Well... With a recent upgrade in our home internet connection, visitors to COPESTER dot NET should notice a definite improvement in response times!
For anyone interested, the geeky info... We went from 8mbps down/1mbps up to 30mbps down/5mbps up. The UP speed is the important speed for viewing COPESTER dot NET from across the internet. So, it should be 3 to 5 times faster than it used to be (depending on internet traffic and other variable variables). Also, you might notice it no longer has the mystery number "4763" after COPESTER.NET... Our new ISP does not block port 80 so we no longer have to re-route our website visitors to a non-standard port!!!
My friend Matt sent me the first image in this list. I noticed it was from MthruF.com and I thought I would go take a look. Definitely, if you have a minute to browse, check out this site. They have some pretty funny office humor on there!
After a month and a half of 3/4 hearted studying I finally took and passed my test on 12/29/2010! I scored 860 out of a possible 900. Pretty happy with that. I had to get at least 720... Now I am officially...
Now on to other studies. My next class will result in a CIW Java Script Certification...
The best way to describe us as techs is the marble method.
Whenever you do a good deed or accomplish something grand in the IT world, you get a marble in your bucket.
As it fills with your accomplishments the bucket becomes heavy. But, when you mess up or miss a task the bottom falls out of the bucket and you find yourself the low life of the office. People talk behind our backs, the public stands with tar and feathers waiting for another mistake until you add back that first marble again then the tar turns to Chocolate.
"Computer Techs are the most loved or hated person on the staff depending on which minute it happens to be."
I received the bit of truth above from a friend. It is very appropriate for today and is very similar to the "Attaboy versus Ah Shit" thing my dad told me when I was growing up.
You know... It has been a pretty stressful and sad week this week. I have always tried to work hard and be helpful and empathetic to "users" everywhere I have worked in my 28 years in this career field. I am thankful and appreciate the opportunities and chance to learn which were provided by the folks at the Office of Public Instruction. I felt like I'd built up a pretty good reputation and earned some respect at the office for my hard work. I tried to brighten folks day and add a dash of humor when the world of technology seemed to be crumbling around them. Sometimes I was more successful than others... I know my friends, the people I made an effort to visit with, seemed to be pretty appreciative of me but I never really understood how many people appreciated my efforts until I submitted my resignation and took a different job.
I wish things would have worked out differently. I don't leave in search of a huge pay raise or anything like that. Job satisfaction is way more important to me than a stack of cash. If I was trying to get rich, I would not be working for the State in Montana... I like computers, I like helping people. I like to feel I am part of a team and can provide solutions for certain problems within my skill set. I feel like our "special team" has been benched at a crucial play in the game... Okay, it is difficult for me to generate a sports team analogy because I am such a geek I don't actively follow sports, so I will stop while I am ahead, tied, or not too far behind. Anyway, the day after I submitted my resignation I attended a communications class (see my INFP blog). I learned that people with my type of personality (I think it was the "F" part) are very loyal until our perceived values are breached. When our values are breached, we tend to move on. It was an "ah ha", "exactly", epiphany kind of moment. I glanced around the room and noticed several of the people there were looking at me with sad expressions when the instructor explained that about me/us. I can put up with a lot of stuff, and have with 22 years in the Air Force, but I lost my rose color classes and have to move on to other pastures for the time being. Sadly... I wish it weren't so.
To my friends who read this post... If you see me and I look happy to see you, then feel confident in the knowledge that you are not the reason I leave. I will miss working with 99% of the people I have worked with at the OPI including everyone in the Network Services Bureau. Several people have expressed concern about who will be able to do some of the things I have done. I have total confidence in the NSB team. Everyone there is very talented and at least as good at their job as I am. One of the nice things about being a geek for the OPI is the diversity of the things we get to do. The hard part of being a geek for the OPI is the diversity of the things we get to do. As with all things, you simply can't expect someone learning new skills to be as fast or accurate as someone who has an established skill set. Please have some patience with my old coworkers while they tie up the loose ends I left behind, get up to speed on some of the things I used to do, and while they add my old tasks to their normal work load.
