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Friday, March 28th, 2008
3:48 am
The -R- Files
I originally wrote this for Blogger... however... the content is fairly... well. I complain a lot. So I'm shoving it here since I don't really feel good about this post.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
3:36 am
The UT bots.
A semi-long explanation behind naming UT'99 bots Theresa. After the jump. . 
Saturday, July 14th, 2007
5:13 pm
Anthrocon Report
an update? ... yes... something like this doesn't feel right for the normally technical Blogger site... and I'm not about to put this up on Gamenikki (editor would never clear it)... and unlike E3 which turned out to be very good to MepisGuides... Anthrocon was more of a "real" vacation... only it wasn't.

Sunday, March 4th, 2007
8:29 pm
Sunday, July 9th, 2006
11:38 am
Movie / DVD / TV
Recently the creators behind Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy, Hideo Kojima and Tetsuya Nomura, talked with Japanese Ge-Maga. That interview was partially translated by IGN. Due to my extreme dislike for IGN I have chosen to not link the translated parts. However, one of Kojima's statements stood out. Kojima compared the Playstation3 to a movie theatre, said the Xbox 360 "is watching a DVD at home" and then proceeded to state that "Wii is a television program".

Right off hand I don't think Kojima really has all his marbles together to begin with. Metal Gear Solid 2 wasn't exactly known for having a cohesive plot, and while Metal Gear Solid 3 was much better, it wasn't Resident Evil 4.

Then there is the problem with the statement itself. Think about movie theaters for a second, or rather ticket sales. They've been falling for several years and it wasn't until recently that the MPAA and many theater groups finally admitted that ticket sales were falling because they just couldn't make movies people wanted to go see, or pay full ticket price for. Following Kojima's logic he wants to equate the Playstation3 with a business that's been failing and has trouble drawing customers?

I don't think Kojima want's to compare the Xbox 360 to DVD either. DVD movies sell well because they do allow the consumer the opportunity to enjoy the movie at their convience, not at the convience of a 3rd party like a movie theater. DVD movies also allow consumers wider choices of movie genre's. Movies that wouldn't do well in a theater can make a killing on DVD. So, the Xbox 360 is more convient than the Playstation3, and will probably have a wider variety of content. That's enough to sell me.

Then there is the comparision to the television. The same argument that runs with the DVD's stack up. The television is much more convient, and with DVR's, becomes an ultimate source of entertainment. Satellite and Cable companies can make a killing on select cable channels and have the potential to deliver wider content at the pleasure of the consumer, including High Definition Content.

While I realize that Kojima's comparision was in relation to the quality of the product, the rest of the parrellels add in a manner not favorable to the Playstation3. The sheer expense of the theater experience makes it unjustifiable to most consumers who will only go out for really big, and really good, productions. DVD and Television offer convience at the consumers pace, and at the consumers price.

In some cases, I think Sony is better keeping their favorite developers from speaking. This is one of them.
Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
11:31 pm
2nd goodbye
well, here we go again. By this time tomorrow, we could be blocked out from here. Ah well, 3 years in Cox, however many countless chats over the years. To those who came before, Julius, Jane, Balt, Guy, Andrea, Wit-Cody, Angela, Gina, Pat, and Daryl we'll miss you. I'm not sure what the final words should be. Goodbye? Goodnight? Catch you on the flipside?

It's been fun, of that there is no doubt. But sometimes the fun, it does have to end. And now, it ends too soon. For now the hour is up, the time is done. For I am gone, for one more night, for one more day. The words to say see you later, fail me at this time. What words I have, would never be enough.


***

for Cox Talk chat
Saturday, May 6th, 2006
12:29 am
So it ends. Not with a bang, but a retired modem
it's almost 3 years to the week. I started this livejournal back on Wednesday, May 21st, 2003, after I had been accepted into training for Sitel to work for Cox Communications. I don't really remember it that well, just that I had gotten back home from E3, and on that saturday the call came in asking if I wanted the job. I believe it was the 10th. On the 12th I quit my job at Burger King, and on the 19th I began white collar work for Sitel.

I originally created the blog with intents to mirror Jet Wolfe's Operators Standing by, and many of the original posts stood by this. As time went on though the calls became more repetitive, and there wasn't any thing I could really write about without either exposing client data, or repeating what I had already written.

