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A Grandchild's guide to using Grandpa's computer, an Ode to Dr. Seuss

There is this old by internet standards, originally written in 1994 poem inspired by Dr. Seuss . Originally written by Gene Ziegler, a professor at Cornell University at the time, has been edited, shortened, and distributed millions of times. I first encountered the shortened version of this poem in the mid ‘90’s. Probably either on Usenet someplace, or in the many TEXT files I use to trade with friends on BBS systems around that time.

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That time when everyone thought the world was going to end.

It was the 1990’s, and we were heading toward a disaster of biblical proportions, or so they claimed. For decades a known bug lurked deep in the heart of all the computers that ran everything. A time-bomb, no, nuclear explosion just waiting to go off. It was set to explode on 12:00:01 on January 1st, 2000. A new year, a new decade, and new century and a new millennium. The second coming surely has be be nigh.

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Using a Linux Desktop to Flash the Ender 3 Firmware With the TH3D Unified Marlin Firmware

On Trending Tech’s You Tube video explaining how to update the firmware, Most of what they cover is useful. But at one point in the video, they use a pre-canned version of the firmware all set up to run Arduino in Windows. Well, that will not work very well in Linux.

TH3D has an installer for Mac OS X, but they support is highly lacking. The directions are 1/2 backed at best. And they even say if you have issues, don't call us, this is unsupported, so just use Windows! Don’t get me wrong, I'm glad they released their code, but really, what it is up with that kind of attitude from a company that is suppose to be all about Open Source?

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1/2 a Life of IT predictions: Some hits, and some misses.

As of the other day, I’ve been a UNIX or Linux admin for exactly 1/2 my life.  That’s 23 years of UNIX or Linux hacking. Can hardly believe it myself.   Anyway, in all those eons, I’ve made some predictions. As one would expect, some were spot on, some were close, but not quite, some were … Well … yea, I missed.

Sometimes my friends and co-workers made predictions.  One of the more interesting ones was from a co-worker that, after seeing my early iPod, said it would become it’s own platform and blow up like crazy.  He nailed that one.  Others were laughable like “Apple will be out of business next year” or “Windows will kill everything, even Linux”  But I had my many of my own and here are a few of me better predictions and how  how wrong, or right, I was.

Anyway, it’s always kind of fun to try and predict the way things are going, even if I’m not always right.

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That time when I accidentally crashed all the cash registers at a local grocery store.

It was sometime in mid-‘98 to mid-‘99 while I was working for the ticketing company.  I had designed the new ticket printing outlets for a local grocery chain.

It would allow customers to walk up to the costumer service windows at these stores and buy tickets to events at the local playhouse and several other venues and special events that the company sold tickets for.

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That time when I had a dream predicting catastrophe that struck on Friday the 13th!

During the week leading up to January 12th 2012, I was working at the Printing Office.  There was some issue with the Netapp boxes and Snapmirror working that the network team and myself had been working on.  The network team had some ideas, but when I left the office on the 12th, it was still not working.

I worked a so-called “Alternative Work Schedule” where I worked 9 hour days, and had every other Friday off.  And Friday the 13th was my AWS day, Making Thursday the 12th was my Friday.

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That time when the storage array crashed at the worse possible time, only for the vendor to later denied it even happened

It was during the Stanley Cup in the late ‘90’s.  Final game of 6, and the ticket company was the one who sold the tickets for the event. As walk-up and will-call ticket holders started getting tickets, the load on the storage array had gotten pretty heavy. 

A KNOWN hardware issue in the array’s single point of failure - it’s cache card - was tripped, and the Array crashed.  It actually was designed to do that to protect the data.

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That time when I caught a 'hacker' breaking into a Linux box at the Law Library

Sometime in early ‘94 at the Law Library, we had an ( then ) experimental Linux box.  It was a Dell PC with an early version of Slackware installed.  It was in the office, and I was just sitting there playing around.  At the time, I was still learning UNIX commands.  So I was playing with the infamous finger command. And then I noticed someone logged in that was NOT authorized. 

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