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  1. Trying to Get Back to Writing

    You know what''s depressing? Spending a couple hours reading your awful/emo writing from over 15 years ago.

    You know what''s great? Actually wanting to write.

    I spent a good bit of time trying to figure out how to get my old website migrated out of Drupal and finally found …

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  2. Nagios utils.php script for PHP plugins

    I couldn't find a "utils.php" script for making it easier to write nagios plugins in PHP so I thought I'd whip one up.  This is a combination of the utils.php from CVS I found laying around the web and a port of Nagios::Plugin::Range perl module.  It …

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  3. Default gnome-terminal size

    Here's the command I found to set the default gnome-terminal height:

        gconftool-2 /desktop/gnome/applications/terminal/exec --type string -s 'gnome-terminal --geometry=85x40'

    Now when I hit "meta-t" I get the size gnome-terminal that I like.

    Oh, to get "meta-t" to work, you might want to set this as well …

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  4. New Site and Domain - silfreed No More

    While I've owned (and will continue to own) silfreed.net for about 9 years now, I think it's time I reasses my online personality.

    "silfreed" will probably be a part of me for a long time, but more and more in online and open source circles I'd like people to … read more
  5. G1 AT&T Wireless/mMode settings (with MMS)

    After some fiddling to get MMS working, this is my complete APN setting for AT&T Wireless (blue) mMode:

    Name: mMode
    APN: proxy
    Port: 8080
    Username: <Not set>
    Password: <Not set>
    Server: <Not set>
    MMSC: http://mmsc.mymmode.com
    MMS proxy: …

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  6. New Cell Phone Time - An T-Mobile G1

    Of course, I love cell phones.  They're my gadget crack.  So it's not surprising to my friends and family that I bought a new one for my birthday.

    I picked up a T-Mobile G1.  It's a nice touch screen device that runs an Open Source OS (Linux) with it's own … read more
  7. On the Eve of Your Second Birthday, Jocelyn

    You'll be two years old tomorrow, and it's been an amazing experience watching you grow.

    Your first birthday was lots of fun, but you were just beginning to interact with people around you.  You had a great time smashing your cake, but you didn't really "get" what was going on … read more
  8. Setting up an hdhomerun and "no devices found"

    I'm trying to get an hdhomerun set up and my firewall is getting in the way.

    After stracing the hdhomerun_config binary and seeing that the discover calls out on the network broadcast ( here) on port 65001 I did some tcpdumping (also knowing my hdhomerun was at … read more
  9. 7 Things Meme

    I've been tagged by Brian.

    Seven things:

    1. I was completely new to the Mozilla community when I started at Mozdev.  I barely even used Firefox (gasp! I used konqueror, so it wasn't all bad).  Now I know my way around a bit, but still seem to be too involved in …
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  10. gajim-pinger

    I've written a little shell script I'm calling gajim-pinger.  If you use gajim for IM and ping.fm for updating your social networks, this simplifies things by:

    1. updating ping.fm
    2. updating your gajim status message

    It does this by using zenity to ask you what you're doing, then gajim-remote to …

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  11. What I did this weekend

    I got my rack in working order, moved thor (file server/MythTV backend) out to it (with associated wiring) and got my Comcast Digital receiver hooked up with an iguanaWorks iguanaIR usb IR transceiver.

    We also went for a nice walk with the Beecher family down to the creek, enjoying …

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  12. CPOSC Slides

    Here are my slides for the talk I did at CPOSC 2008.  The title of my talk was Architecting a Community: How Mozdev Runs and Grows and had the unfortunate conflict with the Git Sucks talk which drew in almost all the attendees.

    The event was great and I'm glad …

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  13. Moved photos

    My photo gallery has been moved to a sub-site; photo.silfreed.net.  I think I got things fixed up so that the links will redirect to the correct location, but let me know if you run into any problems navigating or see broken images.

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  14. Jared's Birth Story


    Jared Douglas Warner was born September 30th, 2008 at 12:49pm EDT.  He was 8lbs 14.8oz and 21.25 inches long.

    Tiffany was scheduled for an induction on Tuesday at 7am, but contractions started around 2am that morning.  Jocelyn was already staying at Tiff's Parents' house since the induction …

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  15. Updating My Branding

    I've been thinking about updating my [online] identity for awhile now.  "silfreed", while unique, is difficult to spell/pronounce when talking to someone (let alone telling them my email address which includes it twice).  Ideally, I'd like to update my branding to include:

    1. A good, short, understandable domain name (ones …
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  16. Permission to spend $one grand

    Ever since Sam posted his Nikon D50 on Craigslist I've had the bug to get into SLR photography.

    I need to justify this somehow; I do it by claiming it's to photograph the new baby since the last photos were poorly lit. Other than indoor photography, I'm also into outdoor … read more
  17. MediaIndexer project setup

    I was able to setup the MediaIndexer (working project name) website and repository tonight so Brady and I have a place to coordinate. Trac + Mercurial was really pretty easy to setup; and I've had the sources in Mercurial for a week or so already (made it nice for copying code …

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  18. Mozdev status update for W27-2008

    • Fixed bug with tools styling of Summer theme
    • Setup FCKeditor with mediawiki plugin (bug#18975) - I was able to get the fckeditor plugin for Drupal modified to load the mediawiki plugin only for the wiki content type; the patch for the plugin still needs some work and the mediawiki plugin …
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  19. Mozdev's Role in the Add-On world

    Mozdev has long offered free source hosting, but along with that we offer a number of other features that are important to extension developers such as mirroring and distribution and secure installations and updates.

    Mozdev has been working hard to try to prepare for the Firefox 3 release. We were … read more
  20. Reflecting on my first year at Mozdev

    I've been at Mozdev for a full year now. This was a big step for me personally as well as for Mozdev; there was lots of trepidation from both parties, for a number of reasons:

    - I was Mozdev's first full-time employee (and without a formal office, all interviews were over … read more
  21. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-07-01

    Participants: davidwboswell, (David Boswell), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Doug Warner)

    Community participants: JesperHansen

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - working on WYSIWYG for Mozdev wiki - planning on using mediawiki syntax with FCKeditor (noticed DevMo is switching to DekiWiki) - at ccaygill's prompting (and patch) updated the local.conf … read more
  22. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-06-24

    Participants: gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Doug Warner)

    Community participants: ccaygill

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - finished new bugzilla bug entry form - helped with Firefox 3 server load (adding additional caches, mostly) - fixed XPI sorting on project overview page - working on improving wiki formatting at Mozdev - investigating … read more
  23. Mozdev status update for W25-2008

    Getting back into the swing of things after vacation.

    - Updating Mozdev bugzilla bug entry form - this is ready to go into production to help making requests to Mozdev easier - Handling Firefox 3 release server load - the Firefox 3 release caused lots of additional web traffic to mozdev.org in a … read more
  24. 6 months of photos

    Our recent trip to Lake Raystown:

    • trips/Raystown+2008


    • events/Jocelyns+1st+Birthday+Party
    • events/Dougs+28th+Birthday+Party+at+Shipes
    • events/Easter+Egg+Hunt+at+South+Newton+Fire+Company
    • events/Easter+Presents+at+Warners
    • events/Swimming+Lessons+with+Mom
    • events/Pre-Fathers+Day
    • events/Summertime+Playing+at+Warners
    • events …
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  25. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-06-17

    Participants: davidwboswell (David Boswell), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Doug Warner)

    Community participants: ccaygill

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - finished up changes to simpler bug entry form - increased timeout on new Mozdev pages that require login (file managment, project tag editing) - wrote Mercurial documentation for Mozdev - Firefox … read more
  26. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-06-10

    Minutes from mozdev sysadmin meeting on Tuesday, June 10, 2008

    Participants: davidwboswell (David Boswell), cdn-work (Chris Neale), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Doug Warner)

    Community participants: ccaygill, JesperHansen

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - added a new mirror for zurich/switzerland - documented some module settings that caused problems … read more
  27. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-06-03

    Participants: davidwboswell (David Boswell), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Doug Warner)

    Community participants: JesperHansen, djc

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - OSCon/Firefox Summit planning - Styling hgweb (still needs some work) - Sponsor work - Songbird page is now live - new Multi-VCS log RSS feed - lots of unit test improvements … read more
  28. Mozdev status update W21-2008, sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-05-27

    Participating: davidwboswell (David Boswell), ericjung (Eric Jung), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Doug Warner)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - improved bugzilla Mac OS X detection by adding more versions to OS list - worked with ccaygill of Mycroft to get HTTP header problem fixed that prevented downloads in … read more
  29. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-05-20

    Minutes from mozdev sysadmin meeting on Tuesday, May 20, 2008

    Present: cdn-work (Chris Neale), ericjung (Eric Jung), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Doug Warner)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - sponsor work - fixed bugs in update.rdf generation - documenting move of hg to production - testing multiple-domain ssl certs … read more
  30. Mozdev status update W20-2008

    • Work on sponsor pages
    • Fixed bugs in update.rdf generation
    • Documenting how to move hg to production
    • Testing multiple-domain SSL certificates - Found out that certificates with multiple domains (specified in the Subject Alternate Name, SAN field) works with most current browsers, mercurial, and SVN and does not require additional IPs …
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  31. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-05-13

    Present: davidwboswell (David Boswell), ericjung (Eric Jung), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Doug Warner)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - setup mercurial commit logging last week - upgraded (staging) mercurial to 1.0 - not much other mercurial work accomplished - updated external links in the mozdev.org header - released the … read more
  32. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-05-06

    Present: davidwboswell (David Boswell), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Doug Warner)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - hg testing released; two projects have asked for testing repos already - secure update.rdf generation released; there's been some additional interest on the list, but no direct questions - sent policy update … read more
  33. Mozdev status update for W18-2008

    I ended up spending a large part of last week fixing some architectural problems I created with the ProjectVCS/VCS classes and debugging some test cases, but overall the admin page for selecting a project's current VCS and initializing a repository is ready (announcement coming soon asking for beta testers …

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  34. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-04-29

    Present: cdn-work (Chris Neale), davidwboswell (David Boswell), ericjung (Eric Jung), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Doug Warner)

    Community present: ccaygill, djc, JesperHansen

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - worked on the backend for choosing VCS and initializing mercurial - didn't get much time to work on the admin interface … read more
  35. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-04-22

    Present: davidwboswell (David Boswell), ericjung (Eric Jung), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Doug Warner), djc (autocopy extension owner)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - spam attack last week has been cleaned up; old notes system is currently disabled - mercurial is setup on staging at hg.vebzom.org; authentication … read more
  36. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-04-15

    Present: davidwboswell (David Boswell), ericjung (Eric Jung), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Doug Warner)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - got mercurial plan together; started getting mercurial setup on vebzom - deployed update.rdf generation, but need some testers - various bug triaging - we have some mod_rewrite bugs still lingering … read more
  37. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-04-08

    Present: cdn-work (Chris Neale), davidwboswell (David Boswell), ericjung (Eric Jung), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Doug Warner)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - testing apache 2.2/php 5 changes - created project tagging policy/docs - started update.rdf generation for secure updates - started setting up test suite for … read more
  38. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-04-01

    Present: davidwboswell (David Boswell), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Doug Warner)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - project overview page/secure installs was generally well-received - several minor bugs in file management, presentation, and extension parsing were handled quickly - working on a tagging policy to help project owners know … read more
  39. Jocelyn the Vi user

    Jocelyn's definitely going to be a vi user; when she's done typing she immediately hits 'escape' and will pound 'escape' repeatedly when things aren't acting the way she thinks they should.

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  40. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-03-25

    Present: davidwboswell (David Boswell), ericjung (Eric Jung), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Doug Warner), ccaygill (MyCroft project)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - about ready to release the secure installation/project overview stuff; been working w/ a PO on testing things; trying to figure out a bug in … read more
  41. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-03-18

    Present: davidwboswell (David Boswell), cdn (Chris Neale), ericjung (Eric Jung), gjm_home (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Doug Warner)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - spring theme is updated - the project overview page is mostly complete; just trying to get POs to help with testing - started looking into subversion and … read more
  42. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-03-11

    Present: davidwboswell (David Boswell), ericjung (Eric Jung), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Doug Warner)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - working on getting a project overview page - this will have links for a project (bugs, source, etc) as well as list some basic information, stats, and downloads for … read more
  43. Welcome Mya González

    Scott and Kristin González received their new little girl, Mya Lynn González, yesterday.

    She was 6 lb 11.6 oz and 18.5 inches long.

    Congratulations Scott and Kristin!

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  44. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-03-04

    Present: davidwboswell (David Boswell), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Doug Warner)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - working on the UI to allow project owners to verify and release their downloads and extensions - working on mockups for a project overview page that would contain the publicly available downloads … read more
  45. I don't like the new Runts

    I don't like the new runts.

    They replaced the green (lime) and red (cherry) ones that used to be there with a new yellow (pineapple) and red (mango). Here's a look at the perpetrators:

    After you remove them, this is all you're left with:

    Orange, pink (strawberry), and yellow banana …

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  46. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-02-26

    Present: davidwboswell (David Boswell), ericjung (Eric Jung), gjm (Gerry Murphy), tanker (Michael Dosser)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - skipped; silfreed not present

    Discussed sysadmin priorities

    - gjm has written some python classes to deal with mailman configs; this makes it easier to do validation & reconfiguration - defaults for … read more
  47. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-02-19

    Present: davidwboswell (David Boswell), cdn-work (Chris Neale), ericjung (Eric Jung), gjm_home (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Douglas Warner), tanker (Michael Dosser)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - sick last week; didn't get a lot of stuff done - mostly spent time fixing minor bugs with the new application/extension parsing … read more
  48. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-02-12

    Present: davidwboswell (David Boswell), cdn-work (Chris Neale), ericjung (Eric Jung), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Douglas Warner), tanker (Michael Dosser)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - project searching now searches words 3 characters and more (so searches on things like 'rss' or 'moz' work now) - we're automatically parsing … read more
  49. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-02-05

    Present: davidwboswell (David Boswell), cdn-work (Chris Neale), ericjung (Eric Jung), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Douglas Warner), tanker (Michael Dosser)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - project search interface is live; needs some tweaks and am coordinating with sysadmins - parsing extensions for supported applications is underway; I'll be … read more
  50. Dell Latitude D630 ordered

    Yesterday I said I was looking at the D830 or the T61, but I had forgotten about the Dell Latitude D630 that I had looked at a couple times. After talking with Tiff about getting a new laptop and getting the okay, I finally went with the D630.

