That test had more hardware based questions then I could ever care to see again. There were quite a few points that I thought I was taking an A+ test, not Linux+. I would really really like to ask what the point of asking SO MANY questions that had nothing to do with Linux was. Now, if the questions had said 'Well in Linux, this device is...', but no... it was stuff like 'Why wouldn't this SCSI hardware be working'... not asking about the kernel, but about actual hardware. If I had to guess, I would say near 50% of the questions were hardware related... obscene.
First thing's first... NOTACON was as great as expected. The entire conference went off without a single major problem. Speakers and attendees all appeared to have a great time, and so did us staff. Next year is a definite, as everything was too good not to try again and venture to out do ourselves.
I have a Linux+ certification test on Friday, hoping that goes well. I have been using Linux long enough to know, there are too many possibilites of questions to be sure of myself. I have been trying to bulk up on some of the topics I don't learn about as much as others, such as printing (lpr, lpc, lpd type stuff). Need to brush up on my obscure XFree configuration stuff too, like command line setups (I just edit my damn files).
Well, it's Wednesday morning... this time Friday I will be hanging out in Cleveland, OH with most of the core team. From now till then, I have three more college finals to get through. The conference should be pretty crazy, we have a lot of wonderful speakers, prizes, and good people heading it up.
My systems are coming together nicely. My Ultra 1 3D Creator now has a 1gig SCA HDD, 256mb of RAM, Debian GNU/Linux (2.4.19-64 kernel), and a working NVRAM. I purchased Matt's SPARCstation 20 and will be adding a HDD to that soon, a CD-ROM, and have already pumped up the RAM to 224mb. I am thinking about taking the SM50 CPU from the SS20, throwing it into my SPARCstation 10, buying another ROSS hyperSPARC @ 150mhz, and running dual-150 in the SS20.
This is my pre-emptive Easter posting. Anyways, went to the dentist yesterday and got checked out. I do indeed have TMJ as already supposed. I got a cleaning, fluroide, check-over -- the whole nine. Not a bad experience, as is per usual with the dentist. Things went fine, mouth isn't in bad shape, TMJ should subside if I watch out.
My Cisco 2501 router got delayed because of the holidays. It is now arriving on Monday. My RAM is still MIA, and no return e-mail from the seller. The SCA hard drive isn't working in the Ultra 1e. So... so far, EBay has been crappy this month.
Things are not going very well as of lately. Monday I woke up, much like Saturday unable to open my jaw on the right side. After about 20 minutes of my jaw locking and unlocking, the problem stopped and hasn't returned as of this posting. I have a dentist appointment to go to Friday to see what the deal is. It may just be a freak occurence, or how I was laying... it could also be TMJ (search google). Time and doctors (and maybe x-rays) will tell. Not too worried about it, even if I have TMJ, it's not exactly debilitating, just a hinderance once in a while, and you can do a LOT to prevent occurences.
I gave in. I have been using XFce4 for about five months now, but GNOME 2.6 is just so nice. I will most likely reneg that statement sooner (or a lot later), but for now, it is better then XFce4. Reasons? Oh, I have them. A usable desktop (icons), don't need two damn panels, only one. Greater selection of applets. Better/more themes. Nautilus is really nice also, my icons are screwed at the moment (Debian Experimental package).
Well, April Fool's Day is over, thank god. For a person such as myself, and many others in the technology-interested community, this day usually sucks. You cannot trust anything, albeit, some things are blatent and funny, others are just confusing. In example, Google's GMail...
I am slowly knocking out papers due next week. I am going to finish off one paper tomorrow, and start my second. Finish that second paper by Friday, and start work on my last paper during the weekend, Monday, and Tuesday. That should line me up real nice like. Hopefully I will actually hold down this scheduale and come out with some decent grades on these papers.
Slickdeals.net is great. They have a deal this weekend on shoes at Footlocker, 33% off. Interestingly enough, this was also the weekend that Kathleen wanted to buy me running shoes, too perfect.
I've decided to change my program of study from Computer Science (CS) to Computer Information Systems (CIS) with a minor in CS. This is pretty much the best choice I have, as my ability to suck at math is unmatched. True, I still have plenty in regards to business, but I would prefer that more than abstract math. One of the biggest selling points of doing this is I can still take my COSC classes, get credit, and have it go towards something (my minor), without taking any of the math.