Month: May 2014

Two Jobs

One would be interesting but only in the short term. The other could be more long term. 

The short term one – pays in the six figures. The long term pays in the high five figures but within very close range to what the short term job pays. In fact both would firmly put me in the top 2 to 1.5% of earners. 

But the thing is I suspect I’ll get offers on both. Quandary time. 

Short term is the pure Linux one. That’s fine – but with no net connectivity allowed. Makes it kind of interesting to do updates on the servers because you still need tools to keep them secure and such. 

The other is a mixture of about 60% Windows which I can still do with my hands tied behind my back and about 40% Linux. But this one has the benefit of letting me innovate somewhat. 

I’ll know more on Tuesday. But like I said, really SOLID interviews on both jobs. To the point where I can now answer what are call esoteric questions about Linux – like the boot process. Beyond the Grub booloader – the actual process loads a kernel into RAM on the machine. Then the kernel goes about mounting root and other directories. 

Got that question right. 

On the other interview one question was you have three domain controllers. One dies what do you do. 

I said first try to use ntdsuil -files and then dcpromo status. But the question was clarified and I answered that you’d have to remove the domain controller from AD. Got that one right too. They actually admitted to me that the other candidate they interviewed had no idea. 

But like I said – with the holiday weekend I knew I wasn’t going to hear anything on Friday. But come Tuesday I suspect I’ll hear from both. I’m sort of leaning towards the Widows/Linux one to be honest. But the pay on the other side is too good to refuse. 

The Tears of Brian Brown Part IV

So he’s saying what he always says when a court corrects a legislative or initiative error:

“Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s President. “Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones’ cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens.”

He’s crying that they couldn’t stir the bigot pot again and try, just try to get the ‘people’ read as the NOM supporters, to respond to bogeyman complaints about the children, the coming storm, etc. There are only so many ways you can beat a dead horse there Brian Brown.

And he insults the PA Legislature – not surprising. I insult my legislature and legislators here in RI all the time. But the way he insults them makes the legislators in PA seem particularly inept.

“Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s President. “Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones’ cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens.” – See more at: http://www.nomblog.com/39174/#sthash.Q0l94GuM.dpuf

“Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s President. “Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones’ cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens.” – See more at: http://www.nomblog.com/39174/#sthash.Q0l94GuM.dpuf

“Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s President. “Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones’ cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens.” – See more at: http://www.nomblog.com/39174/#sthash.Q0l94GuM.dpuf

“Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s President. “Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones’ cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens.” – See more at: http://www.nomblog.com/39174/#sthash.Q0l94GuM.dpuf

“Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s President. “Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones’ cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens.” – See more at: http://www.nomblog.com/39174/#sthash.Q0l94GuM.dpuf

“Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s President. “Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones’ cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens.” – See more at: http://www.nomblog.com/39174/#sthash.Q0l94GuM.dpuf
“Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s President. “Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones’ cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens.” – See more at: http://www.nomblog.com/39174/#sthash.Q0l94GuM.dpuf
“Pennsylvania voters have long sought, and been denied, the right to vote on the issue of marriage. This ruling adds insult to injury, as it leaves the citizens of Pennsylvania doubly disenfranchised,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s President. “Members of the Pennsylvania legislature have been actively working for years to put this matter to the voters, which makes Judge Jones’ cavalier decision even more brazen and unjust. The ruling unilaterally makes an end-run around the democratic process and places the capricious will of one man above the desires of millions of citizens.” – See more at: http://www.nomblog.com/39174/#sthash.Q0l94GuM.dpuf

Two books we should all read

So I’ve now read two books in the past few days:

1) Matt Taibbi’s “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap”

Fantastic book on how banks and big business get away with crimes, never sees the inside of a courtroom, etc. We saw that most recently with the Affluenza kid. Money fucking talks. 

And related – I’ve also read “Flash Boys” by Michael Lewis. In it he tells the story of the founding of the IEX exchange. In essence an exchange create to stop the high frequency traders from knowing the mind of investors. Quite a fascinating read. 

One raspberry for getting a new phone

I use two factor authentication here on WordPress. In fact I wish two factor were used for things like bank account PIN etc.

However since I had to trade in my old phone and it had the Authenticator app on it that meant I had to re-install Google Authenticator.

And jump through the hoops to associate the app on THIS phone. Joy! Finally got the bar code scanner installed and then I was able to grab the QR code and associate the new phone for access to this blog.

But overall I find myself really liking this phone. I’m becoming quite the Samsung fan – both our phones and the printer in the other room are all Samsung products.

The Samsung SGH-T599EAATMB Exhibit

I find myself really liking this phone and the feature set on it.

For example, I tried out the 4 Mobile Hotspot and limited it to my computer. It worked – I was able to bring up Facebook, this blog, etc. Pretty damned awesome.

Got pretty much all my apps installed and arranged.

I did have to shut off all the Facebook sync shit. My contact list exploded. And Facebook doesn’t need to know all that crap.

