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Title: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Bonker Gudd on March 28, 2017, 11:26:17 pm
White unneutered male age 53 seeks a loving forever home.


Title: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on March 30, 2017, 05:47:00 pm
You're that old Bonk?


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on March 30, 2017, 06:00:19 pm
Testing to see if this works better now. ;)

No errors. This is our new POST RACE!!


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on March 30, 2017, 08:02:17 pm
I'll just put this here:


White unneutered male age 53 seeks a loving forever home.
I'm sure you mean 35 :unsure:


(Also, we probably need a link at the end of the old thread. I'll edit my post since I have it open.)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on April 10, 2017, 05:35:56 pm
Hey there everyone!

Hope all is well for everyone. We're doing pretty good here. Busy but good.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on April 10, 2017, 08:29:20 pm
Doing well here, have removed more of my jawbone (myself) and have a bit still sticking out... going to the dentist tomorrow for a cleaning so hopefully she can just shave off the tiny bit that is sticking out because I've convinced myself that if I try to do it I'll break the part of my jaw that is holding that back tooth in (and since it's not actively stabbing me in the tongue I can live with it (for now)).

Saw some great bands this weekend, was a "fest" type deal where Saturday had like 10 bands and Sunday had 6 or so. The only problem was that it started at 5pm on Sat and by the time the last band got on stage I was far too drunk :p I told my Uber driver on the way there that it would happen despite my attempt to pace myself :lol: as a result I slept most of Sunday :zzz: , woke up at 4pm, made it for the first band at 5:30 (and went home at 9 because I don't care for the last two bands) (and stayed completely sober).


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on April 11, 2017, 04:30:42 am
Last Saturday we took the kids to an art museum. There was a special tour for kids on fairy tales as the collection at the museum had a lot of paintings based on old stories. It was interesting to watch my middle boy as he was coming up with some really great stories about what was happening in the pictures. He was really into it. The other two enjoyed the time but weren't as deep into the subject as their brother.

We also had a pick-nick at the English Garden, which is the large park in the middle of Munich. I want to say it is bigger than Central Park in New York but I'm not sure to be honest. It is pretty huge. The weather was awesome! Running through part of the park is a water way that is branched off of the Isar river. The Isar is a mountain fed stream, and the water way in the park is known as the "Ice Creek" because the water is really cold. It also moves pretty fast. A couple of university students apparently decided to jump in and we heard them for a while as they were yelling about how cold it was and that it was hurting their balls. My eldest looked at me and said "There's signs everywhere saying no swimming what were they doing?" my answer was  "They are university students, they do stupid :poop: all the time."

Sunday we went to Regensburg to a "Pulse of Europe" demonstration. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law are helping organize it. The "Pulse of Europe" is a demonstration against the populist parties that are popping up all over Europe at the moment. They've been given a big boost by the election of Trump as president. The idea is to show your support to keep the European Union together. I even got my picture in the local news. http://www.mittelbayerische.de/region/regensburg-stadt/mit-dem-herzen-am-puls-von-europa-21178-art1507100.html (I'm the guy toward the upper right with a bright red shirt).

This weekend is Easter weekend so I get a 4 day weekend which will be nice. I have to take the car for inspection and service on Saturday. Not looking forward to see how much that's going to cost.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on April 11, 2017, 11:15:50 pm
Last Saturday we took the kids to an art museum. There was a special tour for kids on fairy tales as the collection at the museum had a lot of paintings based on old stories. It was interesting to watch my middle boy as he was coming up with some really great stories about what was happening in the pictures. He was really into it. The other two enjoyed the time but weren't as deep into the subject as their brother.
Sounds fun! We have a lot of museums nearby but It's been over a decade since I've last visited.


My eldest looked at me and said "There's signs everywhere saying no swimming what were they doing?" my answer was  "They are university students, they do stupid :poop: all the time."
:lol: I've never appreciated the irony in this.


This weekend is Easter weekend so I get a 4 day weekend which will be nice.
Only a three day here, but there is a show I really want to see on Thursday so having Friday off is enough to keep me happy.


I have to take the car for inspection and service on Saturday. Not looking forward to see how much that's going to cost.
Good luck!


Went to the dentist today (thought it would be my last visit), they didn't want to touch the jawbone but scheduled an oral surgeon for next tues... They are convinced that it is because I am clenching at night as I've broken a few of my new fillings already apparently. So I have another session or two repairing those and being fitted for a night guard...

I think their probing loosened it up though cos the last (i hope) bit just came out!!!

my ordeal in pictures:
http://imgur.com/a/Rhoky


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on April 12, 2017, 04:53:20 am


Went to the dentist today (thought it would be my last visit), they didn't want to touch the jawbone but scheduled an oral surgeon for next tues... They are convinced that it is because I am clenching at night as I've broken a few of my new fillings already apparently. So I have another session or two repairing those and being fitted for a night guard...

I think their probing loosened it up though cos the last (i hope) bit just came out!!!

my ordeal in pictures:
http://imgur.com/a/Rhoky


Ok that was gross. Hopefully they get you sorted soon. I haven't been to a dentist in a while and I really should eventually :unsure: not looking forward to it either. I know I've got a lot of work that needs done. The good thing is that I'm not in pain ;)



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on April 12, 2017, 07:05:41 pm
Ok that was gross.
heh, that's why I put it at a link rather than directly here, just in case someone is squeamish. When I pulled that second piece out back in 2002 (or 3, I forget now, was shortly before galahtech's birth actually) I had a friend staying with me. He came into my room, where my bathroom was, and saw me with pliers and blood and whatnot and got sick :puke:


I haven't been to a dentist in a while and I really should eventually :unsure: not looking forward to it either. I know I've got a lot of work that needs done. The good thing is that I'm not in pain ;)
Previous to last October, I hadn't been since 1999. I wasn't in any pain either, but knew I had a to do list even then... Since October I've had 18 teeth worked on :sofa:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on April 24, 2017, 04:06:24 am
Well the 5k run went well enough yesterday. I completed the course in 33:22 which is not bad seeing I had only been training for two months. I came in 296 of 350 men running, and I was 51 of 60 of men in my age group 40-49, there was a group for men over 50 too. No idea how it was for them or how many there were.

To be honest I figured I would take 40 to 45 minutes, so I'm pretty happy with 33:22.

Today is the last day of our Sprint, so I need to wrap up a few things and close out my stories. Tomorrow should be the planning for the next sprint. I kind of like this sprint system, it works well for me.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on April 24, 2017, 06:08:10 pm
Well the 5k run went well enough yesterday. I completed the course in 33:22 which is not bad seeing I had only been training for two months. I came in 296 of 350 men running, and I was 51 of 60 of men in my age group 40-49, there was a group for men over 50 too. No idea how it was for them or how many there were.

To be honest I figured I would take 40 to 45 minutes, so I'm pretty happy with 33:22.
Awesome, good job! :thumb:


Today is the last day of our Sprint, so I need to wrap up a few things and close out my stories. Tomorrow should be the planning for the next sprint. I kind of like this sprint system, it works well for me.
I'm guessing this has nothing to do with running :unsure: :lol: I should probably look into these because 1, maybe it will help the clusterduck we have going on here and/or 2, when I was looking for a job back in 2009 one of the recruiters was pretty shocked I didn't know "agile development" (or something like that).


Well, while you have been out being healthy, I have been being "unhealthy" :p

Thursday before last I had a show to go to (when I added it to my calendar I didn't realize that the following day was a holiday). It was at this little dive bar that is cash only (I hate using cash, prefer running a tab on a card). I noticed they had these "jugs" of beer where you pay $10 for the first round and $8 to refill it. Sounds like a good idea but who knows what kind of garbage beer was in there... After three (2.5, I gave a way half of the last jug) of these I had to leave... http://imgur.com/a/Eur07 I think I caught two of the touring band's songs but I couldn't tell you anything about them :p Made it home before I got sick at least...

Well the next morning, I didn't have anything planned but was "excited" for a day off thinking I would be productive (freelance, clean apartment, etc)... Nope... I think I rolled out of bed around 10 am, showered, had breakfast, then laid on the couch and slept till 6 pm :sofa: Had a show to see that night, last ever performance by one of my friend's bands so I "couldn't" miss it. I made it there but it was lackluster :p

Being that Sunday was Easter and I was planning to be up early to hang out with family I kept things low key that Saturday (went out to see one band, was home "early"). (I did get a lot of freelance, as well as my defensive driving (took an online course) done.) So overall my "holiday weekend" sucked and I attribute it all to those damn jugs of beer (which is totally my fault).

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Last Wednesday, even though I made it a point to stop consuming caffeine at a decent hour, I had a pretty bad case of insomnia... Finally fell asleep around 3 am (to make things worse, there was a show I passed on since it was a work night... totally should have gone...) and around 4:30 Fido woke me up... I think what I hate about insomnia the most is that the time is totally wasted (like, I could have gone to a show, I could have been productive, but I was totally tired/groggy, just could not fall asleep) and not only the time that I should have been sleeping, but the next day too...

I managed to make it through work and at lunch I found out about a show that I figured I would have a handful of friends in attendance (even though it was a work night, was ending "early" (midnight)) so I decided to go. I attempted to take a nap, and might have gotten 15 mins, but was super tired (to the point of feeling weird) at the show. There was hardly anyone there, and the only people I knew were in the bands, so I just hung out in the back trying to stay conscious :yawn:

Friday, during the workday, was pretty rough as a result of not sleeping much the previous 48 hours :lol: but I made it. Being that it was my mom's 81st birthday I took off a little early and headed down that way. On the way to pick her up I dropped off the paperwork to take care of my speeding ticket (I'm surprised at myself for waiting till the last possible minute... wanted to hand it in personally rather than mail due to that). That night was a show I've been looking forward to for a while (Black Pussy, the "70s rock" band I've posted in this thread (or the previous iteration of it rather) before). I thought I would see a lot of people I knew there but it turned out to be only two and I didn't even talk to them much, I was there to see the band anyway (the openers weren't that great though). Last time I saw them (at the same venue) it was pretty crowded (and my memory tells me it was a week night) but it was fairly empty that night...

Saturday was pretty eventful. In the morning I picked up a piece of furniture destined for the deli and headed down to Texas City to see the car show that my friends & ex-bandmates put on each year. Hung out with quite a few friends down there for a few hours then proceeded on to Galveston to drop off that piece of furniture and hung out there for a bit as well. Stopped of dinner with chick on the way back up, dropped my Jeep off at my apartment and Ubered to that nights show. Houston audiences (for lack of a better term) are so weird... I don't know that anything else was going on, and this show was just three pretty unknown bands from surrounding areas, but it was literally the bands, their girlfriends, me, & two other people... One of the bands is an old friend of mine from wayway back and I had never heard of the other two, they were all great though.

I didn't do much Sunday, was extremely groggy (understandably as I had been running a serious sleep deficiency since Wednesday) but I managed to stay awake all day (was worried I wouldn't sleep last night if I napped, but was also worried I wouldn't sleep regardless and therefore should nap :p ). I wasn't as productive as I would have liked as a result, but did get quite a bit done. Was in bed at a decent hour and slept soundly all night :spoton:



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on April 25, 2017, 03:51:57 pm
Man you do keep yourself busy with going to shows :lol:

Last Saturday we were at the March for Science in Munich, and I ended up being interviewed by what turned out to be Nature. I was surprised, as I thought the lady was just some blogger :lol:

http://www.nature.com/news/what-happened-at-march-for-science-events-around-the-world-1.21853#/Munich



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on April 28, 2017, 02:51:22 pm
Last Saturday we were at the March for Science in Munich, and I ended up being interviewed by what turned out to be Nature. I was surprised, as I thought the lady was just some blogger :lol:

http://www.nature.com/news/what-happened-at-march-for-science-events-around-the-world-1.21853#/Munich
That's awesome!


Man you do keep yourself busy with going to shows :lol:
heh yeah, sometimes I feel like I don't have any hobbies or do interesting things... but I guess going to shows would fill those slots. I've been told I should start a blog or something but I feel that would take away from my enjoyment, making me feel like I have to pay attention to certain details while ignoring others or something.

I have two shows to hit tonight, I think the timings will work out. Not sure about tomorrow, I have tickets (pretty rare that I buy tickets) to a fairly expensive show (PJ Harvey) so going to that for sure, but that one band who's members are kids of my ex-bandmates is having their cd release show and I feel I should attend that... one of the kids is going to let me know what their time slot is (they are headlining) so maybe the one will be over in time.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on April 28, 2017, 06:14:45 pm
You know you could just write your stories about what happens during the shows you go to :p



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on May 03, 2017, 09:01:51 pm
You know you could just write your stories about what happens during the shows you go to :p

Meh, I think they would be pretty boring to anyone else (probably boring to y'all too but I like that I can search GT for certain things, I should just keep a personal journal :lol: ) for example, this past Friday:

I had two shows to attend, the first one is a band that one of my old bandmates plays in. The singer has moved out of state but he was in town for whatever reason so they scheduled a show. Fortunately they were early so there was no hard decision between that and the show I was already planning to attend. When I get there I run into a friend who had moved out of state to get clean. I greet her and say "I thought you moved away?" She tells me she is in town for a bit and that she messaged me earlier... I assume she's confusing me for someone else or something as I didn't get any messages. I run into her a bit later and show her that I didn't receive anything and she asks what my name is on facebook, I say "mike" and she says "ooooh! I messaged a 'micha'" and I assume she is just telling stories :p The next day I go to her FB page because I'm looking for a picture she took of us (and a mutual friend) and sure enough, she pasted to a dude with my last name's "wall" something like "hey bud, I'm in town, you going to [show]?" :sofa:

I stay out of the drama so I don't know if it was real or in her head, but she was pretty anxious about the scene at the first show so I told her I was ubering to the next show after the band and she was welcome to join. The bands at the second show were great, a lot of people I knew were there, but I drank enough to actually have a bit of a hangover the next day though...

As of this writing she still hasn't posted the picture :p

Friday was also what could/should have been the final inspection/permit for the deli. Unfortunately there were a few things the inspector didn't like so I spent most of my day Saturday working on that "to do" list. As I mentioned in my last post, I actually had pretty expensive (three at $65 each) tickets to a show that night... Since all three of us were going to be working on the deli, I threw them up on stubhub.com. I was thinking the show would sell out and I could make a profit, but as of that morning there were still tickets at the box office so I just asked for $50 a piece to be sure they sold (and they did). I really wasn't too bothered about going and since I was still with the people I was going to be with it wasn't like I got cancelled on. I did have a few people bugging me about the 2nd show I was planning to go to (if the 1st let out in time, which I don't think it did anyway) :doh:

I was scheduled to work on the turtle project Sunday but Sat night my sister reminded me of my niece's birthday so I had to cancel on him. While I was down there my mom mentioned the she hadn't been to Galveston since moving back, so I offered to give her a ride home and do a quick loop though there on the way. Drove past all my current projects there as well as some of my old apartments.

Not sure what this coming weekend has in store... I do have shows on my calendar and there is a show I would prefer not to miss Saturday, but not a big deal if I do.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on May 04, 2017, 04:03:48 am
Shows and working on people's projects :D gives me an idea. If I can find you a descent show here, then maybe I can get you to come over and help me get our garden done :P

I personally hate working on building projects because I'm so bad at working with actual tools. My father-in-law comes by every so often and finds little projects that need done and does them.

I'm ok for important things, like I can install a dishwasher or something along those lines, but that's only because it's really needed, and my wife lets me do it so that I feel better (otherwise she's better with tools and building than I am).

Last weekend for us was preparation for our son's first communion. It's a big thing for Catholics. So Saturday I spent the day running around on my bicycle doing shopping. I ended up riding like 18 KM to get all the shopping done. Then started to food preparation, this lasted from Sunday morning to Sunday evening and a little on Monday morning. He had his communion and communion party on Monday (1st of May is always a day off if it falls on a weekday), and we had a lot of food to prepare. We made 3 different cakes, plus we made cinnamon buns, and cheese and bacon spirals, plus a bunch of different meats that all needed to go through the oven. We also had to go up to where we were holding the party to get it all laid out with tables, chairs, decorations. We'd already been bringing up things all that week, and also had to bring some of the stuff we had prepared. It was an amazing amount of work, and I was so exhausted. The boy had a good time though and was really happy. We're still eating left-overs :P

Work has been pretty busy as well. Since I've got experience working with messaging systems like Email I'm working on a monitoring system for automatically generated emails. For example if a customer sends out a order confirmation via email, this would normally be generated manually, and they may wish at some time to review that the message didn't bounce. I've created a bit of concept code that monitors the automatic email account via IMAP and checks for messages going out and if a bounce message comes back. That'll be done by this Friday.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on May 05, 2017, 06:38:55 pm
Shows and working on people's projects :D gives me an idea. If I can find you a descent show here, then maybe I can get you to come over and help me get our garden done :P
heh, I'm sure you could hire someone cheaper but I bet there are some good punk clubs there. At least there was in the 90s. I'm not sure what town but there was a huge punk fest I wanted to go to back in 95 or 96. (I think there were riots that followed.)


I personally hate working on building projects because I'm so bad at working with actual tools. My father-in-law comes by every so often and finds little projects that need done and does them.
Bad how? I'm sure a little practice would sort that out. Speaking of bad with tools though... So back in December I was drilling holes in tile for the deli, and then I switched to assembling tables, but I didn't switch my drill from "drill" to "stop when a certain amt of torque is reached" ... well the nut I was tightening stopped but my drill didn't, twisting my wrist in the process. It was sore for a few days but stopped, for some reason it's been hurting for about a month now. It pops when I move it certain ways, etc... I use a trackball (it's my right hand) so I don't think it's RSI related... so I made my first dr's appt in about 28 years yesterday... We'll see what they say Weds.


I'm ok for important things, like I can install a dishwasher or something along those lines, but that's only because it's really needed, and my wife lets me do it so that I feel better (otherwise she's better with tools and building than I am).
:lol: Maybe she can teach you.


I ended up riding like 18 KM to get all the shopping done. Then started to food preparation, this lasted from Sunday morning to Sunday evening and a little on Monday morning. We also had to go up to where we were holding the party to get it all laid out with tables, chairs, decorations. We'd already been bringing up things all that week, and also had to bring some of the stuff we had prepared. It was an amazing amount of work, and I was so exhausted.
I got tired just reading that! The end result sounds completely worth it though.


(1st of May is always a day off if it falls on a weekday)
That a holiday for y'all?


Last weekend for us was preparation for our son's first communion. It's a big thing for Catholics. We made 3 different cakes, plus we made cinnamon buns, and cheese and bacon spirals, plus a bunch of different meats that all needed to go through the oven. The boy had a good time though and was really happy. We're still eating left-overs :P
Sounds like a blowout! I grew up in a predominately Hispanic neighborhood and I've always had close friends of Mexican decent, as a result I'm pretty familiar with Catholicism as far as events and celebrations go :party: Semi-related, it's Cinco de Mayo here (well, everywhere, but I doubt y'all celebrate it :p ) 


Work has been pretty busy as well. Since I've got experience working with messaging systems like Email I'm working on a monitoring system for automatically generated emails. For example if a customer sends out a order confirmation via email, this would normally be generated manually, and they may wish at some time to review that the message didn't bounce. I've created a bit of concept code that monitors the automatic email account via IMAP and checks for messages going out and if a bounce message comes back. That'll be done by this Friday.
I actually need something like that :p I used to have some checking and auto "re"sending, but that was like 10 years ago and changes to server OS & IIS over time made them no longer functional and they didn't get replaced. I think there are still some old systems logging to text files running (yup, scary) but they go unchecked. I do have one app that check a mailbox for emailed reports (xml files) and parses those.
I'm currently in the midst of writing a desktop app (how long has it been since I've done that...) to interact with a credit card "pin pad." So far so good.


Went to see some friends play last night, very early show, but of course afterward we hung out for a while before deciding to head to a bar... I was home just after midnight but that's still not enough sleep :yawn: Heading to Galveston straight after work too... the deli got it's final permit but there are still a few things to do. Some friends are playing down there tonight so may go see them, nothing too exciting happening up here tonight.

This morning when I woke up I checked my email and I see that my Uber ride home was $25 and the route (they send an image of the map) was kind of crazy... At first I was thinking my driver missed his exit and took a crazy detour but I was like "I didn't drink that much, I would have noticed if we took a strange route." After I was more awake I realized that after he dropped me off the "meter kept running." I emailed Uber and within two hours they gave me a $13 credit (I told them "I'm sure it's an honest mistake and I'm fine with paying for the part of the ride I was actually in the car for," I'm sure I could have complained and gotten a full credit if I wanted.)



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on May 06, 2017, 10:15:08 am
heh, I'm sure you could hire someone cheaper but I bet there are some good punk clubs there. At least there was in the 90s. I'm not sure what town but there was a huge punk fest I wanted to go to back in 95 or 96. (I think there were riots that followed.)

Punks are still around. Usually when it gets warm you find them around some of the larger train stations, hanging out, asking for money. When I was a soldier we were warned best not to get mixed up with them. So I'm guessing the Punk scene is still going here, just maybe not mainstream.

Bad how? I'm sure a little practice would sort that out. Speaking of bad with tools though... So back in December I was drilling holes in tile for the deli, and then I switched to assembling tables, but I didn't switch my drill from "drill" to "stop when a certain amt of torque is reached" ... well the nut I was tightening stopped but my drill didn't, twisting my wrist in the process. It was sore for a few days but stopped, for some reason it's been hurting for about a month now. It pops when I move it certain ways, etc... I use a trackball (it's my right hand) so I don't think it's RSI related... so I made my first dr's appt in about 28 years yesterday... We'll see what they say Weds.
My own father would say things like "You can't hammer a nail straight to save your life!" Unless we're talking about very small things electronics and such I'm pretty bad with my hands. Ask me to saw something, probably going to be crooked. Ask me to drill something, likely I'll burn up the drill bit. Best to keep me away from power tools.

You'll probably get a brace or something.

:lol: Maybe she can teach you.

we have a bit of an agreement. She takes care of things that require tools, and I take care of things that are electronic or computery.

I got tired just reading that! The end result sounds completely worth it though.
Yeah I think it turned out good. Vincent mentioned that he liked his mother's cheese cake better than the one we bought from a professional cake maker. She was happy.

That a holiday for y'all?
Yep it's Europe's Labor Day. It's pretty much off work for everyone here in Europe. There are lots of speeches from labor unions, and left leaning political parties. Sometime there are riots from demonstrations. Rather quiet this year in Berlin which is nice.

Sounds like a blowout! I grew up in a predominately Hispanic neighborhood and I've always had close friends of Mexican decent, as a result I'm pretty familiar with Catholicism as far as events and celebrations go :party: Semi-related, it's Cinco de Mayo here (well, everywhere, but I doubt y'all celebrate it :p ) 

No the Spanish aren't overly fond of Cinco de Mayo (since it is celebrating the Mexican revolution ;) ). Although some of us in the office did celebrate May the 4th.
I actually need something like that :p I used to have some checking and auto "re"sending, but that was like 10 years ago and changes to server OS & IIS over time made them no longer functional and they didn't get replaced. I think there are still some old systems logging to text files running (yup, scary) but they go unchecked. I do have one app that check a mailbox for emailed reports (xml files) and parses those.
I'm currently in the midst of writing a desktop app (how long has it been since I've done that...) to interact with a credit card "pin pad." So far so good.

The idea isn't so much a resending monitor. Just giving feed back to the users if their messages were sent out. SAP has a strange architecture, and does not connect directly to company email servers like you would expect. Simply an SMTP connection to a locally running Email server that performs the connection to the company email accounts. The problem with this is that SAP always sees that the message was delivered since the SMTP protocol is hop based, meaning once the other server accepts it, the sending server doesn't care anymore.

Went to see some friends play last night, very early show, but of course afterward we hung out for a while before deciding to head to a bar... I was home just after midnight but that's still not enough sleep :yawn: Heading to Galveston straight after work too... the deli got it's final permit but there are still a few things to do. Some friends are playing down there tonight so may go see them, nothing too exciting happening up here tonight.

This morning when I woke up I checked my email and I see that my Uber ride home was $25 and the route (they send an image of the map) was kind of crazy... At first I was thinking my driver missed his exit and took a crazy detour but I was like "I didn't drink that much, I would have noticed if we took a strange route." After I was more awake I realized that after he dropped me off the "meter kept running." I emailed Uber and within two hours they gave me a $13 credit (I told them "I'm sure it's an honest mistake and I'm fine with paying for the part of the ride I was actually in the car for," I'm sure I could have complained and gotten a full credit if I wanted.)

That's fair enough. The guy probably goofed, that happens from time-to-time. Always best to give the benefit of the doubt.

Picked up the car from the shop yesterday, and while it passed its inspection and all, I was getting strange indications on my dash display. For example, the service light was still active, which it should no longer be since the oil was changed. The other issue is the parking break. I keep getting an indication that the parking break isn't working correctly. Our car (Renault Grand Scenic) should automatically apply the parking break when I turn the car off, and then just before I drive off, it disengages the parking break. Apparently this is not happening correctly, and so I had to take it back to the shop for them to look at. I have an appointment for Thursday morning to drop the car off again so that their expert can look at it. :rolleyes: hopefully it's fixed before we go on vacation in June.


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Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on May 12, 2017, 09:35:42 pm
Punks are still around. Usually when it gets warm you find them around some of the larger train stations, hanging out, asking for money. When I was a soldier we were warned best not to get mixed up with them. So I'm guessing the Punk scene is still going here, just maybe not mainstream.
Yeah, there are many "sects" of punks and I have mixed feelings about the sects that beg. I understand the movement is about freedom and anarchy but "back in my day" we "fought" for our utopia by having shows with a cause, food drives, etc. Sitting around begging only perpetuates a negative image. (Especially when you find out the cunts are "trust fund babies" that are just rebelling...)


My own father would say things like "You can't hammer a nail straight to save your life!"
ugh, brought to mind a memory of my father saying something similar when I was pretty young. The reason this is so negative to me is that I rarely saw him, he never once tried to teach me anything, he did however let me know how bed I was at things quite often.
Simi-related, I was in a vehicle with my sister and mother earlier this week as we had just attended a [nursing] school event. My sister says something to the effect of "if dad we alive he probably wouldn't have been able to go" and they start discussing him (about how it was difficult to go places with him in tow in either a neutral or positive light) so I chime in with "can we all just agree the world is a better place without him?" (probably a little harsh (but true to me), I have no filter most of the time) and my mom responds with something like "why do you hate him so, is it because he was selfish?" since my point in saying that was to stop the discussion about him (he's finally gone, leave him that way) so I just left it at "come up with one positive trait and get back to me later." Anyway, this bit made me think I should make a list of little things like this for them... but honestly, it doesn't matter. It won't make me feel better and no point in making them feel bad.


Unless we're talking about very small things electronics and such I'm pretty bad with my hands. Ask me to saw something, probably going to be crooked. Ask me to drill something, likely I'll burn up the drill bit. Best to keep me away from power tools.
well I stand by practice makes perfect (but I hate "detail work" as well...)


You'll probably get a brace or something.
I spoke to the doctor a bit, he said he had a similar injury from a Jet-ski that he wasn't doing anything about :lol: They took an x-ray which he called me about yesterday but I was unable to answer so he left a msg saying I could call back or someone would call me today. I called back but got voicemail so I hung up. No call yet today. He did say that the x-ray probably wouldn't show anything and that the next step would be an MRI. I did tell him that I bought a brace and wore it overnight but didn't see a difference so didn't do it again, he said I should probably keep at it so I have been every night since then (no noticeable difference). It doesn't really hurt, but doesn't feel normal. He did say it's probably not carpel tunnel as that hurts in a different area.


Yep it's Europe's Labor Day. It's pretty much off work for everyone here in Europe. There are lots of speeches from labor unions, and left leaning political parties. Sometime there are riots from demonstrations. Rather quiet this year in Berlin which is nice.
Ah cool, makes sense.


No the Spanish aren't overly fond of Cinco de Mayo (since it is celebrating the Mexican revolution ;) ). Although some of us in the office did celebrate May the 4th.
lol yeah. I received a few "happy 4th" texts myself but didn't really celebrate.


That's fair enough. The guy probably goofed, that happens from time-to-time. Always best to give the benefit of the doubt.
Yup, he was probably ready for bed and went home without thinking.


Picked up the car from the shop yesterday, and while it passed its inspection and all, I was getting strange indications on my dash display. For example, the service light was still active, which it should no longer be since the oil was changed.
There should be a trick to reset that. I took my Jeep to a non-dealer place (won't do that again) and they didn't reset it (my jeep chimes, no light, so I had to Bing "wtf is this chime") and I learned about some weird "turn key 3 times then depress the gas 6 times" series of actions to reset it.


The other issue is the parking break. I keep getting an indication that the parking break isn't working correctly. Our car (Renault Grand Scenic) should automatically apply the parking break when I turn the car off, and then just before I drive off, it disengages the parking break. Apparently this is not happening correctly, and so I had to take it back to the shop for them to look at. I have an appointment for Thursday morning to drop the car off again so that their expert can look at it. :rolleyes: hopefully it's fixed before we go on vacation in June.
yeah that's not cool at all. I would be pretty stressed thinking the break is dragging and causing a myriad of issues.



I didn't go out Friday night (worked on the deli, was too late & tired to go anywhere when I got home) but Saturday was a long day to make up for it :rock:
Started off at 3 pm, walked to a nearby record store to see a friend who has been playing around the globe play a "teaser" set. They were playing a full set later but I knew I wouldn't make it.
Grabbed some food on my walk home, ate and was off again. This time to the soccer stadium where some friends (who I just saw Thurs night) were playing, going on at 6'ish. When I get there the singer asks me to help him set up the merch tent (it was outdoors, on a blocked off street), after which he gives me a beer from "their" cooler. I later learn that it's his girlfriend's beer and she didn't bring that much so I borrow a friend's backpack and walk to a nearby convenience store (cos to hell with paying overpriced vendors) to buy a 12 pack. After their set, they had a stack of tickets for the game but I have absolutely no interest (plus there was a beer or two left) so I stayed out, finished the beer, and off to the next stop.
I'm already kind of drunk by this point :dizzy: and the venue is completely empty except for me and the staff... Apparently all the bands and friends were backstage :lol: One of the bands dropped out last minute, the audience was bare (a lot of people said "I didn't know about it" after the fact), but otherwise was a good show. During one of my friend's bands I kept getting the attention of the sound guy, pointing at the bass, and giving the "turn it up" motion, well afterward everyone was all "I couldn't hear anything but bass!" :sofa: I can't be held completely responsible though, sound guy should know when not to listen to the drunk guy up front :p
After the show I rode with one of the bands to the next spot, a bar where a guy from one of the local bands works. Apparently a tequila rep had been in (maybe for the day before?) so he was giving us free margaritas... This bar features a "tower" that's closed to the public but he let us go up. After that I rode with the bassist who I had playing too loud (he and I go back 20+ years) to a late night fast food join before finally calling it a night :zzz:


I've three potential targets tonight... Starting off at the tattoo shop where they are having an art show (I'll just be upstairs drinking beer most likely), then a couple friends are in a band playing around 11 (the last of three bands), after which there is a "50s & 60s dance party" where I may finish off the night... I can't get too crazy as we're supposed to be working with the turtles (not sure what's on the agenda) Sat in late morning.

I have two shows on the calendar for Sat but I think I'm just going to the one, especially since Sunday is mother's day and I have to make the drive town to texas city early that morning...








Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on May 15, 2017, 06:15:34 pm
Yeah, there are many "sects" of punks and I have mixed feelings about the sects that beg. I understand the movement is about freedom and anarchy but "back in my day" we "fought" for our utopia by having shows with a cause, food drives, etc. Sitting around begging only perpetuates a negative image. (Especially when you find out the cunts are "trust fund babies" that are just rebelling...)
Sounds like a few punks I knew in the Army. Not sure how a punk made it through basic training, but they also looked down on the groups at the train stations here.

ugh, brought to mind a memory of my father saying something similar when I was pretty young. The reason this is so negative to me is that I rarely saw him, he never once tried to teach me anything, he did however let me know how bed I was at things quite often.
Simi-related, I was in a vehicle with my sister and mother earlier this week as we had just attended a [nursing] school event. My sister says something to the effect of "if dad we alive he probably wouldn't have been able to go" and they start discussing him (about how it was difficult to go places with him in tow in either a neutral or positive light) so I chime in with "can we all just agree the world is a better place without him?" (probably a little harsh (but true to me), I have no filter most of the time) and my mom responds with something like "why do you hate him so, is it because he was selfish?" since my point in saying that was to stop the discussion about him (he's finally gone, leave him that way) so I just left it at "come up with one positive trait and get back to me later." Anyway, this bit made me think I should make a list of little things like this for them... but honestly, it doesn't matter. It won't make me feel better and no point in making them feel bad.

My dad actually blamed himself for my lack of hand working skills. He even apologized to my wife and told her that he really wanted me to do better than him so pushed me into learning skills that would get me a better job. So in that case he was right, I am in a better place then he was at my age.

well I stand by practice makes perfect (but I hate "detail work" as well...)
Probably true, but there would also need to be a desire, which I don't really have ;)

I spoke to the doctor a bit, he said he had a similar injury from a Jet-ski that he wasn't doing anything about :lol: They took an x-ray which he called me about yesterday but I was unable to answer so he left a msg saying I could call back or someone would call me today. I called back but got voicemail so I hung up. No call yet today. He did say that the x-ray probably wouldn't show anything and that the next step would be an MRI. I did tell him that I bought a brace and wore it overnight but didn't see a difference so didn't do it again, he said I should probably keep at it so I have been every night since then (no noticeable difference). It doesn't really hurt, but doesn't feel normal. He did say it's probably not carpel tunnel as that hurts in a different area.

Could just be a sprain, or a simple inflammation. I've gotten them a couple of times too. It's all part of getting older :P

There should be a trick to reset that. I took my Jeep to a non-dealer place (won't do that again) and they didn't reset it (my jeep chimes, no light, so I had to Bing "wtf is this chime") and I learned about some weird "turn key 3 times then depress the gas 6 times" series of actions to reset it.

yeah that's not cool at all. I would be pretty stressed thinking the break is dragging and causing a myriad of issues.

Apparently it was something like that. I brought it in, they called later in the morning to say it's working including the parking brake. Basically they had to reset the computer and it started working. I'm assuming that the problem was probably because the car had a dead battery.


I didn't go out Friday night (worked on the deli, was too late & tired to go anywhere when I got home) but Saturday was a long day to make up for it :rock:
:uhoh: you actually didn't go out one night. That's so rare :yikes:

Started off at 3 pm, walked to a nearby record store to see a friend who has been playing around the globe play a "teaser" set. They were playing a full set later but I knew I wouldn't make it.
Grabbed some food on my walk home, ate and was off again. This time to the soccer stadium where some friends (who I just saw Thurs night) were playing, going on at 6'ish. When I get there the singer asks me to help him set up the merch tent (it was outdoors, on a blocked off street), after which he gives me a beer from "their" cooler. I later learn that it's his girlfriend's beer and she didn't bring that much so I borrow a friend's backpack and walk to a nearby convenience store (cos to hell with paying overpriced vendors) to buy a 12 pack. After their set, they had a stack of tickets for the game but I have absolutely no interest (plus there was a beer or two left) so I stayed out, finished the beer, and off to the next stop.
I'm already kind of drunk by this point :dizzy: and the venue is completely empty except for me and the staff... Apparently all the bands and friends were backstage :lol: One of the bands dropped out last minute, the audience was bare (a lot of people said "I didn't know about it" after the fact), but otherwise was a good show. During one of my friend's bands I kept getting the attention of the sound guy, pointing at the bass, and giving the "turn it up" motion, well afterward everyone was all "I couldn't hear anything but bass!" :sofa: I can't be held completely responsible though, sound guy should know when not to listen to the drunk guy up front :p
:doh: you trolled them :D

After the show I rode with one of the bands to the next spot, a bar where a guy from one of the local bands works. Apparently a tequila rep had been in (maybe for the day before?) so he was giving us free margaritas... This bar features a "tower" that's closed to the public but he let us go up. After that I rode with the bassist who I had playing too loud (he and I go back 20+ years) to a late night fast food join before finally calling it a night :zzz:
Margaritas are a dangerous mix for me. My ex-wife and I used to drink them until she found me passed out on the bathroom floor yelling about how everything was green! Apparently I passed out with my eyes open and the color of the bathroom carpet imprinted on my retina for a few minutes.

I've three potential targets tonight... Starting off at the tattoo shop where they are having an art show (I'll just be upstairs drinking beer most likely), then a couple friends are in a band playing around 11 (the last of three bands), after which there is a "50s & 60s dance party" where I may finish off the night... I can't get too crazy as we're supposed to be working with the turtles (not sure what's on the agenda) Sat in late morning.
I'd be lucky to make it through one let alone 3.
I have two shows on the calendar for Sat but I think I'm just going to the one, especially since Sunday is mother's day and I have to make the drive town to texas city early that morning...

Mother's day is important.

We celebrated mother's day with our favorite burgers. We have the Spring Fest in town and that means our favorite burger place is running (they only run during the spring and autumn fests). Although on the way back from picking up the burgers I got rained on heavy with hail (ouch). Thankfully I had the food in my backpack which had a rain cover to protect it.



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on May 15, 2017, 07:49:18 pm
Sounds like a few punks I knew in the Army. Not sure how a punk made it through basic training, but they also looked down on the groups at the train stations here.
Not sure why any punks would be in the army to begin with :p although I knew at least one who went in to avoid a legal issue (not sure what, I didn't pry).


My dad actually blamed himself for my lack of hand working skills. He even apologized to my wife and told her that he really wanted me to do better than him so pushed me into learning skills that would get me a better job. So in that case he was right, I am in a better place then he was at my age.
Yeah, the difference is that mine didn't see anything wrong with his behavior. I do "appreciate" that I know what I know, and I do attribute that to him, but it was learned out of fear (mostly on my own) rather than taught. :p


Could just be a sprain, or a simple inflammation. I've gotten them a couple of times too. It's all part of getting older :P
Yeah, since I "work with my hands" (typing) for a living I figured I should listen to the pain and get it checked out. The fact that the doctor said he had a similar injury and he wasn't bothering to do anything reaffirmed my "I don't need to see a doctor for anything" stance :p I still haven't gotten the results of my x-ray (that he left a message about Thursday).


Apparently it was something like that. I brought it in, they called later in the morning to say it's working including the parking brake. Basically they had to reset the computer and it started working. I'm assuming that the problem was probably because the car had a dead battery.
Glad to hear it's sorted out now. :thumb:


:uhoh: you actually didn't go out one night. That's so rare :yikes:
:sofa:


:doh: you trolled them :D
Well it wasn't intentional :lol: They must not be too bothered though, invited me to go with them to OK for a weekend punk fest they are playing in July.


Margaritas are a dangerous mix for me.
ugh same. I've sworn off tequila so many times, and margaritas just make the tequila go down so easy :p Last time I had one (and it was way more than one) was a time when I still lived in VA but was down here for the xmas party. The night before the party I went out with the boss & his wife, drank too many and was up puking all night :doh: was super queasy the entire next day and night too... I guess it kept me from drinking too much at the party as I usually do :lol:


My ex-wife and I used to drink them until she found me passed out on the bathroom floor yelling about how everything was green! Apparently I passed out with my eyes open and the color of the bathroom carpet imprinted on my retina for a few minutes.
lol I bet that was freaky.


I'd be lucky to make it through one let alone 3.
I didn't go to all three, went back to the first place after the second. I took a case of beer to the tattoo shop around 8, hopped over to a venue to see some friends play around 11, then back to the tattoo shop around midnight (and home just before 4am) :cheers:


Mother's day is important.

We celebrated mother's day with our favorite burgers. We have the Spring Fest in town and that means our favorite burger place is running (they only run during the spring and autumn fests). Although on the way back from picking up the burgers I got rained on heavy with hail (ouch). Thankfully I had the food in my backpack which had a rain cover to protect it.
Even though I drank "too much" Saturday night, I still made it to church Sunday morning. It was just my mother and I (in my family) as one sister wasn't feeling well and I don't know where the other was. Afterwards I took her to lunch at a place she likes but is out of town (about 1/3 way back up to Houston) so she rarely gets to go (I tried to take her there xmas eve, not thinking to check if they were open before making the drive :doh: ) then I just came home and worked on freelance (after a nap :p ) the rest of the evening.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on May 22, 2017, 04:18:50 am

Not sure why any punks would be in the army to begin with :p although I knew at least one who went in to avoid a legal issue (not sure what, I didn't pry).

I think that was the situation here as well. Surprisingly they could fit in to military life just fine. One guy found a loop hole in the hair cut regulation and basically had his sides shaved and then used gel to keep fairly long hair under his hat when in uniform.

Yeah, since I "work with my hands" (typing) for a living I figured I should listen to the pain and get it checked out. The fact that the doctor said he had a similar injury and he wasn't bothering to do anything reaffirmed my "I don't need to see a doctor for anything" stance :p I still haven't gotten the results of my x-ray (that he left a message about Thursday).

Sounds like the doctor doesn't think it's a big deal. More along the lines of "Take 2 aspirin and call me if it doesn't stop."

Well it wasn't intentional :lol: They must not be too bothered though, invited me to go with them to OK for a weekend punk fest they are playing in July.
Sweet! Are you planning on going?

ugh same. I've sworn off tequila so many times, and margaritas just make the tequila go down so easy :p Last time I had one (and it was way more than one) was a time when I still lived in VA but was down here for the xmas party. The night before the party I went out with the boss & his wife, drank too many and was up puking all night :doh: was super queasy the entire next day and night too... I guess it kept me from drinking too much at the party as I usually do :lol:

Tequila is a dangerous drink, thankfully I'm not entirely like my dad in this case. Dad would get real aggressive when he drank tequila, more than once he ended up in the drunk tank, usually for wiping someone across the bar. One of the reasons he stopped drinking it altogether. I just get stupid and pass out :p

lol I bet that was freaky.

Yeah, I remember freaking out at first. She got me to quiet down and into bed. I remember once where she had to drag me across the house (she was much shorter than I and I was in the Army and buffed a bit more so not light). I came to as she was pulling on my arm and I was halfway down the hall. I still don't know where I started from. I very seldom drink margaritas now, and if I do I have only one under the watchful eye of my current wife, she makes sure I don't get stupid :D

I didn't go to all three, went back to the first place after the second. I took a case of beer to the tattoo shop around 8, hopped over to a venue to see some friends play around 11, then back to the tattoo shop around midnight (and home just before 4am) :cheers:
The tattoo shop almost sounds like an idea for a TV sitcom. Bunch of guys sitting around drinking beer, getting tattoos, and talking about life.

Even though I drank "too much" Saturday night, I still made it to church Sunday morning. It was just my mother and I (in my family) as one sister wasn't feeling well and I don't know where the other was. Afterwards I took her to lunch at a place she likes but is out of town (about 1/3 way back up to Houston) so she rarely gets to go (I tried to take her there xmas eve, not thinking to check if they were open before making the drive :doh: ) then I just came home and worked on freelance (after a nap :p ) the rest of the evening.
Sounds like a quiet end to the weekend.

So this week, the boss came in and threw our sprint into chaos. He got a line on a new customer and needs demo stuff by the end of the month. So we're scrambling to get it all done but that means we are leaving a lot in this current sprint open. Not a real big deal, but kind of annoying, and we need to get more customers.

Looking forward to vacation in two weeks. After 6 months without vacation I'm starting to feel the strain, so a couple of weeks off should set me right again. We're going to the mountains with the boys. We have hiking boots and all! We've rented a small apartment there and that will be the starting point for a bit of hiking, and adventuring. The boys are also pretty excited, because they were given the chance to choose our vacation this year. They unanimously voted for mountains rather than going to the ocean. "We've been to Denmark so much we want to go to the mountains." was their comment, sometimes it's scary how they can be so independent from one another, but then turn around and speak like a hive mind.

Picked up a new (to me anyways) bicycle. My old bike was slowly falling apart, and I wanted something a little better. My wife found it on ebay. They guy selling it lived only down the road so I could walk to his house in 16 minutes. I took a look a the bike and bought it, then rode it all the way home (22km or just over 13.5 miles) my legs were like jell-o after the ride, but it went well. I may do that once a month, ride the bike to the office and back. It takes about 1.5 hours for me to ride that distance one way. Thankfully I had my mobile to make sure I was on the right road.

I also got my new smartphone. I've got a Samsung Galaxy J3, which is fine for me. It's a bit bigger than my old S3 Mini but it'll do. Now if Samsung would stop installing bloatware everything would be great.



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on May 25, 2017, 09:54:35 pm
Sounds like the doctor doesn't think it's a big deal. More along the lines of "Take 2 aspirin and call me if it doesn't stop."
Yeah, I think it's all better now too. I think I just got worried that if I didn't have it looked at that it could keep me from working in the future.


Sweet! Are you planning on going?
Yup! I need to remember to ask if I should buy a ticket or if I'm getting in as part of the crew (aka, stuck in the merch booth). Also need to check on lodging, might be a little too old to crash on the floor somewhere :lol: (they're also playing a fest in new orliens two weeks after that, I intend to go).


The tattoo shop almost sounds like an idea for a TV sitcom. Bunch of guys sitting around drinking beer, getting tattoos, and talking about life.
I think it's been done :p The funny thing about that night was my friend let two mutual friends tattoo each other. Just simple little things (that turned out ugly, but to be honest, one of my favs is the first one that my tattooer friend ever did (both on me and ever) and it's a crappy little daisy that I drew :sofa: A third friend of the two guys got a small taco from the shop apprentice and the two friends colored parts of it.


So this week, the boss came in and threw our sprint into chaos. He got a line on a new customer and needs demo stuff by the end of the month. So we're scrambling to get it all done but that means we are leaving a lot in this current sprint open. Not a real big deal, but kind of annoying, and we need to get more customers.
Sounds like my daily routine. I work on something that's urgent for a few days, then when I'm 80% done I get switched to something else urgent :p


Looking forward to vacation in two weeks. After 6 months without vacation I'm starting to feel the strain, so a couple of weeks off should set me right again. We're going to the mountains with the boys. We have hiking boots and all! We've rented a small apartment there and that will be the starting point for a bit of hiking, and adventuring. The boys are also pretty excited, because they were given the chance to choose our vacation this year. They unanimously voted for mountains rather than going to the ocean. "We've been to Denmark so much we want to go to the mountains." was their comment, sometimes it's scary how they can be so independent from one another, but then turn around and speak like a hive mind.
You really do take a lot of vacations :lol: sounds fun though!


Picked up a new (to me anyways) bicycle. My old bike was slowly falling apart, and I wanted something a little better. My wife found it on ebay. They guy selling it lived only down the road so I could walk to his house in 16 minutes. I took a look a the bike and bought it, then rode it all the way home (22km or just over 13.5 miles) my legs were like jell-o after the ride, but it went well. I may do that once a month, ride the bike to the office and back. It takes about 1.5 hours for me to ride that distance one way. Thankfully I had my mobile to make sure I was on the right road.
I really would like to do that but it is too hot & humid here :sweat:


I also got my new smartphone. I've got a Samsung Galaxy J3, which is fine for me. It's a bit bigger than my old S3 Mini but it'll do. Now if Samsung would stop installing bloatware everything would be great.
I love my windows phone but I'm starting to wonder if it's worth it... I'm pretty fine with the lack of apps, but in the past 3 or 4 years there has only been 1 phone come out better than what I have and I would have to switch carriers to do that...

last week was pretty busy...
There was a show down in galveston Tuesday but the band (from Japan) was also playing in houston Wednesday so I was having a hard time deciding... but then a friend called me saying he was going to be at the tattoo shop so I hung out there for a bit... (longer than I should have for a work night.)

Wednesday morning a friend texted me that he had a ticket for another show (and iconic punk band that I'm not really a fan of (The Damned), at a venue I don't like) but it kinda was something that I would have regretted missing I think. Wound up drinking too much and staying out too late. :doh:

I think I wound up staying in Thursday night, but I took off Friday and went down to Galveston to help with the finishing touches on the Deli. Went to a show Friday night but got up fairly early as I needed to take some pies & supplies to the Deli before their grand opening :yay:

I stayed at the deli from open to close, my mom came by, one of my sisters was supposed to come by, and only one of the handful of friends I texted came by. That night there were no decent shows so I just went to a metal show at one of my favorite venues. Earlier in the week my 2nd ex wife emailed me about a mutual friend of ours being back in town (I didn't know he moved) and that he was DJing at the new wave club and I should meet her there... I was thinking "nope, I'm fine being friends at a distance, emails every so often, but I draw the line at hanging out." I didn't reply to the email and so earlier that day (still on Saturday) she texted (first time in our lives oddly, we split before texting was a thing outside of IT and teens) and sounded pretty bummed that I was turning her down. I was still sticking to my guns though. Well... What I thought was the first band at the metal show was actually the 3rd (and pretty bad) but the headliners were pretty good... ended fairly early though and I wasn't ready to go home yet... so I went to the new wave club :lol: I figured it wouldn't be weird because there would be other people I knew as well, but it turns out the DJ never showed (I ran into him later, he thinks someone slipped something in his drink as he blacked out) and there was hardly anyone there... It wasn't bad though, her cousin was with her so wasn't like we were alone.

Sunday I worked on the turtle project a bit and that evening there was a show of old school all stars from the houston scene (I didn't drink at all since I had been so much previously :p ).

Monday I was back at it though... the band "X" was playing... I was on the fence about going, and was texting a friend who was also on the fence, but i said "I feel like I'll regret it if I don't" and he was like "you're right, that settles it." I didn't drink too much, the show ended at a decent hour, but when I was calling my Uber the app was acting goofy and dude was all "I'll give you a ride but I want to stop off for a beer on teh way" so we went to this one place I like cos they have popcorn :sofa: and had a couple.

This (3 day) weekend has nothing decent on the calendar :( I'm almost toying with the idea of taking it easy though :nono:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on May 30, 2017, 04:21:58 am
Yup! I need to remember to ask if I should buy a ticket or if I'm getting in as part of the crew (aka, stuck in the merch booth). Also need to check on lodging, might be a little too old to crash on the floor somewhere :lol: (they're also playing a fest in new orliens two weeks after that, I intend to go).

Yeah, I hate even sitting on the floor, not sure how well I would sleep on one.

I think it's been done :p The funny thing about that night was my friend let two mutual friends tattoo each other. Just simple little things (that turned out ugly, but to be honest, one of my favs is the first one that my tattooer friend ever did (both on me and ever) and it's a crappy little daisy that I drew :sofa: A third friend of the two guys got a small taco from the shop apprentice and the two friends colored parts of it.

A tattoo of a little daisy?!? Well there goes your tough guy cred ;)

Sounds like my daily routine. I work on something that's urgent for a few days, then when I'm 80% done I get switched to something else urgent :p
All part of being a software developer.


You really do take a lot of vacations :lol: sounds fun though!

I've not been on vacation for 6 months! :grrr: It will be fun though, we'll be visiting my favorite place in Germany https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%B6nigssee on the way to our rental.

I really would like to do that but it is too hot & humid here :sweat:

It's been pretty warm here lately too. It's nice :D




I love my windows phone but I'm starting to wonder if it's worth it... I'm pretty fine with the lack of apps, but in the past 3 or 4 years there has only been 1 phone come out better than what I have and I would have to switch carriers to do that...

My wife has a Windows phone and she's pretty happy with it. It's not such a big deal to switch carriers here.

last week was pretty busy...
There was a show down in galveston Tuesday but the band (from Japan) was also playing in houston Wednesday so I was having a hard time deciding... but then a friend called me saying he was going to be at the tattoo shop so I hung out there for a bit... (longer than I should have for a work night.)
Time flies when you are having fun.

Wednesday morning a friend texted me that he had a ticket for another show (and iconic punk band that I'm not really a fan of (The Damned), at a venue I don't like) but it kinda was something that I would have regretted missing I think. Wound up drinking too much and staying out too late. :doh:

I think I wound up staying in Thursday night, but I took off Friday and went down to Galveston to help with the finishing touches on the Deli. Went to a show Friday night but got up fairly early as I needed to take some pies & supplies to the Deli before their grand opening :yay:

I stayed at the deli from open to close, my mom came by, one of my sisters was supposed to come by, and only one of the handful of friends I texted came by. That night there were no decent shows so I just went to a metal show at one of my favorite venues. Earlier in the week my 2nd ex wife emailed me about a mutual friend of ours being back in town (I didn't know he moved) and that he was DJing at the new wave club and I should meet her there... I was thinking "nope, I'm fine being friends at a distance, emails every so often, but I draw the line at hanging out." I didn't reply to the email and so earlier that day (still on Saturday) she texted (first time in our lives oddly, we split before texting was a thing outside of IT and teens) and sounded pretty bummed that I was turning her down. I was still sticking to my guns though. Well... What I thought was the first band at the metal show was actually the 3rd (and pretty bad) but the headliners were pretty good... ended fairly early though and I wasn't ready to go home yet... so I went to the new wave club :lol: I figured it wouldn't be weird because there would be other people I knew as well, but it turns out the DJ never showed (I ran into him later, he thinks someone slipped something in his drink as he blacked out) and there was hardly anyone there... It wasn't bad though, her cousin was with her so wasn't like we were alone.
The deli sounds like it's going well.

Sunday I worked on the turtle project a bit and that evening there was a show of old school all stars from the houston scene (I didn't drink at all since I had been so much previously :p ).

Monday I was back at it though... the band "X" was playing... I was on the fence about going, and was texting a friend who was also on the fence, but i said "I feel like I'll regret it if I don't" and he was like "you're right, that settles it." I didn't drink too much, the show ended at a decent hour, but when I was calling my Uber the app was acting goofy and dude was all "I'll give you a ride but I want to stop off for a beer on teh way" so we went to this one place I like cos they have popcorn :sofa: and had a couple.

This (3 day) weekend has nothing decent on the calendar :( I'm almost toying with the idea of taking it easy though :nono:
Hope you had a nice three day weekend.

The end of May is coming fast, and that means the end of my probationary period with the company. :yay: I'm bringing cookies and cake to celebrate. Then on Saturday morning we leave on vacation as I mentioned above.

On Sunday we've had a discussion about smartphone usage with our boys, as two of them are getting smartphones (used with a pre-paid card). The biggest worry is that they will spend too much time playing with the phones and not enough time doing other things, so we had to set down some rules. One rule is that at bed time the smartphone has to be in the living room or kitchen and absolutely not in their rooms. Eldest boy tried to sneak his up in his school bag, but his mother caught him. His fault really, when asked where his phone was he said "I don't know." which automatically raised our antenna, he just got the new toy two days ago and now he says he doesn't know where it is :hmm: pretty sure that's not true ;).

Apparently my boss and I are in some sort of silly t-shirt competition. Since it has started to get warm I've been wearing more geek t-shirts to the office (as long as we don't have customers). My t-shirts were gathering some attention by my co-workers. Then we noticed the boss started wearing some too, which got more comments. Yesterday I didn't wear a t-shirt but he did and he made some comment that I'm not going to win this competition. No idea where this came from but "Challenge Accepted". He's not in today, so normal t-shirt today, tomorrow I wear my "Sniper, you can run but you'll only die tired." t-shirt. My wife is also going to buy me some new ones :evil:




Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: wrack on May 31, 2017, 06:40:23 am
Hello there guys :wave: Sorry I have been away. This past few months have been real piece of work that I haven't had to do something like that in past 8-9 years. Looks like this whole year will be like this. I will try to come around often. :taz:

This (3 day) weekend has nothing decent on the calendar :( I'm almost toying with the idea of taking it easy though :nono:
Hope life is going well for you mate. :cheers:

Apparently my boss and I are in some sort of silly t-shirt competition. Since it has started to get warm I've been wearing more geek t-shirts to the office (as long as we don't have customers). My t-shirts were gathering some attention by my co-workers. Then we noticed the boss started wearing some too, which got more comments. Yesterday I didn't wear a t-shirt but he did and he made some comment that I'm not going to win this competition. No idea where this came from but "Challenge Accepted". He's not in today, so normal t-shirt today, tomorrow I wear my "Sniper, you can run but you'll only die tired." t-shirt. My wife is also going to buy me some new ones :evil:
That sounds awesome fun. :vader:

Some ideas for you :p
https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.nIYXeHINGYYhr6M6YyhF3wEiEs&pid=15.1
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/0c/42/e7/0c42e765ae320c74f9ab71836a592409.jpg
https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.hC7O3_-PQoSLy6QIcRre6wEsEe&pid=15.1
https://cdn-img-3.wanelo.com/p/bc1/620/1b9/e80c364fca05b6a74c54df0/full_size.jpg
https://smashingtops.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/geek_tshirt-13812.jpg
http://www.webdesigndev.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/tshirt-nerd.jpg
https://smashingtops.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/funny_geek_t_shirts_ctrl_z-p235164322725785084z850c_400.jpg


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on May 31, 2017, 08:18:51 am
Wrack!!  :yikes:

Glad to see you're still alive! Is this a large work project that has you so busy?

I'll take a look at your ideas. My wife is already buying me one that says "99 bugs in the code, 99 bugs!, take one down patch it around 101 bugs in the code."



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: wrack on June 01, 2017, 12:02:05 am
Wrack!!  :yikes:

Glad to see you're still alive! Is this a large work project that has you so busy?
Yeah, I am alive and well. Thank you.

Both the work and personal. My wife keeps telling me, after this thing no more stuff that adds more responsibility and I nod and then take it up due to, well me being me :fishslap:

I'll take a look at your ideas. My wife is already buying me one that says "99 bugs in the code, 99 bugs!, take one down patch it around 101 bugs in the code."
That sounds awesome.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on June 01, 2017, 08:02:57 pm
Yeah, I hate even sitting on the floor, not sure how well I would sleep on one.
I think for me it's more of a privacy thing. Maybe being the guy that would draw on the person that passed out first at a party has given me trust issues :sofa:


A tattoo of a little daisy?!? Well there goes your tough guy cred ;)
heh, I'm sure I've posted an image of it before.

http://stinkbugonline.com/me/daisies.jpg

Terrible picture, you can't really tell that the center of the flowers are a 1 & 3 pool ball. One of my good friends from high school was a tattooer, the guy that has recently done my chest (also ex-bandmate and often referred to here as turtle guy) was interested in tattooing, we were helping the first guy move late one night. First guy says "mike, lets do a big '8 ball' on you so I can show him how it works." I replied "duck that, man! Hold on," and grabbed a pen, drew a silly little daisy on the side of one of the moving boxes, "you can each do one of these!" and the rest was history. The color (and pool balls was added later).


All part of being a software developer.
I guess it makes me feel better to know that happens elsewhere too :p


My wife has a Windows phone and she's pretty happy with it. It's not such a big deal to switch carriers here.
For the most part, I love it. I like the MS "ecosystem," I like that I can take a picture with my phone and w/o any work on my part the file is already on my home desktop, work desktop, HTPC, and laptop, I like that I can make a note on my desktop and its on my phone (same with calendars although that seems to take some time to update...). However, I feel like I am missing out on things that just aren't available. Just last night a friend and I called our Ubers at the same time and his Uber app looked so much better... but the absolute worst part is my battery life... (especially since I HAVE to have my phone to get home :p )


The deli sounds like it's going well.
As far as I know it is. My mom has been there like three times now, everyone seems to love it. (I've only been once since it's opened :p )


Hope you had a nice three day weekend.
meh... as I mentioned in my last post, I didn't have anything on the calendar... Friday night I wound up going to my "ain't :poop: to do, I'll just see what's going on over here" venue... left after the first band :p Saturday I went to a show where I knew and like (but not a favorite or anything) one of the bands, they were playing 3rd out of 4... all the other bands were terrible and I left on the 4th band's first song.
Sunday however, the previous weekend I had told turtle guy I would help not remembering it was a holiday and that I had a daytime show on my calendar... Well, we got done at a decent hour (redesigned teh filtration system for teh 3rd or 4th time, I think we finally got it right) and I made it to the venue by 5:30 (event page said thing started at 2). A band I really like was playing, so I was worried I was going to miss them but there was still 1 band before them so that was awesome! On top of that, another band I really like was headlining, but it was not announced because the promoter wanted to see what draw the other bands had on their own. The show ended at 8 though and there was NOTHING else going on in town... so a friend of mine had a cooler of beers in his trunk and we drove to a dive bar sitting on their patio drinking those :p

Another meh thing about this weekend... So around the time galahtech was born, I had an ex-bandmate living on my couch. To date, I've known the guy for 22 years and during that time we've either been inseparable, or completely not talking. Some people in teh scene, when ever they would see me, would ask where he was and vice versa. Well... Friday morning I received word that he had a stroke... He was very well known in the scene, having played in many bands as well as being in one of the most popular local band for over 20 years so the entire scene was pretty bummed. Some were hopeful, but I've seen enough strokes to know how it goes... He passed Monday evening. I wound up having to turn my ringer off that night because people kept texting to check on me. :p No word yet on when the memorial service will be and there is going to be a benefit show in Aug that I imagine will be huge. One of his bands was scheduled for weekend after next (and the other bands are all friends too), they posted that they are still going to play because he would call them pussies if they didn't (and he totally would), I have a feeling it's going to be super emotional, but maybe feelings will subside a bit int he next 8 days.

This picture was taken a few weeks ago (the Saturday I went to three shows):
http://imgur.com/a/A8IPd
 

The end of May is coming fast, and that means the end of my probationary period with the company. :yay: I'm bringing cookies and cake to celebrate. Then on Saturday morning we leave on vacation as I mentioned above.
Awesome, congrats :yay:


On Sunday we've had a discussion about smartphone usage with our boys, as two of them are getting smartphones (used with a pre-paid card). The biggest worry is that they will spend too much time playing with the phones and not enough time doing other things, so we had to set down some rules. One rule is that at bed time the smartphone has to be in the living room or kitchen and absolutely not in their rooms. Eldest boy tried to sneak his up in his school bag, but his mother caught him. His fault really, when asked where his phone was he said "I don't know." which automatically raised our antenna, he just got the new toy two days ago and now he says he doesn't know where it is :hmm: pretty sure that's not true ;).
heh, parenting is so weird, so many things I don't have to think about. (For example, one time I accidentally go the "explicit" version of a CD for my Nephew's xmas present... my sister made me exchange it :lol: )


Apparently my boss and I are in some sort of silly t-shirt competition. Since it has started to get warm I've been wearing more geek t-shirts to the office (as long as we don't have customers). My t-shirts were gathering some attention by my co-workers. Then we noticed the boss started wearing some too, which got more comments. Yesterday I didn't wear a t-shirt but he did and he made some comment that I'm not going to win this competition. No idea where this came from but "Challenge Accepted". He's not in today, so normal t-shirt today, tomorrow I wear my "Sniper, you can run but you'll only die tired." t-shirt. My wife is also going to buy me some new ones :evil:
:rofl: Silly shirts are silly. My thing about them is that once you've worn/seen them once, it's done :p


Hello there guys :wave: Sorry I have been away. This past few months have been real piece of work that I haven't had to do something like that in past 8-9 years. Looks like this whole year will be like this. I will try to come around often. :taz:
Howdy stranger! Hopefully the rest of your year isn't bad and that something positive comes out of all this work.


Hope life is going well for you mate. :cheers:
So far so good, working & going to shows :cheers:


Yeah, I am alive and well. Thank you.

