Technology’s Infestation of my Life

Examples of how technology has permeated every single bit of my life.

Aaahhh! My computer is broken!

Reformating did not fix the problem. Fortunatly, I have a 3 year extended warranty plan that will cover any repairs that are needed, but I have to send it in, so I will be without my precious computer for, gasp…I actually don’t know how long it will take. In the meantime, expect less coding updates and more blog updates.


Computer failure

My computer is having a problem with its wireless card. I tried using System Restore, no luck. I figure it’s about time to reformat, so that’s what I’m working on. I plan on making a Norton Ghost Image this time to ease this process in the future.



We ordered Direct TV with a built-in TiVo recorder on Sunday. We waited for the installer guy to come out and he wanted to install a mast for the dish for an exorbitant amount of money. Yea. I don’t think so. So I took to installing the dish myself. Succesfully completing it in record time. The quality is at least 2 or 3 times better then Cable, plus we don’t get any ghost signals. I now also get TechTV which is pretty cool. The only downside is that we can’t use the HomeMedia Option becuase Direct TV is afraid that we might start pirating movies or something. I am currently looking for a work around. Let me know if you have any ideas.


School and VPN

School started officially on Monday. And with that starting, so did my final year as a Senior. How sad. Not really. I actually have quite a nice class load: Physics, Biotech, Vocal, Honors English (my school doesn’t have AP or IB classes), Study, Calc II, and American Government.

I finially got my VPN working. This is good for two reasons:

  1. I have a secure transport layer for my Wireless card
  2. I have a transport layer that is secure for when I am at school so I can get access to my files on my server. This should pave the way for remote back-ups. How exciting!

1000 emails

Graphing is cool. Especially when you extrapolate data from it. Graphs are also cool when you graph useless information with them, such as how many emails I get per a month. Or how many emails I send per a month. Or both! So that’s what I did. I graphed the amount of email I’ve gotten per a month since 1998. And no, I’m not joking you. I’ve saved almost every single email since 1998. Many of you know this, most of you don’t. In case your worried about privacy issues, don’t. My computer is secured behind a firewall…with all data encncrypted. Now for the results!

This is  how many emails I’ve gotten. As you can see the trend line is going UP! Within the next year or so, I should be recieving upwards of 1000 emails per month. This does not include SPAM or newsletters or automated emailings. 99.5% of these emails are from real people. This does not include my school account, which I don’t use at all, except for inter-school emails. Click on the image to see a bigger, more readable version.


Operation: Crimson Hat

Previously know as Operation: Red Hat, this is the next step. I have successfully installed SHRIKE, aka Red Hat Linux 9, as the second OS on my Toshiba Laptop, the primary OS being Windows XP. Also, the goals of RH/CH have changed. Instead of migrating to use only Red Hat, the goal is now to have Windows XP and Red Hat live and work together in unison, providing me with the best of both worlds. Thus far, I have been successful, installing a the NTFS patch for Red Hat.


Operation: Red Hat – Day 7

All is going well so far. I got all the updates. I’m having a hard time getting the whole network thing worked out. Samba is installed, and I finally figured out how to give the computer a name (I named it “Voyager”). I can even find it in my workgroup, but when I double click on it, I have to enter a username/password. I try to login as root, but it doesn’t work. I try to login as me, still doesn’t work. I’m going to keep trying.


Operation: Red Hat – Day 1

I have sucessfully downloaded all three of the RH9 ISO files. Each one took about 5 hours. I then managed to install RH on my old Pentium-200MHz system. Only RH can run on this. It actually runs pretty well. I can’t imagine how it will run on my laptop in a few months. Now to see if I can install the printer!


Operation: Red Hat

I a personal fan of free stuff. I try to aquire most of my stuff for free, or at least at extremely reduced prices. Whilst I like Microsoft and the stuff they offer, it is very expensive to maintain my system with the latest and greatest operating system. So today begins Operation: Red Hat.

My attempt to move to Red Hat Linux.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, imagine a more complicated Windows XP, but without the Windows branding and without the Start Bar. Now imagine that the cost is free, but the quality is good. So good, that computer has an uptime of %99.9999999 percent (this is just a guess). That means that in one year, you would not have access to the computer for 0.031536 seconds.

Now this is not my first attempt at running Linux. This is probably the 3rd or 4th try. But it is the first in which I have a computer dedicated soley to running Linux. With any luck, I will put Linux on my Laptop (my main computer) within a few months and run a dual-boot system. In the finally phase, I will run Linux alone…here goes nothing!