A guy at work has a 384k up/down pipe DSL to his house, and said he has a PIII box that I could put a CS (or CZ) server on. Hmm....
It may be possible that I could run one of these servers for free if the computer (and the connection) can handle it. It's a possibility, we're gonna give it a shot. Woohoo :-)
Last nite I downloaded HLDS (Half-Life Dedicated Server) and toyed around with it a bit. I found it easy to run since I've been doing the rental-server thing for a while now. I believe it's easy enough where I could just burn a disc of the setup I want (after configuring it,) and then sending it to the guy who's going to volunteer the box and connection.
Anyway, like I sez we're gonna give it a try. I hope a PIII is enough. :-)
Recently I've been considering going for DCSE, which is short for "Dell Certified Systems Engineer/Expert". This would enhance my career and put me back on the hardware side of computers rather than the software side. I've always preferred the hardware anyway because it's cool to build computers. Software troubleshooting just gets on your nerves after a while, but building things is the cool stuff. (grin) At least to me it is.
DCSE certification is actually not that expensive. It requires a lot of studying to pass the exam, but since I've already technically done Dell cert stuff before (I worked for Unisys before, a large 3rd-party outfit Dell uses often for dispatching technicians,) I don't believe I'll have too much of an issue with it.
In addition, the certification would make me much more "in demand" as someone to hire, because A+ certification simply isn't enough. As anyone knows (and if you don't, you should,) A+ Certification means two things: Nothing and more nothing. I'm A+ certified - and fortunately I didn't have to pay for it; the company I was working for at the time fronted the costs for the courses. But anyway, whoopee. A+ cert never helped me get a job. It's always my experience that gets me jobs.
I was expecting to see costs in the thousands for Dell Certifications concerning DSCE certs. It's not thousands at all actually, it's hundreds. Yes, there are multi-thousand dollar courses for server certification (that takes a lot more training,) but the standard DSCE is a once-a-year thing that doesn't bang the wallet too hard, and I just may go for it. Heck, all it can do is help me and maybe get a better job, or even go back to running my own biz again - and that would be really cool.
The CZ server is going away. I took down the b3L.net domain today and cancelled the service with Recon Gamer. The account will officially "expire" on September 22 2004.
This decision is financial based, I save $50 a month by not having the server any longer. Ah well, it was fun while it lasted - but it's even more fun to keep 50 bucks more each month. (grin) Right now I need all the cash I can get to pay off my remaining bills. I just paid off the car which took a big chunk out of my savings, so any little bit more each month will help out.