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Yay! A weekly series meant for Sunday, done on Sunday!  

Free Harry Nicolaides

I rarely beg on the blog of whall.  

A good blog friend of mine, Adam Daniel Mezei (also on utterli and twitter) brought this to my attention and I’m bringing it to yours.

Would you please sign this petition to ask for Harry Nicolaides to be freed from Thailand prison?

There’s an interesting (and outrageous) backstory to the whole deal, which I encourage you to listen to or read, but if you don’t have time to learn, please have time to sign.

Side note: If you’re on utterli, I also encourage you to follow Mr Adam (also known as ADM) mentioned above.  As the Eastern Europe’s Utterli Ambassador from Prague in Czech Republic (a Canadian transplant) who speaks a million and one languages, he imparts knowledge by proxy… all you have to do is listen to him regularly and you will get wiser about the world.

Shiny’s Plagiarism

If you don’t read Shiny’s Takeout (sound it out, you’ll get it), or haven’t visited it in a while, you should go check out his Plagiarism Week 2009.  

I’ll go ahead and say this now and get it out.  He completely stole this idea from me.

But at least he called it Plagiarism Week.  I guess that’s his “out” so to speak.  His mimicry has been outstanding.  I tell you, this Shiny guy is really funny.  I still laugh out loud when I think about the time I read his political post.  It was the most brilliant thing I read that week.

He’s plagiarized some fantastic bloggers out there.

Stimulus

Although I said I’d steer clear from the politics on my blog, I’ll at least do one more bout of begging.  Call or email or fax your Senator to have him or her vote NO on the Stimulus plan!

You can go to congress.org, put in your zip code on the top right and find your elected officials.  Most Congressmen and women allow you to contact them directly online, so do it.

At least learn what all’s in this stimulus plan.  THEN tell your Senator what you think.  You don’t have to agree with me – if you think they should pass it, contact them and tell them.  But I think if you learn about the package, you’ll see more and more why passing it is a horrendous idea.

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Which is your favorite?

Mine is the “unsettling” one.

 

This used to be a Sunday thing, but this past year it’s been mostly a “whenever” thing. I’m going to try to put some structure back in.  Being late is also a common thread with me, so the structure I put back in is to be late this week by doing it on Monday.

Blog Strategy Rethink

I uttered recently how I think I’m going to drop the political posts from ye old personal blog of whall.  

I know some people have stopped visiting here because we’re so incompatible from a political standpoint, and that bothers me.  A lot, actually.  I don’t feel like I’m hateful or even unfair in my writings, but for some, my viewpoint alone is enough to shun some of the readers.  And while I don’t want to be restricted in what I can write, I also don’t want to alienate people when it can be avoided easily enough.

It’s not just the dropped readers or the perceived backlash that’s having me take action, however.  Ceiling Cat knows that I’ve had my share of the poopooing of LOLcat presence here on the blog, and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.

Part of is that when I start writing politically, it’s hard to stop.  When I get on a roll, I want to write, write, write.  If I didn’t have the forethought to stop myself, I’d have a run of posts all pointing out this travesty, that issue, blah blah blah and I’d be remembered as the blog that went to washington or something.

I don’t mind being known as “the Republican with LOLcats” or something whimsical like that, but I don’t want to be known as the “anti-Obama crazy LOLcat lady” and I don’t want people hating me.  At least not on whall.org.

So from this point forward, I’m not going to be doing any political-themed posts on this blog.  I will probably continue the political utterz, but that’s only an entry in the sidebar.  There is an outlet somewhere for me, I know and I’d rather people hate me there instead of here.

As some of the replies of my utter have pointed out, it’s about the goal of my blog.  The age-old question of “who do you blog for? yourself? or your readers?” rears it’s head.  I’m not one to just shut up because there’s a disagreement, but the goal of this particular blog is to be a fun place.  I don’t want it to be a political debate any more.  I don’t want to foster an argument.  At least, not here.

So I’m going to go find a home for my political writing elsewhere.  I’ll probably add a comment to this post with where I land.

Heroes

I decided to give the TV show Heroes a try, and have burned through the first four episodes.  

The verdict?  My 14yr old daughter and I like it a lot.  The wife… eh, not so much.  The only minor problem now is finding times that the daughter and I can actually watch TV together.  Our schedules are pretty varied, and it’s not often that we can just sit and partake of the television.  

