Back in the Saddle

July 27, 2008 | Filed Under Computers, Uncategorized, Work | No Comments

If you were trying to get to HBI in the last few days, you may have seen some “site not available” messages. Correction, you may have seen A LOT of “site not available” messages.

At least twice on Friday, the server went down, and I had my ISP reboot it.  I couldn’t take much time to deal with it because my REAL job – the one that pays the bills – had me stuck in “networking hell” – and I don’t mean the kind where you talk to people.

[Geek alert] Friday morning I had scheduled to move a handful of servers from one subnet to another in preparation for a larger network move. I had scripted out what needed to be done the night before.  What SHOULD have been a 1 hour move turned into an all day ordeal complete with rebooting the firewall AND rebooting the DNS servers.  These things seldom go as planned, and this one took a wrong turn at Albuquerque right out of the starting gate.  In the midst of it all I had meetings to attend and other fires to put out.  So HBI languished.

Late Friday night the HBI server died again and no amount of incantations, three-fingered salutes or prayers would get it back. Thank god my ISP is small, with actual staff there to help you on a Saturday.

Saturday was a bit of a frantic day for me, what with 25+ people arriving that night for the annual Natalie VS Tony Rib Cook-off…  but I just had to get out to my ISP and see if there was anything that could be done for my decrepit and presently defunct server.

Corey was a sweetheart – he pulled it off the shelf, we tried swapping a video card, but that didn’t work, but I did notice that while the box had power, the fan on the power supply wasn’t spinning. He rummaged through a box of power supplies, uncertain if they were good or not – and after the second one we tried, we hit success – the box was up and running again.

Of course, this just highlights the fact that I simply HAVE to get my ass in gear and work on the migration of HBI to a newer/better/stronger server.  However, to get that done, I think I’ll actually have to take a week of vacation leave and focus on nothing else.  If things ever slow down at work, I may do just that.  Granted, I’d rather spend a week of vacation leave on a sunny beach somewhere, with a buff young pool-boy named Juan bringing me drinks, but this shit has just got to get DONE, and it’s too involved and complicated to do piecemeal.  The biggest pain in the ass is going to be going from a non-case sensitive system to a case-sensitive one.  I have THOUSANDS of documents to go through and sanitize by both changing file names and globally searching and replacing links in files.  Then there is the database upgrade, a dozen applications to test (and a few to upgrade – like the HBI discussion forums), and the mail server aliases to port over…. AUGH. It gives me a headache just thinking about it. 

I started in on this HBI migration last summer. Truly I did.  Admittedly at the urging/prodding of the bf, who even went so far as to get the dev system all set up and ready for me in an effort to get me MOVING on it.   But once again it languished due to other more pressing priorities, and perhaps my own penchant for procrastination on these kinds of endeavors.  I’m great about doing this kind of stuff for work, but personally, I LOATHE having to reinstall and move all my stuff to a new computer.  Maybe it’s because it’s what I do all day, that it’s the last thing I want to do when I get home at night?  This would explain why I am still using Windows 2000 server on my home system.

But I realize that I simply MUST make some time to get HBI ported to a new, improved, more reliable server.  Hardware is cheap enough now, and the current server is likely on its last legs, so it’s TIME.  Now if I could just find some.

Oh, and if the site goes AWOL again this week, it’s because we have to change IP Addresses and it may take a while for your local servers to update their DNS.  Fear not, I am still here, stirring up shit.

 

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Not the greatest recipe for weight loss

February 24, 2007 | Filed Under Uncategorized | 3 Comments

I’m having a little trouble typing tonight. Last night I unintentionally experimented with the do-it-yourself at-home amputation kit. I removed part of my fingertip and nail while chopping cilantro for salsa. (I threw that batch of cilantro out, btw).

As soon as it happened, I KNEW it was bad, so I grabbed my hand, rushed to the sink, rinsed without REALLY looking at it, grabbed some paper towels, wrapped it tightly, and then ran upstairs to the bathroom. I was at home by myself – the BF out partaking in that OTHER great Canadian sport – curling.

There was nothing left to stitch back on… so I was spurting blood like a bad Monty Python sketch. I kept thinking “It’s only a flesh wound”. Trying to find some way to bandage it was bordering on the comical. Nearly everything came off when I tried to apply it. I went through a box of tissues and several different types of bandages. The bathroom looked like a murder scene by the time I was done. I eventually figured out that lots tissue and a latex glove finger provided sufficient pressure to staunch the flow. Those movies that show people cleaning the place spotless after a brutal slaying are pure fiction. Blood is damned hard to clean up! No wonder the CSI types find it so easy to locate.

Once bandaged I felt compelled to replace all that lost fluid with a couple glasses of Australian Merlot. Red for red, after all… At -20C, the last thing I felt like doing was going to the hospital and waiting in the emergency ward, so I parked myself on the couch and began the serious process of fluid replacement. When the BF came home, he wanted to see how bad it was. Removing the bandages started a whole new round of profuse bleeding, which we eventually stopped in the same manner as before. He then tried to make me elevate my hand and insisted I see a doctor in the morning. I told him it was hard to drink and operate the remote with my hand in the air.

