Alex Figueroa

Things that happen on my everyday life…

75 days after and the bike problem…

75 days have passed since I started working the night shift.
I feel OK working this shift, no problems at all, just the first week or so, it was almost impossible to sleep more than 6 hours.

About the bike problem, the last saturday I bought a bike in SAM’s Club after days or maybe weeks planning it.
Last Tuesday I decided to take the bike to the office, you know, it’s healthy and green mode of transport.

The problem is that today (or yesterday to be more accurate) the left pedal fell off. I’m thinking that maybe the security guard here at the office has something to do with it because we argued the same day I brought the bike.

Anyway, I just want to get home to check if I can fix it or if I need to buy the crank and the pedal.

See you Space Cowboy!

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Job, Life | , | Leave a comment

Night Chronicles: Day 01

This is my first day working at the night shift.
Everything has been going pretty well, there’s just one hour left and I feel really good.

Before I came in, me and my girlfriend went to Chapultepec street and I got this handcraft:

Tonight I’ve worked on my school project: An Apache+PHP server that needs to show the following:

  • HDD Space
  • CPU Usage
  • Memory Usage
  • Active Users
  • Server’s Temperature

It’s almost done, I’m just missing the temperature and the CPU Usage. Here’s a screenshot:

Also, taking advantage that we are only 3 people, I set up my Macbook like this:

Cool, huh?

February 21, 2010 Posted by | Job, Life, Ubuntu | 1 Comment

Night Chronicles

I’m starting night shift tomorrow, thats why I decided to start a series of posts called “The Night Chronicles”.

Let’s how this shift affects me.

Tonigth we had a couple of beers (yes! Just a couple… That’s not fair). I hope to get really drunk next week though.

February 20, 2010 Posted by | Life | , , | 1 Comment


XKCD is a really funny webcomic. I’ve been reading it for almost two years.
Here’s the newest one:



P.S. XKCD’s main website was redesigned to commemorate the shutting down of Yahoo! GeoCities. It resembles the websites built at 90s with all those animated GIFs, backgrounds, images, etcetera.

October 26, 2009 Posted by | Comic | | Leave a comment

Book: Extraordinary Narrations – Edgar Allan Poe

I started this book since March, and I just finished it the last week.

It contains the following short stories:

If you ask me which one I liked the most, I’d say: The pit and the Pendulum.

The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum

September 22, 2009 Posted by | Books, Life | , , , , | 2 Comments

Here we go Ubuntu!

I just finished the set up of a “server” running Ubuntu. The “server” is my old P4 1.3 ghz desktop PC.

It was on the closet getting dust, so I decided to set it up using Ubuntu. I’m planning to install XAMPP so I can get Apache, MySQL and PHP.

Why do I need all the stuff?
During my job hunt I realized that most of the job offers require knowledge in SQL so I thought that it would be good to learn a little bit more about it.

Here’s my configuration:

  • Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop
  • VNC (As I’m using my old PC, I didn’t want the old, big CRT monitor on my small, full of things, desk so I followed this guide. Likewise you’re gonna need a VNC Client; there are a lot of them but on my Macbook I use Chicken of the VNC.)
  • Linksys running DD-WRT (my LAN)

To install XAMPP I will follow this guide. Also in this same page you can find a lot of practice examples; the author of the blog has called these posts “Operaciones con bases de datos ofimáticas y corporativas”.

Any recommendations?



September 17, 2009 Posted by | Job, Life, MySQL, Ubuntu | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Knott’s Berry Farm: Silver Bullet

Here I am again.

Yesterday my family took me to Knott’s Berry Farm and it was awesome!
I had never been before on a crazy ride like that; the craziest thing I had been on, is the “Titan” in Selva Magica.

As you may imagine they sell the video of the ride, it was expensive though (~$15 USD), but I bought it because I wanted to have a memory besides of the pictures.

Here’s the video and please comment!

August 10, 2009 Posted by | Life | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment


A long time has passed since I got free from that company, and now I feel happy!

My last day working was on July 3rd and that same day my vacations started.

It’s time to relax; one week before going back I will start looking for a job.



July 19, 2009 Posted by | Life | 1 Comment

My Desktop

My Desktop, originally uploaded by Mr. Figgs.

Today I cleaned the computer’s room, so I decided to take a photo of it.
Here it is!

June 27, 2009 Posted by | Life | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders

 Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders

Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders

I just got a reminder email about my Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders competition.

But, What’s Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders?
In Cisco words: “Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders is a great opportunity to showcase your skills and gain visibility among talent recruiters in the growing ICT and networking field.”

I will go to bed right now because my competition starts in 10 hours.

Good night!

More info:

June 27, 2009 Posted by | Life, Networking | , , , , | Leave a comment