lance_sibley: (Schedule - by whitetomb)
I had a phone call this morning from a recruiter regarding a PHP position, and a meeting this afternoon with another recruiter (the one [livejournal.com profile] thefrenchmaid put me in touch with). The meeting went well, and he thinks that he might be able to help given my experience and knowledge. *fingers crossed*

(It was strange, though, how much he reminded me of Eric - between his height, and the fact that he was wearing a brown jacket, as was Eric when we were in Chattanooga. The recruiter is a bit older, though.)

After the meeting, I got home and spent about two hours fighting with Vista. I'd been keeping the list of positions I've applied to in an Excel spreadsheet, saving it after adding each new application. However, I didn't realize that I'd never started by saving it to a real folder on my laptop, and since I'd started it on my desktop and emailed it to myself, I'd been saving it in the Temporary Internet Files folder. Before emailing the list to the recruiter (which he'd asked me to do so that he doesn't submit me for any positions I'd already applied for), I had closed Excel. Now, do you think Vista would let me see the contents of the Temporary Internet Files folder? Of course not! I managed to change the settings so that I could see the files in the folder, but the Excel file was in a subfolder that wasn't visible. (I figured this out by re-downloading the older version from my email, clicking "Save As" and seeing where the save dialog started. I could see the other version I'd saved there, but I couldn't see it in Windows Explorer.)

It took me quite a while to figure out how to get Excel to re-open the version that was in the temporary folder - I was *this* close to just redoing the whole thing. Whew!

(Say what you like about Windows, but at least in XP I've never had to go through that much rigmarole just to find a file. Even the Search function wouldn't find the file. Argh.)

Apart from that, though, I haven't really done a whole lot today. Part of that may have been because I spent too much time making myself look good before I went to the meeting (I think it took me about an hour and a half to get out of the apartment today), and because I left about 40 minutes earlier than I really needed to, since I was walking to his office. It's fairly close, so it wasn't a big deal - it took me about 15 minutes, and it was a nice day. Besides, I didn't bother to buy a Metropass for April.

That actually feels really weird - I think I was even buying passes during my last bout of unemployment, just for the convenience. Convenience is one thing, but $109 is a lot of money to spend when I'm not planning on making at least 40 trips this month. I'll just buy tokens to use when I do have to go somewhere that's too far to walk.

Now for some levity... admit it, [livejournal.com profile] huntingdon, this is how you went to work yesterday, isn't it? Admit it, this is you:



(Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] neoengel, who found the image here.)
lance_sibley: (boywhocantsayno)
My weekend has been less busy than I expected it to be, but I suppose that's not a bad thing...

Best laid plans, part the first. )

Best laid plans, part the second. )

Taking care of some long-needed maintenance. )

Caught tonight's episode of DH... )

I suppose I should also weigh in, like many others have done, on the news about the new Doctor... )

Well, that's it for now, I suppose... back to the grind tomorrow.
lance_sibley: (wake me up)
... and yet it's about to be. I've been drowsy since I got back from lunch with my parents. Okay, I slept particularly badly last night, but still... I've been fighting the urge to nap for the past four hours so that I'll get to sleep tonight.

Anyhow, it was so warm in here that I decided to pop up to Future Shop and Indigo to use the gift cards my parents gave me. That may have been a mistake... when I checked CP24 before going out, the temperature was 9C (48F) and the humidity was 94%. (!!!) I should have switched to a lighter coat, but I couldn't be bothered. *fans self*

Anyway, I picked up Lost S4, First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde and Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher. I'm not sure if it's the seventh one in the series (since the publisher stopped numbering them after #6), but it was the only one they had in paperback that I didn't already own.

So now, for next time I feel the need to go shopping, I have 12 cents left on the Future Shop gift card and 49 cents on the Indigo card. Now that's what I call planning. :)

A question for my friends who have iTunes: do you find that it interferes with the performance of your computer? I usually leave it open even when I'm not playing music (since I leave the computer on most of the time), and it was running ridiculously slowly recently. I rebooted earlier today, and haven't yet opened iTunes, and it's running as smooth as silk. Weird.
lance_sibley: (sleepy)
Part two of the meme:

The rules are that for eight days you have to post something that made you happy that day.

Well, today was really not all that different from most other days, but it did make me happy that I was able to make more progress on the project management software I'm developing at work. I think I've pretty much completed 90% of it - I just need to rework how instances of project templates are going to work.

Also, it sounded like we may have officially been given the support contract for the insurance company whose software and website I've been supporting over the last month or so, which means that (hopefully) I'll continue to be busy for the foreseeable future.

