A/C Problems

June 23, 2013 @ 4:04 PM | Annoyed with Comments Off on A/C Problems

acunit So I get home Friday and the a/c doesn’t work AGAIN. You have no idea how cheap the owner is. Every couple years she gets this guy to refill the freon knowing it won’t last because there is a leak in the line somewhere. They have no idea where because she doesn’t let them look for it. But mind you, she has had her a/c unit completely replaced as well as her fridge, stove, and dishwasher. This place was built in the early 70s. The a/c unit is original to the place. You do the math.

So here I sit with no a/c, a fan going in each of the upstairs bedrooms because one of the bedrooms is my office and I can’t afford to have anything melt like the last time this happened (some of the components in my tower melted). I have a window unit in the downstairs living room to cool the downstairs for the dogs. I still have NO idea when or if some guy is going to refill the freon (I was told he would be by yesterday which didn’t happen – nor an update) or she is actually going to buy a new unit. I can only guess how much I’m going to end up paying for my electric this coming month due to the window unit running nonstop because it wasn’t made for this place, only 1 room. The downstairs consists of the living room, the kitchen and a half-bath to which door is always closed. It doesn’t cool the kitchen completely, just what blows through the doorway.

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Weekly Update

June 7, 2013 @ 7:08 PM | General with 1 Comment

daycampSorry I haven’t been able to do the weekly meme. I have been slammed with 2 weeks of homework that I have to do in one week due to me taking the kids to kidney camp again this year. This happens every summer but for some reason I have an exceptional amount of homework in these 3 classes I’m taking. I’ve got most of it done but still have 3 baby quizzes, one cumulative exam, and a lab to do. The lab is easy peasy as you just follow the instructions and take screenshots which is the most time consuming. The quizzes are another matter all together. I already took one and it was 15 questions in 15 minutes. I mean WTF? One minute for each question? Holy shit. I still have to finish reading the chapters. Not sure how much I’m going to retain though.

I didn’t have to go to work today as the college closed all campuses for employees and students as of last night due to Tropical Storm Andrea. Nothing happened except rain people. Sure, some people lost power but nothing drastic like they always make things out to be. I slept in since I’m dead tired. Of course slept in meant around 8 AM oddly enough. I was up until 2 AM doing one lab last night. I’m always dead tired when I get back from camp too so it will be interesting to how well I function to do some other homework/quiz stuff I’m going to let wait until I get back because I just can’t cram it all in. I always let the instructors know about camp just in case I can’t seem to get it all done or I just become to fried to understand anything which is happening now. I may email the instructor about the cumulative exam and see if I can’t postpone that one because I’m not sure if I can do well on it at this point.

Yep, this is an exact copy so if you’ve read it once you don’t have to read it again lol

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May 30, 2013 @ 2:34 AM | Annoyed with 1 Comment

1. What question do you often ask yourself?
“Why am I doing this?” That pretty much goes for anything I’m doing.

2. Do you grow roses? What’s your favorite color of rose? Ever been given a dozen roses? Where was the prettiest rose or rose garden you remember seeing?
I do not grow roses. My mother used to grow them at the house we grew up in though. She managed to mix red, orange, and white. They were pretty. I like the yellow roses. I have been given a dozen roses before by an exboyfriend. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a rose garden.

3. Do you read the freshness dates on grocery store products? Will you use eggs past their ‘use by’ date? Take medication that’s expired? Buy a dented can?
I do read the freshness dates on products. I do use my eggs waaay past the post date. It is just a suggestion for eggs. You can use them up to 5 weeks after the date. I’ve bought dented cans before. I don’t see the issue in it so long as it is still sealed tight. I’ve not used medication past the expiration date because the chemicals break down and are not active anymore.

4. Should athletes be role models?
Yes and no. In honesty, I don’t see why they should except for the fact that kids put them up on pedestals which in turn makes them role models.

5. Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first explorers to reach the top of Mt. Everest on this date (May 29) back in 1953. What’s something you hope to achieve in your lifetime?
At this point I hope to find a job that I love in the computer field with a pay to commensurate the work I am doing. I’d like to be able to only have to work one job.

