Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Release 3 is HERE! UPDATE YOUR BOOKMARKS!

NOTICE: PLEASE UPDATE YOUR BOOKMARKS TO POINT TO http://69.93.194.58/~dshadow/wordpress/ -or- http://restertech.tk

It's been one hell of a long year, and crazy things have happened in my life. I'm celebrating my first year of blogging with an innovation to "Life of an IT Major". And that innovation is using new blogging software. I'm now using WordPress, on my own domain name. The address to my new blog is:

http://69.93.194.58/~dshadow/wordpress/

I also have a shorter address, at:
http://restertech.tk
(NOTE: The .tk address is a free URL redirection, meaning that since it's free, if you use that URL, you'll have a small pop-up ad appear when you go to my new blog. To avoid this, either use the other URL, or use pop-up blocking, such as the Google toolbar for Internet Explorer, or Mozilla Firefox)

You can view all of my old Blogger entries, my clicking on the appropriate Month from the archives list, on the sidebar to the right of this post.

Click here to launch Release 3! Bookmark it!

Something Big is going to happen real soon...

Does anyone remember what happened to my blog about 8 months ago? Well, the same thing is going to happen again. Tomorrow will be exactly 1 year since I've been blogging, and I have a suprise in store for everyone. Check this blog tomorrow, because you're not going to want to miss this one! (and neither does your bookmarks, either...hint hint).

Monday, July 26, 2004

Democratic National Convention

I'm watching the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on C-SPAN right now. I'm not a Democrat, I'm a Republican, but I find these things interesting, since I like politics.It's on TV now if you wanna watch it.

OK, I think I have things solved

Kyz has appoligized for the comment he left, and I appoligized for using the "template". I visited that blogger-template site, and it looks as if Kyz's template is gone, which is good, because it wasn't really a template for public use anyways.

I've created my own design in Photoshop, I may be adding more to it later on.

Copyright Notice

OK, many of you saw my new blogger template I put up, and it was pretty cool looking. But, I must plead ignorance on this once, since I was under the impression that the design was a template for blogger. I went to Google, typed in "blogger template", and the FIRST result was this cool site with cool templates, and I saw this one particular template, and I knew I had to use it. But, I recieved a comment in my last entry, from kyz, that stated that it was his design, and I visited his site, and sure enough, it was his. So, the person at fault here has to be the person running the blogger site where I found the template. He's the one ripping you off, kyz. And I am very sorry for using your artwork, and I wouldn't have put up the template had I known that it wasn't for public use.

Now, I'm re-updated my template to feature my OS X style, and I will be working in Photoshop to come up with a new design. Again, I'm very sorry for this. Kyz, you can e-mail me at cypherxero[at]gmail.com, feel free to talk to me if you want.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Happy Anniversary!

Well, technically, my 1-year anniversary from blogging doesn't start until 12AM on July 28th, but I wanted to give myself a present for blogging. This design is a template, incase you're wondering, because my Flash skills suck, and my Photoshop skills can't compare to this design.

This design is for you, my readers, for being such a great critic in the journal of my life. Now, lets celebrate!

Drive fool, Drive!

Today I drove over to my dad's girlfriend's mom's house (I hope everyone followed that sentence), and I helped her with her older Gateway computer. It was about a P2/P3, with 128MB RAM. I cleaned up temp files, removed old games and programs, and did some OS mantenance. She bought a CD burner for her computer, and I installed it for her, and got her up and running. The drive to her house was a long drive, takes about an hour or so to get there from my house. And, now I'm back, I'm just chillin' with some music on. Less than one month from now, and I'm be swinging to the sweet sounds of boring lectures and homework. It's a dual-sided arguement, I love it and hate it. A love/hate relationship to school. This next semester is going to kick ass, not kick my ass. I'm gonna ride into campus like I own the joint with Eminem and Static-X turned way up, and geek-it-up in school and live life. I'm also (if you couldn't tell already), getting back to my old style of writing, back from the days of my blog being hosted at AngelFire. Yeah, you know that blog. Well, many of you don't, because you joined in a little later in my blogging life. But, there's always hope at checking out the old blog. Now, I'm off to go...do something. I dunno, listen to more music, sleep, you know the routine. Peace out, more later. Stay cool.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

A Change

I'm going to be changing BinaryCell up some. I was thinking about this, and how writing down tech news everyday can get boring and time consuming, so, I've decided to change it. I'm keeping the layout intact, but the only thing I'm changing in BinaryCell is the content. I've decided to turn BinaryCell into a wardriving blog of sorts. So, whenever I go wardriving, I'll put up screenshots and write the story behind the wardrive there. And here, on Life of an IT Major, I'll mention something like "I went wardriving today, check out the details on BinaryCell."

