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What happened to Friday? And Saturday?

Zits

Sorry I missed Friday's update. It was a hectic day and I had such a headache after I got home. I'll explain it in a bit. I don't recall what happened exactly, but here's the best I can remember it.

Friday
I was supposed to wake up at 9ish and go to an auto-repair shop to get my tie-rod checked out. Turns out I woke up around 12ish and went over to the shop. After I walked in and explained the situation, the guy came back and said he didn't see anything wrong with it. I called Dad and he said "Just as I thought." Great. So the auto place I went to first either lied to me or was trying to gouge my wallet. Either way, I'm not going back there. Dad said he'll file a complaint with the BBB, but personally, I don't know how much "good" that will do since I found out that they aren't BBB Accredited over lunch. Keat and I went to lunch at Hardee's and then went to the office. We spent about an hour there, and I worked on the server configuration trying to make the subdomains work right. Turns out that there was an issue with the configuration file saying "Indexes" and "+Indexes", which was the main issue.

I also received a potential client contact and responded accordingly. A teammate from Keat's business class called and asked a few questions for the business paper. After the discussed options between us and her, I would like to get a copy of that paper; the things said in that paper would be a great media content!

Keat and I left from there and went to Barnes & Noble for some market research (class-related for Keat), and I got some hot cider and Keat got some hot chocolate and some cheesecake. After taking the cider and cheesecake, I didn't think life could get any better....

Keat and I browsed the mall for a bit, then went home. I had a small headache that turned into a large headache, and at about 12, I went to bed. I thought I would fall asleep before the intro to Futurama was done. I skipped the blog post and went to sleep.

Saturday
I woke up around 12 again, but it felt great to sleep in. Keat and I went to the store to pick up a few things, got "Grown Ups" and watched it (which was a great movie, by the way). I returned the returned the Redbox and came back home.

I also found out that the support guy responded to my email from Friday, after I told him about the "+Indexes" thing and mentioned the constant downtime issue. He responded saying the following:
Thank you for your email. The sub domain m.####.com is working fine for
 
me. Please clear cookies on your browser, close them. Now, try it again.
 
Thank you!

Yet, I didn't need to clear the browser cookies (I'm not stupid) since I checked the subdomains with 4 browsers on 2 systems (one local and one remote), and still nothing about the downtime issue I mentioned earlier. I replied saying that that subdomain issue was solved, and I needed to investigate the downtime issue, and received this:
Thank you for your email. I am sure what your question is this 
 
time. i checked all the sub domains and everything seems to be 
 
working now. Quick question, did you have to do something with those 
 
sub domains like 'kp.shadowdev.com'? 'cause it kept downloading the 
 
homepage when i visited earlier. It works now.
 
Thank you!

and then...
Hello,
 
Thank you for your email. Great to hear everything is working 
 
properly for you now. I think there were some sub domains that 
 
were down because the dns records were missing. Overrall, 
 
everything seems fine.

No real reason why the download thing happened, but I still have no response to the downtime issue. Overall, the downtime has been 1-2 minutes every 30 minutes or so. What "support!"

Just FYI, here's the uptime and downtime report as of now (over the past 5 days):

Uptime
Uptime Report

Uptime
Downtime in Response Time (ms)


As the day went on, Keat and I got some Papa John's pizza and watched some American Dad. We're now on Season 3, although I believe we have actually seen all of the episodes. The biggest thing that keeps bugging us is that our neighbor's dog has been crated alone in their apartment for 24+ hours. I'm pretty sure that's a little inhumane. The dog loves people and doesn't like to be alone, and the constant howling is getting on our last nerves! Keat wants to get in there a free the dog, but that would be against the law. We've sent an email to the landlord(s), but they most likely won't get that until tomorrow (if that early). The Internet has been slowing down every now and then, so Netflix has been 'nixed for the time being until things get faster. I just hope the dog goes to sleep soon. It doesn't really help to crate the dog, then leave all of the apartment lights on and the blinds open so everyone can see the dog inside and the dog can see everyone outside.

It also doesn't help that it seems that Chi is in HEAT again! She was meowing like crazy on Friday night and has been meowing her head off again today (and peeing everywhere). It was only last week that she was in heat, so this seems impossible for her to be in heat again. I actually had to close the bedroom door on Friday night because the meowing was too much. Little did I expect for Niko to be scratching under the door again after n months. The under-the-door scratching wasn't too bothersome, but the fact that he scratched under the door and shook the little springy thing (you know, the thing that protects the door from hitting the wall), which made an annoying "SPROOINGGG" noise.

One final note: I received another note from Progress Energy saying that they couldn't process my account. They have a direct connection to my bank account, so they can't say "Can't find account number." Aside from the howling neighbor dog, Progress is also getting on my nerves.