Both the work and personal. My wife keeps telling me, after this thing no more stuff that adds more responsibility and I nod and then take it up due to, well me being me :fishslap:
heh yup!

can y'all take a look at this and see if you have any ideas, or maybe able to help me rephrase the question (at this point I'm pretty lost on how it's going to work... seemed easy before I tried it) :

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/44296192/i-want-multiple-urls-to-point-to-a-single-aspx-site-and-be-able-to-determine-wh



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on June 02, 2017, 07:21:59 am
I think for me it's more of a privacy thing. Maybe being the guy that would draw on the person that passed out first at a party has given me trust issues :sofa:

Afraid of a little Karma :evil:.

heh, I'm sure I've posted an image of it before.

http://stinkbugonline.com/me/daisies.jpg

Terrible picture, you can't really tell that the center of the flowers are a 1 & 3 pool ball. One of my good friends from high school was a tattooer, the guy that has recently done my chest (also ex-bandmate and often referred to here as turtle guy) was interested in tattooing, we were helping the first guy move late one night. First guy says "mike, lets do a big '8 ball' on you so I can show him how it works." I replied "duck that, man! Hold on," and grabbed a pen, drew a silly little daisy on the side of one of the moving boxes, "you can each do one of these!" and the rest was history. The color (and pool balls was added later).

I was just trying to cheese you a bit. Anyone who's willing to sit still and let someone run a bunch of needles across their skin are tough enough ;)

For the most part, I love it. I like the MS "ecosystem," I like that I can take a picture with my phone and w/o any work on my part the file is already on my home desktop, work desktop, HTPC, and laptop, I like that I can make a note on my desktop and its on my phone (same with calendars although that seems to take some time to update...). However, I feel like I am missing out on things that just aren't available. Just last night a friend and I called our Ubers at the same time and his Uber app looked so much better... but the absolute worst part is my battery life... (especially since I HAVE to have my phone to get home :p )


My wife also complains about battery life. Mostly she compares her smart phone to her old clap phone. Older phones held charge longer because they had less going on under the hood.

As far as I know it is. My mom has been there like three times now, everyone seems to love it. (I've only been once since it's opened :p )

I guess with your diet that kind of makes sense. It's also further away isn't it?

meh... as I mentioned in my last post, I didn't have anything on the calendar... Friday night I wound up going to my "ain't :poop: to do, I'll just see what's going on over here" venue... left after the first band :p Saturday I went to a show where I knew and like (but not a favorite or anything) one of the bands, they were playing 3rd out of 4... all the other bands were terrible and I left on the 4th band's first song.
Sunday however, the previous weekend I had told turtle guy I would help not remembering it was a holiday and that I had a daytime show on my calendar... Well, we got done at a decent hour (redesigned teh filtration system for teh 3rd or 4th time, I think we finally got it right) and I made it to the venue by 5:30 (event page said thing started at 2). A band I really like was playing, so I was worried I was going to miss them but there was still 1 band before them so that was awesome! On top of that, another band I really like was headlining, but it was not announced because the promoter wanted to see what draw the other bands had on their own. The show ended at 8 though and there was NOTHING else going on in town... so a friend of mine had a cooler of beers in his trunk and we drove to a dive bar sitting on their patio drinking those :p

Another meh thing about this weekend... So around the time galahtech was born, I had an ex-bandmate living on my couch. To date, I've known the guy for 22 years and during that time we've either been inseparable, or completely not talking. Some people in teh scene, when ever they would see me, would ask where he was and vice versa. Well... Friday morning I received word that he had a stroke... He was very well known in the scene, having played in many bands as well as being in one of the most popular local band for over 20 years so the entire scene was pretty bummed. Some were hopeful, but I've seen enough strokes to know how it goes... He passed Monday evening. I wound up having to turn my ringer off that night because people kept texting to check on me. :p No word yet on when the memorial service will be and there is going to be a benefit show in Aug that I imagine will be huge. One of his bands was scheduled for weekend after next (and the other bands are all friends too), they posted that they are still going to play because he would call them pussies if they didn't (and he totally would), I have a feeling it's going to be super emotional, but maybe feelings will subside a bit int he next 8 days.

This picture was taken a few weeks ago (the Saturday I went to three shows):
http://imgur.com/a/A8IPd

Sorry to hear about your friend. That's probably the thing I hate most about getting older. Hearing about friends that have died, and thinking "... but we're not that old!". 

heh, parenting is so weird, so many things I don't have to think about. (For example, one time I accidentally go the "explicit" version of a CD for my Nephew's xmas present... my sister made me exchange it :lol: )

Funny enough, while we don't encourage bad language, we don't really shy away from it. I've been known to drop the F-bomb around my kids, my wife sometimes will take issue if I do it too much but usually it just slides through. We're more worried about habits that are worse on their social standing like not paying attention to others and focusing on things.


:rofl: Silly shirts are silly. My thing about them is that once you've worn/seen them once, it's done :p

My first few months in the office were in the winter so I wore long sleeve button up shirts mostly. Then when I started noticing others wearing t-shirts I would wear one once in a while. They started getting noticed a little at a time so many people didn't register at first that I was wearing something silly. Now that it's early summer and hot, I'm wearing t-shirts every day. It gets noticed, and gives my wife something for gifts for birthdays, anniversaries etc.

Speaking of anniversaries my wife is awesome. Yesterday I showed her that Lego is comming out with a Saturn V set with exactly 1969 pieces for about 120 Euros. She suggested we could get it for our anniversary in July. :D

can y'all take a look at this and see if you have any ideas, or maybe able to help me rephrase the question (at this point I'm pretty lost on how it's going to work... seemed easy before I tried it) :

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/44296192/i-want-multiple-urls-to-point-to-a-single-aspx-site-and-be-able-to-determine-wh



Sorry that's ASP no idea about what you were talking about :P


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on June 02, 2017, 07:31:18 pm
Afraid of a little Karma :evil:.
exactly! plus, back in teh day i showered like once a month... now it's twice a day (at least) and I think this is an outdoor thing so gonna want a shower even more :p Pretty sure I just talked myself into booking a room (I need to talk to the guys and firm up some details first. I kind of want to back out of it because the singer of my first band started a new band around last xmas (he hasn't been in a band since hte late 90s) and their first show will be happening that weekend.


I was just trying to cheese you a bit. Anyone who's willing to sit still and let someone run a bunch of needles across their skin are tough enough ;)
heh yeah, I didn't take it as serious. That's kind of why I have them, to be like "yeah, I've got all these skulls and punk rock imagery... and some pretty little daisies"


My wife also complains about battery life. Mostly she compares her smart phone to her old clap phone. Older phones held charge longer because they had less going on under the hood.
I make sure to have a full charge before i go out, sometimes if I'm just going to a random show and it's bad or dead I'll actually wind up reading a book and I have to be careful not to run out of battery :p Also if I wind up texting a lot or otherwise using my phone (pics vid etc). I have two different battery backups that I might start carrying (which would be easy to do in "winter" when I have a jacket rather than finding room in my tight jeans).


I guess with your diet that kind of makes sense. It's also further away isn't it?
heh, not really on a diet anymore (i guess i've just adopted better habits) and their food is pretty healthy but yeah, it's the distance. It's an hour away and she still lives up here and commutes (totally hates it). When she does move I'll probably start going down there more often.


Sorry to hear about your friend. That's probably the thing I hate most about getting older. Hearing about friends that have died, and thinking "... but we're not that old!". 
Thanks. Unfortunately death has no age minimum, I think I was in Jr High when I lost my first close personal friend.


Funny enough, while we don't encourage bad language, we don't really shy away from it. I've been known to drop the F-bomb around my kids, my wife sometimes will take issue if I do it too much but usually it just slides through. We're more worried about habits that are worse on their social standing like not paying attention to others and focusing on things.
Yeah, I think religion probably has a lot to do with it. I always razz my mom about using "substitutions" (like "darn it").


Speaking of anniversaries my wife is awesome. Yesterday I showed her that Lego is comming out with a Saturn V set with exactly 1969 pieces for about 120 Euros. She suggested we could get it for our anniversary in July. :D
That does sound awesome!


Sorry that's ASP no idea about what you were talking about :P
heh, that's part of the issue in trying to figure it out... I'm not sure if it's code, server, host, or registrar.


Barely staying awake...
This past Wednesday I decided to go see a friend play an early show (8-9pm) and as I was getting ready to go out I saw that another band I have friends in was playing elsewhere at 10:30, so I figure that's not too bad... When I walk in, the bar tender says "Mr Simmons, you're in luck, we have $2 lone stars tonight." ... (The fact that I'm known by name is a bad sign already). The show was delayed an hour but the next day wasn't too rough.
Thursday evening I get a text from some Texas City friends that they are in town for a show... I said "I don't think I'm coming out, I was out last night and I have a meeting in the morning, but I might surprise you." Well they were surprised :p We wound up going out to eat after too... which is both bad for my diet (i guess i dont consider myself on a diet cos it's really that i just cut out bad habits like that (mostly)) and losing sleep time... so yeah... I'm going straight to bed after work :yawn: nothing exciting on the calendar tonight, but some friends I rarely see play (cos they usually play weeknights and it's not my genre (kindof Tejano)) is playing at a small dive bar I like.





Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on June 07, 2017, 09:57:11 pm
so yeah... I'm going straight to bed after work :yawn: nothing exciting on the calendar tonight, but some friends I rarely see play (cos they usually play weeknights and it's not my genre (kindof Tejano)) is playing at a small dive bar I like.

Double Post!

Slept for nearly 30 minutes after work :p I'm a pro at napping, no alarms, 15-30 mins and I'm good to go after. (Sometimes I can't manage to fall asleep though.) Went to the Tejano'ish show, they typically play two sets but a friend met me there and I think he was board. The only other thing was a Cheap Trick cover band (at my 2nd fav venue) so we went over there. It was actually pretty good :lol: Wasn't very many people and we wound up hanging out with the bartender[ese]s for a bit after... I wasn't sure I was going to be able to handle it when they started pouring whiskey, but I wasn't going to say no :sofa: Things stayed down though, we even grabbed a bite to eat (just me & friend, we left the bartenders to their cleaning) after :p

Saturday one of the younger guys in the scene (late 20s? early 30s?) who I know, but not well, was having a bar-b-q at his place. The underlying theme was to be around friends of my friend that recently passed (but we really didn't bring him up). On Friday I bought a case of beer to take, plus I had a half case from one night at the tattoo shop (I typically leave whatever we don't drink at the shop, but they had plenty). When the time came to go, my "social anxiety" really started up... Going to a show alone is one thing because there is a central focus (or I'll even pull out a book (on my phone)), but going to a party where I barely know the host and may not know anyone else? ... Well I managed to talk myself into it, quite a few of my acquaintances are due to the guy that passed, so I told myself I can't ride his coattails anymore, I have to make and maintain my own friendships from now on. It went well. At first there were only like 6 people, one was a guy I've seen at shows and have said a few words to, he and I chatted for at least an hour. As more & more people started rolling in, a guy showed up who was in the same boat as I, but he knew me (still not that well) so he kind of latched on. His band is playing this Friday (along with a 3 other bands full on my friends (one of which is my deceased friend's band)) so I'm looking forward to that.
When it got later (8 or 9) I went home to change (was a little sweaty being outside) then off to a small venue where a guy I know was DJing. Met the guy I hung out with Friday night there and we headed to see a band at a house party (picking up beer on the way). I didn't realize there were three bands or I would have insisted we go earlier! Totally like the band we just missed... it was so hot & humid in the house though so we hung out outside... till the cops showed up... cop walks up to me, asks where the homeowner is, I say "she's inside." He pulls out his light, shines it on me, then at the case of beer/empties at my feet and says, "I can take you in, or you can move along." So of course I say "ok, we're gone." and we left :p

Been a while since I was at a party that got busted by the cops :lol:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on June 11, 2017, 06:52:49 pm

Been a while since I was at a party that got busted by the cops :lol:

:rofl: Never happened to me before. I guess I'm too much of an angel :angel:

And we're back from Vacation. It was a fun time, lots of mountains to see, and some gorgeous landscapes. Austria is really pretty. The boys have said they would like to go again.

First couple of days the weather was meh, but the last couple of days the weather was perfect.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on June 12, 2017, 08:15:06 pm
:rofl: Never happened to me before. I guess I'm too much of an angel :angel:
As a musician, it's old hat :p


And we're back from Vacation. It was a fun time, lots of mountains to see, and some gorgeous landscapes. Austria is really pretty. The boys have said they would like to go again.
Were the hills alive with the sound of music?


First couple of days the weather was meh, but the last couple of days the weather was perfect.
Glad it cleared up!


Whew this weekend was action packed!
Friday straight from work I went to get a hair cut, grabbed some fast food on the way home and was back out by 8. Only one show but it was a fun one, all the bands were local, and they were all friends. The opening band was a newer one that my friend who recently passed was playing with. The show was on the calendar way before that happened, they had two guitarists so just played with one, first time playing without him. About 1/3rd of the way through their set... the bassist's pace maker (he doesn't seem that old, but he is pretty "heavy" (to use my grandmother's terms)) shocked him 4 times. Rescue squad was called, they said he was OK, he wanted to come back out and finish the set but they said he should go to the ER for a more thorough checkup. Show ended around midnight and after socializing a bit everyone was saying they were going to a certain bar. I rode with a gal I know and after we got there everyone started texting us saying they weren't coming :doh: She and I drank till close, making random conversation with others on the patio.

After a few hours sleep, I had to get up to work on the green house project :yawn: We got three of the twelve aquariums (6 for turtles, 6 for frogs) drilled and plumbed before I had to go. My friend who recently passed was the guitarist for the biggest band in town (for the past 23 years, he had recently joined when he also joined my old punk band in 94) and they had a show, also on the books for months, also first time playing without him. They too had two guitarists but their other one was out of state (they were going to play with just the one) so what they did was had two guys learn eight of their songs. One guy was a very close friend and it was freaky how much it was like seeing our missing friend up there. The other guy was someone that our friend looked up to (it's funny how modest that guy is too, he was actually nervous to get up there). Overall it was a great show:
http://www.houstonpress.com/slideshow/saint-arnold-packs-the-house-for-its-epic-23rd-anniversary-party-in-houston-9517560

I got there a couple hours early to socialize because as soon as they finished their last song I was calling my Uber to hit the next stop. Earlier that week one of the younger (18yrs old) members of the scene messaged me about his new band's show, so I felt like I should support them. It was a little "metal" for my tastes but I liked them. I figured the rest of the show was going to be just outside my tastes and I didn't know anyone there, so after their set I headed over to another venue where the "surf rock" band I've seen a few times was playing. I think I was home by 1 am that night :p

Back up again Sunday morning to work on three more aquariums. Turtle guy had a place to be so we quit "early" at around 2:30 so I headed home for a quick shower then down to Galveston but I didn't make it to the deli in time to eat, so I just took chick out to dinner instead. When I finally made it home I was too exhausted to do any freelance... Even went to bed early :lol:



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on June 14, 2017, 02:36:24 pm
Were the hills alive with the sound of music?

Funny that you would ask that as we were indeed in Salzburg, for one day, where Sound of Music was filmed (at least partially). It's absolutely their number 1 way of attracting American tourists :p

Whew this weekend was action packed!
Friday straight from work I went to get a hair cut, grabbed some fast food on the way home and was back out by 8. Only one show but it was a fun one, all the bands were local, and they were all friends. The opening band was a newer one that my friend who recently passed was playing with. The show was on the calendar way before that happened, they had two guitarists so just played with one, first time playing without him. About 1/3rd of the way through their set... the bassist's pace maker (he doesn't seem that old, but he is pretty "heavy" (to use my grandmother's terms)) shocked him 4 times. Rescue squad was called, they said he was OK, he wanted to come back out and finish the set but they said he should go to the ER for a more thorough checkup. Show ended around midnight and after socializing a bit everyone was saying they were going to a certain bar. I rode with a gal I know and after we got there everyone started texting us saying they weren't coming :doh: She and I drank till close, making random conversation with others on the patio.
I've never seen anyone shocked by their pace maker. Do they jump or something?

After a few hours sleep, I had to get up to work on the green house project :yawn: We got three of the twelve aquariums (6 for turtles, 6 for frogs) drilled and plumbed before I had to go. My friend who recently passed was the guitarist for the biggest band in town (for the past 23 years, he had recently joined when he also joined my old punk band in 94) and they had a show, also on the books for months, also first time playing without him. They too had two guitarists but their other one was out of state (they were going to play with just the one) so what they did was had two guys learn eight of their songs. One guy was a very close friend and it was freaky how much it was like seeing our missing friend up there. The other guy was someone that our friend looked up to (it's funny how modest that guy is too, he was actually nervous to get up there). Overall it was a great show:
http://www.houstonpress.com/slideshow/saint-arnold-packs-the-house-for-its-epic-23rd-anniversary-party-in-houston-9517560

I got there a couple hours early to socialize because as soon as they finished their last song I was calling my Uber to hit the next stop. Earlier that week one of the younger (18yrs old) members of the scene messaged me about his new band's show, so I felt like I should support them. It was a little "metal" for my tastes but I liked them. I figured the rest of the show was going to be just outside my tastes and I didn't know anyone there, so after their set I headed over to another venue where the "surf rock" band I've seen a few times was playing. I think I was home by 1 am that night :p
Sounds like you're a role model for the next generation punks.

Back up again Sunday morning to work on three more aquariums. Turtle guy had a place to be so we quit "early" at around 2:30 so I headed home for a quick shower then down to Galveston but I didn't make it to the deli in time to eat, so I just took chick out to dinner instead. When I finally made it home I was too exhausted to do any freelance... Even went to bed early :lol:

Well no wonder with all the shows you had been going to :p

We're not doing a lot right now. I start work again on the 19th so just trying to get my last bit of relaxing done. My wife and I are kind of working on a bit of a writing project together after an idea I had some years ago started to pop up again, and I discussed it with her. Still the early stages, and most likely will be pushed back again eventually, but we've been having fun coming up with characters.

The boys are enjoying their time out of school. They'll go back to school same time I start work again. They don't like it that we make them do some extra school practice during vacation, but if we don't they just forget everything, and if you want to do well in school here you have to work at it.

My wife is thinking about changing software for her billing. Here in Germany most midwives use a specific piece of software to track and send their bills. It's been around for a long time, and looks like it too (Remember Multiple Document Interface (window in a window?)) They don't use MDI correctly, basically a series of Dialog screens and such. Really ugly but since everyone knows how to use it, they are afraid to change it. Anyway, the software is made to install on your local Windows machine. A new offer from a different company looks to move the information as a web application. The only problem I see is that the data you are storing is pretty sensitive personal data about the woman who the midwife cares for. The kind of thing you don't want ever accessed by someone who is not authorized. The company's documentation talks about storing the data in a Secure Server Facility, and that all interaction between the user and the server is over SSL. The problem I'm seeing is that the data is probably stored as plain text in the database, which would make me wary. She's going to ask some questions of the company to see what they do to prevent unauthorized access (hacking) from revealing sensitive personal data.



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on June 14, 2017, 05:49:39 pm
Funny that you would ask that
:lol: glad it was funny, I figured it would be met with a groan :rolleyes:


It's absolutely their number 1 way of attracting American tourists :p
Yup, when I hear Austria I think of one of three things.


I've never seen anyone shocked by their pace maker. Do they jump or something?
Well he was rocking out while playing. This was the third time I've seen them and it was the most "active" I've seen him get. He said it went off four times so I don't know if it was spaced out (they played 3 songs so like 10 minutes) or in rapid succession. After one song ended he took off his bass and gave the "give me a min" hand gesture, then leaned over his amp clutching his chest so I assumed was having breathing trouble (I didn't know he had a pace maker). I've heard it makes some people pass out.


Sounds like you're a role model for the next generation punks.
It's kind of weird :unsure: Nearly a year ago I was at a show, the genre wasn't punk but they have obvious punk roots (I know the guys from 22 years ago when they were a punk band and played a show with mine). On occasion when I go to non-punk shows, I wear a punk band shirt (typically I just wear a plain black shirt), and I happened to be that night, as a result these kids approached me. We talked for a bit and I was happy to hear "my flavor" of punk was still around. They were in a different band at that time and the two are now is separate bands (I've seen the other one's band a couple times now but we never talk (except once or twice when I messaged to see what time they were on (since I'm always juggling shows))) so when the the one I saw last week messaged me I felt I should go (he messaged me a day or two after thanking me for going too).
When I was his age, I don't recall anyone in the scene with that large of an age difference (Then again, punk wasn't a thing that long before :lol: I am friends with quite a few now that were there in the beginning of the scene but I don't recall ever seeing them before I moved back which is kind of weird). A lot of the punks that were just a few years older were really :poop:ty to [turtle guy] and I though :p We're all cool now (and they feel bad) and it's kind of funny cos I'll bring it up just to make them feel bad :lol:


Well no wonder with all the shows you had been going to :p
Yeah, not just shows but working in the greenhouse and the drive to/from Galveston... I have a lot on the calendar this weekend too, but at least my Saturday doesn't start till 3 pm.


We're not doing a lot right now. I start work again on the 19th so just trying to get my last bit of relaxing done.
Damn, you still have 5 more days! I really can't even imagine... Hell, even when I'm not in the office I'm working on freelance (unless going out or hanging w/chick) :p


My wife and I are kind of working on a bit of a writing project together after an idea I had some years ago started to pop up again, and I discussed it with her. Still the early stages, and most likely will be pushed back again eventually, but we've been having fun coming up with characters.
That really sounds awesome! Good luck and more importantly, have fun! :yay:


The boys are enjoying their time out of school. They'll go back to school same time I start work again. They don't like it that we make them do some extra school practice during vacation, but if we don't they just forget everything, and if you want to do well in school here you have to work at it.
heh, I think my mom tried to do that with me but I wouldn't stand for it (and I "got away" with whatever I wanted so it didn't stick).


My wife is thinking about changing software for her billing. Here in Germany most midwives use a specific piece of software to track and send their bills. It's been around for a long time, and looks like it too (Remember Multiple Document Interface (window in a window?)) They don't use MDI correctly, basically a series of Dialog screens and such. Really ugly but since everyone knows how to use it, they are afraid to change it.
The age old (no pun intended) conundrum. I still remember the push back on replacing the software that I replaced back in 2005... the accountants (note:plural) had to work late at least once a week, tensions were always high, etc... but they bitched about the change over so much... Once we finally moved over to my software the remaining accountant (people are scared about robots taking jobs? I've been writing people out of jobs for 17 years :sofa: ) never had to work overtime again.



Anyway, the software is made to install on your local Windows machine. A new offer from a different company looks to move the information as a web application.
As a web developer, I love that everything is going cloud.



The only problem I see is that the data you are storing is pretty sensitive personal data about the woman who the midwife cares for. The kind of thing you don't want ever accessed by someone who is not authorized. The company's documentation talks about storing the data in a Secure Server Facility, and that all interaction between the user and the server is over SSL. The problem I'm seeing is that the data is probably stored as plain text in the database, which would make me wary. She's going to ask some questions of the company to see what they do to prevent unauthorized access (hacking) from revealing sensitive personal data.
PCI compliance is the key phrase you want to hear here. I've recently gone though the process (in fact, have an "audit" today) and it really does signify that the data is secure. There are so many checks & balances in place to ensure that the data is safe from external as well as internal. It really only pertains to credit card data but I think the processes cause the rest of the data to be secure as a byproduct.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on June 17, 2017, 08:22:08 am
PCI compliance is the key phrase you want to hear here. I've recently gone though the process (in fact, have an "audit" today) and it really does signify that the data is secure. There are so many checks & balances in place to ensure that the data is safe from external as well as internal. It really only pertains to credit card data but I think the processes cause the rest of the data to be secure as a byproduct.

I'm not sure what the German requirements for protection of private data while stored in a database. They do have requirements for the encryption of such data during transmission. This is different data than your credit card number however, this is like very personal private information. Things like how often has the woman been pregnant, and how many times has she actually delivered. Also other very personal medical information that most people just don't want out there in the open. Right now the biggest likelihood for unauthorized release of this information is while it is stored statically. You don't here much about intercepted passwords for sites, as much as you hear about someone stealing a user database and reversing the hashes for the passwords. This is the kind of thing that is worrisome in this kind of application.

I understand the problem of storing data encrypted in a database, you can't really search through it, and encrypting and decrypting data structures could be time consuming, however, there needs to be a facility that reduces the possibility that if someone gets through to the database, they don't just have access to important data that's stored there in plain text because everyone figures it's unlikely that someone will hack the site.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on June 18, 2017, 11:25:41 am
Double post just wanted to share my Father's day gift https://imgur.com/gallery/bdw6Z7


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on June 20, 2017, 04:13:22 pm
Right now the biggest likelihood for unauthorized release of this information is while it is stored statically.
Yeah, the "at rest" encryption could be an issue if the data needs to be searchable.


Double post just wanted to share my Father's day gift https://imgur.com/gallery/bdw6Z7
Awesome :yay:


Had an ok weekend.

Friday the drummer from one of my favorite local bands (that never plays cos one of their members is in a band that tours a lot) texted me to let me know they were playing... unfortunately it was at the house where I got kicked out that one time :p I told him I didn't think I was welcome back there and he said "that was months ago, I'm sure they've forgotten." but I still didn't want to show up with beer to find out they had not forgotten :sofa:
I texted another friend who's band was playing to see what time they went on and he says "9, I'll put you on the guest list." so that made my decision easier :lol: I got there a little late so only saw a few songs (I wasn't expecting them to open, they are kind of big) and the band that was after them was teeeeerrrrrrible... basically a 90s cover band with a failed elvis gimmick...  They must have a great publicist to have gotten the venue to book them as well as having my friends band open... there were only a handful of people there and most of who was with us popped over to a different venue to see some other bands.

Saturday was the memorial for my friend who recently passed. It wasn't your typical memorial though, it was hosted at a venue where his band played every xmas for the past 22 years. People brought food and there were two kegs of beer (1 lone star, 1 "local ipa" (which I can't drink, or at least not when it's 3 pm and I have three other shows I plan to hit)) that didn't last long (of course there was a bar too). I saw some people that I haven't seen in over 20 years and it was good to catch up with people. I arrived at teh same time as the bassist in his band (that band and the band he & I were in 22 yrs ago shared a practice room so I know them well) so I helped carry his gear in (no one played, but we set his gear up on stage next to a screen that was playing a slideshow of pictures), was pretty surreal thinking how that will be the last time I ever load in for him.
As mentioned, I was planing to hit three other venues (I knew it was a pretty ambitious plan) but there were a few others that wanted to come along and by the time we got everyone on the same page the time had passed to see who I wanted at the first two so we just hit the third. Strolled up just as some friends were loading in so we each grabbed a piece of gear and walked in the side door :p I still wound up with about $100 in bar tabs :doh:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on June 27, 2017, 04:13:52 am
Yesterday, my insanity level hit the overdrive. I decided that I was going to ride my bike to and from work, and I did it. Slept like a rock last night too. My office is just about 23km (~14.3 miles) from home. I had expected it to take me about an hour and half but it ended up being a little over an hour both ways.

This morning my legs are still a little tired, but other than that I'm fit. I slept so well last night, which has been rare for the last few weeks. So that was nice. Funny enough riding my bike that long made me like crazy hungry.

Oh and at the grocery store yesterday I saw something that seems to be like a Moonpie. Smaller but has the same graham cracker like cookie inside with marshmallow and covered in chocolate.

 


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on June 29, 2017, 08:34:11 pm
Yesterday, my insanity level hit the overdrive. I decided that I was going to ride my bike to and from work, and I did it. Slept like a rock last night too. My office is just about 23km (~14.3 miles) from home. I had expected it to take me about an hour and half but it ended up being a little over an hour both ways.
But don't you get all sweaty? That's the main reason I won't do that here. It is only a 6 min drive so I can't imagine it would take more than 15 mins on bike, but I would be soaking wet :sweat:

I have some acquaintances (friends of friends, I see them at shows on occasion) that will post their gps app screen shots of their rides to & from Galveston which is like 50 miles... I can't understand that at all...


This morning my legs are still a little tired, but other than that I'm fit. I slept so well last night, which has been rare for the last few weeks. So that was nice. Funny enough riding my bike that long made me like crazy hungry.
heh, that's part of why I quit riding my exercise bike, felt like it was defeating the purpose as it made me eat. :yum:


Oh and at the grocery store yesterday I saw something that seems to be like a Moonpie. Smaller but has the same graham cracker like cookie inside with marshmallow and covered in chocolate.
Sounds like a s'more.


Didn't do anything too exciting last weekend.
Friday an ollllld friend's wife got tattooed so I went up there for a bit. Left to see a friend's band play. I was interested in hearing the 2nd (of two) bands but after a song or two I was ready to move on. The friend who played, his gf, and I went to the next venue and we got there just as the band we wanted to see (which was also the last band) got off stage :doh: We had a drink there and then I rode with that band to the next spot (in hindsight I feel a little bad for taking off on aforementioned friend and his gf, but I think they were heading home anyway before I suggested the show) which was just a regular bar. I ran into I guy I've known for a while but I only see him when he is playing so I stayed there chatting w/him while the band I rode there with hit yet another spot :p
Saturday was just a mediocre show, I didn't even make it to the end before I was yawning my head off :yawn: but Sunday made up for it with a fairly early show full of good local bands.

Went to a show last night, stayed too late and drank too much... not too happy with myself today :p 1.5 hours left in the workday, hoping I can catch a little nap before company comes over :p

[update]
Just got a raise :shock: it's a 10th of what I wanted (3%) but the fact that it came without my asking makes it special. We're currently interviewing more sales people so in theory our revenue will increase and therefore salaries, so it's good enough for now.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on July 03, 2017, 05:22:41 pm
But don't you get all sweaty? That's the main reason I won't do that here. It is only a 6 min drive so I can't imagine it would take more than 15 mins on bike, but I would be soaking wet :sweat:

I have some acquaintances (friends of friends, I see them at shows on occasion) that will post their gps app screen shots of their rides to & from Galveston which is like 50 miles... I can't understand that at all...
Yes I do sweat, but I carry clean clothes, a towel, a washrag, and some deo and I give myself a sponge bath after I arrive at the office. That's usually enough to get the stink off of me so that I can work without disturbing my co-worker.


heh, that's part of why I quit riding my exercise bike, felt like it was defeating the purpose as it made me eat. :yum:

It all depends on what you eat in this case. I've been trying to focus on eating more proteins after a long ride instead of starches. Hopefully then I'm not replacing all the fat I just burned ;)

Sounds like a s'more.

Well that's basically what a moon pie is more or less. Except that the chocolate is on the outside.

Didn't do anything too exciting last weekend.
Friday an ollllld friend's wife got tattooed so I went up there for a bit. Left to see a friend's band play. I was interested in hearing the 2nd (of two) bands but after a song or two I was ready to move on. The friend who played, his gf, and I went to the next venue and we got there just as the band we wanted to see (which was also the last band) got off stage :doh: We had a drink there and then I rode with that band to the next spot (in hindsight I feel a little bad for taking off on aforementioned friend and his gf, but I think they were heading home anyway before I suggested the show) which was just a regular bar. I ran into I guy I've known for a while but I only see him when he is playing so I stayed there chatting w/him while the band I rode there with hit yet another spot :p
Saturday was just a mediocre show, I didn't even make it to the end before I was yawning my head off :yawn: but Sunday made up for it with a fairly early show full of good local bands.

Went to a show last night, stayed too late and drank too much... not too happy with myself today :p 1.5 hours left in the workday, hoping I can catch a little nap before company comes over :p

We were in Bayreuth this weekend as a family gatherings. Bayreuth is best known as being the home of Richard Wagner the Opera writer. The city was pretty nice and my wife and I are considering another visit, possibly without children, sometime in the future. There are plenty of things to see there. 

