September 2005 Posts

CommunityAdmins.com

CA is doing well. It’s kind of cool. Very nice start over there. If you’re a community administrator, give it a look.

3 Days Left in Design Contest

There is only 3 days left in the design contest at SitePoint. Incase anyone wanted to enter. :)

Good Day for Sports

It was a good day, yesterday. The Dolphins upset the Broncos 34-10 and the Yankees beat the Red Sox 1-0.

I’m not sure what to expect from the Dolphins, but if they can play like they did yesterday, they won’t be so bad. Gus Frerotte surprised me. Then again, it’s one game. Jay Fiedler had games like that, as did Brian Griese. Time will tell.

The Yankee game was great as it was a must win if we’re going to have any shot at the division here in the last 20 games. Plus, we simply cannot afford to lose many games from here on out. Randy Johnson pitched an awesome game (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R), but the end was especially thrilling with Mariano closing the door.

To prepare for a standard work shift, Mariano Rivera will throw about 20 pitches in the bullpen. Yesterday, with pinch hitter David Ortiz waiting for him in the Yankees’ most important game of the season, the closer rode an adrenaline rush from the pen to the mound.

“I threw maybe 12 pitches,” Rivera said. “I knew that Ortiz was going to pinch hit. I wanted to face him.”…

“Maybe the pitch count was up there,” an uncharacteristically jubilant Rivera said. “But I work hard every time I’m going there. What can I say? It was a good one.”…

Rivera threw Damon 10 pitches, all of them cut fastballs with the intent of breaking in toward the lefthanded hitter. “I didn’t want to give him anything so he can get a little blooper or something like that,” Rivera said. “I won’t be able to sleep tonight.”…

“I could’ve thrown 100 pitches today,” Rivera said. “It didn’t matter.”

There is nothing I can say about Mo that I haven’t said before. Love the guy.

Easy Thumbnails

Easy Thumbnails is an awesome free script. It allows you to easily create thumbnails for images. You can even use it to mass reduce the size of images while keeping them the same size. For instance, say you have 100 .jpgs at the highest image quality. Maybe that’s more bandwidth than you’d like to put out there and 80% looks pretty good, really. So, you set it to grab all the images and export them at 80% quality. 10 seconds later, it’s done.

Interviewed by HTTPPoint

I was interviewed by HTTPPoint.

Check it out, if you’d like.

CommunityAdmins.com Launches!

CommunityAdmins.com launched today. It is a community for community administrators, featuring discussions on all aspects of developing and managing an internet community.

I originally had the idea to create a site like that more than 3 years ago. I finally got the opportunity to develop it. Looking forward to managing it.

Note from the Executive Producers of House

Cool. They sent me (and other House webmasters) a copy of the newly released House – Season One on DVD. I have posted the letter over at DrGregHouse.com.

I am Joe Normal

Joe Normal
43 % Nerd, 17% Geek, 26% Dork

For The Record:
A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored less than half in all three, earning you the title of: Joe Normal.

This is not to say that you don’t have some Nerd, Geek or Dork inside of you–we all do, and you can see the percentages you have right above. This is just to say that none of those qualities stand out so much as to define you. Sure, you enjoy an episode of Star Trek now and again, and yeah, you kinda enjoyed a few classes back in the day. And, once in a while, you stumble while walking down the street even though there was nothing there to cause you to trip. But, for the most part, you look and act fairly typically, and aren’t much of an outcast.

I’d say there’s a fair chance someone asked you to take this test. In any event, fairly normal.

Congratulations!

The test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 26% on nerdiness
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You scored higher than 15% on geekosity
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You scored higher than 33% on dork points

Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on OkCupid Free Online Dating

Via Chrispian via Aeryn.

My Hard Drive/PC

Ok, so… check this:

My PC has been running great. And it was running great today. But, I decided to go out with the family today and I was gone for 3 hours. It was working great right before I left and while I was gone, presumably went into a sleep mode. So, I get back and I move the mouse to take it out of sleep mode. What does the screen say with white text on a black screen? Something like…

Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device
and press a key

So, I’m like… what? I try rebooting, I try cutting the power and rebooting. I try unplugging my backup HD. I check the DVD and CD-RW drives to make sure there is nothing in them. I check the boot order. I try the repair area from my Windows XP Pro disc and “dir” finds nothing in the C drive. I’ve checked to make sure it was plugged in and it appears to be. I’ve checked a fair bit of other things to.

I was reasonably happy I recently started backing up files. Except… it appears my backup system was configured incorrectly because it was only downloading files that had been updated and deleted the first backup that had all of files in it. Great. Freaking LOVELY. I’m dying right now. I’ve rather someone beat me up or something, seriously. So, I talked with Jared and Brandon for a while and everything that had me try resulted in nothing, unfortunately. I hope to talk with Brandon tonight/tomorrow as he said that either way he doesn’t see how I should have to pay a grand to get my files back. So, I’m hoping he can help me.

The hard drive is still under warrenty from HP, so if I can get my files… I can work from my laptop and lead a happy life once again. I’d give someone a few hundred dollars right now to just get all of my files, honestly. Losing files is simply not an option.

Which brings me to the worst case scenario. I called Ontrack to get a quote. It’ll be $1,000 to $2,600 and it will depend on how hard it is and they can’t tell me how hard it will be until they look at it which they charge a nonrefundable $100 for (included in the prices I just mentioned). That is a lot of money. Jared recommended them as being the best and I want it done right and quickly. Including mailing, I can expect it back in 10 days from them at the most. I imagine they’ll be able to recover them all, otherwise they wouldn’t be the best. Still, that’s a lot of money. Unfortunately, I’m willing to pay it. Right now, I have nothing to do but to work around it from my laptop with the files that did get backed up that I do have. Man, why couldn’t my backups have actually worked? Well, what’s done is done… now my focus is getting my files and getting back to work as soon as possible (I’ll still be working, a lot of my files are things I NEED but don’t need now, like photos). So, any suggestions for that would be great…

Sigh.

Do I know anyone French?

I’m a big Bad Boy fan, as has been noted. They used to have this pop girl group called Dream (yeah, I know – even so, I actually liked some of their music). They were to release a second album – but it never came out. Oddly enough, it’s popped up at the French Virgin Records site, even though it was never released. In my ever present quest to collect every bit of music that Bad Boy releases, this would be a neat thing to pick up, since it is supposedly very rare – just for the sake of being a fan and collecting it all. It can only be downloaded. The thing is… they need to have a credit card from someone not in the US. France, Canada… etc. I’d be glad to pay for it, of course, if someone was able to buy it and then use my e-mail to send the confirmation to and/or send me the link/login details to download it myself. Anyone? :)