Now, after 3 years, it's over. Cox Project is finished. I still work at Sitel, but Cox is no longer here. Our service contract was sold along with sections of the Cox Communications market Cox no longer felt like dealing with, or at least that is my take on it. Today, when I walk into work, I am now an employee of Cequel III by the proxy of Sitel, supporting Suddenlink internet.

Part of me wants to curl up and cry. As much as I hated Cox, as much as I hated the hoops we were forced to jump through, it's 3 years of my life. You don't just throw that away without thought. Several of the friends I made through Cox's internal chat program, I'll probably never chat with again. Our schedules and locations really didn't prove conducive to anything outside of work, aside from the occasional City of Villains jaunt.

Part of me wants to scream in fustration. Just... because. I have no social life and I'm on a dead end track it seems. I don't have anywhere to go, and I don't know what I want to do now. I'm just... existing... from day to day.

Part of me wants to jump for joy, realizing that I'll never have to deal with Las Vegas or Phoenix Arizona again. From what I gather, the hoops we had to jump through with Cox, really arn't there with SuddenLink. We have a much smaller overall market, and we have near equal access to the systems.

yet, I realize that I'm still going to be dealing with the same people I've dealt wth for the past 3 years. I am going to be dealing with people who can't plug a modem in. I'm going to be dealing with people who do not evacuate when a hurricane runs into town. I am going to be dealing with people who already had one forced email change in January, that are going to have to change their email again when Suddenlink hardlaunches their service.

I'm not looking forward to it, at all.

... so

I guess I'll just curl up, whimper, and take the next day as it comes. For some reason, that just seems to be the easist way for now.
Thursday, April 20th, 2006
8:11 pm
System issue and the mental picture you never wanted to hear.
me: positively lousy
one of my systems developed a MBR issue.
7:33 PM SW: Ew. x_x
7:37 PM me: yeah.
7:38 PM went home from work yesterday morning. Walked in. computer is off. I know I didn't turn it off.
turn it on. It loads up the Win2k screen, and right when the blue bar hits the middle. Stops. The upper blue "processing" bar is moving, but the status bar is not.
wait 30 minutes... still stuck.
7:39 PM restart into safe mode. Run spybot and ad-aware. Run AVG and Bitdefender. Reboot. Same thing.
Restart in safe mode, use Spybot to uncheck all items in start up registry. Reboot. 5 minutes later windows actually loads.
update all security programs. rescan. reboot. System loads up.
7:40 PM use spybot to re-enable the startup registry. System freezes up again
decide to repair windows. Repair console is unable to locate Windows OS.
attempt to reinstall. Reinstall completes initial load. On reboot "Kernel unable to load DLL's"
7:44 PM SW: x_x
7:45 PM Sounds like you've got some fun cut out for you. :/
7:48 PM me: fun it was.
wound up having to install Windows on ANOTHER hard-drive, then go in and remove all system files from the first hard-drive
7:49 PM I've gotten Win2k re-installed and up, but nothing really loaded.
7:59 PM SW: But you've got it working!
8:03 PM That must give you some sense of satisfaction?
8:06 PM me: in so much as putting on a school girl outfit and finding cthulu would give me satisfaction. In other words. No. It didn't.


alright. After this converstation I got back home and proceeded to go to work on the computer. Succesfully I thought, I got SP4 loaded, and DX9c. However, when I started to try to load additional programs, I kept getting binary errors. I managed to force the ethernet driver to load through the Windows Device Manger, and pulled a valid ip address. However, I was unable to renew the adapter due to the error message that "No adapters were bound to dhcp." I was also unable to ping anything. So I went to disable the network adapter... and the system shut off.

Boot back up. NTDLR is gone. Attempt to reinstall windows again, the partition is damaged.

