Little Help

First day of the semester.

I wore my best outfit.

So in order to get to my 08:00 class on time I needed to be at Becky’s house at 06:30 so we can carpool and get parking spots.

The thing about the school we go to is that there are over 35,000 students that go to CSULB. There are about 10,000 parking spaces. (To be fair, I have no idea of the actual number of parking spaces) Notwithstanding, there are many more students than there are parking spaces, which makes traffic and parking unfun.
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TiVo

Blogging on my pda again. (birthday’s coming up *cough* *cough* *hack* *wheeze*)

Something is up with the DSL at Becky’s house. The modem just continuiously flashes the ‘Data’ light even when there is no network cable plugged in. I reset it a few times to no avail. Thus the pda blogging.

Bah, ahem. Anyway. Woke up on time this morning. Mostly due to my new alarm clock. Yup, as per my father’s suggestion, I went out and bought a new alarm clock. I
actually bought it last week, but I brought it home, plugged it in, and it didn’t work. So I took it back yesterday and got a working model. Quite appropriately, it’s called the NeverLate. It’s pretty awesome. It has seven separate alarms for each day of the week, so I can set each day for a different time if I want to. When I go to bed, no need to reset it, it just rolls over to the next day. Another nice feature is the ‘nap’ function. I punch the nap button and it automatically sets the alarm for twenty minutes (or another pre-determined amount). Yeah, it’s pretty awesome, I told ya.
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Bandwidth

Today seemed like it belonged in last week.

It was just as crazy. We’re still doing the pre-school (not preschool) scramble. Every department has things that need to be done now, and we’re still working on things of our own. The placement test was today, so Matt spent most of the day babysitting those machines. Kevin was running around to practically each dorm room troubleshooting internet connections. In many cases, it was of the variety, “Yes, the connection works, the problem is with your computer. Good bye.” Mike was working on a legal issue that arose this weekend (Someone created a myspace on behalf of our President and posted some unflattering things). I was still working on some bandwidth issues with that the placement testing will strain on our network.
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Crazy week

Sunday Sunday. I’m blogging on Sunday to get y’all caught up my week. As you might have not noticed, I haven’t blogged since Tuesday. I’ve been busy. And lazy.

At work, this is the last week before school starts. That means students are moving into the dorms, classes are getting ready to start back up, and all the departments that deal directly with students (financial aid, student accounts, student services, etc.) are getting really busy. That means that we are very busy making sure everyone else is up and running.
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Fettuccine Alfredo

Woke up late again today. Yeah I woke up at 8:15. Threw some clothes on and drove to work. I called on my way in to let them know I’ll be late. I don’t know what happened, I didn’t even hear my alarm.

Anyway, at work. Mike and I have been working on this gateway for our dorm users. It’s set up now with a linux box running DHCP so I can limit the access the students have to our campus servers. For a while now, we’ve been working on getting the students to agree to a acceptable use policy before they can access the internet just for the school’s protection, and whatnot. I don’t know if any of you have ever tried to use Wi-Fi at a Starbucks, well
anyway it allows you to connect, but when you try to go to any internet site, it redirects you to their gateway which tries to get money out of you. You pay, then you can access the internet. You not pay, you keep getting the redirect page.
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Solder and Wal-Mart

I’m supposed to be at work at 8:00. This morning I woke up at 7:58. I wasn’t going to make it. So I grabbed my pda, e-mailed in and told ’em I was going to be late. I was. I was on the 57 at about 8:45 and I noticed traffic started slowing significantly. I thought there was some sort of accident or something, then I noticed flashing red and blue lights weaving across the freeway about 2 cars ahead. The CHP was doing a freaking traffic break during morning commute. Luckily it was only a few exits before mine, so I didn’t have to put up with it too long. Bah!
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Helicopter

So Matt, our PC tech, recently bought some fun stuff online. He got some fire steel and an r/c helicopter. They both came today.

At first I thought the helicopter looked kind of cheap. It’s made of styrofoam-looking material, the blades are plastic, and it charges by a battery-filled base. Well, I’m ready to see it in action, so We charge it up, set it on the floor and pull the throttle. It makes a loud noise, the blades turn really fast, and the body spins a
bit on the floor. It got off the ground maybe a centimetre. Then the batteries died.
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Thursday food

After work (that’s essentially when my day began) Becky and I decided to go out to the Old Spaghetti Factory to eat. More accurately, I decided to go to the Old Spaghetti Factory and Becky didn’t disagree (mmmm mizithra). We drove down to the closest one in Newport. Now parking is always a problem down in this neck of the peninsula, so luckily they have valet. Well, the valet lot was full too. Apparently Thursday evening is a big night for the Old Spaghetti Factory. So we decided to abandon the OSF idea and go to Polly’s instead.
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road work

Blogging on
my pda sucks.

Not that my pda sucks in any way, it’s just less than convenient to type an entry on the little screen without an external keyboard (my birthday’s coming soon *cough cough* bluetooth left-handed *cough cough*).

Anyway, I’m confined to this prison of tiny soft-keyboard because the pavement is being re-done in the half-gated community that Becky lives in. So there isn’t a massive hysterical riot they are doing half of the community today and half tomorrow. Today is in front of Becky’s house. They started at 07:00 and closed the street to cars until tomorrow at the same time. As a result, all of the streets in the open half are ridiculously crowded with no place to park. Anticipating this, Becky left her car at the church (since we were over there for high school group) and I dropped her off as close to her house as I could. Anyway, my
computer, with its full-size luxurious keyboard, is inside Becky’s house. I never went inside Becky’s house today. I’m at my house, on my bed, using my pda’s miniscule built-in software keyboard tapping away on virtual keys with my stylus.

So I suppose you want to hear about my day. Too bad. This is annoying and I’m tired. I’ll add to this entry tomorrow at work.
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