Visual Studio 2008 and Emacs

I’m starting to use Visual Studio after years of disuse. It’s amazing to see all the improvements that have gone into Visual Studio since version 5! As a programmer who prefers working in a terminal window (I like the dark colors), being impressed by a GUI is something significant–especially since I’ve gotten used to using Emacs!

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New Job

I’m very happy to announce I’ll be starting a new job this Monday, June 8th, 2009! For my own job security, I’m not going to mention which company. I will say that it’s one of the largest manufacturers of computer hardware components in the world!

I’m very excited! I’ll even get [...]

Can you save power by closing programs?

I was reading a blog the other day, minding my own business, when I came across this question in the comments section:

What about the green argument? Holding information in RAM requires power to keep it there, or else the computer forgets it. RAM that has nothing in it has no power cost to the system, therefore you are being more power-wise by keeping system memory clear?

Well, that’s half true. I wrote a quick reply, but thought it was an interesting enough question to go a bit more in-depth here. I guess another title for this post could be: How does memory work?

Thankfully, writing about the latter would require a lot more typing than I’m willing to do, so I’ll just discuss the original topic in a long-winded way.
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My Life with AT&T: MediaNET for PDAs

AT&T Logo

I’m an AT&T wireless customer. After heart-ache after heart-ache, I’m still a PacBell Pacbell Wireless Cingular AT&T wireless customer. Not only am I an AT&T customer, but all of my family is too. Conveniently enough, we have a FamilyTalk plan. It works, I suppose. Why is it that multi-billion dollar communication companies don’t care [...]

When Windows Cleanup Goes Bad

I fished this out of an old blog of mine. It still generates hits (believe it or not) after it’s original posting on September 10, 2006. I lost the images associated with the post, but was able to recover the body.

Last night I noticed that my C: drive (Windows 2000) was getting a little cluttered. So instead of going through and deleting temporary internet files and the Temp folders myself, I decided to run Windows Cleanup. While I was at it, I decided compressing some old files couldn’t hurt anything either. Bad choice.

BOOTMGR is compressed.
Press ctrl+alt+del to restart.

At least this error occurs without data loss. Bootloader problems are pretty easy to fix, especially the Windows 2000+ bootloader.

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My Garage Server and WPA

I have a Debian server sitting in my garage, and I just updated my wireless router. Once upon a time I used WEP for all my wireless security needs. Yes, it was rather simple of me, but it did its job. At the time I had FiOS and felt worldly enough to share to those deserving (no, I don’t have FiOS anymore).

Today I have a more realistic view. I’m finally migrating to WPA. But what about that server in my garage? It literally have one wire coming from it, and that’s the power cord. It uses a cheap wireless card I picked up from Best Buy for a song (yes, it is a WG311 compatible card, how did you know?). The antenna sticks out from the back and picks up whatever signal it can find.

Since there is no monitor attached, I shut it down (correctly, halt -p and all) to move it inside. I hooked it up to a monitor and keyboard, booted it up, watched the out-of-date kernel spit out information that still makes me cringe. Finally, I logged in and tried to figure out how to make this darn old machine use WPA.

I use ndiswrapper to use Windows drivers on my Linux box. Why? Excellent question. Because I have to. Well, I don’t have to, but I want a quick-and-dirty solution, and ndiswrapper provides just such an option!

On to WPA. In this case, Google is my friend.

I came across this article at Ubuntu Portal. Since I run Debian, it wasn’t a stretch to get things going. It was helpful enough for a post. So if you’re in the same situation, check it out.

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Moving Day

I moved over the weekend. Moving is a lot of work! I’ll get back to posting soon. In the mean time, wish [...]

Boot Camp Fail: Boot disk not found

I decided it would be fun to try Boot Camp for Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.6. No, I wasn’t trying to install Windows. I like Linux much better. But I digress.

Sad Mac Icon

I launched Boot Camp Assistant, repartitioned my drive, did what I felt needed to be done, had my fun, and got tired of [...]

Twitter Stumbles

Twitter is certainly popular. I can’t walk down the street without hearing a conversation about it. And if I do succeed in walking a full block without one mention of Twitter, my cell phone will almost certainly ring at least once because of some person’s tweet somewhere. I upgraded my text messaging plan to unlimited just to get tweets. Obsessive, no? I’ve kept up my end of the bargain, but what about Twitter?

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iTerm: It Just Works

Linux server administration requires shell access. It’s just that simple. Sure, you can use FTP for some things, and web-based administration (like cPanel or Plesk) works for other things; but you can’t call yourself an administrator without using a good-old-fashion command line interface.

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