About

I started this page back in 1996 when I started my first tech job with Warwick Online. The life of a telephone tech support geek could get pretty monotonous so the opportunity to vent my frustrations for the world to see was very attractive. Back then I was one of the leaders in the “Everything / Nothing” category when just a few people actually started out doing what would eventually be called a WebLog or eventually – blog.

Personally I can’t stand the term ‘blog,’ it sounds like the noise made when someone is about to vomit excessively. As such that’s what blogging has become, a bunch of people with no real communication skills vomiting online. Everyone has a blog these days – it used to be a niche and now it is the norm. Several times I’ve considered just throwing in the towel, shutting off the server, and getting away from this thing.

Originally I think the first title for this page was Marlin’s Place. Marlin being the model of wristwatch I wore at the time (which I still want back, damn it). That continued to change with my moods, eventually landing here at tothemetal.net where the site was called – To The Metal (Who needs a pedal to live To The Metal?). About a year back I brought up Marlin’s Place again, then Mixed Signals, and now “Observations of a Life in Chaos” which is where I’ve been for the past 5 years since my life took an unexpected turn for the divorce court.

As for me, I’m a 38 year old systems and network engineer – I maintain and repair systems large and small, as well as the networks that connect them together. While it is a good living it can also be down-right frustrating at times, many times over the past 20 years I assure you.

One Response to About

  1. Charlie McCown says:

    I read and used your NK@ fix. . .thanks for saving me from Ingressor Hell!.
    I changed a rew things and am sending you the text of my way to do the same fix. You may like it, or use it haoever you want. I found that if you export to a CSV file you don’t have to do all that replacing of Tabs etc.
    Here is the text (which I also sent to those guys at Ingressor after the Peeved me off.::
    Fix an NK2 file

    1. Open the broken file with nk2view. (Available at http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_autocomplete.html) Sort the view in NK2View by the Index number so that number 1 is at the top.
    2. Select all the records and choose. .File. . .Save Selected Items. . as a .csv file
    3. Create a new contact list in Outlook with any name (I use NK2) and import the csv file into it mapping the first field from the CSV file (the Display name and email address) to the Display name in the Email section of the custom mappings. Map the second field (email address) to the email address and the third field (SMTP or Exchange) to the Email Type.
    4. Close Outlook and wait for all processes to close.
    5. Rename the broken NK2 file, and then restart Outlook and send somebody a new email. Close Outlook again. Now there will be a blank NK2 file
    6. Open KN2View again and choose File. . .Add Items From Address Book
    7. Choose the New address book that was created. Select all the items and allow them to populate the new NK2 file.

    Works pretty good. . .

    thanks again!

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