11:02 AM 11/17/2011

So we experienced some interruption to our network services at here at home. Turns out the network switch took the preverbial dump. Teach me to use a desktop model switch for server support.

I think part of it is that the temp in the basement is now lower than normal AND we've been being hit by spammers more than usual cause the thing to overload a bit. I've replaced it with the same brand switch but a bit beefier rack-mount model so hopefully that will last a bit longer until I can find the money for a good Cisco 3548.

On top of all this I feel like crap. My wife and I think we got it from a friend who does childcare but honestly it doesn't really matter where it came from. It's that kind of lingering and cold-like thing that makes you just want to curl up under the blankets. So far we've been fighting it back with medicine and chicken soup. Hopefully we'll be able to kill it before the end of the week.

In addition to this I had to manually repair that toilet fill valve because the pusher pin had poked it's way through the diaphragm and wasn't shutting off. Some superglue this morning and it seems to be fine this afternoon. (Had to use it several times thanks to the above microbial invasion.)

Still no word on if I got the job or not in Chicago. There's an email in my box from another semi-local place so I'll respond to that today now that I have the network up and running again.

No beer fermenting yet either. I've got most of what I need to do a small batch - everything but the ingredients, bottle caps, and a capper.

And this just in - BIND 9 has a 0-day exploit:


So if you're using BIND 9 for your nameservers please download the P1 versions suggested!

Here's the link for 9.8.1-P1:


So nameservers are crashing 'round the intarnets causing all sorts of issues. I'm currently compiling the new version as we speak and should have it installed by this afternoon.
Somthing's making my tail twitchy... )
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( Mar. 18th, 2011 09:39 am)
08:37 AM 03/18/2011

So they finally secured the wifi at the restaurant like I've been telling them to do for quite some time now. Good. I'd hate to see my credit card data taken by someone with a wifi pineapple. (Look that one up on your own - it's interesting.)

Somewhere in the evening the ponies took over my brain and I wrote what I posted. That was interesting because I like it and it feels right for where we _should_ be headed as people in general. Unfortunately we're not there yet.
Pinching Pennies... )
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( Mar. 16th, 2011 06:30 pm)
So...after studying for another week...I took another test online today for my CCNA...

...and got a 58%. (Previous scores include 74%, 80%, 84%, 76%, and 74% over the last three months.)


I'm so tired of this. It just never seems to end or even slow down.

After I figured I finished writing out my latest story for Torn World the canon board handed me a ton of edits for it. Some rightfully so but frankly I'm just not in the mood all of a sudden. (I know it isn't but it feels like just another failure. Not their fault though.)
Whiney Wanderings... )
So because I know friends local to me read this from time to time I'm posting my birthday wishes here. Please note that this is a completely selfish list and I won't apologize for that at the moment.

A heavy bag to punch and perhaps kick. Failing that something I can beat repeatedly with a baseball bat including said bat. (I find that I'm in need of something to punch. And unlike certain relatives over the years it's not going to be something human...)

A pair of padded bo staves.

Kumite gloves - open fingers not boxing gloves.

On less violent terms...

2gb PC-3200 400mhz DIMM (not SODIMM) RAM for this IBM ThinkCentre workstation. (2 - 1gb sticks.)

8gb -> 32gb Sandisk SD cards. (The brand our HD camera recommends.)

Insulation for the garage that can fit between 24" rafters OR foam sheets and tape to seal off the upper half of the garage.

A job that I can be proud of and doesn't eat my off-hours time.

Help around the house and the workshop.

Help photgraphing and packing things to sell on E-Bay.

Help scanning and discarding paper in the workshop and house.

A bunch of the following chips in CMOS form: 4011, 4017 (x2), 4081. Misc capacitors and resistors.

Anything microcontroller (Arduino/Basic Stamp) related.

A Chrysler service manual for a 1998 Dodge Neon. (Already have Haynes and Chilton.)

2 - 6.5" car stereo speakers - 50w minimum.

2 - 5" car stereo speakers - 50w minimum.

Construction materials to finish the basement.

Tea and an infuser from Adagio.

There's always more but that's enough for now I think. (I can be a greedy bastard at times.)
So my wife was the one that went to the last teacher's conference because I had to stay home and watch our daughter. (This was right around the whole time when Henry started becoming ill.)

Among other things they told my wife they were concerned about her higene and I just found out today that my wife overheard them being concerned about the fact that I, every so often, threaten my daughter with a "size twelve rocket launcher" so to speak.


Here's the thing. While I may get angry... While I may get incredibly frustrated... While my daughter's actions may try my patience to no end...

I will never do more than perhaps slap her hands. And even then it's usually an immediate action designed to stop her from doing something dangerous.

The reason for this is very very simple - I'm a "child of the belt". Meaning I was spanked with a leather belt many many times when I did things wrong. And while it did teach me to obey it also taught me to understand that there has to be better ways than violence.

I will never subject my daughter to that. Ever.

So while I may yell, scream, stomp around, and threaten, I will never raise a hand towards my daughter. I can count about a dozen times in her entire life that I've ever slapped my daughter on the hands. Every one of them was when she was doing something dangerous. Examples include reaching into the boiling pot of water, climbing on a chair and almost pulling something down on herself, and reaching for an electrical cord among other things.

Everything else is handled by making our daughter sit away from her TV without her books or toys. This timeout is very effective and, with some frustrating exceptions since her transformation into a teenager, often prevents the actions from reoccurring.

I annoys me that the teachers are so willing to believe I'm an abuser. Obviously none of them have ever come from a family of angry Italians or yellers in general.

Frankly I'm angry that because I'm passionate about things and that since my emotions are close to the surface they regard me with disdain. I suspect they regard my wife as such for other reasons. Hell we're probably labeled as "problem parents" because we choose to get involved in our daughter's education rather than leave it to "those who know best".

On top of all this my daughter is incredibly cunning and has a tendency to play people against each other. I've watched her do it repeatedly with my wife and I. Most children do it in that context. But I've also watched her play "dumb" and play her teachers against us. So not only do I have defuse situations between my wife and I but I have to defuse situations between her teachers and us because she has them completely snowed.

Tina - you are being taken for a ride. My daughter is INCEDIBLY good at playing dumb. Don't believe her when she tries to convince you that she can't do something. Don't believe me? Sit down and read an advanced subject while sitting next to her. Then out of the blue ask her to read a paragraph from that book. You'll find, provided she doesn't catch on, that she can read that paragraph with the exceptions of words she doesn't know. If she refuses to read it then tell her "first read then" the then being whatever her favorite reward is. You'll find that she can read when properly motivated. You're wrong about her reading capacity.

In closing on other topic...

My daughter and I are both on the autism spectrum. Obviously we're different. Period.

But there ARE similarities and I often recognize problems from when I had to deal with them in their lesser form.

But...I'm ignored on that topic as well under the heading "Well he's just projecting his autism on her.".

No. I'm not.

I know my limitations and my issues. And I take an exceptional amount of effort making sure that I don't confuse my issues with hers.


But likely I wll be ignored on that subject as well.


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