Bits & Pieces of a Life: December Edition

Below is the computer room, finally organized and neat. It was looking atrocious a few weeks ago, but now I’m glad I organized it. The two computers are old Macs, (circa 1996 and 2003) still working. I usually work on my laptop downstairs in the kitchen.

Computer Room 2 - Reorganized

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So many activities going on in December, it’s hard to focus with the various aspects of my life. But, I’ll take the opportunity to list them down so that I can keep them in mind:

  • 1. I’ve been having problems with my left knee. So, I haven’t been running, but I have to keep drumming because that is my job. I think I tweaked it but it’s not serious. But I do need to rest it so I don’t tear something that would require knee surgery (one of my biggest fears).
  • 2. Trying to get Christmas decorations and the tree up has always been a struggle for me. I’m only going to set up the minimum required lighting for outside. So I have yet to do that, but I’ve already gotten my artificial Christmas tree up in the living room. Update: Tree is up. Xmas lights are up!
  • 3. I’m still in the process of organizing my music collection… I figure this will be an ongoing thing that will take months… and now, I’ve decided to rip all my CDs once again, making sure they are at the highest quality for MP3. And some essential favorites I’m ripping to FLAC format too.
  • 4. I’ve been drooling over the following Ubuntu Linux desktop computers. Someday.
  • desktops

  • 5. For the past couple of days I’ve been tormented with an online problem. A few days ago, Michael of Underdog Hosting called me long distance from Maryland. Basically, it appeared that I was sending a gazillion emails from one of my domains and it was seriously compromising the server.

    After much investigation, and having had my account temporarily suspended out of necessity to the server, it was found out that a hacker had infiltrated an old blog I had forgotten about, one that was running on the old b2 blogging software. It being so outdated, the hacker was able to do an SQL/PHP code injection into the database, basically hijacking it.

    It was suspected by Underdog Hosting that the intrusion originated from somewhere in Brazil, and that the code may have been used for fraudulent activity, phishing etc… This had really upset me, along with having my domain(s) down for a day or two, while the problem was being resolved. Just the thought that someone hijacked my account for a while gives one a feeling of being violated in some way. Especially if it was used for wrongdoing and possible criminal activity.

    Anyway, this is something that, even though I am a web programmer, it is beyond my knowledge. But, I will have to do my homework and whatever I do code in the future will have to be as secure as I can possibly make it. Of course, the intrusion occurred in that old b2 blog. Which I’m certain that old code was not secure. At least not up to today’s standards, thus the vulnerability.

    I’d been stressing over this the past few days. So, I’ve been taking it easy and just putting this all behind me. And concentrate on the holiday season.

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

2 thoughts on “Bits & Pieces of a Life: December Edition

  • Saturday December 19, 2009 at 3:10 am
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    AWW! I'm sorry to hear you were hacked. That's a scary prospect X__X;; At least it's resolved now.

    Your computer room looks very nice! I love the shelves! I wish I had a desk set up like yours!

    And those Ubuntu Linux desktops do look sweet! I'm still satisfied with my XP, but whenever I have more time and chance, I'd like to explore Linux more. 🙂

  • Saturday December 19, 2009 at 11:10 am
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    AWW! I'm sorry to hear you were hacked. That's a scary prospect X__X;; At least it's resolved now.

    Your computer room looks very nice! I love the shelves! I wish I had a desk set up like yours!

    And those Ubuntu Linux desktops do look sweet! I'm still satisfied with my XP, but whenever I have more time and chance, I'd like to explore Linux more. 🙂

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