January
29
Filed Under (Website) by Justin on 2004-01-29

Now that I’m finally settled in on a server for the long haul, I’ve been reasearching and just dug up my next project. Since getting my VX6000 from Verizon back in August, the whole mo-blogging thing with TextAmerica’s service has been one HUGE headache, and I’m sure several others can vouch for this as well. Yeah I know, their service is free so my expectations shouldn’t be so high. But anyway…

I was perusing the WordPress Forums last night and happened upon a post by LaughingLizzard that presents a hack on a post-by-email function of WordPress to take images from a cell phone. I’ll start working on this over the weekend and report back when its up and running.

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January
29
Filed Under (Life) by Justin on 2004-01-29

I just saw on weather.com that freezing rain and sleet are currently in our forecast here for Monday. While having dinner at Bellatoni’s earlier tonight, I saw on their tv that the public schools here are out AGAIN tomorrow. What is that all about?! We didn’t even get a full 3 inches of accumulation I don’t think. I several turns off a main highway and I did quite a bit of traveling today in the work van, and every road seemed fine. Definitely well enough to resume school. Heh, oh well, I don’t know why I’m complaining. They have to make all the days up anyway, and it means less traffic on my way in to work tomorrow!

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January
28
Filed Under (Politics) by Justin on 2004-01-28

So, I have always had this interest in politics. I make it a point to vote and strongly encourage everyone of age to GET INFORMED and do so themselves. Just don’t go rushing to cast your ballot on whoever has the prettiest name….sheesh…we don’t need another Florida scenario (sorry, someone has to bring up these old, dead jokes and give ’em some new life). Most of the time I tend to keep silent because political discussions almost always lead to political arguments, which I do not care for.

Having two snow days to catch up on the Democratic candidates, I’ve made a few observations. First of all, as we saw from Howard Dean last week, this guy is just psychotic. There’s no other way to put it. Well, you could put it in the form of an example and refer to it as the “I Have a Scream” speech as I heard it called on CNN yesterday. Observation number two is related to a candidate who I once thought showed some serious promise for the Democrats, former General Wesley Clark. What a complete moron! The title of OXY-moron may better suit him considering that we’ve seen him do a complete 180 on several key issues (war in Iraq) in the past 12 – 18 months. Myself and the elusive Double Helix have devised the theory that the old Donkey’s have their hand up Clark’s rear just to keep the other candidates from being elected. He pointed out that it would be a great political strategy to keep Bush in the White House for another term so that our previous favorite president, Mr. ‘It Depends on How You Define Sex,’ would have a chance to become the “first lady” in 2008. How bizarre would that be? Finally, Kerry does appear to have a genuine chance at this thing. I’m registered with the Board of Elections as ‘unaffiliated’ but you’ll notice a “Republican” button to your immediate right while on this blog. To make my point, I confess that Kerry has a decent platform. Of course he, like most all of the candidates, want peace in Iraq and are very Pro Choice when it comes to abortions, so I could never, ever cast a vote that direction.

To sum this all up and make the title of this entry make a bit of ‘punny’ sense, allow me to color code these three candidates for you. Blue is my favorite of the primaries, but of course green is probably my favorite of all. Therefore, Kerry easily takes that color as I do feel he is the most promising of these three candidates. I’m awarding Yellow to Clark for rolling over like a Golden Retriever does for a Milk Bone. And of course, I can’t resist giving Dean the big Red flag after his oh-so loud and blood pumping speech following the Iowa Caucuses, just not sure if he is red because he worked up a sweat, or just flat out embarassed himself.

In conclusion, check out this nice political cartoon that sums up the major players in the Democratic candidates. “My daddy worked in a mill…..”

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January
26
Filed Under (Stuff) by Justin on 2004-01-26

Well I have been holed up in the house for the better part of two days. I did finally manage to dig out a bit today and do some nasty chores such as emptying the litter boxes. That sure freshened things up around here. While I was out, I managed to snap a couple of decent pictures. I don’t have enough good ones from lately to add anything new to the Photo Gallery but it won’t be long. To hold you over I’ll post two thumbnails here. If anyone is really interested in the snow, I’ll post the full resolution pics in a zip file for you somewhere. Just let me know.

the snow outside my house

I did even manage to get out and drive a bit today. The roads are in pretty bad shape near my house, but once I made it out to the main road (Hwy 150), things were much better. So I made it to Bonnie’s house and we ran to Ingles for a few necessities and then I headed back before the temperature could drop anymore and make things worse.

the snow again

Well, again, enjoy the pics. I have a few more if you’re really interested.

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January
26
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Humor) by Justin on 2004-01-26

My parents are switching to BellSouth for their dial-up access at home and I’m a bit concerned. I’ve known a few people with the service who haven’t had any problems, but I was a bit alarmed by a Support Technician the other day. Last Wednesday, my dad activated the service and waited for me to come home and set it up. So I get there on Saturday and he has the username, password, and access number all written down and ready to go. So easy enough I thought, and I proceeded to setup the dial-up connection on WinXP. [I’m going to shorten this for any of you who really don’t care. For those of you technically interested, click on the “more” link and read on.]

The moral of the story is simply this: no matter what type of access you use to get online (dial-up, cable, dsl, isdn…), you NEED a firewall of some sort. If you’re on dial-up, the one included in XP is fine, or grab one from Zone Alarm or Sygate.
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January
26
Filed Under (Website) by Justin on 2004-01-26

Well once again I have moved servers. Not to the new server on LG Host, but I decided to give them a swift kick to the rear and get my money back while I can. New is Mindstorm Hosting from Jim. I’ve seen his services recommended by many and so far I’m really pleased. Transferring all my files went pretty flawlessly and restoring the blog databases was super smooth as well. Just tweaking all the final items now. So, welcome and hopefully there won’t be any more downtime! (Heh, right Jim?)

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January
22
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Website) by Justin on 2004-01-22

It appears that I am moving the new server after all. And two big thumbs up for LG Hosting for giving me a partial refund because of the outage. Major cool points there….

It will probably be a few days before the site is moved to the new server, but be prepared for an outage of some sort. See the entry before this one to get my email address. The current server is a Dual 2.6Ghz Xeon box crammed with 2 gigs of RAM running Red Hat 7.3. In my instant messaging conversation with Tech Support, I found out some interesting facts. Even a fairly “low-end” machine can host approximately FIFTY sites while one such as mine can run up to around 150 or so. Linux is so amazing. The new server runs FreeBSD though, so I’d love to get a shell account turned on so I can explore a bit. Stay tuned for the next chapter of my web hosting soap opera saga….

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January
22
Filed Under (Website) by Justin on 2004-01-22

There has been some serious connectivity issues the past few days with my new web host. They’re going to be moving me along to a new server in a few days it appears, so I anxiously await the move. Hopefully it won’t require anything on my part. I sincerely hope this can be resolved soon, not having email is quite frustrating to me and is something I can’t tolerate for very long periods of time like this. I do give support 4 out of 5 stars for quick responses, but they do fall on deaf ears when sent to my @wantmoore.com email address. If any of you need anything, send an email to jdmoore 8 2 ‘at’ fastmail.fm (remove the spaces and replace the ‘at’ with @). Until next time!

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