James Cassell's Blog

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

When I told my dad that I quit my job, he thought that I shouldn't have done so. He pointed out that I would not have any income to pay for car insurance, or other things. He suggested that I ask if I can have my job back. I did so, and am now working Fridays and Saturdays.

Today was my first day of the second semester. My English and American History classes go all year. My new classes include Advanced Programming, World History, and Math Analysis, which is basically Pre-Calculus. I still can't log on to the systems, so I will ask my Assistant Principle tomorrow about it. My Advanced programming teacher doesn't know anything, so my class will be a "self study".

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Tonight, I quit my job. My boss was a little surprised, but consented. I will work the next two Fridays and Saturdays, then I will be done working there ... for now, at least.

In other news: I bought a gig of ram to add to my 512 MB I already had. Now I have 1.5 gigs and can run 4 simultaneous virtual machines. I also bought some blank DVD media and a fan. I got this from NewEgg. They delivered very fast. I paid with paypal on Monday night, and they came Thursday afternoon. Now, I don't have to worry about running out of ram.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

I believe that I have found why Google won't index my site. My logs show that their robot crawls it about once a week. I was going through the code, and noticed that my code that checks for the If-Modified-Since header looked a bit weird. It turns out that for some reason, if the If-Modified-Since header was present, it would return a 304 Not Modified response. I have disabled this behavior until I have time to fix it at a later date. It will take a couple of days at least, as I have set the content to expire 2 days after it is viewed. I have to get back to studying for my exams...

Sunday, January 22, 2006

I'm still locked out of the computer system at school.

Last weekend, I bought a DVD writer for my computer. The blank media costs about $1 per disc. I also bought some speakers with a small sub-woofer, as my computer didn't come with speakers.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Yesterday, When I attempted to log on to the computer at school, I got a message that said my account had been disabled. I asked the librarian about it, and she in turn asked the network lady. The network lady said they found something on in my userspace that they didn't like. She wouldn't tell me what.

Today, I was called to the assistant principle's out of my Spanish class right before I was to give a presentation. The network lady and my assistant principle were in the office. They told me that there were 3 files that they didn't like. The first was an html document that had a filename of "tunneling putty". The second was a shortcut to Remote Desktop Connection, a program that was already on the computer. The third, and most likely to get me in trouble was a program called putty. They didn't know that I had gotten to my home computer, apparently, and I suppose I could have lied and gotten out of the whole thing, but I don't do things like that. They didn't like that I could tunnel out of the network, even though this is what happens anytime anyone visits a secure site such as Hotmail or Yahoo Mail. They don't seem to know much about how web browsers use the network (though I could know more myself). I explained why I did it (to be able to get files from home without doing the floppy disk thing), and they didn't really care. They said that they have to get their network engineers to see how much (if any) damage has been done. I know that none had been done. They said that I can get suspended for doing what I did, but they can't determine how severely I will be punished until they see what has been done. I was extremely scared throughout the process.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

If you're running Windows, go to Windows Update and download the security patch that was just released. It was released out of the regular patch schedule because of its severity.

I used to think Intel's chips were better than AMD's because they had a much higher clock speed. However, an article, "Dual-core desktop CPU bout: AMD vs. Intel", seems to indicate otherwise. I'm glad I chose AMD for my new computer. The expensive computer I was going to get was going to have the X2 4400+ because I thought it was the best for the price. This article draws the same conclusion.

Monday, January 02, 2006

As an add-on to my previous post, I would like to say that over the course of the day, I found a lot more about gamma. My setting was perfect gamma, but most web sites and computers are configured for 2.2 gamma or 1.8 gamma, which are darker than perfect gamma which is a gamma of 1.0. My display shows all colors, but is still blurry, as it is an old display.

Haven't had much time to write lately...

I got a new computer. It wasn't the $2000 beast that I was originally going to get, but it is pretty decent. It cost $500. Here are the specs if you're interested.

  • AMD Athlon 64 3700+ @ 2.4GHz (overclocked to 2.54GHz)
  • 512 MB DDR 400 RAM
  • ASUS K8V SE Deluxe motherboard
  • ATI Sapphire Raedon 9250 with 128 MB memory
  • 74 GB SATA hard drive (it was advertised as 80 GB)
  • DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive

I also have been messing around with gamma. My monitor is not very good, but by using AGC, I have greatly improved display on my monitor. It did kink of look washed-out at first. Half-life 2 looks much better than before when it was very dark.