August 1st, 2002


Ye olde home computer network....

...will shortly be back online.

Well let's say by the end of August (I hope).

I ordered the bits for my new MP3 server earlier this week and most of the bits were shipped out today. I also dug through my computer equipment and I found some stuff I forgot that I had. I looks like I can use some of those old bits, a couple of the new bits and the old Moya to make my Mame/arcade cabinet and the MP3 server.

<insert Dr. Evil laugh here>

I'm very psyched about this. It took a few weeks, but I finally found a case that fits on my stereo rack, is cheap, and can hold the components I want it to. Random note, this will be the first computer I build that doesn't have a floppy drive. Not that I use them much, but it was a pain to find a small case with 2 5 1/4" drive bays and no integrated floppy/button fixture. This one has a space for a floppy, but that space is covered, so once I paint the case, it'll basically be invisible. It's sad to think about just how much thought I put into this ;).

Initially I'll start out the MP3 server with a 120Gb hard drive, but it'll eventually have either 240 or 360 Gb and I have lines on filling lots of it with MP3 and Divx goodness :). If any of you guys want FTP access to it, let me know (it'll probably be online in a few weeks-ish).
  • Current Music
    Nick Cave - I've Been a Rover

I just don't get it....

The USPS just raised the cost of postage and yet they seem to be getting worse and worse as the years go by.

Take today for instance. I just got my mail and I see a package in it. It's the video tape that I sent to tamdragon (sorry for the delay Tammy). It's in a little plastic bag with about 2/3 of the package that I sent it in. This is annoying. They'd torn up part of the Addressee information and a good chunk from the back. The video tape is fine, but then to add insult to aggravation, guess what some Einstein at the post office stamped on the package?

Insufficient Postage


Could it be that the postage sticker thingy was on the part of the package that was ripped off? Hmmmmm? Grrr...

So I grabbed a new envelope and moseyed on down to my local post office and bitched them out royally. Eventually I ended up talking to the station manager monkey and he said "We'll be happy to resend it, just pay ____ for postage"

I think I really scared him with the look I shot at him. It was a trivial amount so it wasn't the money so much as just the general annoyance that they couldn't do such a fucking easy job correctly. Hell in this case referring to them as monkeys is just plain demeaning to the chimps. However, after some amount of fuming I thought to look in my wallet (the repository of all random scraps of paper) and what do you know, I had a receipt for a package that was remarkably the same as the one I was trying to send. Could it be that I had actually paid for postage and that it was ripped off (along with part of the package) by some incompetent monkey there? I think so.

So, anyways, the head monkey took the package, put a postage thingy on it and promised to look into the problem. I don't really expect anything to come of this, but at least I got to vent a bit at someone about it. All things considered, no harm done, just something of a delay (thanks to ye olde postal dingbats) and some annoyance, but then again that's normal in my line of work. Sometimes I think I thrive on confrontations (especially if I can assume the mantle of righteous indignation... righteous indignation is fun :-p).

On the plus side though, they did manage to deliver my new driver's license and I have a whole 2+ weeks to go before my old one expires (yay). So they are totally inept... just highly.incompetent...
  • Current Mood
    annoyed annoyed