Thursday, February 28, 2008

CSI - Lewisville

2AM - Lewisville, Texas
Location: My Bed

Middle boy arrives at the bedside and states "He threw up." I go down the hall to see a hellish scene of orange residue in the bathroom floor.

"Oh jeeze," I think, "at least he made it to the bathroom and didn't throw up in his room again.

I then turn and see his room.

The boy has a loft bed so he sleeps 6 feet off the floor. He didn't throw up in his bed, he leaned over the side and the semi-solid splatter-pattern gave everything in the room a nice coating.

So as we continue over group policies, I am dead tired... I just hope the boy gets to feeling better. This stinks for all of us.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

All Your Servers Are Belong To Us!

OK, so as I go into class everyday using my terminator disguise (dark glasses, leather jacket, boots, perpetual frown) it has occurred to me, perhaps the getup could be unsettling to the bank located on the ground floor of the office building.


"Come with me if you want your servers to be configured properly!" What would AHHHHNold say about that?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


OK, I am in a MCSE boot camp this week and I am trying to not lose my mind. ("Forest" for the "Trees" HAHAHAHAHA! Microsoft humor there).

Chris is sick, 4 in the morning and chunks were blown. Ahhhhhh the icy hand of illness touches us again.

Look for more reverse digestive fun!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Observation On Dog Food

Last night Christopher was staying overnight with a friend, so his chore of feeding the dogs fell to Ben. Ben accomplished this chore with a little help and all was good. After the fact we asked him if he had let the dogs out into the back yard.

"Yes!" he replied in true Ben fashion (sounding exasperated with usfor asking such a dumb question).

"After they ate?" we aked.

"No, before," was Ben's reply.

So we calmly explained to him, dogs have to go outside to use the bathroom after they eat. It's a dog thing.

"What a waste," Ben replied as he walked out of the room. "We spend all that money on Dog Food just to have them poop it all out!"

Amen little man. Amen.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Keep It Going! Important!

I usually don't pass along these 'add your name' lists that appear in my email, but this one is too important. This one has been circulating for months and months. Please do not delete ... if you don't want to sign, at least keep it going ! WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!

To show your support for Hillary and encourage her in her run for President of the United States in 2008, please add your name to the rapidly growing list below and send it on to your entire e-mail list.

1. Bill
2. Chelsea

About to Go On A Rampage

My wife calls upset this morning. Jennifer is telling Ben he has to work fast today and get caught up with all his work. Ben tells us a particular teacher can make him work "Really fast." Jen is obviously interested in the method used as no one at the school has been able to get him to work.

"She kicks me," he says.

"What???" my wife asks.

So here is what we have gotten from him, he sits on the floor in the room when he has to leave the classroom to go to the TU teacher's class. He uses a board to write on and the teacher nudges him in the side with her foot when he gets off task and reminds him to work.

So the thing which is making us go ballistic is the fact we have been telling ALL of them for a year and a half he is an Asperger's kid. Last week the LISD autism team announced... Wait for it... Wait for it...

He's AUTISTIC! (insert trumpet blast)

So now we have to wait until Monday for his ARD (meeting to determine how to best educate him), we STILL have not gotten the report which states the findings of the Autism team, my wife was NOT allowed to record the meeting and I cannot attend Monday. Ben is also dealing with the stress of losing someone he had looked up to as an aunt.

So for now we wait and hope they don't damage his self esteem too badly while the school district twiddles their thumbs. Yesterday Jennifer heard him outside beating on something with a stick trying to get the stress out.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I Hate SQL

OK, so I have an app which integrates with SQL Server (supposed to anyway). Getting errors from it instead of data.


Hi Ho - Hi Ho - It's off to work I go

OK, so I am back at work after spending my holiday ripping up carpet, stripping floor tile, and moving furniture. Middle kid scratched his foot up on our old carpet tacks, so we decided to pull up the carpet and use the tile underneath. It looks surprisingly nice although when we first bought the house and ALL the walls were white, I think I would have jumped from the roof as the floor tiles are white.

As far as work goes, we are enjoying the calls from a tech in the field who is installing a high profile account with lots of brand spanking new terminals and applications. Seems that this fine young man doesn't understand the basics of installation on our server, much less the advanced apps he will be putting in.

