Easter vacation anyone?

So we got our calendars the other day at school, the ones that tell us when our term breaks are and what holidays we have off. I was looking at it and realizing that our spring term ends March 30th. Easter, however, is on March 27th and Good Friday is the 25th… and we don’t have off. Thats not right. If we have to take Presidents Day and Martin Luther King Day off (2 holidays I could care less about, especially since we didn’t get Columbus Day off) that we better have to take off Good Friday and Easter Monday. There’s no reason we should be in school. I guess that means I’m taking a walk back to the office this week to try and get this straightened out. If that fails, I just won’t show up those 2 days. No loss for me. But anyway, thats just my rant for the week.

Server 2003 back up and running

After about a week of playing around. I finally got my server back up and running. I got my new drive last tuesday and reinstalled a volume license copy of server 2003 on it. I installed a few apps and thought nothing of it. I went to check on it Monday and noticed that it was prompting me to run Windows update. Doh! I knew I forgot something. I ran Windows update only to find out that my license key was blocked. Crap. Thats not cool M$.

I found some fix that changes your key so that you can use Windows update, then changes it back when it’s done. Only problem with that was that after I ran Windows update, it didn’t change my key back correctly. I rebooted only to get a message that it could’nt be read and therefore I couldn’t log on.

I had previously used a regular version of Server 2003 with an activation crack. The second time I installed that version it worked, the first time, it didn’t. At this point in time after 2 installs of the volume license version of server, I wasn’t up for playing around with it. Time to pull out my new toy… Microsoft Virtual PC 2004. This allowed me to use my desktop as a virtual computer and install server 2003 into a very large (~3GB) file on my hard drive. The benifit to this is that if I screwed something up, I could just do it over with out having to physically install. I could also do this from work when remoted in to my home machine.

I spent all afternoon yesterday while at work remoted into my desktop installing and looking for a fix. Finally after an hour or so, I found a volume license key generator for Server 2003. Time to reinstall and see if it will take a generated key. Server 2003 took the key without a problem. I finished installing on my “virtual computer” and tried to run Windows update. That worked too. At this point it was time for me to head home.

I got home and decided to throw the cd in my server and try an install there. I reformated and installed using the key I had generated and used for the “virtual” install. Finished installing it and continued to run Windows update. At this point in time I was getting pretty hungry so I went and made dinner for myself. I came back up and rebooted. Checked Windows update and installed a few more things. Everything had installed correctly. I decided to check the error log just to make sure nothing was going wrong. Kinda… I had an error message from the activation saying it couldn’t be verified. I don’t see this as a problem since the volume license version shouldn’t have to be activated. I should just see the error every time I boot up. Only time will tell…

Free iPods

I’ve signed up under my buddy Ray at the site freeipods.com They have this deal where you sign up for an offer and get 5 people to sign up under you and when all are complete, you get a ipod for free! It’s legitimate (featured on CNN and WiredNews.com). Please sign up to help me out. I signed up for Blockbuster Online and its great. I get to keep 3 dvds out at a time for as long as I want. They pay shipping both ways. You also get 2 coupons for free rentals from a Blockbuster store each month. The trial is 2 weeks and you can cancel anytime. The subscription is $19.99/month if you decide to keep it and try it out. I’ve gotten about 6 dvds so far and its the end of my 2 week trial. They have some other good offers on there.

It has also been brought to my attention that not all offers are available to all people. If you want a certain one and its not there later, it might be back later or not at all. I think Ray needs 1 more and I still need all 5. Thanks for helping me out. If you get 5 people to sign up under you, you get a free ipod as well. Rumor is that the Apple 20GB ipods are backordered, but if you opt for a HP iPod, you’ll get it sooner since they still have an ample supply. The only difference is the HP logo.

The link to refer to me is www.freeipods.com .

edit: I’ll give out gmail invites to the first 5 people to sign up under me.