And third, I watched the S4 premiere of BSG with Eric tonight. He showed me the 'Last Supper' image that was used to advertise the final season, and we spent about 15 minutes speculating about the symbolism. Good god, I think he's turned me into a full-fledged BSG fan. *grin*

On another note... last night, I think I did something strange to my laptop keyboard; I don't know how (except for the fact that while I'm generally a fast typist, I'm not always the most accurate), but I seem to have inadvertantly switched it over to use the French layout. I have to use the combination of keys that normally would produce a '<' to type an apostrophe. I can't find the quotation marks. and I have no idea how to reverse it (short of rebooting and seeing if that fixes it). Anyone have any ideas? (It took me a good 45 seconds just then to find the '?'... this is annoying.)
lance_sibley: (Yay - by Raelala)
I can haz wireless!

I went to the Rogers store this afternoon and exchanged my existing modem for their Gateway wireless router, installed it, and now I'm posting this from my couch with no USB cable required to connect my laptop to the modem. I guess this means I've finally joined the 21st century?

The side effect of this process was that in order to find a spot for the router that wasn't too close to the computer or any other electronic devices, as per the instructions in the manual (yes, I RTFM :) ), I had to rearrange my computer, monitor, speakers, and everything else computer-related that was on my desk. It looks like I have slightly more room over there now, though the sheer number of cables and electrical cords in that corner of my living room continues to scare me. I keep envisioning myself tripping over something and pulling everything crashing down on my head. (Well, the router is the only thing that's above my head over there, but pulling the computer off of my desk could be bad too. The only reason I haven't put it on the floor is because I need to see if the cables for my other peripherals are long enough.

The one problem is that the Ethernet cable that runs from the desktop to the router, as well as the cable input, are kind of in the way because they're not quite long enough to run along the floor and up the back of the bookcase. Fixing the problem with the cable will be easy, as Rogers supplied a splitter and extra cables with the router - I just have to hook them up. The Ethernet cable may be trickier. I may be able to dispense with it if it turns out that my desktop has a wireless card - I haven't looked yet. That's the next step, though for now I'm going to work on cleaning off my dining room table in preparation for having dinner with Eric tonight. :)

Oh, and for some reason my laptop can't find my printer even though the printer is connected to the desktop, which is in turn connected to the router. In fact, I don't seem to be able to access my desktop over the network, though that may be because I haven't actually changed any settings on the desktop just yet, and perhaps that's a necessary step.

In other news, I may have just witnessed the most *facepalm*-y moment in the history of television - Space is airing the Supernatural episode "Wishful Thinking", and they just got to a scene where a little boy overturns a car containing a bunch of other kids and starts yelling "Kneel before Todd!" And now Dean just told him that "With great power comes great responsibility." Oy.

Dammit!

Oct. 23rd, 2008 12:48 am
lance_sibley: (bite me)
Hooked up the cable modem to the WAN port on the router, the LAN port on the router to the desktop, went to the IP address that I was told to use to configure the router, entered the username that I was given, and... it doesn't work. I'm getting an "Error 678: The remote computer did not respond" message.

All of the appropriate blinky lights on the front of the router were lit up, so it's not an issue with the cables being bad (something I was concerned about, since they're not new). I called Eric and he walked me through diagnosing the problem, but we couldn't get it to work, nor could we even get the laptop to talk to the modem when I hooked them up directly.

I'll try talking to Brian tomorrow, but maybe I can bribe [livejournal.com profile] twiddler into coming over on the weekend to have a look...
lance_sibley: (Hmm  - by little_icons)
[livejournal.com profile] hico is picking me up around noon to head off to Montreal for Con*Cept for the weekend, so I really should be packing. Not to mention doing laundry. But I got home around 10:30 and had to return a phone call, then make dinner. Normally I might have tried to get home earlier, but I was trying to finish up something at work and so didn't leave the office until about 9 - I almost got all seven reports finished, but I'm having a bit of trouble tweaking the SQL for the last one and so I left it for Monday.

It's funny how things work out - I hadn't booked a room in the con hotel because, like with everything else, I left it until the last minute and the hotel ran out of rooms. (There's a Canadiens game Saturday night, plus a lot of people are coming for Anticipation meetings who wouldn't normally attend Con*Cept.) The phone call I had to return was from someone with whom I often share rooms at out-of-town cons, who had called this evening to ask if I'd like to share this weekend. So that's a bit of luck. :)

I didn't go for lunch until about 3:30 today, and on the way back decided to stop off at the store where Zak and I were working during the summer. Roman had said that I could have a router that he no longer needed, so I finally got around to picking it up and getting the instructions on how to set it up from Brian, who is the service department there (not just the service manager, he's the entire department). Once I get that set up, I'll be able to surf the Web from the comfort of my couch. :) (Well, I also need to get something to allow me to plug the three-pronged plug of my laptop into the two-pronged outlet in the wall behind the couch. Details, details.)

