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Sep. 13th, 2004 @ 10:39 am Dependancy Hell...
We all know what dependancy hell is when referring to Linux... You try to install a program, but THAT program has to have THESE programs installed which require THOSE programs... blah blah blah....

This is not my issue...

;-)

MY ISSUE is(don't get me wrong.. I love it), we rolled out Windows XP SP2 this weekend on almost all of the computers at work.. and we got the user accounts set up with their Outlook and Database Applications, and blah blah blah...

Today was the busiest day since I have been here...

Everyone had problems..

"I can't log in, what happened?"
- Well, dumb-shit, we sent you all an e-mail last week telling you that on Monday you would need to log in with the default password of xxxxx, then change it!"

"Where's all the stuff that was in My Documents?"
- Again, dumb-shit, we sent you explicit instructions for, ifyou are one of the morons that stores your documents on the local drive, to backit up to your network folder. And yes, it's all gone.."

Aside from these stupid ass questions, there was an endless amount of other, legitimate work, that needed to be done. This included installing peoples special applications that only a handful of people use. These include:

- Adobe Acrobat
- SB Client (Remote terminal to UNIX server)
- wIntegrate (Remote terminal to UNIX server for generatign reports)
- and more...

It's been a hectec morning, and it's just now starting to slow down...a little...

But, now I have to go install more software..

(Perhaps now you understand the title: Dependancy Hell) I am the dependancy of EVERYONE!!!


::::and I like it::::
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Aug. 20th, 2004 @ 06:49 pm (no subject)
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Aug. 19th, 2004 @ 11:22 am I win!
I'm A 1990s Geek
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Aug. 19th, 2004 @ 11:08 am No more mandrake....
Heh... Mandrake was cool... but it didn't play nice with My Linksys Wireless card...

It kept wanting to re-install the drivers everytime I rebooted... and since this is a laptop... it's not a good thing... So I installed Debian...the "testing" release "Sarge" is awesome.. the installation for the "stable" release of "Woody" (Yes all debian releases are code named after Toy Story characters, the "unstable" development release is even named "Sid" after the kid next door who likes to break toys)

it was terrible... I tried to install 3.0 (Woody) like 6 times and couldn't get it to work right...BAH! so I read that the new installer for Sarge was better and gave it a shot.. I used the netinst (internet-install) disk which means i only had to download 1 small ISO to start the base system and it downloaded all the other packed from the 'net during installation... This was cool.. and theinstallation worked great on the first install.. Since then I have done some configuration...

Debian is the *Rock-Solid* Linux distrobution generally thought of a only for the l33t (Elite) Linux users.. Granted... it's not real user friendly for someone JUST coming from the M$ world.. but I'm still a noob.. and I did it okay.. plus there is TONS of help on linuxquestions.org It's a godsend...

I'm actually going to try to do my first kernel re-compile so I can upgrade to the latest 2.6 kernel from the 2.4 that it defaults with.. Also, recompiling your kernel for you specific system makes it a lot faster because by default you have a larger (slower) kernel because it has a lot of standard packages to make ti more versatile.. By recompiling your own you can tell it what you want it to support such as Wi-Fi internet.. NTFS file syste support.. and ONLY the drivers for your hardware.. this all results in a smaller, faster, more stable kernel..

Debian is the base distro for such popular distro's as KNOPPIX (live CD), Linspire (formerly Lindows), and more..

It's got a nice *unix* feel to it... but it's not as difficult to understand as Solaris or FreeBSD.. I'm really liking it and I think it'll be staying on my notebook for a while...

For a newbie coming from windows I would still recommend either Mandrake or Fedora... But for someone with about 6 months or better basic linux use.. It's pretty awesome...
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Aug. 11th, 2004 @ 10:07 am Mandrake Rocks!
Wow....So last night before I went to bed I started downloading the three ISO's for Mandrake Linux 10. By the time I got up they were finished, and I burned then to three CDs. I took my laptop to work with me, set it up, popped in Mandrake Disc 1, and started to install it on the other half of my hard drive that Windows isn't using..The GUI installer popped up... very nice looking I might add.. and I went through the stuff for what type of items to install... After I finished that and started the installation...It took only like 18 Minutes to install!! This, as oppesed to installing RedHat or Fedora, or even SuSE for that matter which all take about 45 minutes. I rebooted after installation and I must say.. mandrake rocks!

I've been using linux for a little less than a year. I bought RedHat 9 just before it was taken off the shelves at Best Buy because RedHat was going to Enterprise. Since then, I've also used SuSE 9.0 Professional, Fedora Core 1, Fedora Core 2, FreeBSD 5.1, and now Mandrake 10. All of these are great distro's though I wouldn't recommend FreeBSD to anyone who's not an UberGeek because you'll have no clue what you're doing. Aside from that, the others are all very nice, quite easy to use, nice interfaces, etc..

Even still, I personally like the Red Hat interface and everything better, simply because I think it looks more professional. But I would asolutely recommend Mandrake to anyone who is a regular home user and is sick of viruses, spyware, adware, and all the other joys of living in a Microsoft world, to check out mandrake.