We received the initial discs from Blockbuster Online (Disc 1 and Disc 2) and now I’m trying to decide if we want to get the rest via BB Online, just rent them at Blockbuster as some of the free ones we get when we return other discs, or if I should just watch the episodes online separate from my daughter, and we go our separate ways on this show.

My “favorite” character so far is the mind-reading cop.  However, my favorite power would be the time-space continuum one, manifested by Hiro.  

If you watch, do you have a favorite character? (please, no spoilers!  I just started season one).

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What brings hoomans together and haz us singing 2geffer more than political differences?  LOLcats!  And because I haven’t included them in so long, I give an extra long dose!

 

 

Many Many MANY thanx go to Dave2 who wisely suggested that I do a LOLcat treatise for my 1001st post on whall.org.  I mean, what says “I have run out of things to say after saying a thousand OTHER things” better than LOLcats?

More specifically –  a LOLcat video.   But not just any video.  An animoto video.  But not just any animoto video.  An animoto video of LOLcats set to Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen’s Tomorrow’s Girls.  (I wanted to use maximum apostrophes).

I had something else in mind for today’s post (specifically, complaining about postage prices and the difficulty of using usps.gov for online postage) but I think you’ll agree this is WAY better.  

Also, as a side note, I’ve decided to give a gift to ALL of you.  I have updated my blog’s theme to support threaded comments.  This means you can reply to the post in general like you always have, or you can reply to a specific comment by clicking the “reply” button under said comment.  Comments with replies will display in a nested fashion.   I’m still testing, but give it a go and let me know what you think.

Skillz.  I has dem.

So, here you go.  LOLimotocats.

You can also watch it on YouTube but the quality is lower.

It’s been almost a month since my last MISC posting.  MISC me much?

Land’s End giveaway!

The ever-so-hawt-avatar BlondeBlogger is giving away a choice of three really cool items from Land’s End: Cashmere Tee Sweater, Men’s Regular Down Vest, and Sleeping Bag Sets.  There are several ways to enter the contest, and I’m doing all four (4)!  

There’s only one downside to this contest.  Unfortunately, if you choose the prize on the far left, you only get the Tee Sweater.  You do not (I repeat – DO NOT) get the camera or the Blonde.  It took me 2 hours of searching the fine print, six phone calls to Land’s End, and a fax to my state Senator to find out this disappointing news.

Good luck to everyone who is me!

Estate Planning

Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business.

When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a wife with which to share his fortune.

One evening at an investment meeting he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.

Her natural beauty took his breath away. “I may look like just an ordinary man,” he said to her, “but in just a few years, my father will die, and I’ll inherit 20 million dollars.”‘

Impressed, the woman obtained his business card and five days later, she became his stepmother.

The lesson: Women are so much better at estate planning than men.

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Yes, many of you MISC’ed these a lot.  I’m here to deliver a steady dose of LOLcats – in fact, I checked and by far the highest search term that got people to my blog this last month was LOLcats.

I will leave analysis of the other terms to the imagination of the reader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November
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2008
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Yo, whassup?

Veteran’s Day

Thank you.  Period.

Blackberry Storm

Last week, our local Verizon rep sponsored a Blackberry Storm preview party at Waterloo Icehouse (mmm, great triple-decker quesadillas!).  What more could I ask for?  Free drinks, free food, and a chance to get my hands on the latest gadget that just might be my next one.

First off, it’s similar to the iPhone – no hardware qwerty keyboard, fully touch sensitive screen, and it has a sensor in it that can tell when you flip it portrait or landscape.  Also, like the iPhone, you swipe your finger left, right, up or down to navigate.  

The big difference on the screen, however, is that the entire screen is like a mouse button.  You use your finger to select and navigate things, but you PRESS IN on the screen to click.  This is a HUGE improvement in my opinion.  My biggest problem with the iPhone is the lack of a qwerty keyboard that I can feel.  With the Storm, you actually are clicking the letters, icons, or buttons on the screen as the screen floats above some magic void.  

Typing on the Storm actually feels more like real typing.

The video display was incredible – I watched a trailers for Max Payne and Speed Racer and the colors, detail and brightness were very impressive.

The phone doesn’t have Wifi, but does have bluetooth – and out of the box, the phone can tether to your PC over USB or bluetooth without any proprietary hassle.  Verizon’s CDMA network seemed fast enough browsing around to sites, but I’m no expert on the differences between AT&T’s 3G, EDGE, CDMA or Old McDonald’s EIEIO.  I just thought it was decent.  I did hear him (the RIM guy, not Old McDonald) say it was a quad-band phone so it must work everywhere including Mars.

