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Confessions/Revelations…

February 24, 2005 at 2:52 AM

I came up with the idea for this post a few hours after New Year's Day begun (before I went to bed), and have been working on it whenever I had the chance, until it was ready to be published. I'm considering this part of a New Year's Resolution I've made - Some of these things have been bothering me for a long time, and I felt it'd be best to post them here, and finally get a few things off my chest. In my personal opinion, I personally feel that the revealing of these things will be one of the most important things I've done in my life, given the nature of what I'm about to disclose.

(Note: What I'm about to say about the people mentioned here does not mean I hate any of them...On the contrary, actually, I like them - I just hate some of the things they did - or continue to do, intentionally or not - and I want to say them here.)

Do you want to know what these confessions/revelations are? Then read on - These are in no particular order, by the way:

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Wall Painting and Test-Taking Technicalities…

February 20, 2005 at 12:30 AM

If you're wondering why I haven't been online much lately, it's because the rooms downstairs are still being worked on. My room's pretty much finished, but the downstairs living room still needs to be painted (Dad and Mom have been yelling at each other a lot while doing this, as Dad does not like to paint)...And it will be somewhat like the upstairs living room - Textured (the walls and ceiling have been plastered already), with a light tan color. As for the carpet in that room...I'm not sure what's going to be done about that yet.

Most of the stuff has been moved around in the living room so they could get their painting done...And right now, I have the couch in the kitchen =P

My Dad also called recently about my being ineligible for a job related to a Civil Service job test that I took late in January. It turns out that, even though I was told that I had the necessary experience and clearances for this job, I had to have my two years of training (the classes I took for my Associate's Degree) within a three year time limit...Which meant I couldn't get that job any later than mid-2004 (I started going to ITT Tech in June 2001, graduated with my Associate's Degree in June 2003, and took the test for this job late in January of this year), and that means Dad, Mom, and I all wasted a day down there for me to take a test for nothing >=(

On the other hand, they mentioned another job I could get (one where the above technicality doesn't apply, and that I can get if I pass), and I'll be taking the test for it in early March. Also, I might be called back to work at the Courthouse for the elections later this year, due to how good of a job I did during the Presidential Election =)

I've also done a bit more work on the template, and, except for some incompatibilities with IE (which I've worked around as much as I can at this point in time) it seems about ready, and I don't want to hold it up too much longer (as it's also holding me back from updating the site). If anyone here reading my blog has any suggestions for the template, or (especially) ways to fix the IE incompatibilies, please tell me.

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That's all I have to say in this post =P

Figures It’d Happen This Weekend…

February 7, 2005 at 11:42 PM

Well, the weekend was rather boring - Figures that the one time my connection goes out for more than a few minutes (and even that's rare - if it does go out, it's usually for no more than a couple of seconds), it was this weekend...I couldn't get online from Saturday till afternoon today >=(

Usually unplugging and replugging the modem fixes this (if it doesn't already fix itself, by attempting to reconnect every so often), but it didn't work this time...To try and find out what was wrong, I called Adelphia's Tech Support on Saturday night, and the [automated] message I got was that they were working on something in my area (Mom saw one of their trucks parked out on the street for awhile, so something happened), so there was nothing I could do about it until the problem was fixed. All I really did was play a few [emulated] games and watched movies this weekend - There just wasn't that much for me to do.

(On the other hand, I don't necessarily do that much on any weekend, except mess around on the computer =P)

On Sunday, Mom and I headed to Radio Shack after church to get a replacement universal remote (a few often-used buttons on our current one were no longer working), as well as a different set of headphones (for the cordless telephones), so that we could operate the TV, VCR, and DVD player in the upstairs living room (the VCR and DVD players usually sit in my room, and are connected to my TV, but since some of the rooms in this house [mine included] are being redone right now...). The remote we got was pretty nice - it's much easier to insert batteries in it, it only uses half as many batteries as the previous one (two, instead of four, and they're the same battery type - AAA), and it fits better in your hand as well. The headset was pretty much an earpiece with six custom molds that fit over it (small, medium, and large sizes - one set for the left ear, and one for the right) and a small microphone that rests on the cheek (though it seems to pick up your voice just fine). I've only used it once, so I'm not really used to it yet.

