It’s gotta be the pc card

I went for a bike ride this afternoon, and then went to my mom’s house to help her and my stepdad get thier new home network set up.

The OS X laptop is connected to the router via ethernet, the WinXP laptop is connected to the router via the new wireless card. The win98 desktop is not set up yet. (This blog enty is basically a test of the wireless connection.)

This is with the same basic euipment that chutta and I were using when we tried set up a wireless network at his place, only the wireless card plugged into a pci slot. We never did get it to work properly, however this afternoon has given me some hope.

Now I just need to see if the 98 machine has an ethernet card or not, and I need to get a length of Cat5 to connect it to the router too. (I’m not going to reccomend a wireless pci lan card untill I find one that actually works.)

I should probably set a WEP pasword on the router before I leave, too.

Quick weekend update.

I’m in the process of taking screenshots of websites I’ve worked on for my portfolio. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to just point to URLs and say I did “X” on “Y” site for many of them.

Now the question is, do I build my portfolio online, as a CD-ROM, as a printed piece, or as some combination of the three?

Honestly, I really don’t feel like working on it this weekend, but I need to be able to give examples of my work to prospective future employeers.

In other news, I had a quick initial interview with a company Thursday evening. I’m expecting a phone call from them Monday. I think things went well, as I was asked to keep next Thursday open for a possible follow-up interview. I’ve also sent my resume to a few other places in the area, and I’ve posted it to a couple online job sites.

A couple people have suggested that I take a few days off (a week or two) as a little vacation before I start stressing out over a job search. Good advice, and I have done that in the past – but it’s a little hard to do so when you not only did not get a severance package, but you also did not receive a final paycheck. (Whether I even get that is up to a judge now, I guess.)

In other, other news, someone’s been using my SSN to commit unemployment insurance fraud, which I found out when I filed my claim Thursday afternoon.

I guess I better get back to my screen shots. It’s kind of hard to keep typing with a cat draped across one’s fore-arms.

-Hool ( with an arm full of kitten)

Confessions of a Sentient Conflux

Hello, My name is Hooloovoo – and I was a sentient conflux.

(Hi Hooloovoo)

Back when the sentients first started to appear in Jumpgate you may have seen a C3 investigating a TRI Sensor Beacon out near Hyperial, or paying homage to “Emma – Destroyer of the Unwary”. That sentient was me. I was never a very good PvP pilot, but I did participate in a few of the early sentient-vs-player battles, (mostly as laser-cannon fodder.)

I was also Padan – whom you may or may not remember from the Pirates of GBS fiasco, which took place when Mother was the sole GM left by 3DO to run the game. (Again, I participated mostly in a laser-cannon fodder capacity.) I tried to help Mother out where I could, but Jumpgate was not my primary job responsibility.

I first came to Jumpgate when the company I worked for secured the publishing rights for the game. I was granted a beta account primarily because I was to help desin and implement the product’s marketing, and online billing/support sites. (Which would be loosely tied into JOSSH.) I stayed in the game post beta, because I had found something that I really enjoyed. Not just in the game, but also in the community. (I’m very glad that something of that sense of community lives on here, at, even if I don’t log into my Jumpgate account very often anymore.)

For the last 4 1/2 years, I’ve been involved in the design, creation, publishing, and continued maintenance of The 3DO Company’s online presence. I’ve worked as part of a talented web team, and more recently as “a web team of one.” All that came to an end about 3 hours ago. I am now officialy a “Web designer seeking a position in the San Fancisco Bay Area as part of a creative and energetic web site development team.”

Losing your job sucks, especially when this is the reason.

got hosed, tommy. He got hosed.

"Vertigo" Then and Now

I found this link during my morning blogrun (which happes just after my morning comicrun)

Originally found in Jeffery Zeldman’s Daily Report, I give you “Vertigo” Then and Now: Before and after images of San Francisco locations used in Hitchcock’s 1958 film masterpiece.

Considering I live and work near San Fancisco, and I recognize a few of these ladnmarks, (I don’t spend nearly as much time in The City as I probably should.) I think it’s really neat comparing stills from the movie with photos of thier present-day equivalents.

Edit: Fixing Copy-n-Paste Error

Edited on May 22nd 2003, 18:32 by Hooloovoo

Mozilla Firebird 0.6

That’s what I get for spending a few days off-line, Mozilla Firebird 0.6 was released last Saturday.

I’ve completed the download, and I’ll be running the installer just as soon as I’m done writing this, and I finish reading the other tabs I’ve got open.

wonders if it’s about time to check out thunderbird as well…

I think I’ll wait for at least one more build before I really take a look at that.


hasn’t felt much like posting lately, but he is still lurking about and commenting here and there. He’s probably not going to be posting much for the next couple of weeks as he steps up his search for a new job.

More Company-Bulk

Just thought I’d share some more of what I’ve found in my latest foray into Cumpany-Bulk
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Reduce Your Junk Mail and Telemarketing Calls

The items below could help to reduce your junk mail and telemarketing calls.

Three Little Words

I suppose some degree of commerce would grind to a halt if telephone
solicitors weren’t able to call people at home during dinner hour, but that
doesn’t make it any more pleasant. Now Steve Rubenstein, a writer for the
San Francisco Chronicle, has proposed Three Little Words, based on his brief
experience in a telemarketing operation that would stop the nuisance for all
time. The three little words are: Hold On, Please… Saying this while putting down your phone and walking off instead of hanging up immediately would make each telemarketing call so time-consuming that boiler rooms would grind to a halt. When you eventually hear the phone company’s beep-beep-beep tone, you know it’s time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task. This might be one of those articles you’ll want to e-mail to your friends. Three little words that eliminate telephone soliciting.

Using the # Sign

Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other end?

This is a telemarketing technique where a machine makes phone calls and
records the time of day when a person answers the phone. This technique is
used to determine the best time of day for a real sales person to call back
and get someone at home. What you can do after answering, if you notice
there is no one there, immediately start hitting your # button on the phone,
6 or 7 times, as quickly as possible. This confuses the machine dialed call,
and it kicks your number out of their system.

Another Good Idea:

When you get ads in your phone or utility bill, include them with the payment; let the companies throw them away. When you get those pre-approved letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and junk like that, most of them come with postage paid return envelopes, right? Well, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little envelopes. Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send the pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn’t get anything else that day then just send them their application back! If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn’t on anything you send them. You can send it back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! Eventually, the banks and credit card companies will begin getting their junk back in the mail. Let’s let them know what it’s like to get junk mail, and the best of it is that they’re paying for it. Twice.

Let’s help keep our postal service busy since they say e-mail is cutting
into their business, and that’s why they need to increase postage again.

Send this to a friend or two or three…or fifty
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Update: Related to dealing with telemarketers: California residents can now pre-register for the national Do Not Call program

Edited on May 7th 2003, 22:34 by Hooloovoo

Culled from the depths of Company-Bulk

Just found these neat little tidbits nestled down among the posts about looking for a new apartment, virtual yard sales, the latest episode of buffy, and a myriad of other random threads on my company’s internal message board:

Ascending and Descending

oops, looks like I missed one

Edited on May 7th 2003, 22:15 by Hooloovoo