Monday, January 30, 2006

Father-In-Law's status

Steve came through the surgery ok, although instead of the 2 tumors the doctors knew about, they pulled out 5 very penetrating tumors. Penetrating, meaning into the brain. While the cells were not cancerous, they were changing, so the doctors are going to treat him as if it is cancerous and start with intensive chemo therapy.

As for side effects, he is still pretty groggy. After his first surgery 1 1/2 years ago, his left leg did not function well, and never came back to 100%. After this current surgery, his right leg is not functioning, though his left leg is pretty close to where it was right before the surgery. (Less than 100%.)

Today (Monday) they hope to move him to another hospital, close to his doctor's office. This hospital has a rehab center that will start work on his leg. We're not sure when the chemo will start. We'll keep you posted with any major changes.

Also, the move went well. Thanks to the friends we had enough help to finish moving everything Friday, allowing us to be at the hospital Saturday. My office is set back up after some minor technical difficulties.

Friday, January 20, 2006

What a life!!!

If anybody tells you working from home is stress free, slap 'em. I'm going to tell you about my current life, and of course, Programming. You non programmers, listen it too. You'll enjoy it.

K, so this is Friday. My folks and grandmother are rolling in tonight, and my bro is coming in tomorrow. Sunday I have a public talk (45 minut bible lecture) on 'Evidence of God in the World Around Us'. This is my first talk of this length. Should be 70-90 people there.

Also, we are in the midst of moving. And I mean smack dab in the middle. Cookware to clothing is already half in the new place, and 80% of everything is in boxes somewhere. We are supposed to move in next Saturday the 28th. The new place is currently undergoing some needed renovations which our landlords are trying hard to finish. Kudos to them for their hard work, we really do apreciate it.

Next Wednesday, the 25th my sister-in-law and her husband will be flying in. They want to be here for Friday the 27th when my father-in-law has major brain surgery to remove 2 tumors.

Among all this issues is of course work. Last week, Monday and Tuesday, I was in CT for server and infrastructure upgrades. This was to be quick and painless, unloading some of the load from our aging web server and adding support for a possible second T1 line. It is now Friday of the 2nd week, 10 business days, since then. I just finished the last of the tweaking and setting up and at last our site seems to be back up.

Let's just say we went through quite a few re-installs of Operating systems, and Active Directory, as well as several reconfigurations of DNS addresses, IP addresses and network cabling. Finally ending with a surprise switch from Exchange 5.5 to an offsite hosting of e-mail.

While trying to manage with all of this, my office has been falling apart. First my filing cabinet drawer fell apart, spilling files all over the floor. Then my keyboard shelf fell off while I was in some critical phase of configuration, while the phone was ringing and my coffee was spilling.

The next day I started out with no internet connection to connect to work. This was fixed by rebooting everything, but later in the day, brown outs and power outages. Not one, but several. You can imagine how fun that was.

Well, my office is back together, other than all the stuff in boxes. I also just recieved my UPS, or Unineruptable Power Supply. This should keep me up through any minor power outages. The sites are all up. And best of all!!! OUR IT GUY IS OUT UNTIL WEDNESDAY!!!

Friday, January 13, 2006

Some cool Lego stuff

This guy must have a lot of time, or a lot of brains, or both. Check out his demonstration of earth's orbit. And then check out his Knitting machine.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Added a link to Secure Windows

If you'll notice on my menu to the right, I've added a link to SecureMyWindows.Com. This should help you rid your PC of spam.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Recently seen on ebay

Looking at an auction, I noticed the Question and Answer section:

Question & Answer Answered On
Q: Hello, Can you ship to Canada, please? I will pay for all costs. Thanks
A: Sorry. This auction is for US shipping destinations only. Thanks :)

Q: Do you accept to ship in Quebec, Canada ? Thanks !
A: Sorry. This auction is for US shipping destinations only. Thanks :)

Q: Hi. I'm from Italy. How much is the cheapest shipping cost? Thanks.
A: Sorry. This auction is for US shipping destinations only. Thanks :)

This was from a real auction.

Crazy Atheists!

Did Jesus Exist? Italian Court to Decide

I always wanted one of these...

Happy Fun Ball!!!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Site updates, new .Net links

I'm working on a project, built from the ground up in C#. This is my first full C# project, so I have a lot of questions. Good for you, because I save the links of my search and post them. Take a look here.

You'll notice one link, C# to VB conversions. If you ever wanted to know what an If statement from VB would look like in C#, this is the place to go.

I also organized the links a bit better, so it's easier to use the page and find what you need. Updated my main page too. (Click here.)

The C# project I'm working on is a simple FTP client for our customers/photographers. I'm using somebody else's FTP class for the brunt of the work, but I've learned about splitters and things like that. I'll be posting more info and more helpful links, so stay tuned.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Some tidbits before I go back to work

Still moving. Found this image by clicking a link on this site. Shows you have to be careful how you drive.

I do not endorse (nor have I visited) all the sites on this page. Interesting idea though.