I suck at keeping a blog

Sorry, it’s been a month and a half since my last update. Last week Ron opened the fireplace, and rolled around in there, completely covering himself in soot. I ignored it for a few days, but Friday evening I decided to clean him off while my mom was there to help. Big mistake. He got his fangs into her arm pretty deep. By the next afternoon her arm had swollen up to at least twice the size as normal. I took her to the ER, and they gave her IV antibiotics, and an RX for oral antibiotics, and send her home.
She calls me around 10 pm that evening because it’s gotten worse, so I drive her back to the ER. Long story short, she was admitted to the hospital 3 days. Given several IV antibiotic treatments. Her arm is still pretty messed up, but she feels better, and she isn’t mad at Ron, so that’s good. I plan on taking care of her medical bills, since it was my little spawn of Satan that bit her.

Work is going OK. I had another bought with not giving a fuck and getting black out drunk for a week or two. Called in sick for a week. Almost got fired. Finally admitted to work that me missed work was because of alcoholism. I was written up twice, so pretty much will be fired if I screw up again. I have several stipulations I have to follow. No unplanned absences without a doctor’s note. Pandemic is still raging, but I’m going into the office everyday. I like it. I was going way too long without seeing other people. It was great at first, but really started getting to me after a few months. Need to start studying for the MS-101, but I keep saying I’ll start next week.

There is probably a bunch more stuff I need to get down before I forget, but I’m tired. I’ll try and post at least once a week from now on.

No Work yet, new car, update

I did not end up going back to work. The COVID-19 restrictions were lifted for a week before the cases skyrocketed. Missouri had more cases in one day then ever before. So, I’ll be working from home until after July 4th, at the earliest.

My mail server can now send and receive mail. I still need to setup a proper SPF and DMARC DKIM records, so for the moment any sent mail is marked as spam. I’m lacking in the motivation department at the moment.

Some good news, the foot pain that took me out of jogging for a weeks has subsided, and I’m been able to jog a 10K two Saturdays in a row. Today’s was about 58 minutes, so pretty good for me. I think what really did me in was the 2-3 10Ks a week. That is just too much for someone my age, or maybe I just need to take is slower, until I’m in better shape.

I also decided to get some house plants. It was interesting to see that only two types of plants that Home Depot sold were not toxic to cats and dogs… I googled everyone they had, and came out with two. One is cool, with the bottoms of the leaves are purple, and in the day it spreads its leaves out, and at night it brings them up. Also a Fan Palm, or a Palm Fan, I forget. Ron Swanson has already knocked the Palm over, so I hope it takes root and recovers.

Anyway, here is my new car finished with the front windows tinted. I still haven’t hit 500 miles, but I’m loving the Android Auto. I decided to cancel Sirus XM and just use that for all audio and podcasts.

Love this thing
All four of my pets…
Excerpt from The Dresden files book I’m reading. I forgot the title, and it’s in the other room, so….
I’ve tried to get up early, like 6:30 or 7 am for a few weeks now. Keep failing and sleeping until 8:30-40

Going back to work Friday

It’s been a while. 10 days. I’ve been busy. Traded in my old 2013 Hyundai Elantra for a new 2002 Hyundai Kona. I’m really happy with the decision. It’s got all the nice new features, leather, Turbocharger, it’s a compact SUV, and it just looks really, really nice to me.

I also finally got around to selling my dad’s old 2003 Toyota Tacoma. It has been sitting in my driveway unused for a year or two, and before that I wasn’t using it more than once a month anyway. I put about 4k miles on it the six years I owned it.

Getting the front two windows tinted at lunch tomorrow, and then I’ll take some pics. I’m also going to work for the first time since March. They’ve got plastic dividers between our cubes, and were required to wear masks when we are in any of the common areas. We are also required to take our temperature every morning, and log it. Seems like a great way to make sure every one in the company touches the same thing, but I’m sure they’re bright enough to but hand sanitizer by it. If not, guess I’ll be washing my hands after. Excited to be back, and if I have to spend an hour 5 hours a week driving to and from work, at least I’ll be a lot more comfortable doing it.

I finished my first Ann Rice book. Not sure if it will be my last or not. The main character turns into a wolf. Then he randomly comes across some woman in the woods while and wolf form, and they bang. My sister Diana said that is fairly tame for some of Ann Rice’s books, so I guess I got lucky?

It’s Farley Quinn, get it? Get It? GET IT?

Clueless and Postfix

Clueless is on netflix, so I watched it tonight. Quite a few jokes went over my head when I was 13, but that didn’t stop me from watching it over and over again. I’d seen it too many times to actually sit and watch it, so I started setting up Postfix using this tutorial from Linux Bade. https://www.linuxbabe.com/mail-server/setup-basic-postfix-mail-sever-ubuntu

Installed postfix, and attempted to send a message to my gmail. Postfix send me an NDR with error code 550-5.7.1. Looks like one of the reasons is I don’t have an IP6 PTR record… which is weird. I don’t know why google would assign an IP4, and not an IP6. Oh well, I’m sick of screwing with it for today.

I’m typing this from my Dell XPS 13 ultrabook. Ron Swanson knocked a glass of water on it a few weeks ago, and I finally got around to completely dismantling it to find the damage. After removing the wee little mother board by the pen, I found some corrosion on the underside. I has able to use a damp paper towel to clean some of it off. Then I used my phone as a magnify glass, and a scrapper to get in between the leads on the IC. Followed it up with a brush from a sneaker cleaning kit I had laying around. And to my surprise it powered back on, and booted to Widows without issue, I thought for sure I was writing off a $1200 dollar laptop.