    I think …

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  51. Sick days suck

    I hate sick days. Especially ones like this; I'm lucid enough to know that I should be being more productive, yet not lucid enough to trust anything I would do. Damn Dayquil(tm).

    So this weekend (Friday, actually) I finally managed to get ahold of a Wii (damn those marketing … read more
  52. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-01-29

    Present: davidwboswell (David Boswell), gjm (Gerry Murphy), ericjung(Eric Jung), silfreed (Douglas Warner), tanker (Michael Dosser)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - Mozdev source code should be publically available now in hovercraft/sandbox/php - admin tools are updated to work with PHP upgrade - project search interface is … read more
  53. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-01-22

    Present: davidwboswell (David Boswell), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Douglas Warner), tanker (Michael Dosser)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - continuing to get mozdev code working with PHP 5.2 - migrating mozdev code into CVS - updated in Hovercraft project now - mozdev code is checked out on vebzom.org … read more
  54. Reflecting on FUDCon

    This past weekend was great; I met a lot of people I've only seen in IRC or on mailing lists, hacked on MyFedora (mockup) a bunch, attended and filmed a bunch of sessions, and just tried to get some of the "Fedora vibe" and see how everyone interacts.

    Todd and … read more
  55. Mozdev DNS outage

    Mozdev.org is currently experiencing a DNS outage due to our one hosting company being offline. We're aware of the problem but currently don't have an ETR. We'll be looking into making DNS available from more hosts in the near future so that problems like this don't cause outages for …

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  56. Disabling PHP's register_globals in userland

    So you have a large PHP deployment that is (still? - this is 2008!) using register_globals. How do you test individual pieces of the site without being able to change the ini variable via .htaccess? Try this code out:

    &lt;?phpif (ini_get('register_globals')){        $__sgs = array('_ENV', '_GET', '_POST', '_COOKIE', '_SERVER');        foreach …
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  57. FUDCon 2008 this weekend

    Heading down with Todd Zullinger today to Raleigh, NC to hit up FUDCon.

    I'm pretty excited about this trip; I've been a user of Red Hat products for about 9 years now, and while I've done some packaging for several years I've only recently become a Fedora contributor and have … read more
  58. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2008-01-08

    Present: davidwboswell (David Boswell), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Douglas Warner), tanker (Michael Dosser)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - project tagging is moving along well; the PO interface for editing tags is complete; the user interface for browsing tags (tag cloud and project lists) is complete; the … read more
  59. Sheller Wedding in St. Mary's

    This past weekend we went to St. Mary's, PA to attend a wedding; that was quite the drive.

    We drove about 3.5 hrs on the way there (left around 05:15) on the 29th, then came back Sunday morning the 30th and took about 4.5 hrs.

    The wedding … read more
  60. The home movie bug

    I recently purchased a Canon HG-10 camcorder. The primary reason was to start capturing Jocelyn's growth on video; she's almost walking now, and we wanted to get some video of our families through the Christmas holiday.

    The camcorder is extremely light. It records directly to hard disk instead of MiniDV … read more
  61. Mozdev Sysadmin Meeting Minutes for 2007-12-18

    Present: davidwboswell (David Boswell), gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Douglas Warner), tanker (Michael Dosser)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - comcast's email block is removed - trying to plan how to move more code into CVS - writing auth, error, database, session, and tagging libraries - the backend for project tagging … read more
  62. Mozdev status update for W50-2007

    This week I spent a lot of time trying to get a better code library setup for Mozdev code that would be easier to maintain and test (mostly meaning, starting to write stuff in OOP style despite PHP 4's lackings). Towards that end, I've ended up getting session managent, authentication …

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  63. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2007-12-11

    Present: davidwboswell (David Boswell), ericjung (Eric Jung) gjm (Gerry Murphy), silfreed (Douglas Warner), tanker (Michael Dosser)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Mozdev downtime

    - no obvious causes for downtime found yet - box was logging up until the server rebooted, so it was still active - suspected hardware problem since the box … read more
  64. Mozdev unexpected downtime

    Our main mozdev.org server is currently unavailable making all services unavailable (web, CVS, downloads, mailing lists). The problem seems to have started at approx. 22:45 UTC (17:45 EST). We have our colocation provider looking into the problem and will update once more information is known.

    Update 21 … read more
  65. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2007-12-04

    Present: cdn-work (Chris Neale), davidwboswell (David Boswell), gjm (Gerry Murphy), kinger (Brian King), silfreed (Douglas Warner), tanker (Michael Dosser)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - theme cleanups for mozdev.org w.r.t. http/https - downloads.mozdev.org updates - redirection to closest mirror and serving files directly … read more
  66. Photos for the last Three Months

    Here's a boatload of photos that I just uploaded, in no particular order. You might be better off hitting the main sections and browsing backwards.

    The movies are probably in the H.264 codec. Unfortunately, all these photos (and the ones from Ocean City) still need tagged. You'll have to … read more
  67. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2007-11-27

    Present: Chris Neale (cdn-work), David Boswell (davidwboswell), Eric Jung (ericjung), Gerry Murphy (gjm), Doug Warner (silfreed)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - drupal tweaks to install profile - helped move bugzilla bugs along for bz 3 upgrade - updated front page to pull news from our blogs - cleaned up … read more
  68. Poles Steeple hike

    Brady and I did a hike last Sunday (2007-11-18) up to Poles Steeple in Pine Grove. The hike was good; lots of "up". I was hoping for a better view, but the fog prevented that. It also turns out we got up there too late for a good view of …

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  69. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2007-11-20

    Present: David Boswell, (davidwboswell), Doug Warner (silfreed), Gerry Murphy (gjm), Chris Neale (cdn-work), Brian King (kinger), Eric Jung (ericjung)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - a little Drupal work (theming fixes, install profile fixes) - Thanksgiving theme - replaced mirror content - going to start putting news on front page … read more
  70. Mozdev status update for W46-2007

    • Fixed Drupal theme selection bug - Users were unable to change their theme due to me forcing the setting in settings.php globally.
    • Planning fixes to mysql errors caused by backups - I've been working with Mozdev's sysadmins to try to figure out how best to deal with the two-minute outage daily …
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  71. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2007-11-13

    Present: David Boswell, (davidwboswell), Doug Warner (silfreed), Michael Dosser (tanker), Gerry Murphy (gjm), Chris Neale (cdn-work), Brian King (kinger)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - download counters enabled; projects can use downloads() function again - D.MD.o now shows size of download files - mycroft doesn't use mirror … read more
  72. Spotts Road hike

    Brady and I managed a short hike on Saturday in the snow. Brady got some decent pictures, but I didn't have anything with me (well, my cell-phone, but..).

    At any rate, you can check out my stats.


    {IMAGE:/sites/silfreed.net/files/2007-11-10-hike-map …

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  73. Mozdev status update for W45-2007

    Another big week of mirror work. I received responses from all the current mozdev.org mirrors as well as some that I wasn't aware was acting as a mirror. I have most of the mirrors assigned to regions so redirection to the closest mirror should be happening in the near …

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  74. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2007-11-06

    Present: Doug Warner (silfreed), Michael Dosser (tanker), Gerry Murphy (gjm)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - mirror admin interface is complete - waiting on some more responses from mirrors before switching from flat-file redirection to new tool - M.MD.O is updated w/ dynamic content - next todo is …
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  75. Saturday hike and SciFi viewing

    Saturday was mostly a relaxation day; I was able to get a lot of the cleaning around the house done Friday before picking up Jocelyn (yeah flex scheduling!), so Saturday I spent time with Tiffany and Jocelyn and then went out with "the boys" (aka, Brady and Kevin).

    Before Kevin … read more
  76. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2007-10-30

    Present: David Boswell (davidwboswell), Doug Warner (silfreed), Chris Neale (cdn-work)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - admin tool for managing mirrors is going well, despite some setbacks last week learning some javascript - mirror management should be finished up today, then will start towards download counters and mirror … read more
  77. Mozdev Status Update for W42-2007

    • RSS icon cleanup on front page

    • Vebzom.org DNS was broken for awhile - This kept me from working on the new mirror management library
    • Researched email delays - The problem might be related to the massive number of held messages that are sitting in Mailman; it might be the daily nag …
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  78. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2007-10-09

    Present: David Boswell (davidwboswell), Doug Warner (silfreed),

    Michael Dosser (tanker), Eric Jung (ericjung)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities

    - Drupal still ready to deploy - mirror-up script ready to deploy - working on browsable downloads.mozdev.org - working on mirror admin tools - soon to work on mirror redirection to …
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  79. Jocelyn Walking on Clothes Basket

    Check out Jocelyn pushing herself along on a clothes basket at 7 months old! She's trying to grow up way too fast. Last night Tiff was putting clothes away while Jocelyn was playing in her crib and Tiff saw Jocelyn pull herself up to standing using the crib! I guess …

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  80. Mozdev status update W40-2007

    Most of this week was spent working on mirror improvements and preparing for the Drupal rollout.

    - Determined Bouncer won't work for Mozdev - Bouncer's reliance on Product, Version, Language, and OS makes it not quite suitable for Mozdev since we don't make our project owners track language or OS for their … read more
  81. Story concept for Eureka: Make Carter the Genius

    Eureka was a nice, light, funny show in its first season. Season 2 has been pretty disappointing; too many new people introduced, relationships forced into being, odd plot devices.

    Anyway, the idea is to make Sheriff Carter the genius instead of constantly being put down as the "dumb one." Some … read more
  82. rcsedit

    I've had this little script laying around for awhile that I use as a wrapper for RCS to check out a group of files in one batch, edit them all, and commit them. So I setup repository for rcsedit in case others want to try it out.

    It should be … read more
  83. Dead lawn mower happenings

    So a couple weeks ago I told you about some problems (I created) with our lawn mower. Unfortunately, things have gotten worse.

    Well, I guess it didn't have far to go from "potentially dead" to "dead", so it's not too surprising.

    My father-in-law was able to get the mower running …

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  84. Mozdev W39-Y2007 status update

    Drupal is ready to be deployed, so that's in a holding pattern waiting for the sysadmins to get time to set things up.

    Since Drupal's currently stalled, I've moved onto other projects. Lots of cleanup of various tools that have been implemented recently and started evaluating tools to improve our … read more
  85. remotebackup project

    For some years now I've relied on a script written by Lindsay Snider while at PA.net for all my backup needs. A year or so ago a presentation was done at CPLug that described the tool, and it was agreed that the script should become public somewhere so people …

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  86. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2007-09-25

    Present: David Boswell (davidwboswell), Doug Warner (silfreed),

    Michael Dosser (tanker), Chris Neale (cdn-work), Brian King (kinger_away)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities (drupal testing, linking to drupal, rollout...)

    - Lots of bug squashing; top-50 page, cvs log rss feed, and admin publish tool

    are all active now. - Tanker …

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  87. Argo jabber up and running on ejabberd

    Tonight I was able to get ejabberd up and running on Argo. I had to use the Fedora 7 package for now until I work out co-maintainership on the ejabberd package in EPEL, but it seems to be running fine.

    I imported all the "major" domains - nivek.ws, pyxos.net …

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  88. Argo CentOS 5 Upgrade

    Argo is now upgraded to CentOS 5.0. There was the usual amount of pain for a server that runs all possible services, but for the most part the upgrade went very well.

    So far the only remaining problem is jabberd. I don't have new packages available and the old …

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  89. Mozdev sysadmin meeting minutes for 2007-09-18

    Present: David Boswell (davidwboswell), Doug Warner (silfreed),

    Michael Dosser (tanker), Eric Jung (ericjung), Chris Neale (cdn-work)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities (drupal testing, linking to drupal, rollout...)

    - Publish tool is working again

    Discussed sysadmin priorities (stats, mirror improvements, mailman defaults...)

    - top50.pl page is fixed; Doug … read more
  90. CentOS upgrade success

    Since yum isn't capable of downgrading the correct package, I decided to try smart.

    And after a couple hours (literally) of computing transactions, it worked.

    Now, there's definitely some cleanup to do, but it's pretty good. Unfortunately smart isn't available for RHEL 5 yet (I've emailed rpmforge to request it …

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  91. Week 37 Year 2007 status update

    Drupal for Mozdev is getting close to being ready to implement in production, so I've been mostly working on other bugs this week.

    - Drupal integration into Mozdev site - I started looking into how to link Drupal into Mozdev's site - specifically how to include it in the navigation. I haven't gotten … read more
  92. FC6 Xen now working

    For awhile now my file server has been running Fedora Core 6. I never have a good time to upgrade it to Fedora 7 because I'm always using it.

    In the beginning I had envisioned running multiple VMs on it for compiling packages; it's an x86_64 box, so I would …

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  93. Bad lawn mower happenings

    Tiff and I bought a riding mower last summer. We both knew it was going to drastically reduce the amount of work we had to do to keep the lawn looking decent (it's not possible to make our lawn look nice).

    Three weeks ago I was mowing the lawn and …

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  94. Mozdev admin meeting minutes for 2007-09-11

    Present: David Boswell (davidwboswell), Doug Warner (silfreed),

    Michael Dosser (tanker), Eric Jung (ericjung), Chris Neale (cdn-work)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed developer priorities (drupal testing, linking to drupal, rollout...)

