader for years, and didn't post until July 23, 2002, and am just now starting my journal], I'd like to announce that I'll be moving about 100 feet to an apartment complex next to us.

My girlfriend and I need more space for our stuff [eg: all my computers!] and a 2-car garage, and ironicly, the place next door offers that. It's very rare, in this area, to find apartments with 2-car garages, so we feel pretty lucky. I still have a 9-mile commute, but considering the area I live in [SoCal, US], I should be lucky [i've spent most of my career within 3 miles of my work].

Anyway...that's it for now...wonder if this will ever get read?!


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