On the road to Eureka

Nicole and I took the day off from work so that we could leave this afternoon for the drive up to Eureka, for Brian and Sonja’s wedding.

Incidentally, I had a small part in their meeting. I encouraged Brian to try Yahoo Personals (which I worked for from May 2002 to May 2005 – I recently switched to the Tiger Team). I’m hoping to see them on the “Success Stories” part of the site soon.

In trying to get ourselves packed and mobilized, I was once again reminded of just how much of a stupid, irrational, cranky bastard I become when I haven’t eaten in a while. Sometimes the best thing you can do is to stop whatever you’re doing and just eat.

Site hacked

Thanks to JR and Nina for noticing that some Russian dudes hacked my site, because I hadn’t upgraded to the latest WordPress. I’m back online now after upgrading to WordPress 1.5.1.2

Installed SBC Yahoo DSL

It was kind of a pain in the butt.

I put in the CD and skipped through all the crap about DSL filters, because I already had DSL filters from my EarthLink DSL. I installed the new SpeedStream 5100 DSL modem, but the software refused to detect it. After uninstalling 8 or 9 programs that were EarthLink or networking-related (e.g.: ZoneAlarm, Cisco VPN, etc…) and rebooting 3 or 4 times, it suddenly started detecting the modem. So then I proceeded with the rest of the install, creating my sbcglobal account and such but then the installer just hung towards the end. After 5 minutes of staring at the hourglass, I decided that it wasn’t going to do anything and so I killed it, rebooted, and started the install again. This time I got a prompt that I hadn’t even seen before telling me to enter the modem access code from the bottom of the unit. Did that and then I got some weird error that said something had failed and I should hit Retry and if it fails a few times, I should call SBC. Luckily, I hit Retry and it worked and then on the next step, I got another error saying “We apologize that the SBC Yahoo! servers that are needed to obtain your new User Name and Password are temporarily unavailable.” I hit Retry and then it worked and I was able to get through the rest of the install and I had my one PC connected to the Internet (at this point, the DSL modem was hooked up directly to my PC as the instructions had told me to do).

Then I tried hooking up the modem to the router, so I could get the other computers on the Internet. No dice – the Linksys could not connect over PPPoE. After a little research on the Web, I discovered that the SpeedStream 5100 has built-in PPPoE. The recommended way to hook up a router is to disable the built-in PPPoE by accessing the modem configuration page at http://192.168.0.1, selecting “PPP Location” and setting it to “PPP on computer” (the default is “PPP on modem”).

After doing this, I could then get the router to connect and now both of our desktop PCs in the office are on the Internet! Yay!

Let’s see…it was around 12:30 AM when I got this all working. I started the process at around 9:50 PM. Two and a half hours. Ergh. But then again, now we’ve got Internet for $14.95/month for a year, so I’ll be saving around $35/month for a year or $420. Not too bad.

Paul Harvey’s awful comments

Listening to KGO AM 810 on the way home from work, Gene Burns was talking about some awful comments that Paul Harvey had made. I probably wouldn’t have believed it, had he not replayed Mr. Harvey’s comments (starts at 11:45).

I’d love to find a transcript of the comments to link to, but here’s what he said in a nutshell:

  • America did not respond aggressively enough to the events of 9/11. Even though most of the hijackers were from Saudia Arabia, we “gave old pals a pass” and held back from attacking them.
  • Not reacting strongly showed that we were weak (in his words, borrowing from Winston Churchill, “made of sugar candy”), and was contrary to our glorious history.
  • One example of such glorious history was how we dropped the A-Bombs on Japan, killing 150,000 people and ending World War 2
  • Another example of this glorious history was how early pioneers of this country handed out smallpox-infected blankets to Native Americans in order to fulfill their manifest destiny.
  • Another example – keeping slaves, which was necessary to build our great country.
  • Nowadays, we’ve become weak because of our guilt and he fears that we are doomed to lose our country to people who feel no such guilt.

These comments were simply astonishing to me. I can only hope that Mr. Harvey is senile.

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Picked up Nicole’s parents

We picked up Nicole’s parents from SFO airport and they tagged along with us as we ate pizza at Andiamo’s near their house. Then we went to their house and looked at all the stuff that they bought. They really enjoyed their Globus tour and they bought an amazing amount of souvenirs, especially books (16!) and t-shirts (15!).