Change of plans: The box to have the HLDS/CZ server installed on will be a P4 instead of a PIII. It's got more RAM and it's faster so I should be able to run somewhere between a 12 to 16 slot server on this box.
The 384k up/down DSL is located just a few towns over from where I live so I will be able to get SUPER awesome server response since it's so close. In addition, the guy volunteering the box is less than a mile away from the nearest DSL switch which is even better (to those who don't know, the closer you are to a switch, the better your DSL connectivity is).
I should have the CZ server up tonight if all goes well. I will be posting the server IP if it should get finished on time. (grin)
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.