geekiness


I moved to WordPress.

Mainly because of the ease of upgrades. Compared to Movable Type upgrades, well, damn. My commute is so ugly these days (hence the radio silence) that that makes a big difference to me.

So. How are you? Happy New Year!

Hey, check it out! It’s me on Twitter. I’m sure you’re so excited you can hardly wash. I know I am!

Fantasy Magazine‘s new online submission system rocks so hard I’m afraid they’ll get a ticket for disturbing the peace. Seriously. And this is from someone who used to write database-driven websites for a living. Best online submissions ever! They even let you track where your submission is in the slush!
As you were.

I upgraded the site software and temporarily broke MT-akismet. This was probably the most horrible thing ever to happen to a writer’s site. Luckily, the problem was discovered when I asked myself, “Self, why are all those spam comments getting through?”
All is well, now. Now I just have to ask myself why spammers all want to comment on my entry about selling “The Captivity of Princess Sallya.”
Those of you who scroll past all the tech talk, as you were.

I impulsively went to Microcenter to look for upgrades for my linux desktop, since that was my bribe for myself. It looks like the spare processors I was going to use are old enough that I can’t use them with a new motherboard, so I didn’t think I’d get out of there for less than $150 (motherboard, processor, and power supply–I have RAM and other parts). Woe!
On the other hand, perhaps Microcenter isn’t the best place to do this. (Funny how whenever I’m looking at pre-built boxen I can’t get the salesboyz to leave me alone, but when I’m looking at components I can’t get their attention.) I think I need to go to a real computer part store instead.

I am a System Administrator. In fact, I am a SAGE Level III SysAdmin.
I am not an Administrative Assistant. I will not let you write down my job title as Administrative Assistant on a hospital admission form. And no, I will not take a message for my boss. If you wouldn’t ask the Mail Server Admin or the Windows Domain Admin to take messages for their boss or make appointments for their boss, don’t ask me ’cause I do the same damned thing they do. Yes, even though I have tits; they let women do other jobs nowadays.
And lest you think I’m making shit up, I’m not the only one:

[4:52p] bethlynn: to be honest, I often say i’m invovled in IT support to non-tech people. No matter how clearly I say “System Administrator” they hear “Administrative Assistant”

I’ve heard this exact same thing from other women sysadmins.

Yeah, I realized yesterday that the Ubuntu upgrade had blown away my old xorg.conf, and that the new one didn’t appear to know that I had a video driver at all. I considered digging it out of backups, but no, I’m too lazy. Debian. And I restored my old home, so all my bookmarks, etc., are still good. Apparently, I restored flash, too, ’cause I’m celebrating by watching videos on YouTube. ;)
And now, food.

My newly upgraded Ubuntu 8.04 box continues to boot to a black screen from a cold boot. Sure, I can go into recovery mode and then it works when I reboot, but I don’t really want to fix my machine every time I boot it. And I’m still not alone.
My commitment to Ubuntu is pretty weak right now, so unless I fix this soon this machine is going Debian Etch. I’m just sayin’. I’ll try the vesa driver in xorg.conf, but of course when I reboot it’ll work. It’s just the cold boot that’s black. *shakes head* It’s a kernel driver, it’s got to be.

I woke up–slept in, ’cause I was up late upgrading–wandered over to the computer, and pressed the power button. It ran through the startup process into a black screen.
Meh.
Luckily, escape at the grub menu, running the recovery mode, and picking xfix solved my problem. It looks like I’m not alone, so, you know. Word to the wise.
Also, Firefox 3 won’t take my del.icio.us extension, but I can use the bookmarklet.

One of my other machines is busily upgrading from Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper) to 8.04 (Hardy). I did both a full backup and a backup of home first, just in case anything ends up hosed. Yikes.
No, I don’t live dangerously. ;)
Sadly, Ubuntu has discontinued their PPC support. I may have to install Debian Etch on that system instead. *pets Debian*
Why, yes, I should be writing on my novel instead. This is worse than bungee jumping! Not that I bungee jump, but you know.

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