[update]
Just got a raise :shock: it's a 10th of what I wanted (3%) but the fact that it came without my asking makes it special. We're currently interviewing more sales people so in theory our revenue will increase and therefore salaries, so it's good enough for now.
:shock: Hey that's better than a boot to the head. I didn't get the raise I was hoping for but I did get an offer. Basically I'm going to be the "ideas" guy for our SAP development, and I should come up with ideas for new products that can integrate into SAP. As an incentive for the next 12 months every new SAP customer we get I get Ä2000. So if I we get 2 SAP customers then I get up to the raise that I was wanting. I'm still happy with my situation so I'll rev up my brain muscles for ideas ;).


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on July 06, 2017, 09:46:03 pm
Yes I do sweat, but I carry clean clothes, a towel, a washrag, and some deo and I give myself a sponge bath after I arrive at the office. That's usually enough to get the stink off of me so that I can work without disturbing my co-worker.
I think i would feel gross all day. Funny how much I've changed since my punk rock days :p


It all depends on what you eat in this case. I've been trying to focus on eating more proteins after a long ride instead of starches. Hopefully then I'm not replacing all the fat I just burned ;)
Yeah, I think I was eating cereal ("healthy" cereal supposedly high in protein though). I keep telling myself I need to get back to being strict with my diet and working out a bit... but just haven't.


We were in Bayreuth this weekend as a family gatherings. Bayreuth is best known as being the home of Richard Wagner the Opera writer. The city was pretty nice and my wife and I are considering another visit, possibly without children, sometime in the future. There are plenty of things to see there. 
Sounds fun!


:shock: Hey that's better than a boot to the head. I didn't get the raise I was hoping for but I did get an offer.
Kind of, I was going to ask for quite a bit more in a couple weeks (or at least that's what I've been telling myself) and don't feel like I can now :p but I guess I'll just tell myself they wouldn't have been able to give me what I was going to ask for anyway (and save that number for when we have more clients).


Basically I'm going to be the "ideas" guy for our SAP development, and I should come up with ideas for new products that can integrate into SAP. As an incentive for the next 12 months every new SAP customer we get I get Ä2000. So if I we get 2 SAP customers then I get up to the raise that I was wanting. I'm still happy with my situation so I'll rev up my brain muscles for ideas ;).
Sounds like a good incentive!


Well (not counting the food poisoning) I think it's been 6 months since I've been sick, so I was due :p Same exact sickness too... starts with a sore throat, then fever & congestion, now just a lingering cough... I'm on the mend now though!


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on July 15, 2017, 12:03:21 pm
I think i would feel gross all day. Funny how much I've changed since my punk rock days :p

:lol: yeah I'm not one to take showers everyday. I do try to at least sponge bath at least once a day, and take showers a couple of times a week. Saves money on water ;) besides showering too much isn't so good for your skin.

Yeah, I think I was eating cereal ("healthy" cereal supposedly high in protein though). I keep telling myself I need to get back to being strict with my diet and working out a bit... but just haven't.

Yeah cereal is full of carbs and those turn to sugar which add fat. That's why I try not to eat carbs after 5pm, because after 5 I'm not doing anything to burn them off.

Kind of, I was going to ask for quite a bit more in a couple weeks (or at least that's what I've been telling myself) and don't feel like I can now :p but I guess I'll just tell myself they wouldn't have been able to give me what I was going to ask for anyway (and save that number for when we have more clients).

Good idea, once it looks like they are getting more clients then comeback and say something.

Well (not counting the food poisoning) I think it's been 6 months since I've been sick, so I was due :p Same exact sickness too... starts with a sore throat, then fever & congestion, now just a lingering cough... I'm on the mend now though!

I'm actually doing pretty good. I've had some headaches and nights where I don't sleep but other than that I'm doing fine. (Knock on wood).

Next weekend is our wedding anniversary, hard to believe we've been married for 14 years now.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on July 17, 2017, 05:08:41 am
Double Post!

Here was our Sunday afternoon project with the family.

(http://i.imgur.com/jSGZVW3.jpg)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on July 18, 2017, 05:27:56 pm
:lol: yeah I'm not one to take showers everyday. I do try to at least sponge bath at least once a day, and take showers a couple of times a week. Saves money on water ;) besides showering too much isn't so good for your skin.
heh, and I'm over here taking two a day most days :p


Yeah cereal is full of carbs and those turn to sugar which add fat. That's why I try not to eat carbs after 5pm, because after 5 I'm not doing anything to burn them off.
Ah yeah, good point. Even though its "healthy" cereal, it's got plenty of carbs: https://www.kashi.com/our-foods/cold-cereal/kashi-golean-original-cereal


Good idea, once it looks like they are getting more clients then comeback and say something.
Yup, that's kinda what kept me from asking from the get go, since I wrote the accounting software I can see our revenue (I don't know our overhead so not sure what the boss' profit is (if any)) and was hoping to see it climbing but it hasn't (yet).


I'm actually doing pretty good. I've had some headaches and nights where I don't sleep but other than that I'm doing fine. (Knock on wood).
My illness is all done, just barely coughing at this point :yay:


Next weekend is our wedding anniversary, hard to believe we've been married for 14 years now.
wow, congrats!


Double Post!

Here was our Sunday afternoon project with the family.
That is awesome! I've seen one in person at the nearby Nasa facility that I used to visit as a kid. Went there a few years ago and it didn't have quite the same magic, probably on my end, not theirs though.




Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on July 21, 2017, 05:54:25 pm
It's the beginning of our crazy weekend:

Today we had the Summer Party for our eldest son's school.
Tomorrow we have: my wife has a class to give, the Summer Party for our other sons' school, our anniversary (so dinner)
Sunday my middle son officially becomes an Alter Boy at the church.
Monday our youngest son has his name's day party with other children where we are doing experiments, and middle son has a book report to give.

Monday is also vacation for me, I've taken 2 weeks off. :D


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on July 24, 2017, 02:45:35 pm
It's the beginning of our crazy weekend:

Today we had the Summer Party for our eldest son's school.
Tomorrow we have: my wife has a class to give, the Summer Party for our other sons' school, our anniversary (so dinner)
Sunday my middle son officially becomes an Alter Boy at the church.
Monday our youngest son has his name's day party with other children where we are doing experiments, and middle son has a book report to give.
Sounds exciting!

(I didn't know what a "name's day" was so I looked it up, pretty cool!)


Monday is also vacation for me, I've taken 2 weeks off. :D
I've said it before, I'll say it again, you take a lot of vacation :lol:


Nothing too exciting here, saw some friends play Friday and drank till I got the hiccups :doh: Saturday was the first of three benefit shows for my recently passed friend/ex-band mate (the remaining two events are a month away). It went pretty well, I herd there was some drama (allegedly someone called the fire marshal or something) but I didn't see anything. It was early and everyone was planning to go to a different show after but most changed their minds and I think I was the only one to continue on :lol: (and that's why I didn't start drinking so early).

I can't remember if I've mentioned it or not but I've been battling fleas in my apartment for a couple (few?) months now... So far I've:

- had the apartment send exterminators 3x
- sprinkled diatomaceous earth on the carpet and rubbed it in with a broom (I vacuumed it like an hour later though cos I was worried about it affecting Fido)
- vacuuming daily (and immediately emptying the canister into a bag that I tie off) (I've mopped the two rooms that don't have carpet twice, not sure if those rooms matter since I don't think fleas care about hard surfaces)
- spraying some "plant based" flea killer on the carpet
- have a few flea traps (that reminds me, going to order another now) placed around the apt

Fido also has some flea stuff on, as well as given him a few pills that kills any on him... but I still get bitten a few times a day (I kill 99% of them that get me)... not sure what else to do... My sister has some powder she got from her vet and I have to be down that way next weekend so I'll probably try that.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on August 04, 2017, 05:22:27 pm
Ack! Fleas! The only good Flea is the bass player ;). I remember having flea problems at home as a kid with 4 cats and a dog all of whom wondered outside. It was horrible. Good luck!

Well I've had a very odd vacation. At one point we had a son go to the hospital for a night. It was very worrisome. Thankfully he's doing better now.

Currently I'm roasting in my own juices as Europe has another heatwave. It's nasty! Should be like this the whole weekend. Any way I'm doing my best not to cook inside the house this weekend. Saturday we're grilling only because the heat stays outside ;).

Back to work on Monday. Apparently there's lots going on for our Italian partners. I don't know how much I'll be involved but with the size of our company you never know when the boss puts you in the spotlight.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on August 04, 2017, 09:58:21 pm
Ack! Fleas! The only good Flea is the bass player ;). I remember having flea problems at home as a kid with 4 cats and a dog all of whom wondered outside. It was horrible. Good luck!
It's been just over 48 hours since my last flea bite! Hopefully that's the last of it. Saturday I picked up a container of some powder she got from her vet but didn't use. I spent a good portion of my Sunday moving furniture and what not in my bedroom to one side of the room, treating it, then moving everything again, treating that side, then putting everything where it goes (was much more complex than that as almost every square foot of my apt, especially my bedroom, is accounted for :sofa: ) I'm not sure how many square feet that container was supposed to treat... but I used it all in the one room :lol: I did have enough to move my couch and treat the area it occupies. I still have my flea traps out and don't intend to put them away anytime soon just in case.


Well I've had a very odd vacation. At one point we had a son go to the hospital for a night. It was very worrisome. Thankfully he's doing better now.
:o that doesn't sound fun, glad to hear he's doing better!


Currently I'm roasting in my own juices as Europe has another heatwave. It's nasty! Should be like this the whole weekend. Any way I'm doing my best not to cook inside the house this weekend. Saturday we're grilling only because the heat stays outside ;).
We had a cold front, it's been in the 90s (F) so not bad, those triple digit days were no cool :p


Back to work on Monday. Apparently there's lots going on for our Italian partners. I don't know how much I'll be involved but with the size of our company you never know when the boss puts you in the spotlight.
Good luck!


Been dealing with adding a new domain controller and moving our "redirected" files to the new server... it's been a couple weeks and I don't feel like I'm making much progress... people have toooooo much stuff in their folders so trying to find a way that doesn't take them hours to log in on that first switch. Since our existing DC is on server 2003, I can't make the jump to anything greater than 2008... so I have a VM on my shiny new server 2016 running windows 2008 as a trial version, attempting to take over as master controller, so I can then decommission the 2003, set up 2016, then decommission the 2008... well, the trial expired today so I had to quickly spin up a new VM and set up a new master :lol: Hopefully that didn't mess up anything... While doing this I found a misconfig in the original DNS server that was randomly causing users to not see the network (and probably causing the issue that got my "we need to replace this old server" comments to finally solidify) ... but having the correct config seems to be causing issues too :doh: I just want to be a programmer damnit!


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on August 10, 2017, 05:12:35 pm
So hope the flea problems are now solved!

Thankfully our weather has cooled off, now it's feeling too cold :brrr:

Work is going pretty well, other than my dislike of writing user interfaces. I suck at user interfaces. It took me all day today to create a Schedule dialog.

Today our nephews and nieces dropped by and brought computer and computer upgrades for my kids. Eldest boy now has a FrankenPuter which is a good upgrade from his old Dell which overheated a lot because it was one of those cube like computers that were made to be easy to use but not upgradeable. Middle boy got a new graphics card that should give him more of an umpf in that area. Youngest now has a laptop. They are all happy.

 


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on August 11, 2017, 04:11:48 pm
So hope the flea problems are now solved!
I **think** they are. I had two bites Monday, and one yesterday, all three times it was within 10-20 mins of being outside (going to work or coming home) (and all three times I killed the thing). I think Fido is still showing a little sign of having them (tiny blood spots on surfaces). He has "medicine" on that kills them, but they have to bite him first, I never see any actually on him though.


Thankfully our weather has cooled off, now it's feeling too cold :brrr:
I can't imagine too cold :p When I was in Virginia people used to think I must be suffering since I'm "used to the heat" but I would hardly wear a jacket on the coldest days, totally loved it. We've been staying below 100F so that's nice.


Work is going pretty well, other than my dislike of writing user interfaces. I suck at user interfaces. It took me all day today to create a Schedule dialog.
heh, yeah, I'm fortunate to have a pretty awesome graphics/front end guy who is great at that kind of thing.


Today our nephews and nieces dropped by and brought computer and computer upgrades for my kids. Eldest boy now has a FrankenPuter which is a good upgrade from his old Dell which overheated a lot because it was one of those cube like computers that were made to be easy to use but not upgradeable. Middle boy got a new graphics card that should give him more of an umpf in that area. Youngest now has a laptop. They are all happy.
That's cool! Was it their hand-me-downs?


Making headway on this network, still a bit nervous though :p Current status is:

Win2k3 is still running, but:
 - still acting as a domain controller, but win2k8 holds the primary roles
 - DHCP is turned off to ensure that the new server is dishing out ipconfig
 - DNS is still active but PCs are looking at the new server first (I unplugged the win2k3's nic for a bit this morning and tested a few PCs, was able to reboot/login/access the internet)

 - I've copied all the shared files to the win2k16 (I think we have a LOT of stuff that no one uses... I want to clean it up but I've too much to do as it is, I reduced the amount of shares from 8+ to 1 :p (a lot of the shares linked to folders in the main share...)
 - I've copied all but one user's redirected folder (just desktop & "my documents") to the win2k16 and switched everyone (except that one user) to the new group policy (and "/force"ed the update on their machine before they came in since it takes about 10 minutes on first login even though I "robocopy"ed their files beforehand).

Next step is to decommission the win2k3 and promote the win2k16 to domain controller (giving it all the primary roles). Once that's all good, decommission the win2k8 and be left with only the win2k16. (after that I have to migrate from FRS to DFS because win2k16 R3 no longer supports FRS...)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Bonker Gudd on August 18, 2017, 12:20:55 am
I wish I had someone to feed my jellyfish.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on August 21, 2017, 06:43:32 pm
I **think** they are. I had two bites Monday, and one yesterday, all three times it was within 10-20 mins of being outside (going to work or coming home) (and all three times I killed the thing). I think Fido is still showing a little sign of having them (tiny blood spots on surfaces). He has "medicine" on that kills them, but they have to bite him first, I never see any actually on him though.
Here's to hoping you got them all ;)

I can't imagine too cold :p When I was in Virginia people used to think I must be suffering since I'm "used to the heat" but I would hardly wear a jacket on the coldest days, totally loved it. We've been staying below 100F so that's nice.
Since I last posted the temperatures went up really high again and then back down. It's like living in a temperature YoYo.

heh, yeah, I'm fortunate to have a pretty awesome graphics/front end guy who is great at that kind of thing.

Lucky. I'm hoping to get the GUI to a point where I can give it over to our intern that starts next month :p Good work for an intern ;)


That's cool! Was it their hand-me-downs?
More or less. The fankenputer was basically put together with a bunch of parts from broken computers. Eldest boy is pretty happy with it after I got him a WLAN dongle for it. He now has 802.11ac to our repeater. I just didn't tell him that the repeater still only uses an 802.11n connection to the router (which is about half as fast as the ac would allow ;)). Youngest now has a computer, a laptop and he's pretty proud.

Making headway on this network, still a bit nervous though :p Current status is:

Win2k3 is still running, but:
 - still acting as a domain controller, but win2k8 holds the primary roles
 - DHCP is turned off to ensure that the new server is dishing out ipconfig
 - DNS is still active but PCs are looking at the new server first (I unplugged the win2k3's nic for a bit this morning and tested a few PCs, was able to reboot/login/access the internet)

 - I've copied all the shared files to the win2k16 (I think we have a LOT of stuff that no one uses... I want to clean it up but I've too much to do as it is, I reduced the amount of shares from 8+ to 1 :p (a lot of the shares linked to folders in the main share...)
 - I've copied all but one user's redirected folder (just desktop & "my documents") to the win2k16 and switched everyone (except that one user) to the new group policy (and "/force"ed the update on their machine before they came in since it takes about 10 minutes on first login even though I "robocopy"ed their files beforehand).

Next step is to decommission the win2k3 and promote the win2k16 to domain controller (giving it all the primary roles). Once that's all good, decommission the win2k8 and be left with only the win2k16. (after that I have to migrate from FRS to DFS because win2k16 R3 no longer supports FRS...)

Wow that sounds like it was an undertaking. Glad to hear that you didn't have any hiccups with it.

Been quite the last week because I've been so tired. Been working hard at the office, and at home I've been trying to get this log file parser finished. I'm almost there then I can integrate it into the application that allows my wife to view what the boys are up to online. Actually today I though I could try to integrate it then I realized I forgot one thing.

Basically I'm trying to make a flexible log line parser, where you can say "I will give you lines of text formatted with this format and I want you to put the values into this class object". The formatting string is basically things like %dtm{yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss} for a date time formatting or %str for a simple string or %ip4 for matching ip4 address. With Java's reflection capabilities I can mark a class' field with an annotation so that when it is passed to the library it knows where to put the parsed data. The problem is that if I have %url (for urls naturally) twice in my formatting string I didn't take that into account with the reflection handling :P. I'll get there eventually.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on August 22, 2017, 07:39:26 pm
I wish I had someone to feed my jellyfish.
How often does it eat? :hmm:


Here's to hoping you got them all ;)
I think they are all gone! I had one on my foot sometime last week that I didn't catch, I was on the phone pacing about as I do when I'm on the phone when I saw it. I wasn't sure if it was a flea so I touched it and it halfheartedly jumpped/fell off and I didn't see it again. Haven't seen one since. That was an ordeal...


Since I last posted the temperatures went up really high again and then back down. It's like living in a temperature YoYo.
heh sounds like Texas, no wonder there were so many German settlements here (although they say in VA that when my ancestors came (from Germany) they settled there because it reminded them of home).


Lucky. I'm hoping to get the GUI to a point where I can give it over to our intern that starts next month :p Good work for an intern ;)
Yup, I can tell him what fields I need and he builds a screen I just wire to my sprocs or I just throw a bunch of inputs on a screen and he makes it pretty :D


More or less. The fankenputer was basically put together with a bunch of parts from broken computers. Eldest boy is pretty happy with it after I got him a WLAN dongle for it. He now has 802.11ac to our repeater. I just didn't tell him that the repeater still only uses an 802.11n connection to the router (which is about half as fast as the ac would allow ;)). Youngest now has a computer, a laptop and he's pretty proud.
Cool, some of my first few (well, not counting the Tandy days back in the 80s) were other peoples cast offs. I still attribute a lot of my knowledge to having to "deal" with that.


Wow that sounds like it was an undertaking. Glad to hear that you didn't have any hiccups with it.
Running 100% on the new server now. It is SO quiet in the office now though... I do have the old one (damn thing weighs about 100lbs) sitting on a desk next to me in case I need to get some data from it, but I'm 99.9% sure I've copied anything i need (especially since I fired it up for a day last week and copied a couple folders I didn't think I would need :p ) just in case. After about a month or so I'll take it apart and maybe drill some holes in the drives (even though there shouldn't be anything sensitive on them... ).


Been quite the last week because I've been so tired. Been working hard at the office, and at home I've been trying to get this log file parser finished. I'm almost there then I can integrate it into the application that allows my wife to view what the boys are up to online. Actually today I though I could try to integrate it then I realized I forgot one thing.
I burned out a little on my freelance... getting back to it this week though. I really hope I finish it one day :lol:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on August 25, 2017, 06:22:50 pm
Just read about the Hurricane coming your way. Keep safe man.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on August 25, 2017, 07:37:28 pm
Just read about the Hurricane coming your way. Keep safe man.
Thanks!

Should be fine, probably just going to be stuck indoors, alone. I've got whisky & video games though.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on September 01, 2017, 04:21:37 am
Are your feet still dry?


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on September 01, 2017, 03:54:55 pm
Are your feet still dry?
Heh yeah. Fortunately for me it was a non-event, I personally know a few people who were devastated though.

All weekend was supposed to be benefit/memorial shows for my ex-bandmate who passed in May. Friday morning they were debating on rescheduling or not... Coordinating with 15 bands and the venue, things can be tough to schedule so it wasn't an easy call to make and a lot of people were unhappy when they ultimately decided to play it safe. I was worried about uber'ing somewhere and not being able to uber back, so I just wound up walking to a place near by. Prtty much sat by myself facebook'ing on my phone (I don't do that often, rarely post, but did that night :sofa: ) till I noticed I was the only non-staff there so I was like "y'all tryin to get home, I'll close up" but the owner got pretty chatty and I wound up doing tequilla shots with him... I hate tequilla...

As a result I spent most of Saturday on the couch... Weather was still OK, I did venture out for food at one point and there were few places open. Late Saturday night was when it started hitting Houston.

Sunday I awoke to all the facebook posts of flooding and devastation and I spent all day bouncing between the news, the weather, and checking in on people/being checked in on. It was absolutely pouring outside but for my neighborhood, no water was pooling. It would have been a great time to catch up on projects, but I was feeling a bit under the weather so I didn't do anything productive :p

Monday morning I went to work as usual, was just me & my boss (who lives closer to the office than I do). It continued to rain all day... He & I ventured out at lunchtime to see what was open and we found a burger join with a drive through... only place open for quite a ways. Same thing Tuesday.

Monday night the storm got to Texas City/Galveston. No wind damage but about 2 feet of water. As a result, one sister took in water, but she does every time there is a flood. She's owned that house for over 30 years so it was pretty expected.

The deli took in about 8" of water too... Friday evening they prepared for the storm, moving everything to high ground, but they were already hurting a bit financially by not being able to be open, so they set up to be open Sunday evening/night as well as Monday during the day. Once it was apparent the storm was heading their way, they started battening down the hatches again... The only damage was to the walls (their floor is concrete) and two interior doors. So the past two days has been cutting out sheet rock & replacing and they are hoping to reopen Tuesday.

We've had a curfew in effect for the past few days and it's expected to continue for the next week... going to put a damper on tonight's festivities...

There has been a facebook created for the local punk scene to find out who needs help and who can help. If I don't go out of town tomorrow I intend to see where I can be useful, quite a few people need some clean out / demo done.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on September 05, 2017, 07:37:44 pm
Glad to hear you weren't affected too much by the storm. Hopefully the area will recover quickly.

This past weekend I was able to get an open source project of mine to the point where I could release it into the wild. It's a log parsing framework, so someone can turn typical log line string into objects. So basically if you have logging with a specific format you can tell the framework to parse for this format, then pass it a class with specific markers on where to put the elements of the log line and it will return you an instance of that class with the data filled in. Basically set it up once and parse an entire log file into classes for handling if you wanted.

I'm pretty happy with the way it's turned out, and I'm hoping someone will find it useful.

This weekend we're going to Pilsen (where pils beer originates funny enough) to take the boys to a technical museum there. It's just on the other side of the Czech border, so a short drive for us. Looks to be fun.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on September 06, 2017, 04:14:21 pm
Glad to hear you weren't affected too much by the storm. Hopefully the area will recover quickly.
Same here. There are still a lot of road closures that are causing havoc in terms of traffic. I know a handful of people who are displaced, and many more that I don't know. Things are starting to get back to normal for most though, the deli is planing to re-open today for one.


This past weekend I was able to get an open source project of mine to the point where I could release it into the wild. It's a log parsing framework, so someone can turn typical log line string into objects. So basically if you have logging with a specific format you can tell the framework to parse for this format, then pass it a class with specific markers on where to put the elements of the log line and it will return you an instance of that class with the data filled in. Basically set it up once and parse an entire log file into classes for handling if you wanted.

I'm pretty happy with the way it's turned out, and I'm hoping someone will find it useful.
That's awesome! What route are you taking for releasing into the wild? Making it's own website with documentation and whatnot or something like those sites that have lots of downloadable software (and tricky download buttons)?


This weekend we're going to Pilsen (where pils beer originates funny enough) to take the boys to a technical museum there. It's just on the other side of the Czech border, so a short drive for us. Looks to be fun.
That sounds very fun!


I think I'm going to give away my bedroom tv (I hardly use it as it is) and thinking of just getting a 23" monitor for one of my "spare" PCs. The current tv is really just running a "Fire stick" so swapping it out for a regular PC would be about the same. The only thing is the OS... all my spare computers have XP or less and I don't have any licenses... I think I'm going to try the flavor of linux that's specifically designed for htpcs... or just drop the $100 on a win10 license :p


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on September 06, 2017, 05:35:36 pm
Same here. There are still a lot of road closures that are causing havoc in terms of traffic. I know a handful of people who are displaced, and many more that I don't know. Things are starting to get back to normal for most though, the deli is planing to re-open today for one.
That's good news.

That's awesome! What route are you taking for releasing into the wild? Making it's own website with documentation and whatnot or something like those sites that have lots of downloadable software (and tricky download buttons)?

Since I'm a Java developer I've decided to use Maven. Maven is dependency management for projects. I configure the project with an XML file, and it will download the dependencies, with the source code and API documentation. All I needed was a repository which synchronizes with the maven central repository. I found one for open source projects and it was pretty easy to setup. Then when I build my project it automatically uploads my compiled jars to the repository which is pretty cool. It also generates reports that may be of use to other developers.

My source code control is git which is hosted by BitBucket.org. That's where my issue tracking is also based. The only thing it doesn't do is host the javadoc and such (at least not that I know). They do have a wiki of sorts which is where I'll put some of the basic documentation.

Next up, I'm writing a new website page for my stinkbug account (and a continual thanks for hosting me ;) ). It'll be about me as a developer and such, and where I'll post about my projects. I might also upload my generated reports on my main site since I don't really have any other place to put it.

That sounds very fun!

We're hoping it will be. The kids are pretty excited. It's also the last weekend before they go back to school, and the normal insanity starts again. It's hard to believe my eldest is starting 7th grade already. Time sure flies.

I think I'm going to give away my bedroom tv (I hardly use it as it is) and thinking of just getting a 23" monitor for one of my "spare" PCs. The current tv is really just running a "Fire stick" so swapping it out for a regular PC would be about the same. The only thing is the OS... all my spare computers have XP or less and I don't have any licenses... I think I'm going to try the flavor of linux that's specifically designed for htpcs... or just drop the $100 on a win10 license :p

There are several linux distros that provide that, not really sure which is the better one though. My wife is just now warming to the idea of replacing our old CRT for a LED tv, so the idea of a home theater is still a pretty far off thing. Personally I'm not sure if Win10 is really worth 100 bucks.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on September 07, 2017, 07:12:12 pm
Since I'm a Java developer I've decided to use Maven. Maven is dependency management for projects. I configure the project with an XML file, and it will download the dependencies, with the source code and API documentation. All I needed was a repository which synchronizes with the maven central repository. I found one for open source projects and it was pretty easy to setup. Then when I build my project it automatically uploads my compiled jars to the repository which is pretty cool. It also generates reports that may be of use to other developers.

My source code control is git which is hosted by BitBucket.org. That's where my issue tracking is also based. The only thing it doesn't do is host the javadoc and such (at least not that I know). They do have a wiki of sorts which is where I'll put some of the basic documentation.
That all sounds pretty neat. I still struggle to keep my code straight across the dev > qa > live servers...


Next up, I'm writing a new website page for my stinkbug account (and a continual thanks for hosting me ;) ). It'll be about me as a developer and such, and where I'll post about my projects. I might also upload my generated reports on my main site since I don't really have any other place to put it.
Awesome :D


We're hoping it will be. The kids are pretty excited. It's also the last weekend before they go back to school, and the normal insanity starts again. It's hard to believe my eldest is starting 7th grade already. Time sure flies.
Kids around here started the week before the storm... their new starting date is this coming Monday.


There are several linux distros that provide that, not really sure which is the better one though. My wife is just now warming to the idea of replacing our old CRT for a LED tv, so the idea of a home theater is still a pretty far off thing.
Well, my "home theater" is just a PC that is connected to my TV and surround sound (both bought in 2007 when I had that townhouse), nothing fancy. The bedroom is just going to be a regular computer setup, just with a larger monitor.


Personally I'm not sure if Win10 is really worth 100 bucks.
heh, well, I am a bit of a mocrosoft fanboy... One thing I like is that if I have something on any of my devices they show up on my others... I could essentially just copy things from the web based "one drive" though I guess. I have a little "micro" pc that I built back in 05, I can't even remember the password so probably going to try one of those linux distros on that regardless.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on September 12, 2017, 04:59:35 am
Gah! What a day yesterday. Spent the day troubleshooting a database problem. Everything worked perfectly in the IDE but when I compiled and deployed to a server the problem appeared. It was really annoying, basically I had to explicitly map the value to the correct data type. That worked fine.

Then I came home to find that one of my sons had taken a rock to the side of the head and we had to go to the hospital. He handled it pretty good, but while they were gluing the wound closed, my body reminded me that I hadn't eaten in over 6 hours, and so I went into the hallway and collapsed. Ended up on my back with a nurse holding my feet asking if I need some sugar tablets.

Came home had our favorite burgers for dinner and put everyone to bed.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on September 12, 2017, 03:59:57 pm
Gah! What a day yesterday. Spent the day troubleshooting a database problem. Everything worked perfectly in the IDE but when I compiled and deployed to a server the problem appeared. It was really annoying, basically I had to explicitly map the value to the correct data type. That worked fine.
I hate those types of issues!


Then I came home to find that one of my sons had taken a rock to the side of the head and we had to go to the hospital.
:shock: what happened!?


He handled it pretty good, but while they were gluing the wound closed, my body reminded me that I hadn't eaten in over 6 hours, and so I went into the hallway and collapsed. Ended up on my back with a nurse holding my feet asking if I need some sugar tablets.
Gotta be careful! Worst part of taking a spill is the risk of hitting your head in the wrong place!


Came home had our favorite burgers for dinner and put everyone to bed.
Sounds like it ended well at least :)


Nothing too exciting here. Just before the storm, the gal I've been seeing's dad went into the hospital but since she was trapped due to the storm, and then having to deal with rebuilding, this weekend was the first time she was able to get away so I drove her up there and we spent the weekend. While we were there, a coffee shop in a tiny town nearby was having it's last night ever, so we went there and participated in "trivia night." Other than my social anxiety, it was fun. I did miss a show I was looking forward to but it was nice to [almost] completely disconnect for a whole weekend. I did check my email a few times but didn't touch my laptop once.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on September 12, 2017, 05:42:51 pm
I hate those types of issues!

Yeah, had another one today when I moved the project to a different repository and only checked in the code, and built a new project around the code. Then NOTHING worked :boom: so I ended up having to make some changes to make it work again, but it took me the entire day :rolleyes:



:shock: what happened!?

He was out playing with friends in a field and they got the brilliant idea to throw chunks of dirt around. One boy grabbed one that apparently had a lot of rocks, and threw it and my son just happened to be in the arc of the throw and bonk. He was pretty bloody when I came home, as his mother was wrapping the wound. Thankfully he's got a pretty hard head. He was more worried about the needing stitches rather the hole in his head :lol: He's doing fine today and went to his first day of school with a bandage. He can't wash his hair for 8 days however.

Gotta be careful! Worst part of taking a spill is the risk of hitting your head in the wrong place!

I was good. I felt it coming on and was near the wall so just grabbed the railing and sank down pretty slowly. The one thing I remember was I felt my body twitching. Really not something I want to go through again :lol:

Sounds like it ended well at least :)

Thankfully yes it all went pretty well, and I slept pretty well.

Nothing too exciting here. Just before the storm, the gal I've been seeing's dad went into the hospital but since she was trapped due to the storm, and then having to deal with rebuilding, this weekend was the first time she was able to get away so I drove her up there and we spent the weekend. While we were there, a coffee shop in a tiny town nearby was having it's last night ever, so we went there and participated in "trivia night." Other than my social anxiety, it was fun. I did miss a show I was looking forward to but it was nice to [almost] completely disconnect for a whole weekend. I did check my email a few times but didn't touch my laptop once.

I love doing trivia nights. I suck at it but it's fun and a great way to meet people, but then again I'm a social butterfly compared to some people.


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Post by: msimmons on September 12, 2017, 07:53:57 pm
Yeah, had another one today when I moved the project to a different repository and only checked in the code, and built a new project around the code. Then NOTHING worked :boom: so I ended up having to make some changes to make it work again, but it took me the entire day :rolleyes:
Same issue though? Might be worth investing the time to get your environments closer to the same specs?


