Name: Kenny Mann
Member since: 2003-01-10 17:34:02
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Homepage: http://home.swbell.net/kenmann

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I'm a systems administrator at a robotics company in Beaumont, TX. I know C/C++, Visual Basic, Visual C, Bash. I've played with Java, Python, GTK, PHP, Apache2, MySQL. I'm working on getting A+, Network +, and Java2 Certified. I like to work on networks and program. I live in Nederland, TX. (Not too far away from Beaumont and about an hour or so away from Houston).

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Been a long while since I posted here. I forgot about this place. I remembered it last night, but fell asleep before ever sending anything. Seems like nothing has changed except my users seem to be calling me for seemingly stupid nit picky stuff.

IE: I lost my "New Office Document" icon, I really need it. It saves me 2 steps on creating a template.

I normally woulnd't care however it seems that little things like this are happening all the time and they demand that it be done now, becuase if not it extremely hinders there time. Yet again, I normally wouldn't complain except for the fact that someone's machien is down due to hard drive failure... but you know that the icon is really hurting there time...

*smacks people* . Esecially sicne we got a new superviser is one of our departments he thinks that everythign he does is an extremely high prio.
Thats enough of the daily rant :-)
I've been thinking about asking my superviser if I can work on the floor / shop so I can learn some electrical wiring stuff. I've been getting curious lately, just been too busy to ask. Oh well, I'm off to do "work".

I finally fixxed the plotter issue that I mentioned a while back. It turned out that the files missing were made by Microsoft, so the company that bought out CalComp (CalGraph I believe) is not allowed to re-distribute the drivers required for the files. PSCRIPT.DLL PSCRIPT.HLP PSCRPTUI.DLL were the files needed. Luckily I found a place on the web (via google search) that had those files and I was able to download them. It's said that these files are on a NT4 install cd however being tha tI only have 2K & XP, those files are not on that cd. I sent an email to CalGraph, but got a bounceback... I do not know if they are out of buisness as well. I'm somewhat dissappointed that this was that much hassle.

I just now realized I haven't type anything here in a few days. I remember thinking about it yesterday, but shortly thereafter went unconcious due to lack of sleep. My birthday is in a few days (01/22)... It seems this year that it came by much quicker than the years before. I still kinda feel like a kid, thinking "What am I gunna get?" and a 19?!?! It's 4:00PM, I gotta find an hours worth of work to do... I guess I'm gonna mozy on over somewhere and fix something.

The previous posting I had was actually yesterdays... I felt like I had to say that for some reason... Now I'm tired, I think I'm gonna go find some wasy to do work for a while then get to work on the tougher-thinking stuff.

I feel much better than before, although still a little weak, work is much more bearable now. The general manger told me that he has big plans for me. Everyone seems to think I could be better than my father, and my father is pretty close to top. I kinda like being an SA, except for one drawback of having to tell the GM where everyone went as far as the webn is concerned. Hell I'm almost a good 5 years yonger than everyone in the department! I'm only 19, about to be twenty in a week. There is a big part of me that doesn't think I can do it and another part that says that I have to be better than everyone who thinks I am not... jsut to prove them wrong. Given the chance (and the money increase :-)) I'll do it. Programming robots doesn't seem too bad, especially huge robots like our gantry type, but then again there are times I feel a bit lonely being an SA. What I talk about is over there head and what they talk about is over my head, well there are some pretty smart people that understand what I'm doing.

I've been sick the past couple days. Seems like the flu is going around. I got the SCSI hard drive and SCSI tape drive working today. Also got a really cool NIC card too. It's supposed to do adaptive load balancing. From what I have read, it seems to be able to do something like this:
Machine A.) Server w/ 2 NIC capable of ADB.
Machine B.) Work station w/ 1 NIC
Machine C.) Workstation w/ 1 NIC

Machine A is supposed to be able to handle full bandwidth (from a LAN) to both of those machines, essentially doubling bandwidth.
This costs $117 from an IT company who got it from Compaq. I'm hoping this does what I think it does, it might buy another one and place it in my (hopefully) soon to be Linux Data Server, so it can easily handle everyone (50-60 people). The new server (under theory) is going to be a data server w/ tape backups done twice a week, backup SMTP server for incoming mail [incase main server dies or fails for any reason], and misc Linux usages. Yesterday we had to use Linux to mount a macintosh cd and decompression via stuffit/unstuffit. No other machine was able to do this.

I'm thinking about writting another hournal program for personal usage and have it upload itself here everynight at midnight or something.

I'm writting a program designed for SA's. It uses MySQL/PHP to keep track of an SA's environment (users, their accounts, software usage, software licenses, hardware, etc). I'm hoping to get it done into great detail. Perhaps as detailed as knowing what version of the BIOS a user runs. Of course, the capability to not having that entered will be available but sometimes it's nice to know for known possible bugs. This program will be GPL'ed, source be given, documentation be made. I think I will write the documentation first, so I can have a very specific goal. If I follow that method, then I am going to learn docbook first so I can hand out different forms of documentation to fit the different classes of IT's. PDF/HTML/TXT...etc.

heh, I'm having fun explaining to my boss the technicalities of P2P and the legal'ness (or should I say lack of). I hope that he understand how much bandwidth he will suck down if he does it here, it's not like we have an fiber optic drop in here or something.

Things to do @ home: 1.) Program for software/hardware/user tracking. 2.) Add Pandalib (pdf support) to ruby for Lunar. 3.) Write either curses/ncurses/gtk frontend for lunar 4.) Write diary/journal program.

Things to do @ work: 1.) Evil Plotter problem. 2.) Figure out accountings printer problem (damn printers are breaking everywhere!) 3.) Figure out why Samsung printer keeps on asking about page overlay and then craps out.

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