The Tiger is alive

I sat down on friday night and started to reinstall OS X on my iBook. I installed Panther then copied the .dmg file from my server to my laptop so I could install the WWDC Preview of Tiger. Everything went well and I restarted so that I could boot to Tiger and try it out. Bummer. I didn’t see many new features. Supposedly the preview has the new version of Safari with a RSS reader built in. Didn’t notice, but I’ll have to check it out. I did notice the new search bar up in the corner. I’ll copy my files back over some night this week and try that out to see how quick it is. The other new ‘cool’ feature they built in is called “Dashboard”. It’s a bunch of widgets (yes, like Konfabulator) built into the OS. I’ll have to do a review of these and see how it stacks up to Konfabulator. Lastly, theres the new support for 3 people in iChat. I don’t have a camera and don’t do video conferencing so I’m not sure if I’ll ever use it. Oh well.

I’m working on a list of apps I need to install again for war driving. I need to get with Ray and see what he recommends and uses. Maybe if I find time this week I’ll get around to it. I got alot on my plate still and even though I don’t have class this week, I’m still extremely frekin busy.

Starting fresh

I think I’m about ready to wipe my iBook and start fresh with some network utilities for fink. I was reading Ray’s website the other day and talking to him on AIM about some of the new programs he’s discovered.

I think I’ll set it up with Panther and install x11 and fink. I might even leave a second partition to install the Tiger pre-release and see what it’s like. As far as my network utilities go I’m going to install ethereal again and try and getting a working installation of ettercap, driftnet, and this new program called tcpreplay that Ray just told me about. Supposedly it will replay your driftnet and ethereal logs and allow you to re-sniff the information like you were there doing it when it happened. Neat.

I’ll let you all know how this goes. I’m pretty excited cuz my buddy Josh now wants to go out wardriving sometime. He’s finally got a laptop so he can go with. He’s changed since we went to high school together. We’ll see how far I get with this project and maybe we’ll get to go next Thursday. I’ll report back and let you know how it goes.

Integrity Check

Did you ever do the right thing even though you really didn’t want to do it? I did. Today. This new guy at work who thinks he knows everything decided to take the forklift down the ramp into the parking lot. Since it was an electric forklift and wasn’t fully charged it wouldn’t make it back up the ramp.

He tried and tried and finally got it stuck almost sideways on the ramp. The only thing keeping it from swinging around and rolling over is the fact it had caught the concrete lip on the edge of the ramp. I knew what was going to happen and that he needed to swing the back end around so he could go back down the ramp.

Since he knows everything he tried to tell me that I needed to operate the forklift so they could push on it so it won’t roll. There was no way in hell I was going to put myself on a 6,000 lb forklift and operate it with 2 guys below me when I knew as soon as it released it was going to roll. The angle of the ramp put the center of gravity far enough over that as soon as it got completely sideways on the ramp it would roll.

He insisted that I do it and I told him no way in hell. I stood back as he tried the first time and lucky for him he caught the concrete again but barely. The next time he tried it was going to let loose. I grabbed the 50′ of nylon rope we had and tied one end to the top of the forklift cage. I took the other end and wrapped it around a concrete pillar at the warehouse entrance and then around a steel beam that supported the building.

He tried again and when it let loose the rope was the only thing that kept enough pull on the top to keep it from rolling over. I slowly let the rope release from around the steal beam and let the forklift swing down until it was far enough that it wouldn’t roll over.

I ended up saving this guys life and job and never got a thanks out of it. A co-worker who was standing there watching asked me how tempted I was to let the rope go… I answered “very.”

I told him the only was they were going to get it up was to push it over the lip with the company van. He didn’t want to listen and finally drove it up the opposite direction we told him but with the assistance of the van. I wasn’t around for that part, but he came back and informed me that he took it up the way he wanted and that I was still wrong in what I said. I was so tempted to just pop him in his big fat mouth but I managed to bite my tounge and ignore him til he walked off.

I really hope I have the patience to deal with this jackoff on the days I have to work with him. He’s rubbed on me a few too many times.

I’m still here!

Hey there everybody. I didn’t forget about this already. Believe it or not, i’m still really busy. I have alot on my plate with my stupid Professional Development class. I’m so behind on my assignments I just can’t keep up. Every time I try to work on one and get it done she gives us another two assignments. I’ve been putting some stuff up on eBay lately and have been busy packing up and sending out a couple packages a day.

We had a family picnic on Monday. That was cool, but it kept me busy in the days prior. Now that that’s over I’m still dealing with the kittens we caught that were living under our shed. Maybe if I get a chance I’ll take a few pictures of them this weekend before we give them away.

I’m still trying to add a few mods to wordpress and create a new theme for my site. Keep posted for that in the future. I also need to write a mod to show my mailing list again so you can all sign up for that. I have Chad’s senior movie, Chauncey’s Revenge that I’ll be posting in a little while along with some other short, funny and disgusting video clips. Leave comments and let me know what you guys want to see here.

I’d like to get a photo gallery started here where I can post things that I’m doing in my daily life and maybe integrate a moblog where I can post images from my camera phone.

Anyway, I should get back to work soon. If I get time during work in the next few weeks I’ll try and catch up with this and add some more info.

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