Friday, September 23, 2005

I'm running Jive Messenger Server on joelapenna.com now . . . now to try and write some skeleton component code

Thursday, September 22, 2005

New things to do.

I'm bored with xmpp2blogger now that it works well enough (for me). Since I'm still on a jabber/xmpp kick; I think I'm going to try to implement a JEP. Because I've been meaning to try twisted since I read about it last year on the way to California, I think I'm going to use Idavoll2 for the pub-sub part of my chosen JEP. Thinking further on this subject, to coordinate with my other current interest Plazes and my idea mentioned previously, and since its pretty simple, I'm going to implement JEP-0080.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Photos are going to be down for the evening, sorry for the inconvience

Monday, September 19, 2005

Anyone interested in going? November 04, 2005 5:30PM $25.00 Congress Theatre Chicago, IL Dead Kennedys, Suicide Machines, The Dickies, River City Rebels, Street Brats, Lawrence Arms

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Anyone can say go to hell, but when Jesus says it -- he means business.

Post Secret

Post Secret

Simply amazing.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Plazes and Jabber

This is not directly related to the api, but it would be most awesome if plazes used the XMPP uri schema as outlined @ JEP-0147 for the "J" "Send Jabber Message" in a user profile, if the user themselves had a jid registered in their profile. Like so:

Scenario 1:
User A: jabber: usera@example.com in their profile
User B: jabber userb@example.com in their profile

if either user looks at the other's profile, the J button will be an xmpp URI.

Scenario 2: User A jabber usera@example.com in their profile
User B no jabber id in their profile

If user B look's at user A's profile the J would be a link as you have it now. If user A looks at user B's profile, then plazes.com should use the user's assigned JID user@plazes to send the message internally, through the plazes.com web interface and messages to user A should be routed externally to their client.

I wonder what other plans plazes has in store for jabber interaction? I think it would be amazing if it used JEP-0080 (or JEP-0112) to provide @plazes jid users geolocation presence via xmpp.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Motivation

I am in my third of fifteen weeks of calculus 2. I have done 90 problems, spent 6 hours on homework and attended class seven times out of 9 and was over ten minutes late twice thus far. I need to grab the motivation to succeed in this class but instead of doing homework I'm writing a blog entry about it. This has to stop. If you see me slacking off, remind me that I could be in California right now but instead I am choosing to finish school.

Friday, September 9, 2005

I need coworkers

I need coworkers. The follwoing was shamefully ripped from the google jobs page. Data Center Technician - Chicago

Temporary positions available at Google through ABE Services. ABE Services

Positions located in Chicago, IL. Google needs your help to build the physical infrastructure behind its powerful search technology. This is an excellent entry level opportunity for individuals who want to become Linux gurus, system administrators, or network engineers. Work on a team with highly motivated, talented individuals like yourself that are striving each day to advance their Linux, networking, and hardware related skills. Responsibilities include:
  • Install new servers as our Linux cluster grows.
  • Help test and troubleshoot new server hardware components and designs.
  • Install switches, routers, and other networking gear.
  • Fix broken servers (replace hard drives, replace bad sticks of RAM, etc.).
  • Configure and troubleshoot Linux OS related issues on our servers.
Position requirements:
  • Minimum of 2 years working with PC hardware.
  • At least one year of Linux experience.
  • Able to lift/move 20-30 lbs equipment on a daily basis.
  • Experience troubleshooting and installing operating systems, networking equipment, and software.
  • AA degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • Must provide own transportation to the job site.
For the Chicago location, please send a text (ASCII) or HTML version of your resume to jlapenna@gmail.com with the subject line: Data Center Technician - Chicago.

I also need a manger

Hardware Operations Team Manager - Chicago

This position is available in Chicago, IL.

We are looking for a manager to lead a team of datacenter technicians responsible for maintaining our computer and network infrastructure. It is your job to motivate this technical team so that they are efficiently deploying new servers, fixing broken servers, installing new networking infrastructure, etc. At the scale you will be dealing with, there will be many complex processes and technical challenges that you will have to help your team solve. Do not apply for this position unless you have a solid background in Linux system administration, PC hardware, networking, and datacenter infrastructure.

Responsibilities:

  • Take full responsibility for prioritizing the tasks presented to the group.
  • Be the contact point for the group in all corporate interactions.
  • Manage troubleshooting and incident reports.
  • Work with the full operations group and with Google's strategic planners to help design each new generation of our computing and network architecture.
  • Take responsibility for the implementation of projects for your team, which can involve programming, procurement, deployment, maintenance, troubleshooting, education, and emergency response.
Requirements:
  • BS or BA in a technical field.
  • 4+ years experience with Linux system administration.
  • 3+ years as a manager of system administrators.
  • Solid understanding of PC hardware architecture, maintenance, and repair.
  • 3+ years experience working in datacenters and building out server farm infrastructure.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
For immediate consideration, please send a text (ASCII) or HTML version of your resume to joelapenna@gmail.com. Important: The subject field of your email must include Hardware Operations Team Manager - Chicago.

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Google Disaster Relief

Google is matching dollar for dollar the donations Googlers make to organizations working on disaster relief. They also pledged $1,000,000 to help with Katrina. I donated just now, if you can spare some money which in all likely hood, considering you are reading this and have internet access please do. People are in bad shape there and need your help.

Monday, September 5, 2005

There was a game I used to play quite regularly and with great passion. It was great fun for a long time, years in fact and I met most of my friends playing the game. Unfortunatly times changed and the game stopped being fun. Tonight my friends sometimes ask why I don't play it anymore. Tonight I was hanging out with my friends and they were discussing the game. Well, discussing would be a poor word to use for what was actually going on. For many hours I listed to them do nothing but complain about how they spent their weekend.

Why did they keep playing when things were so abysmal? Some of them felt responsiblity but others went to see friends. I can understand the resposiblity aspect to some degree; They signed up to run the game and down want to let people down; but for others I just can't understand why the circus, the zoo, a park, museum, or the beach are not viable solutions for entertainment. All of these are free and some people have lamented not being able to do such things over the summer but have never even made the attempt to try.