Archive for September, 2005

Updates? We don’t need no stinkin’ updates!

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

So yeah, I don’t update this much. Fuggit. My life is so boring it seems obscene for me to update my blog with any regularity. I updated my home page with some cheese-tastic CSS. I still have to work out a color scheme because reading the current strange mustard-yellow text is getting a little annoying. I also haven’t figured out how to have a global navbar across the site so I only have to update one file when the nav structure of the site changes (which will be frequently). For the time being I guess rpl‘s my friend.

I’m in a Java fundamentals class this week. It’s been going well. The first day went fine. I seemed to get everything. The 2nd day sucked b/c I got there and it seemed I’d forgotten everything from the day before. It was almost as if I’d not been there! Everything the teacher asked at the beginning of the class was like way beyond my comprehension, though it sounded like something we might have covered. This situation was made worse by the fact that both other students in the class (yeah, there are only 3 of us in this class) seemed to know the answers immediately.

Today wasn’t starting out too much better either, but at some point by around lunch I started kinda’ getting it. My apps started to compile right away, I was understanding the mechanics of what was being covered, and I figured most of the exercises/labs out without much fuss. I’m hanging pretty good with it. I’ve certainly gotten farther than I have with all those millions of programming books I’ve tried to read. I’m looking forward to delving into programming more. I can even read most of the Java books I either own or have access to and they don’t seem to be completely over my head any more. Anyway, 2 more days left of the Java class, then it’s back to the real schlepp-life of work. The real test of the class will be if I can find bad stuff in the code we use at work, (I think I’d have to suck pretty bad not to).

I didn’t take the Solaris test I posted about below. Yeah, I suck. I just didn’t have the time or inclination to study for this thing. Bummer because not only were the test vouchers lost (though no one else where I work would have used them either), but I bought books and it was even the motivator for my having bought the Ultra60 I have. So I layed out some bucks for that cert. No biggie though. I can probably take it again. If not, I have some cool stuff. Still psyched about the Ultra60. It’s gonna be a Tomcat server and it’ll do some other junk on my DMZ once I get it configured. I’m getting ready to set up an SMTP server. And I think I’d like to use LDAP for the users on my VHosts…and to help me learn more about this thing that curses my daily work life. Maybe I’ll do all that on Solaris. We’ll see.

Anyway, I thought I wanted to say something else, but I guess I don’t have much to say….or was that a lot?