    - Drupal testing went well with the initial bug reporters. Next is to open

    up testing to the general project …

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  95. Look! It's me!

    [silfreed@joshua ~]$ ssh argo
    Last login: Fri Sep 7 15:09:38 2007 from *joshua.wl.silfreed.net*  
    [silfreed@argo ~]$ last -ai -n1
    silfreed pts/0 Fri Sep 7 15:09 still logged in

    I'm such a dork.

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  96. IPv6 for my LAN

    I know I said I was using Hurricane Electric earlier today, but now I'm with SixXS.

    HE only routes a single /64, which is good for one LAN if you want to use radvd to auto-configure your IPs based on mac addresses. I have two LANs (wireless and wired are … read more
  97. Mozdev admin meeting minutes for 2007-09-04

    Present: David Boswell (davidwboswell), Doug Warner (silfreed),

    Michael Dosser (tanker)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed current developer projects and upcoming projects:

    - Performance problems don't seem to be related to Drupal or staging server;

    possibly connectivity issues, but haven't been able to prove that yet. - Top-50 page work is …

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  98. Week 35 Year 2007 status update

    This is a short week for me, so I didn't get as much accomplished as I hoped. Still, there was some good progress made, and the Drupal install for Mozdev is progressing well. The test for project owners should be coming shortly.

    - Multisite Manager/install profile fixes - Fixing Mozdev's install … read more
  99. Mozdev admin meeting minutes for 2007-08-28

    Present: David Boswell (davidwboswell), Doug Warner (silfreed),

    Chris Neale (cdn-work), Michael Dosser (tanker)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed current developer projects and upcoming projects:

    - fixed new projects showing up on active list - drupal testing went well; fixed bugs that were reported - release staging copy to Project Owners?

    </p …
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  100. Why social networking is scary

    You can ignore Facebook's stalking side-nature, but what you can't ignore is that other people own your life.

    This is the reason I've resisted Web 2.0 social networking sites for as long as I have; and even though I do use some of them now, I try to use …

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  101. Week 34 Year 2007 status update

    Mostly Drupal happenings this past week.

    - Released staging copy to board members - The board members were able to get access to the staging copy I've been working on in order to test installing new Drupal instances, editing and creating content, and working with their user profiles synced to their Mozdev … read more
  102. Visiting the Shipes and Littles

    This weekend Tiff, Jocelyn and I made a small loop through Virginia to visit the Shipes (my sister) and the Littles (Dennis and Michele).

    First stop was Barboursville, VA on Friday afternoon. We dropped my nephew Logan off at my sister's. He was up visiting for the week and since … read more
  103. Doug's LinkedIn Recommendation Request

    well, I was going to unrecommend you with stuff like, "sat around and watched anime all day, came in late, left early, and took lots of smoke breaks" but since you used "bizitch" in your request, I'll write a good recommendation — Scott González

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  104. Mozdev admin meeting minutes for 2007-08-21

    Present: David Boswell (davidwboswell), Chris Neale (cdn-work), Brian King (kinger), Myk Melez (myk), Michael Dosser (tanker), Eric Jung (ericjung)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed current developer projects and upcoming projects:

    - bug#13381 is complete; need to fix bug w/ new projects on active list - drupal installation profile is … read more
  105. Mozdev admin meeting minutes for 2007-08-14

    Present: David Boswell (davidwboswell), Doug Warner (silfreed), Michael Dosser (tanker), Eric Jung (ericjung)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed current developer projects and upcoming projects:

    - Doug is fixing a minor bug with the active project list, then the "unstarted project list" bug is completed - Doug setup the project stats … read more
  106. A non-custom CMS!? What are you thinking!?

    This is a big step for me. It's the first time I've used a non-custom CMS.

    Since I've owned silfreed.net it's always been a custom app. I used jogger (then jolem, then blogstar) to create blog posts through a jabber/XMPP bot. However, this lacked the flexibility to create …

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  107. Week 31 Year 2007 status update

    Made lots of good progress with Drupal modules and permissions setup this week.

    I had some problems with the Liquid wiki module not supporting CamelCase correctly, so I had to use some other modules to implement that as well (pear wiki, freelinking, wikitools).

    I've setup a default set of permissions … read more
  108. Admin meeting for 2007-07-31

    Present: Doug Warner (silfreed), Michael Dosser (tanker), Eric Jung (ericjung), Myk Melez (myk)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed Mic's sysadmin priorities:

    • Amazon EC2/S3 setup is going well
      • Need to determine whether to move old logfiles to EC2 for processing
      • Just running EC2 is $72/mo ($0.10 …
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  109. Week 30 update

    Bug#13381 should be finished up "real soon now." After I got some help getting things installed in production there were a few bugs to fix and features to add. Specifically I added RSS feeds for each of the lists, I added an admin page for sending the inactive message …

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  110. Admin meeting for 2007-07-24

    Present: Doug Warner (silfreed), Michael Dosser (tanker), Chris Neale (cdn-work), Brian King (kinger)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Mic and Ivan have been very busy this week and haven't made any progress on the mirror bugs or project stats.

    ClamAV on the production server died on Sunday and has …

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  111. Speaker wiring

    Other than my {NODE 399}Dad's 60th birthday{/NODE}, I spent this weekend cutting holes in my walls and running wires in my basement drop-ceiling.

    I started Saturday morning around 07:30 and stopped around 10:30 (3 hours). Most of the time was spent figuring out where my one … read more
  112. Happy 60th birthday, Dad

    This weekend my Dad turned 60. My immediate family had a small gathering on Friday night, with a bigger party with extended family on Sunday.

    My dad made out pretty well with birthday presents; he got a set of remote-controlled boats and a 30G black iPod.

    My brother-in-law seemed very … read more
  113. Admin meeting for 2007-07-17

    Present: David Boswell (davidwboswell), Doug Warner (silfreed), Eric Jung (ericjung), Michael Dosser (tanker), Chris Neale, (cdn-work), Brian King (kinger), Dave Townsend (Mossop)

    Discussion was held publically in #mozdev

    Discussed Doug's developer priorities:

    • Unstarted projects list - receiving Mic's help to implement in production
    • Making progress on blog/wiki/forums - see Doug's …
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  114. Dell 2007wfp

    After seeing the Dell 2007wfp show up on sale, I knew I needed one. I had gotten used to the extra desktop space, and being in several IRC rooms at the same time, it's definitely helpful to have the extra room.

    I've used a Dell 2005wfp in the past and …

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  115. Stats would be helpful

    I was working on bug#13381 and I realized that I need some more stats background. Or at least, some application of the stats classes I had 6-7 years ago would be helpful.

    We have this problem were we need to categorize projects into three groups: new/never-started, active, and …

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  116. Raystown 2007 photos online

    We got back from Raystown this past Sunday. It was a nice 5-day vacation. I didn't even pick up my laptop once (although I did take it along - for directions and downloading photos only, of course)!

    It was a mix of weather; hot when we first got there; a thunderstorm …

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  117. Home office is up and running

    So this is where I've been working the past couple days. I picked up (er, had delivered) a desk from Office Max and it seems to be working out pretty well so far. I bought the shelves from Lowes and plan on putting some more books up there that I …

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  118. Time to Move On

    My time at Express Dynamics working on the WorkXpress engine is coming to a close. Friday I gave my notice that I will be leaving the company.

    I've decided to begin doing my own consulting/contract work as systems administrator/network administrator/solutions architect/information architect. To that end I've … read more
  119. Jocelyn's first shots

    That was a lot rougher for Tiff and I to watch than we thought it would be. And we know the worst part is coming up as she has reactions to the various vaccines. She got four shots - two in each leg, and an oral vaccine for ~~Rhinovirus~~Rotovirus. We …

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  120. Who hates you?

    Apparently Microsoft loves bignate, but not me (last 4.25 weeks of logs, not years):

    # for i in 'googlebot' 'Yahoo! Slurp' 'msnbot' ; do echo -n "$i: "; cat silfreed.net-access_log* | grep -ic "$i"; donegooglebot: 19043Yahoo! Slurp: 28627msnbot: 12348

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  121. Thank god for backup superblocks

    Last night I had a bit of a scare; I was googling around and got an error message in Konqueror that was very odd - something about a "read-only filesystem".

    `dmesg` confirmed my fears; lots of ext3 errors and DMA errors. Well - nothing left to do here but reboot. Only my … read more
  122. Garage cleanup

    Last weekend my Dad and I spent an afternoon building shelves into the shed we got last year and we moved a good bit of stuff out there. This past Sunday I did some more work to get all the lawn equipment and supplies out there as well. My Dad …

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  123. Reseting image number counter on Canon (S2 IS)

    I had reset my camera image counter to test out a new firmware and wanted to restore my camera's image counter back to 1720ish instead of 0001. I found the threads below on how to do it; here's an overview:

    1. Delete everything off your card or format it
    2. Take a …
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  124. AT&T Wireless (mMode) settings for Samsung

    AT&TWS WAP 2.0 Settings:

    Name: <whatever you want>Homepage: http://homeProxies: EnablePrimary proxy address: proxy port: 8080Secondary proxy: <keep it as is>Data Bearer: GPRS Bearer SettingsGPRS Access Point: ProxyAuthentication type: NormalLogin type: AutomaticUser name: <blank>Password: <blank>

    MMS Settings:

    Name: <whatever you want …
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  125. Jocelyn's birth story

    Of course, this really started last father's day (2006.06.18) when we found out Tiffany was pregnant, but we're going to skip ahead to the birth part.

    Early morning (01:30ish) Sunday, February 25th, Tiffany thought her water broke. We called the on-call doctor (Dr. Benanatti) who said we … read more
  126. Web 2.0 upgrade

    I'm thinking I should go register warnr.net and setup a Web 2.0 site for myself that's a mashup of my currently blog using reflective web-2.0-approved colors for logos with reflective article titles. My website could be dougls.warnr.net.

    The other alternative is to register ougl.as … read more
  127. Inbox under control

    Despite only getting a couple hours sleep last night (this morning?) I managed to get my inbox under control after a week and a half of barely picking up my computer. If you emailed me and I didn't get back to you, you probably want to email again.

    Everyone here …

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  128. Announcing Jocelyn Renae Warner

    Jocelyn Ranae Warner was born on February 26th at 15:15 EST after approx 24 hours of labor. She was 7lbs 7.7oz and 20.5 inches long.

    Even from this cell-phone quality pic, you can see how little the little nose has changed since we last saw it.

    Mom's …

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  129. File server finally done

    I was finally able to get all my drives into my file server and get the array fully upgraded. First, the results:

    # df -h /dev/md0Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on/dev/md0              1.8T  742G  1.1T  41% /mnt/storage# df -H /dev/md0Filesystem             Size   Used  Avail Use …
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  130. Problems with Samba and newly created files fixed

    For a very long time I've had problems that I couldn't get access to files I had just created on a SMBFS/CIFS mount. The problem was clear:

    [silfreed@joshua test]$ ls -ld .drwxrwxrwx 13 nobody nobody 0 Feb 12 09:17 .[silfreed@joshua test]$ touch junktouch: setting times of …
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  131. Xen and ivtv not quite happy yet

    I tried to setup a separate domain to run ivtv and the mythbackend, but it apparently wasn't meant to be. After trying various incantations of "swiotlb=force" in both dom0 and domU, thing still didn't work. I eventually got the devices passed through (PVR-500 - essentially two PVR-250's on a PCI …

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  132. Dynamic Konsole Session Tabs/Names

    I was finally annoyed with having to rename my Konsole sessions every time I ssh'd somewhere, and I finally found a really slick way to do this dynamically. It's only a slight pain of having to put a custom \$PS1 on every user you touch, but this would typically only …

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  133. Carlisle MAIC meet

    We finally got a local MAIC meeting together at the Carlisle Red Robin. It was a pretty nice turnout, even if the day wasn't. We were all seated in one big line, so we pretty much only got to talk in small groups, but this was our first meet so …

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  134. Project overload

    I have about 7 big projects up in the air right now (they're all on my todo list except one):

    • Get Thor and my MythTV boxes up and running again
    • Get my car's 60k service done
    • Build a web/database app for a fire house raffle
    • Build a web site …
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  135. Thor upgrade complete

    Pictures, yeah! I've got four 400G drivfes, a 160G and a 250G drive LVM'd together to make a 400G, and another 400G in an RMA process. Add it together and you have around 2TB of data at home. Not too bad.

    I managed to get Xen up and running - Fedora …

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  136. New array running

    # df -hFilesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on/dev/md0              1.5T  198M  1.5T   1% /mnt/storage

    # cat /proc/mdstatPersonalities : [raid6] [raid5] [raid4]md0 : active raid5 sde1[3] sdd1[2] sdc1[1] sdb1[0] 1562834944 blocks level 5, 64k chunk, algorithm 2 [5/4] [UUUU_]

    Now to just get … read more
  137. And then the drive goes

    The latest bit of fun is the 40G drive (that was in the computer that went poof and is probably over 5 years old) is now dying/dead.

    # smartctl -a /dev/hdasmartctl version 5.36 [x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-6 Bruce AllenHome page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/=== START OF INFORMATION …
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  138. Dead DVD burners suck

    So apparently my laptop's DVD burner is dead - not the entire DVD drive, just the burning part. That's the first hardware thing that's died in 5 years, so it's not too bad. Hopefully this latest rash of hardware problems doesn't persist too much longer, though.

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  139. SqueeeePOOF!

    So, what have I been doing for the past couple months? You would think "not much" if you've followed my todo list. In fact, even the short-term goals on that list are probably better considered "1 month" goals, as anything shorter typically doesn't make it to the list.

    Most of …

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  140. Spammers Beware!

    Spammers have been quite annoying for me recently, but I think I'm starting to get the upper hand.

