Slowing down telemarking calls

Saw a link on Mike Pinkerton’s blog about the National Do Not Call registry accepting registrations. For some reason they require a valid e-mail address, but if it will stop most telemarketing calls for 5 years I guess I can live with that.

Plant shutdown – 1 week

Good thing I decided to try calling work before showing up today; I would have been pretty disappointed if I drove 30 minutes to get to work and then realized that the plant was shutdown for the week. I normally don’t call before going in, but I figured with all the time I took off work in the past couple weeks and knowing that it was the season for shutdowns it might be a good idea to phone ahead.

Hopefully this extra time will mean that I can get some things in Bugzilla Documentation caught up. I’d also like to get the Bugzilla Developer profiles page online this week. And if I still have time after all that, I’d like perhaps work on some of those other bugs I’ve started on but never driven to completion. Sounds like this week w/nothing to get paid for is going to yield me plenty to do… and that’s not even attempting to account for any kind of personal life.

I got my laptop back

I got my laptop back from Circuit City yesterday. According to the form I got with it they repaired (or replaced), of all things, the touchpad. Not really the device that would have lept to my mind, but it seems to be working better. It does still do that message about restoring the registry from backup every now and then, but it’s done that almost since the day I bought it… and I’m still not sure why (probably something retarted w/WinXP).

Now that my laptop is back online I was also able to get my Quicken information updated. I’m actually not as far in debt as I thought I would still be. In fact, had I not just had my vehical in the shop for a bunch of little repairs, I’d be in the black. A big helper in getting me closer to out of debt was the fact that MCC finally sent me my check from tuition assistance.

MALUG June 2003 Meeting

Our monthly MALUG meeting was today. Tim Gray once again had some really neat information to distribute about animation on linux. Even though I’ll probably never figure it out, I did find it fascinating. He talked about a couple of applications. One that can be used to render images: POV-Ray, and one that can be used to aid in creating animations: Blender. I’d like to find the time to fiddle with these applications as they look extremely powerful, but I’m not sure when that’s going to happen. At least when it does I’ll have the links here to remind me about them :).

I’m baaack (again)

Once again I have returned to my home, this time after a trip to South Carolina. I got a lot of bugmail while I was gone; it appears that Generic Charting went in. I ‘spose that’s another thing I’ve gotta get added to the docs sometime before 2.18 comes out :).

Gone again

Looks like I’m on my way to Fort Jackson, SC. That means pretty much everything I said 13-Jun applies again. I did drop my laptop off before I left last time but still haven’t heard back from Circuit City telling me that it was back in or whether they had found any problems. They’ll probably call me while I’m out of town these next few days.

I’m baaack

Annual Training is now over and I have returned to my home. For those who are curious, I qualified Expert on the M-16 (rifle) and Marksman on the M-9 (Pistol). I am really disappointed by my score w/the 9mm… so much so that I’m probably going to purchase one before next year so I can practice. We also performed some MOUT training. That was a lot of fun, even though I died before I even made it into the building when it was my platoon’s turn to assault.

I may be going away again tomorrow depending on if I can get the time off work or not. My friend’s sister is graduating basic training and I’ve been asked to go to Fort Jackson with them and attend the graduation. My biggest problem with that is money… I’m not exactly rich and I’ll have to pay for my own hotel room.

Speaking of money, I finally got my check from MCC to reimburse me for what the Government paid on my behalf for last semester’s tuition (yes, the semester that ended over a month ago). Other good news on that front is that I have a schedule ready to rock to that will allow me to get my associates degree at the end of this next semester… it only took me 6 1/2 years.

Gone for a week

My unit tells me it’s time for AT. This will actually be my first one as last summer I was just finishing up my Basic/AIT. If you’re reading this and wondering what the heck I’m talking about it might help if I told you that I’m in the Army Reserve. So I guess what I’m saying is that you might not want to look for any new entries any sooner than 22-Jun (not that I really think I have any regular readers, it’s just fun to say :).

Another hidden meaning (that’s no longer hidden) is that there really won’t be much happening regarding Bugzilla Documentation or any other Bugzilla work for the next week+. It may be worth noting that the IRC stats for #mozilla, #mozillazine, #calendar, and #mozwebtools (while on that topic, better [longer sampling time] stats for #mozwebtools are found at will continue to be updated as long as nothing bad happens to my machine while I’m gone (like a power outage).

Michael Katzmann asked a questing in n.p.m.webtools yesterday about creating PDF’s out of the Bugzilla documentation. I had tried to do this before, but failed miserably. Many thanks to Don Fike who helped me unlock the mystery. For the curious, here’s a link to the thread using Google groups.

Goodness, as I look at this entry I see that it’s not only the longest one I’ve done to date, it’s also got the most links. Guess I just wanted to make sure I said everything I had to say before I left or something…

My laptop hates me

I’m convinced that my laptop thinks of me as the enemy. Almost since I bought it I’ve had a problem where every now and then it would say the registry (Windows XP, yuck) had to be restored from a backup. It was almost always successful. However, I think there were a couple instances where it apparently wasn’t as the nifty screen with all the usernames/pictures would never show up and I was forced to reformat it. It’s gotten even worse now, to the point where it just randomly locks up… even right after reformatting the drive. This really makes me think there’s a hardware problem of some sort. The worst part is, it’s less than 1 yr old.

Fortunately, when I bought it from Circuit City, I got the service contract with it. I guess it’s time to take it in to them and have them do something about it. Now is even the ideal time because I won’t be around next week to miss it.

Another useless blog

Well, I decided to do it… enter into the realm of useless blogs. Hopefully this will allow me to keep a record of things I do. In the end I think this will probably be of more intrest to me than anybody else, but I figured I might as well make it public :).