All posts for the month March, 2007

Another music video from one of my favorite content producers, JibJab:

What We Call The News

My website has been sickly lately. I disabled my gallery which helped, but it is still really bad. I’m going to try upgrading WordPress; but the system itself is up-to-date as of today. Very odd and very frustrating.

The Riches

Has anyone else found The Riches yet? I just finished watching the 2nd episode (one week late thanks to TiVo) and think I might be hooked. It is one of the better new shows at least that I have seen. Episode 3 is on tonight.

I am sitting at my new desk. It is located at MessageOne’s world headquarters here in Austin. So far (all 2 days and 2 hours of it) it has been a good experience. The people I am working with are smart and dedicated.

I’m not a big fan of my commute. It is not that it is far or time consuming (I had both when I lived in NoVA), but it is painful because it is all surface streets with lights and schools and people who have no sense of direction. Oh well. I’m here for awhile so I might as well get used to it.

I’m doing OK in my NCAA pool. I got 28 of 32 games in the first round; all of my 2nd round teams remained. I missed 2 major ones in the second round with Maryland and Texas losing- but I still have my Final 4 intact. We are using a 1-2-4-8-16-32 point system; but I am digging Brendan Loy’s 5-7-10-15-20-25 point system. Maybe next year I’ll try and get that system used in my local bar pool.

Happy Hump Day Everyone!

I am officially done at IBM. I signed my last rights away an hour or so ago and can now collect unemployment. Well, for one day anyway 🙂 I start my new job Monday.

I am in the process of moving this blog (and other stuff) to my SliceHost hosting environment. Hopefully everything will go well and it will be up and running today.


My New Job

I have in my hands a very generous offer from a local company. This is my replacement job because my current stint at IBM is ending on the 15th. I will be signing the paperwork today and starting on the 19th. I am going to hold off mentioning the company until I am actually working there; just seems like a prudent thing to do.

Thanks to those who wished me well in this transition. It does appear everything is going to work out quite well.

I’m thinking of running the Statesman Capitol 10K on March 25th. That will be right on the edge of the distance I can run at that point but I should be able to handle it.

PS. My “On-The-Wagon Adventure” ended yesterday.

Website Hosting

I am going to move to a new hosting environment in the near future. Currently I am using GoDaddy hosting for about $4 a month. This is great for just hosting the blog and my GPS tracking tool- but not for anything else.

I am using SliceHost with a test domain currently. I was able to get a bone stock Fedora Core 6 install for $20 a month. This includes 10GB of storage, 256MB of RAM, and 100GB of bandwidth.

So far I have installed apache, postfix, firehol, mutt, and a bunch of other utilities and I am at 10% disk space. As I migrate my databases, web content, and other utilities I expect that number to climb, but I am safely within the margin. I have email working (in and out), web working, and all of the normal system things I wanted. Pretty sweet for a couple of hours work total.

My current hosting runs until July but I will be fully migrated in the next month or so. I will likely migrate in pieces. DNS then email then web content; but I will have to see how busy I am over the next month or so. The database used for this blog will certainly be tricky to export and import to my host and will likely take up most of the migration time.

I think, so far, the best part of having this host up and running is that I get a Linux box without having to run hardware. I do have a box at the house installed, but I can’t really host off of my cable modem and I don’t want to leave it running all the time just because I *might* use it. This way, I have full time access to a machine and don’t have to worry about pretty much anything.

Since I am keeping track of my February results I might as well post up the table here.

Games Played: 28
In The Money: 10 35.71%
Return on Investment: -24.03%

I did better on my ITM percentage (by a few points) but I did 3 times *worse* with ROI.

It was pretty much as bad as can be. I played all but two of those SnGs at FullTilt. The last two were back at PokerStars where I bounced in 8th, then managed to finish 2nd when I could not race KQ past 77.

Let’s hope March is better. (which is exactly what I said about February).

I have a new toy. I am typing this on a new Dell Inspiron E1405 laptop. It is a shiny silver with a 14″ wide screen; an Intel Core Duo 1.6 GHz processor; 1 GB of RAM; and a 120 GB SATA hard drive. It is running Windows XP Media Center and as of yesterday Ubuntu 6.10. It is a pretty sweet machine and a good way to spend my tax refund.