    For NetMRG's Forums we run phpBB. We've had to resort to manually approving user registrations since we get all these spammers trying to setup a user to get in our member list …

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  141. GPS Tagging Photos

    Since I've been hiking a bit more recently I've gotten it into my head that I should be GPS-tagging my photos. Unfortunately, this isn't easy since the camera doesn't have any way of putting the location tags into the photos itself. Pretty much the easiest way to do it is …

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  142. Cowan's Gap Vacation

    My in-laws, Tiff, Brady and I went camping at Cowan's Gap this weekend. Despite being very cold, the campground and facilities were quite good. Brady and I spent the time hiking up to an overlook on one side of the valley one day, then up a "Three Mile Trail" the …

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  143. Initial Samsung SGH-D820 Review

    The phone is working pretty well so far. It's definitely a lot thinner and lighter. The display is extremely clear and bright. The biggest thing I've noticed so far is that some actions require going through menus more than I would like, but I'm starting to find shortcuts through most …

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  144. Ultrasound Complete

    Tiff and I spent the evening showing off the pictures that we got. Unfortunately we didn't get to be on a 4D ultrasound machine, so we just got normal fax-paper quality pictures. Still, the whole experience was great. We got to see the baby moving for the first time, and …

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  145. Fire Company 15/49 Raffle

    Last Saturday there was a raffle held to benefit Fire Companies 15 (West End) and 49 (South Newton). Overall it was a big success, raising a bunch of money for both companies. I was in charge of the registration process - mostly.

    In the beginning (almost a year ago) I thought …

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  146. Laptop Upgrade Choices

    Given that I got my laptop over 3 years ago and it's currently out of warranty, I thought it might be a good time to start looking at upgrades. I still don't have any real gripes about my laptop - it's performing incredibly well for being over 3 years old. The …

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  147. 17 Week Baby Update

    Tiff and I had our 17 week prenatal visit last Thursday. We got to listen to the baby's heartbeat again and the doctor told us it was in the 140-150 BPS range. We also had a pleasant surprise - the Chambersburg Hospital does have some of the newer 4D Ultrasound machines …

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  148. 12 Week Baby Update

    Tiff and I had our 12 week prenatal visit and everything seems to be going well. There is a concern that the pregnancy might have brought out diabetes in her or that she's developing gestational diabetes early since her diabetes screening test came back a little high. I think it's …

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  149. PVR Getting Better

    The best part is that the WAF is still pretty high considering that she thought I broke the TV for awhile (she was watching Fedora text-mode boot and seeing "FAILURE" in big red letters and various errors scrolling past the screen).

    I broke down and purchased a Hauppauge WinTV PVR-500 …

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  150. Eventful Evening of Life and Hacking

    Got home tonight and got gas for the lawn mowers so Tiff and I could mow the weeds for the first time in 3 weeks (the grass is all brown - it really was just weeds). We then went over to the South Hampton park and walked a mile and a …

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  151. Macromedia Flash finally works

    Ever since I upgraded to FC5 my Flash plugin has crashed Firefox. This typically wasn't too big of a deal since I primarily use Konqueror, but I've been using Firefox more often recently since it's javascript support and web debugging tools are a little better. The browser crashing was getting …

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  152. PVR 2, Doug 1

    I guess I get one point for finally getting MythTV installed (better than last time). Unfortunately, I think my AverTV Stereo card is broken. I can't get it to fully tune in any stations no matter what I try - and I've tried a lot. Picking various card and tuner ids …

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  153. HTPC One - Ignition!

    Sorry - guess all the space shuttle stuff is getting to me ;-)

    Thanks to a recent deliver of one ATI X300 w/ s-video output, my HTPC seems to be running. I'm currently watching The Polar Express through Xine, but there's a lot of configuring to go.

    The display is currently pretty …

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  154. Desktop No More

    Well, I made my decision. I'm killing my desktop.

    I swapped Thor's Athlon 64 mobo with Manfred's Athlon XP motherboard under the assumption that the 64bit stuff will be put to more use in the PVR. That went fine (Thor was still FC4 - i386 version :-/). The problem came when I …

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  155. Life without a desktop?

    So, I'm trying to figure out what to do about my dead Xbox. Well, not about the dead Xbox, but about not having a PVD. The problem is I don't have the hardware laying around to build a PVD/PVR/DVR. Unless I use something I already have - like my …

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  156. Prenatal Visit Results

    First picture of our baby! It was really neat to watch the baby's little heart fluttering on the ultrasound machine. Tiff had to have an internal ultrasound since she's 7 weeks 5 days and the baby isn't big enough to be seen on an external ultrasound (more likely it's not …

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  157. A-camping we will go

    Tiff and I made a small purchase this weekend.. a 2001 Coachman Clipper travel trailer.

    We managed to get pretty wet at Raystown this year. We had at least one thunderstorm every night this year (except Saturday). Friday night it literally rained all night, and started dripping on us around …

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  158. Resurrecting the Schwinn Mirada

    My bike has been in my Dad's shed for quite awhile now. Quite awhile. I think it's time for me to get it out and use it a bit.

    The first thing it's gonna need are tires and tubes. I remember that getting them isn't a great deal of fun …

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  159. Small Battles

    Well, while I might have spent about 4 hours of my evening trying to get my Xbox to work, I did manage to take 10 minutes and replace a dying fan in Thor to get my file server up and running again. I guess that should account for something.

    I …

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  160. Xbox is on the way out

    Looks like I might have to revive my PVR project. My Xbox's network card appears to have gone out, and after a night of fiddling w/ it, I don't think I want to put any more effort into it. Now I just have to get it working again so it …

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  161. kernel-2.6.17-1.2145 seems a little better

    Well, it still tries to force the bcm43xx driver in place, but at least I can rmmod it and modprobe ndiswrapper without things getting wacky. I'm going to try to get the bcm43xx driver loaded up w/ WPA and see if it works at all... here's crossing my fingers.

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  162. Post-Vacation Thoughts

    The vacation was very nice, and much needed. We left Saturday morning around 07:00 for Ruckersville, VA and arrived around 10:00 - pretty good time. We went to the ACAC waterpark (mostly a big pool with a couple slides) and spent the afternoon there, baking and swimming. We ate …

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  163. Big Mass Update

    Figured I need to throw a ton of stuff out there, since it seems like so much is going on.

    Last Tuesday (the night before my vacation to Raystown) I had a trustee meeting at church. I had no clue what was going on, but I was supposed to go …

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  164. Perspective

    Ah .. the blogger returns! At first, you might think I'm referring to some other recent life happenings, but there's a lot more than that.

    Life at PA.net was good. I didn't really like where the owners of the company where going (or not going, actually) but the work was …

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  165. Busy and Eventful Weekend

    We spent the weekend running around all over the place. Saturday we had a birthday party for Gabe Burkholder at Adam and Shanen's place where we got to see a bunch of people we hadn't seen in awhile (some of them very pregnant!). After that we went to my parent's …

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  166. Trackbacks Disabled

    Due to comment spam, I've had to disable trackbacks. I don't think this is a big problem for anyone; the technical implementation was really bad. I don't have any approved trackbacks, but 1,938 non-approved trackbacks - all spam. This should hopefully slow down the flood of 'approve this comment!' emails …

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  167. Fox Hunt winners!

    [Brady] and I managed to find N3MMH in a little over an hour today using a 3-element yagi we built yesterday (and finished this morning) out of an old TV antenna. Not bad! Of coruse, that means we have to be the fox next year...

    In other ham-related news, I …

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  168. Crazy DNS

    After a FC4 glibc update a couple weeks ago, I've found that yum updates stopped working. When I went to debug it, I eventually found that the "lesser" programs like ping and ftp worked, while the "higher-level" programs didn't; like curl, wget, ncftp, and yum.

    I tracked this problem back …

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  169. Site Update - Gallery 2.1

    I've finally upgraded my photo album to Gallery 2.1rc1. I've been holding out on upgrading due to the fact that Gallery 2.0 didn't have an RSS module - now 2.1 does :-).

    The theme was very easy to modify to include my custom header and footer to merge it …

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  170. One Month Later..

    Yeah, I did get my car back last month. Really should've blogged about that awhile ago :-/

    Got my first "Genius of the Day" award yesterday at work. Made me feel good, even if it was just a small suggestion for a change to how the customer sees stuff.

    I got …

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  171. Car, House, and Christmas Update

    A lot of stuff has happened in the past month. I still don't have my car back, Tiff and I got some new living room furniture, and my family had their Christmas get-together. Well, that's probably not everything, but it's a good start.

    You might have seen some pictures of …

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  172. Accident Number 2 for 2005

    Yep. Accident number two for this year - I haven't even had the car for a year yet. This was right outside the Murata Business Center; I had barely left work. Should be totally the other guy's fault; he even got cited for it.

    While his Pacifica was fine, my car …

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  173. New Phone Number

    I've got a new phone number thanks to Teliax, Argo, Asterisk, and [Brady].

    [Brady] and I both have our new Teliax numbers setup to come inbound via Argo, then get sent to our home installations of Asterisk. This is in anticipation that Argo will have better uptimes than our home …

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  174. Job Update

    First couple weeks at Express Dynamics are over, and they've been a stressful couple of weeks - albiet quite productive. You might have noticed that we have a new website; I think it's much better than the one we had before - there's a ton more content and it explains what we …

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  175. New Job on the Horizon

    So, it looks like I'll be ending a 5 year run at CTI/PA.net. I'm going to be going to work at a new software development company, Express Dynamics.

    I think things went well today at CTI - I still have two weeks to document everything I've done there - and …

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  176. Rearranging the Living Room

    It's been quite the busy weekend. I'm not sure what all's going on in my life right now, but I know something that is getting done - rearranging my living room.

    The "what all's going on" part I can't really talk about right now - hopefully an update soon.

    On top of …

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  177. Weekend Trip to VA

    We're headed back to to Virginia again this weekend - this time to visit [Dennis] and Michele Little. It'll be nice to see them and their new place and will be a nice distraction from the normal rush of life.

    We were worried that we wouldn't be able to go down …

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  178. Birthday Party and New Washer/Dryer

    So Tiff and my weekend was pretty much taken up by both of these two things.

    Logan's 7th birthday party was on Saturday (his actual birthday is Thursday, so my parents and I drove down to Virginia for the day. It was nice to visit with them, I managed to …

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  179. Konqueror Web Shortcuts Problem with eBay

    Konqueror's Web Shortcuts are very nice; it's really handy just to be able to do "<alt-f2> gg: stuff n things <enter>" and have konqueror launch from the run menu searching google for stuff n things.

    So, I figured I'd add an eBay shortcut - makes sense, right? It's all good, except …

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  180. Kopete Socks Proxy Problems

    I've recently been trying out Kopete, and am very happy with its integration w/ KDE and KAddressBook. However, I've run into a snag.

    Actually, it might not really be Kopete's fault, but it is really annoying. The only way to configure socks support for Kopete is to configure it globally …

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  181. Tycho's Back

    We just got Tycho back tonight around 17:30. It's very good to have him home, and I think he's very happy to be home. He did have to get catheterized, which I know he probably didn't like (I know I wouldn't like it). We still have a couple weeks …

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  182. Tycho's in the Animal Hospital

    I caught Tycho yesterday going to the bathroom somewhere he shouldn't - plus it didn't look like it was going so well. Tiff decided when she got home that she needed to call the Vet, and they told her to bring him right in.

    Well, it looks like he's got a …

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  183. LED Bulb Replacement

    Retract what I said about the Silverstars - this is the way to go. Using LEDs to replace all the other marker/turning bulbs will be much cooler; and I will (theoretically) never have to change my bulbs again. I guess I'll have to just go buy some cheap 7440's for …

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  184. Killing Comment Spam

    While some other blog software has had comment moderation before, since I use a completely hand-written CMS, I needed to implement it myself. I've been having quite the problem with comment spam recently (as any of you with RSS readers has seen, I'm sure), but hopefully my solution will fix …

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  185. LAN Party and Beach Trip Over

    Wow; quite the lack of updates. The LAN Party was done on August 6th; pretty much with no hitches. You can check out all the pictures, as they've been up for awhile.

    Tiff, her parents, sister, sister's boyfriend, and I spent last week (13th - 20th) down at Myrtle Beach. Surprise …

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  186. Monitoring Sensors on Argo

    Seems that a little lm_sensors/net-snmp bug has bit me on the new Argo. Well, it might've been there before but I forgot about it. Anyway, according to Red Hat bug#150199, net-snmp is supposed to be pushed out with the next release with a fix; but that was 3 …

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  187. House Upgrade

    Looks like our house will finally be getting a paved driveway! I hadn't quite understood how big 1400sqft was until I saw this carved out of our yard and old driveway. Of course, this will preclude us from doing much else the rest of the year; or at least until …

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  188. Argo Upgrade Time Again

    Not sure if you noticed a bunch of websites on Argo being down last night, but they were for awhile. We installed new 80G hard drives in RAID1 configuration that should give us a good bit more reliability (not that we've had problems). They should also be a good deal …

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  189. Xen Problems with sata_nv

    Apparently Xen doesn't cooperate kindly with the sata_nv driver. I've only found a little evidence of this so far, but the fact that it was 8 months ago doesn't bode well for me. I had really hoped that Xen would have much better performance and be more stable than VMWare …

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  190. Pairing Down

    Every day I go to work, I grab several pieces of electronics to take with me: my cellphone, my PDA, my laptop, and my camera. Even when I go out somewhere, I typically have the cellphone, camera, and leave the pda in the car in case I need it. It'd …

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  191. Generic Update

    This past weekend we got a pretty good storm which washed out our driveway. So I spent about an hour raking the stones back in place. Good thing we're going to get our driveway paved this summer. We're probably going to have Fayetteville Contractors, Inc. do it as we haven't …

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  192. Raystown Trip #2 and Radio Update

    Took another trip to Raystown on Saturday. It was a really nice day of pretty much just hanging around. We tied up next to some family friends' boat and just lounged around for the day. There were a ton of boats up there, but from what I hear, not as …

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  193. An Action-Packed Four-Day Weekend

    We left Thursday morning for Lake Raystown Resort and just got back mid-afternoon today. We had four beautiful days; which made all our activities that much more enjoyable.