The speakers were loud, too!  When you hold the Storm portrait-style and cup your right hand on the side, the sound goes directly to your head and you don’t miss a thing.

Let’s see… what else.

It has GPS, 16GB ram out of the box, and it has a removable battery (take THAT, iPhone!) as well as a micro SD slot to add more space.   It has a 3 megapixel camera and takes good photos and video, although I didn’t test it myself.

Oh, and copy and paste works. 

heh heh, had to put that in there for you iPhone addicts.  On the Storm, you can select, copy, paste text from just about anywhere in any app.  Oh that reminds me too – another big difference between the iPhone and the Blackberry is that multiple apps run on the BB at the same time.  With iPhone, only one app can run at a time.

I will say however, that as cool as everything is, it doesn’t feel as cool as an iPhone.  If you’re looking for a neat do-it-all gadget for personal use, the iPhone is still probably for you.  But if you need enterprise features with an iPhone feel, the Storm is probably it.

Verizon supposedly has a “App Store” kind of like Apple’s where people can download more programs, but I haven’t seen it myself.  They (RIM/Blackberry) also made their Software Development Kit (SDK) open and released to all, so people can write their own apps.  The phone runs Blackberry OS 4.7, which is new and probably will only run on this series of phones.

Another big upgrade for former blackberry users is that the Storm and it’s 4.7 OS, you have HTML email.  You can read and send HTML email, and that’s a pretty big thing for die-hard BB users.

There were some other things here and there, but if I were to sum it all down – this is the iPhone for the corporate user.  One reason IT departments don’t like the iPhone is that it’s not controllable from a central point.  The Storm however, is first and foremost a Blackberry, and that means a BES server can completely control it.

Now I just need to come up with something really cool and addictive that I can put out on the Internet that makes people pay me money so I can afford it.  Got any ideas?

Ok, got any LEGAL ones?

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This series has gone from weekly to weakly. I’m thinking maybe Nintendo should buy it from me and make it Wiikly.

Sign of the political times

Listening to the news today, I heard tell of everyday citizens having the little political signs they put out in their yard damaged, broken, vandalized, and stolen.

My first reaction was shock — primarily because I still expect people to be civil.  I love disagreement and conflict (hint: it’s how we grow), but when it escalates to property damage, that’s beyond sad; it makes me mad.

One story was about a woman here in Austin who had her Obama/Biden signs stolen and decided to spray-paint her lawn with a custom sign.

Another caller lamented how one morning he went outside and found his McCain/Palin signs vandalized, torn up and kind-of left as a “oh yeah?!?!?” message.

More and more stories popped up with McCain/Palin signs being damaged and Obama signs going missing.  Who am I sharing my city with?  A bunch of vandals and thieves?

Then I started thinking… hmm, the Obama signs aren’t being damaged like the McCain ones are.  The Obama lawn signs are just going missing.  Isn’t that a bit weird?

And then I got it!  It’s not Obama haters that are taking the signs at all!  It must be other Obama supporters!

Yeah!  The democrats are so confident that they’ll win next week that they’re starting early on their ideology of taking from those who have and giving it to those who don’t.

I’m hoping the lady’s own words will be reviewed in her own mind, and apply the same mentality to other things in life, like, oh, I don’t know…. taxation, maybe?

They might think it’s extreme, but I think it’s extreme to come into my yard and take something that belongs to me, so I wanted to express myself.

Technical fun

I’m on vacation from work this week.  This means I’m helping some friends with some technical projects that I’ve having a ton of fun with.  For me, fun usually means gadgets, fiddling with new systems, or learning something new with software.

Here are some of the things I’ve been playing with:

Macintosh

I’m a PC.  I’m a Unix.  I’m a toaster.  Whatever.  But the last time I was a Mac, it was late 80’s and early 90’s with a Mac IIc, a IISE, IIcx and the like.  I thought that this time around, my getting used to the mac with it’s unix base would be easy.  However, some of the things I took for granted with my decades with a PC/Unix system have created frustration with working with the Mac.

I am borrowing a MacBook Pro that’s definitely a sweet machine.  Leopard 10.5.3.  4GB ram.  2.6Ghz dual core.  I have some specific things to hammer out, like pointing Time Machine over a network.

But the things that are slowing me down are things related to efficiency.  I’m a keyboard person.  I don’t like using the mouse unless I have to, so the lack of a built-in right-click mouse button is insane for me.  I don’t know how to lock the screen fast (like windows+L) when I want to walk away.  How do I run an app from the keyboard?  How can I browse or search my files?  The mouse just slows me down for most of the things I do all day.

