Posts Tagged ‘Rants’


For those of you who are looking for my blog entry about theexbook DOT com, I have taken it down. The owner of the company politely asked me to remove the post; otherwise, they would have taken me to court.

Sorry…

Geek in So Cal

 

I used to pride myself on having one of the fastest computers of its time. For you fellow geeks out there…I will tell you the stats of my computer in a second.

I used to always compete with a neighbor (actually 2 neighbors), about who had the faster computer. Of course, at the time, it really depended on who had the parent with more money. But we never thought of it that way. Honestly, we thought that we were competing 1 on 1 on 1 with each other where we all had an even slate. Of course, after a while, 1 of us so-called geeks fell out of the race. But we didn’t realize until years had passed that the only geeks that we were competing with, were ourselves. Anyways, back to the story…

I can imagine that most geeks had some sort of competition as they grew up. To us, it was sort of a superiority complex that we all had to get over. If you have yet to get over it, then I feel sorry for you and your lack of friends.

 

You know that feeling you get when something goes terribly wrong, but you can’t do anything about the situation? I hate it! I also hate it when I can’t figure out how to do something that is probably really easy.

I have been working alongside Domino servers for as long as I could remember. The one thing I didn’t have was a mentor or even an Administrator to learn anything from. This caused me to focus on other things such as MySQL, MS-SQL, ASP, Visual Basic, etc… So whenever we had a problem, the first thing we would do was call the Domino people.

Well, there are a couple problems with calling on the Domino people.

  • They don’t know how to do the new stuff that I want to try out (Accessing Domino databases using PHP)
  • They are too scared to try something new (Setting up domino on a Virtual Server using VMWARE)
  • They want to charge us $1 million an hour to add a feature to our Domino website (Adding an RSS or XML feed of the same data that is already listed on the website)

I am calling on the power of the blogosphere in hopes that a ping will do its magic and get the attention of someone who can help me to better understand my problems and hopefully offer some pointers.
After doing some searches, here is a little list of a couple Lotus Notes/Lotus Domino blogs that I thought were interesting:

So, if there are any domino developers out there that can help me out, please leave me a comment or send me an e-mail, or send me an IM or anything.

P.S. I am not looking to buy anything, I am just looking for someone who is kind enough to point me in the right direction or maybe an article on how to do create a XML Feed using a domino database.

 

So last week, I showed a co-worker of mine how to apply Arctic Silver and explained to him how you are supposed to use very little. I made sure that he knew how little to use by repeating it a few times then telling him some more and did I mention he was watching me?

Anyways, one day when I wasn’t at the office, I asked him to help me troubleshoot a server. I thought that it might be a CPU that went bad so I asked him to try each one (dual processor motherboard) individually which of course, meant that he would have to remove the processors which in turn leads to cleaning and re-applying the thermal compound (See “How to apply Arctic Silver.”)