    Thursday was spent setting up camp and taking a quick ride around the lake. We did a little tubing, but I ended …

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  194. Motorola V551 on AT&T Wireless mini-review

    So far the phone seems very nice; it has a very bright, hi-res, and hi-color display. The phone is fairly configurable, if not initially obvious. For example, I found that the phonebook can be configured to what I expected (that is, have multiple entries per name); you just need to …

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  195. I Don't Like Cingular

    So, I kinda went and busted my cellphone. I think it happened when I got out of my car and I rolled out, pinning my cell against the door jam. I now have several cracks across my LCD rendering it useless.

    So my first instinct is to go to a …

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  196. Dell 27xx 2708 Monitoring

    Finally got around the login problems I was having trying to automate polling values. Unfortunately I just realized that they don't have transmitted bytes in the RMON page; how disappointing.

    Anyway, you can track the work-in-progess of my gathering script in NetMRG's SVN tree. It can login and download the …

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  197. The Docs Don't Lie

    Got the Dell PowerConnect 2708, and just like the docs say; no SNMP. It has RMON support built-in and viewable from the web interface, but you can't gather the statistics remotely via SNMP. I guess they're trying to justify how cheap it costs. I guess I'll have to whip up …

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  198. Thor Upgrade Time

    Which can only mean one thing: [Brady] is having his 2nd annual LANnic!

    Instead of the Hard Drive dept this year, it's going to be the rest of the guts to give Thor a (substantial) speed boost, and hopefully make the gigabit switch I bought from Dell worthwhile. The specs …

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  199. Long Memorial Weekend

    The unofficial start of summer went pretty nice, if busy.

    Saturday was spent yard-saling again. I managed to sell my motorcycle, but that was about it. We went to a cookout in the afternoon; after getting soaked carrying the stuff in from a surprise shower. Guess it really was summer …

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  200. Packaging and Hacking

    Although I'm not part of any cool group like RPMforge.net, I still do like to build packages. Unfortunately I've been a little lazy recently and have gotten behind in some that really should be done.

    I've been working trying to get a bunch of different Jabber-related packages together …

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  201. Bluetooth in Linux Works

    Yep, it really does work. Maybe not quite perfectly, but it's pretty nice that it works at all. Linux (in the past) has lagged behind new technologies, but it seems to be doing a good job at picking up new techs like this pretty quick.

    I'm using both the Microsoft …

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  202. Electronics Die; Deal With It

    Well, at least that's what I should tell myself, anyway.

    Over the past several days I've noticed some strange behavior in some of my electonics that I use daily (we'll be excluding my dvd::rip problems of several days ago as those seem mostly fixed).

    My cellphone has been acting …

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  203. Argo Upgrade Time

    It's that time of the year where Argo's OS gets updated. It has been running FC2 for some time now, and I figured it was as good a time as ever to switch to CentOS.

    For the most part everything went perfectly smooth. Some problems with RPMs of FC2 being …

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  204. Episode III

    Yep; I was one of the geeks that went to see the midnight showing - but I didn't stand in line all day to get tickets. [Kevin] and I ordered tickets at like 10:30p last night after Ben invited us to go along; since he was saving seats we figured …

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  205. DVD Backups

    I've been putting a good deal of time into ripping some Star Wars DVDs so I can watch them on my Xbox. Unfortunately, things don't want to cooperate. First I encoded everything into an OGM container using xvid4 and vorbis for the two english tracks (5.1 and directors commentary …

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  206. Work Happenings

    [Kevin] and I were hoping that after Patrick left work for PA Online last week that a raise wouldn't be far behind, and quite happliy we were correct. I had just thrown out a nice round figure of 15 percent, and they exceeded that a little bit to make it …

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  207. Current Mood - Aaaaahhhh [BOOM]

    I'm sure there are some people buisier than I, but this week has seemed to be extra stressful.

    I've been taking care of Tiff since her sugery (which went fine) since she has a bit more limited mobility than the last time. She seems to be doing much better now …

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  208. Blogging it Up

    Lots of news since the last blog; would make you think I'd blog more often, right?

    Tiff is having surgery on Thursday to have her lipoma on her back removed. She actually had to have this done before; almost two years ago, about a week before our wedding. It's going …

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  209. Productive Weekend

    I took Friday off to be with my Wife, so we did some driving around, I got some summer-clothes shopping done, and we visited w/ Paige, Ryan, Holly, and Brooke in the evening. I also got a nice suprise in that the FedEx guy dropped my PS and DVD-burner from …

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  210. Un-CoolMax

    Strangest thing just happened: both [Brady] and I had these CoolMax quiet Power Supplies that we had been very impressed with.. up until this past weekend.

    [Brady] emailed me Saturday night asking if I had a spare power supply as his in Oak had bit the dust. After I got …

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  211. David Donovan

    Earlier today, David Donovan lost his battle with Mesothelioma Cancer. Our thoughts and prays go out his family and friends who have stood with him through his two-year struggle.

    I've known David for as long as I've been dating Tiffany (almost 8 years). David could always be found with a …

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  212. Spring is Rejuvenating

    As Chris noted, Spring is very nice. I had the chance the other day to get out and cleanup the outside of our house a bit. Raking stones and tanbark out of the yard - lots of fun - at least it was nice and warm out. Patches enjoyed being able to …

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  213. The Rex is Back

    I was finally able to pickup my WRX yesterday. It looks very good so far, but I haven't had it in the sunlight yet to really checkout the paint job (more snow today :-P). It's a good thing insurance paid for it, though ;-).

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  214. Winter Is Not Fun

    I guess I'm just generally having a 'not fun' week. Shucks.

    Update 19:47

    Looks like I should be getting towed out of the retention pond within the hour. My dad and I went to make sure it was still drivable (it is), but I bumped into the trailer park …

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  215. Computers Are Not Fun

    Tiff and I went down to visit my Sister over President's Day weekend. It was nice to go down; we haven't been down to see her in Virginia for several months, so I was happy to go see her at her place (as opposed to her coming up here to …

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  216. xbox fun

    XBMC recently added EXIF parsing to their 'my pictures' section, so now your photos are all rotated correctly! Yeah!

    I also recently discovered DAAP and a couple projects for serving it up from linux: daapd and mt-daapd (look: RPMs!). daapd seems to be working well, but I'm not overly fond …

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  217. Much Better

    It was good to go see my Pap last night. He seems to be doing much better. He seems to have all his color back and was sitting up and talking with us very well (for having a breathing tube down his through, anyway). He instantly recognized each of my …

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  218. Papap Warner

    When Tiff and I went over to my parents' for supper last night I thought it was odd to see my aunt's car therel. When we got inside I thought it was even more strange that only my two neices were there. Then I found out that my Pap was …

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  219. Car has arrived!

    Yep, I did manage to get out to get my car yesterday. Dennis went with me; we left about 06:30 and managed to get there around 09:30. Pretty quick. Handed the sales guy papers and money, and we were on our way by 10:00. Pretty snappy. Oh …

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  220. Picking up the car tomorrow

    In light of the fact that we're going to get our first significant snow on Saturday and this little playoff game (football) going on this weekend, I decided Friday might be better to get the car than Saturday. [Dennis] is taking off (thanks!) to go down with me and drive …

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  221. Car Upgrade Accessories

    In the past, I've typically used fuse taps when I need to add accessories to my car. This relies, of course, on the availability of unused fuses and the correct type of fuse (switched or non-switched).

    Typically I run several extra compenents in my car; mostly not high-amperage items: Radar …

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  222. Car Upgrade 4.5

    1. Dad's '93 Ford Ranger (the 0.5)
    2. Sister's '87 Nissan Sentra
    3. '97 Ford Escort
    4. '98 Subaru Legacy GT

    And now; the 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX.

    I managed to get quite the deal out of this car; and it makes for quite the story.

    So, I found this car on eBay …

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  223. My Bi-Annual Mac update

    I occasionally dabble in Mac, although I've never been a big fan. Of course, Apple had their Keynote w/ Steve Jobs today (which was followed by Chris and Sam on IRC) which announced a couple interesting products.

    If you're an Apple user, you might actually be interested in the new …

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  224. Jogging

    Nope; not a New Years Resolution as that would doom it to failure.

    I've been gradually starting this 'work out' routine (which should be called 'work in' as I haven't left my house yet) for the past 3 weeks starting out with just lifting weights twice a week. Of course …

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  225. site updates

    I recently upgraded both [NetMRG]'s and my own CVS repositories into subversion repositories. Everything seemed to go pretty smoothly. I setup ssh access for developers, and have both the webdav stuff setup for anonymous checkouts and the new ViewCVS setup for tree browsing. The only thing I recommend is …

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  226. Xbox Live!

    Oh; that's probably ™. Crap.

    Anyway, the Xbox is up at my house running EvoX and XBMC; and it seems to play my anime very well so far; and they look great! I need to try some higher-quality stuff (I have an HD-version of The Punisher), but so far it's really …

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  227. xbox mods'r'us

    This whole 'Xbox as DVR' thing has been a real nightmare. I expected it to be fairly easy to pick up a 3 year old gaming console after Christmas, but that wasn't the case. After looking everywhere to find one, I finally ordered an Xbox from Walmart.com. It came …

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  228. Happy New Year 2005

    Tiff and I spend the night at Lindsay and Kelly-Jo's place. We had a great time; it was nice just having a smaller group get together and hang out.

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  229. Good news, Bad news

    Cell phone exchange: going well so far. My old phone kept getting worse and worse. It started with this annoying 'white spot' in the display, and eventually led to lockups and problems turning the phone on. On the replacement, I have all the sounds and pictures transfered and have the …

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  230. Epilogue part 2.3

    Yeah, so I realized that when you upgrade your WAP from 11Mbps to 54Mbps you need to upgrade your ethernet connection, too. So.. we'll just try putting a 10/100 card in the router tonight to see how that goes..

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  231. Busy day epilogue

    Well, things are progressing slowly with the hard drive. Got the first three drives' zcavs done; the one on the 400G is still going. Things are looking pretty good, though.

    Things aren't looking quite as good for the WAP54g. The best I can currently get in G-Only mode is 900KB …

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  232. No sailing for me

    Well it seems that Ship doesn't have a place for me. So I think that brings my tally up to zero out of five jobs I've applied for there. From talking with [Brady], it's not because I'm not skilled enough to work there, so I'm just a little upset that …

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  233. Server management is a pain

    Keeping on top of security updates can be quite the pain sometimes. Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) bugs are probably the worst threat to server admins these days; popular packages that are widely deployed are much easier for script-kiddies to target than people's Bind or Sendmail installs of yesteryear. So this morning …

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  234. Tech support should always be paid

    But if you're like me, it probably isn't.

    Besides my own computers there are really only two sets of people whose computers I maintain; my parents', and Tiff's parents'.

    My parents' computer isn't too bad; typically my mom (Tiff said it doesn't matter if 'mom' is capitolized or not) will …

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  235. A better way to watch movies?

    Lindsay got me thinking about Netflix. For $18/mo, you can have 3 DVDs at a time out, and can return them any time for more.

    The feature that got me was your movie queue. I had disregarded services like Netflix before because I didn't like the hassle of having …

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  236. gpg-agent cache timeout

    Looks like there's a nifty undocumented feature for gpg-agent that limits your max passphrase cache time to 1 hour, despite what you set the default-cache-ttl to. Luckily, it's just undocumented, not non-existant.

    There is also a 'max-cache-ttl' parameter that you can set which defaults to 1 hour. The default-cache-ttl defaults …

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  237. Evening happenenings

    Recently I've been more and more annoyed by the fact that linux doesn't have some sort of auto-network-selection thing. Specifically, what I'd like is some applet to switch between wired and wireless and select the best wireless network (depending on work, home, etc).

    So eventually last night I found NetworkManager …

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  238. meeting outcome

    Had my meeting with the Deckerts yesterday. The big topic was probably called 'problems w/ management in multiple departments'. We also talked a bit about scheduling, as I'm getting very tired of weekends having worked them since I started at CTI (about 4.5 years ago).

    Things seemed to be …

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  239. RSS Syndication

    I know others have known this for awhile, but RSS is pretty slick. I've recently gotten a decent RSS aggregator for KDE called akregator. Of course, this just showed me that some of my friends really need rss feeds; so I decided to syndicate their site for them! You can …

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  240. Accidents happen

    Tiff accidentally backed into Brady's Car this evening. She just forgot that it was in our driveway and backed out of the garage like she normally does and didn't expect his car there (starting the day at 5 am to go Black Friday shopping probably didn't help). Oh well; things …

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  241. Thanksgiving activities (continued)

    Just a warning to the squeamish; don't follow the link below.

    We butchered hogs this morning; but for me and Tiff that only meant cutting everything up; the hogs were killed and gutted yesterday. This has been an annual thing for Tiff for as long as she knows, and I've …

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  242. It's good to know you're not alone

    It's been awhile since I've done this (Dennis knows what I'm talking about). It's probably equally hilarious if you have done it, or seen someone do it. Tiff was there at the time of my incident - she agrees.

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  243. Make 'em think they're hurting you

    Tiff was looking up ways to control dogs that are getting into chewing on people, and found that if you just say 'Ow' (like you mean it), the dog will typically stop and try to make up with you.

    Tiff used this tactic last night and I was able to …

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  244. Just so you don't worry

    Everything's fine; just a bit stressful at times ;)

    If anyone's been stressful, it's been Patches. Despite the (very poor) picture from the other day, most of the time she still tries to play with the cats; and they don't want to play - at least not with a dog.

    To make …

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  245. Long weekends are supposed to help, right?

    This weekend I took Saturday off to help make potato chips over at Tiff's uncle (using the lard from last year's butchering). Tiff also had off Friday, so she said it'd be nice for us to both have off both days. Sounded good to me - four day weekend!