Oh and it has call blocking built in! And the nice part – you can tell it to block all calls except those on your contact list. Halellujah! I like it.

And another feature I found on this phone – it has hardware tethering built in too. So you can either make it a $G Hot Spot restricted to the devices you specify or you can physically tether to the phone and have it present as a network interface. Sweet.

Another thing I finally solved – when I’d plug the phone into my Ubuntu 12.04-4 machine I could see the folder structure but not the content.

Finally found an app that mounts the phone as a FUSE file system allowing me to see the contents of the phone. It’s called go-mtpfs

And something else on this phone is interesting. Had it hooked up to Sync on a friends Ford Fiesta. Now yesterday was a bit of a storm in RI. And the phone makes this LOUD sound. I look at the phone – it’s a flash flood warning. Too cool!

 

 

New Phones

So today we both got voicemails saying we should come in and swap out out phones. I’ve been a MetroPCS subscriber for several years now. They were bought by T-Mobile a year or two ago. 

The reason they’re having people upgrade is because they’re switching to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network. Got two Samsung Exhibits for a total of a tad under the $7 in tax. So now Keyron and I have the same exact phone. That makes it easier to show him where things are. 

The phones are loaded with Android Jelly Bean on them. Big advance. Other features – both forward facing and rear facing cameras. And the rear camera has a flash too.  Plus the rear cam is a 5MP unit. 

The CPU is only 1GHZ but it’s a dual core chip. Yeah, in a phone. I know. It also means the 5.7Wh battery isn’t going to cut it. I’ve already priced out extended battery packs for it. 

The display is a lot sharper on these phones too. 

One interesting thing about the phone – there are zero carrier markings on it. Not a one. The only logos on it are the Samsung logo on front and back. Otherwise nada for Metro or T-Mobile. 

Did have to setup voicemail though – it’s now T-Mobiles voicemail so the commands are all different. Lovely. 

And I have to wonder – when are they going to merge the customer databases between Metro and T-Mobile. I say this because I have a close to $60 credit balance on the T-Mobile side. 

Today’s Event

So this morning (Oh gosh – I completely spaced on it too!) I got to go to an even put on by Generation Citizen at the Rhode Island State House. Candidate for Governor Todd Giroux (D) was one of the judges. 

It was funny – the rubric used  was familiar. I’ve seen variations of it doing program reviews. Each of the judges had four projects to judge. 

But one thing that was said by the candidate struck me. He said maybe some of those same kids might serve someday. I shot him down and explained that a high majority of those currently serving either graduated from LaSalle Acadamy I.e. My alma mater or Classical which is a Public Entrance Exam Required School or any of the Saint or Lady of schools. Very very few are public school graduates per se that are in the legislature. 

Kind of sad when you look at it that way but it’s the way the cookie crumbles. There will always be a ruling class and a plebe class. It’s represented in everything we do around here. It’s funny I got educated in the ruling class schools but I much prefer king maker to king. I just realize the amount of shit you have to take as an elected representative. 

And one of the folks from Generation Citizen – look my gaydar is broken but this guy, yeah. Off the scale! He looks a little like someone I went to high school with but he’s too young to be that person though. Maybe the son of a former classmate. 

Sliding toward summer

So temperature here in Providence got up to 81F today. Even right now, at 11:10PM it’s 66.9F with high humidity. I love it. 

About freaking time too. I was getting a little sick of 50F or so weather. I like it warm – the eye candy is special too. Old Polt would probably be in his element here – the skater boys are out in force. Hey, I may be coupled but I’m not dead you know. 

 

The Sealgate thing in RI

So as you may be aware – one Tara Granahan of WPRO 630AM had it in for candidate Todd Giroux. 

So I called into the show. The exchange went a little something like this:

Me: So Tara, when did you get your law degree?

Tara: I don’t have a law degree. When did you get yours?

Me: I’m asking the questions here. 

Me: And more to the point you are on a show the namesake of which, the Buddy Cianci show – he is a convicted felon. 

At this point they cut me off. They don’t like it when their hypocrisy is shown. I do wish I had recorded it – she called me angry and such. And I’m following that stinker Granahan on twitter now. She’s an obnoxious bitch that’s for damned certain. No wonder they have her subbing in for Cianci. 

I do have to pull the police report – as Granahan keeps saying the seal was dragged which I’m assured is NOT the case. And she’s singling out candidate Todd Giroux – but there was also a RI DEM employee and a Town of Bristol employee who assisted. 

Talk Radio is a cesspool

It reminds me of 14.313MHz on the 20m amateur radio band. One Tara Granaham is subbing in for Buddy Cianci on his show on 630 WPRO here in Rhode Island. 

She’s attempting to slam candidate Todd Giroux. So I called in and asked her if she had a law degree. I then told her  the shows namesake – was a convicted felon. Got hung up on of course. Can’t point out hypocrisy. 

Granaham keeps trying to embellish the story saying Giroux ‘dragged’ the seal. That is NOT the case.