It's very clean, very easy to update through a graphical interface(I'm downloading like 300+ MB of updates right now), and it comes with everything, just like most Linux distro's.

If you are interested inseeing what Mandrake looks/feels like but aren't willing to make the jump just yet; you can check out MandrakeMove. It's nearly a complete Mandrake installation on a live CD. This means there is nothing installed to your computer. You boot from the CD and it loads up a live version of Mandrake 10. You can get online and do everything as you would with a real install except save any files. But you'll get the feel of the OS.. I gotta run and do some more work...

I'll post back later...
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Aug. 4th, 2004 @ 11:45 pm yawn...

Well... I just installed Red Hat Linux 9 onto my soare computer... It's just a slow, old e-Machine... 466MHz Celeron... But I did have Windows 2000 Server running on it... it was running fine... but then I set up Active Directory and made it a domain controller... and it SSSLLLLOOOOWWWEEEDDD way down... so... I decided to play with Red Hat again... I have Fedora 1 and 2 as well as Red Hat Enterprise Workstation but I don't want to activate my license for workstation until I am ready to set up my web server... which hopefully is going to be a Dell server with dual Pentium III 933MHz from one of my teachers in exchange for some high-end web development.... So I'm just downloading all the update for red hat right now... which is taking forever!!! I told know why it's downloading so slow... maybe there's a lot of people on the servers... or maybe it's just because this computer can't download that fast.... but I have cable and it's only downloading at like 90K/s and even on my laptop through my wireless i get over 300K/s... so I dunno... but I do have a lot downloaded already... with a lot to still go... so I think I'm just gonna go to bed and let it do it's thing... talk to you (or myself rather) tomorrow... (BTW this is being stuck up here throught he new linux box)...
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Aug. 4th, 2004 @ 02:29 pm Can we say incompetant....?
So this morning, Mike and myself went to Park Terrace, which is one of our public housing complexes downtown. Now, before I get too into details I should tell you this:

We (the Rockford Housing Authority) have a wireless WAN spanning the city. This is set up through Cisco Aeronet wireless cannons, or "Yorgi's"(I don't know why they're called that), and Cisco Network Bridges. So from the Central Office downtown, our network goes out in 2 directions; East across the river to several buildings, including 1 that is about 10 miles or better from Point A to Point B; and West to several other buildings, generally not more than a mile between locations.This system was installed several years ago as a result from a public bid contract offer, and of course, since we are government, we chose the cheapest bid. BIG MISTAKE, turns out later that this guy had no credentials other than attending a few Cisco networking classes. So, as an end result, we have building that are terribly wired, bad connectivity, etc.

Alright, today when we got there(Park Terrace), we were going to run some cable tests because they were having particular issues with their network connectivity. We checked a few of the shorter cables first, then I stayed at the ground floor where the switch is (HP Prcocurve 408) and Mike went up to the Bridge on the 15th floor with the other half of the cable tester. Turns out this cable is all messed up, and somewhere between ground floor and 15th floor, there is a splice because it's grey at the ground and yellow at the top... this isn't good... So I go up to the 15th floor and we attempt to trace this cable...

There is a yellow cable and a grey cable going down through the floor. So we follow them down right below the floor, about 8 feet, and there is a 4-port wall-jack plate hanging there, with thcables plugged into two RJ-45 connections and a BLUE CABLE coming from the yellow! and a yellow coming from the grey! Now, there are also 2 other cables coming in and out of this plate jack that we are unaware of as of yet. So we continue to follow this blue and grey cables down the stairway (15 floors remember). So we are expecting this grey cable to go to the switch on the ground floor and the yellow cable to go...somewhere else?, but no, at the 2nd floor, this yellow cable splices into a grey cable which THEN goes to the switch and the yellow cable turns and goes through the wall... (?!?!?!?!) Okay, so we follow this cable through the wall and it comes out and goes through a cable run down the hallway, in the direction of the other stairwell. Now we ae thinking this guy is an even bigger retard in that he connected the 2 wireless cannons/bridges from the roof by a cable that goes from the 15th floor down the stairs, across the 2nd floor, and back up the other stairs(well over the 300 ft limit of a Category 5 networking cable! Soooo... we follow this cable along the hallway, PAST THE STAIRWELL, at which point it reaches the end of the hallway, turns and goes through the wall into an apartment(which we don't have access to of course)!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS GUY DOING RIGHT!?!?!?!?

Sooo, it was almost lunch time by now, and we didn't have loads of cable or anything to even begin to attempt to fix this fuck up. So we just left and we're going to order some cable and go rewire this stuff. And this isn't just in this one building, other buildings I've seen, this guy has done things such as only using 4 of the 8 wires in a cat 5 cable to make the connections. This, of course doesn't allow for 100Mb/s, this will carry data at a maximum of 10Mb/s. And besides that, why wouldn't you just use all 8 wires? It makes it easier than trying to get these 4 into the correct slots of a plug made for 8 wires!

