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JPMorgan Chase Spends $500 Million On a Data Center

Dead_Smiley Eh... quicken loans = chase for me (275 comments)

I refinanced a couple of years ago with Quicken Loans. They told me if mortgage rates dropped within two years they would automagically lower my rate. What they didn't tell me is that they would immediately sell my mortgage. Turns out they sold it to Chase. So now I am stuck with these bastards unless I want to refinance again. I will probably do it but I will ask more questions this time. Damn, I haven't posted here for a while. =D

more than 2 years ago

How Vista Mistakes Changed Windows 7 Development

Dead_Smiley He didn't test anything! (483 comments)

He was just backing up his porn...

4. Move 100MB files - Move 100MB of JPEG files from one hard drive to another

5. Move 2.5GB files - Move 2.5GB of mixed size files (ranging from 1MB to 100MB) from one hard drive to another

6. Network transfer 100MB files - Move 100MB of JPEG files from test machine to NAS device

7. Network transfer 2.5GB files - Move 2.5GB of mixed size files (ranging from 1MB to 100MB) from test machine to NAS device

8. Move 100MB files under load - Move 100MB of JPEG files from one hard drive to another while ripping DVD to .ISO file

9. Move 2.5GB files under load - Move 2.5GB of mixed size files (ranging from 1MB to 100MB) from one hard drive to another while ripping DVD to .ISO file

10. Network transfer 100MB files under load - Move 100MB of JPEG files from test machine to NAS device while ripping DVD to .ISO file


more than 5 years ago

How Do I Prevent Lan Party Theft?

Dead_Smiley Re:Insurance? (758 comments)

what were the dinosaurs REALLY like?

"Barney" was frighteningly accurate.

Wow! Finally... someone that is older than ME!

more than 6 years ago



Ron Paul breaks fundraising record

Dead_Smiley Dead_Smiley writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Dead_Smiley writes "Yesterday was another one-day Ron Paul campaign fund raising day. From the website: http://www.ronpaulgraphs.com/dec_16_extended_total.html it appears that Ron Paul supporters have raised approximately $6.2 million dollars in one day. This surpasses John Kerry's previous record of $5.7 million back in 2004.

This man has caputured my attention like no other. I am usually very apathetic about politics because it all seems to be business as usual. He has an strong following on the Internet and that seems to have the traditional media a bit baffled. I like it! For the record: Yes, I donated and I will vote for the man if he wins the Republican domination.

You can check out his campaign here http://www.ronpaul2008.com/ or just go to Youtube and Google.

On a side note, I selected Politics and Republicans but he's doesn't really follow the party line so my apologies for that..."



Updating this every 3-6 years it seems. Ha!

Dead_Smiley Dead_Smiley writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Let's see.

Bought a house 4 years ago and moved out of the city. Like it.
Got married a couple of years ago. Good woman that married badly. Twice.
Immediately lost my job.
Told the wife I thought it was her. She still talks about that one. =D
Started my own business.
Make a LOT more money.
Got fat(ter).
Got grayer.
Own 3 motorcycles. =D


Ha! Three years later and I am writing in my journal...

Dead_Smiley Dead_Smiley writes  |  more than 8 years ago Ok, I changed jobs again. Things were going really well at my old job (mentioned in my three year old journal entry...) I just needed to get out and do stuff from the ground up again. I haven't really done any system design in the past three years. I have been on 18 different projects in that time. Two of them used up a year and a half. All of those project with the exception of the very last one were following up other people's projects as they quit the company, got promoted or otherwise moved on. I was just done with cleaning up after everyone else. I want to start doing my own projects again. I guess you could say I am mature in my field at this time in my career.


Third Week, and I am still here!

Dead_Smiley Dead_Smiley writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Well, it's been three weeks and I am still employed. The new company is wounded by the weak economy, but in a much better position than my previous employer. I suppose the subject line is a bit dramatic, but you never really know what waters you are diving into when you change jobs.

It was kind of interesting going to the interview. For the first time, I was interviewing the company. I hadn't had an interview for well over ten years either, which made the whole thing seem very alien to me. I wasn't out of work. I didn't feel any less secure in my job than an did normally. I just really needed a change of environment. I felt as if I were drowning.

I am a controls engineer. What I do is design machine controls for industrial automation. I also program and debug the equipment after it has been built. At my previous position I was also the systems administrator for a rather crusty Dell 2300 server. It has been very reliable for the past five years, but you know that it's days are numbered. There were also the forty or so desktops and about a half dozen laptops. Most of the desktops were Dell's. On the low end, the GM had a P166. On the high end, mechanical engineering had shiny new Dell P4 2.53GHz, Ultra 160 SCSI machines with 1GB RAM. Those were nice. The rest of the company ran on a mix of old PII's and a few 500MHz PIII's. I was expected to keep this stuff running, while not allowing my regular job to fall behind. I just got tired of it all.

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