September 13, 2002

Friday the Thirteenth. Sorry that there haven’t been a lot of updates this week. It has been a really rough week. We spent a day and a half without any Internet access at all and I have been trying to get service reinstated on my cell phone as well.

The weather has been so awesome this past week. I can’t believe how nice it has been. We have had the windows open all week. I am really happy to have fresh air to breathe again. It is nice to be able to sleep in a cool room as well. It has been a while.

Eric and I are scheduled to be returning to Pittsburgh on October 2. We haven’t been there in a while so it will be nice to be able to get back.

Faster than I can even write about it, new versions of Mozilla keep coming down the pipe. Mozilla 1.2 alpha (just for us bleeding edge types) is out today and ready for you to give it a spin. I just went to Mozilla 1.1 but I will probably upgrade anyway because I am like that. I will let you know how it is working. [Tech note: Not only do Mozilla, commonly packaged as Netscape, and Opera allow you to download webpages faster than with Internet Explorer, but they also are able to block pop-up windows and Mozilla has an add on that can filter out many banner ads as well. Not only is all that advertising annoying, but is slows down your connection and your computer.]

I went down and spent a little time with my mentor at Empire State today. My evaluations are not back yet from my summer semester. So I am unable to enroll for classes this fall. I still have two classes from summer semester that I need to finish anyway.

September 12, 2002

This morning I had to get up extra early to head up to the Oneida Indian Nation to work for Dell. That was an easy $100. Only 30 minutes of work. Hee hee. I love working in IT.

Today is Miranda’s last day in the States. She has to get back to Ontario tomorrow to work the audit at night.

My project of moving my music collection onto my computer is finally coming to fruition. I have hours and hours of Vorbis files stored on the two Linux machines now – enough that I can set XMMS (my music player) to random and it will go for the longest time playing all new music. It is the coolest music system ever. It is so easy to use and so useful. It is so nice to know that every single song that comes on will be something that I want to hear. And, my music collection is bigger than any radio station’s. I have close to 900 CDs and I like a lot more than just the one or two songs on each one that made it onto the charts and is on the radio station playlists.

Mozilla 1.1 is out now. It is a little slow especially when you are shutting it down. Everyone knows about this glitch and they are working on it. All in all, it is working pretty well.

Becareful, tomorrow is Friday the 13th. Just warning you now.

September 11, 2002

One year. Can you believe that it has been a year? Eric called me that morning. About five or six minutes after it had happened. I was still in bed. I ran upstairs (this was in the house on Sanctuary) and turned on the television to CNN. I got the overview of what had happened and then I ran upstairs to wake up Loopy. He couldn’t believe me. We both ran back downstairs to watch CNN again. We got there just in time to just see the second tower get hit. What a day that was.

That same morning, Nolan called me from Lucente Homes to tell me that the company was splitting and that they needed my help in getting a new office and company set up. So today is the one year anniversary of Lifestyle Properties.

I ended up spending most of the day on the phone with Time-Warner’s Road Runner service trying to get them to fix their services. They were down from 11:30am until sometime during the night. They gave me a huge run around on the phone. I had to call them twelve times. I have never had any company be so obnoxious on the phone. They really treated me awfully. I can’t believe how incompetent they are. Their repairman never showed up after I waited all day for him and their manager never called back even after I got many reassurances that she was going to before 10:00 pm. All in all, it was a pretty bad experience.

September 9, 2002

I got a chance to talk to Tim today on Yahoo Messenger – yes Tim, the roomate who dissappeared ever since his wedding. We had started to think that maybe Becky was actually an ax murder and had killed him and hidden the body in the woods. It turns out that right after the wedding, Becky’s apartment (where Tim had just moved into) had a leak coming from the apartment above. So, as usual, the landlords dragged their feet and soon Tim and Becky had to move out for a while while it was being repaired and just managed to get moved back in recently. So after thinking that they would just stay at Becky’s old apartment instead of having to move again, they had to move, TWICE!

Another web site has joined the Ithaca Portal family of sites. It should have something there in a day or two. PCHProject.org is the new home of Pioneer Hospital that is being built in the Republic of the Congo. BoyntonMusic.com is up now as well. It took forever but it is finally there. We are hosting more and more websites all of the time. I think we are around twenty right now that are up on our one server – plus we have the Waste Watcher application that is its own web site without a name (and it is our busiest site by far) and we have our eMail server that has its own web server. We are busier than I normally think that we are.

Today is a laundry day. I want to get everything done so it isn’t sitting around the room while I am gone. I have a lot of laundry to do so I will probably be doing it all day.

Dominica’s computer is still having some problems while playing The Sims. We are going to try reinstalling it to see if that makes any difference.

I was on Register.com today getting a new web site address when I realized that it is costing me $1000 every two years for all of the web addresses that I have under my own name. That is getting to be a little bit expensive. One of them, Niatel.com that has not really been used yet is going to be dropped in two weeks. I got it because I wasn’t sure if I was going to want to have it or not. Not, seems to have been the answer to that question. I am also going to drop BarbarianEmpire.com. It just make any sense to have a website dedicated to a book that is going to take me twenty years to write. I will just add the site as an extension of my resume page at scottalanmiller.com. That will save a bit of money right there.

Tonight has been the night of broken computers. I have spent a lot of time trying to fix one thing or another. We are now hosting a web site from the house using the Roxen 2.2.295 Web Server running on Windows 2000 Professional. I will share the connect info with you was I get it all set. I am excited that it is working. It is our first time using Roxen and using the router to pass connections into the house. I wonder what kind of speed we are able to get from here. Nate’s computer is completely dead. First his OS was having probelms, then his motherboard fried and now his OS is unbootable. Just one thing after another. Loopy and I both had our Windows 2000 machines crash tonight too.

I spent a lot of time today cleaning my room and it is looking a million times better than it did before. Min and I went shopping at Walmart and got a ton of Rubbermaid storage bins. Those will help out a lot with the huge mess of things that need to be stored. The neighbor who gave me the piano a few months ago moved in one house away and decided that he wanted the piano back. So that will be out of the garage soon too.

Miranda is coming up to visit us tomorrow. So Loopy is driving out to Avon to meet her. I might go to Rochester in the morning but I haven’t decided yet. It is so much driving to go out there that I am probably not going to go out.

Loopy worked on the projector more tonight and managed to get a major picture enhancement by changing the picture to true wide screen. The only drawback is that laserdiscs and full frame DVDs are not really watchable anymore. That means that about 2/3rds of the entire movie collection is no longer watchable. That is pretty rough. It just occured to me how many movies that really is that don’t really have any place to be watched anymore. I guess that it will be time to move the laserdisc player to the living room television upstairs since it will be at least a little bit useful there.

September 8, 2002

Min and I went out for brunch at Rogue’s Harbor today, out in Lansing. After that, the day was pretty slow. Min spent most of the day knitting and then she tried playing the Sims because I had worked on her computer and we hoped that it would be working by now. I spent the whole day setting up more computers for work and getting things ready to go down to Maryland with me. Loopy spent the day getting about twenty items ready to go up on eBay. We are selling everything from uneeded stereo components to computers to video games to laserdiscs. Everything must go! I hope that we can get it down to just the things that we really use. It will make moving a lot easier. And we have to move in just 9-10 months. Where to is anyone’s guess. Hopefully a brand new house of our own right here in Ithaca.

Loopy, Bob and I played Quake II for the first time in forever tonight. I was awful. Min is playing the Sims because the Sims Unleashed is just out and she wants to be sure that her computer is working ok before she buys it. The Sims Online is due out very soon as well.