Of geekery, and bad movies

I’ve been getting my geek on in a big way.

Since I’m supporting JIRA Studio, and it’s a lot more sysadminy (lots of command-line work, SSHing into hosts, etc.), I’ve signed up with Linode and have installed CentOS on it (CentOS is what we use at work for just about all our server machines) to get my learnings on.

I’ve got my own JIRA instance running on it, it’s also running Subversion, email (postfix and dovecot), and I’m using SVN for my web development as well (this is my regular website, and I test out everything on here). I’ve integrated JIRA with my Subversion repository, and have OpenLDAP set up for authentication for Subversion via Apache, email, and JIRA.

In another news, we’ve been doing bad movie night with gypocalypse on a semi-regular basis, and oh it’s such fun. So. Much. Snarking! We’ve covered a lot of video game movies (Super Mario Brothers, Mortal Kombat 1 and 2, Double Dragon, all the FUCKING AWFUL Uwe Boll films, etc.) and our movie of choice for tonight is Robowar, and if we have enough time, BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR.

😀 😀

Still nothing on the job front.

In other news, I’ve installed VMware Fusion 3 on my Mac mini server and am going to install Windows Server 2008 on it, mostly for fiddling and learning purposes. A friend has a copy from MSDN with a legitimate key, so woo! Learnings are fun.

We’re busily sitting at work doing very little, and talking complete shit in the joint internal iChat server that the Tier 2s from both Sydney and Singapore are in. It’s fun!

Whee! My new plan with Three was activated today so I can actually use all the stuff on it iPhone that requires data. So of course I’m sitting on the bus now on the way home and updating my LiveJournal! 😀

So so awesome, hee.

w00t! I have unlocked iPhone goodness. I just have to wait until the new plan I’m switching to with Three kicks in before I can use data (should be the 7th of this month).

I’m also starting to get back into playing Warhammer 40,000. A few of us are having a big (in number of players, not number of points) battle on Sunday, and almost all of us have new armies.

I’ve gone Imperial Guard, which will be interesting… my other army is Eldar!

Actually, I tell a lie… those photos were taken a while ago, and I’ve just gotten back into painting them again. I’ve got another squad of ten Guardsmen finished too.

Good lord.

We had the AppleCare Excellence Awards last week and I won a black 8GB iPod nano (which I’m giving to kungfupolarbear). I just had the call centre manager come over now and I’ve won ANOTHER iPod, this one a black 80GB classic, and JBL OnStage Micro speakers. Amusingly, this was for sales. I sold exactly ONE thing this entire quarter, and still managed to beat the rest of Tier 2. 😉

I rather wish they’d start giving out something other than iPods though. 😛

This MacBook Air is one of the most impressive bits of technology I have ever used. Everything that I use my MacBook Pro for the MBA handles quite nicely. I bought the SuperDrive and Ethernet Adapter too, and installed Windows on it yesterday. Pretty much the only reason I even have Windows is for Dawn of War. It runs quite playably, admittedly at 1024×768 with all the graphics options down.

I pulled the MBP out last night to grab a couple of files off it, and good GOD it felt large and heavy! It’s crazy how my perceptions have changed already.

So I’m selling my MacBook Pro to my parents, since I have no need for it. That’ll give a very nice boost to my finances. And my sister will inherit the old 17″ PowerBook that my parents currently have, as she’s without a computer at all right now.


So many concerts coming up!

Next is both nights of the Black Crusade Tour (Arch Enemy, Machine Head, Shadows Fall, and Trivium) on the first and second of November at Luna Park. After that is Gigantour II (DevilDriver, Lacuna Coil, Static X, and Megadeth) on the sixteenth, also at Luna Park. Then is Behemoth in December, then Iron Maiden in February next year! \m/

And more shiny toys!

I almost forgot, I had my end-of-year performance review today, and I’m getting an 8.7% pay increase! 😀

I ordered one of the new AirPort Extremes earlier this week, and it arrived yesterday… holy crap having wireless speeds the same as 100BaseT ethernet is awesome. 😀 It was an absolute cinch to set up, too… I ran through configuring it all at work, put it into bridging mode (since I’m still using my existing network as well, I don’t need it doing any routing), plugged it in when I got home, and BOOM. Über speeds.

My parents are using my old PowerBook, so I’ve got two wireless networks… the 802.11g one from the old AirPort setup, and the new Extreme is set to 5GHz 802.11n-only mode for just my MacBook Pro. Works very nicely. 🙂

Looks like my daugher will be a rocking child, satanic_angel… first of May tomorrow and she’s still not here! 😉

Man… “my daughter”. Never thought I’d be saying that. I like it, though. 🙂 And I’m pleased it’s a girl rather than a boy. No idea why.

And on a totally different subject, I bought Guitar Hero II yesterday. And even this has reminded me that I have no musical talent whatsoever… I cannot keep time to save my life. I’m trying to either tap my foot or count “1, 2, 3, 4” in my head at a constant rate, and whenever the guitar starts differing from that, so does either the tapping or the counting. Gah!

So, I’ve caved in and ordered a new laptop! I figure I should get all of my big purchases out of the way before I move out.

That’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it. 😛

Wow. I was looking through my iTunes library at the “Last Played” dates… there’s a few songs in there I haven’t listened to since the end of 2002! And a bunch more from 2003.

With ~7000 songs in my library I guess it’s hardly surprising that there’s songs I haven’t listened to for that long, but it still amazes me.

Mmmmm, 500GB of hard disky goodness.

Also, catching the bus to work makes the week pass so much slower. 🙁

We had our AppleCare Excellence Awards again today, I scored a Wireless Mighty Mouse for my customer satisfaction results. 🙂

And I’ve got a white MacBook as a resource machine now, so my desk at work is looking mighty geeky!

I reckon I could still fit another machine on there, though. 😉

And how’s this for pointless wankery… a little remote-control car that you steer via Bluetooth from your Sony-Ericsson mobile phone!

(No, it doesn’t drive around connected to the phone… it’s charging at the moment. :P)

(Disclaimer: This is splashed‘s, not mine. :P)

It’s here!


(Mine’s the one with the PowerBook on it… the other is a co-worker’s machine, who isn’t in today so I’m commandeering her monitor :D).

w00t! More new toys. 😀

You seriously don’t realise how small it is, even with these pics, until you actually hold one in your hand. 🙂