Software Engineer

Jason Hancock

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vegas

We had a good time in Vegas over the weekend. Laura, her mother, and friends Jenny and Carrie went to the New Kids’ concert Saturday night. While they went to the show, Laura’s dad, Jenny’s boyfriend Eric, and I went to Discount Firearms to shoot some fully automatic weapons. The place was pretty busy when we got there. We decided that we would each shoot the MP5, the Tommy gun, and the M16 (it was an M4 with a 16” barrel and a collapsable buttstock).

dnd

If you have ever questioned how much of a g33k I really am, I am about to put all doubts to rest. I’ve started playing Dungeons and Dragons. Yup. All these years and I’ve missed out on a classic RPG. I don’t know why I’ve never played DnD before. There were kids playing it when I was growing up. Maybe the stigma surrounding it then was too much for me. I don’t really know.

pain in my neck

My neck has been sore for the last 1.5 weeks. It was probably caused by sleeping a couple nights on the couch (I don’t like waking Laura up by coming to bed when I have to work until the early morning hours). Combine that with poor posture at work and I have a recipe for disaster. It seems like it’s getting a little better each day, but maybe that’s the ibprofin talking.

quick recipe

The other day, I needed some inspiration for what to make for dinner. I turned to google and let my fingers do the talking. I stumbled on a recipe that was quick, tasty, and provided enough leftovers to have for dinner the next night. I give you Tator-Tot casserole: 1 lb. ground beef 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 bunch of green onions 1 bag of tator-tots 1 cup of milk 1 cup of cheese salt and pepper to taste Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

misc.

I’ve spent the last few days putting my life at work back together. The nice part about being in the position that I’m in is that there isn’t any IT support. I stopped at Fry’s on my way into work Monday morning, picked up a new drive, installed it, installed Windows, and started rebuilding both my desktop work environment (MS office, cvs stuff, diff utilities, all the goodies) and also my build/release environment.

hardware failure!

Today was really hectic. We had an issue come up that we had to address, we worked on a bunch of stuff that has to be in front of customers by the end of next week, and I’ve been fighting an uphill political battle, trying to get the leadership to fully support an awesome idea (that I can’t comment about right now, but I’ve been spending a lot of late nights working on).

It’s been a few days since I’ve used windows at home. I can’t escape from using windows while at work yet, but details of this movement are another discussion. I must say, there’s nothing that I’ve missed bad enough to boot back into XP. I’ve got my music (Audacious), my chat (Pidgin), my work email via MS Outlook web interface, my personal email via hotmail’s web interface, and browsing via firefox.

i feel dumb

A co-worker suggested I look at my xorg log files. Found out why I wasn’t getting any video…..there wasn’t a device connected. The back of my video card is crowded because it’s the all-in-wonder model ATI card, so they have this funky Y adapter cable that has two d-sub connectors on it. I had my monitor connected to the second port instead of the first. Doh! So, now everything is up and running, I’m in full blown linux mode now!

been a while

It’s been a while since I last posted. A lot has changed. I’m beginning to transition from the operations team over to the development team at work, I finished building my California-compliant AR-15, and I found a deal on a 1911 (7 days until I get to pick it up!). I’ve also dual-booted my desktop machine to run Fedora 9 and XP. I initially had some difficulties with the graphical install for Fedora 9.

So, after getting a new tv, contemplating upgrading our cable to HD, and the incident a couple weeks back with our internet service, we were pretty much ready to ditch charter. A salesman from AT&T knocked on the door the other night advertising their new bundled service. Laura took the info and we talked it over when I got home. Bottom line, we’re going to pay the same amount per month, get 50+ HD channels, all the premium movie channels including HD movie channels, get an HD DVR (we have a regular DVR currently), get an additional box for our bedroom, and get an internet connection that’s a dedicated 6Mbps (our old one was a max 5Mbps, not continuous 5Mbps).