I want to be able to do everything with the keyboard, and I’m having trouble making the time to learn it all.  Oh, and where’s the page-down key?  ARGH.

I’m not expecting the mac to be a windows box – but I do want to know how to do the things Mac-style.  So that’s something I’m working on.  Marty and Dave have been answering my probably-annoying tweets and that’s helpful.

zeroshell

I got to know zeroshell some – it’s an all-in-one open source appliance that does DNS, DHCP, LDAP, RADIUS, VPN, firewall, QoS, vlan routing, Wireless integration, load balancing, HTTP Proxy, certificates and Kerberos.  I set up two of them on a network for redundancy and I’m really liking the web-admin console for DNS.

I have it running in a virtual environment – it’s literally a fully functioning operating system on a CD.  I just mount the ISO file in VMWare ESXi (also free), tell it to boot from it, give it some disk space to use, and it just works.  Very lightweight, very usable.  Sure, it’s beta but still.

FreeNAS

Another open source tool I’m playing with in a virtual environment is FreeNAS – a network attached storage appliance.   The idea is that you can bring up a virtual machine with a lot of disk space, and it can service files to all your computers in whatever format you want – Windows-style SMB/CIFS, Apple-style AFP, NFS, FTP, RSYNC, iSCSI and others.  I still don’t have it working with Time Machine, but I do have it working with the macintoshes as a storage device. 

Evidently there’s a tweak for the Mac called the Flux Capacitor that allows the mac to see non-local hard drives as Time Machine backup targets, but it’s not working for me yet.  That’s another thing that bugged me about the Mac.  It seemed that it was just a simple command-line, but I had to download a 400KB “application” that ran that one-liner for me?  or am I misunderstanding the app?

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October
14
2008
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I’m stuffed.

Imitation

They say “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”  They usually say that when they copy your stuff.

But in this case, it’s true! I’m flattered!  NYCWD gave a “nod of the blog” my way when he created a non-cereal-wednesday video called Night In The Life, or NITL.  Although, for some reason, the links he made to my vlog series don’t seem to work in my browser, I checked the source and the link to me is there nonetheless.  I confirmed that the link works in IE 7 but not in Google Chrome.  Weird.

The video is pretty good too – informative AND entertaining.  I should work on the informative part, and probably the entertaining aspect too.

Here it is for your viewing pleasure:



Get WHALL soon

One of my favoritetest bloggers I haven’t met yet but I’m certain I’ll find a way to before I die is Janna.  Evidently, she’s so cool she actually has three blogs, not just one.  She has Jannaverse, Jantics and Jantrails.  Right now I only read the first one listed because it has more of her name in it.  OVer time, I’m sure I’ll ease into the other forms of Jannaddiction.

I was NOT feeling well last week, and actually ended up with strep.

So what does Janna do?  Make fun of me?  Kick me while I’m down?  Declare me unfit to be qualified to run as President because I’m not a natural-born citizen?  No!

She makes and then sends me a “get whall soon” card.  

Ahhhh.  and Awwwww.  

Wait a second.  I look sick in all of those pictures.

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Wow… Sixty WEEKS of stuff you don’t want to MISC. Actually, I guess that should be stuff you *didn’t* want to MISC, because when I post it *now*, it’s present tense, but now that it’s over, it’s past. Or is that passed? (Pssst: I think I might get pissed tonight at pool) (btw, “pissed” is the british term for drinking). (PS: it’s not offensive unless you take it that way).

heh, I just PS’ed.

Vacationing Vicariously

Good ol’ Dave from Blogography has been in Hawaii for the past, oh, forever or so, making everyone both happy and jealous with his photos.  

How he finds time to photograph, upload the photographs, write blog entries, *and* vacation is, well… just like me.  Yes, I admit, I’m a horrible vacationer, but aren’t vacations supposed to be good for the individual?

Yes, I *like* having my laptop on vacations.  Yes, I *like* my blackberry.   I *like* my gadgets.  To, me it’s relaxing to just play with my technology instead of have to work with it.

However, I suppose there are times where I wish I had a week or so without a laptop, without the blackberry, without a phone at all, and just a neat little emergency button in case something big happened, like getting an ingrown toenail or if I was like super hungry or something.

Anyway, go and check out his eleven days in Hawaii and look at the amazing photos.