6. What would you do if you had twenty acres of land and the money to develop it any way you choose?
Townhomes/apartments. There is is HUGE money in that. I’d reserve about 4 acres for myself though to place my own house and yard on it.

7. If I invite you to a party with a 7 PM start time, what time will I actually see you there?
I’m punctual on everything I do but parties are a whole other animal. I don’t like to be early or on time if I’m not helping because that somehow seems needy to me.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Right now I’m having to uninstall/reinstall display drivers for my NVIDIA card due to a lab that I had to install certain software. I haven’t even really started and this has totally pissed me off. My laptop locked up while I was in the lab and had to do a hard reboot and it effed up my display settings. The lab has to be in 1024×700 mode to be done. And now my display shows mobile pc instead of my NVIDIA and I have no option to change that. I’ve already contacted their sad state of support and have already been escalated :/

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Wednesday Hodgepodge #15

May 22, 2013 @ 8:26 PM | General with 4 Comments

1. It’s National Bike Week…do you own a bicycle? When did you last ride a bike?
No I do not own a bike. I’m afraid I’d fall of the thing at this point. I ride a stationary bike about 4 times a week while in spinning class 🙂

2. What’s something you learned in school that wasn’t part of the curriculum?
That could be just about anything. You hone your social skills while in school for sure.

3. What’s a food you’ve never tried, but want to try? What’s a food you’ve tried and will never try again?
I can cross buffalo burgers off my list but I’d like to try a few more gamey (is that a word?) wild meats as burgers only. I won’t eat steak. I refuse to eat shrimp ever again. I have had it may times and I just can’t get past the texture.

4. Have you been more demanding on yourself lately or less? Why? Do you think that’s a good trend?
I think my time has been more demanding with the 3 jobs I’ve got going on. It’s not a good trend because there are only so many hours in a day to do stuff.

5. Who is your favorite book, movie, or TV show villain?
Villian? I dunno, does Dom from the Fast and the Furious movie series count? I like the Dalek’s from Doctor Who.

6. How concerned are you about identity theft?
For myself not so much. My credit is trashed from an ex brother in law who repoed a boat I helped him buy. So if they want to try to steal my identity go for it.

7. I saw this last question on Dawn’s blog a couple of week’s ago and asked if I could share. Everybody hop over and say hi, but first answer this…would you rather have an ordinary home in an extraordinary place or an extraordinary home in an ordinary place?
What’s extraordinary though? I’d have to have the definitions of each of those things first to make my decision and the exact places because I sure as shit wouldn’t want to be sent to Antarctica.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I went for another job interview today for the navy base. I’d have to have security clearance. I’m not sure how that will pan out due to my credit history, or lack there of because there isn’t much going on with it. How many job interviews did it take you to find that one job you stayed at for many years?

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May 15, 2013 @ 9:46 PM | General with 1 Comment

1. May is National Blood Pressure Month…what sends yours soaring, either literally or figuratively? What calms you down? When did you last have your bp checked?
My blood pressure is usually always low. I might hit the norm which is 120/80 if I’m running around doing stuff but most normally like 90/50 or there abouts. What sends it soaring is stress at work and just chilling at the house can bring it down.

2. You just found $1-what do you spend it on? How about 10$ 100?
Bills at this point lol I’m working 3 jobs and still don’t have enough money just to live. I have no credit cards or car payment so you’d think it’d be doable. I’ve applied for a job just on Saturday at a car dealership which is 10 hours every Saturday. *crosses fingers* here’s hoping that pans out.

3. Mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food has been proposed, but not enacted in the US. How much attention do you give food labels before you buy? Are you in favor of labeling if it means an increase in food prices? Is this an issue you’ve been following and feel strongly about, or is this the first you’ve heard of the controversy?
I admit I don’t really look at labels. I just buy what I want.

4. May 15th marks the birthdate of Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz. At this point in time, are you more in need of brains, courage, heart, or a trip back home? Explain.
I think courage. I need the courage to find a good job even if it is not in this state and move.

5. “There’s no place like home” is an oft repeated line from Baum’s book. When was the last time you felt the truth of that statement?
Every summer when I take the kids to kidney camp for the week out in the mountains. I sooo am ready to go home and just sleep for a day or two.

