True Colors

The last couple of weeks I have been hooked on Zedd’s new album True Colors. There are multiple songs in which the lyrics hit me hard regarding my love life…or lack there of. A little under a year ago, I was “friend zoned” by a girl, woman, that I have an emotional interest in. She is everything I would love to have in a partner. She is self sufficient, strong, goal oriented, and pretty sure understands me. Which understanding me is a feat in and of itself. In the long run I am realizing that the “friend zone” status is not going to change, and it is driving me up a wall. Anyway, back to the point. Zedd’s new album has # songs in particular that I wish she could here the same way I do; Done With Love, True Colors, Straight Into the Fire, Daisy, and Illusion (Google Music link). I have been alone for a long time, and I want that to end. In the beginning I hoped she would end the loneliness, but I don’t think that is going to happen. My best friend keeps telling me to stop talking to her, easier said than done, I keep getting pulled back into her web of seeking friendship, but no more. I used to see a look in her eyes that I could only interpret as longing, with overcast fear. Now all I see is a glaze and I cant read it. While we converse and interact well, it always comes down to the same thing; I want to dive in and she’s content with playing in the kiddie pool, where her ankles are barely submerged. If anyone has advice I am more than happy to listen.

Proxmox: How to Upgrade from 3.2 to 3.3

1. Login to Proxmox server via SSH or locally
2. # apt-get install dpkg-dev
3. Download latest Proxmox ISO file on a different machine.
http://www.proxmox.com/downloads
4. # mkdir /home/root/downloads
5. Connect to Proxmox server via SCP
a. Navigate to /home/root/downloads
b. Upload ISO to /home/root/downloads
6. # mkdir /media/iso
7. Mount ISO
# mount -o loop /home/root/downloads/<ISO FILE NAME.ISO> /media/iso
8. Create Dists Folder
# mkdir -p /usr/local/mydists/proxmox/debian/dists/wheezy/pve-cd/binary-amd64/
9. Copy Packages from ISO to Dists
# cp /media/iso/proxmox/packages/* /usr/local/mydists/proxmox/debian/dists/wheezy/pve-cd/binary-amd64/
10. Copy the GPG key file on the local Proxmox repo:
# cd /usr/local/mydists/proxmox/debian
# wget -O – http://download.proxmox.com/debian/key.asc | apt-key add –
11. Remove the CD:
# umount /media/iso
12. Navigate to /usr/local/mydists/proxmox/debian/
# cd /usr/local/mydists/proxmox/debian/
# dpkg-scanpackages dists/wheezy/pve-cd/binary-amd64/ /dev/null | gzip > dists/wheezy/pve-cd/binary-amd64/Packages.gz
NOTE: The resulting file, Packages.gz, will finally be inside the folder: /usr/local/mydists/proxmox/debian/dists/wheezy/pve-cd/binary-amd64/
13. # chmod u+x /usr/local/mydists
14. Add deb entry to /etc/apt/sources.list
# nano /etc/apt/sources.list
Add: deb file:/usr/local/mydists/proxmox/debian/dists/wheezy/pve-cd/binary-amd64/ ./
CTRL+X
Type: y
Press Enter
15. # apt-get update
16. # apt-get dist-upgrade
y
y
17. # reboot
18. Connect to Proxmox server again via SSH
19. Check pveversion
# pveversion -v
18. Navigate to Proxmox web, login, and verify version number 3.3-1
Done

Smoke Free for a Year!

Today marks 1 year smoke free! I quit smoking February 13th 2013 and havent looked back! All thanks to vaping. I started vaping a quit a couple of times, but after struggling with health being tired and unable to breath I made the choice to put down the smokes and pick up a vaporizer. I will admit I have had the occasional analog while drinking, its not worth going back. Overall I feel better, I spend less money, and I dont miss smoking.

Microsoft Office 2013 Click to Run Install & Google Business Apps Sync Hate Each Other

So lately we have been doing alot of PC upgrades to get customers off Windows XP before its impending doom date. Windows 7 and Office 2013…a great combination for the Windows User and personally I love Office 2013. That being said Office 2013 SUCKS BALLS!!! At least when you need to install Google Apps for Business Sync for Outlook. If you buy a new PC from Dell, HP, Acer, whatever company, it really doesnt matter. Instead of sending a DVD, or a Jump Drive with the Office media on it they give you the Office 2013 Click-to-Run Installer. Microsoft I HATE YOU! Try installing Google Apps Sync for Outlook, it will give you some god awful error stating that Outlook needs to be reinstalled. Uninstall office and try to figure out how to reinstall it…give up? Yeah I thought so…especially if the customer ordered some off version of office like Home and Business…who the fuck in their right mind doesn’t need all the extras in Pro Plus, just to save a couple of bucks. I am being very sarcastic here Pro Plus is probably overkill, but most techs can get their hands on an ISO of Pro Plus, but trying to find a copy of Home & Business is like finding a piece of blue straw (straw what is used as bedding for pigs and chickens and shit) in a pile regular yellow straw. After hours of digging through Google searches and random forums I finally found a fix, at least its a fix for the current version of GApps Sync, this might change with an update, or with a Windows Patch.