  • Day 10 has a great picture of a river that looks like a fish to me
  • Day 8’s Lava Tube picture is mesmerizing
  • Day 3‘s sky picture is awesome!
  • Day 2 has jellyfish

 

Astronomy Picture of Day (APOD)

Speaking of photos….

A bunch of you have Ipods or Zunes or some kind of MP3 player. But many of us who have been around the Internet forever know about APODS (Astronomy Picture Of the Day)

Here’s today’s APOD:


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Isn’t that a great picture?

Every single day, this NASA web site displays a different image from somewhere in the universe, complete with a professional astronomer’s written explanation, which usually contains links to more fascinating information.

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Bonus! There’s a cool little Ninja cat in the youtube video below. I first saw this as a related video to the Spider-Puppy video I saw on Avitable’s site, but ICHC also showed it.

 

A couple of weeks ago, I asked you to put your hands in the ay-yer.  I think I only counted 12 people doing so.  Now, I don’t know if it’s that you can’t hear me, or if you’re just “not interested” but a slightly better attitude would be appreciated.  

Sycophants of the world, UNITE!

Why?

Because I TOLD YOU TO!

A very useful engine

Many of you know that Thomas the Tank Engine is a “very useful engine”. Jaden loves Thomas movies, action figures, train sets, computer games, and I blogged last year about the Day Out With Thomas, which he and I both loved immensely.

But this post isn’t about Thomas, as much as it’s about a “very useful computer gadget”

sata ide adapter

co-worker of mine picked up a couple of these at Altex and I must say, it’s gotta win some kind of product award. It’s incredible!

For those of you who do computer support, you’ve  probably run into the problem where a hard drive won’t boot. It still spins up, and it still has data, but it just won’t boot for this reason or that reason, usually a problem with Windows.

In the past, we’ve just used some special hardware to try to slave or mount the drive on a desktop machine with ribbon cables and room for extra drives. This was easy with desktop drives, but we had to get a special adapter for the laptop drives. It wasn’t pretty, but it did the job.

Then came along SATA, the way-faster and way-simpler connector but made it harder for us to do the drive slaving. We had to use a SATA desktop or one of the cool combo units Dell sold for a while that had both EIDE and SATA. But still, it was a pain, and generally involved “open heart surgery” on the PC we used as the diagnostic system.

This adapter he picked up allows for just a simple USB connection and it supports all desktop/laptop PC drives – desktop IDE, desktop SATA, laptop IDE and laptop SATA.   When connecting IDE, you don’t even need a separate power adapter!  For SATA, there is a separate power cable you have to plug in, but still, all of this beats doing it manually.  Best of all, since it’s USB, you don’t have to open up any PC’s.

Plus, it’s all hot-swappable.  With our old way of doing things, we’d have to shut down and reboot every time we disconnected or connected a drive.

Kudos, VANTEC!

Marching Band is still cool

Caitlin, our eldest, joined “the big time” this year by reaching freshman high school age. Now she’s with the Big Time band, the Cedar Park Timberwolves. This band is something else, lemme tell ya.

Last night was the “LISD Festival of Bands” where all the Leander Independent School District bands (middle school and high school) perform to a very populated football stadium.  I shot some video that I might upload at some point.  Let me know if interested.

Last year, the marching band put on a show called “Pursuit of Happiness” and even ended the show with a winking smiley face:

The official videos of this year’s band are still secure and for staff/band/family, so if you want to see them, get in touch with me directly and I’ll send a link.

 

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Happy Labor Day!

PS: do the unemployed celebrate Labor Day? 

Don’t forget – LOLcats are at the end.  This week I have two semi-long stories.  They didn’t start off that way.. in fact, they started off empty.


Crucial contradition

Does my pinky look fat to you? 

My parents had an older laptop that wasn’t suitable for use within their business anymore, but probably would be fine for internet browsing, email, chat and homework, so I wanted to see if it would work for my 14yr-old daughter.  It’s an older (> 4yr old) Sony Vaio (Vaio’s are so cool!).

So far, it’s proven to be an excellent laptop for student use.  The CPU is fast enough, it has decent battery life, it has wireless, etc.  It has 512MB ram on it, so I wanted to see about upgrading it.  The online manual says it can go to a gig, which should be plenty good enough (and in all frankness, the 512MB really is good enough , but if it’s only $15-20 I’d like to get the upgrade).

