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 …read more
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..read more
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 …read more
Busy day upgrading
Dennis stopped by on his way back from visiting Michele in VA to pick up a 400G Seagate 7200.8 hard drive that was being run at CompUSA with this deal. $0.50/GB for 400G? I'll take that. I'm currently zcav-ing my drives to see how they all stack …read more
I get mad when I can't watch my movie
over wireless. So I bought a Linksys WAP54G to put up in my house. This can do 802.11g (which is backwards compatible w/ 802.11b), so I shouldn't have a problem streaming videos over it. Should be a nice speed improvement. I imagine I'm going to setup crazy WEP …read more
Mantis Source Control Integration is a pain
In NetMRG's bugtracker, I always thought it'd be nice to have a comment every time a commit to a bug was made. That way everyone involved would know when changes were being made, and what changes. Luckily, Mantis allows for this via its Source Control Integration.
If only it …read more
No sailing for me
FC3 + KDE 3.3 System Notification Problems
After upgrading my laptop to FC3, I noticed that my system notifications in KDE no longer worked. After a little googling, I stumbled upong a thread that describes how to fix the KDE KNotify problem. I like having my sounds work!read more
Christmas Cats, Dogs, and Trees
Just uploaded some photos of Tycho hiding from the dog, the dog actually being good, and our decorated Christmas Tree.read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
A better way to watch movies?
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 …read more
backups and updates are good
Somehow, somewhere, Thor's cron jobs for backing up stuff from my big (493G!) disk and for emailing me updates that need applied managed to disappear. Not good, not good.read more
The great browser switch of '04
Well, maybe not great, but it's a test at least.
Previously I've mentioned that I've gotten more into RSS recently; and it just so happens that akregator [RPMs] links into Konqueror quite nicely.
So, I've been using Konqueror recently. And, it seems to work pretty well for me. Most of …read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
It's good to know you're not alone
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 …read more
I've got some older computer stuff for sale on eBay, if you're interested (and a slightly-broken PS2 ;).read more
XBMC just might work
I know I previously said that I was probably going to build a PVR myself, my friends at work convinced me that an Xbox might be the way to go. Using a Xecuter 3 modchip and Xbox Media Center, you can pretty much watch or play any video or music …read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
PVR Project, continued
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!read more
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 …read more
Patches - Latest Warner Family Addition
Last night we went to Molly's Place Rescue to pick up a new family friend - Patches! She's a border collie/beagle mix (see description). So far, she's been very friendly, and has been trying hard to get along with the cats, although they're still not too happy about it. Tycho …read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
Yep, I know you've been waiting awhile, but the deck is finished. This includes staining and all edges. Isn't that nice!?read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
But our Princess is in Another Castle
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 …read more
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 …read more
OC Pics are up
Just so everyone's aware, I finally got my picteres up of our Ocean City Vacation.read more
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.read more
Hersheypark is still fun and jobs are good for money
Last weekend (yes, I should have written then) Tiff, Chrissy, Ryan, and our two cousins went to Hersheypark. Their new attraction, the Storm Runner, is *really* fast. It's over in about 30 seconds (maybe not worth the 1.5 hour wait, but..). All the other roller coasters were there as …read more
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 …
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 …read more
Level 1 cleared, standby for level 2...
Pending Completion of Successful On-site Interview
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 …read more
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 …read more
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.read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
aniversaries, picnics, and vacations
I really need to updated more often.
Tiff and I celebrated our one year (woo!) aniversary by going to the Inn of the Dove in Harrisburg. It was nice to get away for a night; as Tiff said, if we would've been home, we would have found something else to …read more
No Disassemble, Stephany!
It's okay, Johnny Five, we're taking apart a Tungsten T, not you.
Usually you don't take apart your \$400 PDA, but the digitizer problems of my T|T have gotten so annoying that I had to. It's relatively easy; the biggest problem is all the stupid ribbon cables they used …read more
decks and code
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 …read more
another kde convert
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 …read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
cheap phone service
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 …read more
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 …read more
new rack update
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 …read more
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.read more
working towards XHTML
Yeah! The Index page of my beta site Validates!
Of course, it's quite ugly right now, but I assure you I'm fixing that ;)
The page doesn't have any tables on it, and since I've always used tables for formatting, it'll take me a couple more hours to figure out how …read more
Shouldn't I get an Insurance Break?
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 …read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
jabberd2 - not just for kids
In this month's update, jabberd 2, and other fun!
Okay, so Jabberd 2 is the biggest thing I've done. Oh, and wireless works in linux now. I've spent the last couple weeks on and off setting up a Jabberd 2 server on Argo to be running a more featureful and …read more
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 …read more
HP ZT3000cto update...
It's here! I've been taking lots of pics, so I'll try to update the page soon with more details.read more
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 …read more