MS-100 Passed!!!

I scored a 770, and a 700 was required to pass. There was only 38 questions. I’m amazed they gave you 3 hours for it. But, I’m glad to have it over. Got take out from my favorite Mexican restaurant, Chelly’s. Had my favorite burrito, Marky’s. It’s a chicken/rice/bean burrito with a light cheese sauce, and chorizo on top.

I’d like to go ahead and get 365 Enterprise Administrator Expert certification. I need to decide on a path. I might take the MS-101 first to give me more time to decide. You’re supposed to choose from one of 6 paths, get the lower level cert, and then take the MS1010 and MS101 to become an expert. I really like troubleshooting Email issues, and I think I’m fairly good at it. The Desktop administrator sounds like I wouldn’t learn much, but it would be easy. Teams or Security are also options. Teams is really hot right now, and it’ll probably stay that way for a while. Glad I don’t have to decide today.

MS-100 Exam tomorrow

After a month-month and a half of studying, I’d say I have at least a 50% chance of passing the exam. This is the first exam I’ve taken that has cover so much material. And most of it being new to me as of a month ago. Also fairly annoyed with the amount of bad info out there. Take this question for example:

Your network contains an on-premises Active Directory domain.
Your company has a security policy that prevents additional software from being installed on domain controllers.
You need to monitor a domain controller by using Microsoft Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP).

What should you do? More than once choice may achieve the goal. Select the BEST answer.

A. Deploy an Azure ATP standalone sensor, and then configure port mirroring.
B. Deploy an Azure ATP standalone sensor, and then configure detections.
C. Deploy an Azure ATP sensor, and then configure detections.
D. Deploy an Azure ATP sensor, and then configure port mirroring.

IT exams has the correct answer as C, which isn’t right because the question clearly says that your company has a policy that prevents software from being install on domain controllers. Another site had D, which is only half right. The correct answer is A, because can’t install software on the domain controller, and if it’s not on the domain controller, you need to use a stand alone sensor, in which case you need to have port mirroring enabled on the domain controller to send network traffic to the stand alone sensor.

So, I’m ether going to pass because I can tell when I’m being feed BS on practice tests, or I’m going to fail because I didn’t notice the right BS.

Out of the 5 people in the class only one has taken it so far, and he passed. I’ll update when I know.

Here’s me looking cool in my purple glasses

Uncut Gems

Finally watched Uncut Gems. It is one of those movies that kept me guessing. It wasn’t really good or bad, not profound, and the story didn’t matter too much. It was just a wild ride. Triggered so many emotions. Sandler was good. He was still sandler, but it was also believable that he was a real person, not like the movies that started his career. I was pretty disappoint at the ending, I prefer mine happy.

I jogged 10 Kilometres for the first time since April 15. An hour and a minute to go 6.3 miles, which is nice because I didn’t lose too much time. My first 10K at the beginning of the year was like an hour fifteen, maybe an hour twenty. I went the secluded route from 85th to Prospect and back, twice.

I’m liking wearing a mask out. It’s summer, so I can’t wear a baggy hoodie without being hot. For some reason wearing a mask in public keeps me a little more calm. The masks scared me at first, but I’m getting used to the idea. I still can’t decide if I want to go back to work, or if I want to continue working from home. Work said the first wave of people would go back May 15, but it’s been delayed again. The office is currently in the county red zone, which means we’d all have to wear masks all day. I miss seeing my coworkers. But I also like sleeping until 8:30 am, and using my lunch break to exercise. I also like not spending an hour in the car 5 days a week. Oh well, I’m rambling…

Some memes I want to share…


I’ve been busy the past few weeks. Work paid for a week long course to prepare me for the Microsoft 365 Identity and Services exam. I didn’t really like the instructor, but the labs and book have been helpful. We could tell from the syllabus that the instructor was not ready for a class as experienced as we were. He had the first hour set aside to help us get our lab environments up, but we had all already prepared before class started. He had another hour set aside to help us get our e-book, which we all downloaded before class started, so he had us stop for the day after lunch, so that he could prepare more material.

Work was fun today. One of our clients uses on-prem Lync 2013 server. AKA Skype for business. Their call center complained that when they tried to transfer calls direct to someone’s voicemail, the transfer failed. After a couple hours of pouring through logs, and making test calls I found that their voicemail had completely stopped accepting messages the morning before. So far, no one had noticed the extent of the issue. Exchange Unified Message requires a certificate which can’t be self signed to accept voicemails. It doesn’t require a internet CA certificate, so we were able to issue one from the DC and get voicemail working again. Learned a lot, and had fun fixing it. Was about to give up a couple times, but then I’d find another clue that got me closer.

Setup WordPress

Decided to do something with an old small form factor Dell I had lying around. Has a 120GB SSD, some sort of intel i5, and 8 GB of RAM.

I started by installing Ubuntu Server 20 LTS. Simple. Using apt-get to install apache2, mysql, and a few modules for both was a little more challenging, but still pretty easy.

Bought a domain name off of NameCheap for like 9 bucks a year. And here we are. Not sure if I’ll ever bother posting again. Just seemed like a fun way to spend some time. Next I’m thinking about adding postfix and hosting my own email server. That will be much more challenging.