I may also incorporate a few other elements within BinaryCell as well, but more on that later. But don't worry, my main blog (the one you're viewing now), isn't going to change.

Also, in 4 days from now, my 1 Year Anniversary for blogging will be here!! I started blogging July 28, 2003, and my original blog was hosted on Angelfire's website, until November 15, 2003, where I moved to my current blog address, here at Blogger.

Friday, July 23, 2004

Ahead of Schedule

I've decided to launch Ionosphere ahead of schedule, because I was bored, and I wanted to see my ideas come to life. It's far from being complete at this point, but I wanted to bring it up for everyone to see. Now, can anyone guess what the idea is behind this new design and development? Comment if you know, and also comment to let you know what you think of the new images/layout.

More great stuff is coming soon...

EDIT: I've created a FAQ for Ionosphere. You can view it here: http://69.93.194.58/~dshadow/faq.html

Thursday, July 22, 2004

RIP Chase Milligan

My friend Sam told me some really sad news. I met Chase in High School and we were really good friends. Well, I graduated High School a little more than a year ago, and I haven't seen Chase since then. Sam told me he found out through someone that works at Winn-Dixie, that Chase died a few days ago in a car crash. Here's the obituary that was in the newspaper:

Chase Arron Milligan, a native of Mobile who was employed by ST Mobile Aerospace Engineering Inc., died Saturday. He was 19.

He was a member of Georgetown Assembly of God Church and had planned to start Aviation Mechanic School in the fall.

Survivors include his parents, Myron Joe and Helen G. Milligan, and one sister, Samantha Milligan, all of Mobile County.

A memorial service is set for 6:30 p.m. today in the chapel of Radney Funeral Home on Industrial Parkway in Saraland. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.


I'm in that, you know, "phase", where everything is just goin' kinda slow, as in, I'm bored

In 1 month from tomorrow morning, I'll be heading back to school at South Alabama. I can't wait, summer sucks sometimes, it feels so...unproductive. Linux has a hold of me, and I find myself booting into Windows less and less. I can never get rid of Windows, because there's always a few programs I need to run, and WINE can't handle it/I don't feel like running it in WINE.

Nothing much has been happening at my house really. I've been working on a new guide, all about running Linux from a newbie's perspective. My blog has been going through some "down-time" in the way of updates, because nothing new is going on to write about. But...in 1 month from now, this blog is going to be elevated to a new level, it's going to become quite exciting (as if it wasn't exciting already, lol). I'm going to have a new design, and, I'm going to be doing something REALLY awesome, something I've never done before with my blog, but it should be a really nice system set up.

And today my business finally opened up. I've put an ad in the local newspaper, and it's going to run for 7 days, and today was the first day it ran in the paper. I went and bought a paper today, and I'm going to be cutting out the ad, and putting it somewhere safe.

And, I've been talking a lot to a girl, but I'm not going to give out anymore details, other than her name starts with a "K", and ends with a "Y". It's like, ultra private, even my poor blog can't know it.

OK, that's all for now. Trust me, this blog is going to be sweeeeeeeeeeet, man, sweeeeet! In one month. Bookmark August 23rd. Infact, it could even happen sooner than that. So keep reading. No go have some fun!

More Updates Later...

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Wireless in Linux: Redux

I'm going to post the whole guide that I wrote to "Wireless in Linux", as well as a new section entitled "Post Install Problems and Solutions". Why am I doing this? I want Google to index this, so people with the same problems that I went through, don't have to suffer as bad. I think I found a new hobby in learning something, and telling everyone else the best way to learn it themselves. So Google, index this page!

Wireless in Linux: Part One
So, you've decided to install one of the many distros of Linux and you've come across a really bad situation: your wireless LAN card will not work. Actually, most, if not all, wireless cards will work under Linux, but you have to be smart about it and apply a few “tricks” to get it to work.