It’s my left-hand index finger, so it could have been worse – I’m right-handed. However, it would have been so much more fun had it been my middle finger, but the gods (other than Loki) weren’t complying. Then it would have matched my “Double F Ranch” shirt from Glarkware.

I touch type, at a phenomenally fast rate, so this incapacitated finger is seriously impacting my productivity. It’s also going to look just CHARMING when I go to PodCamp in the morning. That’s right boys and girls, I’m going to spend my weekend learning all about podcasting, with an eye to perhaps putting together some bitchcasts for HBI. Let’s hope no weird stalkers show up. The last nutbar was living in his mother’s basement in Australia, so I’m probably ok.

I’ll undoubtably blog about the event, so stay tuned…

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*Groan*

February 3, 2007 | Filed Under Uncategorized | No Comments

Winterlude is here, and despite the weird weather caused by global warming, this year at least, it didn’t turn into the much-feared “Waterlude”.  It’s finally cold enough to skate on the canal so we went out today and took in the sunshine and bumpy ice.  At one point, four “skate police” went by on ATVs…

“Hey, we could have our own winterlude cops TV show, like ‘C.H.I.P.S.'”

“Yeah. We could call them ICE C.H.I.P.S.”

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Underappreciated

February 3, 2007 | Filed Under Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Last night was a combined 40th birthday party for two friends.  One of those friends spent her highschool years in a catholic girl’s school, so I just HAD to get her this shirt from Glarkware….  The problem is that NOBODY “got it”. I complained about it to a friend today over lunch.

“My genius is lost on the masses…”

“Your genius is lost.”

*sigh*

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How to respond when you fuck up…

February 1, 2007 | Filed Under The Heartless Bitch Way, Uncategorized | No Comments

In addition to the MySpace Moron who was ripping HBI content and posting it as her own, I also found a similarly challenged individual doing much the same thing over at Yahoo 360…. She, however, had her blog open to comments. I both commented in the blog and sent her a message to Cease And Desist or I would call in the Yahoo Copyright Overlords and have her account yanked… 

Unlike Miss MySpace DramaQueen, this one made no excuses, sent an apology in email and removed the offending content. 

It doesn’t excuse the fact that she ought to know better, but at least she stepped up to the plate when whacked, and did the right thing. Because of that, I did not lodge a formal complaint with Yahoo.

I have found that, on the whole, these blog sites take copyright infringement VERY seriously, and DO respond if you fill out their formal complaint form and provide them with the requisite information.  I have had other accounts removed for similar infringements in the past and will not hesitate to do it again.

As our MySpace missy discovered, if you have fucked up and I point it out, the worst thing you can do is make excuses and get lippy with me.  It reminds me of something I used to tell my kids whenever they were in trouble – it’s part of what is often called “Cowboy Philosophy”: “When ya find yerself in a hole, the first thang ya gotta do is stop diggin’.”

When the boys would start backpedalling or making excuses, all I had to say was “Stop digging.” and they knew they were on dangerous ground and had better suck it up and face the consequences.

It should be very clear at this point that I take copyright violations very seriously and don’t tolerate unauthorized reposting of HBI articles/content.  For those of you still unclear on the concept, note that there are people out there who make their living off their writing. Our original writing on this site keeps the traffic flowing, which in turn pays for the site.  I have a vested interest in making sure our content is not being used elsewhere for personal or professional gain. 

This doesn’t mean you can’t quote out snippets of articles to comment on them in your own blogs or journals – provided you link back to the original article at HBI. In fact, I encourage that – with that aforementiond proviso.  But be reasonable about how much you include – one or two lines, or a small paragraph (at most) is ok, but wholesale copying of an article (even if you give attribution to HBI) is strictly verboten without my express written permission.

Remember too, when your fingers are hovering over that control key, that  the absence of the copyright symbol does not mean that the work is not covered by copyright. The work once created from originality through ‘mental labor’ is instantaneously considered copyrighted to that person.
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Don’t Fuck with the Supreme Bitch…

February 1, 2007 | Filed Under The Heartless Bitch Way, Uncategorized | No Comments

Received today from Myspace Copyright Agents….

February 1, 2007

Via E-Mail

Reference is made to your email below dated January 31, 2007 regarding the profile of User ID 11105514 (the “Offending Profile”).

Please be advised that the Offending Profile has been removed from the MySpace.com website, as requested by your letter.

 

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Hello world!

December 2, 2006 | Filed Under Uncategorized | No Comments

After much pressure from the readership, and much wrangling with WordPress, I have finally put up an honest-to-god blog.  It’ll be easier for me to vent my spleen this way, and easier for me to get comments posted.  Other changes are coming too.  Stay tuned.

 So… this is the inagural post for the “blog” version of the bitchitorial columns. From now on, I’ll be making my bitchitorial posts here.

Old columns can be located at http://www.heartless-bitches.com/bi/bitchitorials-archives.shtml

heartlessly,

-Natalie

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