Let's see how the rest of tonight goes, and hopefully things get better. Keat has some homework she has to get done, so she'll be spending all of sunday doing that. I'll most likely be implementing the cURL system that I need to get done. Until then, 'night!


Tags:#hardees #americandad #dog #howling #chi #heat #barnes&noble #zits #headache #bbb #futurama #papajohns

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Coefficient x Progress

Coefficient x Progress- xkcd

As you may (or may not) know, I did work on the comment system this morning (last night?) and got it mostly, if not completely, done. The biggest issue I was running into last night was that Chrome and Safari were caching the old js file and I couldn't figure out why the cache wasn't being cleaned (after having extensions in Chrome clean it, and manually going in and cleaning it myself in both browsers, the cache issue was still there). Luckily, they finally gave up the cache and I was able to finish the comment system.

I was also informed by a family member that there was a small bug in the Tag system, but that was a quick 3-second fix. There was also an issue with the comments being inserted into the database, and that was solved as well. While on a roll, I also received my first spam bot, and implemented a feature to (hopefully) block spam bots.

After this morning's wake-up call, I dropped Keat off at school early and then went to the Ribbon Cutting ceremony at the newly remodeled Hardee's in Canton (Clyde? I don't know the exact town since both were being used interchangeably today). That was fun, although I didn't make any referrals or new business connections. I did get to meet a lot of the staff of the Champion Credit Union, since a lot of them recognized me but couldn't place what Champion did for us. That's another story for another time. After the ribbon cutting, we all went inside and the manager of the Hardee's allowed us to get a free lunch! Can't beat that: a free lunch at Hardee's! I wanted to try something new since this is a rare opportunity, but I ordered what I always order ($6 combo with a Monster Energy drink) since I didn't want to waste a free lunch. Not bad for a Thursday morning.

So that was this morning. Now onto the afternoon.....
I found a small issue with the Fire & Ice site after I implemented the new "Show More" jquery feature. Apparently, the slideshow feature that I have on a lot of sites uses the same commands as jQuery but didn't use the jQuery library, so it was getting confused and didn't work. Fixed that.

I'm also a part of the "Help a Reporter Out" (or HARO) community, and saw that a reporter was looking for "Freelance Web Designers" for a book. I thought, "What the hey?" and sent in a pitch to see if I could help out. I received an email about 10 minutes later saying that I was one of the few programmers that responded, the person was glad to have me contact them, the book deadline is at the end of this month, and I was given a 7-page interview sheet to fill out. Wow - didn't expect that.

I also received the check from a client today, so now we can upgrade the servers. Tomorrow's a little busy for me, so I'll have to do that next week. But at least we got the money to do that now.

Lastly, I paid my Progress energy bill last Thursday and the payment station we paid at said that they processed the full amount asked (I pay half, Keat pays half). Keat says that her bank account shows the check processed a few days ago. I checked my account, and no check had been processed (even after a week). I checked Progress's site and they said they received the full amount. Don't know what's going on with that. I'll contact the bank next week if it doesn't get processed by then.

After Keat and I got home, we slept for a bit since we were both tired. But it was hard to sleep when our neighbor decided to go outside and started singing. Ever heard nails across a chalkboard? Kinda like that. I'd rather take their dog howling for hours on end from separation anxiety (and being crated for hours) than her singing. But I won't go into details about that.

CJ says there is more trouble at LMP. Although I do feel somewhat responsible for the issues at LMP (since I put the new President in place), I can't help but think that I released an infection (the new president) there and everything has slowly deteriorated. I just wish I could have been there for another year (or more) to make sure things went smoothly.

That's it from me tonight. I'll see about adding a few more features to the blog and try to work on the accelerator. The server upgrade will have to wait until after the check processes (or else we can't pay the server company).


Tags:#xkcd #comment #hardees #champion #jquery #haro #progress #lmp

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Where did Friday go?

It seems just like I woke up an hour ago. Although it felt pretty good to sleep in till 11am on a day off (I know, I know....some of you are saying "Sleep in till 11? Half of the day is already gone! How can you stay sleep past 8am?" - as a programmer, my best work is done between 1-3 AM (as the SunTrust commercial goes, which is true), and sleeping in between 5am-12pm is normal for me).

I worked on a few web-based cosmetic items before lunch, mainly on my blog, and got some coupons for Hardee's. Afterwards, went to Goodwill and found some really good items (won't say what specifically), and then heading back home.

Keat and I watched the end of Psych season 3, and started season 4. Always a winner, always will be.

I fixed a lot of issues on the blog, along with added the twitter feed and the entry editor. I also fixed a server issue with Fire & Ice fest site, along with the NSMT test site.

Friday didn't go as planned. I expected to have a lot more work done today, but what can I say? Friday was here, and now it's gone.


Tags:#friday #psych #sleep #hardees #fireice #nsmt