[IC – Repost] Jarons Return

//Retrieved from Archives. Originally posted YC 113.11.29

Earlier today I received a message from CONCORD. It would seem that some of my files have been De-Classified. My “real” name, from before I became a Capsuleer, is one of the pieces of information contained in the files I have been sent. Jaron Hearn. A name I have not heard for a very long time, and one that I had forgotten. I still have no idea why this information was classified in the first place but my investigations are continuing, and armed with new information, I have been able to make a lot of progress in the past week. I have also received a video file from someone who claims to have been present during my Capsuleer training, I am currently attempting to verify its authenticity, then I shall publish a transcript of it.

I am also following a couple of promising leads into what caused my memory loss and hope to publish something on that in the near future. Hopefully I’ll also be able to find out how I got this damn scar and why it wont go away. I can’t say much else about these leads as the sources do not wish to be identified in any way and are using proxies to communicate with me, which also has the unfortunate side-effect of causing delays. But I’ll just have to live with it. Additionally, I have started an investigation into possible ways of reversing the memory loss, or otherwise recovering my memories.

Now that I have my real name again, I’m going to attempt to track down my family. I know next to nothing about them except that my parents died in YC 107 while I was attending the State War Academy in Kisogo and undertaking the training required to become a Capsuleer. I’ll probably start there and try to find my brother and sister, I already have a couple of leads on their whereabouts, including a message from someone at the Sisters of EVE who visited me often while I was recovering, to contact her when I have recovered; so things are moving pretty quickly on that front.

Mmm Tasty Fiction

I spent some time over the last couple of days using The Wayback Machine to see how much of my old blog was still preserved in archive. I was initially saddened because the copies I was able to get seemed to have large gaps in them, meaning I was going to lose content

However, after saving every piece of fiction I could, with the date it was published in the file name, I can now happily report that I have 21 pieces of original fiction (almost) ready to be re-posted here. I’m going to read through it all and correct any errors (spelling mistakes, missing words, grammar that doesn’t make sense) before re-posting it. Each piece will be checked prior to being posted here. I’m hoping to have the first piece ready to go by the end of the week, just in time for an end of exam celebration with the revival of Fiction Friday. Most of it will be posted in the same order it was released, but some of it can be release out of order, without spoiling the rest of it.

Upcoming Projects

With school almost finished for the year, I’m going to have some free time over the next couple of months to work on a couple of projects that I have been putting off due to time constraints.

First on the list is a partial rebuild of my main desktop rig that I use for gaming and dev work. I will be adding a second HDD to it, a 1Tb 7200RPM drive that I have lying around, this is going to be the main OS install drive, and will hold anything that gets installed to C drive: documents, music, downloads, user profiles and settings, You get the idea. The current 3Tb drive will contain my Steam folder, Video collection and maybe a few other games, depending on how much I decide to install to C drive. If I had the cash lying around, I’d be throwing a small SSD in as a boot drive, but that will have to wait until next year, hoping to get that done in February.

Next on the list is setting up my server. I have enough hardware lying around to build something proper, without having a PSU and CPU heatsink that aren’t actually secured to the case, and to give it a decent amount of grunt, for a home franken-server anyway. It’s going to have an 80Gb HDD as a system drive, and 1Tb HDD for files. It will be running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS as the OS, with a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack on top of it so it can server as my dev enviroment, with remote connection provided by OpenSSH. I will probably also install phpMyadmin to make managing the databases easier.

I will also be continuing to work on my website, with a plan to have a basic about page and a functioning contact page sorted by the end of the year. In addition to this, I will be continuing to mess around with the server, at least until I have my dev server set up anyway. Once that is ready, i will be able to stop making changes to the server except when I intend for the changes to be permanent. I’m also planning on setting up an email server on my current server. This work is already in progress, and I would like to have it completed ASAP, however with end of year exams next week, this may get put on hold.