He was out playing with friends in a field and they got the brilliant idea to throw chunks of dirt around. One boy grabbed one that apparently had a lot of rocks, and threw it and my son just happened to be in the arc of the throw and bonk.
I had a feeling it was something like that, boys will be boys.


He was pretty bloody when I came home, as his mother was wrapping the wound.
How did she handle it? My mom would have fainted (or worse) had it been me when I was young but I have a feeling your wife handles things like that well.


I was good. I felt it coming on and was near the wall so just grabbed the railing and sank down pretty slowly. The one thing I remember was I felt my body twitching. Really not something I want to go through again :lol:
That's good at least, I was imagining a full on face plant type pass out.


I love doing trivia nights. I suck at it but it's fun and a great way to meet people, but then again I'm a social butterfly compared to some people.
Yeah, it was pretty fun and the whole place was laughing often so it was a very positive vibe, I just have really bad social anxiety (border-lining on paranoia at its worse).
The place was not much larger than my apartment (if even) and at first the owner said we couldn't be on the same team... I'm still not sure of the reasoning, if it had to do with the number of people on each team or some rule about splitting up people who give a team an unfair advantage. If we were an old married couple or something it would have been OK, but I get to see her once or twice a week at best so I was not happy about spending "date night" together alone... We settled on "how about he doesn't play, just sits with me?" (but I was participating) and so until I realized how "for fun" (as opposed to people getting too serious about things being unfair) it was, I felt a bit awkward.
Funny thing is, she thinks I'm totally social and that I feel the need to "see & be seen," and while I do go out often, it's places I am familiar with, typically know the staff, the band, and/or am pretty much guaranteed to run into someone I know (and even then I tend to just stick to myself after saying hello). I think another reason I can be perceived as social is that I get a little "cabin fever" even though I go to work since I interact with so few people (for example, today I've talked to her on the phone, two of my co-workers, and said good morning to two others and that's pretty much every day.) whereas she deals with the public so after she gets off work she's happy to be alone :p


I volunteered to pick out a new laptop for her mother, after trying to "clean up" her computer (I removed a bunch of chrome extensions, ran malwarebytes (although I never finished that, hopefully it cleans up on it's own)). Apparently she'll click anything so I was thinking maybe a chromebook would be a good idea (I need to determine her usage, but I think it's all browser based (email & facebook). I wanted to put chrome os on my eeepc (or my old laptop) so I could try it out myself (I didn't want to hand her something I am unfamiliar with) but I have been surprised with how difficult it seems to locate... Apparently google doesn't provide a compiled version...


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Post by: Jason Reed on September 15, 2017, 05:56:47 pm
Same issue though? Might be worth investing the time to get your environments closer to the same specs?

Figured out the problem. Apparently the dependency repository held a corrupted download. Cleared the repository and re-downloaded and all was working again.

How did she handle it? My mom would have fainted (or worse) had it been me when I was young but I have a feeling your wife handles things like that well.
My wife's a midwife. She's seen lots of blood, so it didn't bother her at all.


That's good at least, I was imagining a full on face plant type pass out.
Yeah that would have been even more embarrassing.

Yeah, it was pretty fun and the whole place was laughing often so it was a very positive vibe, I just have really bad social anxiety (border-lining on paranoia at its worse).
The place was not much larger than my apartment (if even) and at first the owner said we couldn't be on the same team... I'm still not sure of the reasoning, if it had to do with the number of people on each team or some rule about splitting up people who give a team an unfair advantage. If we were an old married couple or something it would have been OK, but I get to see her once or twice a week at best so I was not happy about spending "date night" together alone... We settled on "how about he doesn't play, just sits with me?" (but I was participating) and so until I realized how "for fun" (as opposed to people getting too serious about things being unfair) it was, I felt a bit awkward.
Funny thing is, she thinks I'm totally social and that I feel the need to "see & be seen," and while I do go out often, it's places I am familiar with, typically know the staff, the band, and/or am pretty much guaranteed to run into someone I know (and even then I tend to just stick to myself after saying hello). I think another reason I can be perceived as social is that I get a little "cabin fever" even though I go to work since I interact with so few people (for example, today I've talked to her on the phone, two of my co-workers, and said good morning to two others and that's pretty much every day.) whereas she deals with the public so after she gets off work she's happy to be alone :p

I've never really had an sort of social anxiety. My wife can be pretty shy around other people.

I volunteered to pick out a new laptop for her mother, after trying to "clean up" her computer (I removed a bunch of chrome extensions, ran malwarebytes (although I never finished that, hopefully it cleans up on it's own)). Apparently she'll click anything so I was thinking maybe a chromebook would be a good idea (I need to determine her usage, but I think it's all browser based (email & facebook). I wanted to put chrome os on my eeepc (or my old laptop) so I could try it out myself (I didn't want to hand her something I am unfamiliar with) but I have been surprised with how difficult it seems to locate... Apparently google doesn't provide a compiled version...

Maybe you can download the source code and compile it yourself? Is Chromebook a type of Linux? I've seen a Google Chrome OS Linux download with a live DVD.

http://getchrome.eu/



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on September 15, 2017, 09:19:51 pm
Figured out the problem. Apparently the dependency repository held a corrupted download. Cleared the repository and re-downloaded and all was working again.
Awesome!


My wife's a midwife. She's seen lots of blood, so it didn't bother her at all.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking.


I've never really had an sort of social anxiety. My wife can be pretty shy around other people.
You're lucky, it sucks :p Whats strange is I really don't care about people's opinion / don't get embarrassed by much when I'm in familiar territory so it doesn't make sense that I get so weirded out by unfamiliar settings. Something funny, people always say "just remind yourself people are watching/talking about/paying attn to you" but quite often I show up to places and people will come up to me and say "I heard you [something] last weekend" so obviously that's untrue in my case :lol:


Maybe you can download the source code and compile it yourself?
Short answer, yes. Long answer, I have no idea how as it doesn't seem to be in a windows environment with the jars/tars/and whathaveyou.


Is Chromebook a type of Linux? I've seen a Google Chrome OS Linux download with a live DVD.

http://getchrome.eu/
Yeah, it is and there are a few like the link you posted that have been compiled. I was looking for something straight from the source so it would be as close to a "store bought" one as possible, but I don't think that'll happen (and I don't think the pre-compiled are too far off so going to go with one of those next week.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on September 16, 2017, 03:38:03 pm
And my new page is up http://jrsofty1.stinkbugonline.com/index.html.

The page is static HTML with CSS. Decided to quit with the PHP for now. What do you think of the layout? Still more work to do on it but at least I've got it up and running.

Little update. Here's why I like working with Java. Automatic API documentation http://jrsofty1.stinkbugonline.com/projects/Log-Parser/1.0.1/

Another update. I changed the URL because this makes it a little more organized, AND I'm uploading the full generated site and not just the API documents.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on September 18, 2017, 07:37:51 pm
The page is static HTML with CSS. Decided to quit with the PHP for now. What do you think of the layout? Still more work to do on it but at least I've got it up and running.
The site looks great! Very clean and user friendly.

Not much excitement on my end, spent another weekend in the country. We did less this time around and it felt like the time went faster, not sure if the two are related. We did "burn the candle on both ends" by not leaving here till Friday afternoon (as opposed to morning) and leaving there Sunday morning (as opposed to afternoon) so I guess it was a bit shorter.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on September 19, 2017, 04:38:17 pm
The site looks great! Very clean and user friendly.
I still want to try to get the menu to follow as you scroll down.

Not much excitement on my end, spent another weekend in the country. We did less this time around and it felt like the time went faster, not sure if the two are related. We did "burn the candle on both ends" by not leaving here till Friday afternoon (as opposed to morning) and leaving there Sunday morning (as opposed to afternoon) so I guess it was a bit shorter.

Time in the country is always nice. Regardless how long it is it is never long enough. Gives me a chance to unplug and recharge.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: SimonM on September 25, 2017, 02:47:17 pm
Hello...this place still here?  :sofa:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on September 25, 2017, 02:51:08 pm
Hello...this place still here?  :sofa:

Yep well mostly me and msimmons with the occasional visit from Wrack and Bonkergud.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: SimonM on September 25, 2017, 07:40:43 pm
Well, great, why not?


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on September 25, 2017, 07:49:44 pm
Exactly. Some years ago Slaine wanted to give it up and Simmo and I rescued it. Sadly we really haven't done much with the site since then but we do enjoy popping in and chatting here in the Post Race :D


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on September 25, 2017, 09:36:23 pm
Time in the country is always nice. Regardless how long it is it is never long enough. Gives me a chance to unplug and recharge.
heh well after the third week in a row I'm kind of missing going out drinking with the boys :p (although I just got a text asking if I want to go again next weekend and I'm probably going to do it :lol: )


Hello...this place still here?  :sofa:
Well howdy stranger :welcome:


Exactly. Some years ago Slaine wanted to give it up and Simmo and I rescued it.
:yes: I kind of want to go back and get dates to do a timeline now. I know the inception date was 2002 or 3 but I can't remember when things changed from DF/Jethro > Slaine > JR/Simmo



Sadly we really haven't done much with the site since then but we do enjoy popping in and chatting here in the Post Race :D
It kind of feels like the internet has changed in a way that rendered sites like this obsolete, but that may just be my perception.



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on September 26, 2017, 04:04:12 am
heh well after the third week in a row I'm kind of missing going out drinking with the boys :p (although I just got a text asking if I want to go again next weekend and I'm probably going to do it :lol: )
You can have too much of a good thing ;).

:yes: I kind of want to go back and get dates to do a timeline now. I know the inception date was 2002 or 3 but I can't remember when things changed from DF/Jethro > Slaine > JR/Simmo
I'm not too sure myself really. The theme below says 2009, and I think this is the second theme I've put on this so maybe around 2007/2008 I want to say is when we took it over from Slaine.


It kind of feels like the internet has changed in a way that rendered sites like this obsolete, but that may just be my perception.
Yeah well StackOverflow launched in 2008 and it kind of killed your standard forums because the ability to slide off topic is better controlled.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on September 26, 2017, 07:05:44 pm
I'm not too sure myself really. The theme below says 2009, and I think this is the second theme I've put on this so maybe around 2007/2008 I want to say is when we took it over from Slaine.
November 27, 2006 - there is a post where I offer my server space, slaine mentions hesitation regarding sensitive data (and you suggest scripting a scrub).
November 21, 2007 - domain name GALAHTECH.ORG transferred to me.

Yeah well StackOverflow launched in 2008 and it kind of killed your standard forums because the ability to slide off topic is better controlled.
heh yeah, I was going to mention SO as the "tech forum killer" and reddit as the "time waster" but nothing really replaced the community aspect I don't think.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on October 05, 2017, 04:18:39 pm
So it looks like I'm going on a business trip at the end of November. Not a big deal just a couple of days for an SAP seminar.



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Post by: msimmons on October 06, 2017, 07:25:33 pm
So it looks like I'm going on a business trip at the end of November. Not a big deal just a couple of days for an SAP seminar.
heh, hopefully it's more fun than the trips your last job always sent you on.


Our next door neighbor (at the office) just got mugged, right in front of his place of business (next door) in broad daylight (like 10am) :shock:

Apparently he just returned from the bank, carrying a briefcase... he pulled in and parked, and as he was walking from his vehicle to the door of his shop a blacked out SUV stopped and the passenger jumped out. I think they hit him in the back of the head, took the briefcase, and jumped back in the SUV...

Always be aware of your surroundings when you get to your destination!


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on October 06, 2017, 07:31:52 pm
heh, hopefully it's more fun than the trips your last job always sent you on.
Well it is a seminar so I'm not really working, just listening so that'll be different.

Our next door neighbor (at the office) just got mugged, right in front of his place of business (next door) in broad daylight (like 10am) :shock:

Apparently he just returned from the bank, carrying a briefcase... he pulled in and parked, and as he was walking from his vehicle to the door of his shop a blacked out SUV stopped and the passenger jumped out. I think they hit him in the back of the head, took the briefcase, and jumped back in the SUV...

Always be aware of your surroundings when you get to your destination!
They'd been watching him for a while to know how to get him I bet. Paying attention to ones surroundings is really important. I have a colleague that sometimes rides the same train as I do. Normally she is walking behind me on the way to the office, and I'll notice that someone is behind me and turn to look. She thinks it is hilarious that I notice things like that. It's mostly from my time as a soldier I think. :D

Next Saturday we're going to go to Munich for the Long Night of Museums which allows you to visit pretty much every museum in the city for 15 bucks and runs all night. The boys are looking forward to going.

I may have talked my wife into letting me get a new laptop. Nothing firm yet, it might have to wait for my birthday but it's a start :D


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Post by: msimmons on October 06, 2017, 08:07:57 pm
Well it is a seminar so I'm not really working, just listening so that'll be different.
Hopefully at a nice hotel too!


They'd been watching him for a while to know how to get him I bet.
Yeah that was a thought as well, but in this city its more likely that he was somewhat randomly selected, making a withdraw at the wrong time.


Paying attention to ones surroundings is really important. I have a colleague that sometimes rides the same train as I do. Normally she is walking behind me on the way to the office, and I'll notice that someone is behind me and turn to look. She thinks it is hilarious that I notice things like that. It's mostly from my time as a soldier I think. :D
I grew up in a pretty paranoid environment... I was taught that everyone was out to get me so I'm always paying attn, especially when going home since a popular method is to catch people as they are getting out of their car. I'll make a block if I think the car behind me has made too many coincidental "tailing" moves :lol:


Next Saturday we're going to go to Munich for the Long Night of Museums which allows you to visit pretty much every museum in the city for 15 bucks and runs all night. The boys are looking forward to going.
Awesome! Sounds fun and I bet the idea of staying out late is just as exciting for the boys. (And probably not exciting for you & the wife :p )


I may have talked my wife into letting me get a new laptop. Nothing firm yet, it might have to wait for my birthday but it's a start :D
Have one picked out or haven't gotten that far yet?

I recently got a new toy (ironically because I was trimming fat from my budget), an Amazon Dot. I decided to shut off my cable television because I don't actually watch it... I typically turn it on when I get home from work just to have background noise but the other day football came on so I just muted it so that was pointless. That, combined with "when I want to watch something, there is never anything on," prompted me to save the $40 a month when I can watch things via amazon (I pay for prime regardless), hulu ($9 mo), and youtube. So to make watching those easier, I decided to get a "fire stick" and they had a bundle that for $20 you can get a dot. 

So far it's very useful while watching tv, "alexa, lets watch x-files" "alexa, pause" "alexa, play" or timing my exercise reps/rest "alexa, set an alarm for 1 minute" but is also neat for the "[song playing in show on tv] I like this song" "alexa, who plays the song that goes like [blah blah]."


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: wrack on October 09, 2017, 10:49:47 pm
Gentlemen :sofa:

Howdy? Been a while. Hope y'll are doing great along with your family members.

I have been busy with work, life and thing that I call work-life-balance where nothing is balanced :type: :crash: :taz:

At work we are going through restructuring and the change is frustrating to say the least.

On a bright-side, I am going to be a dad again soon (Mid-Late March). Prahi is 4 years old (my god time flies and I sound like an old man :yikes:) and ready to start her 4 year kinder in 2018 intake.

I am going back to the motherland for attending a wedding and hoping that it would be a nice break (but I doubt because it is a family wedding and thus busy).


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on October 10, 2017, 06:03:57 pm

Hopefully at a nice hotel too!
Since the boss is coming with I'm sure he'll choose a nice enough place. Don't need much, clean bed, shower, Internet.


Awesome! Sounds fun and I bet the idea of staying out late is just as exciting for the boys. (And probably not exciting for you & the wife :p )
Sounds like it'll be fun. It's something that I've wanted to do for a while, they also have the Long Night of Music where you can go to different shows through out the city for a certain prices.

Have one picked out or haven't gotten that far yet?
Not really, do have some specifics I want. Intel i7, 16GB, SSD 128GB and HDD 1TB.

I recently got a new toy (ironically because I was trimming fat from my budget), an Amazon Dot. I decided to shut off my cable television because I don't actually watch it... I typically turn it on when I get home from work just to have background noise but the other day football came on so I just muted it so that was pointless. That, combined with "when I want to watch something, there is never anything on," prompted me to save the $40 a month when I can watch things via amazon (I pay for prime regardless), hulu ($9 mo), and youtube. So to make watching those easier, I decided to get a "fire stick" and they had a bundle that for $20 you can get a dot. 

So far it's very useful while watching tv, "alexa, lets watch x-files" "alexa, pause" "alexa, play" or timing my exercise reps/rest "alexa, set an alarm for 1 minute" but is also neat for the "[song playing in show on tv] I like this song" "alexa, who plays the song that goes like [blah blah]."
Personally I don't trust anything that listens in my house at all times.

Did you hear that these things actually can be targeted if you record commands and play them back at a higher than hearing frequency? When they process the sound data it slows it down to actually trigger :lol:


Gentlemen :sofa:

Howdy? Been a while. Hope y'll are doing great along with your family members.

I have been busy with work, life and thing that I call work-life-balance where nothing is balanced :type: :crash: :taz:

At work we are going through restructuring and the change is frustrating to say the least.

On a bright-side, I am going to be a dad again soon (Mid-Late March). Prahi is 4 years old (my god time flies and I sound like an old man :yikes:) and ready to start her 4 year kinder in 2018 intake.

I am going back to the motherland for attending a wedding and hoping that it would be a nice break (but I doubt because it is a family wedding and thus busy).

Hey Wrack! Glad to hear that you haven't fallen off the face of the planet. Congratulations on the upcoming new baby. My eldest will be taller than me by the end of the year, I understand about time flying and feeling old :).


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on October 16, 2017, 04:01:52 pm
Gentlemen :sofa:

Howdy? Been a while. Hope y'll are doing great along with your family members.
Howdy stranger! So far so good on my end.


I have been busy with work, life and thing that I call work-life-balance where nothing is balanced :type: :crash: :taz:
I know the feeling... And I'm thinking of taking on a new project :sofa: (Should only take a few evenings I think.)


At work we are going through restructuring and the change is frustrating to say the least.
Restructuring the systems you use/build or like management/department restructuring?


On a bright-side, I am going to be a dad again soon (Mid-Late March). Prahi is 4 years old (my god time flies and I sound like an old man :yikes:) and ready to start her 4 year kinder in 2018 intake.
Congrats! I hope Prahi takes to school well :)


I am going back to the motherland for attending a wedding and hoping that it would be a nice break (but I doubt because it is a family wedding and thus busy).
Sounds fun! I'm still in awe of the pictures you shared with us of your wedding 7 years ago.


Sounds like it'll be fun. It's something that I've wanted to do for a while, they also have the Long Night of Music where you can go to different shows through out the city for a certain prices.
What genres?


Not really, do have some specifics I want. Intel i7, 16GB, SSD 128GB and HDD 1TB.
heh, yeah, that's pretty specific. Why going with a small SSD/Large HDD set up? SSD's are dropping in price where you can get a large one for HDD prices now (especially if you watch for deals). I do have my home PC set up like that, but I built it before 2015 (I think was 2012) and I think the SSD was pretty expensive.


Personally I don't trust anything that listens in my house at all times.

Did you hear that these things actually can be targeted if you record commands and play them back at a higher than hearing frequency? When they process the sound data it slows it down to actually trigger :lol:
lol big brother is watching you! I feel like I should be concerned, but I'm not. I guess if I was engaging in/discussing nefarious activities I could just unplug it (there is a mute button but if i don't trust it to listen, why would I trust that it actually mutes) :lol: I did set it up where "she" can't order anything without my entering a PIN.





Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on October 20, 2017, 04:06:00 pm
So BBC has reported that scientists believe they have found a reason for Dyslexia and that it might be treatable http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41666320

As a father of a child with dyslexia that's very interesting and I hope it turns out true.

My wife has asked if I mind if we get a desktop that we put in our bedroom that we both can share instead of me getting a new laptop. I told her as long as I get to decide its internals then no I have no problem. So we're now looking to see if it is going to be better to buy a prebuilt system or to build one ourselves (read myself ;) ). I've been trying to talk her into letting me get a keyboard with real switches, but she doesn't like the noise they make :(.

Her Surface Pro 3 has died its last. The problem being that it refuses to power on any longer. When we checked about service, the support site said that it was out of warranty and that they would replace it with a comparable device for about 600 Euros. The problem is that my wife's surface has very private information stored on it, and having a device switched raises a privacy concerns that of course the Microsoft website does nothing to clarify this for us. Thankfully we've backed up this information, but we don't want it getting the chance of spreading around.

So our plan will be to get a new desktop computer that both of us will use. I can still use my laptop for somethings but the majority of the stuff I do will be over the new desktop. The next step is to see if it is going to be cheaper for us to buy a pre-built system or build one ourselves :D. My requirements aren't too bad really. I'm want a Core-i7 7gen (4 cores) with 16GB RAM a HD monitor and graphics (1920 x 1080 minimum). I want a 128 to 256 gb SSD and a 1TB HDD setup.

Finally I got my trackball, and I love it! It is so nice.

So hope all is well for those who are reading :D


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on October 26, 2017, 03:48:50 pm
Simmo you still alive? :unsure:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on October 27, 2017, 05:29:37 pm
Simmo you still alive? :unsure:
:lol: Just yesterday someone posted on facebook, "You ok? I went to 4 shows and didn't see you, that's uncharacteristic" (I think that was a matter of multiple shows happening and my going to different ones than the poster as well as skipping a couple "big" shows since they were on a worknight).
 

So BBC has reported that scientists believe they have found a reason for Dyslexia and that it might be treatable http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41666320

As a father of a child with dyslexia that's very interesting and I hope it turns out true.
Yes, that would be great! I've known a lot of people who suffer with it. The head of the Comp Sci department where I went to college had it, we only knew this because she would write on the board very strangely (she would purposely block what she was writing so she could proofread it before we were able to see).


My wife has asked if I mind if we get a desktop that we put in our bedroom that we both can share instead of me getting a new laptop. I told her as long as I get to decide its internals then no I have no problem. So we're now looking to see if it is going to be better to buy a prebuilt system or to build one ourselves (read myself ;) ).
DIY is always "better" in that you can pick and choose your specs, where to scrimp and where to splurge, rut unlike the 1990s, it's rarely (if ever) cheaper.


I've been trying to talk her into letting me get a keyboard with real switches, but she doesn't like the noise they make :(.
heh, that's what I have here in the office. We used to have a large server, that I've since replaced with a smaller one... now I feel like everyone can hear when I'm "in the zone" (either coding or posting to GT :lol: ). I think mine is the quieter of the switches too...


Her Surface Pro 3 has died its last. The problem being that it refuses to power on any longer. When we checked about service, the support site said that it was out of warranty and that they would replace it with a comparable device for about 600 Euros. The problem is that my wife's surface has very private information stored on it, and having a device switched raises a privacy concerns that of course the Microsoft website does nothing to clarify this for us. Thankfully we've backed up this information, but we don't want it getting the chance of spreading around.
Good on y'all for thinking of that! I see SO many people mishandling data it's infuriating... I go through hoops to keep credit card data that passes through our system safe, secure, and private, then I get CC'ed on an email where a client puts sensitive data...
Since you don't have to worry about the warranty, you can pull the drive, run DBAN on it, and replace it before shipping.

So our plan will be to get a new desktop computer that both of us will use. I can still use my laptop for somethings but the majority of the stuff I do will be over the new desktop. The next step is to see if it is going to be cheaper for us to buy a pre-built system or build one ourselves :D. My requirements aren't too bad really. I'm want a Core-i7 7gen (4 cores) with 16GB RAM a HD monitor and graphics (1920 x 1080 minimum). I want a 128 to 256 gb SSD and a 1TB HDD setup.
My mom's pc is reporting "imminent hard drive failure" ... I went down there a week ago and tried to clone her drive to a 500SSD I had lying around (yeah, that's how I roll...) but for some reason it wouldn't copy... Not sure if it was the drive or my "drive to usb" tool, so I brought it back home and tried on my laptop... which worked... I'm going to go back down to attempt the SSD again (not sure why I think I'll have any different result...) and also take an HDD (that I tested working already) as well.


Finally I got my trackball, and I love it! It is so nice.
What did you get? I'm a thumballer, have been since 2006 or 7.


So hope all is well for those who are reading :D
All is well here. Last weekend I was going to go to a costume party but we chickened out at the last minute (was literally in the driveway, yay social anxiety (not good when both halves of a couple have it :sofa: )) and just went back home to drink in front of the tv :p

link1 (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/han1.jpg)
link2 (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/han2.jpg)




Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on October 27, 2017, 08:13:24 pm
:lol: Just yesterday someone posted on facebook, "You ok? I went to 4 shows and didn't see you, that's uncharacteristic" (I think that was a matter of multiple shows happening and my going to different ones than the poster as well as skipping a couple "big" shows since they were on a worknight).

Glad to see you're still alive. It was so quiet here for so long.
 
Yes, that would be great! I've known a lot of people who suffer with it. The head of the Comp Sci department where I went to college had it, we only knew this because she would write on the board very strangely (she would purposely block what she was writing so she could proofread it before we were able to see).

There's still a lot about that study that needs clarified. It's just nice to know that they are looking into this problem.

DIY is always "better" in that you can pick and choose your specs, where to scrimp and where to splurge, rut unlike the 1990s, it's rarely (if ever) cheaper.
Yeah I'm starting to notice that ;) We'll see how it goes. We'll probably order the parts in the next week or so. I'm on vacation for the next two weeks so I've got time to put it together.

Good on y'all for thinking of that! I see SO many people mishandling data it's infuriating... I go through hoops to keep credit card data that passes through our system safe, secure, and private, then I get CC'ed on an email where a client puts sensitive data...
Since you don't have to worry about the warranty, you can pull the drive, run DBAN on it, and replace it before shipping.

Not very easily, you can't open a Surface without breaking the case. It's a single unit basically. In any case we'll donate it to our nephew who is studying IT security, he wants to try his hand at dismantlement the thing. The good thing is that I know that if he gets into the drive, he'll just clear it and use it for spare parts :D

My mom's pc is reporting "imminent hard drive failure" ... I went down there a week ago and tried to clone her drive to a 500SSD I had lying around (yeah, that's how I roll...) but for some reason it wouldn't copy... Not sure if it was the drive or my "drive to usb" tool, so I brought it back home and tried on my laptop... which worked... I'm going to go back down to attempt the SSD again (not sure why I think I'll have any different result...) and also take an HDD (that I tested working already) as well.

Didn't you just set that computer up for her not too long ago?


What did you get? I'm a thumballer, have been since 2006 or 7.

The new Logitech MX Ergo https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/mx-ergo-wireless-trackball-mouse . It's a nice device, fits well in my hand. It'll be better when we get the new computer because then I can run the Logitech drivers, and can program it for different things. It's a thumbball and is really comfortable. Rechargable with build in batteries is also nice. Just plug it into the USB. Still usable while charging too.

All is well here. Last weekend I was going to go to a costume party but we chickened out at the last minute (was literally in the driveway, yay social anxiety (not good when both halves of a couple have it :sofa: )) and just went back home to drink in front of the tv :p

link1 (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/han1.jpg)
link2 (http://stinkbugonline.com/me/han2.jpg)

Not a bad Han Solo. Did you piece the outfit together yourself or did you buy it? My wife asked if your girl dressed up as Leia, and if so did she dress as Leia with the hair buns?


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on October 27, 2017, 09:17:47 pm
Glad to see you're still alive. It was so quiet here for so long.
:lol: it wasn't even two weeks


Yeah I'm starting to notice that ;) We'll see how it goes. We'll probably order the parts in the next week or so. I'm on vacation for the next two weeks so I've got time to put it together.
I meant to link you to this site, if you don't already know about it, not sure if it applies to non-us:
https://pcpartpicker.com/


Didn't you just set that computer up for her not too long ago?
About 2 years ago, and it was a refurb. Still "too soon" for hard drive failure, but that can happen at any time (make sure you have backups of important data!)


The new Logitech MX Ergo https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/mx-ergo-wireless-trackball-mouse . It's a nice device, fits well in my hand. It'll be better when we get the new computer because then I can run the Logitech drivers, and can program it for different things. It's a thumbball and is really comfortable. Rechargable with build in batteries is also nice. Just plug it into the USB. Still usable while charging too.
Ooooh, that looks nice! I actually stopped buying logitech products because they discontinued their only decent thumball, well actually the ONLY decent thumball period... i've since been forced to order Sanwa thumballs from aisa (and I can't get off the mailing list cos i cant read the emails...)


Not a bad Han Solo. Did you piece the outfit together yourself or did you buy it?
I bought it for about $100... (and $15 for the gun) then dropped another $40 on the boots because the "spats" that came with it looked goofy. I think I can make a better set of pants, and may replace the belt, but I haven't worn a costume since I was a kid so not sure if I'll actually bother.


My wife asked if your girl dressed up as Leia, and if so did she dress as Leia with the hair buns?
Yes & yes! My favorite Leia. I think they must have added fake hair to Carrie since the buns from last weekend were not quite as big. We intended to get a pic together but somehow managed to not...


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on October 28, 2017, 08:31:50 am
:lol: it wasn't even two weeks

It seemed longer :unsure:

I meant to link you to this site, if you don't already know about it, not sure if it applies to non-us:
https://pcpartpicker.com/
That might give me some ideas. I'm probably going to go through a company here in Germany, that my nephew suggested.

About 2 years ago, and it was a refurb. Still "too soon" for hard drive failure, but that can happen at any time (make sure you have backups of important data!)

Once the new computer is built we're going to keep several external drives for backups, we'll leave one at my in-laws' safe and swap it out every year as well. Best to keep some things off site and off line ;)
Ooooh, that looks nice! I actually stopped buying logitech products because they discontinued their only decent thumball, well actually the ONLY decent thumball period... i've since been forced to order Sanwa thumballs from aisa (and I can't get off the mailing list cos i cant read the emails...)
This is the highest quality trackball I've ever owned. It's a solid piece of work, so it doesn't scoot around the desk much. The metal plate allows for setting an so it is comfortable. The one thing that they show that isn't really true is that you can set the angle to 20 degrees or 0 degrees nothing in-between.

In any case it's still a well designed device, that can be used with the universal dongle, or if you want simply with bluetooth. Absolutely worth the price.

I bought it for about $100... (and $15 for the gun) then dropped another $40 on the boots because the "spats" that came with it looked goofy. I think I can make a better set of pants, and may replace the belt, but I haven't worn a costume since I was a kid so not sure if I'll actually bother.

It looks pretty good. I did chuckle about your way of taking a picture. I personally wouldn't have trusted myself to stand on the wall of the bathtub. I'm such a Klutz.

Yes & yes! My favorite Leia. I think they must have added fake hair to Carrie since the buns from last weekend were not quite as big. We intended to get a pic together but somehow managed to not...

Awesome! Shame you didn't get pictures :D. I can't say that New Hope Leia is my favorite, seeing Return of the Jedi came out right as I was entering puberty and started realizing that girls had bumps in strange places ;)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on November 03, 2017, 02:36:21 pm
It seemed longer :unsure:
heh yeah, I was like "how long have I been gone!?" :lol:


Once the new computer is built we're going to keep several external drives for backups, we'll leave one at my in-laws' safe and swap it out every year as well. Best to keep some things off site and off line ;)
That's one of the many things I like about the cloud. Not only can I randomly access things from any of my devices (or anyone elses) but my computer could totally die and I wouldn't lose much (I should move the things that cause me to say "much" though).


This is the highest quality trackball I've ever owned. It's a solid piece of work, so it doesn't scoot around the desk much. The metal plate allows for setting an so it is comfortable. The one thing that they show that isn't really true is that you can set the angle to 20 degrees or 0 degrees nothing in-between.
I wear these Sanwa ones out so I'll add that to my "wish list" to get as a replacement for the next one.