So I go to crucial’s site and have it auto scan the system.  And I’m confronted with a contradiction:

sony vaio crucial ram tester upgrade

On the one hand, it says my system already has the maximum amount installed.  Then it says I have 512MB installed with a capacity of 1024MB.  Then it says I have 0 available memory slots.  I CAN’T TAKE IT!

FAIL.   So I’ll have to dig into the manuals and figure out what I really can do.

The second thing I wanted to mention about the laptop is that I could probably never use it, at least for any length of time.  They keyboard is so incredibly hard for me to use!  The shift key is miniscule and all the keys I use frequently (end/home/pgup/pgdn) require the use of a function key.

sony vaio laptop keyboard is too small shift fn function key

As I was using it to run updates, install anti-virus, anti-spyware, etc, I found my pinky constantly hitting the up-arrow button instead of shift. 

I had no idea my pinky was so fat!


Wayne: 1;  1 and 1: 0

Once again I feel compelled to write about 1&1, my ISP.  I’ve done it before, and it’s not always a good thing.  Just now I realized that LAST Labor Day, they screwed up as well (complete with a WHALL LOLcat photo).

On Sunday, I got an email from the President of our Astrological Society asking if our website was down and sure enough, I checked and there was the dreaded Internal Server Error – 500.  After a bit of troubleshooting (it’s what I’m really good at), I determined that Apache, the web service software, was running fine, but PHP, the “scripting brains” behind WordPress and many other types of web sites, was not. 

Since this is a hosted service and not a dedicated server, I have extremely limited privileges on the machine.  All I can do is call them up and beg for them to look at it.  After a phone call that basically verified that the person answering the phone doesn’t know what they’re talking about, I at least got them to do, quote “reset the web service.”  Ah, is that what the kids are calling it these days?  He said to call back in 30-40 minutes because that’s how long it took (Wha???).  I was increasingly frustrated but it’s all I could do.

An hour later, nothing was fixed so I called back in.  This time the guy had a different answer that was even more absurd than the first.  He put me on hold for a bit and then came back and said “is it working now for you?”  I verified that it was and asked what the deal was.  He said “there were too many processes running on the server you were on, so we killed a few and it’s working.”  I had assumed he meant someone else’s hosting package because I don’t run anything but wordpress and drupal, and it’s all web-based.

Then the next day I got a twitter letting my know my blog was down.  Same problem: Internal Server Error 500.  I was mobile, so I emailed 1&1 support letting them know the problem was back; here’s my case number from yesterday, please fix it, and tell me what is causing it a second time in a row.

The response from 1&1 is so bad it’s laughable.

We have checked further your issue here. We need to ask more information form you. What website application are you using when you build your blog site? Is it thru wordpress or thru your 1and1 blog?  If your answer is wordpress you need to upload .htaccess file to the home directory file, yet make it sure that you have back up file for your existing .htaccess file. After which you need to parse the php to php 5.

All you techno-neophytes out there – don’t worry if you don’t understand the above paragraph.  The paragraph makes no sense, AND it’s completely wrong.

I called in to support and let them know that the email response I received was inaccurate and unacceptable.  After talking with them for a while (and holding forever), the guy told me that I had too many processes running.  Specifically, he said I had too many PHP connections open.  So naturally I wanted to know – “how many connections?  What’s the limit?  How do they know they’re mine?  How can I determine this myself so I prevent the problem in the future?

He had no answers at all.  He just kept talking himself into a hole, using terms he had no business using.  I wish I could have recorded the conversation.

I also responded to the email:

I just called in and got a completely different answer than what you just put in the ticket. Your response portrays a significant lack of knowledge on the service you provide.  Please escalate this to the next level and explain to me how I’m using too many processes. Is it a load average issue? Inodes? Number of running processes? Ram consumed? Is there some quota that I’m subjected to that I’m exceeding? I need my hosting service to work and I need to know what arbitrary limitation has been placed upon my package recently that is causing this issue.

And guess what response I got…. yup, completely unrelated gibberish

We thank you for providing us the necessary informations. As we have checked on the websites whall.org/blog and astrologyaustin.org , we can see that both websites are working fine. We have also checked on the server where your websites are being hosted an it is also working fine.  Please try to clear the cache and cookies of the web browser that your using or use another web browser.

I almost wish the hosting package wasn’t so inexpensive, or that the cost of transferring 100+ domains wasn’t so prohibitively costly.  I’d consider switching if otherwise.


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I want you all to know that I’m not so closed-minded that LOLcats has to be restricted to cats. 

lolcats omg that dress ick dog

 

lolcats surprise eggs dude not yet

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