Five minutes ago I completed and submitted the last of my coursework for my masters degree.  Today would mark the classroom end of the journey towards my masters degree.

I believe I’m going to try and walk in the fall graduation ceremony, that is of course assuming I get all of the remaining program papers turned in and take the comprehensive exam covering all courses taken so far, and all pre-requisite courses that I skipped.

Its over and this moment is so good I’d buy it a drink and maybe go home with it.

Evil faxer of summer’s past


“Hey I’ll get it” Mike said as he answered the phone at our new CRESH office in sioux falls back in the summer of 2005. And as he answered the phone his face contorted into the shape one might form upon receiving a wet willy.

The cause of this facial contortion was some idiot constantly sending faxes to our main office line.  I’m not saying someone who accidentally sends a fax to the wrong number is an idiot.  I am however going to say that if you send faxes at random times of the day, to the same number, and never realize that whoever you are faxing is not getting your faxes, you probably should look at the importance of your faxing.
This became irritating over time.  In our excitement to see Batman Begins, we’d begun watching lots of old Christian Bale movies.  This lead to watching American Psycho a few times.  Which lead to an obsession of business card quality, and feeding cats to machines.  Naturally the following image is what we decided to reply with every time someone attempted to fax our voice line.

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Repairing Mysql Tables


Just going about day by day tasks, out network monitoring solution is acting very funky.

Sure enough, some of the .MYI files are missing.  This is a really simple fix that for some reason other people I know couldn’t find a way to fix.  To fix these issues, there is a simple command but first you might as well check to see if there are other errors.  So start by using the mysqlcheck utility.

mysqlcheck -A –auto-repair

This will tell you what tables are fubar’d

To repair them log into mysql and run the following command.

repair table <tablename> use_frm;

I’ve read the use_frm is often unnecessary, but to my experience its always required when mysqlcheck can’t fix them automagically.

Opening office 2007 documents in 2003


This is just a link for the others I know still using office 2003 that have to deal with people assuming absolutely everyone has already upgraded to office 2007.  I have to deal with crap like that fairly frequently and where its an easy fix I don’t think its smart to send things out to a group of 10+ people and assume they all have already upgraded.

Office Compatibility Pack


Repetitive task is repetitive


We have a database that stores all the little details about how utilized our network is.  It has information at 5 minute averages, 1 hour averages, and 1 day averages.  The software that does this is supposed to keep only 3 months worth of 5 minute data, 6 months worth of hourly, and a year worth of daily.  You’d think that since the feature shipped with the initial product that by version 5 it would work.  


It doesn’t.

So here I sit going through table by table looking at the definition of the table, finding what the timestamp column is named and telling the table to delete everything more recent than a certain second.  This task is not hard, this task is boring though.  Someone email me some sudoku’s.

Potential Desktop Parts v Seth


With Mike making his post on potential mATX parts I thought I’d reopen my parts wish list that I made back around christmas.  It has a slightly different goal at this point but same components.

The purpose is would be to get rid of my old(semi-broken) dell optiplex linux desktop, and windows home server(amd 3400+ from around 2005) and consolidate them on a machine nice enough that I could make these VMs,  do work’ish stuff, and play some non cutting edge games.

Now that I’m looking more into server 2008 I will have to confirm what hardware works best with hyper-v though.

One PC to Replace them All:

Never Buy Sonicwall


I’ve spent the better part of 2 weeks dealing with what I can only describe as the worst support in existance.  Its more annoying than when Juniper sends the wrong power supplies and refuses to replace them with the right ones.

If you invest your money in sonicwall prepare for support that refuses to work with you by having things ready in an easy prepared fashion.  They’ll want you to conference two other people onto the phone wasting your resources while they blindly guess at what is wrong with their appliances and software.