In any case it's still a well designed device, that can be used with the universal dongle, or if you want simply with bluetooth. Absolutely worth the price.
Not being wired is a bit of a con, but I guess since I don't play video games anymore... Logitech only had wireless on their last model, and the way my desk was set up, my phone would cause intermittent interference... so when my guild was needing a healer and my character was not responding to commands for random seconds... not cool :p


It looks pretty good. I did chuckle about your way of taking a picture. I personally wouldn't have trusted myself to stand on the wall of the bathtub. I'm such a Klutz.
heh, since I don't have a full length mirror my options are that or standing on the counter if I want waist down (I have stood on the counter to show off that I still fit (kindof) into my old punk rock pants.)


Awesome! Shame you didn't get pictures :D.
Yeah, we were thinking pictures would be taken at the party, then when we opted not to go we were going to stay in costume at the house, but we decided to eat and I was like "girl, you're gonna get food on that white." and it wasn't till after we changed into PJs that I realized we didn't get pics... maybe next year :p


I can't say that New Hope Leia is my favorite, seeing Return of the Jedi came out right as I was entering puberty and started realizing that girls had bumps in strange places ;)
I don't know, it was definitely exciting to see her in that state of undress (previous to that the best we had was from "under the rainbow"), I still think the white dress (and lack of anything under (chick didn't go that route :p )) was the hottest.


Speaking of Leia, I'm really not one to be bothered by the lives of celebrities but Carrie's passing affected me a lot more than I anticipated:
https://www.facebook.com/StarWars/videos/1482546135130316/


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on November 06, 2017, 06:49:14 pm
Vacation is half way over :(. At least I was able to order the new computer. Just waiting for it to ship now, should be here by next weekend. We did get a monitor and new keyboard for it. I love the new keyboard, it's a Logitech G810 with real switches! Not too loud but has a good feel.

We were on our way back from my wife's parents on Friday, when I got a message from the boss about needing some help even though I'm on vacation. Technically he can't require me to come in on my vacation, so I originally suggested I come by on Tuesday (tomorrow) morning since I have a doctors appointment near the office then. He wasn't really happy but that's what he would have had to deal with. Mostly I had made that decision so as not to annoy my wife. My wife actually suggested that we go ahead and swing by the office, and see if I can deal with the situation. While I was dealing with the issue, my wife took the boys to the local electronics shop and chose our new keyboard and monitor. I was actually happily surprised with her choices. They were all good, and affordable, and not just affordable ;).

Tomorrow I go to the lung doctor, for a control and probably will get new inhalers, which I'm in need of. My biggest hope is that I can get the asthma back under control so that I could run, and bike again (I mean really bike not just the 2km to the train station). I'm probably going to need to ride my bike a lot next summer. Apparently they are going to be doing major construction on the train tracks for pretty much all of August and part of September. This means either I drive the car, or I ride the bike. My wife is already imagining me with monster strong legs :P


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on November 06, 2017, 09:38:09 pm
Vacation is half way over :(.
Well, if history is any indicator it will only be a few weeks till your next one begins :lol:


At least I was able to order the new computer. Just waiting for it to ship now, should be here by next weekend.
I bet the anticipation is mounting. I made a tech order this morning that will be here Wednesday and I'm already getting anxious...
 

We did get a monitor and new keyboard for it.
No specs on the monitor?


I love the new keyboard, it's a Logitech G810 with real switches! Not too loud but has a good feel.
Cool, I didn't realize they made any with real switches. I stopped using their keyboards because I like my number and f keys to line up (eg, f10 is touching the top of the 0 key) (although I guess it's not that important since I don't play video games anymore).


We were on our way back from my wife's parents on Friday, when I got a message from the boss about needing some help even though I'm on vacation. Technically he can't require me to come in on my vacation, so I originally suggested I come by on Tuesday (tomorrow) morning since I have a doctors appointment near the office then. He wasn't really happy but that's what he would have had to deal with. Mostly I had made that decision so as not to annoy my wife. My wife actually suggested that we go ahead and swing by the office, and see if I can deal with the situation.
Yeah, tough call since you're in the area of "does this earn brownie points or set a precedent?" territory too.


While I was dealing with the issue, my wife took the boys to the local electronics shop and chose our new keyboard and monitor. I was actually happily surprised with her choices. They were all good, and affordable, and not just affordable ;).
heh yeah, I'm way too picky to let anyone make those decisions :sofa: I'm glad it worked out!


Tomorrow I go to the lung doctor, for a control and probably will get new inhalers, which I'm in need of. My biggest hope is that I can get the asthma back under control so that I could run, and bike again (I mean really bike not just the 2km to the train station).
Good luck!


I'm probably going to need to ride my bike a lot next summer. Apparently they are going to be doing major construction on the train tracks for pretty much all of August and part of September. This means either I drive the car, or I ride the bike. My wife is already imagining me with monster strong legs :P
heh, well hopefully the doctor will sort you out :yes:


So about the tech order I mentioned... I'm finally giving up on Windows Phone... I ordered a Pixel 2 :yay: I'm not sure how much of the "Microsoft Ecosystem" I'll stick with but one of the things I loved about my MSPhone was that I instantly had all my data across my 4 devices (home pc, work pc, phone, laptop (oh and htpc too)). From what I understand, MS has done more to function well on Android than they did on their own devices so it may be a no-brainer, but I'm also a fan of not trying to make something into what it is not. Microsoft already stopped playing well with their own apps (have to use the calendar app rather than the outlook calendar) so maybe the google alternatives will work better. I'll just have to try and see.

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One thing I fear is that now I have no excuse to do all the things I couldn't do... like the fancy toothbrush that monitors what area of your mouth you missed, or various video games...
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Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on November 07, 2017, 06:54:53 am
Well, if history is any indicator it will only be a few weeks till your next one begins :lol:

:lol: yeah, I'll take vacation between Christmas and New Years ;).

I bet the anticipation is mounting. I made a tech order this morning that will be here Wednesday and I'm already getting anxious...
Yep, I keep looking in my inbox to see if they have sent it out. I ordered it on Saturday evening, and paid for it on Sunday morning with a bank transfer. Since everything is closed on Sunday, the earliest they would process it was yesterday, but I didn't receive a notification. Not sure exactly when the bank transfer takes place when made on a Sunday. So I'm hoping to hear news either today or tomorrow. Not a big deal, once I get the parts I'll have all the time in the world to put it together ;)
 
No specs on the monitor?
Oops! Yeah it's a HP 24es. Standard 1920x1040 display. I told my wife that I need a 1920x1040 as a bare minimum so when I remote into my company computer, I can see the entire dashboard. HP is a decent brand name if anything. The price was good at 143 Euros, and it is an energy efficient model, which is also important.

Cool, I didn't realize they made any with real switches. I stopped using their keyboards because I like my number and f keys to line up (eg, f10 is touching the top of the 0 key) (although I guess it's not that important since I don't play video games anymore).
Neither did I but was happy to find one that wasn't crazy expensive. The F10 is not directly lined up with the 0 but with the = key.

Yeah, tough call since you're in the area of "does this earn brownie points or set a precedent?" territory too.

A little bit of both I think ;)

So about the tech order I mentioned... I'm finally giving up on Windows Phone... I ordered a Pixel 2 :yay: I'm not sure how much of the "Microsoft Ecosystem" I'll stick with but one of the things I loved about my MSPhone was that I instantly had all my data across my 4 devices (home pc, work pc, phone, laptop (oh and htpc too)). From what I understand, MS has done more to function well on Android than they did on their own devices so it may be a no-brainer, but I'm also a fan of not trying to make something into what it is not. Microsoft already stopped playing well with their own apps (have to use the calendar app rather than the outlook calendar) so maybe the google alternatives will work better. I'll just have to try and see.

[edit]
One thing I fear is that now I have no excuse to do all the things I couldn't do... like the fancy toothbrush that monitors what area of your mouth you missed, or various video games...
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My wife is also getting rid of her Windows Phone. This is because her billing software, has an app that, with a chip card reader, reads the important information from someone's insurance card, encrypts it and allows it to synchronize with her software on the computer. Now the fun part is my wife is notorious for not charging her phone, to which she says that Windows phones and Androids have the same functionality when they are not charged.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on November 07, 2017, 07:41:19 pm
:lol: yeah, I'll take vacation between Christmas and New Years ;).
:rofl: I was just kidding... kind of. Speaking of, we have a fairly relaxed environment here and I usually feel guilty taking days off. I rarely take "vacations" (my Vegas trip last year, my Maine trip in 2012(?) was probably the only ones in the past 15 years), but rather a day here & a day there... but I haven't kept track. I asked the person that should be keeping track and was only told not to worry about it... In fact, I couldn't get any answers on if it was calendar date, or starting date (they did say how many days per year based on how many years worked (sometimes I forget that I've only been here two, since july 2015 when I moved back, not sometime 2012 when I started contracting, or 2013 when they fired the other inhouse but I was still contract (or not 2001 when I initially started :lol: ). I would kind of like to know cos maybe I'm not taking as much as I should (but maybe I take way more so they're trying to ease my guilt).


Yep, I keep looking in my inbox to see if they have sent it out. I ordered it on Saturday evening, and paid for it on Sunday morning with a bank transfer. Since everything is closed on Sunday, the earliest they would process it was yesterday, but I didn't receive a notification. Not sure exactly when the bank transfer takes place when made on a Sunday. So I'm hoping to hear news either today or tomorrow. Not a big deal, once I get the parts I'll have all the time in the world to put it together ;)
Sounds like me & my phone :p (It arrived in Houston about an hour ago, so I should get it tomorrow :yay: )


Oops! Yeah it's a HP 24es. Standard 1920x1040 display. I told my wife that I need a 1920x1040 as a bare minimum so when I remote into my company computer, I can see the entire dashboard. HP is a decent brand name if anything. The price was good at 143 Euros, and it is an energy efficient model, which is also important.
That sounds a little high, but I only look at deals on Amazon so my numbers could be biased.


Neither did I but was happy to find one that wasn't crazy expensive. The F10 is not directly lined up with the 0 but with the = key.
Yeah, 99.9% of keyboards have their f keys in little groups of 4, but in many MMO video games you have your "abilities" mapped to your keys in two rows and I like my physical keys to mirror them.


My wife is also getting rid of her Windows Phone. This is because her billing software, has an app that, with a chip card reader, reads the important information from someone's insurance card, encrypts it and allows it to synchronize with her software on the computer. Now the fun part is my wife is notorious for not charging her phone, to which she says that Windows phones and Androids have the same functionality when they are not charged.
heh, well with the android it may not need charging as often... I'm looking forward to seeing if I can stop carrying my battery pack with me when I go out (even when I start the night at full charge).


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Bonker Gudd on November 09, 2017, 12:54:28 am
Who wants Ubertoastie?


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on November 10, 2017, 06:43:19 pm
Who wants Ubertoastie?

Hi Bonker :hiya:

Well after a couple of false starts I'm finally getting the computer together. Last big part is getting the video card to work. If I physically install it I get no screen from it or the integrated video on the mobo. If I leave it off then I at least get the screen over the VGA cable on the mobo :dunno:

Will try to install the drivers first and then install the thing. Maybe that will correct my problem :sigh:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on November 10, 2017, 07:00:08 pm
Who wants Ubertoastie?
Grilled cheese delivered to my front door? yes please! :yum:


Well after a couple of false starts I'm finally getting the computer together. Last big part is getting the video card to work. If I physically install it I get no screen from it or the integrated video on the mobo. If I leave it off then I at least get the screen over the VGA cable on the mobo :dunno:

Will try to install the drivers first and then install the thing. Maybe that will correct my problem :sigh:
Check the bios, you might have to disable the onoboard although it sounds like it's being auto disabled. I did have one mobo back in 2006 that didn't work with nvidia, only amd. What outputs does the vid card have? maybe its a case of the monitor not playing well with that signal.


edit:
totally forgot to say that i activated my android phone today... going to take some getting used to for sure...


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on November 11, 2017, 01:27:45 pm
Check the bios, you might have to disable the onoboard although it sounds like it's being auto disabled. I did have one mobo back in 2006 that didn't work with nvidia, only amd. What outputs does the vid card have? maybe its a case of the monitor not playing well with that signal.

I got it working. Not sure what I did because it wouldn't let me install drivers unless it was installed. I did notice that Windows updated some NVIDIA stuff, and after that I re-installed it and plugged in the HDMI cable, started it up and boom it's working (I'm using it right now to answer this post).

It's going to take a little time to get used to having such a big screen at home. Looking forward to seeing how Minecraft looks on this screen :).


edit:
totally forgot to say that i activated my android phone today... going to take some getting used to for sure...

Well yeah, when you're used to a specific user interface and now have a new one that always takes time. I'm wondering how long it will take my wife to get used to hers when she gets it.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on November 15, 2017, 05:28:09 pm
I got it working. Not sure what I did because it wouldn't let me install drivers unless it was installed. I did notice that Windows updated some NVIDIA stuff, and after that I re-installed it and plugged in the HDMI cable, started it up and boom it's working (I'm using it right now to answer this post).
heh, sometimes windows just needs some time to work its magic. I forget what the deal was but I had a similar instance with my mom when I first set up her computer... something about the profiles or something... I gave up and told her I would return another day to fix it and... it fixed itself :lol:


It's going to take a little time to get used to having such a big screen at home. Looking forward to seeing how Minecraft looks on this screen :).
Not a bad problem to have :jamie:


Well yeah, when you're used to a specific user interface and now have a new one that always takes time.
Especially when that interface was FAR superior... I'm really having a hard time and to be honest I'm starting to think I can just live without the apps/features... (Which sucks cos Uber is really nice on the new phone... ) I have a few more days to send this back (I doubt I will though).


I'm wondering how long it will take my wife to get used to hers when she gets it.
I hope she has a better time than I do. I mostly used my phone for texting and it was so nice compared to this... I could hit the "mic" and just talk, hardly needed any edits... with this, I need a duckton of edits AND editing is damnduckingnear impossible... :rant:




Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Bonker Gudd on November 17, 2017, 12:53:40 am
Merry Easter :pope:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on December 05, 2017, 08:29:38 pm
Some days it feels like the year will never end, and then sometimes it feels like it's all going too fast.

My last vacation for this year is scheduled, basically I won't work between Christmas and New Years, since nothing is going on during this time. :D

The new computer is great. Do have one small issue with the trackball though, the Logitech drivers don't allow you to set the amount of the wheel scrolls very accurately. So when I'm on a map and move it one click to zoom in a little, I get like 4x zoom, but if I make the changes to the Windows Mouse configurations so that only one line is changed by the scroll wheel, then I might as well not have scroll wheel. That's rather annoying.

I'll be happy if Microsoft ever makes the updates in smaller batches. These giant updates, take forever to download and install. They also tend to suck up so much bandwidth, it makes our internet pretty much unsuable until the download is complete. Otherwise it causes so many errors in the update, that the download has to start from the beginning again. That's rather annoying.

I'm currently configuring the laptop for my wife's colleague. She bought a new laptop and asked if I could do all the data transfer, and setup. Normally I don't mind doing that but with these Windows 10 updates it takes forever :blah:

Work has been keeping me pretty busy, but I'm still struggling to get my head around the SAP programming, and in doing it correctly. I can get simple results, but when it is something more challenging then I take too long. I need to improve a lot.

Yesterday we booked our vacation house for next spring. You have to book early or all the good spots are taken ;). We're going to France this time, close to the Normandy coast. It's not the first time I've visited a country and not be able to speak the language. We'll just have to see how that works out for us :unsure:

Wow can't believe it's been 2 weeks since the last posting :D

Hope everyone is doing ok.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on December 06, 2017, 04:47:14 pm
Some days it feels like the year will never end, and then sometimes it feels like it's all going too fast.
I really hate this time of year due to gift giving (and feeling that there is an imbalance between my siblings and I)... We can do the whole "thank you for the gift card, here is a gift card" which just feels silly (although when I receive a gift card I do make sure to 1. spend it on a something I might not otherwise buy for myself and 2. let the gifter know what they got me. Being that my siblings don't do the same, I don't have any feed back that they actually liked the gift. I'd like to get them actual gifts, but we all buy the things we want, for ourselves, when we want them :p (and I don't really know them well enough to know what to get or what they have). I'd like to say "can we just not do gifts this year?" but don't want to sound like a cheapskate or jerk :sofa:


My last vacation for this year is scheduled, basically I won't work between Christmas and New Years, since nothing is going on during this time. :D
doing anything or just relaxing?


The new computer is great. Do have one small issue with the trackball though, the Logitech drivers don't allow you to set the amount of the wheel scrolls very accurately. So when I'm on a map and move it one click to zoom in a little, I get like 4x zoom, but if I make the changes to the Windows Mouse configurations so that only one line is changed by the scroll wheel, then I might as well not have scroll wheel. That's rather annoying.
Sounds annoying. Looks like my Sanwa does 6 lines, I've never tried to modify it though.


I'll be happy if Microsoft ever makes the updates in smaller batches. These giant updates, take forever to download and install. They also tend to suck up so much bandwidth, it makes our internet pretty much unsuable until the download is complete. Otherwise it causes so many errors in the update, that the download has to start from the beginning again. That's rather annoying.
Reading that makes me feel pretty fortunate that I don't have to worry about bandwidth.


Work has been keeping me pretty busy, but I'm still struggling to get my head around the SAP programming, and in doing it correctly. I can get simple results, but when it is something more challenging then I take too long. I need to improve a lot.
Hopefully it will come naturally in time, with practice :yes:


Yesterday we booked our vacation house for next spring. You have to book early or all the good spots are taken ;). We're going to France this time, close to the Normandy coast. It's not the first time I've visited a country and not be able to speak the language. We'll just have to see how that works out for us :unsure:
What about when you first came to Germany?


Wow can't believe it's been 2 weeks since the last posting :D

Hope everyone is doing ok.
And a rough two weeks it has been :sweat: I have gotten more used to my phone at least :p

So... I have a script that deletes a certain chunk of client's data that I use on the rare occasion it gets corrupted (typically when our system is fed via an api). Well, this new client was hammering our system and the sql locks were resulting in corrupt data. I didn't want to wipe the entire profile, only about 10% though, so I looked up the id I needed then modified my script... and wiped the whole.ducking.table...

1pm: I didn't realize my mistake till another client called in... at which point I scrambled to set up a second database to restore a backup. I didn't want to do a full restore over top of our existing data as we would lose teh data that came into other tables. The next issue was that I simply didn't have room to create a second database... So I contacted our host (my hope was they could "loan" us a server) and they suggested we pop on a 2tb external drive (I didn't know they made them that large).
5pm: The restore finally got started, I stayed at the office, getting 30-60 minute updates "5%" "10%" till I decided there really wasn't anything I could do, so I went home and ate around 9pm.
10pm: I calculated that it should be done at roughly 2-5am, and that I should try to sleep... but that wasn't easy to do. I was receiving half hourly updates
2am: (as expected) I received a "we're at 92%, I'll update you shortly" but then I didn't hear back for over an hour... so my mind started telling me all kinds of things went wrong... so I called them at about 3-4am. It turns out that when a restore hits 100%, it does some stuff, and in the case of my database, this step can take an hour...
4am: don't try to open the error log file, on the server, if it's huge... the tech crashed sql server and when it came up it was no longer in "restore" mode, but when we tried to bring it online... it said that the restore was interrupted... I have to assume due to that crash... so let's start the process over again...
7-8am: I went to teh office as usual, not sure if I would even have a job (of course they aren't going to fire the one guy that can restore the data before he restores it) after I get all the data back... I knew it would be at least noon before the current restore would be ready, so I tried to rebuild some of our more important (read: complainers) clients data from various log tables... unfortunately that wasn't possible because i needed some database id's that were only logged if the client did an update.
1pm: restore is at 100%, now for the unknown amount of time till it goes from 100% to complete (turns out there is a flag that could have been set that would give a % on this step, but the tech didn't set it and/or was unaware of it)
2pm: restore is back up and 10 minutes later I have imported the table I wiped. I checked the logs and there was no new data inserted, so we were totally back online and all good!

(pretty sure my job is safe, later that day, or the next, we had a meeting regarding future projects :sofa: )


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on December 07, 2017, 03:12:12 pm

I really hate this time of year due to gift giving (and feeling that there is an imbalance between my siblings and I)... We can do the whole "thank you for the gift card, here is a gift card" which just feels silly (although when I receive a gift card I do make sure to 1. spend it on a something I might not otherwise buy for myself and 2. let the gifter know what they got me. Being that my siblings don't do the same, I don't have any feed back that they actually liked the gift. I'd like to get them actual gifts, but we all buy the things we want, for ourselves, when we want them :p (and I don't really know them well enough to know what to get or what they have). I'd like to say "can we just not do gifts this year?" but don't want to sound like a cheapskate or jerk :sofa:
Yeah, gift giving doesn't come to me naturally. I mean one of our first Christmases together I bought her pots and pans :doh:. Funny enough she stayed with me ;) I've gotten better though, but it's still not easy to get everything together, and hope that I'm giving her as much as she gives me. Thankfully I don't have siblings and my mother doesn't celebrate so I don't have to worry about it, just the wife, and three boys :D

doing anything or just relaxing?

Sadly I'll probably be doing everything not to get sick. It's been a while since I've been really sick, and the last couple of weeks have been stressful, and the next two aren't going to be much better, so I'm prime for a nasty one. So I'll be fighting it every step of the way.

Sounds annoying. Looks like my Sanwa does 6 lines, I've never tried to modify it though.

I have to look maybe I can make it work better, I just have to remember that when I'm viewing a map I shouldn't use the scroll wheel.

Reading that makes me feel pretty fortunate that I don't have to worry about bandwidth.
The problem is that we don't have the fastest dsl available, usually because we wouldn't use it. We don't stream a lot of videos or tv. The thing is that technology eventually assumes that you'll have the bandwidth and just takes what it wants. It's kind of like how software became very bloated and bad at memory management once it was normal for more people to have more memory.

Hopefully it will come naturally in time, with practice :yes:
Yeah, I just need to get good enough where the project manager actually uses me. Working in SAP when it is our development environment is nothing like working in a live system. That's where you get your real experience.

What about when you first came to Germany?
Exactly, I've done it many times where I visited places where I didn't speak the language. The difference is that most of the time Germans will actually try to speak English. The French are not known to be like that. Of course that's why there's Google Translate ;)

And a rough two weeks it has been :sweat: I have gotten more used to my phone at least :p

So... I have a script that deletes a certain chunk of client's data that I use on the rare occasion it gets corrupted (typically when our system is fed via an api). Well, this new client was hammering our system and the sql locks were resulting in corrupt data. I didn't want to wipe the entire profile, only about 10% though, so I looked up the id I needed then modified my script... and wiped the whole.ducking.table...

1pm: I didn't realize my mistake till another client called in... at which point I scrambled to set up a second database to restore a backup. I didn't want to do a full restore over top of our existing data as we would lose teh data that came into other tables. The next issue was that I simply didn't have room to create a second database... So I contacted our host (my hope was they could "loan" us a server) and they suggested we pop on a 2tb external drive (I didn't know they made them that large).
5pm: The restore finally got started, I stayed at the office, getting 30-60 minute updates "5%" "10%" till I decided there really wasn't anything I could do, so I went home and ate around 9pm.
10pm: I calculated that it should be done at roughly 2-5am, and that I should try to sleep... but that wasn't easy to do. I was receiving half hourly updates
2am: (as expected) I received a "we're at 92%, I'll update you shortly" but then I didn't hear back for over an hour... so my mind started telling me all kinds of things went wrong... so I called them at about 3-4am. It turns out that when a restore hits 100%, it does some stuff, and in the case of my database, this step can take an hour...
4am: don't try to open the error log file, on the server, if it's huge... the tech crashed sql server and when it came up it was no longer in "restore" mode, but when we tried to bring it online... it said that the restore was interrupted... I have to assume due to that crash... so let's start the process over again...
7-8am: I went to teh office as usual, not sure if I would even have a job (of course they aren't going to fire the one guy that can restore the data before he restores it) after I get all the data back... I knew it would be at least noon before the current restore would be ready, so I tried to rebuild some of our more important (read: complainers) clients data from various log tables... unfortunately that wasn't possible because i needed some database id's that were only logged if the client did an update.
1pm: restore is at 100%, now for the unknown amount of time till it goes from 100% to complete (turns out there is a flag that could have been set that would give a % on this step, but the tech didn't set it and/or was unaware of it)
2pm: restore is back up and 10 minutes later I have imported the table I wiped. I checked the logs and there was no new data inserted, so we were totally back online and all good!

(pretty sure my job is safe, later that day, or the next, we had a meeting regarding future projects :sofa: )

Good to hear that you got it fixed. Large database systems always scare me :couch:

Sounds to me that the APIs and/or the database handling needs some optimization if a customer slams it and it has problems, is it some sort of threading problem?


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on December 07, 2017, 07:03:54 pm
Yeah, gift giving doesn't come to me naturally. I mean one of our first Christmases together I bought her pots and pans :doh:. Funny enough she stayed with me ;)
heh, depending on the situation I can see pots & pans being a good gift :lol:


I've gotten better though, but it's still not easy to get everything together, and hope that I'm giving her as much as she gives me. Thankfully I don't have siblings and my mother doesn't celebrate so I don't have to worry about it, just the wife, and three boys :D
And you probably have a good idea of what they would like, I can't think of anything one of my sisters would be interested in, and the other sister most likely has everything she would want in relation to the interests I know of...


The problem is that we don't have the fastest dsl available, usually because we wouldn't use it. We don't stream a lot of videos or tv. The thing is that technology eventually assumes that you'll have the bandwidth and just takes what it wants. It's kind of like how software became very bloated and bad at memory management once it was normal for more people to have more memory.
Yeah, I worry about my phone data on occasion. When I'm on wifi I don't care what it's doing, but I don't know if it's smart enough to not eat up my "minutes" doing things I don't really need.


Working in SAP when it is our development environment is nothing like working in a live system. That's where you get your real experience.
heh I read this a few times and am still confused. (If I understand correctly, your dev & prod are very different, why is that?)


Exactly, I've done it many times where I visited places where I didn't speak the language.
I totally missed the "not" in your "not the first time" :doh:


The difference is that most of the time Germans will actually try to speak English. The French are not known to be like that. Of course that's why there's Google Translate ;)
I've actually heard they don't want foreigners slaughtering their language so will speak other's tongues to prevent it.


Good to hear that you got it fixed. Large database systems always scare me :couch:
Damn thing is over 1tb... I'd really like the time to get rid of duplication and unused things, but that's not likely to happen. I get buried in constant requests for new features while having a backlog of big fixes (most likely due to everything being rushed).


Sounds to me that the APIs and/or the database handling needs some optimization if a customer slams it and it has problems, is it some sort of threading problem?
exactly! This database has been around for over 17 years, migrated & upgraded from server to server, maintained & modified by different people depending on the "era." I find dumb crap like tables that don't have indexes, or tables that have too many indexes (indexes are good for seeking/reading, bad for inserting), and honestly, while I do want to learn... I don't want to learn... I just want to be a programmer :p When I say "we should have a DBA give the database a once over, to correct some of these glaring issues" I receive "well, we could hire someone, or y'all can have an xmas bonus." So duck it.

I guess if I ever get a second to breath, my first step is to diagram what the actual data flows even are... What seems to be the straw breaking the camel's back is that we have a client that uses our incoming api, which makes some updates, then pushes that data out to various sources. It's actually pushing WAY more out than what is coming in since there are not only more locations to go to, but we have "derived" values that are based on the values they update... So I may need to figure out how to throttle or adjust timings...


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on December 08, 2017, 08:56:16 pm
heh I read this a few times and am still confused. (If I understand correctly, your dev & prod are very different, why is that?)

A dev system is pretty much static, there's data to play with and such but nothing really changes. A Prod system is alive, and dynamic. The data is constantly changing, as there could be 100's or 1000's of people working with it at the same time. You screw up something there it can affect a lot of people really fast. Oh and there's no SVN. There's no versioning in the code. You activate the code and all the old stuff is gone, and never coming back. In a dev system you screw up the programming, you have time to figure out what you did wrong, and correct it and get it all back working again. Do that on a live system and it could make your 48 hour hell this week seem like a walk in the park.

I've actually heard they don't want foreigners slaughtering their language so will speak other's tongues to prevent it.

My wife's suggestion is that it is more like that the German realizes that they probably speak better English than the English speaker speaks German and so to facilitate an easier communication the German will speak English.

Damn thing is over 1tb... I'd really like the time to get rid of duplication and unused things, but that's not likely to happen. I get buried in constant requests for new features while having a backlog of big fixes (most likely due to everything being rushed).

Yep that's a lot of data. What the heck do you do with all that data?

exactly! This database has been around for over 17 years, migrated & upgraded from server to server, maintained & modified by different people depending on the "era." I find dumb crap like tables that don't have indexes, or tables that have too many indexes (indexes are good for seeking/reading, bad for inserting), and honestly, while I do want to learn... I don't want to learn... I just want to be a programmer :p When I say "we should have a DBA give the database a once over, to correct some of these glaring issues" I receive "well, we could hire someone, or y'all can have an xmas bonus." So duck it.

How many tables are in this database? Are they all relatable? Are they all used? That would be my first check, are there any tables that are just no longer used. If they are no longer used how old is the data inside them.

I guess if I ever get a second to breath, my first step is to diagram what the actual data flows even are... What seems to be the straw breaking the camel's back is that we have a client that uses our incoming api, which makes some updates, then pushes that data out to various sources. It's actually pushing WAY more out than what is coming in since there are not only more locations to go to, but we have "derived" values that are based on the values they update... So I may need to figure out how to throttle or adjust timings...

You know there's plenty of software that can generate a diagram for you so you can see how the tables are related. That I think would be a good start, and then see how the code relates to the database tables.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on December 08, 2017, 09:26:37 pm
A dev system is pretty much static, there's data to play with and such but nothing really changes. A Prod system is alive, and dynamic. The data is constantly changing, as there could be 100's or 1000's of people working with it at the same time.
Ah so only your data is different, the code is the same. I was thinking you were saying the systems didn't match. (I have a difference in mine because you can't use a credit card "swiper"" or "pin pad" in a dev environment, yet I have to develop it somehow... so doing it live...


Yep that's a lot of data. What the heck do you do with all that data?
very good question... My largest tables are full of the xml transmissions that go back & forth between apis so I can prove when things are not our fault. One of my proposals is that I move these to a separate database (on the same server) to make managing backups (and recoveries) easier.


How many tables are in this database? Are they all relatable? Are they all used? That would be my first check, are there any tables that are just no longer used. If they are no longer used how old is the data inside them.
There are a lot (50-100) tables and I would say at least 95% are in use. Think about when you are making a hotel reservation and you want to add a "package" (like breakfast), I have 12 tables for that alone.


That would be my first check, are there any tables that are just no longer used. If they are no longer used how old is the data inside them.
I think I made the is it used and can i delete this old data check a few years ago, and for a time (before we added more drives to the server) I was running a script monthly that was deleting records older than a decided date from certain tables.


You know there's plenty of software that can generate a diagram for you so you can see how the tables are related. That I think would be a good start, and then see how the code relates to the database tables.
That would be a good start! Have any suggestions (or keywords to Bing)? I feel like I tried to find something before but could not. I think one of the biggest issues is that the software has been around, and evolving, for about 20 years so there may be some underlying items that are running unnoticed, but correctly, and I don't want to disturb them... We do have a mix of languages, although I'm phasing out what I can when I can and replacing with .net.

 


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Bonker Gudd on December 17, 2017, 01:13:21 am
I'm preparing my autopsy.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on December 25, 2017, 01:06:51 pm
Merry Christmas guys.

