Archive - June, 2005
First off, to all my fellow Canadians: Happy Canada Day! And to my American Friends.... Happy 4th of July (soon anyway...). OK.... where to begin? Things have been rather crazy lately, both at work and at home. I have been really busy and am looking very forward to a nice vacation! So, that's what I'll be doing on Friday (2 more days!!!). I'm off to Algonquin for the annual camping trip. I can't wait! Right now I'm trying to get everything ready for the trip. I still have a lot to do at work and home. At home the biggest thing would have to be packing! So, that's what I'm off to do now. I probably won't have another update until I'm back,but I'm sure then it will be loaded with stories and pictures. Take care all, enjoy your long weekend, and try to stay safe. Cheers!
----- 06.19.2005 --------
Hmmm, what have I been up to since my last update? Thursday I had an EMC technical forum that I attended instead of work. It worked out pretty good since we're about to make some big purchases and a lot of it will be what was talked about (and marketted) at the forum. I'm so excited for what the future holds! We've got some designs and ..... oh wait, I can't share those with you. Anyway, I'm really excited! This weekend was a lot of fun. I met up with Jen after I had my workout on Friday. Her and her friend Sam were at the spa getting a pedicure (sp?) and then went up to the Raddie to have a glass of wine on the patio. I met up with them and shortly after, Sam left and Jen & I had a couple more then left ourselves. On Saturday, we got up and did some housework around Jen's condo to get it ready for a birthday party she was throwing for her friend Mikey. I BBQ'ed burgers and we all had a good time up on her roof. Later on, we moved the party to Joe Mama's. I thought the jello shooters would have been the end of me, but we all made it home safe and sound. Today was a rather lazy day, working off a hangover for the most part. And then this evening I found it in me to go for a blade. If you told me this morning that I would be blading in the evening, I would have called you a liar! Anyway, that's about all. I guess I better hop in the shower... this shirt has gotten pretty cold, not to mention quite ripe smelling! Just what you needed to read... ;) OK, hope all is well with everyone. Later!
----- 06.12.2005 --------
After the blade I got home and relaxed a bit, then Jen came over. The 3 of us (Jen, me & 80K) went up to the roof for some beers & a BBQ. Summer is officially here!!! Later, we popped into Joe Mama's for a drink (or two), and then Jen headed home. I went across the street to the Raddie (aka Radison) and had a couple more beers on the patio with 80 & his buddy Ben. We called it quits around midnight and I came home to retire for the night.
GEEK SPEAK WARNING! For those of you who aren't geeks, you can stop reading..... This morning my uncle came over with his laptop. He had a nasty virus that had buried itself deep into the winlogon process. Using my new favorite tool, Process Explorer and HiJackThis (probably my 2nd fav tool), I was able to beat it. McAfee found the file with the "Vundo" virus, which was PCVSS.DLL (or something like that) and prompted to delete it on a restart. Well, if the file is loaded into memory before McAfee tries to delete it, it will get access denied because it's in use. So, using process explorer, I search the memory for the dll and found it in use by both explorer and winlogon. I fired up a command prompt and killed explorer. No more task bar.... but that's OK, I still had ALT+TAB to switch to my command prompt to do the deleting. Winlogon would be the tricky one. So, I got the command prompt ready. suspended winlogon, killed explorer, then killed winlogon. At that point, I quickly deleted the file with DOS and then the laptop blue-screened as I expected. But, I got it in time :) So when it came up, no more dll in memory.... cause there was no more dll :) From there, I cleaned up all calls to it from HiJackThis. Now at this point you might be thinking, "Why not stop it from starting, then delete it". Well, this process watches itself. As soon as the reg entries to run it are deleted, it writes them back.... ticky bastard! Anyway, once I kicked it's ass, I did a full sys update, virus scan, and the works. I went through every process to make sure I knew what they were and authorized their activity. Using TCPView and netstat, I made sure there were no backdoors listening on any ports. The system is back up and running smooth.... with no data loss :) Anyway, if you're ever stuck and need some help, feel free to email me and I can see what I can do to help or give advice. I'm still preparing to battle the botnets and rootkits that are next generation, waiting to unleash on the unsuspecting Internet. I've got a strategy to fight this, but I must remained tight-lipped as I intend to move it into a business. Want to be my partner? Let's talk.... I got some great ideas. OK, that's all of now. Cheers!
----- 06.08.2005 --------
What else is new? Well, for one, this roller coaster is! The Kingda Ka breaks all world records for roller coaster speed and height, becoming the tallest and fastest roller coaster on Earth. This jaw-dropping thrill ride launches riders from 0 to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds before catapulting them 456 feet (45 stories) into the sky! Pretty wicked!!! Be sure to check it out! What else is new? Grand Theft Auto San Andreas came out on the XBox yesterday! All the other GTA's provided so much fun that I just had to pick it up! I got into it a bit last night and it's pretty awesome from what I can tell. It appears they built in some Sim type stuff, where your character now has statistics that he never had. Pretty cool! I'm sure it will give me many hours of entertainment, like Vice City did. OK, well that's all for now.... I hear GTA:SA calling me! I hope everyone's doing great....
----- 06.06.2005 --------
And on a cheerier note, I took a ton of pics this weekend! If I don't get them up tonight (and looking at the time I might not!), then I will very soon. It was a fantastic weekend and I think everyone there enjoyed themselves, especially our 4-legged (and 3) buddies! K folks... remember: Bill 132=BAD!
UPDATE:I decided to stay up and get the Woofstock Pics posted. Click on the picture to see them all:
----- 06.03.2005 --------
And on a totally unrelated note, my plants are doing quite well! For those of you who have been to my place, I've redone my solarium. This is where my computer is and I really like it out here. It's got an outdoorsy feel now. I lined the windows with a big glass shelf and filled it with plants. 14 feet of them. Not all of them survived the winter out here, but most did. And some are definatlely thriving! Hey, why don't I just take a picture and show you? OK... here you go. This taken from the far left of the window and you can see I have quite the variety. In the foreground are some tomato plants my Dad gave me. They were probably 6 inches when he gave them to me when I saw him last, which was probably 4 weeks ago. The biggest is almost 2 feet! Now I need some wire cages for them.... the chopsticks won't work much longer :) This year I hope to bear fruit. Last year I didn't because I just left the plant I had in the window and watched it grow. And grow. And flower and grow.... and eventually die. No tomatoes! What I didn't know was that although tomato plants are self germinating, they need something to be a catalyst. In most cases the wind does this. So, this year I'll try shaking things up. Literally :) Wish me luck! OK, that's all for now. Oh wait, one more thing. Check out my floor in the background of the pic. This is what I put in last November when I renovated my solarium. I really like it! OK, that really IS it for now. Cheers and have a fantastic weekend!
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