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Jeremy
05 February 2010 @ 05:43 pm
It's been nearly six months, so time for another blog post! I'm in my second semester at Pitt now, and did better than expected last fall. Grad school classes are easily the hardest ones I've ever taken. That's partly due to the lack of programming classes in my undergraduate degree. I had to learn C last semester and this semester I'm taking a class that uses Java and another that uses some horrible language called CLIPS (it's a psychology class). Surprisingly I've been picking up the languages pretty well, except for CLIPS which I think is entirely stupid.

In January I finished my first year at my job, including the 5 months I spent as a contractor. It's a fun job, and I've learned a lot...mostly on my own while I'm trying to figure something out. Some of the things I've completed or initiated include upgrading our VMWare infrastructure from ESX 3.5 to 4.0, rebuilding our Altiris Deployment server and PXE boot services, developing a script for Vista that renames a computer based on it's location in Active Directory, upgrading SCCM, implementing operating system deployment in SCCM that is replacing the Altiris server, setting up an Apple Xserve to work with Active Directory, getting the Mac labs set up to authenticate with AD and the Xserve, and cleaning up a number of problems with our software distribution in SCCM.

Wow...that's a lot of stuff...

Before I started here I had never used SCCM or VMWare ESX, and don't think I would have been able to program that renaming script. My biggest fear now is that I've set too high expectations. :) I've also taken advantage of a free Microsoft Technet account and set up an Active Directory running in ESXi at home to play around in.

In non-geek stuff, Teresa and I are doing great in Pittsburgh. We are going to celebrate 10 years of dating as well as Teresa's birthday next month by going to a Bon Jovi concert. It's hard to believe that we've been together that long. She's definitely brought out the best in me over these 10 years.

So that's about it for now. Here's hoping my next post will be less than 5 months away!

Originally published at Southern Fried Thoughts.

 
 
Jeremy
24 April 2009 @ 01:42 pm
I really miss McAlister's Deli.
 
 
Jeremy
16 April 2009 @ 12:44 pm




Bunny!, originally uploaded by yakk0dotorg.


I was taking some pictures of the fog this morning and spotted some movement on the path. This bunny just sat there for a couple of seconds, long enough to get this shot, then hopped into the brush on the other side of the fence.



Originally published at Southern Fried Thoughts.

 
 
Jeremy
06 April 2009 @ 12:50 pm




DSC_0202.JPG, originally uploaded by yakk0dotorg.


I took this when playing with the macro mode of our new camera. I really like the D60 more every time I use it.



 
 
Jeremy
05 April 2009 @ 09:18 pm


I'm going to try and redo this and get the exposures more even, but this was a quick merge in Photoshop. On the whole, I'm pretty happy with how it came out.



Originally published at Southern Fried Thoughts.

 
 
 
Jeremy
04 April 2009 @ 09:58 pm


Our sprinkler started leaking some time this morning, and had to have the head replaced. They're supposed to fill in the hole next week some time.



Originally published at Southern Fried Thoughts.

 
 
Jeremy
04 April 2009 @ 04:10 pm




The waiting game., originally uploaded by yakk0dotorg.


Most of my work day Friday was spent watching screens like these. Both computers are running ImageX to create images of the hard drives. I then re-applied the images, found something I missed, then repeated the process.



Originally published at Southern Fried Thoughts.

 
 
Jeremy
02 April 2009 @ 09:20 pm




Ducks, originally uploaded by yakk0dotorg.


The duck on the bottom was quacking at a constant rate and we decided he was saying "stroke! stroke!" to the other duck.



Originally published at Southern Fried Thoughts.

 
 
Jeremy
01 April 2009 @ 08:16 pm




DSC_0122.JPG, originally uploaded by yakk0dotorg.





Originally published at Southern Fried Thoughts.

 
 
Jeremy
31 March 2009 @ 07:51 pm
Moon  




Moon, originally uploaded by yakk0dotorg.


I tried taking some shots of the moon, and obviously I still need work. I think this cropped shot worked out pretty good though.



Originally published at Southern Fried Thoughts.