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2005 Pontiac GTO (400 horsepower 6.0 liter LS2)
Midnight Blue Metallic
6 Speed Manual

This car is such a blast to drive. Go and drive one and you'll know what I mean.  I figured the best way to learn how to drive a manual was to buy one.  The following modifications have been done to the car.

 Exterior modifications:
-18” Holden VZ wheels with Toyo TR-1 245/40/18 tires.
-Venture Shield clear bra on front fascia.

Interior modification:
-20% window tint.

Drivetrain modification:
-B&M short throw shifter.
-Skip shift eliminator.

Suspension modification:
-Hotchkis front and rear adjustable sway bars.
 GTO Picture
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So I got a new dog this past weekend!  I can't say that I found the dog, as it's more like she found me (or my brother).

My brother, Jesse, works for Sprint and was at a Sam's Club for the day when a stray dog decided it wanted to go inside the building.  The staff that worked there kept trying to kick the dog out, but weren't very successful in doing so.  They would take her outside and close the door on her, then she would just run around as fast as she could to the other door.

At one point, she even began to use some stealth tactics to try to get in the door.  As a couple of people were walking in, she snuck behind them and tried to walk right in behind them, like she was part of the crowd.  My brother felt bad for her and decided he would take her home, clean her up, then take her to the vet/shelter.  He figured he would probably handle her a little nicer than the guys at Sam's would who wanted to kick her out.Image gallery link at the bottom.

Laura and I were just getting home from having lunch and getting my haircut, when we saw Jesse walking in the apartment complex with his dog, Maddie, plus another one that was just a little bigger. We asked him who she was and he explained the story to us.  We pretty much instantly fell in love with her and decided to go with Jesse to get her all washed up.

She was whining a lot as we washed her, but I think it was only because she was starving and she had to watch Maddie eat a full bowl of food during the bath.  We scrubbed her down pretty thoroughly with some anti-flea shampoo and she looked completely different.  I wish we would have had some before and after pictures, but you'll have to deal with just the afters.

Right when we got done cleaning her, she went straight for the remnants of what was in the food bowl.  We gave her some more food, but didn't want to overdo it and have her throw up. After relaxing and playing with Maddie inside and outside, we took her to the vet to get her scanned for a microchip.

For those of you who don't know, they are now putting RFID microchips in animals so that when they are lost/found you can take them to a vet/shelter and they can scan the animal to get the owners information out.  Sounds kinda Star Trek like, but the future is now.  Turns out she didn't have a microchip and there were no reports out for anyone looking for her.

We decided to have the vet do a full check-up and administer the shots/medicine she needed.  She was running a temperature of 104* F.  It's actually only a degree or two high, as dogs typically run between 100-103 degrees Fahrenheit.  She probably had been eating some bad stuff while she was on the street, which was causing the fever, so the medicine should take care of that and we will have to go back later for her vaccinations and microchip. Image gallery link at bottom.

I almost forgot to mention one of the other sad parts.  When my brother found her, she had a tiny collar around her neck that was almost choking her.  It was probably put on her when she was younger and she got lost and grew out of it.  It was dirty and missing some of the beads on it, so she was probably out on her own for a while.  She's in good hands now, as she's at my girlfriend Laura's place getting pampered and her medicine administered.

Here's a link to the photo gallery:

http://boshdirect.com/gallery/?g2_itemId=323 

http://www.boshdirect.com/gallery/?g2_itemId=454

 

 

It was my Dad's birthday this weekend and they came up to Dallas to celebrate it.  My girlfriend, Laura, still lives in Austin and she got to ride up with them.  It was nice to be able to see my family before I have to head out to Spain for a month.  Speaking of the trip to Spain, it might be pushed back a little bit to accommodate the schedule of the project.

Because my dad's birthday is in January, he usually likes to have one of his favorite meals - Chicken and Noodles.  It's a really simple, but delicious meal that is basically just noodles, chicken, mashed potatoes, and corn.  Because Laura is a vegetarian, she opted out on the chicken and just had Noodles. Bruce and Kathy Witwer, some of my parents best friends, are the ones who made the chicken and noodles and had us over for dinner and games.

My car was overheating this weekend, so I pulled into a gas station and waited for it to cool down.  I pulled the thermostat, which I suspected was the culprit.  After pulling the thermostat, the car was running cool, so I got to drive out to Allen to enjoy the Chicken and Noodles.

On Sunday, Bruce and Kathy, my parents, and Laura's mom came out to my apartment to have lunch.  We went to Cozymels, which is a Mexican food place close by.  Afterwards, my aunt and uncle Randy and Cathy came out to watch the football game.  My cousin, Chris Lyon, plays high-school football and is huge.  At 16, he's over 210 pounds and is a big guy.  We had a few beers, watched the game, and everyone left sometime after around 5 pm. 

And here I am at home alone again.  It's actually not been that bad as work has kept me pretty busy. I'm excited about Laura coming up here when she graduates, but I'm going to enjoy traveling at work to keep me busy until she gets here.

So I'm working in Microsoft Excel today and I get this great error message.  It's about as unspecific a warning as you can get.  I've been working with Microsoft products for quite a while, but this message has to be one of the best (REAL) messages I've ever personally seen.  Here's the image:

 

Microsoft Excel

 

Catastrophic failure?  Ever been in the middle of writing a long paper and had Microsoft Word crash on you before you could save your work?  I always thought that was a catastrophic failure.  As a side note - always remember to save your documents often!

At least this time I was doing something that is out of the ordinary and is data intensive.  For anyone who is technically inclined, I was querying a local database and converting that data to a local data cube for analysis with ProClarity. Ignore this line - In acronym land that would be: using MSQE in Excel to hit an SQL db using ODBC to do some BI analysis on my EUs in EMA for FPD with my PC from TX in the USA. Laughing  Some of the tables have over 50,000 rows of data, but I've done the exact same query before.

 

Oh well, I thought  

I was trying to connect to Google talk at work the other day via a third-party IM client called Miranda.  I downloaded a Google protocol (which actually runs on Jabber) but I couldn't get it to connect with the standard settings.  I figured it might be because my company has a firewall that blocks most ports, so I downloaded the official google talk client to see if it would work.

It went through a couple iterations of trying to connect to the server... and then... SUCCESS!  So why could it connect and my local client wouldn't?  As I assumed it was using a different port to connect.  Here's what I did to find out what port the application was running on.

I'll start with a high-level overview that power-users should be able to understand easily.  Then I'll break it down in a little more detail with the detailed steps needed to find out which port the application is running on.

High-level Overview: 

1. Open the Task Manager and find the PID for googletalk.exe 

2. Open the command prompt and run the " netstat -o -n" command

3. Find the PID in command prompt and find out which port it's running on. 

 

Detailed Steps

1. Press Ctl+Alt+Del to open the Task Manager (on some systems you may have to click the Task Manager button)

2.  In Task Manager, click View > Select Columns

3. Make sure the PID (Process Identifier) checkbox is checked and press OK

4.  Click the Processes tab, then scroll through the list and find the application you are looking for. Make note of the PID next to it.

5. Open command prompt: clcik Start > then click Run > type in "CMD" and press enter (a black command prompt should open)

6. Type in " netstat -o -n" and press enter*

*You can also add "-a" to the command to have it show more port information (all applications and listening ports)

7. Find the item in the list that has the same PID as you noted above. 

8. To find the port, look at the under the Foreign Address column and make note of the number after the colon.*

*This is typically called a socket and is in the format IP.add.re.ss:portNumber.  For Google talk this was 72.14.253.125:443 - meaning that the port number was 443 (which happens to be the default port for SSL connections).

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