Hope everyone is having a nice Christmas period. We're being really lazy :)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on December 27, 2017, 09:33:30 pm
Hope everyone is having a nice Christmas period. We're being really lazy :)
Wasn't bad :p back at work today, I feel like I'm chasing my tail with the servers but at least they are up and running... getting new hardware next month, but I still think some software changes are in order...

trying not to get sick, it seems everyone I know has or had this horrible sickness, I keep fluctuating between feeling fine and feeling like I might be getting it :sofa:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on December 28, 2017, 03:57:25 pm
Wasn't bad :p back at work today, I feel like I'm chasing my tail with the servers but at least they are up and running... getting new hardware next month, but I still think some software changes are in order...

trying not to get sick, it seems everyone I know has or had this horrible sickness, I keep fluctuating between feeling fine and feeling like I might be getting it :sofa:

Gah! Hope you don't get sick then! I'm still off work until next Tuesday. Been working on some personal projects, and helping my son with his Christmas gift. We got him a project kit for the Raspberry Pi where he can build a RFID reader/writer. It even comes with a couple of RFID tags one in the form of a keychain fob, and the other in a card. After some start and stops with configuration today he's been able to read from the keyfob RFID.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Bonker Gudd on December 29, 2017, 01:10:20 am
Obey me :pope:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on December 29, 2017, 12:14:06 pm
Obey me :pope:

No!


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on December 31, 2017, 11:08:58 pm
Happy New Year!! :yay:

Hopefully this will turn out better. (Hope always dies last).

This weekend I took the boys to see the new Star Wars film. I enjoyed it, and so did they.

Stay safe and hope you have a great new year celebration.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on January 01, 2018, 05:29:51 pm
Happy new year :yay:

Last year I woke up sick as duck on the 1st... this time I started early and got sick on the 28th lol... I saw star wars on the 28th, went home and took my temp, was 99F, and 100 by morning. I think I'm just about better now though.

SW TLJ was ok, not in my top 6 or anything...


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on January 01, 2018, 05:33:05 pm
Been working on some personal projects, and helping my son with his Christmas gift. We got him a project kit for the Raspberry Pi where he can build a RFID reader/writer. It even comes with a couple of RFID tags one in the form of a keychain fob, and the other in a card. After some start and stops with configuration today he's been able to read from the keyfob RFID.
dbl post because I'm too snotty/lazy to hit edit :p This sounds awesome! What are the possible projects to use this? Plans to chip the family in the future?


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on January 01, 2018, 06:06:08 pm
dbl post because I'm too snotty/lazy to hit edit :p This sounds awesome! What are the possible projects to use this? Plans to chip the family in the future?

Actually, he got an idea for a project from watching a kid's science show. Back some years ago they produced a show describing a connected house. There was one particular bit where the son comes to his desk lays his school bag in a specific section of his desk, and starts a program on his computer. The computer tells him what books are missing from his school bag for the next day. William would like to try to build something like this for himself.

Here in Germany once the children reach 5th grade they enter basically high school. This means a lot of different classes on different days. They won't always have the same class on the same day. For example one day they may have English, Math, Physics, and Geography; then on the next day they may have English, German, Math, Informatic (Computer Sciences), and History. So they are constantly needing to repack their school bag. William has the problem that he really doesn't like packing his school bag, or he forgets to put something he needs in the bag. So he thought it might be an idea to try to build something like this, using what he's learning with the Raspberry Pi. I'm helping him out as he gets stuck, and if there's any programming things he doesn't understand.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on January 11, 2018, 09:47:32 pm
Actually, he got an idea for a project from watching a kid's science show. Back some years ago they produced a show describing a connected house. There was one particular bit where the son comes to his desk lays his school bag in a specific section of his desk, and starts a program on his computer. The computer tells him what books are missing from his school bag for the next day. William would like to try to build something like this for himself.

Here in Germany once the children reach 5th grade they enter basically high school. This means a lot of different classes on different days. They won't always have the same class on the same day. For example one day they may have English, Math, Physics, and Geography; then on the next day they may have English, German, Math, Informatic (Computer Sciences), and History. So they are constantly needing to repack their school bag. William has the problem that he really doesn't like packing his school bag, or he forgets to put something he needs in the bag. So he thought it might be an idea to try to build something like this, using what he's learning with the Raspberry Pi. I'm helping him out as he gets stuck, and if there's any programming things he doesn't understand.
That's an excellent idea! As the say necessity is the mother of invention so that works out.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on January 20, 2018, 04:41:51 pm
Hope all is going well for you guys. I'm on the countdown until my birthday. Been playing a lot of Minecraft recently. I'm on a new server where I brought the average age up by about 10 years :p


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on January 23, 2018, 02:33:44 pm
Double post because I'm too lazy to edit.

I got a cool birthday gift. My wife got me a Samsung S3 Gear Frontier smart watch. It's really nice! Some of the things I like is that when I'm on my bike and my wife calls I don't have to try to stop and find my phone in my various pockets/backpack etc. I can just answer it right on my watch! I can even answer emails. It's going to be pretty useful, and it is stylish.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on January 26, 2018, 04:33:56 pm
Hello, is there anybody out there, just knod if you can hear me, is there anyone at home?


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on January 26, 2018, 05:33:20 pm
Hello, is there anybody out there, just knod if you can hear me, is there anyone at home?
Ain't no body here but us chickens!

Just been super busy lately. Finally got the new servers (and even a new router/firewall, old one was not gigabit so it was a bottleneck) and finished the migration Tuesday. Last weekend the gal I've been spending time with's dad passed. He had been ill for a while but no one knew it was this bad till monday before last when they gave him 2-6weeks to live and called in hospice. We made it to their house last friday (we've been up there most weekends since he stated feeling ill), she said a few goodbyes to him, and he passed soon after.

I got a cool birthday gift.
Happy belated bday!

My wife got me a Samsung S3 Gear Frontier smart watch. It's really nice! Some of the things I like is that when I'm on my bike and my wife calls I don't have to try to stop and find my phone in my various pockets/backpack etc. I can just answer it right on my watch! I can even answer emails. It's going to be pretty useful, and it is stylish.
I had a similar device with my MS Phone, have yet to replace it with an android version but I miss all the things that you mentioned. Knowing instantly if a vibration was "phantom" or not was the best!

Y'all ever use a "chromebook?"


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on January 26, 2018, 06:11:43 pm
Ain't no body here but us chickens!
Bock bock bock
Just been super busy lately. Finally got the new servers (and even a new router/firewall, old one was not gigabit so it was a bottleneck) and finished the migration Tuesday. Last weekend the gal I've been spending time with's dad passed. He had been ill for a while but no one knew it was this bad till monday before last when they gave him 2-6weeks to live and called in hospice. We made it to their house last friday (we've been up there most weekends since he stated feeling ill), she said a few goodbyes to him, and he passed soon after.

Good news on the servers. Sorry to hear about your girl's father. My condolences.

Happy belated bday!


Thanks, it seems every year I dread the next birthday, but then it comes and passes and it's not so bad, until the next one :(

I had a similar device with my MS Phone, have yet to replace it with an android version but I miss all the things that you mentioned. Knowing instantly if a vibration was "phantom" or not was the best!

Well if you are looking for an Android replacement I can totally suggest the Samsung S3 Gear. It's a nice little device, and has a lot of other functions that I've come to enjoy. A little on the pricey side at around 300. We got it on sale for about 250 according to my wife.

Y'all ever use a "chromebook?"

Nope, either we have Linux or Windows installed on our laptops.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on January 29, 2018, 10:05:30 pm
Thanks, it seems every year I dread the next birthday, but then it comes and passes and it's not so bad, until the next one :(
lol why do you dread it? Mine are always a non-event, for the most part. I typically don't let anyone know :lol:


Well if you are looking for an Android replacement I can totally suggest the Samsung S3 Gear. It's a nice little device, and has a lot of other functions that I've come to enjoy. A little on the pricey side at around 300. We got it on sale for about 250 according to my wife.
I've added a few to one of my amazon lists, I paid $200 for my MS Band (back in 2012?) so that's not too far off on price.


Nope, either we have Linux or Windows installed on our laptops.
Been looking at a laptop for gal's mom. Her current PC is sooooo  slow (and running Vista). I have no interest in trying to "fix" it and would rather just replace it. I'm pretty sure the only program she uses is chrome (for facebook & email) so was thinking a chromebook for < $200 is the way to go.



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on January 31, 2018, 05:16:01 pm
lol why do you dread it? Mine are always a non-event, for the most part. I typically don't let anyone know :lol:

I think I just don't like to think I'm getting old. I much prefer to think I'm still 25 :yes:
I've added a few to one of my amazon lists, I paid $200 for my MS Band (back in 2012?) so that's not too far off on price.

It's actually pretty useful. I can answer the phone, I can dictate text messages back. It interfaces with lots of apps that are on my phone, and actually has its own apps as well. It's a pretty solid device. So at around 300 Euros it's not badly priced I think.

I think my boss is trying to talk himself into getting one too. He keeps asking me questions about mine and what it can do, and what limitations it has etc.

Been looking at a laptop for gal's mom. Her current PC is sooooo  slow (and running Vista). I have no interest in trying to "fix" it and would rather just replace it. I'm pretty sure the only program she uses is chrome (for facebook & email) so was thinking a chromebook for < $200 is the way to go.

You could look into a simple laptop with a Pentium running Win10. I was amazed that Pentiums were still in use :shock: when my wife's colleague sent her new laptop to me for configuration.

So we had a bit of a scare with our dishwasher today, turned out that the drain section that connects to the sink was clogged enough to prevent it from running correctly. We were able to clear the blockage and the machine could drain again.

My boss called me in the other day saying he's thinking about finding some freelancers to do some work on non-essential projects, but things that could be used to expand our current core applications. He wants me to manage the externals. I said sure not a problem, just not sure how much travelling that is going to entail. So hey, you interested in doing some frontend work? Seriously if you know someone trustworthy that might be interested then give me their information, if they don't mind working remotely. The nice thing is that for these external positions you don't have to speak German, only English. It's not really a promotion but it does play to my strengths of working with people.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on January 31, 2018, 05:33:32 pm
I think I just don't like to think I'm getting old. I much prefer to think I'm still 25 :yes:
You're only as old as you feel/act :jamie:


You could look into a simple laptop with a Pentium running Win10. I was amazed that Pentiums were still in use :shock: when my wife's colleague sent her new laptop to me for configuration.
Yeah I saw a couple in the same price range (under $200) but one thing I was going for was preventing the "she clicks any links people send her" type viruses. I'll have to see if there is a way for me to remote manage (I installed teamviewer on my mom's pc last time I was there... would have saved me an hour of driving just to enter a product key (I still have no idea what she was doing wrong there...)).

Here is what I went with, it should be here tomorrow (but we won't see her for a couple weeks, is supposed to be a v-day gift anyway):
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07193JRJR/


So we had a bit of a scare with our dishwasher today, turned out that the drain section that connects to the sink was clogged enough to prevent it from running correctly. We were able to clear the blockage and the machine could drain again.
Glad to hear you were able to fix it!


My boss called me in the other day saying he's thinking about finding some freelancers to do some work on non-essential projects, but things that could be used to expand our current core applications. He wants me to manage the externals. I said sure not a problem, just not sure how much travelling that is going to entail. So hey, you interested in doing some frontend work? Seriously if you know someone trustworthy that might be interested then give me their information, if they don't mind working remotely. The nice thing is that for these external positions you don't have to speak German, only English. It's not really a promotion but it does play to my strengths of working with people.
Well my front end skills are super outdated but my frontend guy here might be interested, I'll check next time I talk to him. :thumb: (Update: I spoke with him and he does do freelance from time to time and he is interested, I'll email you his personal email address?)




Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on January 31, 2018, 09:24:20 pm
You're only as old as you feel/act :jamie:

Let's leave it at how I act :yes:

Yeah I saw a couple in the same price range (under $200) but one thing I was going for was preventing the "she clicks any links people send her" type viruses. I'll have to see if there is a way for me to remote manage (I installed teamviewer on my mom's pc last time I was there... would have saved me an hour of driving just to enter a product key (I still have no idea what she was doing wrong there...)).

Teamviewer is pretty useful that way, also great when you don't have to drive an hour to the site.

Here is what I went with, it should be here tomorrow (but we won't see her for a couple weeks, is supposed to be a v-day gift anyway):
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07193JRJR/

Should work as long as she's ok with the menu system and all. If she's just browsing and reading emails though she shouldn't need much more.

Well my front end skills are super outdated but my frontend guy here might be interested, I'll check next time I talk to him. :thumb: (Update: I spoke with him and he does do freelance from time to time and he is interested, I'll email you his personal email address?)

That would be fine. If you want you can even send him to this link https://cartago.com/pages/career_dev_frontend_en.html to see if it's anything he might be interested in.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Bonker Gudd on February 01, 2018, 12:24:28 am
Probate time  :bow_arrow:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Bonker Gudd on February 01, 2018, 12:26:06 am
Probate time  :bow_arrow:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on February 01, 2018, 06:09:28 pm
Twice even  :jamie:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on February 09, 2018, 05:11:02 pm
Looks like we've lost some posts.

Do you still get emails when I post here?


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on February 09, 2018, 05:18:16 pm
Looks like we've lost some posts.
Yeah... there were two posts before the DNS switched over (and a few PMs between us) that went to the other database. I had actually copied & pasted them into a text file during that time, but I didn't save it... I have a bad habit of leaving "temp" files open in my text editor... and of course my computer was frozen the next morning requiring a hard boot :doh:


Do you still get emails when I post here?
I got this one :yay:



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on February 10, 2018, 08:38:28 pm
Not a problem then.

I still need to get around to getting the configurations for my site finished, I'll let you know when I do.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on February 21, 2018, 09:18:35 pm
I got sick again! The flu has been a pretty bad epidemic here, with three different ones floating around... This time it wasn't too bad, I started feeling "run down" last Tues after lunch, wasn't sure if sick or just tired. Then that evening it hit me pretty hard. The next day I felt bad, but not terrible, so I just played video games all day. I'm never really sure when I should stay home vs risk getting coworkers sick, just I worked from home the next two days. All better now, and most of the weekend (although I stayed in), with the exception of a nasty cough that I think it almost done.

I've started a regimen of vitamins... One of my coworkers has made it through the season unscathed so I asked what he takes, and plan to mirror it :lol:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on February 22, 2018, 04:20:49 pm
Ouch!

My youngest came down with a fever today. Hopefully he'll keep his germs to himself. I don't want them.

One of the things to make sure you stay healthy is eating well enough so your body has the energy to fight, and also getting enough rest ;)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on February 22, 2018, 04:37:18 pm
My youngest came down with a fever today. Hopefully he'll keep his germs to himself. I don't want them.
I hope he is able to kick it soon! Be sure to keep an eye on those numbers and use fever reducers as needed.


One of the things to make sure you stay healthy is eating well enough so your body has the energy to fight, and also getting enough rest ;)
heh, eating shouldn't be a problem... been doing too much of that the past few months... My scale was looking so good before October, now I'm 20lbs over that... :cry: Getting enough rest too, I think. On day 3 of the vitamins. Currently fish oil & a "one a day" type multi-vitamin. Adding some sort of vinegar (just a shot a day) and lemon oil (just a couple drops a day) as soon as they arrive in the mail (today according to the emails) :sofa:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on February 23, 2018, 08:33:57 pm
I hope he is able to kick it soon! Be sure to keep an eye on those numbers and use fever reducers as needed.
Yeah his fever was pretty high today according to my wife, and she gave him medicine. He was feeling much cooler when we sent him to bed tonight. So hopefully it'll be over for him soon. The big worry is if anyone else catches it.

heh, eating shouldn't be a problem... been doing too much of that the past few months... My scale was looking so good before October, now I'm 20lbs over that... :cry: Getting enough rest too, I think. On day 3 of the vitamins. Currently fish oil & a "one a day" type multi-vitamin. Adding some sort of vinegar (just a shot a day) and lemon oil (just a couple drops a day) as soon as they arrive in the mail (today according to the emails) :sofa:

I'm doing pretty well actually. I'm at my lightest since I left the Army (I'm under 189). I hope to keep the trend up.

Well I've received a very unexpected invitation to some thing called "HackerX". Apparently they are promising me 15 face-to-face discussions with tech companies in the area, and free food.

I'm not really looking for work, but it is free food :yum:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Bonker Gudd on February 24, 2018, 01:19:16 am
Free food tastes better when you're pregnant.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on February 24, 2018, 02:00:47 pm
Hiya Bonk :hiya:

Free food tastes better when you're pregnant.

I wouldn't know, I would have to ask my wife ;)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on March 05, 2018, 07:16:01 pm
Yeah his fever was pretty high today according to my wife, and she gave him medicine. He was feeling much cooler when we sent him to bed tonight. So hopefully it'll be over for him soon. The big worry is if anyone else catches it.
I hope all is well by now! Gal I've been spending time with caught what I had back on Feb 13th, and she is still sick! I think she must have gotten something else on top of, or right after, it (and possibly gave that to me, although I'm not full on sick, I don't feel 100% well).


I'm doing pretty well actually. I'm at my lightest since I left the Army (I'm under 189). I hope to keep the trend up.
I'm creeping up on that... I want to be 160, was 163 back in Sept... Not real sure what my problem is (I know what THE problem is, which is being lazy, but not sure why I can't motivate myself to get back on track) :p


Well I've received a very unexpected invitation to some thing called "HackerX". Apparently they are promising me 15 face-to-face discussions with tech companies in the area, and free food.

I'm not really looking for work, but it is free food :yum:
heh, when is that happening?


Not much new here. Still taking vitamins and drinking vinegar :yuck:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on March 07, 2018, 08:09:36 pm
I hope all is well by now! Gal I've been spending time with caught what I had back on Feb 13th, and she is still sick! I think she must have gotten something else on top of, or right after, it (and possibly gave that to me, although I'm not full on sick, I don't feel 100% well).
Yep he got better, then my wife caught it and was down for a week. I felt so sorry for her. She's doing better now though.

I'm creeping up on that... I want to be 160, was 163 back in Sept... Not real sure what my problem is (I know what THE problem is, which is being lazy, but not sure why I can't motivate myself to get back on track) :p
I was 160 back when I was 23 after I left Army training. I doubt I will ever be that thin again.

heh, when is that happening?
It'll happen on the evening of the 22nd. I have no idea what to expect really, and I'm not really looking for a job. Probably just going to try to connect with some other devs and see if any are interested in coming to Landshut ;)

Not much new here. Still taking vitamins and drinking vinegar :yuck:

What is the vinegar supposed to do again? I only use vinegar when I'm adding it as a salad dressing. The rest of the time that stuff needs to stay as far away from my nose as possible.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on March 07, 2018, 10:48:33 pm
Yep he got better, then my wife caught it and was down for a week. I felt so sorry for her. She's doing better now though.
That's the worst part about the flu, just gets passed around... We're pretty paranoid here in the office so rule of thumb is to stay away if you think you're contagious.


I was 160 back when I was 23 after I left Army training. I doubt I will ever be that thin again.
If I can just get people to stop supplying me with sweets! Easter is just around the corner too...


What is the vinegar supposed to do again? I only use vinegar when I'm adding it as a salad dressing. The rest of the time that stuff needs to stay as far away from my nose as possible.
heh, honestly I have no idea what any of it is supposed to do. He's not the only one I've heard of drinking it though. According to the bottle, half a shot glass (x number of table spoons, I forget (3?) I measured into a shot glass for easier dosing) three times a day. I only do it 1 or 2, half a shot of [braggs] vinegar, 1 drop of lemon oil, the rest water in a glass.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on March 14, 2018, 05:33:34 pm
So everything has been going well enough, until today when I realize that an update query for some reason is updating two date fields instead of just one, and I don't know why. The query doesn't mention the other field at all. Maybe it's because the field is built as a timestamp? I don't know, but all my data is now wacked and I have to try to fix the bug.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on March 14, 2018, 05:38:54 pm
So everything has been going well enough, until today when I realize that an update query for some reason is updating two date fields instead of just one, and I don't know why. The query doesn't mention the other field at all. Maybe it's because the field is built as a timestamp? I don't know, but all my data is now wacked and I have to try to fix the bug.
Is there a "Trigger" on the table? I've got a bug in production causing (seemingly just one) clients to charge people credit cards twice... I  can't seem to work out what this guy is doing to break things...


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on March 16, 2018, 06:29:22 pm
Figured it out, apparently it was partially a configuration problem and partially because MySQL is a dick.

What the problem was is that specifically said that these date fields were supposed to use the MySQL TIMESTAMP data type. What I didn't tell it was that it should use a specific default value for these not null fields. So when I ran the CREATE queries for the tables, MySQL assumed that the first TIMESTAMP field should be a real timestamp and every update on that record would reset that field's value.

Now the problem is that I had no idea that this is something the MySQL does. Accordingly I figured the field would only update when I specifically updated it in a query. So basically we decided to drop the data and let it rebuild after I fixed the problem by altering all the fields using TIMESTAMP to have a default value and that they shouldn't be updated with the record.


BTW new Certificate service, free of cost and apparently provides wild SSL (meaning you get it for stinkbugonline and all subdomains of stinkbugonline are covered). https://letsencrypt.org/


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Bonker Gudd on March 19, 2018, 01:24:46 am
Smack me :deadhorse:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on March 27, 2018, 10:14:21 am
Beat that dead horse Bonkers.

So hope all is well with everyone. I have a new phone. The boss felt it was important that I have an actual extension so he got me a new mobile too.

Fought off a sore throat and cold yesterda. Still not 100% but better than yesterda.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on March 27, 2018, 03:08:00 pm
Figured it out, apparently it was partially a configuration problem and partially because MySQL is a dick.

What the problem was is that specifically said that these date fields were supposed to use the MySQL TIMESTAMP data type. What I didn't tell it was that it should use a specific default value for these not null fields. So when I ran the CREATE queries for the tables, MySQL assumed that the first TIMESTAMP field should be a real timestamp and every update on that record would reset that field's value.

Now the problem is that I had no idea that this is something the MySQL does. Accordingly I figured the field would only update when I specifically updated it in a query. So basically we decided to drop the data and let it rebuild after I fixed the problem by altering all the fields using TIMESTAMP to have a default value and that they shouldn't be updated with the record.
Weird! I can see a rare occasion where that would be useful, but the more common occurrence that it's not. Glad you found it.



BTW new Certificate service, free of cost and apparently provides wild SSL (meaning you get it for stinkbugonline and all subdomains of stinkbugonline are covered). https://letsencrypt.org/
It looks like the host makes this as difficult as possible. I have it on my to do list, just haven't looked too far into it yet. Would be nice to get my email on an ssl :p



So hope all is well with everyone.
Have been well here, keeping busy. In the process of adding another freelance project to my plate... I think it'll be an easy one (famous last words) where users enter numbers and the system spits out reports. I've a couple band prospects too :rock:



I have a new phone. The boss felt it was important that I have an actual extension so he got me a new mobile too.
What phone did you get?



Fought off a sore throat and cold yesterda. Still not 100% but better than yesterda.
I see it's still going around over there too... so many friends & co-workers sick... I've been taking my vitamins & drinking my vinegar :yes:


Really starting to get confused on our systems here at work... This week I'm trying to get our dev, q&a, and live systems in synch... since it's a mix of html/css/js > asp classic/asp.net > mssql sprocs... it's a total nightmare. There really has to be a better way than my mostly manual (using a "file compare" app) process :doh: Between keeping our systems running, bug fixes, and them adding more "urgent" feature requests... starting to get overwhelmed :sofa:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on March 28, 2018, 06:53:23 pm
BTW new Certificate service, free of cost and apparently provides wild SSL (meaning you get it for stinkbugonline and all subdomains of stinkbugonline are covered). https://letsencrypt.org/
It looks like the host makes this as difficult as possible. I have it on my to do list, just haven't looked too far into it yet. Would be nice to get my email on an ssl :p

I submitted a trouble ticket and they set up one domain and gave me instructions on how to set up the rest... super simple!


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on April 02, 2018, 04:15:12 pm
Weird! I can see a rare occasion where that would be useful, but the more common occurrence that it's not. Glad you found it.


Me too. I hate weird things ... maybe I'm in the wrong profession :hmmm:

Have been well here, keeping busy. In the process of adding another freelance project to my plate... I think it'll be an easy one (famous last words) where users enter numbers and the system spits out reports. I've a couple band prospects too :rock:

So you are going to start playing in a band again :rock: Awesome.

What phone did you get?

I now have a Moto G5s Plus. My boss decided that I needed to have my own extension at the office, and that means I was allowed to have a company phone. He like the Motos and it's not bad really, and best of all no Samsung Bloat! Also it's a high end device compared to my Samsung. I like it pretty well. I now have two SIMs. The first is my personal number, the other is my company extension.


I see it's still going around over there too... so many friends & co-workers sick... I've been taking my vitamins & drinking my vinegar :yes:


I probably should have also drank vinegar. On the next day after posting that I had to come home from work early because I was so dizzy. Was better the next day. Still really annoying.

Really starting to get confused on our systems here at work... This week I'm trying to get our dev, q&a, and live systems in synch... since it's a mix of html/css/js > asp classic/asp.net > mssql sprocs... it's a total nightmare. There really has to be a better way than my mostly manual (using a "file compare" app) process :doh: Between keeping our systems running, bug fixes, and them adding more "urgent" feature requests... starting to get overwhelmed :sofa:

You might need to find a way to map your systems to get an idea what's going on. Glad it's not me :whistle:

I submitted a trouble ticket and they set up one domain and gave me instructions on how to set up the rest... super simple!

Great! I noticed the lock on the site here. Also noticed that sometimes it gives a warning about unsecure content, so I might have to go in and check the adminstration side so that the URLs are built correctly.

So are you planning on doing all the accounts on your stinkbugonline domain? Need to know so that I can get the URL's changed for my personal site ;)


Yep, the theme values were still pointing to http instead of https. That's been corrected and we are all secure :D


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on April 03, 2018, 04:23:28 pm
Me too. I hate weird things ... maybe I'm in the wrong profession :hmmm:
Just using the wrong technologies :jamie:


So you are going to start playing in a band again :rock: Awesome.
First band practice today at 7:30! This one is a brand new band we're starting up, the guitarist is typically a bassist and someone I've known since about 1994. His band got my old punk band our first Houston shows. The other band (that I don't think I'll be playing with) is about a year old and the bassist has to take a couple months off. They are guys I hang out with, and I offered to play, but they haven't really responded to that topic (so I assume it's a 'polite' no). I'm totally fine with being "turned down" since I might (not sure till I get started) not be ready to go straight into learning & playing a set worth of songs. With the band I'm practicing with tonight, we're learning the songs at the same rate, and the members are not playing what they normally play (drummer is normally a guitarist) so I feel we're fairly matched on skill (I'm on my usual instrument, but haven't played much in the past 18 years). My last band practice was sometime between June & Aug 2000.


I probably should have also drank vinegar. On the next day after posting that I had to come home from work early because I was so dizzy. Was better the next day. Still really annoying.
I've been having a terrible sore throat since [probably] Sunday morning... but not like a "sick" sore throat... more like I got karate chopped in teh neck... (I didn't). My best guess is one of the large vitamins bruised my throat on the way down... I think it's better today than yesterday, will see how things are tomorrow before deciding if I need medical attn...


You might need to find a way to map your systems to get an idea what's going on. Glad it's not me :whistle:
Been on my list since 2012... we have so many "ins" and "outs" that I'm not sure the best way to map or where to start :crash:


Great! I noticed the lock on the site here. Also noticed that sometimes it gives a warning about unsecure content, so I might have to go in and check the adminstration side so that the URLs are built correctly.
Yeah, I checked the "force ssl" box, probably should have checked with you first :sofa:


So are you planning on doing all the accounts on your stinkbugonline domain? Need to know so that I can get the URL's changed for my personal site ;)
All the accounts are managed individually, I PMed you the details on how to change yours.


Yep, the theme values were still pointing to http instead of https. That's been corrected and we are all secure :D
Awesome! I assume it'll throw a warning when people link the insecure images and whatnot in posts.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on April 16, 2018, 04:19:43 pm
First band practice today at 7:30!
Second band practice coming this Sunday! First one went well, was just the guitarist and I. The drummer we originally chose seems to be way too busy (already missed the first practice) so we were looking for others. When I was at a show last Friday, I ran into a guy I totally forgot has been asking to play since I moved back so we're going to try him out Sunday.


I've been having a terrible sore throat since [probably] Sunday morning... but not like a "sick" sore throat... more like I got karate chopped in teh neck... (I didn't). My best guess is one of the large vitamins bruised my throat on the way down... I think it's better today than yesterday, will see how things are tomorrow before deciding if I need medical attn...
It felt like I grew a 2nd adams apple and the internet convinced me I should get it checked out... First I had to get an ultrasound, that was $150. No word on my lump but now we've uncovered I only have 1 lobe of my thyroid (should be two) (probably birth "defect" and I haven't had any issue so far). Then I had a CT scan for $550... That was interesting, had my first IV and they ran iodine through me. No word on that yet (was Friday afternoon).

"Funny" thing is, I think the issue is going away on it's own... I should have just waited :p


OK, technical question time:

I have a system that sends data from my system to a 3d party. Here is the current flow:

- user makes change in my admin system
- this change creates a database record
- every 2 minutes a program runs that checks the table for the existence of these records and builds/transmits xml based on those records. (it sends the net result of the records so if I change a value 10 times, it only sends the current value)


The issue I am running into is that if the system is still sending when the 2 minute trigger happens the third party does not like me to send two things at once...

One thought is that instead of the "run every two minutes" I have a "console app" that runs 24/7, it would check the table every two mins but only if not currently working on transmitting. The issue with that is we can run into a "large queue" scenario where other clients are waiting because one client made a ton of changes.

Another thought would be a database flag letting the system know not to send if the flag is set to busy, but that sounds pretty messy and easy to break.

any ideas? I'm sure others have done what I'm doing, but I'm not sure how to search for answers or how to pose the question...





Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on April 16, 2018, 04:35:06 pm

Second band practice coming this Sunday! First one went well, was just the guitarist and I. The drummer we originally chose seems to be way too busy (already missed the first practice) so we were looking for others. When I was at a show last Friday, I ran into a guy I totally forgot has been asking to play since I moved back so we're going to try him out Sunday.

Yeah if you really want to play then you make time to play I would assume. Hope this guy works out.

It felt like I grew a 2nd adams apple and the internet convinced me I should get it checked out... First I had to get an ultrasound, that was $150. No word on my lump but now we've uncovered I only have 1 lobe of my thyroid (should be two) (probably birth "defect" and I haven't had any issue so far). Then I had a CT scan for $550... That was interesting, had my first IV and they ran iodine through me. No word on that yet (was Friday afternoon).

"Funny" thing is, I think the issue is going away on it's own... I should have just waited :p

Seeing those prices makes me thankful for universal healthcare here. Yeah you probably should have let it rest, now you have something else to keep an eye on.

OK, technical question time:

I have a system that sends data from my system to a 3d party. Here is the current flow:

- user makes change in my admin system
- this change creates a database record
- every 2 minutes a program runs that checks the table for the existence of these records and builds/transmits xml based on those records. (it sends the net result of the records so if I change a value 10 times, it only sends the current value)


The issue I am running into is that if the system is still sending when the 2 minute trigger happens the third party does not like me to send two things at once...

One thought is that instead of the "run every two minutes" I have a "console app" that runs 24/7, it would check the table every two mins but only if not currently working on transmitting. The issue with that is we can run into a "large queue" scenario where other clients are waiting because one client made a ton of changes.

Another thought would be a database flag letting the system know not to send if the flag is set to busy, but that sounds pretty messy and easy to break.

any ideas? I'm sure others have done what I'm doing, but I'm not sure how to search for answers or how to pose the question...

So what is the protocol or method of transmission? Do you make a REST or SOAP call to the other system? How much data are you sending that it takes over two minutes to send? The question here basically is "is there a way to reduce the amount of time it takes to transmit the data package?"