So anyways, we went back to the office, and I worked on some other stuff and Mike went to lunch. I have been working on redoing our intranet site. Which I have been doing very well at so far(Accoriding to management). Granted, this site was originally designed and maintained using a FrontPage template...(if i need to explain why this is bad, than don't worry about it)...

Also, the intranet site isn't actually being "hosted" it's just a site, in a folder, on the network, so you go to it by something like "S:\USERS\RHA\WebPage\index.htm" BLAH! So, we have many pages on here including a phone listing for all employees. This is done in 4 pages, Ordered by Last Name, oredered by First Name, Ordered by Department, and Ordered by Number. Now before I started on this these were just basic static HTML tables, meaning if someone's last name changes, or phone number changes, then we have to go into each of these 4 pages, find the name, change the info, and possibly move the row in the table.... Sound like a hassle?? I thought so...

So, I can develop in ColdFusion pretty well... And this would be a snap to do with ColdFusion... Just throw the numbers into an Access database and stick a CFQUERY into there to pull the info by the parameters specified (last name, first name, etc..) PROBLEM with that is that ColdFusion server is like $3,000+ and they're not exactly keen on buying that so we can have a nice phone directory... So what's my other solution? I'll get to that... My temporary fix was to comment out the table information in the source code of the pages, Create an Access database, run a query in Access to arrange the info, then export the dynaset as an HTML table, copy the table source from the exported page, and paste it into the real page... WHEW! this wasn't a good solution either, just a temporary fix...

So, I decided I was going to learn a different language... Now we are a Microsoft environment, so my most obvious first choice was to A: use a REAL WEB SERVER, i.e. - Microsoft IIS, which parses ASP (Active Server Pages)... So, I installed IIS to my desktop (XP Professional) and got that working and looked into using ASP to display the database info. Followed a bunch of tutorials and didn't like the way it worked out.. So of course... Being the Penguin-head i am.. I opted for OPEN SOURCE!!! YAY!!! lol...

I downloaded and installed Apache Web Server 2.0...and PHP5... woohoo!!.. I followed a couple tutorials... and realized.. WOW this rocks my pants about as a much a linux does...I was able to easily set this up and wrote a small script (about 10 lines or so) in PHP to connect to the Access Database and display the information I needed in the same style table... This, as opposed to the 200+ lines for the static HTML table... I FUCKING ROCK!!or maybe it's the Apache and PHP that's awesome?... So, I also decided to install MySQL and phpBB bulletin board system... This was pretty easy... and It's pretty super amazingly awesome!..

So, this afternoon before I left, Mike came in and had me show him all this that I've been working on and telling him about. He was thoroughly impressed, and once I showed him that the new address for the intranet page will be "http://Rhant03" (the server I'm putting it on is named Rhant03) as opposed to "S:\USERS\RHA\WebPage\index.htm" he gave me the official go-ahead, and I'm installing it before lunch tomorrow..Though he wants to wait to install the Bulletin Board until we have it completely tweaked to our needs, then propose it to upper management for their approval and to show them how it works... yay for me...

God damn, this is a long post... And I have to go to school... I'm sure I'll write back tomorrow...
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Aug. 3rd, 2004 @ 01:03 pm Can you believe it....
Look, I made a journal... I'm excited...I have to pee...brb...

:::2 minutes later::::

Okay i'm back...so i made a new journal, no one will probably care because i'll probably be mostly blabbing about computer jargon and what-not because I'm in the process of setting up a web server at work and at home...and i want to keep a journal of my activities/problems/solutions/enhancements or whatever....

So to start off...

I'm working at Rockford Housing Authority. I started here doing my internship through school, and they have opted to keep me around for a while. Until Sept. 2nd officially, at which point it will be evaluated to whether I will become a full-time employee which I hope happens.

Everything is going great. But I'm getting kind of nervous because Paul, the director of MIS (Management Information Systems[my department]), Security, and Development; is no longer going to be in charge of MIS. Rather, we are being moved under Mr. Dean, the director of Finance. I don't know Mr. Dean, so I can't say anything bad about him, but Paul is one of those people who is just awesome to be around, he has a great attitude and makes for a terrific leader. Hopefully, we will have a smooth transition over to the new management.

We had a meeting this morning: Paul, Mike(my supervisor), Sue(the other person in MIS, also my supervisor i supose), Laura (in charge of Security), and myself. We talked about the change over and different things that need to happen. Nice little note: I found out that we had a stabbing at one of our housing projects last night. Some guy stabbed his girlfriend 7 times, and he ended up with a "life threatening" single stab wound to his stomach which the girlfriend claims was self inflicted after stabbing her 7 times. She admitted that they were both SMOKING CRACK before the fight too! I guess this same guy beat the shit out of her last year while she was holding her new born infant and when the police came they told her either he goes or the baby goes, and she chose the baby to go (great choice in my opinion, though it seems awfully fucked up). So that was a big ordeal. But Paul wants to take me and Mike and Sue out for lunch as a "thanks" to me for all the work I've been doing here. That was nice. Anyways, I gotta go into Mike's office, we're working on an issue with the Veritas BackupExec server backup software.
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