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  03:57:15 pm, by The Dreamer   , 81 words  
Categories: VoIP

Lingo's Connection Enhancer


Evidently they hid this feature under "Support" rather than the more intuitive "Manage Features" area of my account settings.

So, now I can boost the CODEC selection for the default 30kbps to 90kbps. This should improve the ability to send faxes from my Lingo service.

It seems to imply that it uses the 90kbps automagically for faxes already....though maybe that's just for incoming? :??:

Now to go home a reboot the adapter and find an excuse to try it out.... &#59;D


  06:33:42 pm, by The Dreamer   , 76 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software

Just received a HOT hard drive!


It is hot, because it was like 94 outside and it came by UPS which probably meant it was even hotter....

A first, where I think I need to let a drive cool down before I use it....rather than warm up....

Now I can upgrade my W2K box from its old 80GB drive....I'll probably wait until the weekend. Need to decide what migration tool to buy for the job....leaning towards Acronis' Migrate Easy?


  07:52:11 pm, by The Dreamer   , 9 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: After the Sunset


  11:17:17 am, by The Dreamer   , 419 words  
Categories: General

I think I've fallen into Internet Purgatory....

...or something. XX(

Last night, without any prior warning (unlike previous times), my other Internet hosting provider took my site (and all the other shared hosted sites) down to do a hard drive replacement.

Then thing went from bad to worse. Apparently last week, when doing their monthly maintenance they noticed that the drive had failed and the mirror was now also failing. So, they scheduled a dual drive replacement. Only problem is the data center did the replacement in the wrong order and...destroyed the 'backup'.

Apparently, daily backups means RAID1? Because, now their only option was to restore from offsite backups....which are only done quarterly, so they restored the system to "May 2005".

I can kind of accept the website loss, the bulk of that website is static content and I have copies of all that...the big changes in May and onward were my vacation pictures and I had started updating my resume. Well, and the removal of my guestbook, which was mainly just attracting spam. But, it was around that time that I started a photoblog....

At least I did a dump before I went on vacation last only two entires were lost, one I made while on vacation and one since then.

Though the disruption to Email was much more annoying. I'm dying from the lack of it, and being that I'm in the active job hunt stage....I'm depending on it heavily. And, I had apparently made some setup changes since May, inaddition to the ones I remember. So, I'm anxious to get in there and get that working again.

Related to email, was I had started a mailing list to try to keep in touch with my fellow co-workers that were also all laid off last week. Perhaps I'll host a group somewhere else for that....

Apparently, that hosting provider had contracted out datacenter operations to another company 2 years ago....which I remember vaguely as when they moved to new hardware (kind of good), but broke all my Perl scripts....require me to figure out enough PHP to get things working again.

Meanwhile, just to further compound things....a few hours later, I lose access to this site...apparently some kind of network issue. Which is good, because I don't think I could handle data loss with this site. I should probably plan to make some personal backups. But, I depend on this site a bit more, because the email that I've been apply to jobs with is hosted here.


  09:43:54 pm, by The Dreamer   , 22 words  
Categories: General

blog software upgrade....

  03:23:06 pm, by The Dreamer   , 463 words  
Categories: General, VoIP


Maybe I am in denial....because at the mall today, I spent $9 for a salad (Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken at Panera Bread)....which was unusual, because I tend to skip lunch on weekends.

And, then I had my usual $19 #2 buzz cut at MOP.

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  01:43:45 am, by The Dreamer   , 455 words  
Categories: General

What were the seven stages of grief?

Hmm, I think the first one is supposed to be Shock.

I guess going numb when I was told about it, was my reaction.

Then, the next one is Denial followed by Guilt.

Can't say I really experience either of these stages. Perhaps it was just the way things happened or something.

The next ones are Anger and Depression.

Well, depression is a natural thing for me to experience, so that's probably what happened...jumped all the earlier stages to get to it. It'll probably stick around for a very long time, though I'm hopeful that I'll be able to manage it....:crazy: Hope incidentally is the next stage after depression. Though I don't think I've really entered it until I find more to be hopeful for.

The hard thing is most of my normal coping mechanisms are taken a hit by this specific cause. Hiding from it at work, or doing some shop therapy, are kind of restricted by my current situation. Though I was planning to get a haircut today, so I should try to still do maybe at least my mood won't show as much.

After hope comes Acceptance. Which I suppose has always been something I've had a hard time with. It wasn't until I was set at working at Open Text after my previous layoff that I full accepted all of it.

"And acceptance is the answer to *all* my problems. today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation---some fact of my life---unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world by mistake..."

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  06:59:32 pm, by The Dreamer   , 162 words  
Categories: Digital Photography

Chimping Exposed!


So, it has a name....and that name is "Chimping" :))

I had thought it was comical watching the photographer on the Sun Princess constantly looking down at her Nikon D1X's LCD after each shot or so.

I suppose over time, I'll develop or use this trait. But, I'm still old school where I just shoot lots of pictures and see later if I got the good one. And, sometimes a day or two would go by before I knew if I snapped the good one onto film.

The closest exception, would be the fact that my Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 doesn't have an optical I have to look at the LCD and sometimes I turn the autoreview back on. The default is for it to be on, but it is one of the features I automatically turn off because I want to maximize the speed at which I can fire away at in the quest to get that money shot. 88|

  05:35:42 pm, by The Dreamer   , 41 words  
Categories: General

Operation Feed 2005: Highest Per Capita giving award goes to....

Open Text, for 201 meals (per capita). B-)

Operation Feed 2005 Highest Per Capita Giving Award

Meanwhile, I just found out that I won't be around next year to try to keep this top spot....along with most of the other people that work with in the Product Development group. :..(


  10:22:02 pm, by The Dreamer   , 36 words  
Categories: General

Sarah is normal, eh?


But, why would anybody want to be normal? :yawn:

Good thing I'm not. &#59;D

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