1. Connect to the Internet and get a cup of coffee and possibly a gun or sharp knife (you will figure out what these are for if this process fails you)
2. Install Office 2013 Click-to-Run
3. WAIT
4. KEEP WAITING
5. Reboot
6. Install GApps Sync (make sure you get the version that is “compatible” with Click-to-Run, dont say you cant find it…it says there is a different version for Click-to-Run right on the download page!)
7. If this works google changed something, if it fails (big error message) continue.
8. Uninstall GApps Sync
9. Reboot
10. Open START > Control Panel > Programs & Features
11. Hightlight Office and click the CHANGE button at the top (DON’T UNINSTALL OFFICE!)
12. Select ONLINE FULL Repair and continue.
13. WAIT
14. Follow on screen prompts.
15. WAIT LONGER
16. KEEP WAITING
17. Once Complete Reboot
18. Install GApps Sync
19. SUCCESS, or not.
20. If it fails grab that gun we talked about earlier and shoot the PC. 3 times should do it.
21. If you are still not satisfied throw the PC off the roof.
22. If you are still not satisfied throw your self off the roof, might want to use the gun though it will hurt less, or more, im really not sure.

In conclusion. Yells MICROSOFT!! GOOGLE!! Stop comparing penis’s and just fix the issues already! The customers pay your bills/salaries stop being jackasses!

Have fun!

Smoke Free 2 Months 2 Weeks

Today it has been 2 months 2 weeks since my last cigarette. It would not have been possible without the help of vaping! A few people at work jumped on the wagon just after New Years and started vaping and 3 of us actually kicked it. I have been vaping steadily since February 13, 2013 after 3 weeks of vaping and smoking I had my last smoke and switch completely. I feel so much better now. I am not winded after climbing stairs, I am not constantly tired, I feel healthier. Its not about cutting out nicotine, its about cutting out all the other chemicals in cigarettes and changing the nicotine delivery method. Thank you to everyone that has been supportive and the companies that sell vaping products (Volcano eCigsECBlendDiscount VapersAltSmokeJuicy Vapor, etc.).

Volcano eCigs LavaTube2, Valley Vapes Pyrex Tank, & ECBlend Dragons Tear eJuice

Whats in my Bag Oct 2012

In the past I have done a whats in my bag post at least yearly, sometimes more frequently on other blogs. This type of post centers around the tools, gadgets, and gear I keep on hand in my bag at all times to confront tech issues that can occur on a daily basis. My bag has gotten lighter as tech has evolved and smaller devices become more powerful.

Verizon Motorola Droid RAZR 4G LTE Phone with 32 Gig SD Card running CM10 Jelly Bean
HP EliteBook 8460p Laptop – Core i5, 8Gig RAM, 500 Gig HDD – Dual Booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.10
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 AOKP JB – Build 4
iPod Touch 64 Gig – mainly for games when me and my daughter are travelling
iPod Classic 160 Gig – for music and podcasts (mainly Hak5)
Nintendo 3DS XL
Logitech M535 Wireless Mouse
Various USB chargers and backup battery pack and Laptop Charger
2x Pair of Skullcandy earbuds
Multiple USB, SD, & micro SD cards for quick storage, tools, and backup.

Since so much computing has gone cloud based I rely upon my internet connection, Dropbox, Box.net, Minus, Google Drive, & SkyDrive for storage of some tools, files, backups, and customer billing information. As this year comes to an end I hope to refine my tools even more and get to the point where I can do almost everything on my phone or tablet.

Let me know if you have questions or suggestions.

Lost in the Echo

I life losing its appeal? Why do things seem to fall apart and disappoint all at once? The band is in turmoil again due to the ego and stupidity of our singer. School is a struggle everyday. I made the mistake of taking classes on campus this semester and it is causing a lot of stress between school and my work schedule. I am definitely looking forward to dropping my English class next week, I am way behind and don’t want to risk my GPA over an entry level class, I would rather redo it. I am thinking about changing my major as well and just going for the associates degree to start out. I will get my degree in networking and then start on my admin certs and the gen eds that I will need to get my bachelors. I am very burnt out. There is never time to relax unless I drop something…I still have the basement to work on at the house, the apartment to work on in Clinton, and the porch to turn into a bedroom for Tay in my apartment. Its not getting any warmer out so I better get started, soon. Then there is the lack of a woman in my life, enough said. Finally I have been sacrificing my time with Tay to try to catch up on work I don’t get done during the week, she is not getting any younger. For the first time she chose to not stay with me over the weekend. She said maybe next weekend. It hurts a little. I don’t love her any less but I miss her. It sucks that her mother decided to ban me from having anything to do with their family, but its life. I pay my child support, provide insurance for Tay, and spend as much time as schedules permit. Ohh well enough complaining. Tomorrow I have another interview with RHT & SMG we’ll see how it goes but Im not sure about the whole situation.

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