Psychotic Laptop

Don’t you hate it when your computer begins to think for itself? It often develops a personality of it’s own – somehow, the whole is greater than the parts of the installed programs. Can self-awareness arise from having too many applications on one’s computer? I think it might happen. A sheer coincidence of random data producing what could only be defined as “attitude”. In fact, I think it has happened to my laptop.

Now, many others have seen the phenomenon, but I have always scoffed. This time, though, I know they did not lie. Nor were they mistaken. Computers are as stubborn as mules and fickle as teen-aged girls. I know this. I have seen it. After months of struggling with my computer, it finally dawned on me that I had given it too much information: that it had learned to think on it’s own. In my final effort to maintain superiority over the machine, I have wiped out my previous installation of Windows. I now have a clean, fresh machine.

One hopes that this one will not learn the habits of it’s virtual predecessor. If it does, I am in for more trouble.

MCSE 2003

Well, it’s that time again: the time when Microsoft has put out a new server product and made all of our Microsoft certifications obsolete. So, instead of waiting a while to take my tests, I have beaten the curve and passed the two upgrade exams for MCSE on Windows Server 2003. Now, that makes 4 MCSEs total. I have one way back from version 3.51, one for NT 4, one for Windows 2000, and now one for Server 2003. Ugh. Takes a bit to stay current.

Of course, this means that I have to find something new to study… .NET maybe? Probably. I think that’s where I’ll go next. It would be nice if I could move into development and be able to write code from anywhere.

“Travelling Companion”

Well, my distrust of the Project Management Team previously mentioned was probably too harsh of a statement. So I must issue apologies to any of that team who read the previous post! It seems that now I have a schedule far enough out to allow me to book a trip to California with my wife, Laura. She, of course is thrilled. So, she’ll be having fun sight-seeing while I’m working.

In other news, Microsoft has now released more certification exams that I must take to keep my MCSE/MCSA W2K current for the new product: Windows Server 2003. If you are new to this site, you may be thinking: Hey – this thing’s running on Irix with Open Source products… what’s this guy doing playing with Microsoft products??? Well, I like to think that I’m broad-minded… that I give all OSes a chance. And I do. I gave IIS a chance to run on my Windows server… It was much faster to run the site on an almost-obsolete SGI O2. Go figure. I do enjoy working with Windows, however. I also enjoy keeping my skills diverse. And, Microsoft work pays the bills.

So, that said, I’m studying a huge book (like 1700+ pages) on Server 2003 so I can update my certifications. It has to weigh at least 20 pounds. And I carry it to work with me to study in the slow times – like lunch time. It’s begining to hurt my back! Studying is hard work…