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A bit ago I mentioned how Lockergnome is sowing fear, uncertainty, and doubt in newbies regarding security and the World Wide Web. I mailed the editor of the newsletter and he said he’d post my rebuttal (since the original author didn’t have a functional email address) in the next issue of the newsletter.

I just checked the next issue, and my comments aren’t there.

I remember a time I subscribed to that newsletter and actually got some useful information out of it. Whatever happened to Lockergnome, man?

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Today’s my first day back at work (that is, actually at the office) since the winter storm fiasco last week and let me tell you how nice that is. I’m not very social at work or anything, but being in a place designated particularly for work is much better for focus, and hearing the other guys in the department doing their thing… well, it’s more social than sitting at home trying to get the cat to stop climbing my back.

First thing this morning I got here and there was a minor database-related crisis on one of our intranet servers, so that took most of my morning hashing that out. Stupid SharePoint Team Services…

I scheduled my last test for my Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer certification - “MS070-300: Analyzing Requirements and Defining Microsoft .NET Solution Architectures” - this coming Monday. I’m more uncomfortable with this test than I have been with others; they really are testing for “Software Engineering The Microsoft Way” and coming from a more real-world perspective, this inconsistent theoretical crap is really tough for me. I end up answering the questions the way you would in a real-world situation, but those answers end up being wrong because they’re not Microsoft answers.

A couple of friends of mine here at work have taken the test and they say it’s easy enough. Here’s hoping they’re right. In the meantime I’ll be studying my ass off.

I rented some movies this weekend and so far I’m not too impressed.

Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle was iffy at best. Random plot interspersed with overdone effects scenes and implausible stunts that destroy your suspension of disbelief. My dad told me as much, but somehow I didn’t pay attention. Pass.

The Silencer, a low-budget movie about a hit man, was not only poorly acted but poorly written. In fact, I don’t know where one problem ended and the other began. Was it bad because the actors read lines like they were on cue cards? Or were the lines themselves so bad that it didn’t give the actors much to work with? Does it even matter? Pass.

I have another movie, The Art Of War, but I haven’t watched it yet. We shall see.

I should probably work at work, huh?

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I’m rocking with the high speed Internet now, baby! Went down to the Comcast office and picked myself up a cable modem and driver kit, and now things move faster than fast. More human than human, friends.

I’m anticipating this will have a positive effect on my desire to do computer-related things at home (like update the blog, etc.) but will probably be not so great for my social skills.

At least Windows Update won’t take all night anymore.

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The ice looks like it’s starting to melt off, but I just watched a 4x4 spin all of its wheels trying to get through our parking lot. I saw that they started the bus running outside the apartment this afternoon, so some people must think it’s getting better.

I called Comcast to get my cable Internet service running but the account’s in Jenn’s name so I have to call back with her and have her either order it or authorize me on the account so I can order it. I think I’ll just have her put me on the account so I can call them whenever I want and get service or handle problems.

Regardless, it’s supposed to warm up this weekend so by Monday we won’t have the ice or snow anymore and I’ll be able to take my time setting up the high-speed Internet. That’s going to rock; I can hardly wait.

I thought I had mentioned it before, but searching back through my blog I don’t see where… Anyway, when I got my new computer, I hooked it up and all was well. For a while, though, my 21” monitor was having these odd brightness/contrast issues where it would be totally bright and hard to look at even with the brightness turned all the way down to 0. I noticed that I had my speakers parked kinda close to the monitor, so I moved them away and that seemed to fix things. Turns out, I think that was more of a coincidence than anything because it’s doing it again. I suppose the monitor has probably reached the end of its natural lifetime. I’ve had it for… uh… like 7 or 8 years now. I think I paid like $1000 for it at the time, though, so that averages out to almost $125/year for the thing. I’d like it to last longer. I guess I’ll ride it out until it’s so bright you just really can’t use it, then I’ll buy something new. I’ve got my eye on one of the LCD flat panel monitors - save me some desk space - but they’re so expensive. That’s something I’ll really have to think on.