In this guide, my test environment consists of the following:

* SuSE 9.1 Professional
* Integrated BroadCom 802.11g Wireless NIC
* Kernel 2.6.4

So, let's get started.

1. First, you'll need to download NDISWrapper.
2. Extract the tar.gz file and you'll get a folder called “ndiswrapper-0.8”.
3. Download your wireless drivers for Windows XP. BroadCom users like me can get the correct drivers here.
4. Extract the BroadCom (or other) drivers. Creating a folder called broadcom or something else appropriate to put the files in makes things easier.
5. Make sure that you have GCC, make, and the kernel source code on your system. If you're running SuSE, you can open up YaST2, and then select “Install and remove software”. Search for GCC, make, and kernel, and check to see if they're installed. If not, you will need to install them.
6. Open up bash (Konsole, Xterm, etc.).
7. Type in “su root” and enter the password for root when prompted.
8. Type in “cd ./ndiswrapper-0.8” (or the location in which the NDISWrapper folder is located).
9. Once you're in the directory of NDISWrapper, run “make”.
10. Once “make” is finished, execute “make install”.
11. Type in “ndiswrapper -i [/path/to/inffile.inf]” (the .inf file will be found in the folder where you extracted the Windows XP drivers).
12. After installing, you can run “ndiswrapper -l” to see the status of your installed drivers.
13. Type “modprobe ndiswrapper”.
14. Type in “iwconfig wlan0 essid [SSID]”, and enter in the SSID of your wireless network.
15. If you use encryption (WEP), set the key using “iwconfig wlan0 key restricted XXXXXXXX”.
16. Finally, type in “ndiswrapper -m” and restart your computer. Once you return you Linux, you should have a working wireless card in Linux!!!

Wireless in Linux: Part Two

Nothing is ever guaranteed. Soon after getting my wireless to work, it wouldn't work anymore. Something was wrong. I even went so far as to reinstall SuSE TWICE, and I was still having problems.

I got so far as to be able to connect to my router (and makes changes, etc..), but I couldn't ping my DSL modem, and I couldn't get online. So, after many hours and hours of searching, and trying to figure out what to do (I was at the shell until 2AM last night trying to get my wireless to work again) So, this morning, I started doing a lot of Google searching (as if I hadn't done that already), and I found...a solution. And so I'm going to share it with you guys, because you might run into this problem.

The problem was quite simple...the default route is confused between eth0 and wlan0 (my wired NIC and my wireless NIC). I've had to use eth0 to get online to search for answer. So, I found a way to resolve this.

Fixing The Problem
1. Once you have everything up and running (wlan0 and eth0 are both active), unplug the ethernet cable from your computer.
2. Open up bash (Konsole, Xterm, etc..), and type in "su root" and then the root password.
3. Now type in "ifdown eth0"
4. Next, type in "ifdown wlan0"
5. Now, type in "ifup wlan0"
6. Then, type in "ifconfig -a"
7. Finally, type in "route" to check your routing.

This should work! As soon as I followed those steps, I opened up my browser, crossed my fingers, and fired up Google...and it WORKED. I hope this has saved someone hours and hours of frustration.

Monday, July 19, 2004

BlogShares

What's your blog worth?

Listed on BlogShares

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Unforseen Setback

Unforntuanty, I will not be able to take the Java Programming class this Fall semester, due to a lack of prerequisites required for that class. I will be taking Programming next Spring. I've signed up for my classes for Fall 2004, and they are:

  • Concepts of Physics
  • Concepts of Physics Laboratory
  • Small Group Discussion
  • Precalculus Algebra
  • Intro to Photography
Should be a pretty fun semester.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Wireless in Linux

I finally got my BroadCom 802.11g chipset to work in Linux, and I've created a guide to help everyone out. Spread this guide everywhere!

Download PDF


Enjoy!

A Revolution For My Blog Comming Soon...



I'm going to be changing my blog up some on or before August 23rd. (template, content, etc..). I'll still be making regular posts about my life, but I have some ideas planned, that's gonna be so cool, you'll wonder why I didn't think of it before. The name of this "project", as you can tell, is blueion^2 (ion squared). So, stay tuned for that, should be great.