Of course, this also means that the plans Eric and I have made to watch the upcoming season of BSG together while chatting in IM will actually work. :) (Though I have to finish watching the rest of the series first... I'm currently on 1x12, "Kobol's Last Gleaming, Pt. 1". I still have a couple of months to get caught up, though. )

I'm sure everyone has already seen the new photos from the Trek movie. For the few of you who haven't:

Make with the clicky-clicky... )

I just don't know. The bridge looks completely different from what I was expecting or hoped for, and the uniforms look more like soccer jerseys. Karl Urban seems to have De Kelley's body language down to a "T", though.

There are more pictures online, here, here and here. (There are duplications between the sites, but some of them might be in higher resolution.)

And [livejournal.com profile] bovil posted this the other day, which I thought I would share. Toronto people, note the name of the artist. :)



(For non-Toronto people, Lar deSouza is a regular at Polaris, and this year did a two-hour workshop on digital art. He also participates every year in our origami workshop.)

So, let's see, at this rate I should be starting to pack for the weekend around, what, 2 o'clock? :)
lance_sibley: (Captain Jack)
... I figure it's time for an update.

I stayed home pretty much all weekend as I was having a low-level headache that lasted about three days. It wasn't a bad one, it was just annoying. As it happened, too, I was double-booked - I had told John D. a few weeks ago that I would come up to his place to hang out, and it was also [livejournal.com profile] aprilsnark's birthday gathering, but I ended up going to neither and just trying to relax a bit. The headache went away by Sunday afternoon. (I don't know if it's because my schedule has been all over the place lately - last night I didn't get dinner until about 11:30, after I got home from class - or if it's because I'm not used to wearing my glasses as often as I have been recently, as I've been wearing them in class every night. Normally I only wear them for bowling or if I'm going to a movie or show.)

Sunday night I tried to start on the first assignment for my C# class, but it requires a few things that we're not learning until this week. I tried looking them up in some online manuals, but either I still wasn't understanding the concept, or the manuals weren't explaining them well enough. Hopefully I'll be able to understand them tonight. I see that the Powerpoint slides for tonight's class are up on the instructor's website, so maybe I'll read them over before I leave.

The Internet Scripting Languages class last night was nearly a waste of time - the instructor didn't actually teach us much of anything, but had us play around with creating layers. He only had two or three Powerpoint slides on the topic, and they didn't really explain it - they just gave examples. He seemed happy with what I had done when I showed him, but I'm not completely satisfied. The lab involved creating a menu, using layers, which would expand when one clicks on one of the top-level options, but I can't get all of my top layers to be the same width; they're only as wide as the links contained within them. I tried using the "width" parameter, but it didn't seem to make any difference. Argh.

When I got home last night, while having dinner, I watched the Doctor Who episode ("School Reunion") which I had taped. Utterly incredible. I never watched DW as a kid, so I've seen very few of the Tom Baker episodes (I do have the "Key To Time" box set, but like so many other DVD box sets I own, I haven't gotten around to watching the whole thing - in fact, I haven't watched any of it since [livejournal.com profile] basebrat came over and we watched part of it together, which was at least two years ago), but even I was moved - which speaks volumes as to the quality of the writing and the acting. The ending was just beautiful. *sniff*

Anthony Stewart Head was decent, too. :)

Though I'm a wee bit confused about something - I know about "K-9 And Company," but as far as I can tell from looking at IMDb, Sarah Jane and K-9's tenures as the Doctor's companions didn't overlap at all. Sarah Jane's last adventure was "The Hand Of Fear," in 1976, and K-9's first appearance was in "The Invisible Enemy," nearly a year later. How do they explain the two of them knowing each other? (I'm sure it's explained in "K-9 And Company," but I've never seen it. And as far as I can tell from IMDb's writeup, only a pilot was made - is that correct?)