I truly appreciate the outpouring of friendship and dismay that many of you have expressed at my departure. I think the OPI has a honorable mission - to give children the opportunity to learn - and someday I hope to return in one role or another. I will definitely see you around!
Well, I have never really been much for statistics, however, my friend Tim Harris comes through again with an interesting video about health and wealth over the last couple hundred years. Check it out!
Some people may marvel at the seemingly easy things we, as geeks, do to earn our paycheck. Most of the time it seems like all we do is suggest a reboot. Okay, I admit that is the fix a surprising amount of the time and really ANYONE could suggest the old reboot fix.
So, why do we get the big money and why do people put up with all our wierdness and quirks? Perhaps it is because we have the bent/warped mind necessary to figure out instructions like these below...
Or maybe it is a chicken versus egg argument... Maybe these sorts of instructions made us the way we are!?!?!?!?! Things that make me go HMMMMM....
Fortunately, a picture says at least 200 words in this computer case...
A friend of mine - Tim Harris - directed me to this interesting article, "Bringing full-body scanning home for the holidays", on the Homeland Security Newswire web site. How can you NOT want to have a full-body scanner at the house? Not only that, it includes a link to a YouTUBE video by this young GENIUS woman named Jeri Ellsworth. She talks about how she made a scanner and uses cool geeky words like oscillator, circular polarization, down converted signals... I mean come on! How can you get any geekier than this? It is INCREDIBLE! Thanks Tim! Everyone else, check out this link... Don't forget to watch the video below for the full effect!
For those of you that wonder why we (as geeks) are so... ummmmm... unique. It is because we get to memorize titillating things like the object of awe below!
This is theoretical list of steps your computer and network devices go through, and defines how they connect, when you click on something to send or retrieve it from the network/internet (top to bottom when sending and bottom to top when receiving). I am SO excited!!! Fortunately for we geeks there are entertaining "MNEMONICS" to help prick our memories. Please meet...
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|Layer 2||Data Link||Do||Data|
You might be wondering, WHY?!?!?! Why would they do such a thing and WHY would anyone care???? Well, the whole idea was to give hardware manufacturers a common set of guidelines so they could create equipment that would be able to communicate with equipment from other manufacturers. "Interoperability" as it were...
So tired... Must sleep...
Here is the GRIT of the OSI Model!
OSI Layer Facts
The following table compares the functions performed at each OSI model layer.
|Layer||Description and Keywords|
|Application (Layer 7)||The Application layer integrates network functionality into the host operating system, and enables network services. The Application layer does not include specific applications that provide services, but rather provides the capability for services to operate on the network.
Most Application layer protocols operate at multiple layers down to the Session and even Transport layers. However, they are classified as Application layer protocols because they start at the Application layer (the Application layer is the highest layer where they operate). Services typically associated with the Application layer include:
|Presentation (Layer 6)||The Presentation layer formats or "presents" data into a compatible form for receipt by the Application layer or the destination system. Specifically, the Presentation layer ensures:
|Session (Layer 5)||The Session layer's primary function is managing the sessions in which data is transferred. Functions at this layer include:
|Transport (Layer 4)||The Transport layer provides a transition between the upper and lower layers of the OSI model, making the upper and lower layers transparent from each other. Transport layer functions include:
|Network (Layer 3)||The Network layer describes how data is routed across networks and on to the destination. Network layer functions include:
|Data Link (Layer 2)||Logical Link Control (LLC)||The Data Link layer defines the rules and procedures for hosts as they access the Physical layer. These rules and procedures specify or define:
|Media Access Control (MAC)|
|Physical (Layer 1)||The Physical layer of the OSI model sets standards for sending and receiving electrical signals between devices. Protocols at the Physical layer identify:
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One of my brothers turned me onto this site. Basically it is about a group of six people who belong to a "guild" of medieval characters in an online game. For anyone that doesn't know, they each have a specific role in the group; e.g. rogue, priestess, archer, etc. The characters in the videos are very different and it is funny to see them interact in person and online as they play. It definitely brings back memories of the times in the past where I was deeply involved in these kinds of games. I highly recommend the videos but they can be a bit... racy at times. Probably PG-13 or so... Anyway, click the image below and give it a go! There are four seasons so be sure to watch them from the beginning!