Lame BYUI Faculty..... 
Friday, August 22, 2008, 01:40 AM - School
My lame Department Chair, Professor, Instructor, Acquaintance , Person getting paid to do nothing has yet to give me a grade for my senior project.

Granted i am not alone in this matter... another student does not have a grade yet either. He is special though. Because our faculty member messed up the internship, he started it late, so he has to finish before a grade can be given. UNDERSTANDABLE. Whats my deal? I'm not special... well, i am in another way. I'm 1 of 3 students who doesn't have a diploma because of slacking faculty. I am special!

I want to say thanks to all but one member of the CIT department at BYUI. Thanks for being prompt and fair with all my other classes/grades (i could argue about one instance... but i'll let it go). You were all good to me.

**update - My incident was upgraded to President Clark. Yes, that's right, to the top! He is known to get things done. I am happy to hear that someone is doing something.

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Defcon 16 
Wednesday, August 13, 2008, 09:26 PM - Hacks
Defcon 16 this year was good stuff. Me an Thurm drove down on wednesdat night so we could get our tickets early. We met up with Jake and Bryce and stayed at a Holiday Inn, which had very nice beds.

The second night we were there, we ate out at ??? and they had some sour cream chicken, sooo nice. I will put the name of place in when i remember it, i paid cash, so i cant go back and look.

A couple of my fav talks:

1. BackTrack Foo- From bug to 0day
2. Shifting the Focus of WiFi Security: Beyond Cracking your neighbor's WEP key.

The back of the badge has a 2-D barcode, which i figured to say: . It also has a SD card slot, USB connector solder points, and a dip switch solder point. I got a usb connector, but i dissapeared on the way home :(
The badge:

A crowd Shot:

** My badge either appears to be toast, or my battery is dead. I went to show someone and it wouldn't turn on. Turns out the battery was in backwards?? So, when i find a new battery i test it out.

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Ignition Autoconnect crap errors "wzccmd.exe" 
Tuesday, June 3, 2008, 01:22 PM - Hacks
BYU-Idaho wireless requires the Ignition AutoConnect to be install to take care of the certificates in order to log on to their 802.1x wireless. In the process of using their setup program it crashes with wzccmd.exe. Google brought up like 3 results, all about spyware.

I gave up for a while. I use linux for everyday use so i didn't need to too badly. Linux (ubuntu 8.04) connects perfectly.

After plinking around with it today and sending hate mail to the help desk, i started looking around my system to find something that could possibly be conflicting. Long story short, i disabled the vmware network adapters in my network control panel. BAM! it worked.

Just disable your vmware adapters, install autoconnect, then re-enable them. Its working for me, so i am writing this post to help others who may have this same issue.

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BoC #3 
Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 05:18 PM - Family
I lucked out on getting my 3rd Bag of Crap off of Woot!. I just happened to be sitting at the computer when it came. 2 weeks later. Here it comes.

I thought i did rather well:

3x Wall phone adapters (so you can run phone lines through your wiring)
2x 1Gb sansa mp3 players (both work)
1x 6gb sansa media player (no cable, boo)
2x Datasence USb extension cables, lights up.
1x Steel Woot! bucket. #245

I like!

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Free Guitar Hero faceplate from Activision 
Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 10:43 AM - Family

The mail man showed up with a nice box for us. Naturally i thought it was my random shirts from Woot!. We got a nice surprise when we opened it up and it was a new faceplate for our wii guitar. Did i mention it was free?

I don't know if everyone gets a faceplate or not, but we got one because we returned our mono disc for a new one. So if you recently sent yours in, watch the mail... a goodie might be heading your way.

ok ok, here are the pics...

This is the note they enclosed with the faceplate:

The installed product:

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Stupid Java and MySQL bleh! 
Tuesday, March 4, 2008, 09:24 PM - School
So i have to do java. (I'm using Ubuntu 7.10)

While attempting to connect to the mysql database i get the error.

After a few hours of searching i have come up with some solutions.

Add these entries to your /etc/mysql/my.cnf



If that doesn't work, add useOldUTF8Behavior=true to the connection string. ie:

con = DriverManager.getConnection("jdbc:mysql://localhost/test?useOldUTF8Behavior=true","user", "hey2dude");

Worked wonderfully for me.
Will i ever use this post again? I'm going to say no... :(

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New Video card. 
Tuesday, February 5, 2008, 12:09 AM - Computers
Yay, my new video card came today. a Evga 8800GT. I picked this bad boy up for about 225$ online. So far on my tests it has kicked the crap out of my 6800GS that it replaces. I ran a few tests thus far. The few games i have had a chance to try have run wonderfully. FEAR,UT3, and Counter-strike:Source all with full settings at 1600x1200. Ran like silk.

Here is my 3dmark06 score for my old card and new card. Both stock. 8800gt is 600/900. I will overclock later.

Old and New Cards.

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