Load up Mepis LIVE CD and I'm able to access the hard-drive. However... I should clarify that. The data was "there". Mepis was able to determine that the file sizes on the drive had not changed. However... the files themselves... were not there. Itunes? Gone. All the anime pictures? gone. All of my benchmarks? gone. All of my updates and files? Gone.

now, if you'll excuse me, I have a date with Cthulu and Sailor Moon's tailor. It's got to be more fun than trying to rebuild my primary system
Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
9:38 pm
Plan of attack to reclaim control of oil
Alright, the following editorial is my plan for what the world needs to do in order to regain control of out-of-control oil prices. Due to the content of the editorial it is being placed behind a cut. Now, I do need to make it clear that this is what I believe does need to happen. I realize that many of the potential readers will disagree catagorically with many of the ideas presented forth. However, I would hope that you take the time to research the implied actions on your own and make your own choices in regards to this. It is my hope that those who read it will realize that at this point, there are no other options than the ones expoused.

je.saist

Saturday, April 1st, 2006
6:40 pm
trust flow...
I'm not exactly sure what Trust Flow uses on their metric...



1:36 pm
oops, didn't realize that the entry would probably kill anybody who has me Friended. so... um, if you want to re-read it.. look behind the cut.



Monday, March 13th, 2006
9:59 pm
/hosed/
10:30-3:30 | 6:30-11:30 split shift.

I got /hosed/
Monday, February 13th, 2006
9:18 pm
BOFH
can't take credit for this, but I had to pass it on.

A guy walks into a breakfast joint with 16 penguins. They sit down at the biggest table in the place. The guy orders coffee for himself and a bowl of cereal for each of the penguins. He then breaks out a newspaper and casually starts reading. Meanwhile, the penguins' breakfasts arrive and the first penguin starts eating while all the others look at him. After he finishes, all the penguins look at the second penguin while he eats. When the last penguin finishes his cereal, he emits a loud "gwank!" and all the penguins get up and file out of the restaurant.

The guy looks up, folds up his newspaper, and gets up to pay the bill. One of the other patrons had been watching the spectacle said, "Excuse me sir, I have to ask. What was that all about? Why did you just sit there while your penguins ate their breakfast?"

"Yeah, it always takes this long," he said. "It's cerealized."
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
6:11 pm
calls in queu, make me feel blue, but it's red, like the top of my head, when the callers, decide to hollar, drives me insane, oh where is my brain, it's out the door, I'm lying on the floor, the callers weren't nice, they never thought twice, and now here I lay, till the end of the day
Tuesday, December 6th, 2005
8:55 pm
bofh
if a packet hits a pocket on a socket of a port,
and the bus is interrupted as a very last resort,
and the address of the memory makes your floppy disk abort,
then the socket packet pocket has an error to report!
Thursday, November 3rd, 2005
4:34 pm
I originally wrote this intending to respond to the blog post here :

http://poptech.blogspot.com/2005/07/battlefield-2-video-card-controversy.html

buut, since I don't have a Blogger login, I'm not able to post it. So? LJ gets the fun.

***********

... you do realize that Nv2A, the Xbox GPU, is a Pixel Shader 1.4 device?

Or did you forget the controversy sparked over the architecture that combined Geforce3 execution units with a Geforce4 memory storage control system, while adding Pixel Shader 1.4 support?

Did you not see or hear the fuss from Nvidia's camp that they (Nvidia), were following the path of ATi? Did you not see or hear the comments from those with intents to pirate or emulate the Xbox stating that it just wasn't physically possible on the Geforce4 systems as they required Pixel Shader 1.4 support?

Have you not gone back and actually bothered to benchmark today's advanced Pixel Shader titles on the Radeon 8500 vs Geforce4?

I did.

http://saist.fateback.com/WinME-Win2k_Compare.html

On 2 different operating systems and with a Geforce4 clocked at 4200 core/memory, and reclocked at a 4600 core/4400 memory clock rate.

Sorry sir, but you are full of it. And you do not know what you are talking about when it comes to porting games, and you obviously don't have a clue about the hardware inside the consoles on the market today.

And, by the way, for reference, it's the ATi Flipper inside the Gamecube that is locked at Pixel Shader 1.3 support, but additional lighting functions and texture operations can be handled at the Core level, allowing it to complete operations specificed in higher shader levels.

je.saist
gamenikki.com
mepisguides.com
Wednesday, September 28th, 2005
1:46 am
I. HATE. HURRICANES.
... read this and understand why I hate hurricanes.

For those who ever have visited Cox.com, you might realize that Cox Communications is the primary cable service provider across Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Lafeytte Lousinana. In other words, the primary supplier for ALL of Lousiana. Cox Communications is also the primary cable provider for Tyler, Conroe, Luffick, and other parts of eastern Texas. As already posted before, Katrina took out most of our Lousiana network...