In other news, I'm joining SALUG (South Alabama Linux Users Group). For details on what a LUG (Linux User Group) is, go to: http://www.linux.org/docs/ldp/howto/User-Group-HOWTO.html

For information on locating a LUG around you, go to: http://www.linux.org/groups/usa/

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

My computer desk

I got a new poster today from my dad's girlfriend, it's this huge poster is Neo from The Matrix. Those that know me, know that The Matrix is my FAVORITE movie of all time. So now I have a huge photo of Neo right above my laptop. And I also put up another poster that I got from my InfoSecurity magazine, it's entitled: "The Four Disciplines of Security Management", and it's to the right of the Neo poster. You can also see my wireless router, DSL modem, laptop, Pocket PC, and various computer discs and books on my desk, too. I'm such a geek. And in about 2 days from now, I get to registed online for next semester classes. Sweet! If you think my blog is boring right now, just wait until I start back to college, I'm sure I will have PLENTY of new, exciting stories to share, and I'm taking a Java Programming class, so I'll be posting questions, answers, and all kinds of cool things for the programmers out there.

My computer desk Posted by Hello

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Question: What do Einstein and SuSE Linux have in Common?



Answer: They both come from Germany, and they're both damn awsome.


Novell had an offer (to which is no longer available, sorry), in which they were giving away (FOR FREE), the Novell Linux Technicial Resource Kit. I just got mine in the mail a couple of days ago. It contains 3 DVDs, which contain the following FREE software programs:




DVD #1
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8
Nterprise Linux Services 1.0
GroupWise 6.5.1
Red Carpet Enterprise Server 2.02
ConsoleOne
Linux Resources

DVD #2
SuSE Linux Professional 8.2
Ximian Desktop2

DVD #3
SuSE Linux Professional 9.1

Pretty cool stuff, isn't it? So, I decided to install SuSE Linux Professional 9.1, so I popped in BootIT NG to resize my NTFS partition. I was going to create a 5GB FAT32 partition, that the SuSE install could read. So, I insert the DVD, restart my laptop, and the adventure begins. Follow along with my, as I show you my installation process via photos.


Here I am in BootIT NG, resizing my NTFS partition

Look, it's done. FAT32, Cluster Size 4096 bytes, and it's 5012 MB

I've inserted the SuSE DVD, and I'm about to select "Installation"

Time to load that Linux kernal, for the install process

The SuSE loading screen, almost time to install

Time to pick my language for the install

Warning...blah blah blah, just install the damn thing

Ah, the install process begins

More details on the install process, it's 80 percent done at this point

It's finished, it's about to restart!

The GRUB bootloader, yum

Booting the system for the first time, the standard configs going on

My laptop seems happy

Writing the system config

Here comes SuSE!

And here's KDE!

I successfully installed SuSE Professional 9.1, and WindowsXP is STILL on my system. Dual boot is the way to go! Posted by Hello

Ah, it's over with now. Now comes the "fun" part, the part where I begin to learn more and more about Linux. Right now, I'm still trying to get my damn wireless to work (I'm running an Integrated Broadcom 802.11g wireless chipset). I think I should try out NDISWrapper, see if that will work. I had a few issues with my ATI Radeon 320M IGP chipset, but I solved that problem. I'm running in 1024x768 @ 60Hz and 24-bit color.

Electronics Lecture in IRC

There was an Electronics lecture being held in IRC today, held by HackThisSite. I attended, of course, thanks to GoldenBoy from TechDiscussions (he made a thread about it). I have the IRC logs from the lecture, for those interested that missed it. Click the button below to view it.



They're having another lecture on August 8th, for Advanced Electronics, if you would like to attend, here's the server and channels you need to attend in IRC:

Server: 65.110.54.117
Room: #hackthissite, #lecture, and #lecturediscussion

Friday, July 09, 2004

They Put A Brick Wall Flush With The Other Side Of The Hoop

...And I jumped through it, and hit my head. I called Erin today at Best Buy, and he said that he spoke with the General Manager (finally!), and he told me that the posistion has been held and they're not going to be hiring for some time. So he said "sorry", and then the conversation was over with.

Bastards. Lead me on for a couple of weeks, and then *bam*....NOTHING. I went for an interview and everything. Makes me wonder how all the morons that work there currently got their job. I've seen these people, and they know jack-shit about computers.