I've also been trying to do some downloading - the first two Torchwood episodes, and the Jericho episodes that I missed. (To be followed by Heroes, since I haven't caught a single episode and it sounds like it's worth checking out.) My first attempt at downloading Torchwood apparently resulted in a bad file - the sound cut out around the 17 second mark, so I downloaded upgrades to my various media players. However, that worked even less well - I stopped getting any sound at all. And when I say "at all," I mean that my iTunes wouldn't even play any songs, and I wasn't even getting a chime when I opened up FreeCell and deliberately made an illegal move. I'm not sure what I did, but it all fixed itself after I rebooted today (having left my computer on overnight to complete re-downloading Torchwood 1x01). Or maybe it was because I ran Ad-Aware and got rid of some spyware that had gotten onto my computer. Weird.

Speaking of spyware, I do have one virus on my machine that doesn't seem to be doing anything and that Norton can't get rid of - I downloaded an alleged fix some time ago but it didn't fix it, so every now and then I get a pop-up that tells me that the file sutil.dll has the Vundo Trojan. The only way I can find to fix it without using the automated tool involves editing the registry, and I'm loath to do that. Does anyone have any ideas?
lance_sibley: (Gaylaxicon)
I went out this afternoon to try to finish my Christmas shopping. I still want to try to find one more thing, though, but I don't know yet what it is. I'll know it when I see it.

I bought:

  • an angora wrap and a copy of Wicked for Manuela (Mike's wife)

  • a Power Rangers sweatshirt for Adam (Mike and Manuela's older son)

  • an Incredibles sweatshirt for Brandon (their younger son)

  • stuffed Lilo & Stitch toys for each of them (I'll let them fight over who gets which :) )

  • Bill Maher's New Rules and a Doctor Who script book (the Tom Baker years) for Scott - I hope he doesn't have it already


I've developed a bad habit over the past couple of years when it comes to buying Scott's Christmas gifts - I'll be wandering around a bookstore, see something I think he'll like, and pick it up. Then five minutes later, I'll see something else I think he'll like, and pick that up too. Rinse and repeat. I think it was two years ago, in his words, I got him "a complete reading list." I was good to restrict it to only two books (though I almost got him a book on the making of the Hitchhiker's Guide movie too). I figure I'll toss in a Future Shop gift card or something too. I might do the same for Mike and Manuela. (I still have to figure out what the heck it was that I bought for Mike last year, wrapped and then put away without giving to him. It's about the shape and size of a coat, but I can't remember and I don't want to unwrap it. Maybe I should just make him open it here so that I can be surprised with him.)

I also have a strange feeling that I bought Wicked for someone else last year. I'll have to call Mike this week and ask him what I got Manuela last year before I wrap it.

I got home around 7:30, had dinner and watched most of the Leafs game. Ottawa can win all they want right now - it doesn't count until the playoffs. ;) Though I was getting frustrated at times. Note to the players: when Dominik Hasek is the opposing goalie, shooting the puck directly at him isn't going to work. Try aiming for where he isn't. Oh, and for the love of Pete, start lifting some weights, guys. Every game I've watched this year, the opposing players just have to look at you and they knock you off the puck.

When Ottawa scored to make it 5-2, I decided that it was time to call [livejournal.com profile] cuteteenboy. (Just as well; since the final was 8-2, I would have just given myself an ulcer if I'd continued to pay attention to the game.) As I'd suspected, he'd forgotten that we were going to get together this evening. Probably just as well, though, as I'm rather tired from wandering around a shopping mall full of people who give new meaning to the word "meander." His bf didn't sound too happy that I had called, though that might have been because I kept him on the phone for 45 minutes. But the Gaylaxicon 2006 webpage has now been updated with the following information:

  • an updated bio and photo of our Writer/Editor Guest of Honour, Michael Rowe

  • information on taking advantage of our Air Canada discount, for people flying to Toronto

  • pre-registration, dealers, t-shirt/polo shirt and dinner ticket prices (they were on the flyer, which has always been available on the site, but now it's easier to find)


Shiny. :)

There are more updates to come, but he needs to finish setting up email addresses for some departments before he can put those other pages up.

On tap for later tonight: watch "In A Mirror Darkly, Part II" woth commentary. I watched part one last night, and it was quite interesting.

Oh, and I finally figured out how to make my computer use my cable modem to access Symantec's website and download the latest virus definitions, instead of having to unplug my phone to do it. (Yeah, I know, I should have been able to figure it out earlier. Silly me, looking in the menus and the help files for Norton rather than going to my Control Panel.) It seems I've picked up a Trojan (I should be so lucky). Unfortunately, the removal tool I downloaded from Symantec isn't getting rid of it, nor did Ad-Aware. It's called Vundo - if anyone has any suggestions as to how to get rid of it without trying to edit the registry, I'd appreciate them.

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