    Unfortunately, you …

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  246. PVR 1, Doug 0

    Well, Thor is proving to be more stubborn than I thought. Apparently it's unhappy having all its PCI slots plus it's AGP slot used. Something about "IRQs" or something.

    So, Thor's going back in the closet. [Brady] might be right about the box though; I'm afraid it might be ending …

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  247. cplug'd

    It's probably been almost a year since I've been to a CP-LUG meeting, so I figured I should check it out again (plus it gave me a chance to talk to Andy about jobs over at Intellimark). While the meeting topics (synergy, VNC, and RDP) weren't too interesting, it did …

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  248. PVR Project, continued

    I thought it was so neat that I found these 2.4GHz RCA transmitter things; too bad they don't work past about 2 ft (probably due to my cordless phone).

    I've got Thor upgraded to Fedora Core 3 and KDE installed; but still battling w/ nv-tv-out to get the composite …

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  249. Participated in the Electoral Process

    While I'm not overly fond of how the Electoral Process works in the USA, I still voted. Mostly Democratic, but that's because I wasn't aware enough of the canditates (other than the Presidential Candidate). You still have two hours - get out there and vote!

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  250. lists.netmrg.net update

    Following Ian's suggestion, I updated NetMRG's forums so it should be a little more crawlable. When you have that much data (especially Ian), it's really worth it to do that type of update. I generated a patch for my installation; hopefully it will help the next time I upgrade PhpBB …

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  251. Closet Project done

    Well, the closet is done, but not the other stuff.

    There was a lot more work involved here than I orignally thought. I had the sheet of plywood to use (and it looks great!), but it didn't quite work the way I had imagined. The original piece that was in …

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  252. PVR Project, begin

    Over the past week I've been preparing to turn Thor into more than just a fileserver. I've purchased a nVidia MX440-SE video card which has both composite and s-video outputs for about \$34; this card also has hardware mpeg-2 decoding, so it should prove very nice for video output. I …

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  253. synergy is real

    Yes, I think synergy as the word is often overused in marketing-type appliations, but [Daniel] pointed me to Synergy which is an open-source keyboard/mouse/clipboard sharing program.

    "Big deal"™ you say? It's not. This gives me the ability to use one keyboard and mouse between my desktop and laptop …

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  254. leafing take 1

    Spent Sunday afteroon going leafing around South Mountain with Brady and Dennis. Almost broke Brady's muffler off (definitely did some damage) going down the notorious Ridge Road. Sadly, we didn't get very many photos; looks like stuff hasn't changed much on South Mountain. Anyway, the results of the leafing adventure …

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  255. Deck Finished!

    Yep, I know you've been waiting awhile, but the deck is finished. This includes staining and all edges. Isn't that nice!?

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  256. Logan furnishing the basement fiber run

    Been a busy week so far; This past Saturday, there was a trip to Virginia for my nephew Logan's 6th Birthday Party. Yesterday and today I've spent my drives home tracking what [Brady] and I believe to be a US Sprint (long distance) fiber line along a railroad, and today …

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  257. website found in the wild

    Yep, released another version of this website. Although I still think it needs some work, I'm much happier with it at this point than my old website, and wanted to stop looking at it. Feel free to leave me comments; I plan on updating it a bit more to fix …

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  258. TopoUSA 4.0 DVD for CD customers

    For those that bought TopoUSA 4.0 on CD (7 CDs - 1 install and 6 data), there's a fairly easy way to convert them to DVD and have all the regions available to you at all times.

    Basically, you need to make a new directory structure with a 'Data' directory …

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  259. But our Princess is in Another Castle

    In case you hadn't heard (it was last week), I didn't get the System Admin job at Ship. Well, a Systems Manager job opened up (with more pay), so I applied for that. Hopefully I don't need to go through the whole interview/reference check thing again. I think they …

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  260. NetMRG Hackage

    It's been both awhile since I blogged about NetMRG and since NetMRG has had a release, so I figured it's worth a mention

    As you can see, we've been making some changes, and hopefully have 0.17 out either Monday or Tuesday. The good thing is, it's still exciting to …

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  261. Dell Axim X30

    In case you haven't heard, I talked myself into buying a Dell Axim X30. It's an amazing little PDA; 624Mhz, 64/64 MB RAM/Flash, Bluetooth and 802.11b. What talked me into it was the price - \$267. That's \$3 cheaper than the slower model. With free shipping. I couldn't …

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  262. Vacation Complete

    Well, I should have written Monday when we got back (after our 7 1/2 hour drive home), but I've been lazy. Actually, I've been meaning to get my photos uploaded, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

    Ian has a good summary of our trip, but I should go …

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  263. Vacation X-2

    Right down the (One) road from Rehobeth Beech, DE is a little town

    called Ocean City, MD where Lindsay has been renting a tiny little house

    for the past couple Labor Day weekends. Tiff and I are going down from

    Saturday - Monday which should be a nice little break. Ian …

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  264. iMac g5

    I feel obligated to say something about the iMac g5. Lets start a list:

    1. 1680x1050 on 20" - My laptop (at 15.4") has that
    2. plugs on the back - how do you wall mount it? (isn't that what lcds are for?)
    3. the "chin" - if you're going to make a laptop a …
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  265. gmail(fs?)!

    Did I mention I got a Gmail account? No? Well then; now is a good time then.

    Actually, I got it yesterday. Daniel finally got some invites the other day (about 6 invites, I think), so he sent one my way. Of course, I asked him about it almost two …

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  266. new photo album up

    I finally have a new photo album up (see link on the right). It does a number of things I've wanted to do; mod_rewrite, descriptions, and fairly easy uploads. Check it out, it's pretty neat.

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  267. Rehobeth Beach, DE

    Which is close to Lewes, DE, which is where we stayed. We got back Thursday (the 12th) around 14:30ish.

    The trip was a lot of fun, if expensive. For a rundown of events:

    • Sunday: Leave early (06:00ish); arrive there around lunchtime. We headed down to a pay-for-parking beach …
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  268. vacation time!

    Tiff, her parents, her sister Chrissy, Chrissy's boyfriend Ryan, and I will be heading to Rehobeth Beech tomorrow. That sounds like a big list, but it's really only 6 people.

    Even though I haven't figured out if Rehobeth is in Deleware or Maryland, it has typically been a good time …

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  269. bluetooth *can* be cool

    KDE Bluetooth is pretty slick; if you have a phone with bluetooth, that is ;)

    It's able to send/receive files from OBEX compatible devices through Konqueror, and it has a nice program to do call-management (answer, hangup, deny, place calls; show caller id). It also does device detection, and can …

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  270. hiking is good

    [Brady] and I went for a hike to Lewis' Rocks on South Mountain tonight. It was a really nice trek, and had a great view at the end.

    Thor recently got an upgrade to the sound of 250G. It has some relief to it's previously-full 120+160G hard drives. Now …

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  271. repository online

    I setup my own yum repository to hold packages that I create. I don't create many packages, but the ones I do are often useful to my friends, and possibly others. Feel free to look at my repository.

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  272. blog today

    I should have something to write about everyday, right? Maybe.

    I managed to get a SATA controller for cheap (read < \$20) in an effort to get some more storage in my fileserver. I already have a 120G + 160G drive in there, but I maxed it out at the lannic. I'm …

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  273. movin up

    Vertically, anyway. Daniel is moving on in his life (good for him), so I'm going to be filling a hole in the web department. Of course, this means learning everything Daniel did, and what Sam and Chris do real quick. I think it will be fun to be back in …

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  274. Raystown 2k4

    Got back from Raystown yesterday around 15:00, and finally got all my Raystown Vacation Pictures uploaded (it's a problem when your fileserver's hard drive is maxxed out ;).

    It was a really nice vacation. When we arrived Thursday, it started to rain a bit while we were setting everything up …

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  275. decks and code

    Looks like Brady updated his website. Looks good!

    The deck is finally about done. There's one handrail that's not done; but my dad and I worked all weekend finishing up the railing. Tiff and I moved the table, chairs, and grill out. The deck looks great, and I've got the …

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  276. desktop status - disabled

    So, I was doing that whole case swapping thing the other day, and all was going well. The desktop was now in the mid-tower case and up and running, when all of a sudden it just shut off. Very odd. My first impression was that the CPU overheated and the …

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  277. time for router upgrade

    I've been having problems with my router (gunter) for awhile; sometimes named will die, sometimes dhcpd will die. Just 'give up the ghost,' as it where. I've always attributed this to my overclocking the box (it was originally to be an mp3 player). I though it was only overclocked from …

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  278. stones and mulch

    Yep - that's pretty much what I've done this week. We got 3 tons (as in, 6000 lbs) on Saturday, and we decided Monday night would be a good time to move them. We got about half of it done w/ a wheelbarrow, but then Tiff's dad showed up w/ a …

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  279. 2.6 kernel fun

    Trying to transfer files at [Brady]'s the past couple times has been a pain; I've only been getting half of what I should from 100MBit (\~5MB/s). I surmised that it might be the test 2.6 kernels I was using from the Fedora development tree.

    Needless to say …

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  280. cheap phone service

    Voip to the rescue! [Brady] and I were talking about LD Voip last night, and Vonage (Vone-age, not fawn-age). He mentioned that a couple people at Ship are using it and are quite happy.

    It's been awhile since I've looked at it, and it looks very good now. For $25 …

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  281. spring update

    Yeah, I realize I've been bad blogging about 'life stuff' (so Tiff reminded me). And Spring looks to and has been very expensive.

    We (read: Tiffany) purchased a 2004 Jeep Liberty Sport; Atlantic Blue, sunroof, etc. It seems to be a very capable SUV, and Tiff enjoys it a lot …

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  282. new tires rock

    I recently purchased the Dunlop SP Sport 5000 tires from The Tire Rack, and while I haven't had them installed long (just this morning), so far they are excellent. I know I'll never use their W-rated abilities (up to 168 MPH), but the road noise and handling is superb. Much …

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  283. new rack update

    Just so people don't get the wrong idea, the Dell Rack is for my friend [Dennis]' work, eVectis. We left a little after 8am this morning, met [Ian] at Sheetz (coincidentally), and continued on our way to PC Retro - reminds me of a chop-shop for computers. Anyway, after getting this …

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  284. new website

    It's updated again. Woo-hoo. Most of the pages are XHTML Transitional (I have some legacy stuff to port), and I have some wierd issue w/ IE6 not showing the date of the articles (but you can select it..). Hopefully it's more accessibly now; I just need to work on the …

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  285. news to me

    Pete Buchy has leukemia. I think most other people knew this, but I didn't. I met Pete in 2000 when I started working for CTI, but haven't seen him for a couple years now. I can't imagine what that's like; good luck.

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  286. Shouldn't I get an Insurance Break?

    Oooo! 24 today!

    I was looking on Slashdot at today's poll which is titled "Favorite Compulsive Behavior?". I realized I did three of the eight choices. My first choice was Pen Clicking; but I also know I do the Knuckle-Cracking a good bit too. Only after I looked at the …

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  287. keyless entry works!

    I have a 1998 Subaru Legacy GT whose keyless entry hasn't worked fully for awhile now.

    When I got the car, I don't think the keyless entry was installed quite 'professinoally'. It was dangling by my left foot, and was quite annoying. I repositioned it, but since then it never …

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  288. march update #2

    Hopefully that was my one illness for the year. I had pneumonia last year, the flu this year. Should be done now (right?).

    Tiff continues to have bad health. She now has a sinus infection, bronchitis, and laryngitis. So, she's off today and tomorrow. Luckily, Big Spring already had off …

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  289. current status - ick

    I've been home sick the past two days; and when I mean sick, I mean when I had pneumonia this summer I felt better.

    I woke up around 03:30 Monday morning to go to the bathroom and felt fine, but then had a dream that my stomach wasn't feeling …

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  290. hp zt3000 review up

    I'm even writing this blog on my new laptop! You can view pictures of my new laptop, and read how my linux installation has been going (Windows is boring, it just works ;). Things are pretty cozy now, just trying to get some things situated, but I am carrying it around …

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  291. erm.. happy new year!

    Yeah; I know. Slacking on the 'Happy New Year.' At least I update ;-)

    Happenings? Not much, thankfully. The mortgage company finally decided to pay our (almost) deliquent School Tax bill.. on December 31st. Makes me happy that I don't have to pay it, anyway. I had a nice extended vacation …

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  292. HP ZT3000cti

    I finally broke down and spent my Christmas Bonus.

    In a previous post, I wrote about this laptop; today I finally ordered it. It's a custom order, and isn't scheduled to ship until January 13th, but I've been reading about other orders that have arrived before their estimated ship date …

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  293. switching your mobile karma

    Miscellaneous update this week.

    I recently got a Rio Karma portable audio player. This tiny thing is great; 20G hard drive, it plays OGGs, and generally is everything I wanted in a portable music player. It did require some extensive ID3 tag renaming, but nothing that couldn't be handled by …

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  294. mac take 2

    For a while now, I've been thinking that Apple has been the only people making a truly inovative laptops. However, I just can't 'switch', as they would say. I need to understand an OS before I change platforms; so I got myself a older 300MHz Blue & White G3

    Now, I …

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  295. thinkpad buttons

    Well, I may not have figured out how to get ACPI working on my laptop yet, but I did find a way to make that useless 'Thinkpad' button work.

    Using tpb and xosd, you get an on-screen display (like the volume thing on your TV) on your laptop screen! This …

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  296. yarrow & laptops

    I've got Fedora Core 1 installed on my IBM T20 now, and it doesn't really seem all that different from RH9. There are some new things that I want to play with; namely the laptop support (supposedly caches i/o things) and ACPI.

    The laptop support will be kind-of difficult …

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  297. windy

    I guess the house will stand.

