Rebuilding This Website Is Taking Longer Than I Planned…

So, I leave this website alone for a couple of years….

Let me start again.  In the past, I wrote in this website at least once a day for six or seven years.  I’ve migrated it twice, changed engines powering it three or four times, changed the host three times, and I have backups of backups….

So why do I not have all the pages I remember having, once upon a time?

Am I really going that crazy?  Or did I just think I got to these things and never did?
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Sneaky WordPress Ninjas…

So, I’m playing around with this default theme a little, first online until I started wanting to reposition things, now with an offline copy, and it just dawned on me – it’s using HTML 5.

These posts are <article> tagged, and the menu items are <asides>

The header is actually a <header>, and the footer is a <footer>.

I want to weep.  (Note to self: get the emoticons back.)
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The Internet Has Changed, and Is Changing, and Will Keep Changing…

When I purchased this domain and arranged my first webhost, the Internet was a place of fun and play, a hobby for people as they stretched their minds.  From rather simple online games, to gathering and correlating self-published articles, to strange crackpots’ conspiracy theories, the Internet was a strange and wonderful place, akin to wandering into a back-alley coffee shop on or near any university.

Now, it’s become a marketplace.  Everyone has ads covering every spare pixel of screen space.  Some sites, you can’t tell the ads from the content, and even if you can tell the content from the ads, there are such liberal sprinklings of “endorsements” and other product placements, that the content is a secondary or tertiary concern.

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Fixing Computers…

So, since unemployment ran out, I’ve been fixing computers to try to make ends meet. It’s funny how much fixing computer is simultaneously easier and harder than it was eight years ago.

Easier, because current operating systems tell you much more about the system configuration and installed applications, and the built-in tools actually work.  Harder, because some errors and issues show NO SIGNS in logs or diagnostics.

And I’ve worked on three different computers over the past week.  Each has had a strange combination of issues.

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Yeah, Lull

Yeah, I haven’t been posting because my life is consumed with applications and panic.

I’m behind on the mortgage, run out of unemployment, waiting on responses to past interviews, and watching as bill deadlines approach with no new money to pay them….

Yeah, it’s a great big ball of crap.

I’d sugar coat it, but I just don’t have the fancy words anymore.  It’s not for lack of trying, it’s not for lack of interviews, it’s not even for horrible performance during interviews, I just can’t seem to get a job.

So, I’m going to go back to it.

Hopefully my next post will be more upbeat.  ‘Cause I can’t, for the life of me, figure a way out of this mess without employment.

Skåll!!!

Did an Electrical Audit of My House

Dear Diary,

Did you know that, according to a tally of all appliances, light bulbs, computers and peripherals, and various little knickknacks, in one year I would use approximately enough power to send the DeLorean from 1955 to 1985 eight and a half times?

I’m more than a little shocked at this.

I’m even more shocked that I’m still in the upper 25% of energy efficiency in my neighborhood.

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Some Days, I Swear, Time is Only an Illusion

Wasn’t it just 08:00 a couple of minutes ago?  Have I been on the job sites and in the e-mails and on the phone all day?

Well, at least I talked to seven recruiters today, talked to both my brother and mother, directly applied for four new jobs, and got some chores done.  And, I think in some sneaky way, one of those calls to a recruiter was a phone-screen.  I’m not sure, but I have suspicions.

I just need to train my cats to make lunch for me, so I don’t miss meals.  Yeah, I know, good luck with that one, Nate.

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Laptop Repair Failed

Well, the laptop itself is fine, but the hard drive is dying.  Much like my laptop hard drive failed.

It’s much earlier in the failure process, but shows many of the same symptoms – SMART status was fine, but there are blocks are going bad with more and more going bad with each drive scan.  In this case, I was able to review several fsck checks and it appears the superblocks disappeared.  All of them.

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