Why do you push the data instead of waiting for the client to just get the data periodically? This would make more sense to be honest.

The other option would be that you could set up an "apply" button functionality that when the change is ready the person pushes it manually and it sends the updates to all the clients that need it.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on April 16, 2018, 07:50:30 pm
Yeah if you really want to play then you make time to play I would assume.
Yup, dude is just in too many bands already :p This town has 50 bands and 10 musicians, it's very weird to me.


Hope this guy works out.
I'm optimistic. I've known him for a while, back in 1997, when he was like 16 he was in a band that opened for my band a lot. I've run into him a few times at shows and every time he mentions wanting to play.


Seeing those prices makes me thankful for universal healthcare here.
Yup. I have insurance, and talking to the dr & having blood drawn/analysed was free as a result, but the two procedures were "subject to my deductible" which, if I understand correctly, I have to spend $2,500 before insurance kicks in (and what that means is another question as well... I'd rather not find out.)


Yeah you probably should have let it rest, now you have something else to keep an eye on.
Well, it was getting hard to swallow :p I figured if it's cancer it's better to catch is "early" rather than waiting, or waiting till I couldn't swallow.


So what is the protocol or method of transmission? Do you make a REST or SOAP call to the other system?
SOAP.


How much data are you sending that it takes over two minutes to send? The question here basically is "is there a way to reduce the amount of time it takes to transmit the data package?"
It's not a single transaction taking over two minutes, can be thousands of small transactions, and unfortunately I think I've whittled it down to the smallest possible already.


Why do you push the data instead of waiting for the client to just get the data periodically? This would make more sense to be honest.
3rd parties rules. I think the system with the data should do the pushing (when they have data for me, they push to me).


The other option would be that you could set up an "apply" button functionality that when the change is ready the person pushes it manually and it sends the updates to all the clients that need it.
Would still have the same issue if two people make updates at the same time (we have hundreds of clients).



looks like one  of our public facing systems received a hack attempt yesterday morning... about 600 records created for an obviously fake user... the comments contain obvious injection attempts. I guess there's enough systems that are vulnerable to injection hacks that people still try it :rolleyes:



Update:
General doc says this thing on my throat is a Thyroglossal Duct Cyst and I need to see a specialist who will probably want to surgically remove it... I'm pretty against being put to sleep so not sure what's going to happen, first step is to talk to the Ear Nose & Throat dr.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on May 05, 2018, 07:14:36 pm
I'm alive!

Trying to get everything done before vacation in two weeks, but I'm alive!

The project I did for my wife is pretty much done, needs some language translation checks but other than that it is looking good.

Next weekend we are going to celebrate middle boy's un-birthday. Since his birthday is so close to Christmas it's hard to have a party for him, so we'll throw him a party next Saturday. He wants a Harry Potter themed party this year, so we're gearing up for that.

Had a business trip with the boss this week, and it went well. Surprisingly well too, so we're hopeful that we'll land a nice contract there.



Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on May 07, 2018, 06:21:08 pm
I'm alive!

Trying to get everything done before vacation in two weeks, but I'm alive!
You're always going on vacation! :lol:


The project I did for my wife is pretty much done, needs some language translation checks but other than that it is looking good.
Cool! What was the project (I don't think you mentioned and I forgot)? I've added "too many" freelance projects to my list... The current one, I didn't really even agree to... When I was freelance, I worked for a company who did projects for other companies, so basically they were doing my "job hunting & negotiation." When I started working for my full time company I stopped accepting jobs, but I recently said OK to one... That turned into two (both of which are pending still), and then they asked me if I knew about SOAP... Apparently my yes meant agreeing to the project, which would have been simple but the client has been very un-forthcoming with needed data (like the soap layout). When I visited the company that I work with back in 2011 (they were 1 state away when I was in VA) they asked me "have you ever fired a client?" at the time I said no, but I recently reminded them of this question and said "I would fire this one..." The plan for this evening is to look at two database tables and somewhat guess at building an insert statement... hopefully I don't break their other systems...


Next weekend we are going to celebrate middle boy's un-birthday. Since his birthday is so close to Christmas it's hard to have a party for him, so we'll throw him a party next Saturday.
That's pretty awesome of y'all! :yay:


Next weekend we are going to celebrate middle boy's un-birthday. Since his birthday is so close to Christmas it's hard to have a party for him, so we'll throw him a party next Saturday. He wants a Harry Potter themed party this year, so we're gearing up for that.
Are you and your wife fans? I'm not much of a fan and know far more about the franchise than I would like.


Had a business trip with the boss this week, and it went well. Surprisingly well too, so we're hopeful that we'll land a nice contract there.
"Surprisingly?" :hmm:


Did I mention I'm in two bands now? :lol: One of them has only had one practice so far. The other one is going pretty well, the drummer has a pretty rigorous work schedule ("4 10s" mon-thurs) and lives almost an hr away so we only practice once a week, on the weekend, but it's going well so far.

I never did make an appt with the throat specialist, it stopped bothering me (and the internet says the issue can go away on it's own) :sofa:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Bonker Gudd on May 08, 2018, 11:51:36 pm
I trackr pandas :pope:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on May 10, 2018, 08:45:17 am
You're always going on vacation! :lol:


Yeah I know :P


Cool! What was the project (I don't think you mentioned and I forgot)? I've added "too many" freelance projects to my list... The current one, I didn't really even agree to... When I was freelance, I worked for a company who did projects for other companies, so basically they were doing my "job hunting & negotiation." When I started working for my full time company I stopped accepting jobs, but I recently said OK to one... That turned into two (both of which are pending still), and then they asked me if I knew about SOAP... Apparently my yes meant agreeing to the project, which would have been simple but the client has been very un-forthcoming with needed data (like the soap layout). When I visited the company that I work with back in 2011 (they were 1 state away when I was in VA) they asked me "have you ever fired a client?" at the time I said no, but I recently reminded them of this question and said "I would fire this one..." The plan for this evening is to look at two database tables and somewhat guess at building an insert statement... hopefully I don't break their other systems...

My wife volunteers at a bazaar where people can sell old kids clothes and toys. They have to create a list of the items with an incremented id number, description, size (if clothing) and a price. They also need to create price tags for the items that have a specific format that are attachable to the items they want to sell. Normally you had to do this all manually, and my wife hated it, so she asked me to create a program that made it easy to do all the data entry and all she has to do is hit a print button and gets both the ordered list and the labels printed. So I worked up something that looks pretty good, and is simple to use. Now I'm getting ready to pass it around to some of the women on the team for them to test it and give me feedback on what needs to corrected, or how to make it better. Then I'll release it and see if the bazaar leadership will put a link to it on their website.

Not sure I've ever heard of firing a client, unless they didn't pay.

That's pretty awesome of y'all! :yay:
Are you and your wife fans? I'm not much of a fan and know far more about the franchise than I would like.

Yes we are fans of the book series. Our middle son is dyslexic, and he has serious problems with reading. However, since we introduced him to an illustrated version of the Harry Potter books he's been much more excited about reading. He loves the stories and since the illustrated books have the complete story just with pictures added it keeps his attention and it's not so much like work. So of course he wanted his birthday to be Harry Potter themed. He was also the one that after listening to The Hobbit while on vacation insisted he have a hobbit birthday.

"Surprisingly?" :hmm:

Yep, because we went there to push or main products (document generation) and found out that they have interest also in one of our other newer products (the one I'm responsible for). So that was surprising.

Did I mention I'm in two bands now? :lol: One of them has only had one practice so far. The other one is going pretty well, the drummer has a pretty rigorous work schedule ("4 10s" mon-thurs) and lives almost an hr away so we only practice once a week, on the weekend, but it's going well so far.

How are you going to play in two bands, and work full time, and have freelance work? You'll make your head pop!

I never did make an appt with the throat specialist, it stopped bothering me (and the internet says the issue can go away on it's own) :sofa:

Not sure if that's such a wise idea, but hey I can't say much I do similar things  :rolleyes:

Yesterday I was again on a business trip with one of our project managers. We are partnering with another company to provide some custom stuff, and yesterday we basically hashed out what the offer to the customer will be. It was a good and productive day but very long. I didn't get back home until midnight. :sleep:



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Post by: msimmons on May 10, 2018, 03:32:43 pm
I trackr pandas :pope:
:coffee2:


Yeah I know :P
Where to this time?


So I worked up something that looks pretty good, and is simple to use. Now I'm getting ready to pass it around to some of the women on the team for them to test it and give me feedback on what needs to corrected, or how to make it better. Then I'll release it and see if the bazaar leadership will put a link to it on their website.
That is awesome, sounds like a fun project!


Not sure I've ever heard of firing a client, unless they didn't pay.
I had one other client, who was constantly complaining about cost, that mentioned his religion (baptist/christian) and suggested pirating software in the same phone call, I was suddenly too busy for his projects after that. I had an acquaintance (I should email him, it's been a while) that would often reflect on the "hassle:income" ratio (we did freelance projects together for a few years, he was a designer) so I like to keep that in mind. The last email regarding this current mess said "[we] want to make sure you are well compensated for this, Iím not even sure what I would call it, as you have put a lot of time and effort into this and have dealt with this disorganization very well" so that (potentially) adds some weight to the income side of that ratio.


However, since we introduced him to an illustrated version of the Harry Potter books he's been much more excited about reading. He loves the stories and since the illustrated books have the complete story just with pictures added it keeps his attention and it's not so much like work.
I think the Potterverse has done that for quite a few people young and old. I watched the very first movie in the theater when it came out because my first mother-in-law was a teacher and she got into it because they were great in getting her students to read. I've always been an avid reader my entire life so even though I don't have kids or students, I too respect the series for that.


So of course he wanted his birthday to be Harry Potter themed. He was also the one that after listening to The Hobbit while on vacation insisted he have a hobbit birthday.
Very awesome that y'all are so supportive!


Yep, because we went there to push or main products (document generation) and found out that they have interest also in one of our other newer products (the one I'm responsible for). So that was surprising.
Ah gotcha, very cool indeed! :yay:


How are you going to play in two bands, and work full time, and have freelance work? You'll make your head pop!
heh, yeah... and don't forget to throw in my rigorous concert attendance (which typically requires some downtime the next morning as well :p ).
So far the punk rock band only practices once a week on Saturday or Sunday evening. The new wave band has only had one practice and it was a weekday evening. That still leaves 4 weekday evenings for freelance and doesn't affect my "9 to 5" or weekend night schedule :sweat:


Not sure if that's such a wise idea, but hey I can't say much I do similar things  :rolleyes:
I agree... Maybe I'll try again to make an appointment next week... maybe.


Yesterday I was again on a business trip with one of our project managers. We are partnering with another company to provide some custom stuff, and yesterday we basically hashed out what the offer to the customer will be. It was a good and productive day but very long. I didn't get back home until midnight. :sleep:
Hopefully the company recognizes that you are out late and lets you come in late if needed.




Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on May 13, 2018, 07:29:14 pm
Where to this time?

We're going to France this time. Now to see if Duolingo pays off and I can get through a 1.5 week in France with the language skills I learned.


That is awesome, sounds like a fun project!
It was, will be posting some lessons learned on my blog in the near future.

I had one other client, who was constantly complaining about cost, that mentioned his religion (baptist/christian) and suggested pirating software in the same phone call, I was suddenly too busy for his projects after that. I had an acquaintance (I should email him, it's been a while) that would often reflect on the "hassle:income" ratio (we did freelance projects together for a few years, he was a designer) so I like to keep that in mind. The last email regarding this current mess said "[we] want to make sure you are well compensated for this, Iím not even sure what I would call it, as you have put a lot of time and effort into this and have dealt with this disorganization very well" so that (potentially) adds some weight to the income side of that ratio.
Yep asking me to break the law (or even pirating software) is a deal breaker for me.

I think the Potterverse has done that for quite a few people young and old. I watched the very first movie in the theater when it came out because my first mother-in-law was a teacher and she got into it because they were great in getting her students to read. I've always been an avid reader my entire life so even though I don't have kids or students, I too respect the series for that.
It's especially important when the child has trouble reading. You have to find something that draws them in.

Very awesome that y'all are so supportive!
I'm a little worried, this vacation we're going to listen to Lord of the Rings.

heh, yeah... and don't forget to throw in my rigorous concert attendance (which typically requires some downtime the next morning as well :p ).
So far the punk rock band only practices once a week on Saturday or Sunday evening. The new wave band has only had one practice and it was a weekday evening. That still leaves 4 weekday evenings for freelance and doesn't affect my "9 to 5" or weekend night schedule :sweat:

Well since you don't have kids that probably helps.

Hopefully the company recognizes that you are out late and lets you come in late if needed.

Not a big deal the next day was a local holiday so I had the day off anyway. Friday I took off early to help prepare for the birthday party.


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Post by: msimmons on May 14, 2018, 02:59:23 pm
We're going to France this time. Now to see if Duolingo pays off and I can get through a 1.5 week in France with the language skills I learned.
Awesome, good luck! I downloaded Duolingo some time ago to work on my Spanish (since it's not uncommon for me to be in a situation where 99% of the conversations are in Spanish (which I can't speak, I knew a bit as a kid (5-10) but somehow forgot it all)) just never put in the effort though.


It was, will be posting some lessons learned on my blog in the near future.
I look forward to it!


Yep asking me to break the law (or even pirating software) is a deal breaker for me.
With the current client it was just a matter of them asking me to post to a web service without any details of the web service...  then to take the data received and put in their database, without any details of said database :lol: We finally have gotten somewhere though, I'm hoping to have it ready for testing tonight.


I'm a little worried, this vacation we're going to listen to Lord of the Rings.
lol why is that worrisome?


Well since you don't have kids that probably helps.
Yeah, I imagine I would not be doing half the things I do if I did. I didn't factor in the girlfriend or turtle project though... The turtle project has been pretty dormant but we did work this weekend. We finally put on the threshold, the last structural piece :lol: previously we just had some bricks on the inside of the door. We're scrapping one project, that I was not looking forward to (creating habitats for "poison dart frogs") and instead building a "walk in cage" for some "tree monitors."


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on May 31, 2018, 03:16:13 pm
Just got back from vacation. France wasn't as bad as I feared.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on May 31, 2018, 03:28:40 pm
Just got back from vacation.
Welcome back! Did you receive my PM?


France wasn't as bad as I feared.
A strange thing to say :lol: What did you fear and how was it not as bad?


Pretty quiet on this end. Have a promoter pushing to have the band on a gig July 20th... even when I tell her we've only had one practice with the singer, and that was just for him to hear the songs... I guess we'll decide after this weekend's practice :sofa:


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on May 31, 2018, 05:58:43 pm
Welcome back! Did you receive my PM?
Thanks! Just saw the PM and answered it. Not sure if my answer will actually answer your questions :sofa:

A strange thing to say :lol: What did you fear and how was it not as bad?

Oh I was worried that I wouldn't be able to communicate. There were difficulties at time, but for the most part I could make myself understood.

My wife and I are currently going through the photos and deleting the worst ones. Then plan which ones to print out.


Pretty quiet on this end. Have a promoter pushing to have the band on a gig July 20th... even when I tell her we've only had one practice with the singer, and that was just for him to hear the songs... I guess we'll decide after this weekend's practice :sofa:

That sounds like it could be cool, but I don't know how long it takes for a band to get their act together so to speak ;)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on June 01, 2018, 02:39:50 pm
Oh I was worried that I wouldn't be able to communicate. There were difficulties at time, but for the most part I could make myself understood.
Ah, that makes sense!


My wife and I are currently going through the photos and deleting the worst ones. Then plan which ones to print out.
Deleting & printing are foreign concepts :lol: just throw them all in a properly labeled folder (and make sure it gets backed up)


That sounds like it could be cool, but I don't know how long it takes for a band to get their act together so to speak ;)
Well, this band is starting from scratch with all original tunes (somehow the guitarist was able to crank out 7 right off the bat, nothing complex, it's punk rock/thrash). Since the guitarist wrote them, he's good to go. I'm just about there (I can tell you it's not like "riding a bike" though, really having to practice to get my speed/rhythm back (I would have thought my fret board hand would be the hard part)), sometimes I try to change before it's time though (like 4 measures instead of 6). I think the drummer is still working out his parts, and the singer had/has to write lyrics. We've made a few phone recordings so the singer can write to them, but we haven't practiced with the singer :sofa: I think tomorrow we'll get together and hear what he has done as well as get recordings of what he still needs to write to.
Other than that, it's really just practice, practice, practice till the songs are committed to memory. Things have changed so much since I was last in a band with recording and distributing. I can record on my phone and later post a link in the band group text and we all have it to "practice" with. Some of my old bands had songs that are completely lost to time because there was no way (for poor, punk, teenage, kids) to record them.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on June 01, 2018, 04:32:00 pm
Deleting & printing are foreign concepts :lol: just throw them all in a properly labeled folder (and make sure it gets backed up)

I actually wrote a java program that goes through a folder structure and reads all the image file names into memory, and then it processes each file and checks for the date embedded in the jpeg and creates a date based file structure starting with year, then month, then day. So all the images are in the folder for the date they were taken. Duplicate file names are handled so that both files are kept.

Well, this band is starting from scratch with all original tunes (somehow the guitarist was able to crank out 7 right off the bat, nothing complex, it's punk rock/thrash). Since the guitarist wrote them, he's good to go. I'm just about there (I can tell you it's not like "riding a bike" though, really having to practice to get my speed/rhythm back (I would have thought my fret board hand would be the hard part)), sometimes I try to change before it's time though (like 4 measures instead of 6). I think the drummer is still working out his parts, and the singer had/has to write lyrics. We've made a few phone recordings so the singer can write to them, but we haven't practiced with the singer :sofa: I think tomorrow we'll get together and hear what he has done as well as get recordings of what he still needs to write to.
Other than that, it's really just practice, practice, practice till the songs are committed to memory. Things have changed so much since I was last in a band with recording and distributing. I can record on my phone and later post a link in the band group text and we all have it to "practice" with. Some of my old bands had songs that are completely lost to time because there was no way (for poor, punk, teenage, kids) to record them.

Aren't you glad you are still young enough to get in on then newst recording technology?


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on June 01, 2018, 06:59:20 pm
I actually wrote a java program that goes through a folder structure and reads all the image file names into memory, and then it processes each file and checks for the date embedded in the jpeg and creates a date based file structure starting with year, then month, then day. So all the images are in the folder for the date they were taken. Duplicate file names are handled so that both files are kept.
heh, well that sounds pretty convenient.


Aren't you glad you are still young enough to get in on then newst recording technology?
Still figuring out how to utilize it all :lol: While I'm glad to have it now, I makes the fact that so much has been lost to time sting a bit more. Hardly any pictures even exist from back then, there are a few VHS tapes but no one knows where they are.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on June 22, 2018, 05:57:18 pm
SO it's bicycle time here in my town. The big event where they try to get more people to ride their bikes for the next three weeks. Like last year I plan on riding to work a few times. This week I did it twice. My legs are mush right now :D


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on July 01, 2018, 09:36:51 am
Woop Double post!

Finally got to see the movie Solo about Han Solo's history. Fun movie, my older two boys loved it, the youngest decided he didn't want to see it because he was afraid it would be too exciting :D


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on July 02, 2018, 07:59:33 pm
This week I did it twice. My legs are mush right now :D
I would love to bike to work, it's a 6 min drive so it wouldn't be too crazy to bike... but I would be soaking wet when I got here... I did go skateboarding for the first time in two years (and two years ago was only once, before that it was about 1994 :lol: ) had fun and I hope to start doing it more often. A singer of one of the local bands always posts video of him skating and we were chatting sat night at teh show we were both attending. I told him if he ever goes after 5 on a week day to holler at me so he texted me yesterday (sunday) and I met up with him at a cool little skate park I've never been to. Totally shocked how much it would wear me out...

Finally got to see the movie Solo about Han Solo's history. Fun movie, my older two boys loved it, the youngest decided he didn't want to see it because he was afraid it would be too exciting :D
lol too exciting? I can't say I've heard that reason before. I liked it pretty well, I was worried as Han Solo IS star wars to me. I think they need to have a 2nd one because they left out at least one thing (how he earned his corellian blood stripes) as well as extending the story between he & his lady friend.

Welp, first show is all booked, August 24th! Going to be a "house show." We're wanting to stay as "punk" as possible and going "old school" with the non-21 & up venue. Back in the day we had (somehow, I'm not sure of the details) access to a place that was fairly abandoned and was like a small auditorium, was so perfect. Now the only "DIY" spots are two different houses (one is set up a little more like a venue than the other, with a stage in the "living room") so we're having our first show at one of those. I hope we're ready by then... things are still a bit sloppy.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on July 03, 2018, 05:41:05 pm

I would love to bike to work, it's a 6 min drive so it wouldn't be too crazy to bike... but I would be soaking wet when I got here... I did go skateboarding for the first time in two years (and two years ago was only once, before that it was about 1994 :lol: ) had fun and I hope to start doing it more often. A singer of one of the local bands always posts video of him skating and we were chatting sat night at teh show we were both attending. I told him if he ever goes after 5 on a week day to holler at me so he texted me yesterday (sunday) and I met up with him at a cool little skate park I've never been to. Totally shocked how much it would wear me out...


I never learned to skate. Everytime I tried to step on a board it would fly out from under me and I'd land on my ass. So I just figured I would stick to biking.

lol too exciting? I can't say I've heard that reason before. I liked it pretty well, I was worried as Han Solo IS star wars to me. I think they need to have a 2nd one because they left out at least one thing (how he earned his corellian blood stripes) as well as extending the story between he & his lady friend.

Yeah he says that about a lot of movies when it comes to watching them in the theater. I think he prefers to watch them at home. I agree though as much fun as the movie was there seemed to be something left out. At least the two actors they chose to play Han and Lando did well. I could almost see a young Billy Dee Williams and Harrison Ford in those two. They had a good chemistry in the film.

Welp, first show is all booked, August 24th! Going to be a "house show." We're wanting to stay as "punk" as possible and going "old school" with the non-21 & up venue. Back in the day we had (somehow, I'm not sure of the details) access to a place that was fairly abandoned and was like a small auditorium, was so perfect. Now the only "DIY" spots are two different houses (one is set up a little more like a venue than the other, with a stage in the "living room") so we're having our first show at one of those. I hope we're ready by then... things are still a bit sloppy.

So are you going to bring the mohawk back? SO if you are in an abandoned place to play where do you get the electricity for your amps? Good luck on the show! I'd say "break a leg" but I'm not sure if that's punk enough ;)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on July 03, 2018, 06:42:45 pm
I never learned to skate. Everytime I tried to step on a board it would fly out from under me and I'd land on my ass. So I just figured I would stick to biking.
I started way early and for a years it defined me in a way. (Have loose plans to skate a bit after work today, hoping to start doing it much more often (I said that two years ago too)).


Yeah he says that about a lot of movies when it comes to watching them in the theater. I think he prefers to watch them at home.
I can understand that! I totally hate the theater, with the exception of this place:
https://visitingmedia.com/tt8/?ttid=ipic-theaters-houston#/360?group=1&tour=0


I agree though as much fun as the movie was there seemed to be something left out. At least the two actors they chose to play Han and Lando did well. I could almost see a young Billy Dee Williams and Harrison Ford in those two. They had a good chemistry in the film.
Yes! I was totally scared about Woody being in the movie too... but he was so good that I "forgot" it was him.


So are you going to bring the mohawk back?
heh nah. I kinda have something similar already, w/o being too extreme:
https://stinkbugonline.com/me/me_2017112.jpg


SO if you are in an abandoned place to play where do you get the electricity for your amps?
It wasn't fully abandoned. I don't recall (if I even knew) all the specifics, but I believe it was historical place, looked almost like an old school, now it's townhouses or something.
http://www.houstonpress.com/music/static-6571550
(I'm slightly offended my old band wasn't mentioned, we played there at least 3x a month)


Good luck on the show! I'd say "break a leg" but I'm not sure if that's punk enough ;)
:lol: thanks!


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Post by: Jason Reed on July 09, 2018, 04:58:36 pm
LOL

Today I get a call from my wife saying that her collegue needs a new USB stick for storing the backups of her billing software because the current one is full. She was going to buy one from our local electronics shop, but someone told her that the ones they carry are poor quality and over priced, and since this is in my field could I find something for her. I asked how much space was on the original stick so I had an idea what size to buy. My wife said, oh it's pretty old but I don't know how much space it uses. I asked if she wouldn't rather have a external HD, and she said it would probably be better if it is something small like a stick. Now my wife also uses this same software and I'm aware that the backups aren't very big, but me being me decided that if it's an old one it must be around 8GB, and figured if I get her a good one with lots of space then I won't have to worry about it later. So I go buy a SanDisk 128GB USB 3.0 stick for her (not too badly priced and usually good quality).

So fast forward a few hours and my wife takes the newly purchased stick to the practice since she has class tonight. A few moments later I get a call from her saying that I once again over did it, as the original stick was 128MB, and it's apparently lasted 15 years. To which I reply that she should be good until she retires then :P


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on July 13, 2018, 04:24:39 pm
So fast forward a few hours and my wife takes the newly purchased stick to the practice since she has class tonight. A few moments later I get a call from her saying that I once again over did it, as the original stick was 128MB, and it's apparently lasted 15 years.
:lol: Now with 1000% more space!

I'm in PCI auditing hell... Apparently this is annual (which should be obvious), and apparently ours expires in 7 days (and I was told to we need to do stuff about 10 days ago...). Most of this is not. my. ducking. job. such as documentation for "Job descriptions, roles and responsibilities," "Security awareness training," and "Records of attendance to security training." I really wish I could just be a programmer, but I keep being pulled back into IT management...


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on July 13, 2018, 05:10:04 pm
:lol: Now with 1000% more space!

That's what I said too! She should be good until she retires :D

I'm in PCI auditing hell... Apparently this is annual (which should be obvious), and apparently ours expires in 7 days (and I was told to we need to do stuff about 10 days ago...). Most of this is not. my. ducking. job. such as documentation for "Job descriptions, roles and responsibilities," "Security awareness training," and "Records of attendance to security training." I really wish I could just be a programmer, but I keep being pulled back into IT management...

No idea what exactly PCI auditing is but "auditing" always sounds painful. Good luck, just try to keep your head above the water :D.

Yesterday we had our sprint planning for the next two weeks, and I had to show the not quite finished administrators documentation for my software project. I know there's a lot missing, and some things that are going to change shortly, so I'm not happy with it. The project managers were all excited with how much I completed! I was a bit taken back to be honest :unsure:. Apparently our other developers try to give the very minimal amount of documentation, and the project managers have to fight with them to get something usable. So they were happy with mine ... damn military training.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on July 13, 2018, 06:23:05 pm
No idea what exactly PCI auditing is but "auditing" always sounds painful. Good luck, just try to keep your head above the water :D.
Basically there are rules to who can touch credit card data. One of those rules is that you won't give said data to companies who don't follow the rules. So we have to get a certification that says our systems are secure. The reason this is difficult is mostly due to the required "policies & procedures." Our systems pass all the "penetration testing" and all of that, but we don't have a lot of things written down and "umm, I do these things because I've been doing them for 20 years... if I don't keep the systems up to date then it creates a headache for me so of course I do it!" doesn't count for much.
My issue is that I don't feel like I can do a lot of these items, coming up with documents of company policies is not my bag.


Yesterday we had our sprint planning for the next two weeks, and I had to show the not quite finished administrators documentation for my software project. I know there's a lot missing, and some things that are going to change shortly, so I'm not happy with it. The project managers were all excited with how much I completed!
heh, it is a good feeling when something you think is not up to par goes above and beyond expectation (just don't let it make you complacent).


I was a bit taken back to be honest :unsure:. Apparently our other developers try to give the very minimal amount of documentation, and the project managers have to fight with them to get something usable. So they were happy with mine ... damn military training.
developer documentation, what's that? :unsure:


Just booked the band's second show, nov 10th. Will be playing with some old friends. I recently got a new speaker cabinet. The one I had, I bought in a rush because I was supposed to start a band two years ago with some old bandmates, but that never came through. I didn't like it because it was 70lbs, and after lugging around my huge cabinet throughout the 90s I vowed to "travel light" this time. I've had my eye on the one I bought (40lbs) for a couple years, I just couldn't justify the cost ($250), especially since I had one. Well, I brows teh used gear on CraigsList on occasion and saw one for $135! I figured it would be "road worn" for that price, but nope... looks brand new!

Trying to figure out how the band can keep schedules and decisions straight... we have a "group chat" but it's easy for things to get lost or missed, especially when our drummer can only check it a few tiems a day and it can get chatty in there. We started a google calendar but I'm not sure how often it will get used.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on July 27, 2018, 09:41:38 am
LoL just saw this image with the description below, thought you'd get a chuckle (https://i.imgur.com/i4nsH36.jpg)


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on July 27, 2018, 03:17:46 pm
My issue is that I don't feel like I can do a lot of these items, coming up with documents of company policies is not my bag.
And I'm still working on these policy documents :p We made it past the "self evaluation" and I have a list of things to handle before we go through a real audit.


I recently got a new speaker cabinet.
And it sounds great! Very "growly." We're recording two songs tomorrow, semi-pro (as in a guy we know from another band has some gear and is going to come to our practice space).


LoL just saw this image with the description below, thought you'd get a chuckle
heh, I've seen it before, but always makes me smile.




I need to NOT chew gum during performances... (and lose 20-30 lbs... although I think dudes phone's lens is distorting things a bit): 
https://www.instagram.com/p/BljFRf3n9I8/?taken-by=reaganerarejects


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: Jason Reed on August 05, 2018, 12:16:58 pm
And it sounds great! Very "growly." We're recording two songs tomorrow, semi-pro (as in a guy we know from another band has some gear and is going to come to our practice space).


So is it home made or commercial? I'm guessing it's for your bass?

I need to NOT chew gum during performances... (and lose 20-30 lbs... although I think dudes phone's lens is distorting things a bit): 
https://www.instagram.com/p/BljFRf3n9I8/?taken-by=reaganerarejects

Yeah, the gum chewing looked a bit odd. It might be the camera, you looked a bit more swollen from what I've seen in previous pictures.

So here in Germany we're having a heatwave, and it's not nice. We're not used to temperatures in the 90's with high humidity. It's hot enough I told my wife that we're not cooking in the house this weekend.

I'm starting to learn Node.js. The language is fairly simple since it is JavaScript, but learning to use it in a non-browser environment is new.


Title: Re: Post race ... Continued ... Again
Post by: msimmons on August 06, 2018, 02:49:30 pm
So is it home made or commercial? I'm guessing it's for your bass?
The speaker cabinet? Commercial and for my bass:
https://imgur.com/a/6vWpuEk

I can't remember if I mentioned I got a custom truss rod cover made for my bass (she's black & curvy so named her Morticia). The bass is from the 70s and was missing the truss rod cover when I got it. I thought about getitng an original one, but they are about $175... I like my $40 one much better:
https://imgur.com/a/IMMXT7U



It might be the camera, you looked a bit more swollen from what I've seen in previous pictures.
heh, I have put on a few pounds that I just can't seem to shake but the guitarist looks fatter in the vid than in real life so I'm going with that :lol:



So here in Germany we're having a heatwave, and it's not nice. We're not used to temperatures in the 90's with high humidity.
I think it's everywhere... I tend to stay away from politics but it certainly seems like things are getting hotter...



It's hot enough I told my wife that we're not cooking in the house this weekend.
Yep, when I was a kid we were never allowed to use the stove/oven in the warmer months. Microwaves are awesome.



I'm starting to learn Node.js. The language is fairly simple since it is JavaScript, but learning to use it in a non-browser environment is new.
I looked into it when I was still in Virginia but it was pretty new and I didn't have a place to play with it. I believe it's a pretty employable skill, at least I was hearing about it a lot for a while.




I'm still knee deep in security stuff... people build entire careers around this... I just want to program. Currently stuck writing a "risk assessment" document...