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  • Vanberge 10:19 pm on November 28, 2005 Permalink | Reply  

    Business Trip 

    For me, this is a very abnormal week. First and foremost – Disturbed is playing. However, I had to relinquish my ticket because i am currently on a business trip for this entire work week.

    Although i feel absolute sadness and sheer despair over missing disturbed for the second year in a row; this week is really pretty exciting for me. I’ve never been on a business trip before now. I’m in chicago about 5 miles from the Ohare airport, spending 5 days at EMC receiving training on how to administer and manage their SAN hardware. That said – it is effing wierd to be in a huge city all by yourself. I don’t feel ‘scared’- but something like anxiety almost all the time. Well… i guess i’m kind of lying… Something about huge cities just absolutely terrifies me. Walking around looking up at 15 story buildings, watching airplanes fly almost directly over my head, driving on 47 lane highways; its just a feeling that i’m not used to and so far cannot get over.

    Overall, its exciting to be on a business trip, sure.. but I didnt have to be here long to realize that I absolutely hate this town. People drive like assholes, alot of people are assholes, theres more of everything i hate and less of everything i like. I feel like chicago is nothing more than an ant hill that somebody just needs to shake up and pour water down. Maynard James Keenan might be the smartest most intellectual human being on this earth.

    just let me get out first.

    • Jeff 11:16 pm on November 28, 2005 Permalink

      I’m 99% sure you are correct about Chicago.

    • Darrin 12:45 am on November 29, 2005 Permalink

      Welcome to the terrible spin of business trips! I know the feeling – there is a lot of anxiety in navigating your way through a major city without having time to really plan it or even enjoy it for that matter.

    • vanlandw 4:50 pm on November 30, 2005 Permalink

      you missed a pretty good show van…the opening bands blew but disturbed was really cool. they played way to many singles but they did play fear and the game.

    • bun 2:37 am on December 1, 2005 Permalink

      van- come back to GR. we miss you! 🙁

    • dutchy 4:04 pm on December 2, 2005 Permalink

      welcome to rosemont/ohaire, by far the shittiest place on the planet, and the global gathering point of just about any business conference there is. go sans! i just started managing our new one here 😉

    • Jeff 6:55 pm on December 4, 2005 Permalink



    • vanlandw 8:24 pm on December 5, 2005 Permalink

      worst test ever

    • Jeff 4:03 pm on December 7, 2005 Permalink

      CLEARLY, I was testing the line break mechanism.

      Since you are using the several dots, I take it you are not aware of the fix for it.

    • vanlandw 5:52 pm on December 8, 2005 Permalink

      I was aware jjafuller….i was mocking you :-p

    • bun 5:20 pm on December 9, 2005 Permalink

      this is just the best conversation ever. also, does the spacing between each poster’s name, their comments, and the next person’s comments strike anyone else as difficult to read?

    • Jeff 3:34 am on December 10, 2005 Permalink


  • Vanberge 8:33 am on November 27, 2005 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Rocks 

    Google is one of the few software companies that have become a house hold name. Even most “non technical” people know the word “Google”.

    Basically, everything that Google does is awesome. Not only for their search engine capabilities, but for the assortment of all kinds of online services they offer – for free. Google analytics, Rss reader, Gmail, Google local, etc. I am very impressed with this company; specifically that they are able to offer great software and services completely free of charge.

    They probably are able to do this because they really dont advertise. You don’t see google tv commercials, google newspaper/magazine ads.. etc. They dont have to. Everyone just knows their name. But even so, not everybody knows them beyond their search engine.

    I think Google is going to be the company that breaks Microsoft’s dominance in the computer industry. Although their business model is mainly an online initiative, they have written desktop software such as Picasa and Google earth. If i were google i’d be having a development team writing an operating system, a vendor like HP or dell ready to use that OS on their hardware, etc. I know that I would definitely give a Google OS a spin if it were available for download.

    People know and love Google… and with Google’s past record with software I’m more than certain they are capable of producing such a product.

    Check out Google’s stuff.
    Google Services
    Check out Google’s “beta” stuff
    Google Labs

    • Darrin 12:40 pm on November 27, 2005 Permalink

      Agreed! I actually just started a group on facebook called, “I Love Google!”. Google certainly has enough talent and cash to start their own OS, heres to hopeing that they do.

    • Jeff 4:37 pm on November 27, 2005 Permalink

      Google is the quickly becoming the next evil empire.

      Though their advertising is less pervasive than most, it is everywhere.

      The reason Google doesn’t advertise is because they are a monopoly. Monopolies don’t need to advertise because they are so commonly known. There was some Google advertising towards the beginning of their life.

      The fact that people know of Google, does not mean that they know what Google is. They have already begun to loss effective branding, as Google has started becoming a verb. Rather than say “search for it” they are saying “google it.” There is no brand distingishment, just like in the south people say “Coke” for soft drink.

      Another problem they has is that their services remain in “beta” stage essentially forever. They try to skirt accountability by slapping “in development” on it.

      Recently, they have just been releasing products for a brief period, then pulling them. Just to create PR hype.

      I think when Google was just the best search engine they were great, but I am beginning to glow leary of their antics.

    • Jeff 4:38 pm on November 27, 2005 Permalink

      Woah…wtf, why doesn’t this support line breaks?

    • Vanberge 9:06 pm on November 28, 2005 Permalink

      Mr. Fuller just despises everything except for apple computers and Mac OSX 😛

      can you honestly say you wouldnt like to see / try a google operating system??

    • vanlandw 11:06 pm on November 28, 2005 Permalink

      i agree with both of you. I like some of their services but I just can’t think they are going to be perfect angels forever


      i posted on something i totally disliked a while ago…..

