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truebluespark
truebluespark
[Life] Online and Offline
So my web host charged me about $240 this morning. Ahahaha. You may have heard about DreamHost's recent epic fail; if not, the details are in the unofficial blog and the status page. Luckily, I happen to have far more money in my account than I have in previous months, and it was more than sufficient to absorb the temporary charge. So I'm doing fine -- no worries about overdrafts, and even if the charge wasn't reversed (which it has been/will be) I'd have enough to cover bills.

If I may go off on a quick tangent, it's so nice to have enough in my account that things like this aren't a problem. I found a neat feature in Microsoft Money -- here's my net worth since 10/2004. As you can see, 2007 was a really... touch-and-go year for me. I'm not quite back up at early-2006 levels, but I'm working on it.

So anyway, I'm paid up until the end of September, so I have until then to decide whether I want to stay with DreamHost. On the one hand, this was an absolutely phenomenal screw-up, and it took eleven hours for them to get the apology/explanation e-mail out. But I personally didn't get overdrafted, I've never had any real problems with DH before this, and I believe them when they say they'll never let this happen again. (Though I've turned my auto-billing off nonetheless.) And they're working to make reparations for the customers who were affected badly, as shown by this quote from the CEO:
If, because of this billing mistake, you somehow incurred some fees from your bank or credit card company, please let us know [...] and we'll do our best to make it right for you.
So I'm not sure what I think right now. Well, there's plenty of time to decide one way or another.

Aside from that, all I've been doing online lately is A) the usual browsing and B) World of Warcraft. I finally used the gift card my brother gave me last weekend, and I've been playing around since then. Started a new character, got two levels on my Alliance main and one on my Horde main... Fun times. It's been ages since I've played, and the interface has been polished up a lot in that time. Plus I understand they've made it easier to level in the 20 through 60 range, which is where both my mains happen to be.

Now! The other main topic of my life lately: work. As I mentioned two posts ago, I've started a new full-time position, and after two days it seems to be going fairly well. Had no trouble getting up yesterday, but had a lot of trouble getting up today, so I'll probably have to shift the wake-up time to 5:00 instead of 5:30, to make sure I have time. (Ideally, I want to leave the apartment around 6:15 to catch the 6:27 bus. The bus that comes after that seems to be habitually late.)

But the work itself is going really well. I like having a variety of tasks to work on, rather than just standing in one place cashiering all day long. And of course there's the fact that I'll be getting a full 40 hours a week, which should equate to around $95 saved per paycheck, after bills are already accounted for. I think this's been a really good decision for me.

...snort. I just got a spam in my inbox entitled, simply, "Pants". *sings the praises of pants*

Well, that's all I have to say for tonight. Tomorrow after work, I intend to work on icons and finally throw myself into CFUD again (headfirst if necessary). We'll see if that pans out. (Hmm. Does a short mention of CFUD like that merit including it in the tags? I'll err on the side of completionism. <- real example of Shay's thought process. Yes he really is this much of a geek.)

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ningen_demonai From: ningen_demonai Date: January 16th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)
M'glad that work is, well, working out for you! o/

Yeay, more Kyou-kun~ ♥
truebluespark From: truebluespark Date: January 17th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! It continues to go well, and catching the earlier bus worked out better than I'd hoped.

Yes! Well, eventually, anyway; I promise I'll be ready by this weekend, if not sooner. Kyou definitely needs to be pestered more by Renge. :D (Also I kinda want her to slash Sasahara with somebody. Just because he doesn't get tortured enough.)
ningen_demonai From: ningen_demonai Date: January 17th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Pfftahahah! YES! Do want! :DDD
memlu From: memlu Date: January 16th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Holy goodness! That is INSANE. I'm glad they're reversing the charge(s).
truebluespark From: truebluespark Date: January 17th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
No kidding. I feel kinda sorry for DreamHost; it's going to take them ages to live this down. The only remaining minor annoyance is that it'll probably take a few days to get the money back. While I love my ING Direct account to pieces, they're always slow to register reversals/refunds/deposits.

(Apropos of nothing, I need to make more icons. This one's the closest thing I have to "thoughtful".)
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shadrad From: shadrad Date: January 16th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you're not on Uther, join :P
truebluespark From: truebluespark Date: January 17th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
It shall be done. *salute* Which faction are you guys?
truebluespark From: truebluespark Date: January 17th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
*salute!* Alliance or Horde? I appear to have a tiny little L4 Draenei hunter on that server, so with a little (or a lot of) leveling...
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aurora77 From: aurora77 Date: January 16th, 2008 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)
KARGATH!!!

Seriously, there's a bunch of Boardies and webcomic fans and general geeks in the guild or on the server. You'd run into people you know. JustPlainBob, Sartan, Moltare, Synfony, NSD, TW, Ryplinn, The Dagda, etc.

We're Reds Renegades on Kargath. Mention that you know D & Red and ask for an officer. :D
truebluespark From: truebluespark Date: January 17th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, that sounds like fun! (A quick Google suggests you guys are Alliance. That right?) I don't have any characters there, but I'll definitely roll one up soon.

...There's a "Kargath" and a "Korgath". Oh, Warcraft. |D
aurora77 From: aurora77 Date: January 17th, 2008 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay! Alliance, yes.

Oh, and I forgot about Kaura. He's there too! :) I feel like I'm leaving somebody out, though. *ponders* Oh! Pseudowolf, but he is taking a break from the game for a while.
jennilee_rose From: jennilee_rose Date: January 16th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's good to see you posting. :D Keep it up mister. *laughs*
truebluespark From: truebluespark Date: January 17th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)
*laugh* I shall! Life is going well in an interesting way, so I'm not too stressed or tired to sit down and find things to say about it. ^_^
cadhla From: cadhla Date: January 16th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nothing to do with anything, but did you get the CD I sent you?
truebluespark From: truebluespark Date: January 17th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, that's right. It never arrived, sad to say. I'd lost a package at this apartment once before, but I thought maybe the CD would turn up after all, so I kept waiting... And then I lost track of time, and by the time I remembered again, I felt too awkward to bring it up. (Which is a habit of mine, I'm afraid, and one I could stand to work on.)
cadhla From: cadhla Date: January 17th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Now is where I whack you with this stick for not telling me before. Can you send me your address again? Or another address where things don't go poof?
truebluespark From: truebluespark Date: January 17th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
And rightfully so. *-_-* I do have a new, tried-and-tested mailing address now, which I can (and shall) send right away.
hollycomics From: hollycomics Date: January 16th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Psypets.net was on Dreamhost, but the maker (ThatGuyBen) only had trouble with 'em. So you're not the only one ;) If I were you i'd dump them, there are plenty of fish in the coean.
hollycomics From: hollycomics Date: January 16th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
coean?... *Sigh* Sorry, it's been a long day. ;)
truebluespark From: truebluespark Date: January 17th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)
*chuckle* I can understand that. Thanks for the tip; I'll think on it, and keep an eye out for other hosts over the next few months. (And thanks for the link -- Psypets.net looks interesting!)
hollycomics From: hollycomics Date: January 17th, 2008 08:43 am (UTC) (Link)
It is! It's cute :) And nowhere near as annoying as other pet-pages. Aaaand this one you can secretly do at work, what more can one ask for? ;)
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