Rita finished the job. Right now we are estimating that about over 30 miles of fiber lines are gone, shredded. Other digitial feed lines that link the smaller towns and cities throughout Lousiana and Eastern Texas are like-wise removed from existance.

As such, I figure that I should pass on, to you, things to not do when you have a hurricane move within close proximity to your home, house, city, or other location.


1st : Do not call in when the hurricane is in your town. Especially if the eye of the hurricane has centered on Bossier Lousinana. There is not need to call in to inform us that you are missing services. You are in a hurricane. Trust us, we know that.


2nd : Do not call in stating that you need your cable tv so that you can check the weather.

2nd-A : If you are in a Hurricane prone area when asked if the radio stations are no longer broadcasting wether data, do not claim that you are too poor to afford a portable radio. Especially if you pay $90 a month for cable access.

2nd-B : And no, your cable provider is not going to provide a portable radio for you. You live in a hurricane prone area, you get your own radio.


3rd : If for some reason you retain service when the fringes of the hurricane pass over you, and then some time later you lose service, do keep in mind that it is a hurricane. A hurricane is normally several hundred miles wide, and just because it passed over your town without issue does not mean that it is going to pass over other towns without issue.

3rd-b : if you have to have a Cable Tech representative explain to you that a hurricane is big, then you do not need to be calling, much less breathing.


4th : Hurricane Clean-up is messy. Period. Your cable provider, if missing significant parts of their network, will have to rebuild that network. Because of this, do be aware that we are not going to garrentee full service for the duration of the cleanup. We will do our best to establish basic cable services. High Speed Internet, HBO, and other premium channels are luxery services. They are not a priority. We don't care if you make your living selling stuff on ebay. We will not deviate from getting the backbone of our network fixed to get you back online.

4th-b : If you live in a hurricane prone area, keep in mind that redunancies and backups are your life-blood. If you depend on the internet to make a living, have more than one service provider.


5th : wrestling is fake. Get over it. And no, we can't somehow magically make a Pay Per View System that is completely offline get back online just so you can watch sweaty men in tights grab each others butt.

5th-b : if while talking you reveal that you don't have a roof over your head, you have bigger problems than not being able to watch sweaty men in tights grab each others butt.


6th : Keep in mind that the word network means that things are connected together. A network can consist of many different items. A cable network generally consists of many different points where cable connections are made. If you live in a small town, do consider that your cable probably comes in from a larger city. As such, even if you are not directly affected by a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, and the larger city is, your cable connection will suffer the same problems as the larger city.

6th-b : Also, keep in mind that while we will try to restore basic service as soon as possible, if we need to repair lines in the larger city, you will probably be affected again with loss of service. This is to be expected.


7th : There is no need to call and ask if your account is going to be credited. A hurricane hit. We know that. Quit asking. We don't even know if you are there using the cable.


8th : If you have an existing cable problem such as fuzzy pictures, no pictures, or no internet access, please call and deal with the problem when it occurs. Do not wait until after a natural disaster has occured before calling in for the problem as there are probably going to be no technicians available to deal with your problem. Given that a natural disaster has occured, most qualified technicians will be on duty trying to patch the downed lines and other damaged parts of the network. Please expect a time period of weeks before someone is able to personally drop by with your problem.

8th-b : when informed that the only information that your cable company is seeking is wether or not there is a downed line in your area, do not get in a huff and demand a supervisor because we will not schedule an unavailable technician to get to your problem in a couple of weeks.


9th : when informed that no supervisor is avaible, it means no supervisors are available. Keep in mind that if you waited on hold for 2+ hours to speak with a representative, it probably means that the peoeple you are calling are swamped. In such a case any supervisors are probably also taking front-line calls.

9th-b : for the slow. that means the supervisors aren't there.


10th : If you live in a hurricane prone area, and there is a hurricane headed your way, do take time to prepare:

10-A : Get a portable radio
10-B : Evacuate, get out of town
10-C : Contact your utlitie providers and ask if they intend to stay in office. If they are closing up shop, you should too.
10-D : ... do not call your cable company until a week after the hurricane has passed and only if you have a downed line.