    Not too much has been going on recently. [Brady] and I got my Ham Antenna (a dual-band Comet SBB-5) mounted on my car last Monday. Now I just need to get my radio mounted. I think I'll mount it in my 2nd DIN in …

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  298. Matrix Reloaded

    Oh; I did see Matrix: Reloaded the other night. I thought it was pretty good (despite what others think). No, the acting wasn't the best, and neither were the fight scenes (physics, what's that?), but it did progress the storyline. Almost too far, though; b/c now all I care …

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  299. what to do when your car won't start

    Jump up and down and curse.

    Then settle down and call the mechanic ;)

    I went down to start my car today around 11:00 (EST, now ;), and to my surprise, it did absolutely nothing! No click, no crank, no noise whatsoever. To make matters better, I couldn't get it out …

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  300. mmm... potato chips

    Yep. So, today was a nice day off just baking potato chips (mmm.. potato chips). Worked a bit more on the deck, too. The edges are all finished now, and we have the 4x4's up for the railing. Steps have been put up since I last blogged, too. Jeez - it's …

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  301. definitely not man's best friend

    It's common knowledge to those in 'the industry' that computers are evil.

    Case in point: my file server, Thor.

    As Sam has noted, it previously had a hard drive die during our Lan Party this past August. Today, it decided destroying data wasn't good enough. It needed to just tease …

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  302. deck underway

    And a good bit done, too. What startet out as a 16'x14' deck is now a 16'x16' deck. I knew 14' deep was going to be pretty large, but 16' is quite gigundus. It turned out Lowes doesn't carry 14' boards, and well, I wasn't going to cut 2' off …

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  303. cvs access and jabber clients

    In case you didn't notice, I now have CVS repository up for some of my projects. Most of them are small, but hopefully useful.

    I've been playing w/ other jabber clients recently as well. I'm currently using gaim b/c I like how it works w/ AIM, but I'm missing …

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  304. re| brady's web page

    In response to [Brady]'s web page, there is nothing special about my photo album software. It's a PHP Photo Album. It's as simple as:

    echo "PHP Photo Album" | perl -ne 'print "$1$2\n" if (/(ph)p photo (album)/i);'

    So there.

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  305. photo album updated

    It almost even works now! Things don't time out (thanks Daniel!), and it looks much better with everything else. In case you're wondering, I called the package 'phalbum', and I should be releasing it soon (once I get viewcvs setup). In the mean time, check out my online photo album …

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  306. new look, once again

    Yes, it's time to redo the look of my website again ;)

    You'll probably find broken links, if you do, please email them to me. I've moved my articles into a database now (finally; the guy that loves databases and still has flat files laying around) and reorganized my downloads, so …

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  307. netmrg 0.10pre2

    Another version of everybody's (well, [Brady]'s and mine anyway) favorite graphing software, NetMRG, has been released! This is mostly a features and bugfix release; FreeBSD support has been improved, Group History Navigation was added, Graph titles and options were added, an user preferences are notable. Enjoy!

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  308. kt400 mobo & ati radeon 9600

    Well, I figured out one reason my radeon 9600 pro doesn't work in linux; the AGP driver doesn't work with the Via KT400 chipset in Redhat 9! Apparently linux kernels < 2.4.21 don't recognize the chipset and won't load the agpgart driver; I'm recompiling 2.4.22 right now …

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  309. no gsm for now

    Yeah; the SE T616 is just too new (so the sales rep says). The best he could do for me was \$219, which of course I'm not paying right now. I guess we'll wait..

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  310. phones - gsm again?

    Back in May I tried out AT&T's GSM service with a Sony-Ericsson T68i. The biggest thing I loved about the phone was bluetooth capability (which goes well with my T|T); but it about ended there. The reception was very poor, the UI was slow and un-intuitive.

    The new …

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  311. the much acclaimed august update

    A lot has happened in the past month; most of it I will probably forget to mention here ;)

    There was a lan party around the 8th of this month (there are some pictures in the Photo Album); there was much fragging all around.

    Tiff and I have continued settling into …

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  312. netmrg 0.10pre1 released

    Even though [Brady] doesn't like the phrase "out the door", NetMRG has been released! It's taken a long time to get to this point, but we're very happy about this release. I hope people find NetMRG to be useful; we certainly have had a good time working on it. What …

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  313. new mobo; same old problems

    I should know by now that installing a new motherboard isn't gonna be simple.

    I picked out the Asus A7V8X (w/ SATA & Firewire) and an AMD Athlon XP 2600+. Seemed like an awesome combo - until I tried to boot. After much unjoy (no POST or screen), I decided to plug …

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  314. married and back from honeymoon

    I guess there hasn't been an update here for awhile ;)

    In case there's any doubt, I'm married now, and got back from our honeymoon a couple weeks ago. Unfortunately, I ended up getting pneumonia, so that kinda kept me down for awhile. I'm finally getting over that, so things should …

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  315. movin' on up.. er.. in!

    This is my first time back online since Friday when I left work. Tiff and I have been moving pretty much all weekend (except for Saturday afternoon/evening when we were at Brett and Ann's wedding). We have a good deal of our stuff in the house now; just need …

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  316. what a difference 3 days makes

    When I was at the house yesterday, the appliances were in, the drop ceiling was in place, the carpet was laid, and the brick was done. I imagine today will finish up the siding outside, and hopefully the electrician will come and finish wiring up the applicances and coax. Some …

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  317. two weeks and counting

    Well, the wedding's getting pretty close. By this time in two weeks, I'll be married. Pretty exciting

    The house is coming along very well. Most of the plumbing is done; all the sinks are in, and almost all the trim work is done. The mason had started also; not sure …

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  318. Moving on the 7th of June!

    Since [Daniel] complained that I didn't update recently..

    The house is coming along great. Hopefully the mason came today and did the front brick (it's been raining about every day for the last couple weeks). I've got vinyl flooring, most of the trim, and cabinets in place. [Brady], [Dennis], and …

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  319. house and wedding update

    Well, the house is coming along rather well. We have siding on 3 sides; the walls have one coat of paint, and the vinyl is due to be installed on Friday. Things seem to be moving well there.

    What I don't like is how much cable looks like it will …

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  320. basic photo album online

    I wasn't sure what category to put this in; It's both code and deals with my life.

    I've gotten a basic photo album online, and it seems to work fairly well. I intend to add more features in the near future (and make it prettier ;) like thumbnail caching; a mid-level …

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  321. It's here!

    It's here, it's here, it's here!

    What? You don't know what it is? The Canon Powershot S45, of course!

    And lemme say; this thing takes awesome pictures. They're so big, and crisp; and the on-screen histogram -- awesome! And the size? Awesome! The smoothness of the lcd? Terrific! (you thought I …

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  322. duo upgrade complete

    Well, got duo upgraded again. This time to RedHat 9. There were some minor difficulties getting services running again, but overall I think things went pretty well.

    AFAIK, the only service currently not running is the MSN Transport for Jabber. I'm not even sure if that affected anyone. [Brady] had …

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  323. house update and info on cameras

    Well, the house is moving along well; I have a second floor now (and some bathtubs - woohoo!). It shouldn't be too long before it's under roof. Getting excited now :-D

    I finally found an image management system that I would like to use, so you all can look forward to …

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  324. annoying morning

    I hate waking up irritated. I mean, it just throws off the whole day. It's 9am, and I'm so irritated I don't know what to do.

    For some background, we have this T1 to a customer that's having problems (taking CRCs) - so I call Sprint to report it. I tell …

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  325. long time; no update

    Well, it's been a long time since I updated this. I've noticed that I often update in bursts; then take a long break (like a month). Not that I'm saying I'm going to change it, but I am aware of it ;).

    Tiff and my house is coming along pretty well …

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  326. win2k sp3 slow boots

    I finally figured out what the problem with my slow booting win2k partition was; it all started after installing SP3. The old drivers for my promise controller were incompatible w/ SP3, and thus unhappy. The old drivers were v 1.60 build 33; to get the new ones to work …

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  327. new handheld

    I've finally replaced my old, kludgy iPAQ. I have intentions on making the iPAQ a car mp3/gps thing (if compaq ever gets off their butts and replies to my email about getting the digitizer repaired). In the meantime, I got myself a new handheld - a Palm TungstenT!! So far …

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  328. new jabber client

    Well, I have a new jabber client (For now).

    Kopete (don't ask me how to pronounce it) is a mutli-protocol KDE IM client. I've got all my contacts re-worked to work with it, but I'm not sure if I like it yet or not. This also means I'll have to …

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  329. death sucks

    I went to the viewing for my High School classmate, Hannah Showaker. I can't believe she's dead; she was only 24, and a great person. To see that, you only have to know of where she died and what she was doing there: she was in Indonesia teaching English to …

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  330. Ham-ing it up!

    Sorry; I promise that will be my only Amateur Radio joke. Brady, Patrick, and I went to take our Technician Class Amateur Radio tests last Saturday, an we all passed! I haven't received my call sign (yet), but I hope to be on the air soon - or at least listening …

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  331. the house saga

    Well, Tiffany and I have been looking at houses in the Cleversburg, PA area (close to Shippensburg). They seem like a deal - I just have to make sure we'll be able to make it. It'll be a brand new house; we'd get to pick out paint, carpet, and everything. The …

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  332. more netmrg fun

    Well, [Brady] and I have been making great strides in NetMRG, which you can follow in the NetMRG CVS Tree. We're working for an 0.9 release - but we still have a number of showstoppers (see TODO).

    We hope to have this done in a couple weeks, but no promises …

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  333. arpdetect released

    After a nice little 3 hr perl binge, I've released arpdetect!

    It's a perl daemon that just sits there and looks to see if the network changed; if it has, it performs whatever actions you've defined for that network. This is very useful for laptops that change networks frequently.

    For …

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  334. Christmas is over!

    Well, I think things went pretty well. Christmas has come and gone, and now we're preparing for New Years.

    I don't have much to say; just that I hope another (late) Chirstmas present arrives soon; although I don't expect it to be here until Thursday; while I'm at work. Annoying …

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  335. Christmas has begun!

    Well, finally did the musical/play thing that Tiff and I had been practicing for the past two weeks for. Overall, it went very well, and Tiff's mom said that we sing very well together. She seemed very sincere about it, but I have a hard time believing it since …

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  336. The Two Towers

    Well, I did go to see Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on Friday, but didn't get to write about it yet... until now!

    Contrary to what [Brady] said, I thought the 3 hours was well spent. I did feel like some parts were slightly drawn out, but overall …

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  337. Nemesis and LOTR:TTT

    Well, I felt Nemesis was a bit disappointing. It really did feel like it was supposed to be a 3 hour movie, and had bunches cut out. Don't get me wrong, I still liked it; but the parts used from other STs ("Auto-Destruct is offline") was annoying, but other parts …

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  338. nemesis and christmas

    Well, I bet you were thinking there was going to be some big comparison of ST:Nemesis and Christmas, but there isn't. I'm just commenting on both ;)

    Going to see ST:Nemesis w/ [Dennis], his g/f Michelle, and possibly [Brady]. I've heard its dissappointing, but I'll probably enjoy it …

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  339. more jabber logging fun!

    With [Brady] here watching the TNN ST:TNG thingy tonight (prepping for Nemesis!), I got bored and started working on the frontend for the gabber + tkabber database logger. Well, it got pretty far along, and wound up being a pretty decent frontend, I think. Check out the latest version, and …

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  340. jabber log importer

    [Brady] was talking about how he used to database-ify his AIM (tm) logs back in the day, and I though, "That would be neat to do with my jabber logs!" So, I wrote a couple scripts that can import logs from Gabber and Tkabber. You can find it in my …

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  341. Fun at Freshmeat

    Was playing around Freshmeat's user prefs, and found a feature called 'friends.' After Ian and I messed around w/ it, this is what we concluded:

    [22:46]<Ian Berry> well that's useless, IM and e-mail capability

    [22:47]<silfreed> yep

    [22:47]<silfreed> but now we're 'friends'

    [22:48]<Ian …

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  342. silbot no more

    silbot has been retired - but only in name. It is now known as 'jolem' - the Jabber Golem. I thought it was different the the boring old *bot scheme. I'll release the code soon, as well. Just some minor cleanup to do, then we're ready.

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  343. first snow!

    Dennis, Michelle and I went to Ski Liberty tonight for their first day open this season, and the snow was pretty good. I'm definitely out of shape, but I think I'll get back into it pretty quick. It was loads of fun; I can' wait to get back out there …

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  344. more silbot fun

    in preparations of (maybe) releasing silbot code for others to enjoy (mostly for educational purposes), I've been hacking it to do xml config parsing and to start using the 'show' (online, away, dnd, etc) and 'status' (text messages describing your 'show'). You can see this in operation on my site …

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  345. new website up (about time)

    Well, [Dennis] has been bugging me for months, and I finally did it. I'm completely happy with it yet, but it'll do. It's much better than the old site, so I'm happy with that; it just doesn't have everything that I wanted yet. I'll just have to live with it …

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  346. netmrg in the works

    [Brady] might shoot me for this.. but here goes..

    I've been helping [Brady] work on the new version of

    NetMRG, and I have to say, it's pretty slick. It may

    not be a complete RRD

    frontend like Cacti, but

    it works great for network monitoring.