Noisy drives should be replaced

Well recently the main hard drive in my server has been making alot of noise and acting up. My backup program has stopped a few times and failed to complete the backup due to it finding a “bad sector” that it couldn’t read. If I tried to restart the machine and run the backup again I would get a blue screen and tell me the registry file was corrupt.

I ended up throwing in the backup cd and restoring to the most recent backup it had created. This process has happened a few times now. I went to check on it today to see if it completed the backup last night and it hadn’t. I figured I’d reboot and run a ‘ckhdsk’ to check for errors. It did find a few errors was very noisy in the scanning of the drive and repair of the errors. I’m waiting to see if that fixed it and if it’s going to boot.

Loud noises coming from hard drives generally is not a good thing. It usually means it’s on its dying legs. I’ve been looking at a replacement 80GB drive from NewEgg.com It’s the kind with the fluid dynamic bearing so it should be nice and quiet and run for a long time.

On another note, it just finished scanning and started up alright. I’m going to try and run the backup again and see if it completes. I think the drive keeps corrupting itself. I’m probably going to end up ordering a new drive and reinstalling Server 2003 on it since it’s still making alot of abnormal noise as it tries to create the backup.

Still waiting

It’s now about 1:15 and they just told me he’s out (for the second time). They told me around 12:30 that he was done and in recovery. Now they just told me that he’s just waking up and he’s fighting them. That makes the time from when he was on the stretcher until when he came out about 3-4 hours depending on when he actually came out. They said he should be ready to go in about 45 minutes. Maybe I’ll get home while it’s still light outside.

Neither of us knew what he was in for. He thought they were cleaning out the joints in 2 of his fingers so that he could move them again. When the first doctor came out and told me that he was done, he said something about new joints being installed. I dunno. I guess I’ll find out more when we get to the outpatient area.

Anyway, at least it’s quiet in here now. I’m stuck watching soaps on TV though, I hate soaps. Most everybody left and there’s only 2 other people here waiting with me. My eyes have been burning me all day and I’m ready for a nap. It’s been a long day. I hope I never have to go in for surgery because I get bored and short on patience.

In for surgery

I had to take my grandfather into Philadelphia for hand surgery today. I had to drag my sleepy butt out of bed at 5am. We got there early and waited 2 1/2 hours before they took him in for surgery. I read a book for a while, then got bored and took out my laptop.

I watched this lady take out her gateway laptop and couldn’t resist. I decided to try out the new apps I compiled the othernight and see if she was broadcasting anything from the wireless card I presumed she had installed. I started up kismac to see what was floating around and found 2 hidden ssid’s. I fired up ethereal and got nothing. Same with ettercap.

This sucked. I got nothing. I tried using ettercap to spoof dhcp and reloaded my wireless driver and created an ad-hoc network to see if her computer would automatically connect. Still nothing. The second time I closed kismac I must have left something running. It wouldn’t reload my airport driver for me. Oh well. I’m not getting anywhere with this. I need to do some driving around this week and see what trouble I can get myself in to.

I wish I had something better to do. They had Regis and Kelly on the tv in the waiting room and this obnoxious lady sat here and talked about how much she loved Jon Travolta (who just happened to be a guest) and how he’s aged and now she likes some other guy more. She proceeded to tell everybody how she had Barney (another guest) come to her daughter’s 1st birthday, her daughter is now 9. Lucky for me her husband was ready to be discharged and she just left. Now its quiet and I can hear myself typing again. I’ve been here for 4 hours and I think its about time to go home.

Now it turns out that I wasn’t even catching packets from that lady’s laptop. She got up and walked off and kismac was still capturing packets. I was curious as to what it was coming from so I threw the pcap log into ethereal and low and behold, it was broadcast after broadcast from a piece of Cisco wireless equip.

Thats enough work for today. I’m tired already and it’s only 11am. My grandfather is still in surgery I guess. They haven’t told me he’s in the recovery area yet. They thought he’d be in for about an hour and it’s been almost 2. Hopefully everything is going well.