And at some point, there are various game servers I would like to try my hand at setting up (Minecraft and TF2 primarily), as well as things like Vent/TS3/Mumble, Jabber/IM and probably a whole bunch more that I am forgetting to include. If you have any suggestions for game or other servers, feel free to leave a comment or send me a tweet. And if you want some help setting up a basic web server, while I’m not even close to an expert having only just started teaching myself, I’d be happy to help. I even have my Apache install set up for multiple virtual hosts, so can easily host several additional websites (provided you don’t mind a few minutes of downtime each day as I may changes to the back end configuration).

IC: The Return

YC 116.11.1
ThreeFiveTwo R&D Facility,
REDACTED
04:37

Beep Beep Beep
“What the fuck?”
Jaron sat bolt upright in his bed, blinking in disbelief at the message he was now reading.
“That can’t be right.” He frowned at the screen.
“What time is it?” A sleeping figure grumbled from beside him.
“That’s irrelephant” he chuckled in reply. “Go back to sleep, CONCORD just reinstated my pilots license, I’ve got to go to work. I’ll wake you in a couple of hours”.

08:42
“Well I’ll be damned, the bastard is still alive.”
Jaron was sitting in his private study sipping on a hot brew of a mysterious tea, while catching up on the latest happenings in the cluster.
“Kerrigan remind me to put together a message to Hilen Tukoss, welcoming him back to the living after his long absence.”
“Yes Sir.”

YC116.05
Location Unknown
Several months ago…

“Will someone please turn off that fucking alarm!” Jaron angrily shouted
Surrounded by chaos, he has somehow managed to stay calm, but was now starting to lose his patience. The incompetence of his now former employees had resulted in at least three separate explosions already, with more likely to occur, nothing could be done to stop them.
Silence fell upon the facility. “About time someone did something right around here!” He said to the now empty control room where he was monitoring the chaos.
“Everyone still employed has now been evacuated, with most of the former employees also evacuated. You can now proceed to your capsule, I’ll handle the rest.” A mysterious voice echoed through the comms system.
“Who the fuck are you, and why are on my secure channel?” Jaron hissed as he sprinted towards the hydrostatic capsule room.
“Sorry Sir, I’m your new head of security, I just started yesterday. I’ll explain more once you are clear of the facility and the situation has been contained.” The voice replied.

A large explosion shook the ground.
“Fuck me that was close” Jaron gasped in between breaths.
“A little too close for my liking Sir, you better move your ass if you want to make it out alive, my data shows the next to go will be the one right underneath the main hanger, where your ship and capsule are located.” The mysterious Security Officer informed him, clearly this guy knew his stuff.
“I’m almost there, just a few dozen meters to go.”
Climbing into the capsule as it powered up, Jaron started powering his ship, a Manticore class stealth bomber.
Suddenly, time seemed to stand still. First the ground moved, then shook. Then the room got incredibly bright. “Too late” breathed Jaron, as he hit the emergency close button on his capsule.

ThreeFiveTwo Medical Facility,
REDACTED
Approximately one month later…

“Good Evening Sir, how are you today?”
“Hello Kerrigan, I’m doing okay. Memory is still fuzzy, but a forced cloning in an improperly closed capsule will do that to you.” Jaron chuckled as he sat up in bed. “Did the doctors say how munch longer I’ll be in here for?”
“Another week or two. They say you may never get all those lost memories back, but that some of them may eventually return.” Kerrigan replied. “The doctors did however say that you won’t be cleared to operate a ship or capsule for a couple more months, something about needing to make sure your brain isn’t fried. The doctors don’t know what effects the process may have had on your brain, it’s obvious that some damage has occurred, but they don’t know exactly what effect that will have on your ability to operate a capsule.”

