Michigan 2

Online Ordering

Part of the draw of ordering something online is so I don't have to talk to anyone, this morning I got an email asking me to call to verify my order. First, I call and get placed on hold for 12 minutes and 32 seconds, They asked me a) to verify my shipping address, yes.. I did that twice during the order process.. then they asked me to verify my email address, wtf? of course it's right, I'm calling you because of an email you sent me! that's like someone calling me and asking me to verify my phone number.. Then they tried to upsell me accessories and warranties.. ugh, this is what I try to avoid by NOT doing it in person or over the phone!
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So I was having some trouble with my Verizon Wireless ExpressCard.  I called Customer Service to get it fixed and they, of course, transferred me to Wireless Data Services.  I explained the trouble (Authentication Failed) and asked him to look at my account.  The tech said "Okay sir, I need you to reboot your computer please" to which I responded "I'm on a Mac, No." he said "Oh, yes you're right, no need.  I'll look at my end."  He found that there was an error on the account and corrected it, but I was still unable to connect, I either got a Modem Error or the Authentication Failure.  He then said "Oh, I see that your contract ran out, I'm being told that we need to sign you up for another two year contract in order to re-activate the account" .. .ok, NO.. I explained that there was no way that I was going to do that as I am still paying and wish to remain month-to-month, we ended the conversation without resolution.  I then called a friend who works at a Verizon retail store and talked about the situation.  I had asked the tech at customer services if I should try to re-activate the device using VZAccess, he said no, but my friend agreed that it was worth a try, so I installed the app (which I really didn't want to do, since it's not needed for Leopard to connect, but oh well) ran the activation wizard and BAM everything fixed! *sigh* yay customer service! haha..
Michigan 2


For some reason, I'm awake... have been for a little while. I guess I'm up for the day. I considered going to the office but then looked outside and checked traffic, ew.. no thanks, I'll wait till it clears up a bit I think.
Michigan 2

yay stupidity!

Client: Yeah go track down why x.x.x.x IP isn't pingable and x.x.x.x/24 doesn't seem to route from outside
Me: uh ok... *checks router configs* hmmmm everything is fine...
Me: *calls ISP and explains*
ISP: Your IP isn't pingable...
ISP: Wait neither is our side...
ISP: uh.. your interface is administratively down... suspended for billing reasons
Me: okies, thanks much! *click*
Me: *runs off to punch accounting people in the face*

(x-post: personal and techsupport)
Michigan 2


Okay so as you may or may not know I haven't worked since roughly March... by choice mostly =)  I've been enjoying my summer for a change!

Well today was my first day at a consulting gig, they slated the whole day for me to get familiar with their network, decommission an IP block and activate another. Sooooo what I've done today:
Remove 117 IP addresses from server A
Remove 117 IP addresses from server B
Remove 14 IP addresses from server C
Remove all references to the above IP addresses from the Cisco layer 3 switches (access lists, VLANs, etc)
Create 117 IP addresses from the new pool on server A
Create 117 IP addresses from the new pool on server B
Create 14 IP addresses from the new pool on server C
Create all appropriate rules for the new block on the switches

* Find out why a server isn't responding to a configured IP address, bad switch port?
uh no.. documentation sucks, the server was plugged into FA1/0/6 not FA1/0/3 as the 'description' indicated.
Changed the VLAN on FA1/0/6 and WOW, the damn thing works.. put FA1/0/3 in shutdown and changed the description.

Documented the hell out of the rest of the config file on the two switches
Documented the hell out of the ifcfg-eth* files on the three linux boxes
Saved backup copies of the original and newly modified cisco configs, as well as the original ifcfg files.

... it's 14:30, I've only been here since 10:00 and we took an hour and a half for lunch....

What did YOU do today?!  =D

oh PS it sounds like they are putting together an offer letter for a full time role!
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Michigan 2

Dinner at Cajun's Wharf in Little Rock, AR

I was pointed down to Cajun's Wharf by a local here in Little Rock and I am so glad that I found this somewhat off-the-path location.  The directions I was given on how to get there were not quite accurate or easy to folow, and I barely spotted their blue neon sign in the dark, but I did and found it nestled back behind several other buildings right on the Arkansas river.  Entering the rustic building I was greeted by a friendly and upbeat host who immediatley escorted me through the large dining room, past several large fish tanks with lively and intersting fish dancing around, to a table by the window overlooking the river. But enough about location, on to dinner!

Cajun's house salad (mixed greens, pine nuts, purple onions and feta cheese with their dijon mustard vinaigarette dressing) was excellent, though I personally found the dressing to be slightly on the oily side, it was still a perfect fit for the rest of the salad.

Cedar plank salmon - A generous Salmon filet prepared and served on a cedar plank infusing a wonderful smoked cedar aroma and flavor to the fish.  Served with their homemade cajun mashed potatoes, a flavorful blend of horseraddish and jack cheese mashed in with the potatoes.  The mixed vegetables were just as tasty as the rest of the dinner.  Their honey butter and bread are also noteworthy.

My server, Jennifer, was very cheerful, helpful, prompt and attentive to making sure my meal was satisfactory.

I highly reccomend this venue for your next visit to Little Rock, AR.

Oh, and value. All of this and an iced tea for around $25 excluding gratuity left me fully satisfied and
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Hotel remodeling

Seen in my hotel room on an info card...

Known to induce pounding headaches within and 86-ft radius.

Please pardon any decibel increase as we continue to change our hotel for the better.

Known to be worn by men who are confused about the location of their waistline.

Please pardon our appearance as we continue to change our hotel for the better.
Michigan 2


Dating Strengths Dating Weaknesses
1. Flirtiness - 87.5%
2. Varied Interests - 85.7%
3. Independence - 85.7%
4. Adventurousness - 75%
5. Kindness - 72.7%
1. Arrogance - 75%
2. Vanity - 58.3%

Dating Strengths Explained
Flirtiness - Flirting is a good way to break the ice, and you are a pro at it. Being flirtatious will open up many dating opportunities.
Varied Interests - You don't limit yourself, and that's a dating asset. Your varied interests make you available and interesting to a wider range of men.
Independence - Your strong sense of independence comes in handy while dating. You are not held back or tied down; you are free to pursue your interests.
Adventurousness - You are willing to try new things and be spontaneous. You want to get out there and really live, and you will attract people with a similar love of life.
Kindness - You treat other people with empathy and goodwill. This positive trait helps you stand out and draw people into your warmth.
Dating Weaknesses Explained
Arrogance - You are a bit full of yourself. You need to practice a little humility now and then, as arrogance can be a turn-off.
Vanity - Learn to put a lower priority on looks. Appearance is, of course, important, but vanity is undesireable. The only people you will attract are the superficial.
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