If you are a person who finds this list offensive, or simply do not understand the list, I have these instructions for you.



1: If you have cable tv, please return your tv box to the cable company at your earliest convience.

2: Please take any TV's you have in the house and please donate them to goodwill.

3: If you have high speed internet with a cable company, please return your modem to the appropiate vendor.

4: Also, pack the computer up and return it to whomever you got it from.

5: Because you are too stupid to be using anything related to technology.
Saturday, August 20th, 2005
3:32 pm
bofh parody
calls in queu, make us feel blue, oh what do you do, oompa loompa
doompy de doomp, if you are wise you'll reset that router.

ba ba bump bump bump, another call bites the dust, ba ba bump bump
bump, another call bites the dust, and another call solved and another
call solved and another call bites the dust.

99 callers from Nova in queue, 99 callers from Nova, Take one down,
solve the problem, 98 callers from Nova in queue

It's the call that never eneds, yes it goes on and on my friend,
somebody started troubleshooting not knowing what it was, and they'll
continue troubleshooting forever just because

they will, they will, Call you! : Caller on the phone, talking with a
scone, pc on his brain, driving you insane, they will, they will, CALL
YOU!

we are the technicians, of the world, and we'll keep on working to
the end. We are the technicians, we are the technicians, no time for
users cause we are the technicians... of the world
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005
8:38 pm
Hps : handed Pink slip
NOT : notification of termination
LON : Layed off now
PSO : Permenant Suspension Offer
ESL : Exit Stage Left
DTC : demoted to Customer
SGG : say goodnight gracy
OUT : Official Usefuleness Terminated
REO : Redundant Employee Offer
PWN : Personal Wipeout Notification
PWN : Personal Worth Nothing
PWN : Proposed Weight Negation
PWN : Personal Worth Neglibible
PWN : Probably Wants Noodles
EAS : Expansion of Available Seating
PNC : Paycheck Not Coming
PWN : Paycheck Withholding Negotiations
PCZ : Payrate Changed to Zero
NLE : No longer employeed
DOH : Dyanmic Operation Holdings
OER : Operation: Employee Removal
Monday, July 4th, 2005
11:57 pm
BC... thoughts
sometimes I wonder how many wander by and read these pages... sometimes i wonder who...

and sometimes, I just don't want to know.

the reason for this is that sometimes I just want to scream out loud... but I don't know whose listening. ... maybe I should start over...

One of the comics i read is College Roomies from hell, and the fans of the comics are called boardies. Generally there is a "boardie con" each year, generally held at Comic-Con in San Diego, where fans of this comic will get together and generally hang out. I've wanted to attend boardie con for a couple of years, but with E3 just a month before, vacation time doesn't conviently stack up in a way for me to hit the more important convention to me. Every year I look at the pictures taken, and wish I had been there in them... this year... I'm glad I didn't go.

For those who do read this journal, you probably saw "the most typical" post ever. It was driven because I made the mistake of logging into the Boardie chat channel with client that did not have one particular person on ignore. This person knows exactly what buttons to push to drive me insane with anger, and I know that the buttons are pushed intentionally. Sometimes though, you do have to listen to those who go out their way to tear you down, so you know what they are attacking. And that you can guard yourself against those attacks. Even knowing this, it doesn't help the pain that can be caused if you take to heart at all the lies, slander, and libel put forward by such people. This person attended boardie con... and every photo I see drives an urge to committ physical harm unto this person. I just want to reach out and smack the person with a baseball bat, a 2*4, or SOMETHING. I just want to turn around and take the mental anguish I've been dealt, and return it physically unto their body. I've never met this person, so I don't know if what they do is an act, or if it is "them." I don't know if they are always like that to everybody? ... or was I singled out for some reason. What could I have done?

Quite crazy. To blame myself for the actions taken by another? Sorry. That doesn't work with me. Never has, never will.

Sometimes I wonder if I could control myself if placed in such a position... And sometimes I'm not too sure I want to find out. I'm hardly a saint, quite the sinner, quite the pervert am I... socially inept... yeah, that's me. I don't do parties. I don't do gatherings. I exist, alone.

it's quite lonely...


when you have nothing...



but your own ego...




and you wonder...





what should you do?
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