    Features have been coming along …

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  347. new site in the works

    Along with silbot's new features, a new site has been in the works at beta.silfreed.net for quite some time now. I'd appreciate any feedback anybody gives me, but I understand that I don't get that many hits. I really like the new 'category' support. Its very helpful (well …

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  348. ibm thinkpad 390e is fixed

    My IBM Thinkpad 390e is happy again. After a couple weeks where I couldn't use it on battery power, it turned out it was just the battery, and not the dc-dc card that I suspected. Oh well. I did find a good source for IBM Thinkpad Parts at ACS Parts …

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  349. at&t bill parser

    I've been working on a AT&T Wireless Bill Parser. Things are going pretty well so far. I'm able to jump though all the login hoops and download the invoice page - now I just have to parse the invoice page. At that point I want to be able to stick …

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  350. the time has come

    for the new duo! I know you all could tell that duo is much faster than he was. I really should have some pics of him, but I don't. You'll just have to take my word that the paint job is awesome and the ultra-bright blue (power) and orange (hd …

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  351. update on new duo

    wow. duo's gonna be even more of a beast than he currently is ;)

    We're getting dual p3 450's for him now, as well as the new case and mobo we already have. Of course, I had to buy a new stick of ram since I fried one when I removed …

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  352. new duo in-progress

    we finally got a new case, motherboard, and a bigger hard drive for duo. The motherboard is an Intel 440GX+; and after a bios update we were even able to install redhat 7.3 (only took 2.5 hrs to get to this point - would hang on aix7xxx previously)!

    Now …

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  353. not much goin on

    just need some sleep. haven't been getting too much of that recently

    so; i finally added a links page. isn't that neat? wow. this blog is about nothing. oh well.

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  354. silbot functionality

    silbot has slowly gain more and more functionality. It can now ping, traceroute, log messages (ie, blog), and now has my sms-splitter functionality. I intend to add category support to the blogging; this way you can update multiple sections of your website from one place. I guess I need to …

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  355. manfred is back up!

    well, i got redhat 7.3 installed on my box, and am starting to get programs re-installed (like gabber ;). Thankfully my /home directory wasn't wiped. I was able to save all of my /home, which was very good. I did have backups, but they were about a week old. Guess …

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  356. /lib!? who needs /lib!?

    well, after surveying the damage after the fsck, it looks like my /lib directory is gone. Now, some people might be inclined to say, 'just copy one over from another computer!' But no.. I'm taking the more painful approach of backing everything up (the rest of my drive is fine …

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  357. no init found

    man this sucks. kernel says it's mounted root, but it can't find init; i've fsck'd the drive (lots of errors); stat'd the /sbin/init file (returns fine) - but the kernel can't find it. Acts like it's not the correct root partition; but everything seems to be there. I wouldn't mind …

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  358. new blogger up

    So, I've finally gotten rid of that PoS jogger stuff. I've written my very own bot to handle my updates called 'silbot'. If you'd like to talk to it, just point your jabber client at 'silbot@silfreed.net'.

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  359. new jabber server

    Finally have the latest jabber server up and running. I've still been trying to get the latest Jogger (from CVS) to work correctly. It dies with the error:

    Can't use string ("1") as an ARRAY ref while "strict refs" in use at /usr/lib/perl5/site\_perl/5.6.1 …
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  360. server hackin

    I just realized I need to get to work on duo. I need to make jabber site-wide; by this I mean that all the domains hosted here can get 'userid@domain.com' jabber addresses, which would be really easy to remember. This way, my email and jabber id can be …

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  361. Graduating!

    If anybody tries to email me this week, you'll get a nice little automated response telling you I'm on vacation. I'm going to Myrtle Beech along with my fiance and my family; it should be a lot of fun.

    And oh yeah, I graduate tomorrow! (about damn time ;)

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  362. new mouseman

    I recently got the Logitech Mousman Optical, and I have to say it rules. I had the Logitech MouseMan+ (the curvy one), and it was terrific as well. The new mouse is incredibly smooth, and I'll never have to worry about the rollers gunking up ever again!

    The new mouse …

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  363. pff - who needs registrars?

    Well, after about 3 days of downtime, we're back! My domain expired, and then I couldn't renew it for some strange reason. Anyway, it's fixed now, and all you people who were trying to get to my domain can again.

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  364. auto-smoothwall connect script

    I've written a little perl script that uses the curl program to connect, disconnect, or tell you the status of your smoothwall box. This can be very useful for putting in scripts to make your box connect and then disconnect on demand (if you're like me, and don't like dial-on-demand …

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  365. Nagios SNMP Gauge plugin

    I've written a Nagios SNMP Gauge plugin. It allows a person to check a series of mibs (oids) for data out of bounds (min and max). I mostly wrote this to do remote disk checks, but it could be used for cpu on some devices as well. It also has …

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  366. Site update

    Well, I've finally updated my site's layout. I believe it's much better to get around. I know the color is still off a bit; but overall it seems much nicer to look at and easier to read.

    Of course, email me if you have comments.

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  367. nagios/netsaint plugins

    I've written two nagios/netsaint plugins. They can be found in the downloads section.

    The first is check_snmp_counter - it's purpose is to watch counters via snmp and make sure they don't go over or under a certain range.

    The second is check_tcping - it's a tcp ping for when udp or …

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  368. Audiogalaxy update

    Kevin (friend @ work) discovered the problem: don't use the '@xxx.net' part of your username. This worked for me; other people can try it out now!

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  369. "gauss" rifle

    Okay, I've discovered that what I called a 'Gauss rifle' is actually a railgun or coilgun. Hehe..

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  370. gauss cannons and calculus problems

    I need to look more into making my own gauss cannon/rifle. That would be really neat. Here's a little homemade toy version: Gauss Rifle

    Also, I stumped my Calculus 3 professor when I asked whether two lines in 3d space would be considered perpendicular if they didn't intersect, but …

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  371. jogger database updates

    I added fulltext to the 'body' field of the 'entries' table in jogger in hopes of adding a search engine soon. You can check out my current progress at my beta site.

    <warning>: this site can be in a state of flux, and might not always work or look very …

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  372. Audiogalaxy is being annoying

    I'm running audiogalaxy on linux, and i'm having this problem where the satellite deletes my account.txt file and then tells me my account is invalid! This is very annoying. I know they're providing a free service, but this is quite irritating. I guess I'll write them and see what …

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  373. omg! 4 updates in one day!

    Heh. Okay, this should be the last one (don't want anyone to get hurt). I definitely need to update my site layout. The webcam thingy is getting old and takes up lots of space, and all my navigation is along the bottom. Just warning everyone in case it happens sometime …

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  374. jogger 0.8

    I'm not sure this new jogger is all its cracked up to be..

    When I subscribe to jogger using 'jogger@jogger.jabber.silfreed.net', jogger dies without allowing my subscription to its presense.

    When I subscribe to jogger using 'jogger.jabber.silfreed.net', it allows me to see its presence …

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  375. new jogger!

    Well, I'm testing out jogger v0.8 from cvs. I hope this version works a little better...

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  376. misc update

    Well, classes are going pretty well. Calc 3 is loads of fun, even if I don't remember how to do integrals all that well. My other classes are mostly filler; working towards that May 11th goal of graduation.

    I've found an awesome wireless site at wardriving.com. Included are links …

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  377. Classes resume

    Well, I had a nice weekend of Snowboarding and finally seeing The Lord of the Rings. Both were terrific.

    Classes start today, and I only have one: Calc3. Math is fun, so I hope this goes well. Only one semester left!

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  378. JabberApplet

    Alright! Now I can announce to the world that my Jabber server is up and running. I finally have a Java web-based applet up and running, so I can access Jabber from anywhere. The JabberApplet is terrific. It does have its quirks, but hopefully those will be ironed out. Of …

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  379. garmin etrex venture

    just got a garmin etrex venture gps, and I have to say, it rocks. I'll post a review soon; including screenshots. This will assist [Brady] and I in our quest to mark as many Phone Company CO's and Towers. Check out Brady's latest work at this site.

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  380. phaym

    phpAIM has changed it's name to phaym - I think it stands for something like 'php aim - AOL Yanks Monkeys' - or something like that.

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  381. damn numbers

    The only three numbers in computer science that matter: 0, 1, and infinity. As far as my life goes, I can't do everything, so I need to choose what one thing I'm going to devote my time to, or I'll end up with nothing.

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  382. wireless rocks

    I've been playing with a bunch of wireless stuff recently, and I've found out it rocks. I have a Lucent Orinoco (WaveLan) card that works beautifully under both Win2k and Linux; and I have a Raylink card on the way as well. I've set up an 802.11b network in …

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  383. laptops rule

    wow. i've had an ibm 390e for about a month and a half now, and it rules. I can do all sorts of wireless stuff now that I couldn't before, and it's pretty kewl for portable transport as well.

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  384. linux mail clients

    Well, I can never seem to find a mail client I like. I'm currently trying out Mozilla Mail again - but I needed GPG support. Hopefully Enigmail will do the job for me. Evolution is just to big and slow. Sigh.

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  385. routing in linux

    echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward to forward ip traffic on a host. very useful when you have another router behind your firewall.

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  386. wireless

    so wireless nics in linux isn't as easy as it seems. Win2k was a snap - stick the card in and voila! it works. Linux is being a little more difficult. I'm following the guide at O'Reilly, and I'm waiting for my server to reboot right now. I hope it finishes …

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  387. phpAIM (AIM is (tm) AOL)

    This is what I wrote to my SourceForge account about the development of phpAIM (AIM is (tm) AOL).

    Unfortunately, development has stalled before it really started. I was originally going to design a PHP script that modeled the Perl Net::AOLIM module, but I think I'd rather write an extension …

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  388. windows virus vulnerability

    Heh. Windows boxes are stoopid. The latest virus Nimda (Code Blue previously) has been hammering our network, including duo. Check out the stats for the # of nimda attempts at the bottom of the page...

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  389. ahh - sleep!

    I feel much better today. Went running around with Dennis today, and got a compact flash reader and 350va APC Back-UPS for $30 each! Not a bad deal, I though. Of course, I'm staying up way to late tonight, and It's gonna ruin my whole week, so I best get …

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  390. 9/11

    What a messed up tragedy. Knocking out the world trade centers with our own commercial jetliners. To quote my good friend [Brady],

    " good night to look out at the night sky. prolly the last time in our lifetimes that there will be no planes..."

    That is so true. Very sad …

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  391. usb mass storage

    Found out that usb mass storage in linux needs scsi support. Didn't determine how much - just enabled scsi support, scsi disk support, and generic scsi support. wierd.

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  392. ooo.. digi camera!

    Well, i finally got a digital camera, so i guess i'll have to get an online photo album soon. It'll be l33t.

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  393. Stupid Mountains

    Despite having renewed hope in wireless networking between [Brady]'s, [Dennis]'s, and my houses after finding pretty cheap 2.4GHz Antennas, [Brady] and I were spoiled once again by distance and LoS (Line of Sight) factors. If we could just see each other's houses...

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  394. PHP scripting

    You know, I really think PHP could be a really good scripting language, but there are definitely some things holding it back.

    For one, there is no support for SIGnals from the OS. Things like SIGKILL and SIGHUP. These would be really useful. I love PHP's native database support and …

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  395. hmm... html

    You know, I was wondering if html worked in these messages.

    That would be really neat, but could lead to some other issues, like the need for javascript filtering.

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  396. Morning. Blech.

    So - it's morning. Just making sure jogger is still up.

    You know, I'm really starting to get tired of classes...

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  397. reading file for jogger

    note: readme for installing jogger needs a little updating. doesn't even mention that you need to modify the jabber.xml file and add a component for it.

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  398. making a new dynamic site, lack of updates

    Okay, I realize that I'm not doing my job of maintaining this site, and it really isn't what I wanted it to be anyway. I will leave it up for the time being, but I want to create a more professional, and personal site. The content here will remain up …

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  399. K6-2 CPU upgraded

    Well, again I'm a week behind. I got a K6-2 400 last week. It is sweet. $46 dollars or so @ a computer show. The heat sink I bought is monsterous. I also got a 48x CD-ROM drive. Can we tell I'm on a budget? Check out the updated rigs page …

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  400. Ford Escort

    Sweet! I got myself a 1997 Ford Escort LX! Burgundy! Very nice. I'm going to be starting a page for my Escort with pics. mods, and customizations I add to it. I'll probably get a pic up of my old car, a 1987 Nissan Sentra. Damn that car did good …

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  401. adware

    Alright, so the banner is slightly annoying, but click on it anyway. It'll make us both some cash. And an unlimited amount at that. Whatever on how much a advertiser pays for 1000 ads (usually \$30), you get 40% (about \$12). Each ad is about a minute. If your online …

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  402. main desktop upgrade

    The beast has finally been built. I thought it would be easy, but noooooo. Win95 has to be a pain in the ass. Oh well. It's up and running now, OC'd to 300 (100x3) instead of 266 (66X4). Sweet. Now to reinstall apps...

    Oh yeah-check out the details on my …

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  403. Starting College and Website Updates

    I have finally started college, and already have changed my schedule twice. Not cool. My class list has been posted on my background page, and the download page has been updated as well.

    Other than that, I plan on adding/re-arrangeing some things. The palm and Mp3 pages will probably …

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  404. palm/mp3 pages

    Yes, once again, it has been a very long time since an update. I have finally added the Palm Pilot page as well as a Mp3 page. These Palm page basically contains the apps on my Palm IIIx right now, and why they're there, and the Mp3 page just has …

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  405. Pallm IIIx is nice

    It has arrived! Actually, I've had it for a week, but I've been too busy at work to update this page since (and playing w/ it!). If you want one of these puppies, get one. They are the sweetest thing on the planet (next to my girlfriend, but she's taken …

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  406. Pallm IIIx and palm/mp3 pages

    Well. I did it. I got a Palm IIIx. I think it's a better bet than the Palm V. It's a little bigger, doesn't have rechargeable batteries, and the screen's a tiny bit worse quality, but other than that it's the same. Plus it has 4megs of RAM instead of …

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  407. Nells and Palms

    Well, I finally have a job. Yep. At a grocery store called Nell's Market in Carlisle, PA. I work in the deli section. Fun, fun, fun. I might get a picture up sometime of me in there if I get a chance.

    Oh, does anyone have a PalmV I can …

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  408. Redesign May 1999

    As you can see, this site has undergone a change. Not extremely dramatic, but enough to be noticed. The background page remains, but none of the others do. Instead of a current page, this page will host all updates, and old updates will be moved to the old news page …

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