Today, I after realizing my connection was working again I just basically caught up on stuff I couldn't do online for the past two days...And not much else.

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And I realized it's been one year, one month, and two days since we had to have Tango put to sleep ='( His headstone is still sitting up in the kitchen, near the doors...We can't put it up right now due to the weather, but I really hope that it'll be put up before the end of this year...

Auntysitting and Address-Importing

February 4, 2005 at 10:40 PM

Today was somewhat busy:

I went over to Granny's to watch over Aunt Bonnie (who is still recovering from her surgery - she said it was babysitting, though I thought auntysitting fit better =P), while the rest of the family went to Aunt Millie's funeral. We talked for awhile, then watched TV, and I read one of my Discover magazines when she fell asleep.

Aunt Ronda and Uncle Guy were the first to come back. As soon as he walked in the door, Uncle Guy shouted out something rather off-color before realizing I was in the room - It was still pretty funny, though (because it was for Aunt Bonnie, and he didn't realize I was there when he said it). As soon as Granny, Pappy, and Mom got back, we went ahead and ordered pizza for lunch, and ate while watching a recent (taped) episode of "American Idol" that Aunt Ronda brought over (I really could care less about it, but since there wasn't anything else on TV at the time...). Some of them were pretty good, some weren't so good (I couldn't really tell in this case), and some were just laughable =P

I left later on to go to Larry's, and get the Microsoft Office application suite installed on his desktop computer, so he could get his work done (I would've put on OpenOffice 1.1.4, but there were some things he needed to do that OpenOffice couldn't handle at this time, so I had to install Microsoft Office instead). While doing that, I also typed up instructions for both Janet and Larry on how to select the printer you want to print from, depending on which computer you're using, and which computer the printer's currently plugged into (the printer used a USB connection, and it can only be connected to one of the two computers at any time), so they could take care of anything they would be printing in the future.

After taking care of both of those issues (and while Office was being installed, Larry handed me a check for all the work I had done for him lately - it was for $100 =) ), I tried one last time to get his address book transferred over properly from Outlook Express into Thunderbird (which I've got him using now [with Firefox for browsing] - the address book was the only thing I couldn't transfer over on my previous trips). Most of the methods I tried (including downloading conversion programs and exporting the address book to various formats) had failed, and both Larry and Janet had left by this time. After searching around a bit more, I tried one more thing:

  1. Downloaded and installed Netscape 4.8.
  2. Opened Messenger (the E-Mail application in Netscape) and imported Larry's address book from Outlook Express.
  3. Noticed that the imported addresses, and especially the folder structure, were both kept intact, which was a very good thing here - previously, the folder structure had always been destroyed (with all the addresses put in the top-level book) when importing the address books into any other program (except for, not surprisingly, Outlook and Outlook Express).
  4. Exported the recently-imported address book as an LDIF file.
  5. Opened Thunderbird and imported the recently-exported LDIF file.
  6. Noticed that the imported addresses and folder structure were kept intact.
  7. Breathed a sigh of relief, knowing that I finally managed to get all of his addresses imported properly into Thunderbird.

To import mail from Outlook Express into an E-Mail client of the future, I had to call upon the help of an E-Mail client (er, application suite =P) of the past...Strange, isn't it? ^_~

After I completed that, I got my stuff ready to take home (as well as picking up my anti-static wrist strap, which I left behind by accident after getting the new RAM installed in his computer), left a note for Larry that mentioned that I finally got his address book imported (as well as that I took back my wrist strap), called Mom, and waited for her to pick me up to take me home.

Dad's up at his friend's camp for the weekend, so Mom's going to be the only other person around here...And since I finished everything that Larry wanted me to do on his two computers, I'll have the weekend (mostly) to myself this time around =)

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