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Baltimore (and debt), here I come.

The plan[1] is that I will be in Baltimore this summer (3 months) and need a summer job. As many of you know, am currently in school, but already have a master’s in information science. That said, being in Baltimore is more important to me at current than having a job for which I’m qualified. I was initially planning on working at a YMCA or something like that. I realize this is probably early for summer jobs, but the post is unlikely to go anywhere so perhaps people will find it closer to time. I can always give a reprise/update on the situation.Aside from the job thing, I’d be interested in getting to know the GNU/Linux community in the Baltimore if anyone stumbles across this.

As to the job situation, I was not that concerned about it until an auto-shop said I needed $810 work done on my car[2]. That spurred me to do some number crunching and I realize now that if I don’t work at all during school that I will end up ~$75000 in debt. This is projecting housing costs and (obviously) some other stuff over the next 2.5 years but at the very least it seems I’ll be $60,000 in debt. This not a number with which I am comfortable. After graduation I do not want to be a slave to some corporation doing things in which I don’t believe. My savings from my former Wisconsin job does not go nearly as far as it needs to in New England.

I have no idea what the job market is like in Maryland, but I’d like something that is more than $10/hour and around 20 hours a week. The hours are flexible. I’m working on an independent project for the summer, so I don’t want something full time, but for the right price/opportunity I would definitely consider it.

Obviously, I’m willing to send a resume but just to give some idea of the breadth of jobs I would consider:
I have experience in film, music, organization development, event planning, podcasting, biology (my undergrad degree), sports (was paid to coach), healthcare, Windows, Mac (though not recently) and GNU/Linux.
Additionally, I’m trying to shed a Teeter Hangup and some other stuff which can be found on flickr. For anyone that stumbles across this that is in Concord, let me know if you know of cheap housing options.
[1] I’m still considering whether I’d like to “work” as an intern for EFF, Creative Commons, SFLC, IBM, Google or Red Hat. It’s unlikely any of those will have me in Baltimore. That’s a decision I will have to weigh if an opportunity arises.
[2] I am going to get a 2nd opinion since I am not having any problems with the car and took it in just to get a flat tire repaired.


EDIT: I was substantially (factor of 2) off on my calculation for tuition, meaning the number is probably in the $50,000-$60,000 range, which is still not a number with which I’m comfortable. However, that keeps me in the Stafford loans rather than other loans, so I’m no longer freaking out about it, but I would still like a job. Something to keep my tech skills up or something where I am getting exercise would be ideal.

A rant from a friend about Office 2007

I just got this from a friend and I had to share (my apologies for the language):


So I’m sitting here and I’m at the computer.  Then I’m thinking about MS Word, you know the Word Processor software, which includes powerpoint and spreadsheet capabilities?  Well I tried using this program the other day called MS Word 2007.  Apparently this is like being on another planet using a dictation machine composed entirely out of Skrull technology.  And the whole time, I’m just getting madder and madder.  Why… doesn’t this program do ANYTHING?!?!?!  Once I figured out how to undo (and redo, although I got those confused a couple of times) and then how to save and print, I decided it might not be so bad.  I was WRONG.  There is a whole menu of options I have never even heard of (and still not sure how to describe them).  There are no menus, only buttons.  And what’s worst.  I mean, what’s WORST.  I thought I was down with being halfway decent at Excel.  This is something I’ll have to be able to do on my job on a daily basis.  I SPENT HALF AN HOUR TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE A GODDAMN CHART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I still haven’t figured out how to change the x and y axis titles!  :((((((((((((((

I have got to do something, invest in a tutorial or some books or something (I dont even own the software, I cant afford it!) because I can’t show up at a job and not know how to use print preview or create an inference.

Please, please tell me that MS Word is going to come out with a version in 2008

Name Changed To Protect Innocent

PS:  I know the software title says “2007” but I just used it for the first time last week.  Is that bad?”

Synergy and other things

Well, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here. There’s been a lot going on with SFD, me going Linux full time on my laptop, a break up and plenty of sickness in the family. During that time, I also got a new Blackberry at work and a new PC. This new PC is much more Vista friendly, but there are still some problems. Synergy gives an error saying “FATAL: cannot open primary screen: unable to open screen” and leaves up a notification you can’t make go ahead, but proceeds to work. Said message says “A program can’t display a message on your desktop” You caneither click “Show me the message,” which doesn’t work or “Remind me in a few minutes,” which should be obvious how that could be annoying.

Firefox 3b2 still has memory issues…hope that is just Vista related.

Right now my main gripe is with Outlook 2007 and how it deals with tasks. You can read about that at my post at ubuntu forums.

Does anyone want to help get Ruckus working on Linux? What about Evolution on Windows (specifically Vista)?

We also need more people in COSI’s Last.fm group.

One last thing. COSI has a big event coming up.

The solution

Ok, the quickest solution for me to the Outlook issue was starting a new profile.  With exchange my rules and alerts were saved.  I’ve got to re-do the filters for IMAP though.  Shouldn’t be a big deal.

More on Outlook 2007 back to 2003

So, it appears in my move from 2007 back to 2003 my Exchange address book access got destroyed and now all I’ve got is those addresses saved in my BlackBerry.  Grrr.

I’m going to remove the email (as well as my IMAP because of problems there) and we’ll see what happens…

Going back to Outlook/Word 2003

Formatting this text is being weird, and I have no idea why…normally works fine.

So, today was the final straw for Outlook 2007.  I couldn’t search.  WTF?
Yeah I couldn’t search a folder or across folders…I couldn’t search.

Oh, there was a search box alright, but it NEVER returned any results.

I have a folder for “Mark” and I’d search that folder for “Mark” and it’d return nothing.

So, back to Outlook 2003.

Problem is, Word 2007 can’t apparently be the HTML editor for Outlook 2003,

which means I’m going back to Word 2003 also.

I don’t actually knw if that has fixed the problem yet,

because installing or uninstalling anything in Enterprise Office 2007 takes FOREVER.

I’ll be back to complain more if its not solved, but otherwise assume it solved.