YC116.11.01
ThreeFiveTwo HQ,
Jolia, Sinq Laison
14:25

“Marrada! It’s good to see you again, it’s been too long! “Jaron exclaimed as he hugged his sister.
“Yes it has. Karras has been missing you too, and should be coming by to visit soon, as soon as his current mission is completed.” Marrada returned the embrace. “How’s the lady been treating you? Taking care of you I hope.”
“She is well, out visiting family and friends today.” Jaron replied as he poured drinks for everyone.
“I see that Karras’ friend has been earning his paycheck.” Marrada motioned to the Security Officer sitting quietly on the sofa.
Jaron laughed, “Ha! He is still not convinced that the facility wasn’t sabotaged, despite all the evidence pointing to the incompetence of the workers. But he does good work, so I’ll keep him around.”
“You do know I can hear you right?” A mysterious voice called out from the sofa.
“Yes we do, nice to see you, Kerrigan.” Marrada gave him a wave.
DING
Jaron pulled his datapad from his pocket and checked the message that had just arrived.
“That reminds me, my medical clearance was granted yesterday, my pilots license has been reinstated. Although I’ve just received a message informing me that it is currently only temporary, for 10 days, so they can judge my suitability and how I cope.”
“That’s great news!” Marrada joyfully hugged her brother again. “I’ll let Mila and Karras know, then we can begin to take the corp out of stasis.”
“Not so fast Marrada. You still don’t have a valid pilots license, neither does Mila. And Karras doesn’t want to go back to full active duty yet, he’s happy just doing the odd security contract here and there.”
“Bah, you always spoil my fun.” Marrada poked her tongue out at Jaron.
“It’s a tough job, but someone has to keep you lot in check.” Jaron replied in kind.
“So then what are you going to do, if you aren’t reviving the corp?”
“Technically, I’m still employed by Aideron Robotics, and I know I’m always welcome there, so I’ll be heading back to the war zone, once I get my bearings again, which could take a couple of days.”
“Yeah, but at least it’s a start. Once you are back in space, hopefully we’ll be able to get me back in space soon enough.”
“Maybe. But for now, lets just finish working on the re-branding and getting me back into the capsule. Then we can worry about the other stuff in a couple of months.”
“Fair enough, it was good seeing you again, make sure you come and visit more often, don’t get stuck in that war zone to too long.” Marrada hugged her brother and left with a wave.
“Okay Kerrigan, time for a trip, get the corporate shuttle ready, time to head back to my hanger and start preparations.” Jaron downed his drink and headed to his bedroom.
“Yes Sir. I will make sure everything is ready for you when we get there. I’ll have the ship crews recalled from shore leave too.”

AFK – RL Intervenes

As some of you may have noticed, I haven’t posted much. RL has decided it wants my attention so I am busy dealing with assignments, exams and some personal matters. No ETA on when i will be back to posting regularly. Work on the site has also been stalled adn their is no ETA on when that will resume, probably when school slows down again.

Organizational Skills. Or lack there-of.

I need to organize myself better. I have a nice long list of things to do, but no idea what to do first. And some of those things require me to do others on the list first. Others require money that i just don;t have, so they get to sit there looking sad because they aren’t going to happen anytime soon. I still intend to put up an about me post sometime soon, and am working on a post/page detailing the “projects” I am currently “working” on, as in, I have started them, but don’t know when I will next get around to working on them or if I will ever finish any of them. But that’s half the fun!

Until next time!

New Beginnings

I’ve decided to start blogging again, and to start my own website. This blog is where I’ll talk about my latest adventures in Tech, Web Design and Software Development. The blog and web site will be a work in progress and will be used to experiment with HTML and CSS code. I may even try my hand at some Javascript later in the semester.

I’ll throw up a proper about me post later in the week and will be tweaking the design/layout of the blog over the next couple of days. For now, I have a Software Fundamentals exam to study for! Wish me luck!

Anyone who has stumbled across this site before today will have now noticed that all the posts have gone. I had imported all the old posts from my original blog, which is still up and hosted on WordPress.com. Over time, I’ll probably resurrect a couple of those posts here to show off some of my past work but for now they will remain in the post graveyard here, and available on WordPress for anyone who cares to go looking for them. I also had a self hosting blog running wordpress for a while, but have sadly lost a large chunk of the posts from it as I have lost the backup I made of it when I ended my hosting for it (Internet Archives only had a partial copy of it sadly). If anyone knows of a way to recover it when the original hosting is long gone, let me know.