6. Steak…yes please or no thank you? What cut do you prefer and how do you like yours cooked? Sauce or no sauce? Besides your own kitchen, where’s a place you like to go to get a great steak?
No thanks. I was put off from steak as a child when I was forced to eat it and the fat that came with it. I couldn’t leave the table one time until I ate everything on it. So I shove the meat and fat in and then puked it back up. 😕

7. When was the last time you were in a genuine hurry?
I seem to also be in a hurry lately going from one job to the next in the same day or getting to classes on time when they are in session.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Do you DVR your shows to watch now just so you can fast forward through the commercials? I do on most shows now that I have this thing.

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Cybersecurity Competition

April 20, 2013 @ 2:47 AM | General with 1 Comment

fixpc Oh My Damn once this competition was over with. It lasted an 8 grueling hours. There were 6 of us on the team. There were 3 Windows 2003 Servers, 2 linux boxes, and 2 clients. We had to keep up a DNS server, exchange server, FTP server, Secure POP, POP, SMTP, web server, and SNMP. We were the blue team. We were defending our services from the red team which was the hacking team. We had 15 minutes, yes you read that right 15 MINUTES to get our systems ready to be hacked. It just is not feasible lol

15 minutes FLEW by. I really don’t think we even got 15 minutes you ask any of us. We SORT of had directions regarding the machines as we were the team hired to fix the machines after they fired the entire last IT team. We had the passwords for the windows boxes and I quickly got the clients firewalled, antivirused, and malwared up. My choice for firewall was Vipre but I couldn’t get the damn thing to let me bypass the registration. Come to find out if I had used my school email right off the get go I’d have had it but the clients were negligible as they didn’t really count towards the scoring engine.

We had Comodo on a couple servers but the hackers were getting through. We had to find a way to get Vipre and one of the other team mates figured it out so we started loading it on all the machines. In the meantime, the linux people were freaking out because there were no passwords for those machines in the directions. 20 minutes later someone rolled by and said check under the printer. We were like WTF? Sure as shit there was a password list there and they went to town and quickly discovered how messed up their machines were lol All the machines were essentially messed up. That was the point. We had to fix them to get them to run properly without being hacked. I had to repair one of the servers and the linux guys just reinstalled with a different version of linux because they couldn’t even get the packages to uninstall due to the corruption.

It was fun watching the red team trying to come through on the windows machines as we had Vipre running and found their subnet and blocked it. We were like, okay that’s done now to set up all the services which we did and we’re looking at the board which had green for up and red for down. Everything was red. We were like WTF? Nothing we did changed that. After all was said and done we found out that when we blocked the hackers entire subnet we also blocked the scoring engine which happened to be on the same subnet. We weren’t told that in the meeting we had. We were pissed needless to say. Did I also mention we only had 1 month to prepare because we got invited that late into the planning?

At the very end everybody gave their little synopsis of how you did and what went right or wrong. We immediately brought up the fact that all the computers we used were laptops but there were no effin mice!

The red teams presentation was entertaining to say the least. There were webcams on the laptops. We used our badges to cover the cameras. We weren’t sure if they were getting access to that or not but we didn’t want them to see us. We also didn’t want them to hear us and uninstalled the audio drivers. That kept popping up on the server I was working to install and I kept hitting cancel so I knew they had access at one point to my machine (this was before Vipre).

Anyway, the red team had snapshots of other team members from the webcam. Screen shots of some of their laptop screens on what they were working on as well as other screens shots after they loaded a text file onto their machine, and not to mention them changing some of the machines wallpapers lol. NONE of that happened on our machines. We did see they tried to inflict some viruses and trojans at one point and Vipre shot that all to hell. We laughed. We also put up our own notepad which said “HIPS ….. suck don’t they” just in case they could get a snap shot of our screen.

Overall, it was fun and a very good learning experience, not to mention a great thing to place on your resume. We are invited back next year and I’ll be damned if I don’t register for at least once class next spring just so I can go back into it and get all the green lights for our team. The only draw back was that we could not try to hack the red team since we knew what their IP address was lol. I’m not sure if any of the other teams figured it out but we did.

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