      Also, gmail could use a functionally update IMO and the google reader is just not as good as something like Gregarius or bloglines

      but for most users and for free you really can’t beat some of their services…

      for quick searches google is without question the best

    • Jeff 11:15 pm on November 28, 2005 Permalink

      Google would not create their own operating system. I think if they were going to do something, it would be with rebranded something or the other, there are rumbling of a universal linux remote login thing.
      [this is where a line break would have been]
      Creating a new desktop OS at this point would be virtually impossible due to the economies of scale vested in Windows.

    • vanberge 10:00 am on November 29, 2005 Permalink

      the line breaks are in there…

      I think the style i use is reformatting them. I looked at things with a blackberry browser and i can see all your line breaks

      i’ll try to fix that some day. 😛

    • Jeff 10:43 pm on November 29, 2005 Permalink

      I guess that I will just stop posting comments until then.

    • vanlandw 6:15 pm on December 1, 2005 Permalink

      LMAO…I will post comments but i will use “….” so things look a little bit better

    • vanberge 10:11 am on December 2, 2005 Permalink

      ILL FIX IT >:o



      RA RA

    • Vanberge 9:06 am on December 3, 2005 Permalink


      line break

      another line break

      yep fixed.

  • Vanberge 11:08 pm on November 22, 2005 Permalink | Reply  


    Apparently, somehow… my forums mysql database got corrupted. Going to http://www.palmerforpresident.com/forum would just hang there… and my server would eventually kill the apache process. I’m 99 percent sure this points to database corruption.

    I tried to restore the database from backup… but that doesnt work correctly. basically…. things are effed. I might try some more, i might not. For now, i have phpbb installed at http://www.palmerforpresident.com/forum

    Many people have tried running a message board software- it seems that they just kind of die off. Maybe its not worth even tryin to get back.

    rm -rf /home/vanberge/yabbsebackup ??

    p.s. Im using google analytics to track this site’s stats now. I just added the javascript so we’ll see how google does on website usage statistics


    Updated – after some sql editing, some database delete / renames, and some php tweaking, i got the effing forum database to restore. But, since this is as of august 8th, i lose 3 months of data.

    • Jeff 12:36 am on November 23, 2005 Permalink


    • vanberge 7:39 am on November 23, 2005 Permalink

      if i do it… you have to do it to jja.. 🙂

    • Jeff 4:17 am on November 24, 2005 Permalink

      Nope. I did not corrupt my database and lose three months of conversations. :raz:

    • vanberge 4:53 am on November 24, 2005 Permalink

      I dont think im going to rm jja….



      although now i must say i know mysql much better than i ever wanted. and clearly i wasted 7 hours of my life making this work. horrendous persona.

      happy thanksgiving

  • Vanberge 11:06 am on November 20, 2005 Permalink | Reply  


    As of late… I’ve been trying to talk myself out of migrating to a solid CMS such as wordpress. “There is honor in coding your own website” i would say… I always kind of feel the need to do my own stuff. Work on my own car, fix my own toilet, etc. This applied to my website wholly. For the most part… web design was a hobby.

    Although that is still somewhat true- there really just isnt a point. A content management system like WordPress does it so much better than I ever could. It makes things so much easier.. And truth be genuinely told, my table and iframe really did need to go. Plus, wordpress is pretty much completely customizable. It is based on CSS, which i have little to no experience with. I’ll have to learn a bit about that since it is the ‘way to go’ nowadays vs layout tables/cells combined with html formatting.

    The only thing that bothers me is that it is mysql based. I liked blosxom for its simplicity… lightweight, reading text files, etc. WordPress is a little heavier using a backend database. Now i just have to figure out how to migrate my blosxom content into this wordpress deal. Anybody who might have done that can feel free to point me in a good direction…

    —- slightly edited for content—-
    I also figured out how to import my blosxom entries… on to ‘tweaking’ wordpress

    • chouse 6:46 pm on November 20, 2005 Permalink

      there are blosxom to wordpress/moveable type scripts out there – just google around for them, they are pretty easy to use. I moved my 200+ articles to wordpress site in like 5 minutes.

    • Vanberge 8:38 pm on November 20, 2005 Permalink

      Just testing the comments… woot

    • Jeff 9:59 pm on November 20, 2005 Permalink

      I remember a simpler time, back before email addresses were required.

    • Vanberge 10:32 pm on November 20, 2005 Permalink

      i’m still tweaking jja… i’ll have it set up correctly

  • Vanberge 8:12 pm on November 10, 2005 Permalink | Reply  

    sheer fury. 

    I picked my car up from the body shop on Tuesday. It looked great. Like new. They replaced a window, and re-tinted it. It didnt match exactly… that was the only problem. overall, i was very happy.

    Wednesday, i was driving to meet a vendor for work… heading on 131 north. I was following a semi: he in the middle lane, and myself in the far right lane. Apparently, this semi truck ran over a piece of plywood that was lying in the road. This piece of wood, caught in the brisk wind, fluttered and hovered up to 20-25 feet in the air. Then, just as i’m thinking ‘its going to fly over my car’ – this wood dive bombs right into the side of my car. It ripped off my side view mirror. It scratched the front quarter panel. It scratched the door. It scratched the rear quarter panel. Un. Be. Lievable. This happens on the DAY AFTER I PICK MY CAR UP FROM THE BODY SHOP.

    Long story short. My car is going back into the body shop to get fixed again.

    I have never been been so irate in my entire life. I genuinely had to stop myself from punching through my car window. My face was white hot. I was screaming at the top of my lungs. Sheer, unaldulterated anger.

    Also. If anybody wants to go to disturbed on november 29th, i will sell you my ticked for exactly what i paid for it. I’m not going to be able to go. I cannot get out of going to Chicago for ‘training’ for work. email me: vanberge@gmail.com

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