For some reason I think he might call back.

Saturday, February 16, 2008


I wanted to let everyone know our friend Cali has lost her struggle with cancer. She passed from this life into God's arms this evening leaving behind a loving husband, five children, two grandchildren, her parents and countless friends.

We ALL love Cali and we will cherish the love and laughs we had with her on this earth. I look forward to sharing laughs, hugs and smiles with her again someday.

Please pray for her family as they carry on. While everyone is sad, they need our love and support.

My son Ben is especially hard hit by her passing. Please pray for comfort for him as well.

Godspeed Cali. We will see you in a better place. I hope you are dining on French Toast and Cheesecake.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Prayer Request

A close friend of mine is fighting hard against her cancer, but she is having a rough time right now. She just had surgery to perform a biopsy on a mass in one of her lungs and she is now on a ventilator in ICU.

Please pray for strength for her family (her husband, children, parents and friends). I also ask that you say prayers of peace for her. I want her to be as happy and as comfortable as she can be during this time.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Test For Echo

OK, so besides being the title of a Rush album, I titled this post to explain the reason behind echo when using VOIP.

Echo is basically caused by two things, Latency and Volume.

Latency is the delay from when your voice is actually picked up by the handset of your VOIP endpoint and when it is transmitted from the receiving end's endpoint to your ear.

Volume comes into play because if you have sufficient volume, the mouthpiece on the far end endpoint can pick up your voice from the Receiver and retransmit it back to your endpoint.

This happens all the time in the wide wide world of TDM, but you don't notice because the latency is so low, your brain filters it out. With VOIP Latency can be much higher, so lets say you have a quarter second of latency between you and the far end endpoint. Normal conversation will be perfectly fine and you won't notice, BUT, if you hear yourself, you are in essence doubling the latency (trip out plus trip back) so you hear yourself a half second later (very similar to yelling at a canyon and hearing the echo back.)This leads to people sounding mildly retarded, like when you hear goof balls sing the national anthem, and then they hear there voice three or four words into the song at a stadium.


The most effective solution for this is to PAD (or reduce volume) between the endpoints either one way, or both ways depending on if the echo is only on one side or both. It's not hard to do and with VERY LITTLE experimentation after finding the echo scenario you can correct your problems.

So now you know what causes echo and how to fix it. Can someone PLEASE call the guy who keeps calling us and asking us to fix his echo what I just told you. Apparently he either doesn't believe us.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

The First Part Of Waking Up!

Few things will wake you up like a cat ambushing a groggy two year old at the foot of the stairs.


I was trying to get a picture of the cat ambushing the groggy three year old as she came down the stairs, but the ambush was aborted for reasons only known to Nancy the cat.

Maybe next time.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Obama Cures Cancer

This just in! If nominated by the Democratic Party and elected president, Barack Obama will cure cancer (or at least hemorrhoids).

So there you have it, vote for Barack Obama, or DIE!

Ok, so maybe you won't die, but dang it, it sure sounds that way if you listen to him speak.

I Am So Positive I Could Make Myself Throw Up

Wow. I woke up today just hap-hap-happy and it is scaring the crap out of me. I have stared at my server which I somehow managed to trash the other day and even it's lack of co-operation hasn't damped my good mood.


Same old same old with life. We are still on the lookout for a new church, money is still tight and I will probably work tech support until I die, but dang it, I can't stop smiling.

I think THE WIFE slipped me some drugs.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Tech Haiku

You call with problem
English is not your strong point
Press one for concern

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Weekly Challenge Number 94

Well, I am back in the 100 Word Story race at

Go on over, check it out, and vote for me (if you like my story). If you're Stephen Hawking, I'm sorry, it was all in good fun.

Friday, February 01, 2008

The Masses Have Spoken

OK, fine. The sad thing is I don't know how long it has been since I generated that many comments, but apparently you people are fired up about the word "Potty."

Therefore, because I want to please everyone, I will remove the word "Potty" from my away message. It now shall read "Dropping the kids off at the pool." This is a special request (decree) from THE WIFE.

Thank you for all the wonderful euphemisms I will now work into everyday conversation.

I love you people.