But, I'm not too worried. I'm going to be stealing their business from "Geek Squad", and I'm gonna be laughing all the way to the bank. Ohh, I'm gonna have FUN with this. I'm going to be doing "mass media" campaigns for my business right outside Best Buy and INSIDE Best Buy. Hhehehehehe.

"If you can't join them, beat them!"

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Jumping Through Hoops


Yesterday was the day I was scheduled to call Erin back (at Best Buy), to see what the GM (General Manager) said about hiring me. So I called, and he wasn't there. So today, I called, and this chick answered the phone, and put me on hold to see if he was in the store. After being on hold for about 5 minutes, it starts ringing, so I let it ring like 60 times, no answer. So, I drive ALL the way down to the store (which is about 25 minutes or so away from my house). I get there, and as soon as I walk in, I see Erin. I go up to him, and kindly ask him how things are going with the hiring process. He tells me that the General Manager STILL hasn't gotten back yet, and that they should be back tomorrow morning. So, I told him I would call him around 3PM tomorrow to check it. I'm starting to wonder how all these other people have jobs at Best Buy. It does not make any sense whatsoever. While I was out, I stopped by South Alabama, and bought a parking sticker for my car (so I don't get any tickets for parking at South), and that stupid sticker cost $8. Rip-off.

Now I just have to wait, and see how many more hoops I have to jump through to get this job at Best Buy.

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

First Customer

Geeks2Go just had it's first customer. All went well, all problems solved. Job well done. Yay.

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Ka-BOOM Bitch! (And other tales from the downtown crack houses)

Click to listen to the audio post:
this is an audio post - click to play


Starting my journey, this photo is less than a mile from my house

I get downtown, and park on level 2 in a parking garage

Standing on the roof of the parking garage

Another shot from the roof

Some nice towers overlooking Mobile

Downtown

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Fireworks! Posted by Hello

Saturday, July 03, 2004

Update to the Best Buy Hiring Status

So, it's been almost a week now since I had a job interview at Best Buy. When I last left off, the Computer Manager that gave me the interview (Erin Clark), said that the GM (General Manager) would be in the store that following Tuesday or Wednesday of that week (I had the interview with Erin on Sunday). So, Tuesday and Wednesday passed, and I heard nothing from Best Buy. Which means that today is 6 days post interview, and no word yet. So I drove down to Best Buy on a fourth of a tank of gas, the drive being about 30 minutes one way (I live out in the middle of the "country"). I went in, and Erin wasn't in. Well, I couldn't really talk to anyone else about my hiring status, since no one else knew me or my story. While I was in the store, I stopped by the Customer Service counter, where they had constructed a huge "Geek Squad" logo, right above the counter. It was so huge that you could see it from the other side of the store. I asked one of the guys that worked there (behind customer service counter) if they had any kind of information they could give me (handouts, papers, etc..) all about the "Geek Squad". The idiot behind the counter says to me "Ummm, I don't know what that is. Why don't you just go to, um, geeksquad.com?" And then he walked away. If I hadn't been looking for a job there, I would have punched that smart ass in the face. But, I'm trying to get a job at this place, so I had to hold my composure. The reason I want information from them about GeekSquad, is because I'm working to create my own business, doing the EXACT same thing (in-home computer service). My business is called "Geeks2Go", and I have a website in the works for it, too. So, this will be kind of fun, working for Best Buy, and working against Best Buy. It's a win/win situation for me. So, I found out when Erin comes back to work (3PM), and I drove home, waited about 3-4 hours, and when it was 3PM, I called over to Best Buy, and talked to him. He told me the that GM (General Manager) has been out of town, in Minnesota, and that they (I have no idea if the GM is male or female) would be in the store this coming Tuesday or Wednesday, so he told me to call him back Wednesday afternoon (July 7th), and he'll know something to tell me by then. Hopefully it's be good news. All my readers, cross your fingers, please. I need this job. I'll keep everyone posted on the developments as they unfold.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

No more 'fro, I said no more 'FRO! Wait, I didn't have a 'Fro. But it was bad. And now it is good.

I got a haircut today! I needed one.


My New Haircut Posted by Hello
Me outside next to my car

My cat, Protocol Posted by Hello

I just had to post the photo of my cat, lol.